Today's CMT E-Newsletter features:
-Personal Word of
Encouragement from Pastor
This is a wonderful time of year in northeast Florida! I love the mild winter weather. Of course, over the past couple of weeks, we have had a little colder weather than normal. Once we get out to work in the yard and clean up the foliage that was briskly snapped by the lower temperatures, our gardens will look kind of bare for a couple of months until the early spring weather brings new growth and gorgeous blooms.
As I was thinking of the unusual temperatures, my thoughts began to focus on this new season of change. I want to challenge you to make a special effort to realize the wonderful opportunity you have with this new year just beginning.
Have you ever noticed that when the seasons change, the new season can often feel like the previous one? There will be spring days that still feel like the latter days of winter. There will be fall days that hint to a feeling of summer. There will be some winter days that often remind you of the closing of fall. In reality, you are in a new season, but you may feel like you are still in the previous season.
Let me encourage you to recognize that 2010 is a new season for your life and your ministry! From the creation of the world, God has placed unique emphasis on the changing of the years. He has written specific insights and instructions for us to follow with the passing of each year. This is important for us to understand.
This is a NEW YEAR! It is a NEW SEASON! You may be facing some situations that make you feel like it is still yesterday, last season, or last year, but do not follow your feelings! Take hold of this fresh opportunity to move forward in your ministry and your life.
As Ecclesiastes says, 'There is a time for everything.' And, I believe this is a NEW TIME for NEW BEGINNINGS, NEW IDEAS, NEW FRIENDSHIPS, and NEW ADVANCES for the KINGDOM. The old has past away and EVERYTHING has become NEW!
Pastor Gary R. Linn
-Let the Games Begin! Olympics!
The Winter Olympic Games are just a couple of weeks away and are a great theme to add some pizzazz to your services. Here are two OUTSTANDING 'Olympic-Themed' Services that interactively involve your students.
Your kids will love these Wonderfully Wacky Olympic Events - Balloon Bonanza, Pom-Pom Plunder, Jell-O Jest, and The Feather Fly!
Each event brings forth and reinforces one of the above truths while the children have an absolute blast discovering the Fullness of Life they can experience through Jesus Christ!
Your kids will also thoroughly enjoy these School-Themed Olympic-Style Events - Pack-a-Backpack, Trendy Trousseau Relay, Tumblers of Truth Relay, and Mighty Man Cram-Jam Relay!
Each event brings forth and reinforces one of the truths below while the children have an absolute blast discovering their “Spiritual School Supplies!”
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-Extreme Object Lesson Makeover!
Whenever I am looking for a
"special effect" object lesson, my mind usually begins
thinking of some sort of Gospel Magic effect. I find they are
incredibly useful and attention keeping tools. If you have never
tried one, please check out the Gospel Magic Object Lessons collection
of 56 Downloadable Effects on the CMT site.
If you are new to this remarkable teaching method, you will really enjoy the article on the Children's Ministry Inspiration Vault - Why Use Gospel Magic Object Lessons?
-NEW Group on CMConnect!
JUST ADDED! - CMT's new group at CMConnect! Come join us! Let's exchange ideas and vision as we encourage each other in ministry! http://bit.ly/507NbI
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