June 29, 2020
For and About Children
In our Growing Up with God series we've talked about planting seeds. Who planted seeds of God in your life and where are you planting seeds today?

Seeds are powerful things. Consider the mustard seed. It is one of the smallest seeds, yet it grows into a large plant. And it is very powerful! Not only does the mustard seed have a strong taste, it is rich in nutrients and antioxidants. An anti-inflammatory, it can help everything from asthma attacks to high blood pressure. Seeds can also produce more than what they start out as. Consider the small acorn that grows into the mighty oak tree.

Yes, seeds are powerful and are producers. But in order to grow, they must take root. Paul tells the church Colossae, " Keep your roots deep in him, build your lives on him, and become stronger in your faith, as you were taught." (Colossians 2:7) Roots bring nourishment to the plant. By feeding the plant, the roots help it grow. Roots can store food so the plant can get it when needed. During tough times, a plant with a mature root system will have stored food and water that can help carry it through. Roots also anchor the plant so when it is buffeted by strong winds and heavy storms, it doesn't fall down, but can hold on.

Our children are seeds we have planted in the good soil. It is up to us to help them take root. We are the ones who provide nourishment that will carry them through the tough times. We are to provide experiences to anchor them in their faith when the strong winds and heavy storms rage around them, During hard times, will they be able to remember their ancestors in the faith as Paul does in Hebrews 11? When they need guidance, will they see examples in their own lives of people whose faith has helped them stay rooted? When they need direction will Bible verses come to them out of their memories to apply to situations they find themselves in? Only if we teach them.

It is through talking with our children, reading the Bible, and praying with them that we root them in the soil we have planted them in. It is through sharing focused experiences such as those in our Growing Up with God series and others that we build homes that nourish and root our children's faith.

We'll build a household of faith
That together we can make
And when the strong winds blow it won't fall down
As one in Him we'll grow and the whole world will know
We are a household of faith.

By Steve & Marijean Green

Growing Up with God

Whether you are participating in our series or not, everyone is welcome to join in on our YouTube worship video Sunday morning at 9:00 or anytime afterwards. If you go to YouTube and type in Growing Up with God First Presbyterian Church, you will get the two videos we've done so far. Each are about 15 minutes long and a good mini lesson for kids on the importance of planting seeds in people's lives and growing roots in our faith. They would make good family devotions along with the verses from Mark 4:1 - 9.

Zoom Tunes and Tales
Preschoolers - Rising Second Graders

Making the World Beautiful
Special Edition to compliment our
Growing Up with God Series

How does Miss Rumphius make the world more beautiful? How will you? If you 're not participating in our Growing Up with God series it will be a fun way for you to see a little bit of what we are doing. We'll be reading about Miss Rumphius and how she made the world more beautiful. We'll also sing some songs about God's beautiful earth. This will be our next to last Tunes and Tales. I'd love to see some of our friends who've joined us before as well as new friends. Come with your ideas of how to make the world a beautiful place.

Carol Boyce is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Tunes and Tales
Time: Jul 2, 2020 10:00 AM Central Time (US and Canada)
Zoom in for Lunch!
(Rising Third through Seventh Graders)
Readers or Siblings

Mythical creatures, Star Wars, Occupations, Best Toys throughout History, and Bible Heroes. Those are our topics for our second to last Zoom Lunch. If you haven't been in a while, come and join us. If you've never been, come and see why we've been having so much fun! We're friendly and you'll find people glad to welcome you.

Carol Boyce is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Lunch
Time: Jul 2, 2020 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

We know we were made for so much more
Than ordinary lives
It's time for us to more than just survive
We were made to thrive.

Casting Crowns

First Presbyterian Church of Libetyville 847.362.2174 www.firstpreslibertyville.org

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