KidsMin newsletter October 2017


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

What a blessing it is to see your child each week in Sunday school. Our staff and volunteer leaders wait with great anticipation at the opportunity to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ each week. There is no time like the present to engage them in conversation about what Jesus taught and then died for…. For us! He made the ultimate sacrifice so that we can know God and have access to Him. I don’t know about you, but I am so thankful that nothing separates me from God’s love, forgiveness, and desire to be with me.

Each week we plan opportunities to do just that! In October not only are we planning for Sunday school but also we will be hosting Fall Fest ’17 on a NEW day, Saturday October 28th. This year’s Fall Fest ’17 is sure to be a great time for the kids in our community, but we can’t do it without volunteers. Please sign up to help with Fall Fest ’17 by going to the link
Text affectthe5 to 805-979-2003

Florence Pope

She currently serves in both the 9:00 and 11:00 hour as our Music Resource Leader for our three and four-year olds. Florence has been at New Life church for 42 years, and serving in the Kids Ministry for 40 of those years. Talk about a faithful servant! As if serving both services each Sunday doesn’t keep her busy enough, she also volunteers in our library in between services, as she says she has a love for reading as well as kids. Florence has also helped out with Good News Club, which is an after school program that meets weekly on school campuses, sharing the gospel of Christ with elementary aged children. She received Christ as a 10 yr old little girl, and sees the value of ministering to young kids which is the reason she got involved in serving in Kids Ministry.

Florence has one grown son. She wanted to be an Occupational Therapist when she was a kid, and always wanted to learn how to play the keyboard. When asked if she would rather be invisible or be able to read people’s minds, she chose to be invisible, and thought that would be much more exciting, and a lot less scary than reading people’s minds and seeing what they are thinking!

Her current favorite scripture is found in Phil 4:19. Although, that changes from time to time for different seasons in her life. “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”

If stranded on a desert island, and could only take two things along, Florence would take her Bible and her Auto-harp (which is what she just happens to have with her each and every Sunday too). I asked her if she could only eat one food for the rest of her life, what would that be? She said that would be too hard to choose because she would get tired of eating just one thing forever. She did mention however, that she loves her poppy seed muffins, and loves grabbing one on Sunday mornings in between services.

Florence, you are a true gem! We appreciate your heart for the kids of New Life, and how you not only faithfully serve each and every Sunday morning, but how you show up with a smile on your face which comes from the joy in your heart! Thank you for making sure each child that comes here, leaves knowing they are loved! We sure appreciate you!

Congratulations Ezekiel Paul Martin and Joshua Landon!!

Upcoming Events

Calendar Dates for October
Oct. 2 – Nov. 5th – Operation Christmas Child
October 8th – Pastor Billy Graham Palouse -Prince of Peace School, India
October 28th – FallFest’17 – 5-8pm
October 28th -29th – NO Sunday School/Child Care (Serve Weekend)
Calendar Dates for November
November 10 – Offices Closed – Veteran’s Day
November 23 & 24 – Offices Closed – Thanksgiving

Operation Christmas Child
October 2nd – November 5th

We will be kicking off this exciting outreach on Monday, October 2nd. 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. Please be a part of this great outreach through Samaritan’s Purse. You can follow your box online and know exactly who receives it!

For more information go to:

To find out how to pack the box and toy suggestions go to:

Come meet Pastor Billy Graham Palouse from Prince of Peace School, India! Kids Ministry will present a check for monies collected through missions at Vacation Bible School. He will be in the Life Center at 9am and 11am on Sunday Oct. 8th. to meet the kids who participated at this years Vacation Bible School.

Click here to find out more about Serve Weekend
(October 28th and 29th)
Text affectthe5 to 805-979-2003

Just Sayin’

Before you had kids, do you remember keeping a mental list of all the things you would NEVER do once you had a kid? For example: crying children on an aircraft. Before kids, I thought “Ugh, can you please shut your kid up I’m trying to sleep? When I have kids of my own, I won’t let them cry on an airplane. I’ll give them suckers or something to keep them quiet.” Well here’s the news folks, my husband and I flew with our 3 children ages 3 and under across the country and it was PAINFUL! Our last flight was four hours long, and we had 2 out of 3 kids screaming the E N T I R E time (not exaggerating). Like kicking and spinning on the ground–2 year old exhausted tantrum–kind of screaming. Suckers were powerless. The people around us were not understanding at all, as a matter of fact, when the plane finally landed, everyone behind us dashed off of the plane ahead of us avoiding eye contact at all cost. I felt so embarrassed, exhausted and defeated even though I’d never see those people again. Thank Goodness.

