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Do It All Over Again

Happy New Year, everyone! Sorry I haven’t posted for awhile… Does anyone else have a problem with time going by too fast?

Over the holidays we have been in production of our new Elevate series “Allaso Ranch”. I am really excited about this series and I look forward to it accomplishing great things here at FC and around the world. The theme for Allaso Ranch is summer camp and each lesson is about growing closer to God.

One of the greatest things about camp is the fun that you have and the friendships that you make. Knowing this, we wanted to write a song for this series that would communicate just how great camp is and how awesome the friendships are that happen there. The song is called “Do It All Over Again” and I’m really excited about the way it turned out. Take a look…

 

 

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Professor Playtime's Christmas Shop of Wonders: Full Skit Sample!

We tried to pull just a little bit of this Professor Playtime skit to show you, but every part is just too much fun to cut! So… we decided to share an entire skit. This skit is part of a lesson on patience. It has a toy shop, princesses, talking candy, a warrior riding a giraffe, and an astronaut with issues. So really, you need to see the whole thing! Enjoy!

 

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Professor Playtime's Christmas Shop of Wonders: Christmas Music!

I love Christmas music! It gets me in the holiday spirit and brings back so many wonderful memories from my childhood. In fact music is one of the first things many people think of when they think about Christmas. Because music is such an essential part of Christmas, we decided that Professor Playtime needed more music than the typical Elevate series.

We wanted to stick to the classic Christmas carols that so many of us grew up with, but there was a challenge that we faced. The melodies of most Christmas songs are difficult to sing, especially for kids. So we began a tightrope walking process of staying true to the original song while making the melody easier for kids to sing along to. We love how they turned out! This series includes Joy to the World, Deck the Halls, Angels We Have Heard on High, Jingle Bells, and Silent Night. Check out our version of Angels We Have Heard on High!

 

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Harold is M.I.A!

Funny e-mail that crossed my desk the other day…

To All Who Care About Puppets (and even those of you who don’t):

Harold is missing, last resting place unknown. He is an important member of the Dirty Jacket Gang and the Allaso Ranch Jr. cast.

If you have any knowledge of his whereabouts please call his gang at (#). Picture attached – The purple one in the middle is Harold.

Please, help restore this sweet but clumsy puppet to his gang… they miss him.

Has Harold been lost? Kidnapped? Or worse yet…been sold, recycled and made into a quilt? Can the Dirty Jacket Gang make it without him? Does this signal an outbreak of crime towards all things little?

All serious questions that must be asked when you work in Children’s Ministry!!

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Devotional: I’m Not Too Important To Help Others!

"If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important." Galatians 6:3 NLT

Something is important because of its purpose. No purpose? No importance. Think of a battery. It is small and not very flashy or attractive. But its purpose makes it important. You can’t use a mobile phone, channel surf with a remote control, see in the dark with a flashlight, or start your car without a battery. Batteries are important because their purpose is to make it possible for those devices to reach their potential.

We are designed by God and commanded by God to help others. Helping others is part of our purpose, and when we help others it is like plugging a fully charged battery into our life. Just like a mobile phone without a battery is a purposeless paper-weight, a person who does not help others is purposeless, just taking up space. You are not too important to help others; you find your importance and your purpose by helping others.

Watch for the chance to help someone this week. Try to find at least one person to help everyday. It might be a person you see in your regular routine, or a random person on the street. Remember, when you help them, you are fulfilling your purpose. Trust me…you’ll get a charge out of it.

 

“Share your food with the hungry,and give shelter to the homeless. Give clothes to those who need them, and do not hide from relatives who need your help.” Isaiah 58:7 NLT

“‘He gave justice and help to the poor and needy, and everything went well for him. Isn’t that what it means to know me?’ says the Lord.” Jeremiah 22:16  NLT