KidsMin newsletter December 2017


  • Traci’s KidsMin Update
  • DECEMBER “Spotlight”
  • Upcoming Events
  • Just Sayin’
  • Bible Lessons: Early Childhood
  • Bible Lessons: Elementary

Christmas at New Life is going to be the best season ever! As we wait in great anticipation of Christ’s birthday we are preparing ways for you to celebrate. Not only is there going to be a live tree in our prayer walk but an official Christmas Tree Lighting on December 6th at 7pm. Then, every Saturday from the 9th until Christmas Eve, you can experience awesome music and refreshments starting at 4:45 around the tree.

Definitely do not miss the Kid’s Ministry Family Services on December 9th and 10th during regular service times. First through sixth grade will not have class and will be joining you for a family-friendly service.

During our Christmas Eve Services childcare will be offered for children from birth to three years of age in our nursery. All other children will receive a New Life Activity Bag as they enter the Worship Center.

From our families to yours, we want to wish you a very Merry Christmas,

Traci, Tami, DeLynn, Becky, Melanie, Dana and Auzia

Dana Hutsko

Dana Hutsko is the newest addition to New Life Kids Ministry, and we could not be more excited about it! She is serving as our Volunteer Coordinator from birth though 6th grade, and is here every Sunday. She has an amazing heart for people and kids, and has already brought so much to this ministry. We thought it would be fun to get to know her a bit more, so we asked her a few questions about herself.
Here goes:

Dana, David and their four children, Lexy age 15, Drew 13, Xavier 12 and Nelly 10, have been here for a little over four months now. She has been involved here in our Kids Ministry for about five weeks, however, Dana has worked with kids since she was 10 years old! It was then that she started teaching Sunday School, and knew then that God had given her a passion to work with kids. She also became a nanny for a family of five kids at the age of 13 and stayed with them until she went off to college. Dana has a degree in Director of Education with an emphasis in Early Education and Children’s Ministry. When we asked her what other areas she has served in before Kids Ministry, she said she is the Official Consultant for Date Nights for Pastor David. 🙂

In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family at the beach or park. They also love having dance parties in the living room, playing games together or just snuggling up and watching movies together.

She loves to watch and play sports, specifically Softball, Volleyball and Soccer. She loves to watch Ohio State Buckeyes, and loves a good upset when the underdogs beat the best team.

When asked if she had to choose between reading people’s minds or being invisible, she would reluctantly choose reading people’s mind, however she would really like to be able to teleport and go wherever she wanted, whenever, and with whomever she chooses. She said as a child, she wanted to be a Doctor or a Teacher, and her favorite dessert is chocolate chip cookies.

When Dana was a child, her grandmother read her Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” and taught her to live it everyday, thus the reason it has become her favorite verse.

We are blessed to have Dana as a part of our team. Her passion for the kids and families of New Life is evident to all! We look forward to all that she has yet to bring to this ministry and New Life.

Upcoming Events

Calendar Dates for December
December 6th – Christmas Tree Lighting
December 9th & 10th – Kids Min. Family Weekend
December 9,16 & 23 – A Christmas Experience on the prayer walk
December 23rd – Saturday Night Christmas Service – 6pm
December 24th – Christmas Eve Services – 11am, 2pm, 5pm
December 25th & 26th – Christmas – Offices Closed

Calendar Dates for January
January 1st – New Year’s Day – Offices Closed
January 6th – Jared Hall Illusionist Show – After The 6pm Service
January 15th – Martin Luther King Jr Day – Offices Closed

Wanna know more about our holidays at New Life?

Text “season” to 805-979-2003

Just Sayin’
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… but also the busiest, most stressful and financially taxing time of the year, am I alone in this? I love Christmas time, and it really is the best to relive it through the eyes of my children again…Just the wonder of it all! But I find myself overwhelmed a lot with an ever-growing to do list before Christmas is here.

