March in Discovery Unlimited (K-5th)
When Adam and Eve decided that their way was better than God's way and broke God's rule, they changed the relationship between God and His creation. Where once everything and everyone could be in the presence of God, now we were at odds with God. God could have done anything He wanted, including wiping us out and starting over. But, instead, God decided to make peace with us. Ultimately, God did this through His Son, Jesus.
When Jesus died and then rose from the dead, He paid the price for everything that was wrong and unfair in this world. Because of Jesus, we can have peace. We don't have to get even. Instead, we can reflect the character of Christ by caring for others and making peace.
Key Question: Why is it so hard to give up what you think is fair? Fairness is a big deal to kids. It's often their biggest complaint when something doesn't go their way. As kids start with this question, they'll discover how God thinks about fairness and how they can be more willing to let go of what they think is fair.
We start the month in Genesis 13:5-18, God blessed Abram and his nephew, Lot, with a large amount of flocks and herds, so many that the land they were on couldn't sustain all of them. The workers on each side were not getting along. Abram and Lot knew it was time to separate. Although God had promised Abram the land of Canaan and had a right to take whatever he wanted, Abram allowed Lot to choose first. Abram let go of the best land in order to make peace with his family.
Bottom Line: Prove you care more about others by letting go of "what's fair." Sometimes choosing peace means letting go of what we want or our perception of ourselves. Preserving the relationship is more important that protecting our own sense of fairness.
March 11 - Celebration Service for Pastor Bill & Marcy - DU in the Worship Center
There will be no DU on Sunday, March 11. We will join the rest of the church in the Worship Center at 10:35 a.m. for the Celebration Service celebrating Pastor Bill & Marcy's many years of ministry at LFMC! (Don't forget the potluck reception after church that Sunday.)
March 18 - Installation Service for Pastor Alex - DU in the Worship Center
There will be no DU on Sunday, March 18. We will join the rest of the church in the Worship Center at 10:35 a.m. for the special Installation Service as we welcome Pastor Alex and Wendy to LFMC!
Key Question: Who do you need to make peace with? Hopefully, the kids in our environments aren't experiencing fights with their friends, but more than likely, a few of them are. As kids learn that God went to great lengths to make peace with us, they can pinpoint exactly whom they need to offer forgiveness and peace.
We finish out our month in the book of Colossians. In Colossians 1:20, Paul reminds us that us that peace originated with God's love for us and Jesus' sacrifice on the cross. And, as we'll discover in Colossians 3:15, we should live at peace with those around us because of everything Christ did for us.
Bottom Line: We can make peace with others because God made peace with us. Jesus is our ultimate example of peace. Because He made peace between God and us, we should strive to make peace a part of how we work together as the Body of Christ.