Children's Ministry - December 2018

THANKFUL, GRATEFUL and BLESSED!

Remember the reason for CHRISTmas! I write this while on mission in New Mexico. As I look at the stars in the sky out in the open desert, I think of how Mary and Joseph may have felt that night traveling from inn to inn with no place for Mary to give birth. Giving birth in the stable must have been kinda scary. But what a life changing experience for everyone that accepts the Son as our Lord and Savior. What an amazing testimony that shows—no matter what—God is always in control and cares for each one of us. What others think of us should not matter, and we should not be trying to please others. As long as we are letting God work through us for His glory and honor, He will take care of us. We should want to stand out for Him.

It is so dark when there is no light. Each star shines like a bright light, some bigger than others. It amazes me how God placed each one in its place! As I have looked at the white snow, it looks as if it is a spotlight, a white blanket, and each little flake shines so bright. It literally looks like glitter all over the whole valley and mountain! I can only think of how God has washed me of all my sins. I am wonderfully made and as white as each snowflake that falls. I am so thankful and blessed to be called His child. I am the daughter of the one true King.

May His light of His love guide, protect, and fill your life this Christmas. Check out Cook Kidz Ministry on Facebook or cookbc.org!

Merry Christmas!
Love you all,
Rebecca Welch

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Children's Ministry - November 2018

THANKFUL, GRATEFUL and BLESSED!

The month of November, is the month when most want to be thankful for things or people. I remember as I was growing up and I always had something to be thankful for, I know that is why I feel such appreciation for others around me and I pray and thank Him for them. We did not have a lot growing up, and there were struggles we faced daily. I always had someone to be thankful, grateful, and blessed around me, and I never failed to let them know. My testimony reveals the thankfulness I continue to have. If it was not for Him, where would I be. Do we show and tell people we are thankful for Him and what He does in our life like we could or should? In a world that is teaching to be self-absorbed, are we thinking about what He did for me or look at what He continues to do? We should all be so thankful and grateful to share our testimony how He saved us and tell how Christ died and rose again for us. He lives everyday for you and me, He is someone to be thankful and grateful for and we all should be teaching our children the same. Be thankful, grateful and blessed to have Jesus in your heart and friends and family to appreciate. Share your story of God's unfailing love and how He gave His Son for everyone. I have so many that bless me through Him each week with cards, texts, phone calls and hugs of thankfulness, gratefulness and blessings. God knows who we need in our lives. Each of you that have touched our family with the love and care of Jesus and helped in Cook Kidz Ministry in anyway will never be unnoticed. You are being prayed for and appreciated more than you will ever know. Be sure you are praying for and encouraging your family, friends, and neighbors and showing them thankfulness, gratefulness, and blessings. You may be the only way Jesus is revealed to them through your life. May God bless each of you!

We have several opportunities for you to serve in Cook Kidz Ministry. If you feel God wants you to serve in kids ministry, please contact me and we can discuss where God will have you serve.

Keep up with Cook Ministries on our Facebook page or cookbc.org website.

Love you all,
Rebecca Welch

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Children's Ministry - October 2018

Twelve years ago in October, my life as I knew it changed drastically. I was so used to talking to my momma every day or she was at our house 2-3 days a week keeping Jayson and spending time with us. She was a safety I had all my childhood, teen, and very few adult years. Then, that day came when Jay told me she was gone in a car accident. I cannot tell you much about the next few days as I mourned and was
carrying Mason to deliver him 3 weeks later. To say it has ever gotten better since, I cannot say that. But I will tell you this as I have said time and time again, we should not live as if there is a tomorrow. I prayed for strength, love, and help in my mourning process. He gave me that and so much more in Jay and the boys which were there every day in the good, bad, and ugly. Also, our extended family, church family, and friends were there with hugs, smiles, cards, phone messages, visits, and dishes you prepared. These gestures of strength, faith, and help came through you. You will never know how much Jesus worked in my life through each of you.

