December 10th & 11th Parent Note for Remix/Revolution

Hi Remix, Revolution & SPIN Parents!

This week we continue our look at joy in Luke 1:5-25; 57-79. After God had been silent for about four hundred years, an angel suddenly showed up and made a promise to Zechariah and Elizabeth. The angel told Zechariah that they would have a son, even though they were well past the age of having children. The day John the Baptist, the cousin of Jesus, was born to them the Christmas story was set in motion. Zechariah broke into a song and his house celebrated. They realized firsthand that they could have joy because anything is possible with God.

Bottom Line: I can have joy because anything is possible with God. Knowing that God can do the impossible has the possibility to fuel our joy. God may not always choose to do the impossible right away or at all, but that doesn’t mean He isn’t faithful. God can give us joy as we learn and grow during those impossible seasons of life.

In Philippians 4:4, we read, “Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again – rejoice!” As kids memorize this verse, we hope they remember that their joy is not tied to their circumstances. Instead, we find joy when we realize that we belong to God. When we trust God no matter what, we can find joy knowing that whatever happens He is in control.

Over 1 in 4 kids (28%) in Fairfax County qualifies for free and reduced lunch. Kids right here in our immediate community! If you can’t afford food, how can you possibly have money for a coat? You can help us spread warmth because no one should be left out in the cold! Simply go through your closets and pull out your gently worn coats, and bring them to us now through December 11th – it’s that easy! All of the coats will be immediately distributed to families in need through the Fairfax County Public School’s Homeless Liaison Office.

Make sure you check out our weekly devotional with your child and the parent cue to go more in depth with your child about God’s Word. Check out our new website, www.nhckidstime.com. One of our goals in Kids’ Time is to partner with parents in raising kids to know God and trust them as their Savior. Please contact me if you would like to go over any other these resources.

Much love, Courtney

Courtney Straightiff

Coordinator of Elementary Ministry

New Hope Church

Courtney.Straightiff@newhope.org

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