The Family Table
Feeding the Faith of LEFC Families
TFT: Is Your Family “Tech-Wise?
April 23, 2023
Dear LEFC Parents,
Here are some items on the agenda for the days ahead:
Pastor Matt on Sabbatical
This week, Pastor Matt and Heather head off on their three month sabbatical. Please pray that their time is refreshing in every way. While Pastor Matt is away, the church elders will be shepherding the LEFC flock. If your family has a spiritual need, please reach out to them. Misty Michaels will be coordinating communications in the church office. Holly Crumrine will be continuing to send out these “Family Table” emails. If you have something you think all of the families in the church should know, tell her about it!
The Gospel Project at Home
Today’s Bible Study is “Solomon Built the Temple” (Volume 3, Unit 12, Session 2). Ask your kids what they learned in children’s church this morning and/or do the family devotional you can find at this link.
Snack and Yack
Snack and Yack will continue throughout Pastor Matt’s sabbatical. When the auditorium empties after worship, girls and boys (grades 3-7) who listened to the sermon (fill out a handout!) are invited to Pastor Matt’s office for a tasty treat and a brief discussion with one of the LEFC elders (and sometimes guest preachers?!) about the message. Parents, if you would like to help host the discussion by providing the snack, see Holly Crumrine to get involved.
Interested in attending summer camp at Miracle Mountain Ranch? Regular camp is for ages 8-18. Buckaroo camp, a minicamp, is for ages 6-9. See Marilynn Kristofits for more information.
Save the Date for Family Bible Week!
Family Bible Week will start on July 10th this summer! Make sure to mark your calendar, arrange your work schedule, and schedule your vacation around it. See Holly Crumrine to find out about this year’s theme and get involved in the advanced planning.
Our family discipleship resource of the week is a book about putting technology in its proper place.
Building on insights and research from the Barna Group, Crouch lays out ten commitments that a wise family will make in regards to technology.
(Hint: It’s much more than just limiting screen-time, and it’s not just the kids that we’re talking about!)
– Read an excerpt.
– Watch an interview with the author.
– You are welcome to borrow Pastor Matt’s copy. Holly has it right now.
We hope your family eats it up.
Matt Mitchell, Pastor
Holly Crumrine, 2023 Family Ministries Coordinator
EXPLAINER: THE GOSPEL PROJECT AT HOME
For the last several years, our Children’s Church ministry has utilized The Gospel Project as our Bible study curriculum. The Gospel Project is really excellent–it takes our Little Learners and Bible Explorers chronologically through the whole Bible over the course of three years while always focusing on Jesus as the center of the big story. If your student was in Little Learners or Bible Explorers this morning, they received a coloring page and take-home sheet that corresponds to this lesson. You have also been given a full-color Big Picture Card that you can use to reinforce the lesson with your child, as well.
To reinforce what your kids are learning each week in Children’s Church, you can now access The Gospel Project At Home online. Each week in this email, there will be a link to follow to get this free resource which includes:
1. A guide to using the Gospel Project at Home.
2. Scripture to read and discuss with a recap video of the Bible Story (Preschool and/or Elementary).
3. Scripture memory verses and a song to sing together.
4. Prayer prompts and family activities that correspond to the lesson.
Please consider setting aside at least 10-15 minutes once a week for a family devotional time using this resource as a guide. We are hoping The Gospel Project At Home will help keep all of our LEFC kids “on the same page,” and feed their faith in Jesus.
This might be especially helpful if for some reason your child has to miss a week of Children’s Church. You can show them the Bible story video to keep them up to speed on what the other children are learning.
**Note: The first time you access the link, you will need to register a free account with Lifeway’s Ministry Grid. This will also provide you ongoing access through the “training” tab to many other discipleship resources including the Gospel Project at Home for previous weeks. Many hours of excellent things to absorb for free!