Well, Mother’s Day is coming up in a week or so……. So in honor of that hal-lowed moment in family life, let me give you a view of one of the many moments of education that take place in the “early days” of Motherhood. Look with me – – – through the Keyhole of early childhood development.
POTTY TRAINING is one of the strangest phenomena of American Life. Consider this: those of you who have had children or presently you have a child around the age of two. For the sake of example, let’s say you have a daughter (a son would work just as well), who for the past two years has established the habit of using her pants for a toilet, and now, suddenly she is being asked to change her whole life-style — JUST — because these great big people think it is time for her to be a BIG GIRL! Her crazy parents go around cheering when she uses the potty as if the winning touch-down in the SUPER BOWL (toilet bowl?) has just been scored and the clock ran out. Your young daughter seems to endure your crazy ideas with less than enthusiasm at times, but she seems to be slowly accepting the disciplines of life in this world.
The Christian Life is in some ways, very much like potty training. How, you ask? (I HEARD THAT!!!!) It takes discipline of everyday action. Some routine, some discipline is needed to make life in Christ work. Discipline is not punishment as some would think; it is training and learning. It takes continual vigilance, study, and action to do Christ’s work each day.
There is also an action and a way of life that parents are to present to their chil-dren. We are to bring our children up in the “nurture and admonition of the Lord,” which is another way of saying that we are to raise our children to know Jesus as their Savior. This demands that we make a conscious effort to present our lives as a living example to them, and also we’re to provide them with discipline and Christian train-ing.
Some of you may have noticed, we don’t have to teach our children to be sin-ners. They seem to pick this up on their own, but they do need training to be good and they must be taught about Jesus and then helped in their coming to know Him as Savior and Lord. The Christian gospel of God’s love in Jesus Christ is literally “new” with each generation, and without the work and love and training of Christians who have gone before, there would be no Christian faith in the world at all.
Potty Training, along with learning to read and write, and balancing check-books, is necessary for life in this world, and so is a strong Christian faith. The only way that children of today will be followers of Jesus when we are old and grey, is if we give them the proper Christian training, knowledge, discipline, and love. We have a task to teach our children who Jesus is, so that they may come to know Him for themselves.
See you in church on Mother’s Day. .. . . . Jack
And your response is —– “As you wish.”
P.S. You might give thanks this Mother’s Day for that person who helped you over the “battle of the potty” and for those people who helped you to come to know Jesus. Thanks Mom and Dad . . . . .I only mess up once in a great while (that’s in reference to the potty).
New Members & Visitors Luncheon
Immediately following 2nd Service Come and get acquainted! Let us fellowship together!
HELP! HELP!!! We Need Helpers for VBS!
Please contact the Church if you can help! 217-428-8839
SPECIAL CHILDREN’S MINISTRY TEAM
We are forming a team to minister to children with special needs. If you are being called to join this unique ministry then please contact Pam Haycraft and/or Berta Pitzer by calling the church office at 428-8839.
Rachel Byers is on a mission trip in Brisbane, Australia. She will gone for a year and half. During this time she will be going on outreach to various locations and doing lectures and staffing at the school. Rachel is in need of around $500 per month in finances for room and board while in Aus-tralia. Lampstand Church is accepting money on her behalf. If you write a check please include Rachel’s name in the memo line.
You can see Rachel’s postings at rachelbyers.wordpress.com or you can email her at
firstname.lastname@example.org. The Outreach committee urges you to support Rachel in her foreign mis-sion endeavor through prayers, encouragement and finances.
Meals on Wheels Volunteers Needed
Lampstand Church has been assigned to deliver meals for MEALS ON WHEELS the week of MAY 6-10; routes are available each day of the week.
If you are interested in helping with this Outreach ministry, please call the church office 217-428-8839. Your help is greatly appreciated.
New Sunday School Class!!!
Not a Fan: Becoming a Completely Committed Follower of Jesus
By Kyle Idleman
If Jesus were to sit down with you right now and have DTR (Define the Relationship) conversation, how would you respond? Are you truly his follower or just a fan – or perhaps someone who doesn’t even care about the difference? Not a Fan invites you to make Jesus not merely the object of your admiration, but the very center of your life.
Come join us for this 6 week Study starting May 5, 2013. We meet in Room 5 (the large conference room behind the stage) in the Worship Building. Berta Pitzer and Gina Fitzgerald facilitate the class.
10:45 Service – Come and celebrate with our 2013 Graduates!
Great Banquet & Awakening Schedule
Boy’s Awakening #19—May 31-June 2
Mark Gadberry, Lay Director
Girl’s Awakening #20—June 7-9
Jodi Lockwood, Lay Director
FALL GREAT BANQUET 2013
Jamaica Men’s Great Banquet #3 – August 8-11, 2013
Roy Ellis (Madisonville, KY), Head Spiritual Director
Jamaica Women’s Great Banquet #4 – August 15-18, 2013
Berta Pitzer, Head Spiritual Director
Decatur Correctional Center Great Banquet #5 – October 3-6, 2013
Marsha Haycraft, Lay Director
Men’s Great Banquet #82 – October 17-20, 2013
Jeff Brown, Lay Director
Women’s Great Banquet #83 – October 31-November 3, 2013
Chris Gadberry, Lay Director
Women’s Great Banquet #84 – November 14-17, 2013
Tammy Laughery, Lay Director