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Teach Your Children Well

Theme for 2023: Faith Forward – The Year of Extraordinary Faith!

Kids Say the Darndest Things was a hit television show hosted by Art

Linkletter. In recent years the show was revived with Steve Harvey

hosting, then another iteration had Tiffany Haddish as the host. And if

you’ve ever just sat down and had a conversation with a child, no

doubt you’ve discovered that they have a lot to say! Sometimes it

makes you smile, sometimes it makes you think, and sometimes you

have a belly laugh at their interesting take on life.

What we teach our children matters. For one thing – you never know

when it’s going to come out! But also, it matters because they just may

need to remember something you’ve taught them about life.

Naaman was the commander of the army in Aram. A strong leader, a

man from whom men took orders. But Naaman had an issue. A skin

disease. But there was a child, a girl, who had been taken captive by

the Arameans and was now a servant girl to Naaman’s wife.

Apparently the child knew of Naaman’s condition so she did the

logical (and spiritual) thing she knew to do.

“If only my lord were with the prophet who is in Samaria!


He would cure him of his skin disease.”


2 Kings 5:3


Where did that kind of wisdom (and boldness) come from? She had to

have learned it! Most likely from her parents. And what did Naaman

do? He rushed to the king of Aram and told him what this child had

said, and he acted on it! Based on what came out of the mouth of a

babe.

What we teach our children matters! If we don’t teach them about

God, then who will? If we don’t instill faith in the Almighty God who

heals, delivers, and sets free, then who will? If we can teach a little


child to swim, then surely we can teach them about the God of the

waters. If we can teach them to read, then surely we can teach them to

read a children’s Bible.

So, what happened to Naaman? Join us for worship this Sunday, as we

begin a new sermon series: Family Conversations. This Sunday’s

sermon: Teach Your Children Well. We’ll talk about Naaman, a child,

and the benefits of training our kiddos in the faith! You can worship

in-person or you can also join us online at 10:00am. For online

worship go to www.umcgt.org.

Celebrating Children This Sunday kicks off a new sermon series on

the family. We’ll have a Children’s Sermon from Rev. Jim Christy

(warm fuzzies included!), and they will participate in the Lord’s

Supper in a special way. So bring your kiddos, grandkiddos, niece &

nephew kiddos, neighborhood kiddos, and let’s celebrate children!

Mother’s Day & Confirmation! Both celebrations will happen on

May 14! Bring your family out and enjoy worship, a Photo Booth for

some memorable family photos, and be part of the confirmation of two

of our very own youth! What a fitting way to celebrate Mom!

Pancake Breakfast on May 21, 9:00am! No children’s Sunday

School that day. This is a youth fundraiser for their upcoming mission

trip. Let’s show them our support and have breakfast together!

HeGetsUs is going strong! Join us every Wednesday thru May 24 as

we talk about the thought-provoking videos that you may have seen as

commercials on TV and during the Super Bowl. It’s led in a discussion

format, no book required. It’s open to everyone, member or not,

anyone who wants to get to know the One who gets us, even when we

don’t get ourselves! If you’d like to have a bite to eat, dinner (potluck

style) is at 5:45pm and the group goes from 6:30-7:30pm. Lea Doyel is

the facilitator.

Senior Fellowship The 2 nd gathering of our seasoned saints went

well. Great ideas were shared, and it’s still in the beginning phase, so

we need more folks to come on out and enjoy a time of socializing with

others. The next one will be on Tuesday, May 16, at 11:00 am. See you

there!


Stay in the Know! Don’t forget to pick up your monthly church

calendar, this month’s Memory Verse Card, and the printed newsletter

at the Welcome Center or the Coffee Station. To see the calendar

online here’s the link: Church Calendar. Just our way of helping you to stay

in the know!


“May the Lord keep watch between you and me

when we are absent one from the other.”


Genesis 31:49


Blessings,

Pastor Linda

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