December 2010 1824 Mountain Road Joppa, MD 21085 410-877-1824 www.mountainchristian.org Reduce Possession-Obsession For many families, it’s a necessary pre-Christmas ritual: weeding Ask God: through the old toys just to make room for new ones. Children typi- cally have so much “stuff” they can’t keep track of or play with it all. • To help your family focus on When possessions become a priority, it’s time to re-evaluate your Jesus’ birth this Christmas. family’s stance on stuff. • To reduce your emphasis on Many of us keep materialism in check most of the year but then slip buying and receiving. at Christmas. Although presents aren’t bad, you can ease the focus on materialism this season. For example: • To help your children treasure God, not earthly things. Remind your children that Jesus is our best gift. Make sure they know that Christmas is Jesus’ birthday and that God sent Jesus Parenting Insights because he loves us. When you decorate for Christmas, leave a na- tivity scene manger empty. Wrap the baby Jesus figurine in a spe- Despite tough economic times, you cial box and open it on Christmas Eve. Then read Romans 6:23b: can still have a special Christmas. “The free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.” Child-development expert Wanda Draper says, “Celebrating a more Discuss the gifts we can give to God. Talk about how you re- modest Christmas materially can spond when someone gives you a nice gift. Ask children what they be a blessing in disguise.” She of- can do that God would really like, such as pray or tell a friend about fers these tips for easing material- him. As a family, fill out gift cards listing what you can each give to ism: God. Then hang the cards from your Christmas tree or wrap them and place them under your tree as gifts to God. 1. Don’t apologize for a re- duced number of gifts. Just Encourage children to be generous. Em- “say it will be a new kind of phasize the importance of giving, not receiv- Christmas,” Draper says. ing. As a family, participate in a service pro- ject for people in need. Help children experi- 2. Discuss how everyone ence the joy of giving by donating some time wants to celebrate. Recall and money to others. Talk about how it feels previous holidays and what was to give, and discuss some ways you can con- special to each person. tinue doing so in the year ahead. 3. Create homemade gifts for family members and friends. IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2011 Making the gifts together can Indian Lake Christian Camp Weeks for MCC lead to even more great memo- ries. Family Camp May 27-29 Gerri B & Jenny K Grades 1 & 2 June 23 or June 24 Jenny K & Gerri B 4. Give children an active role. Let them take part in Advent Grades 2 & 3 June 19-June 22 Carl Hetzer devotions, decorating, baking, Grades 4-6 June 26-July 1 Katie Gerber caroling, and more. Registration is begins in January “Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own.” Luke 12:15 Our earthly possessions won’t matter or be of any use when our lives end. As Luke 12:21 Camp Kidmore December Lessons says, the only thing that mat- December is all about celebrating the birth of Jesus! ters is having “a rich relation- We will be singing songs about Jesus, hearing stories ship with God.” about Jesus’ birth and enjoying activities about Jesus in Teachable Moments our small group time. We hope you will join us! 1. It’s a Boy!—Create a birth Camp Kidmore December Bible Verse announcement for Jesus, “God sent His one and only son…” I John 4:9 complete with a baby foot- print, if you have or know a newborn. Read Luke 1:35- 38 and discuss how Mary Mission Moment reacted when she found out she was going to be Jesus’ In December we will be collecting money to buy mother. goats and chickens for a family in a third world country. With chickens and goats, a family will be provided with a supply of eggs, milk and meat. For more information, check out www.worldvisiongifts.com. Mount Kidmore for all 1st-3rd graders 8:08, 9:49 & 11:31 programming is in the NLC-Overlook and 9:15 & 11:30 in Bel Air 2. 12 Days of Christmas—As Come for a fabulous time of worship, a family, come up with 12 large group teaching & small groups. acts of service you can per- For the month of December we will be focusing on the Birth of Jesus, come and learn how one little BABY CHANGED the world. form together during De- cember. For example, shovel snow for a neighbor, Mt. 54 is for all 4th & 5th graders. donate extra blankets to a Come hang out with other homeless shelter, and de- Preteens, Play games, get into the WORD, liver cookies and cocoa to and live out 1 Timothy 4:12. homebound seniors. Mt. 54 PM 4:15-5:45 pm in WALKER CHAPEL 3. Shine On—Read Matthew Meeting: 2:2, about the Christmas December 5: Getting ready for Nursing Home Mission Project star. Cut out poster board December 12: Going to visit Lorien Nursing Home in Bel Air (look on Calendar for more info) stars and paint your names on them with glow-in-the- Mt. 54 Sunday morning in Walker Chapel. Come every Sunday morning during the 9:49 & dark paint. Tape the stars 11:31 service. Bel Air, come