BLAST Parent Newsletter
Upcoming Schedule

November 10 -  9 - 9:15 am, Pageant music rehearsal
                          9:15 - 10:15, BLAST
                         Pageant parts handed out in Social Hall during fellowship time after the 9 am worship service

November 17 -  8:30 - 8:55 am, Pageant costume fitting
                          9 - 9:15 am, Pageant music rehearsal
                          9:15 - 10:15, BLAST
                          10:15 - 10:30, Pageant costume fitting
                         10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Positive Discipline Training

November 24 -  8:30 - 8:55 am, Pageant costume fitting
                          9 - 9:15 am, Pageant music rehearsal
                          9:15 - 10:15, BLAST
                          8:30 - 8:55 am, Pageant costume fitting
                          10:30 am - 12:30 pm, Family Advent Event

Here is the UPDATED calendar for the year

Here is the UPDATED list of children's mission events for the year
Reminder: BLAST ends at 10:15, please pick up your Preschool - 2nd graders at their classroom at 10:15
Faith at Home
God Rescues the Israelites
Scripture: Exodus 12:1-42, 14:5-31
Message: God wants what's best for us

This Sunday we will hear the story about how God sent Moses to Pharaoh to tell him to let the Israelites free. Pharaoh says no and there are 10 plagues that befall the Egyptians as a result of Pharaoh's refusal to free the Israelites. Finally, after the tenth plague, which killed all of the Egyptian's firstborn sons, Pharaoh agreed to let them go. The Israelites rushed to pack up all of their things and they ran off. When they get to the Red Sea they heard Pharaoh's army chasing after them, Pharaoh had changed his mind and wanted to enslave them again! God tells Moses to raise his staff and the waters part, allowing the Israelites to cross the Red Sea on dry land. Once the Israelites are all safely on the other side, the waters come crashing down around the Egyptian army who had tried to follow them. 

I wrestled with this story this week. God wants what's best for us, but what about the Egyptians? God kills a bunch of them in this story! I believe God wants what's best for all of humanity, not just for people who believe in God. I think it's important to remember that in this story the bad things happened to the Egyptians because of Pharaoh's bad decisions. God wanted what was best for both the Israelites and the Egyptians. God didn't want any of the Egyptians to die, but Pharaoh's decisions had consequences for everyone. He was a corrupt ruler and made decisions that benefited himself with no regard for how his people would be affected. It's also important to remember that the Israelites were enslaved and slavery is evil. The plagues were a means to end the evil of slavery. 

I invite you to read this story with your children this week and talk about what it means to you that God wants what's best for us. Can you think of a time when what you wanted was not what was best for you? On Halloween, your child might have wanted to eat all of their candy right away, but doing so might have given them a stomach ache. In that situation what they wanted was not what was best for them. Discuss other examples of things we might want and whether or not that is what is best for us. 
 

Family Advent Event
November 24, 10:30 - 12:30
 
Advent starts December 1! Come to this interactive family event to learn about what Advent is and make your very own Advent wreath that you can use as a family throughout Advent. You will also be given suggested prayers for each week to say as a family, and we will read a special Christmas book together. 

Please RSVP to Michelle HERE so that I know how many people to prepare for. 
 
All about the Christmas Pageant!
 
Pageant music will be taught and practiced at 9 am in room 115 (the 5th grade room) on Sunday mornings, except for first Sundays of the month.
It is a good idea to practice the songs at home too, especially the new ones, so HERE is the lyric sheet. 

Important Pageant Dates:
  • Every Sunday (except 1st Sundays) at 9 am - music rehearsal in room 115
  • November 10 - Pageant parts handed out during fellowship time
  • November 17 - Costume fitting in room 112, before and after BLAST
  • November 24 - Costume fitting in room 112, before and after BLAST
  • December 14, 9 - 11 am - Pageant rehearsal
  • December 15 - PAGEANT!!!! During 9 am worship service
 
Priceless Gift Store Toy Collection
Keep bringing in your donations!

Do you have a big truck or van and are you available on December 1? We need drivers to help us deliver the toys to Jackson! RSVP to Michelle HERE if you will be joining us on December 1 to deliver the toys. 

We will meet at 11 am in the Social Hall on December 1 to start loading the cars.