March 29, 2020 Posting

Greetings!

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
~ Galatians 6:9

Greetings!

I hope you and your family are doing well as we work together to keep one another healthy and well by staying at home. While this is necessary and the right thing to do for now, I trust you may get bored from time to time by doing so. You may even wish that you had something new and exciting to do or to focus on. Watch for the week’s challenge at the end of this week’s blog and then send me your “exciting good deeds.” I will post them next week for others to see.

Just remember, the “shelter at home” order is temporary, God’s love is eternal. Let us do our part to create lasting “good” memories during this “not-so-good” time by showing kindness and love to one another.

I miss you and look forward to the day when we will all be together again.

Peace, Blessings and Love,

Pastor Schalm


 

THE STORY:

Adam and Eve: Genesis 3

 

The Sneaky Snake

~ Glenys Nellist

In the beautiful Garden of Eden lived a very sneaky snake. He did not like God, and he did not like Adam and Eve. He wanted them out of the garden. So one night, that sneaky snake thought up a very sneaky plan. The next morning, that slimy, sneaky snake slithered up to Eve and quietly whispered in her ear.
“Hello, Eve,” he hissed. “Are you hungry this morning? Would you like to try this beautiful, special, shiny apple for breakfast?”
“Why, no!” Eve exclaimed. “Adam and I cannot eat that special, shiny apple. God told us if we eat that fruit, we will have to leave the garden.”
“Oh, he didn’t really mean that,” the sneaky snake replied. “God won’t mind if you just take a tiny nibble. This is the tastiest, most delicious fruit in the garden.” Eve looked at that special, shiny apple. It looked so good. She smelled that special, shiny apple. It smelled so good. She lifted that special, shiny apple to her mouth and took the tiniest bite. As she handed the apple to Adam, that naughty, sneaky snake laughed and slithered under a bush.
Oh no! What had Adam and Eve done? As soon as they tasted that fruit, they were so sorry! They knew they had done something very wrong, and now they would have to leave the garden.
Even though they had disobeyed God, he never stopped loving them. They were his children. Even though they had done wrong, he still took care of them. God’s love and forgiveness were so much stronger than Adam and Eve’s sin. And even though they had to leave the garden, God would never leave them.

God’s Wonderful Words to You
I will not remember your sins anymore. ~Isaiah 43:25


 

MESSAGE:

Adam and Eve heard God tell them not to eat the apple from the tree. However, they still had to leave God’s PERFECT Garden because they listened and trusted a sneaky, deceiving snake instead of obeying what they heard God tell them. They gave into temptation. The result was that they had to leave something that was perfect for something that was and will always be imperfect… the world we live in.

1) Because we are imperfect we live in an imperfect world. We all make mistakes and like Adam and Eve, there are consequences for our disobedience, but God, our parents, grandparents, and family members still love us.

What are some consequences that you have had as a result of not obeying? Did you learn from the consequences of your mistakes? What did you learn?

2) What are some of God’s commands and instructions that you see being disobeyed in your school, neighborhood and the world today?

(Not being kind; bullying. Not telling the truth; Dishonesty. Not taking care of the earth; polluting & littering. Envying others; jealousy. Not keeping God first; idols and trusting in things above God. Not loving others, acts of hatred. The sneaky snake tricked or deceived Adam and Eve. He made something bad sound good and he lied and told Adam and Eve that God would not care.

3) What are some things in our world today that we might be tricked or deceived by and told that it won’t hurt us? (Putting unhealthy things into our bodies, minds and souls; talk to age appropriate things, drugs, alcohol, bad music, movies and video games, small white lies, revenge).

4) What are some things that we might be asked to take part in that disobeys God’s instructions. The sneaky snake might tell us, “come on, we’re just teasing with them or joking with them?” (Taking part in bullying, keeping silent when we see bullying taking place)

5) While Adam and Eve were sad because they had to leave the perfect Garden and live in an imperfect world, they could still know joy because God still loved them. He forgave them and He promised to look after them if they trusted Him.

Have you ever been sad because you had something taken away from you because you disobeyed? Did your sadness last forever? Did you know joy or happiness after the sadness? Were you forgiven and still loved? God instructs us to forgive and love others when they make mistakes, repent and seek forgiveness just like He forgives us.


 

LOVE LETTER FROM GOD

Picture of big heartPicture of big heart

Dear __________________,
Do you ever do things you shouldn’t, like Adam and Eve did? It makes me sad when my children do something wrong. But I want you to know that if you say you’re sorry and trust me, the most wonderful thing will happen – I will not remember your sins. I will only remember how much I love you …because you are my precious child, and nothing you can do will ever stop me from loving you.

With a Heart Full of Love,
God


ACTIVITY

Straight Line Art

Supplies: White construction paper or printer paper (any white paper), pen, pencil, markers or crayons.
Purpose: To reproduce the story in picture form and to keep the message in the minds and hearts of the children.
How To - Straight Line Art: Give each child a piece of white paper and a pencil. Tell them they are to illustrate the story they heard, but everything in the picture must be a straight line. Faces become square, trees, snakes, apples; everything must be made only with straight lines. After they have sketched the picture let them color it. Send me a picture of their final project and then keep it in their Sunday School at Home Folder.

EXAMPLE:

 


 

       

Thank you Natalya, Gracie and Luke for sending pictures of last week’s activities.


 

WEEK’S CHALLENGE

1.) We are designating this week as “Good Deeds Week.”Come up with some creative ways to do good and kind deeds for those locked down with you. Surprise them with a kind note placed under their dinner plate or pillow. Do the dishes, fold the laundry or clean the basement. Make them lunch or breakfast. Be creative.

2.) Do a good deed for someone not locked-down with you. FaceTime grandma or grandpa. Make a poster or picture and post it on your window so that when people walk by it will put a smile on their face.

3.) Make Thank You cards for our healthcare workers, police officers, EMT and first responders. Make Thank You cards for our grocery store workers and those still working to serve us. Perhaps mom or dad can drop them at the right locations or to someone they know working in the field (No contact, just dropping at front doors).

Good Deeds can always be done! Let me know what you come up with.

 

Closing Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, We know that there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. Help us to remember that even when things are changing, we can always look to You. Thank you for Your promise to always love, forgive and care for us. Bless our efforts as we work to share your Love with others this week.
In Jesus’ name we pray ~Amen