As the holidays come up, show and tell your family, friends, and neighbors how important they are, and that Jesus lives in and through you. We must learn to live as if there is no tomorrow. Over the years, Jay and I have told lots of people how you see kids at church or somewhere if you are in town and they never fail to give you a big hug, smile, high five, or a handshake. They will never know what an impact they have on our heart. These kids love unconditionally like there is no tomorrow. They do not do it thinking they will get something in return. Their love is like God formed each of our hearts to love. Think and pray about all of the joy and love through Christ you can give or show someone
today. We are not here to pick and choose who gets our time, attention, and love. We are here to share the joy and love God has given to us, to everyone.

Thank you for the love, encouragement and support you have shown my family and me through the years, and your support of Cook Kidz Ministry.

If you would like to talk or know about Cook Kidz Ministry. I am here and available. We do have opportunities for you to serve and receive lots of hugs, smiles, high fives, and handshakes.

Operation Night Light is coming up on Oct. 31st. We are taking donations of any treat you would like to donate, and you can put them in the black can at the Welcome Center. We have ordered several items to share the gospel with our neighbors that night if you would like to donate to these items.

Updates for Cook Kidz Ministry events are on Facebook or at cookbc.org.

Love you all,
Rebecca Welch

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Children's Ministry - September 2018

As Fall comes closer this means cooler weather. I hear people talking about leaves changing, crackling fires, and warm sweaters. The seasons bring about change, some of which are good and some not so good. Our lives are like the seasons. We have good changes or not so good changes. Our lives change by choices we make. God gives us choices in every season of our life. Prayer and faith are important in the changes and choices we make. If we choose to do things the same way and never make changes, we will not grow and strengthen. No season of life will ever be the same, there will always be changes. With God as our choice in all things, He will see us through the seasons of life. As the leaves change color, wither and fall, remember our lives are a lot like that, but God always makes things new and beautiful in another season.

In just the 8+ years I have been in children's ministry at Cook, there have been changes and seasons of growth and strength. Our Cook Kidz Ministry is amazing. I thank God for each and everyone that encourages, loves, volunteers, supports, and prays for our
children's ministry. You each mean so much to this ministry. You all are a vital part of God's life changing work in the lives of our children. We are continuing to grow and see new families weekly. God has got great plans.

If you would, pray about where God can use you and your gifts to be the change, where kids can see Him through your loving, patient, and spiritual teaching. We have opportunities for you to serve in morning and evening Extended Session, Connect Groups, Awana, Children's Church, Bible Drill, and other ministries. If you feel God would have you help, contact me by email atrebecca@cookbc.org, or by calling the office.

September
5th- Awana
26th- See you at the pole!

October
1st-Operation Night Light donations being accepted
3rd- Awana Western Night (food roundup)
17th- Pastor & Popcorn Night
31st- Operation Night Light (Bring goodies to pass out to our neighbors, a smile, and lawn chairs to sit in)

Love you all,
Rebecca Welch

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Children's Ministry - July 2018

God is good all the time and all the time God is good! That is so true! In good times, and tough times He is good, He never leaves us or forsakes us.

As the summer is in full swing, and we are all over the place, be sure that you share your story of Jesus' unfailing love with your family, friends, neighbors, and strangers. Everyone should know how awesome and loving He is and how He has worked in the life of you and your family.

We are praying, preparing, and getting ready for VBS at Cook. We have passed out invitations to daycares, at the Peach Festival and to our friends and neighbors. God is doing great things in and through His church.

There are opportunities for you to serve in kidz ministry. If you are a parent, grandparent, or you just love teaching kids about Jesus love. I would
love to talk with you about where you can use your gifts for God's glory.

We have an extended session ministry where all parents of bedbabies-6th grade are asked to serve one Sunday morning or evening a month to help in this ministry. If you have not recieved our Children's Ministry handbook, we have them available for you. It explains our security, and other information about our ministry.

For more info on our Cook Kidz Ministry visit cookbc.org or Cook Kidz Ministry on facebook.

Coming Up:
July 4th and 11th No Wednesday services
July 9th-13th VBS- “Shipwrecked- Rescued by Jesus”
July 30th-Aug 3rd CentriKid Camp

Love you all,
Rebecca Welch

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