Welcome to Heart & Home
September 5, 2020
Family and Children's Offerings Survey
Thank you to those who completed the family survey. If you have not yet had the opportunity, please follow this link.

We are asking for your feedback to help us focus our efforts to offer expanded virtual events and resources for your children and family. The survey includes questions about an online gathering for children on Sunday mornings and other resources. New events such as the Crossover Retreat for 6th graders, Sunday Morning Bible School, and Love in Action Retreat, are being discussed and will be promoted on our website and newsletter soon. Thank you for your time and blessings to your family.
Scripture Focus for Children and Students
This week's bible story is from Luke 14:12-14, the parable of the Great Feast. Watch the bible story video at this link. In this scripture, Jesus said it is better to invite people who can't pay you back, or people that are not worried about impressing you. Jesus said "God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you". That got people thinking about heaven and the feast that God has waiting for us.

For Children:
Ask your children, if the man in the story represents God, and the banquet is heaven, why do you think Jesus told this story? Ask if God wants us to be kind to everyone, or just our friends that look and think the same as we do.

For Students: How can you show hospitality to others outside of your family and friends? What can you do to serve others this week who may never be able to serve you back in the same way?
This Week's Highlighted Resources
Serve Opportunity
September’s SERVE focus will be on Voting. As United States citizens, we are coming upon a very significant Election season. The right to vote is the foundation of any democracy. The United Methodist Social Principals state that “the strength of a political system depends on the full and willing participation of its citizens”.   

Participating in elections is one of the key freedoms of American life. Many people in countries around the world do not have the same freedom, nor did many Americans in centuries past. No matter what you believe or whom you support, it is important to exercise your rights. 

During this month we will explore why it is important to vote and how you can serve not only by voting but by taking part in the political process. 

Your family can have important conversations to include your children in this exciting process, and provide them valuable information that will impact our future. Here is a video to watch together, Voting for Kids -- Why Voting is Important.

On a personal note, I take my children with me to vote, so they have those memories and understand the importance at a young age. My kids are excited to have the day off school, but also it is our tradition to treat ourselves with a doughnut after voting.