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Dear Parents,

This week’s Bible story picked up where last week’s Bible story left off. After Jesus’ resurrection, He graciously appeared to the disciples, proving that He was alive. Even though Jesus had told His disciples that He would die and rise again, they believed by seeing.

Talk about how the disciples must have felt when Jesus appeared in the locked room with them. Jesus told them not to be afraid! To prove that He had a real, physical body, Jesus let them touch His hands. He even ate some fish! Jesus gave the disciples the Holy Spirit and equipped them to proclaim the gospel.

The resurrection is essential to the gospel. If Christ remained dead, His death would have meant nothing more than any other human being’s. God gives us victory over death through Jesus. Emphasize to your kids that Christians have a special purpose: to tell others that Jesus is alive!

Blessings,
Jeana
ICF Sunday School Coordinator

Upcoming Lesson:
Session Title: The Conquest of Jericho
Bible Passage: Joshua 2; 6
Big Picture Question: Who fought the battle of Jericho? God fought for
His people and handed Jericho over to the Israelites.

Easter picnic

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

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Dear Parents,

Jesus is alive! Thank you for entrusting your child to us throughout this year. We celebrate with you and your family the joy of Easter. This week’s story in The Gospel Project for Kids® was all about Jesus’ death on the cross and His resurrection three days later.

Why did Jesus have to die? God is just and requires due payment for sin. To simply forgive without receiving a payment would be unjust. The wages of sin is death. (Rom. 6:23) Jesus came to earth to save us from our sin (Matt. 1:21), to show God’s love to us (Rom. 5:7-8), and to give those who believe in Him eternal life (John 3:16). Jesus came to die so that we would be forgiven (Eph. 1:7), and to bring us to God (1 Pet. 3:18).

Jesus’ resurrection proved that God accepted Jesus’ death as payment for our sins. Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection are not the end of the story, but the climax. Pray with your family, thanking God for sending His Son, Jesus, to be the Savior of the world.

Blessings,
Jeana
ICF Sunday School Coordinator

Upcoming Lesson:
Session Title: Jesus Appeared to Many People
Bible Passage: Luke 24:36-49; John 20:19-29; Acts 1:3,9-11
Big Picture Question: What did Jesus do after He was raised from the dead? Jesus appeared to many people as proof that God had raised Jesus from the dead, and He is still alive today.

Dear Parents,

Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project for Kids®. We’d like to take a break from the chronological study of the Bible and invite boys and girls into the stories of Easter. Today’s Bible story describes Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem during Passover week, riding on a donkey like the prophet Zechariah foretold. (Zech. 9:9) The people welcoming Jesus with palm branches believed He would overthrow Roman oppression and be an earthly king. Jesus sent a different message when He arrived in Jerusalem.

Jesus entered the temple complex. He turned over the tables of the money changers and those selling doves. Jesus said the temple was supposed to be a house of prayer for all nations (Isaiah 56:6-7), declaring His kingship would be over all people, not just the Jews. Jesus healed the blind and the lame. Jesus wasn’t just an earthly king; He was God! (Isa. 35:4-6)

Help kids connect the dots between God’s promises of a Messiah and Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem. How did the people act when they saw Jesus? The people welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem as their King. Celebrate why Jesus came: to save the world from sin!

Blessings,
Jeana
ICF Sunday School Coordinator

Upcoming Lesson:
Session Title: Jesus’ Crucifixion and Resurrection
Bible Passage: Matthew 26:36–28:10
Big Picture Question: What did Jesus do for sinners? Jesus’ death and
resurrection paid the penalty for sins and provided the promise of new
life.

Dear Parents,

Thank you for continuing this journey of The Gospel Project for Kids®. Today’s Bible story takes place chronologically after the death of Moses. The Israelites had reached the edge of the promised land. God called Joshua to lead the people, and He promised to be with Joshua every step of the way. God would lift up Joshua in front of all the Israelites so they would know that God would be with Joshua just as He had been with Moses.

The Israelites reached the Jordan River during flood season. With the river overflowing its banks, the Jordan River would have been as difficult to cross as the Red Sea! God gave Joshua specific instructions concerning the crossing, and Joshua obeyed. The Israelites crossed the Jordan River on dry ground. God told Joshua to tell the leaders of the tribes to gather 12 stones from the middle of the Jordan River, one for each tribe. When they reached their camp at Gilgal, Joshua made an altar to the Lord and set up the stones as a memorial.

What should God’s people remember? God’s people should remember how He saves and sustains them. The cross is our reminder of what Jesus has done for us: a miraculous and unmerited saving we could never do for ourselves.

Blessings,
Jeana
ICF Sunday School Coordinator

Upcoming Lesson:
Session Title: Jesus’ Triumphal Entry
Bible Passage: Matthew 21:1-17; Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:28-44;
John 12:12-19
Big Picture Question: How did people act when they saw Jesus? People
welcomed Jesus to Jerusalem as their King.

Screen Shot 2015-03-20 at 9.50.10 AMThis coming Wednesday, March 25th, will be the launch of a new small group aimed toward young professionals. (But all are welcome!)

The first topic will be on Putting God First, studying the book of 1 Samuel.

The first meeting will take place in Almadies. For more information and directions, please email icfdakar@gmail.com.

Balaam

Dear Parents,

Today in The Gospel Project for Kids, your kids heard one amazing story of a talking animal. God actually gave an animal, a donkey, the ability to speak for a brief moment in order to make a point to one impromptu prophet. Balaam was hired by the king to pronounce a curse on the Israelites. Balaam headed out but his donkey kept running him into walls and crevices. After beating the donkey, Balaam heard the donkey speak. Shortly thereafter Balaam learned that he had no choice but to say what God wanted him to say and nothing else. After repeatedly blessing the Israelites instead of cursing them, Balaam lost favor with the king.

Who protected God’s people? God did. Fourteen hundred years after Balaam predicted Jesus’ birth, wise men from the east came to visit the boy Jesus.

Blessings,
Jeana
ICF Sunday School Coordinator

Upcoming Lesson:
Session Title: The Israelites Crossed the Jordan River
Bible Passage: Joshua 3–4
Big Picture Question: What should God’s people remember? God’s
people should remember how He has saved and sustained them.

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