Having kids changes things, it changes you. I find myself much more understanding and less critical and judgmental because I know very well now that it could all happen to me just the same…
Isaiah 40:11 says, “He [God] will feed his flock like a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead the mother sheep with their young.” I love this beautiful picture of the tender attention of the shepherd to his flock. It tells me that God knows mothers need special care while they are tending to their young. God understands we need more grace, and gentleness for this season we are in of diapers, toddler tantrums, poop in the tub (just happened while writing this), etc. And He will take care of us and feed us. He will carry those who are unable to walk and lead us gently in this time with young. What a comfort!

I’ll leave you with this thought: if you are tired, discouraged and feeling like you can’t walk today, know that Christ is able to scoop you up in His arms and carry you through this day. Ah. Relief.

Trusting Him A Day At A Time,

Your Neighborhood Mom

Healthy Parents = Healthy Kids

Text “groups” to 805-979-2003

Faith Café (Everyone is Welcome at Faith Café)
Cancer Support (find out more)

Financial Peace University


Early Childhood
10/1 – Lesson 5
Hannah’s Prayer (spiritual growth tool)
1 Samuel 1: 2:18-19
“I love the Lord.”
(see Psalm 116:1)
Focus: I talk to God to show my love for Him and to ask for His help.

10/8 – Lesson 6
Helping at the Tabernacle (spiritual growth tool)
1 Samuel 1:28; 2:11, 18-21, 26
“Whatever you do, do your work for the Lord.”
(see Colossians 3:23)
Focus: I do my best to help and obey because I love God.
10/15 – Lesson 7
Samuel Listens and Obeys (spiritual growth tool)
1 Samuel 3
“Come and listen to the words of the Lord.”
(see Joshua 3:9)
Focus: I show my love for God by listening to His Word, the Bible.10/22 – Lesson 8
Samuel Obeys God (spiritual growth tool)
1 Samuel 16:1-13
“We must obey God.”
(Acts 5:29)
Focus: I obey God because I love Him.10/29
Serve Weekend – No Curriculum



10/1 Unit 26 Session 2
“Jesus’ Resurrection”(video)
Matthew 28: 1-15; John 20:1-18
Main Point: Jesus was resurrected on the 3rd day.

10/8 Unit 26 Session 3
“The Emmaus Disciples”(video)
Luke 24:13-35
Main Point: Jesus taught that all Scriptures point to Him.

10/15 Unit 27 Session 1
“Jesus Appeared To The Disciples”(video)
Luke 24:36-49; John 20:19-23
Main Point: Jesus Appeared to His Disciples

10/22 Unit 27 Session 2
“Jesus And The Doubter”(video)
John 20: 24-29
Main Point: Jesus Showed His hands And Side To Thomas

Serve Weekend – No Curriculum

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. Keep your eyes posted for dates and sign-ups if you would like your child to participate in our Christmas Kid Service!

Happy Fall!
Melanie Borum
Elementary Coordinator
Kids Worship Team Director

Hey moms and dads!

The KidsMin Worship Team wants to extend an open invitation to all parents who would like to visit us on any Sunday, any time – you’re always welcome!

Feel free to grab some coffee and a pastry on the patio and come on over to the Life Center to see what your kids are learning during our Large Group sessions.

The 1st-6th grade kids meet in the Life Center every Sunday morning from 9:00-10:15 for 1st service and 11:00-12:15 for 2nd service.


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
(KidsMin Director)

Auzia Clark
(Team Administrator)

Tami Lundquist
Becky Ferini

(Nursery Coordinators)

DeLynn Wagner
(Early Childhood Coordinator)

Melanie Borum
(Elementary Coordinator)

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