Adventureland Parent Connect

August 2013

Hello Adventureland Parents!

My name is Stephanie Akiyama. I am now serving as the Eastridge Community Church Adventureland Director for the Covington campus. I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to you. I love being the wife of Kei and the super blessed mom of our two teen-aged daughters, Kylie and Connaly. I am an extremely grateful Christ-follower ~ AMAZED by His grace ~ who loves Him, His Word, and His folks! God has given me a passion for pointing kids to Jesus, encouraging them in their relationship with Him, and awakening, exciting, and equipping parents in their God-gifted role of nurturing, training, and raising up the next godly generation. I am thrilled to be serving your family and can't wait to see what the Lord has in store for our Adventureland kids (and their families!). I look forward to meeting you! May God bless you!

August in Adventureland!

Choices. We have to make them EVERY day. Do I want to wear this pair of shoes or that pair of shoes? Do I want this sandwich or that sandwich for lunch? Those types of choices aren’t life altering, but some of the choices we make are. Do I want to take this job or do I want to move and take that job? That’s a big decision. And, where can we go for help making that decision? Why, God, of course. Because God knows what’s best for me.

Now, your child isn’t deciding where they need to move yet, but they are making some important decisions in their world. Should I obey mom? Should I share with Suzy? Even now they can look to God for help with answers. We want to teach them to look to Him now with the easier stuff (although it’s not easy for them) so they will look to Him for the harder stuff later in life.

Your child will see how God knew what was best for our Bible friends so many years ago as they investigate the stories of Adam and Eve, Jonah, Naamen, and Joshua and Caleb. While visiting these stories, we will discuss the hard choices they had to make and that the best results always came when they chose what God wanted them to do. The Adventureland Team prays that by the end of August your child will know that God knows what’s best for me.

3 Basic Adventureland Truths...

1. God Made Me.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” - Psalm 139:13-14

2. God Loves Me.

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” - Romans 8:38-39

3. Jesus wants to be my friend forever.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” - John 3:16

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First Look Curriculum

Stephanie Akiyama

Preschool Children's Ministry Director

Eastridge Community Church

Covington Campus