December 4, 2015

The Heights CDC e-News

In This Issue ...

  • The Heights CDC Calendar/Upcoming Events
  • Older Preschool Christmas Program
  • Christmas Break
  • Three Trees at The Heights Toy Drop Off
  • Christmas at The Heights
  • Parent Resources

Upcoming Events

DECEMBER 10th: Older Preschool Christmas Program and Happy Birthday Jesus Parties starting at 1:00 p.m.


DECEMBER 17th: Last Day Before Christmas Break


DECEMBER 18th: CHRISTMAS BREAK BEGINS


DECEMBER 18th - JANUARY 5th: Christmas Break - NO SCHOOL


DECEMBER 24th: Christmas Eve Services at The Heights (www.theheights.org)


DECEMBER 25th: MERRY CHRISTMAS!


JANUARY 5th: Teacher Work Day / Student Holiday (CDC Offices will be open)


JANUARY 6th: ALL CLASSES RESUME

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Older Preschool Christmas Program in the Worship Center

Our older preschoolers will present their annual Christmas Program Thursday, December 10th at 1:00 p.m. in the Worship Center. Our classes have been hard at work on preparing their program and could not be more excited! This is for our 3's, 4's and TK children in the following classes:


Litmanen, Tucker, Wolfe, Jones, Parker, Whitaker, Lawrence, Ramsey, Meyer, Moore, Brandenburg, Murthy, Deichert


This year's program will be in The Heights Worship Center, which is in the same area as the parades have taken place. Doors will open at 12:45 p.m. There will be no food or drinks allowed in the Worship Center.


Each class will have a Happy Birthday Jesus party following the program in their classroom.


Please ask your child's teacher if you have any questions.


Bring your cameras!

CHRISTMAS BREAK - THE CDC AND ITS OFFICES WILL BE CLOSED

Please note that our Christmas Break begins on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18th. The CDC and its offices will be CLOSED Friday, December 18th through Monday, January 4th. Our offices will reopen on Tuesday, January 5th for a Teacher Workday/Student Holiday with classes resuming on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 6th. We wish all of our families a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year 2016!

Three Trees at The Heights Toy Drop Off

The Heights CDC would like to invite all of our families to participate in supporting the Three Trees mission at The Heights.


What is Three Trees?

Three Trees is a large mission project of The Heights Baptist Church held on Sunday, December 13th where we will reach out to our community by blessing 300 families and 1,000 children with gifts and food for Christmas. Each child that attends will receive a new toy and a Payless Shoes gift card, and each family receives a Wal-Mart or Target gift card to help with food for Christmas dinner. The families also have the opportunity to participate in a Family Christmas Party hosted by the Heights Bible Fellowship Classes as well as a Family Christmas Service led by The Heights in Spanish leadership.


History of Three Trees ...

Over the last 10 years, The Heights has been able to bless thousands of families who are in need of assistance with toys and food for Christmas. In 2005, the name Three Trees was adopted from a children's story that a sermon series was based on that year. The story traces the significance of the three trees in the life of Jesus from the manger, to a fishing boat, and ultimately to the cross. The gifts that are given to each family, thanks to the generosity of The Heights membership, represents each of the "Three Trees".


How Can You Help?

We invite all of our CDC families to participate in the toy drop off for the Three Trees event. Purchase a new, unwrapped toy for a child and bring it to the drop off on Wednesday, December 9th from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.


For more information regarding the Three Trees event, please visit www.heightsengage.org

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Christmas at The Heights

Christmas is such a special time of year at The Heights! We invite you to explore the decorations around the church and take advantage of many photo opportunities for your children. Not to mention, these create opportunities to talk to your children about Jesus' birth and the story behind the meaning of Christmas.


The children of the CDC make decorations for two trees, one in our front reception area and one at the end of our three-year-old hallway. Be sure to check these out! There is also a dress-up nativity by the big fish tank where your child can dress as a character and you can take pictures if you wish! Additionally, there is a large nativity in one of the alcoves in the Atrium outside the Worship Center that you can visit and take pictures there as well. We hope you will explore and enjoy many of these opportunities around the church building.


The CDC would also like to extend an invitation for any families looking for a place to worship this Christmas to visit The Heights for their extraordinary Christmas Eve services. There are two services on December 24th at 3pm and 5pm. Visit www.theheights.org for more information.

Parent Resource ...

How to Teach Children the Christmas Story

Click this link to read an article on age-appropriate ways to teach the Christmas story to children from Lifeway