and be a part of great small groups with other 4th & 5th graders at to the ceiling above your 9:30 & 11:15. See you THERE! Christmas tree. Turn off the lights and share ways you HOLD THE DATE: Incredible LOVE February 11-12. Service Project serving the Seniors of can guide others to Jesus, Mountain Christian Church. the best gift of all. For more info about Mt. 54 or Mount Kidmore please contact Katie Gerber at email@example.com. This page is designed to help educate parents and isn’t meant to endorse any movie, music, or product. Our prayer is that you’ll make informed decisions about what your children watch, listen to, and wear. What’s Playing at the Movies Movie: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Culture & Trends Dawn Treader (releases Dec. 10) What’s happening right Genre: Adventure, fantasy now that may affect your Rating: PG (for some frightening images and sequences children and family: of fantasy action) Cast: Tilda Swinton, Skandar Keynes, Georgie Henley • According to an annual Synopsis: When Edmond and Lucy return to Narnia with report that tracks the their cousin, they meet Caspian and take a magical trip in Christmas wishes of chil- the royal ship. Aslan protects the children during encounters with kid- dren ages 5 to 16, Apple nappers, dragons, dwarves, “merpeople,” and more. products such as the Discussion Questions: How can you tell that Jesus is with you when iPhone, iPod, and iPad life is “smooth sailing”—and when waves toss you around? What storms have replaced toys as the have you faced, and how has Jesus helped you through them? Read hottest requests. aloud Mark 4:35-41. What are some things you’re afraid of or some (Duracell Toy Report) things that seem overwhelming to you? How can Jesus provide calm? • Diagnoses of ADHD con- tinue to rise, with one in What Music Is Releasing 10 U.S. children affected at some point. Artist: Jason Castro (cdc.gov) Album: Who I Am Artist Info: The guitar-playing, dreadlock-wearing ______________ Castro, 23, won the hearts of American Idol fans with his renditions of “Hallelujah” and “Over the Quick Stats Rainbow.” His new album is a crossover to Christian music. • Couples rank marital Summary: “I’m a Christian in whatever I do,” Cas- “stress-causers” in this tro says. “Every song in some way is led by what I believe.” In “You order: Are,” the first single from Who I Am, Castro sings to God, “You are life • Finances more beautiful. You are love more powerful. You are the light that al- • Intimacy ways shines. You are the one.” • Children Discussion Questions: How would you describe who God is, especially • In-laws to someone who doesn’t yet know him? In what ways does God make (American Express) your life “beautiful”? Read aloud Isaiah 52:7-10. How can you share the good news of God’s “victory” with other people? • Children younger than 4 are four times more likely than older children to sus- What Games Are Out tain a head injury while sledding. Experts recom- Title Content Rating mend helmets and close & Platform adult supervision. On a mysterious island, players meet ador- (emaxhealth.com) Kinectimals able cubs and teach them tricks using the E; Xbox 360 new Xbox Kinect technology. Based on a popular toy (and anime TV se- Beyblade: Metal ries), this game involves stadium battles E; Nintendo DS Fusion with spinning tops. Players fight to become the top predator. Battle of Giants: Includes animal combat and natural disas- E10+; Wii Dinosaurs Strike ters. RATINGS: EC=Early Childhood, E=Everyone (ages 6+), E10+ (ages 10+), T=Teen (ages 13+) Sun Mon Tue Wed Thurs Fri Sat 1 2 3 4 Great children’s programming every Sunday morning at our Mountain Road location: 8:08, 9:49, and 11:31 in the NLC for ages 0-3rd grade and Walker Chapel for 4th and 5th Grade AND at our Bel Air location: 9:15 and 11:30 AM!!! Come join us! 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Mt. 54 pm 4:15-5:45 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Mt. 54 PM *Nursing Home Visit 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 Christmas Eve Services Jesus (Bel Air and the NLC ) (NLC only) is 6 and 8pm * 2, 4, 6 and 8pm * born! *Children’s Programming for birth through kindergarten at all services. Except for the 8pm NO Mt. 54 services on both nights, children’s programming pm only available for birth through two year olds. 26 27 28 29 30 31 29 No Children’s Program- ming Camp Kidmore (Preschool) Mount Kidmore (Elementary) Mt. 54 (Preteen) Family friendly * Mt. 54 Christmas Nursing Home Visit Join us Sunday December 12th at Lorien Nursing Home in Bel Air (1909 Emmorton Rd., Bel Air, MD 21015) Must attend with a parent or adult, please choose between the following times. 4:00-4:30pm or 4:30-5:00pm. We will be caroling the hallways, passing out homemade ornaments, & spreading the love of Jesus. Christmas Eve Services - Do you love kids? Do you love to see the look on a child’s face as they hear the story of Jesus’ birth? Then you would be perfect to help staff the children’s area during the Christmas Eve services on December 23 & 24. To volunteer, please stop by the Children’s desk and sign up!