KidsMin newsletter November 2017


  • Traci’s KidsMin Update
  • NOVEMBER “Spotlight”
  • Upcoming Events
  • Just Sayin’
  • Bible Lessons: Early Childhood
  • Bible Lessons: Elementary
  • KidsMin Worship Team Update
  • Visit us on Sundays!!

As we move into November, the month of thankfulness, I am reminded that we are to be thankful at all times. I began 2017 with the goal of writing down what I was thankful for each day. It didn’t take long before I fell away from that goal, becoming absorbed in the day-to-day and struggling to take the time to acknowledge what I was thankful for. Feeling guilty for this failed resolution isn’t my goal in sharing, but rather it helps me to look back and note when I started to become more cynical and less thankful. I realized that it is easier for me to focus on what isn’t working, then what is working because we are constantly reminded of what’s failing.

Well, I am thankful that our God gives us an opportunity each new day to start over. Each morning when I wake up one of the first things I see is the scripture hanging in my room from Psalm 143:8 that says, “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love”. If you are in a season where it is difficult to be thankful, I want to encourage you to open your bible and read the promises of God’s unfailing love for us.

Well, I have been given a fresh and renewed spirit of thankfulness this month as I have been able to spend time with Dana Hutsko. After many conversations with our Kid’s Min staff and Dana, it became apparent that we needed to move towards 2018 with fresh lenses. It became very obvious that we needed Dana to help Kid’s Min move forward and we believed that God sent her to us to do just that! Therefore, New Life Kid’s Ministry would like to welcome Dana Hutsko to our staff.

Dana will support those serving in Sunday school classrooms from preschool through sixth grade. Dana adds over 17 years of experience in Christian Education and her passion is leading volunteers to teach and reach children. She will be spending the next several weeks getting to know your children as well as enlisting new faithful leaders to serve where no one has.

Along with hiring Dana, Kid’s Min has also made a few personnel changes which include Melanie Borum making Worship Team, Elementary Large Group, 60 Seconds, and special events her full time job which includes a new title of Worship Coordinator.

Tami Lundquist, who has done an amazing job serving as Volunteer Coordinator, will take over as Elementary Coordinator overseeing curriculum for first through sixth grade and will continue as the weekday Childcare Coordinator that supports childcare for weekday/night ministries.

It is our goal to bring your child the best Sunday school experience possible. To bring them the Word of God and to show them how it can be applied to their daily lives. We want to encourage your child to worship while still having fun at church. This doesn’t happen without intention, so if you are interested in helping us lead children with intentional practices, please contact Dana to get more information.

Linda Hancock

Linda is on our Kids Ministry Prayer Team and also comes on Monday’s to help put Sunday materials away and helps keep our Resource Room nice and tidy. Besides helping in Kids Ministry, she also helps with the Funeral Ministry, and two ‘New Normal’ groups, which provide fellowship and encouragement to woman who have lost their spouses, PLUS volunteers once a week in the church office! Wow! Linda, you are amazing! She has taught Sunday school since she was a teenager, and currently has a bible study in her home.

Linda and her late husband have been attending New Life since 2001. She has 3 children, 6 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She loves reading and watching Sports, especially the Rams and the Lakers. Linda has even been a part of 3 victory parades after the Lakers won the championship game! How fun!

When she was a child, she wanted to be a lawyer or have a career in politics (behind the scenes). However, she ended up becoming a teacher and worked locally for the Lucia Mar School District for 27 years.

The scripture that Linda clings to is found in Proverbs. “He who fears the Lord has a secure fortress, and for his children, it will be a refuge”. Proverbs 14:26

Linda said she is grateful to be a part of these ministries here at New Life. We are blessed to have her serve in all these areas. Her kind, gentle spirit is a true blessing to us, and we are so thankful for her. Thank you Linda for faithfully serving over the years in Kids Ministry as well as the other ministries here at New Life. We pray we can find more volunteers with hearts to serve like you.

Upcoming Events

Calendar Dates for November
Oct. 2 – Nov. 12th – Operation Christmas Child
November 10 – Offices Closed – Veteran’s Day
November 17 – Huddle@The Hutsko’s @6:30pm
November 23 & 24 – Offices Closed – Thanksgiving

Calendar Dates for December
December 6th – Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
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

Pastor Billy Graham Paulose from the Prince of Peace School was at New Life on October 8th where he received a check for $1,144.77 from the proceeds raised during Vacation Bible School. The kids had the opportunity to receive an update from him and then they prayed for Billy as he traveled and shared how God is working through him in India.

Operation Christmas Child
October 2nd – November 12th

Together with your family, you can bless a boy or girl outside our community with a box filled with toys, toiletries, school supplies, and hope.

Boxes will be available in the classrooms and in the office.

