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Children's Ministry April 2019

Ministry Spotlight: Michelle Lane

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Michelle Lane is one of those do-it-all persons. If there is a ministry at FBC, she has probably served in it for a time. She currently is a greeter at the Connection Corner on Sunday mornings, and prepares meals for our shut-ins once a month with Cheerful Cooks, as well as pitching in with the Men’s Breakfast crew. She is also a co-teacher of the Ladies Bible Study on Tuesday mornings.  A year after Michelle and Joe were married, they began attending Foothill Baptist Church in 1989, which later merged with Upland Bible Church in 1993 to become Foothill Bible Church.

A retired high school teacher who taught Business Ed., Writing, and Literature, Michelle now participates in a reading program for elementary age children with her beloved dog Mattie Bee, a registered therapy dog, called Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D.).  Periodically, they visit shut-ins, assisted living and nursing facilities, as well as some special events, such as honoring our veterans. Michelle enjoys hiking and backpacking with her girlfriends and going on adventures with her sweet husband, Joe.

Michelle has served in children’s ministries for the past eight years primarily helping those children with special needs, and intermittently she steps in wherever she’s needed.   “After accumulating many great memories with teenagers, I never thought I would enjoy little ones as much as I do.  Their fresh, unique outlook on life tickles me. Whether it’s cuddling a baby, reading a story to a wide-eyed toddler who’s looking around, wondering where that strange voice is coming from, or being informed by a 4-year-old that her 'grandmother IS a woman after all.' I cherish every moment.”

“I have been a Christian for most of my adult life, but it seems as I grow older I am learning to value God’s Word more and more as it convicts me when I fall short, as it extends mercy to me through repentance and discipline, and as it guides me through transformation into Christ-likeness.  I love to study His Word, as well as learn, teach and discuss it with others.  My desire is to serve and to love my brothers and sisters in Christ, as well as share the wonders of the Gospel with those who don’t know Him.

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Bible Lessons

April 7

Judas Betrays Jesus

Matthew 26:1–19, 36–50

  • The Pharisees, Sadducees, and the chief priests rejected Jesus
  • Judas was paid to help the Jews put Jesus in jail
  • Most of the disciples abandoned Jesus
  • Children will recognize that they deny or betray Jesus with sinful attitudes and actions

April 14

Jesus Endures the Cross

Matthew 27:1-66

  • The soldiers and Jewish leaders mocked Jesus
  • Jesus died on a cross
  • When Jesus died, many miraculous signs occurred
  • Jesus died to pay for sin and allow people to come to God
  • Children will learn to worship Jesus Christ for dying for sin and giving access to God

April 21

Jesus Rises from the Dead

Matthew 28:1-20

  • The angel showed the women that Jesus was alive
  • Jesus rose from the dead, as He promised
  • Some trusted in Jesus after He rose from the dead, and some did not
  • Jesus told His disciples to tell the nations about Him

April 28

Rahab Shows Her Faith in God

Joshua 2:1-24

  • Joshua sent spies into Jericho to search out the land
  • Rahab believed in God and helped the spies escape
  • Rahab encouraged Israel by her news that Jericho was afraid
  • Children will learn to submit in both faith and deed to the victorious God

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Children in 1st grade through 6th grade will be dismissed prior to the sermon on Sunday mornings and line up outside the Worship Center where the teacher will then walk them to the Chapel. Each week the Bible lessons listed above will be covered. Our April teacher is Mrs. Fonda Wilson. Note: Children in 1st through 6th grade will remain with their parents on Easter Sunday for the full service.