August 2019
August 2019 Newsletter
Ever wonder what lesson your child will be covering on Sunday, or are you looking to put some dates on your family calendar? Keep reading to answer these questions and more!
Moving Up & Celebrating!
Moving Up Sunday - August 11th
On Sunday, August 11th, all children who are in grade-level based classes will move up to their new grade! New 5th graders will report to Watering Hole as usual, but then will gather in the Zebra room. New Kindergarten students will also report to Watering Hole, and then meet in the Cheetah room. As usual, 1st-4th graders stay in Watering Hole.

Our exiting 5th graders will report to CRASH Landing if they come to the 9:20 service; at 11:00 there is not a class for middle & high school ages, as they are encouraged to begin worshiping in the sanctuary with family.

At this time, we do not have teachers for the 5th grade or the Kindergarten group during the 11:00 service. If your children attend during that hour, they will remain in Watering Hole and enjoy our lesson and activities there. Know someone at church who would be great for that age? Please send us their name!

If you have a new Kindergarten student, please click on the Kindergarten image to read a more detailed welcome letter!
Celebration Sunday - August 18th
God worked through Word of Life, WinShape, Grandfamily Fun Day, and other events this summer! You don't want to miss our CELEBRATION service on August 18th, where we will hear about some of the changed lives and the moments where God worked in the lives of children, youth, and adults. Please plan to come - and you may want to bring your older children into service for this celebration!
Our Lessons for August
Don't forget that on our Parent Portal page on the church website, you can find activity pages for each lesson, which you can download and do at home with your child to review each Sunday! In August, we will continue to learn what happened to the Israelites after they entered the Promised Land.
Sunday, August 4 - Achan's Sin &
The Defeat of Ai
Sunday, August 11 - The Day the Sun Stood Still
Sunday, August 18 - Joshua's Final Encouragement
Sunday, August 25 - Bible Blitz in Watering Hole,
Review Day in Little Explorers
The kids in 1st - 5th grade will spend today playing fun review games of the last 4 lessons in our unit. Help your kids review the stories & our memory verse, pictured here. If they say it today from memory, they get to pick a prize out of our prize box!

In Little Explorers, the kids will also review some of their summer stories, play games, and do crafts. Visit the Parent Portal for more information & activities to do at home!
Memorize the Old Testament books of the Bible!
This summer, we challenged your kids to memorize the Old Testament books of the Bible! Knowing the books of the Bible in order will help your kids navigate through the Word of God. Click on the image to view the YouTube song that we are using to help them with their memorization. Visit our Parent Portal to get a link for an audio download of the song!

Your child has through the end of August to say (or sing) them to a teacher for a prize!
Mommy & Me Group - Begins August 23rd

Come with your little ones for a time of music, movement, crafts, fellowship, and worship! This group will be led by Scarlett Jackson, and will meet in the Family Life Center on Fridays from 3:30 - 5:00. Sign-ups begin in the breezeway on August 11th. For more information you can contact Scarlett by emailing her HERE, by calling the church office at 941-625-7435, or by checking the EVENTS page on the church website for updated information!
Opportunities for Grand Families
(grandparents raising grandkids)
Grand Family Fun Day - September 14
The Compassion & Outreach leadership team is organizing the 3rd Grand Family Fun Day of 2019 at First Alliance! This is a FREE day offered to grandparents who are raising grandchildren, and is open to anyone in the community. Grandparents are usually asked to call the church office and register their grandchildren, so keep your eyes on the bulletin and the website/Facebook pages as the date gets closer. The activities offered may also change - but it will be a FUN day. Go HERE to see pictures from the last one! Please visit our Events page on the website if you (or your teenager) can help by serving a 3 hour shift that day. This is an awesome opportunity to be Jesus' hands and feet!
New Small Group begins September 15th!
The church can be a family that supports, encourages, and teaches each other as we strive to follow God in the lives He has given us. If you are a grandparent raising grandchildren, and are not connected - or are just looking for a small group - try this one out! It begins September 15th, and will meet on the 3rd Sunday of each month! We will care for your grandkids as you go to service at 9:20 and stay for the small group at 11:00 (many of our Safari Kids stay for 2 services). You can also visit our website for more information by clicking on the picture below.
Join our Team!
Would you consider joining our team? We are currently praying for God to supply a 5th grade teacher & a Kindergarten teacher during the 11:00 service times, and more participants for our Good News Club team, which teaches Bible lessons on Thursdays at Peace River Elementary. There are also other roles available that would help us do our ministry better! Email us at , or visit our pages on the website to take a virtual tour of our ministry by clicking HERE .