Please be a part of this great outreach through Samaritan’s Purse.

You can follow your box online and know exactly who receives it!

If you have 6 minutes please watch this amazing video!

Huddle at the Hutsko’s

If you love hanging with the kids and want to join the Sunday morning Kids Min team, we would love to have you!

I am Dana Hutsko, the new Kids Min Volunteer Coordinator and would love to invite you to a Huddle at the Hutsko’s home for all those adults wanting to join the Sunday morning team or just come and get more information. We would love to have you over to check out what we are doing in Kids Min and how you could possibly join us.

If you are interested please email me at and I will send you an invite.


Just Sayin’
Do you ever judge the success of your day by getting the dishes done or the laundry folded? I do, and those are the good days. Most days I just feel like I run in circles and put out fires, and then move quickly to the next one to put it out. Have you ever heard the saying “Cleaning your house when kids are home is like brushing your teeth while eating Oreos”? Terrible visual and now I want Oreos, but how true is that?! I find myself frustrated often because I can never finish what I started, and if I do finish one thing, by the time I do that another thing is destroyed or spilled all over the place.

My job feels pointless. I feel exhausted and taken advantage of. Unappreciated. Defeated. Even when I feel like I’m doing something good that my child usually wants, like cutting up her pizza, but then she screams at me because she wanted it whole this time…but you know that if you gave it to her whole she would cry and ask you to cut it up. What’s the deal with that anyways? Are they trying to kill us?

I know that I’m not alone. Parenting is tough. It takes energy I often feel I don’t have. How do we get through these hard days? I know it’s a season and every “old” person on the street tells you to enjoy it because it goes fast and you’ll miss it…

I think it comes down to purpose. Who are we doing this for and why? Colossians 3:23 says, “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” Is it just me or do your kids act like your little human masters? Ha! That was a side note.

It’s easy to get stuck in the mundane, but having the perspective that I am serving my family as unto the Lord should change my attitude about cleaning the messes and all of the above. My prayer for you as you read this is that you would have a fresh energy to serve your kids and spouse as unto the Lord and that you would know that He is pleased by you, and He sees you, even when no one else does. Our kids are growing up fast. Every day is precious, and God is using the time we spend with them to grow them into who He wants them to be. Our work is not in vain. Keep on keeping on my fellow parents!

Trusting Him A Day At A Time,

Your Neighborhood Mom

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Early Childhood

11/5 – Lesson 9
David Helps His Family (spiritual growth tool)
(1 Samuel 16:11-12, 18; 17:34-35)
“With love, help each other.”
(see Galatians 5:13)
Focus: I can show God’s love by helping others.

11/12 Lesson 12

David and Saul (spiritual growth tool)
(1 Samuel 26)
“Do good to all people”
(Galatians 6:10)
Focus: God helps me show His love, even when it’s hard to be kind.

11/19 Lesson 13
David and Mephistopheles (spiritual growth tool)
(1 Samuel 20:14-17, 42; 2 Samuel 9)
“Be kind to one another.”
(see Ephesians 4:32)
Focus: I show God’s love by being kind to people who need help.

11/26 Lesson 1
Mary Meets an Angel (spiritual growth tool)
(Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-56)
“God loved us and sent his Son.”
(see 1 John 4:10)
Focus: I can thank God for his promise to send his Son, Jesus.



11/5 – Unit 27 Session 3
“Jesus Forgives and Restores”(video)
John 20:1-19
Main Point: Jesus forgave Peter and gave him a mission.

11/12 Unit 27 Session 4
“Jesus Gave the Great Commission”(video)

Matthew 28:16-20
Main Point: Jesus gave the disciples the Great Commission.

10,000 Reasons of Thankfulness.

11/26 Unit 27 Session 6
“A Song of Thanksgiving”(video)

1 Corinthians 15: 3-4
Main Point: We are thankful because Jesus died on the cross and rose again to save us from our sins.

KidsMin Worship Team

Hello Everyone!

Kids Worship Team is off to a great start this year and we are thrilled to welcome 10 new members to the team! Weekly practices are back in full swing and the team has been hard at work. They have already learned several new songs to help lead kids in worship at our Sunday services!

KidsMin is also looking ahead to the coming holiday season and we are preparing to share our music and worship with the whole congregation in the month of December.

Save the date!!!

December 9th and 10th is a KidsMin Family Weekend!

We are giving you an opportunity to attend church together as a family! Come Saturday evening at 6pm OR Sunday morning at 9am or 11am. The Kids Worship Team will be leading worship
in the main sanctuary as we celebrate the Christmas season.
Come worship with us – KidsMin style!!

Happy Fall!
Melanie Borum
Kids Worship Team Director


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 12)

Life Center
Check-In (downstairs)
1st – 6th grades

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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