Yesterday I was feeling super overwhelmed, it was a hard mom-day with the kids. There was a point of time — like the hungry lunch/right before naps time — when I lost it because they were all crying for something different and I yelled (I mean, slightly raised my voice and said), “Stop whining!! There is only ONE of me and there are THREE of you, so I can only help ONE of you at a time! PLEASE, all of you, BE QUIET!”

They all got quiet for 2 seconds because they saw that I was serious but then my 5 year old pipes up and asks, “But didn’t you want THREE of us even though there is only ONE of you?” Ha! That calmed me down and made me laugh anyways.

What I am finding out along this parenting journey is that I have to plan a time to rest because life keeps rolling faster and faster if you let it. God showed us the model in creation: worked for 6 days and then rested for THE WHOLE 7th DAY! What if we actually did that and gave ourselves a day or even a half of a day to stop, and recoup and rejuvenate?

Genesis 2:3 says, “And God blessed the seventh day and declared it holy, because it was the day when he rested from all his work of creation.” It’s also one of the 10 Commandments to us to keep the Sabbath Day holy! I am challenged by this. Even if there is still tons to do (there always is and will be), take a time out for yourself to refocus and get refreshed and trust God that He will provide for what we leave undone while we take the time to rest. I know that if we do this, God will bless that time, because the Bible says so!

My hope for you (and me) during this Holiday season is that we would be intentional and take the time to rest and take in what this season is all about instead of getting lost in the buying and cooking and festivities. Even though those are all good things, the “gooder” thing is to pick Jesus and renew our souls in the midst of busy. I don’t think we’ll regret this.

So Happy Resting my friends & fellow parents!

Trusting Him A Day At A Time,

Your Neighborhood Mom

Healthy P a r e n t s = Healthy K i d s

Text “groups” to 805-979-2003


Come see this Godly Comedian/Illusionist
after our 6pm service on January 6th!
$5 per person OR $20 for a family!!


Early Childhood

Jesus is Born (spiritual growth tool)

(Luke 2:1-7)
“Good news! Today Jesus has been born.”
(see Luke 2:10-11)
Focus: I’m glad that Jesus was born!

Angels Tell the News (spiritual growth tool)
(Luke 2:8-20)

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord.”
(see Psalm 92:1)
Focus: I can thank God that Jesus was born, and tell others the good news.

Wise Men Give Gifts (spiritual growth tools)
(Matthew 2:1-12)
“I will praise you, O Lord.”
(2 Samuel 22:50)
Focus: I can give thanks to God for Jesus.

12/24 NO KidsMin Services

Jesus Tells of God’s Love
(spiritual growth tools)
(Matthew 6:25-34; Luke 12:22-31)

“I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever.”
(Psalm 89:1)
Focus: God cares for me, and all the things He has made.




“Angels Spoke to Mary and Joseph” (video)
Matthew 1:18-24
Main Point: God chose Mary and Joseph to be Jesus’ earthly parents.

No Kids Min Services 1st-6th grade

“Jesus was Born” (video)
Luke 2:1-20
Main Point: Jesus was born to be God’s promised Savior.

No Kids Min Services

Kids Min New Year’s Eve Bash


Saturdays at 6pm
(kids ministry for 0-K)

Sundays at 9am
(kids ministry for 0-6th grade)

Sundays at 11am
(kids ministry for 0-6th grade)


Education Building
Check-In (Rm 16)
Newborns/Crawlers (Rm 3)
Early Walkers (Rm 4)
2’s (Rm 5)
3’s (Rm 1)
Pre-K (Rm 2)
Kinder (Rm 14)

Life Center
Check-In (downstairs)
1st -3rd grades (Life Center)
4th – 6th grades (upstairs)

with the team

Traci Bognuda
(Kids Min Director)

Auzia Clark
(Team Administrator)

Dana Hutsko
(Volunteer Coordinator)

Tami Lundquist
(Childcare/Elementary Coordinator)

Becky Ferini
(Nursery Coordinator)

DeLynn Wagner
(Early Childhood Coordinator)

Melanie Borum
(Kids Worship Coordinator)

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