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Pot-luck
Christmas pot-luck lunch on Sunday the 7th of December!

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We hope to see you there!

Joseph Sent to Egypt

IMPORTANT INFO FOR THE COMING WEEKS!
1. ICF Christmas Play will be December 7th.
2. The next 3 Sundays we will be practicing for the Christmas play. (November 16, 23, and 30). All of the Children will be dismissed to go to Sunday School after the FIRST SONG, so please do your best to be at church by 10 a.m.

If you have any questions, please see Jeana. Thank you!

Dear Parents,

What a blessing to have another week of The Gospel Project for Kids! This week we started a two-part story looking at Joseph, a son of Jacob. Joseph’s father favored him above all of his other sons. Their relationship bred contempt and jealousy among his siblings. Joseph’s brothers threw him into a pit.

Before long, Joseph’s brothers had a plan. They pulled Joseph out of the pit to sell him into slavery. Joseph traveled to Egypt and became a servant in the home of a prominent Egyptian named Potiphar. Accused of a crime he did not commit, Joseph spent the next several years in prison. God was watching out for him though; Joseph excelled and was released from prison after God gave him the ability to interpret one of Pharaoh’s dreams.

Because of the interpretation of Pharaoh’s dream, Joseph rose to be the second highest ruler in the country. He built silos to house grain and administered the distribution of food during a time of famine.

God was with Joseph, and He blessed him. Joseph rose to his position as God’s instrument to protect his family and many others from starvation. Jesus gave up His position of great power in order to bring salvation to people. Christ’s life, death, and resurrection made a way to provide salvation from spiritual death, the penalty for sin.

Blessings,
Jeana
ICF Sunday School Coordinator

Upcoming Lesson:
“The Gift of Advent” and Christmas Play Practices
We will begin again with the Gospel Project January 4th.

Jacob’s New Name

Dear Parents,

This week in The Gospel Project for Kids, kids heard a story about what happens when God changes someone’s heart. Jacob, you may remember, didn’t start off very well. He was a lying deceiver who looked out only for his own interests. Nevertheless, God changed Jacob through quite a challenging circumstance.

Jacob separated from his brother and lived away for 20 years. During that time he had a family—a very large family! God compelled Jacob to return to his hometown in order to see Esau. Jacob learned that Esau was coming but that he had a large contingent of men with him. Jacob sent his family ahead of him and camped by a river.

During the night, Jacob wrestled with an angel who turned out to be God. In that meeting with God, God changed Jacob. In the morning, Jacob crossed the river. Instead of hiding behind his family in case Esau’s approaching group attacked, Jacob led his family to what was a glorious reunion.

Jacob’s meeting with God changed his life as reflected in his new name, Israel. Jesus came so that we might have a changed life, forgiven of sin (2 Cor. 5:17). Jesus’ death and resurrection provided sinful people with the way to be adopted into God’s family. When we are adopted into the family of God, we also receive a new name—children of God (John 1:12).

Blessings,
Jeana
ICF Sunday School Coordinator

Upcoming Lesson:
Session Title: Joseph Sent to Egypt
Bible Passages: Genesis 37:1-36; 39:1–41:57

The Stolen Blessing

Dear Parents,

The Gospel Project for Kids continued its journey through God’s story by learning about a little sibling rivalry. Any child with a sibling can attest to the struggles that sometimes plague this special relationship. Jacob and Esau were no different. Jacob’s name means “heel grabber,” an apt description of who and what he was.

Esau despised his birthright in favor of some tasty stew that Jacob was making. The birthright was an important right in Hebrew culture, and for Esau to look on it with disdain was contrary to all that it was designed to do. Jacob took advantage of his brother and secured for himself a better familial position.

Jacob is a perfect example of why people need a Savior. He tricked his father into blessing him instead of his brother. Jacob lied and was a devious manipulator to gain something that wasn’t rightfully his. Like Jacob, we seek a birthright and a blessing that don’t belong to us, but we can’t lie, cheat, or deceive in order to gain it. Instead, Jesus shared His birthright and blessing with us when He paid for our sins on the cross and gave us His righteousness.

Blessings,
Jeana
ICF Sunday School Coordinator

Upcoming Lesson
Session Title: Jacob’s New Name
Bible Passage: Genesis 32–33

The Promise Reaffirmed

Dear Parents,

In the next installment of God’s story, we learned that God’s plan that began with Abraham extended far beyond his lifetime. When Isaac grew up, he started a family of his own. Isaac’s wife, Rebekah, had twin boys, Jacob and Esau.

Yesterday’s story was about the promise God gave Abraham. Abraham passed the knowledge of the promise to Isaac, who told the promise to his son, Jacob. In order to reaffirm the promise, God gave the promise to both Isaac and Jacob.

God’s plan didn’t stop with the promise He gave to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. The promise was extended to Jacob’s descendants—and ultimately to an entire nation—leading to the birth of a baby boy named Jesus. Jesus fulfilled God’s plan to provide salvation and redemption for all of God’s people.

Blessings,
Jeana
ICF Sunday School Coordinator

Upcoming Lesson:
Session Title: The Stolen Blessing
Bible Passages: Genesis 25:27-34; 27: 1-45

God Tested Abraham

Dear Parents,

God’s story continued this week in The Gospel Project for Kids with the story of God testing Abraham. Imagine being Abraham, trusted in old age with the son God had promised. Now God instructs you to offer your son as a sacrifice. What would go through your mind? The sacrifice of a child was not common among God’s followers, but Abraham obeyed God.

Think about your children. Not only was Abraham obedient to God, Isaac was obedient to his father, likely not knowing what was happening but trusting that his father knew what was best. Isaac was willing and ready to do what his father asked him to do.

God provided a ram as a sacrifice instead of Isaac. This story is a clear depiction of what God was willing to do when He sent Jesus as the sacrifice for the sins of mankind. Jesus was willing to do what was necessary for God’s plan to succeed. God spared Isaac by providing a substitute. Likewise, we need a perfect substitute for our sin; that substitute is Jesus.

Blessings,
Jeana
ICF Sunday School Coordinator

Upcoming Lesson:
Session Title: The Promise Reaffirmed
Bible Passages: Genesis 25:19-26; 26:1-6; 28:10-22

Back-to-School picnic

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Thank you to all who helped plan the Back-to-School picnic and who came to join us! Shinae and her team did a fantastic job with organizing the event and coordinating the food. Seby, thank you for putting together the games to get things rolling. It was a wonderful evening and we look forward to seeing you all again on Sunday!

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