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SSTN # 2 - January 12, 2004

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1) !!!!!! SSTN Closed Tuesday Jan. 13 - Jan 16 !!!!!!!!
2) Needing Prayer
3) Laura is now with Jesus

--> Lessons For Teens

4) Ocean Globes    
5) Used VBS Materials?
6) Friendship Sunday

--> Amazing Miracles of the Bible

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1) SSTN Closed Tuesday Jan. 13 - Jan 16

Just a reminder that on Tuesday Jan. 13 - Friday Jan 16. SSTN and
ChristianCrafters.com will be switching hosting services. Therefore, the
site will be offline and you will not be able to send emails to SSTN,
order products, or change your email address.

PLEASE pray that I will NOT incur any snags during this process. Thank

Your webservant,
Sarah Keith <><

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2) Needing Prayer?

We had our annual Sunday School Examination on 14th, December 2003, after
that, we observed a vacation in the Sunday school , We will begin in the
New Year from 1st February 2004. May I therefore kindly request you to
please uphold all the teachers, our Sunday school Sup. and our student in
your prayers, We have arranged a very strategic meeting prior to that on
31st January for all the Sunday school teachers for dedication. The Lord
use me here in my local church to help in the senior class. I am from
India, and worship at The Christian & Missionary Alliance Church ( Beulah
Alliance Church)
Thanks & God bless you.
Sincerely yours

--from SSTN: You are in my prayers. If everyone in SSTN hasn't already
been doing this, let us pledge in 2004 to pray for one another and our
ministries across the world. Let us pray that God's power will be
unleashed and he will be glorified in all that we say and do. Let us move
forward and not be distracted from doing God's will this year.
Your webservant in 2004,
Sarah Keith <><

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3) Laura is now with Jesus

Our daughter Laura, age 16, went to heaven on Sat. Jan. 3 2004. Her tired
body just could not hang on any longer. There was no struggle, only peace
and the most beautiful face I have ever seen and I knew she was in the
presence of our God.
Thank you so very much for keeping your readers informed about Laura and I
thank all the wonderful people who reached out to her and us in the last 3
years of this battle.
God Bless,
Sandy Valentine

--from SSTN: Dear Sandy, I know that everyone in SSTN will continue to
pray for you and your family. ysic, Sarah <><

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--> Lessons For Teens:

"Revolve: The Complete New Testament" - A Bible that looks like a magazine
for teen girls! Revolve is the new look for teen Bible publishing. Special
features includes Blabs (Q & A), 12 month-long calendars, Love Notes from
God, Issue articles, Basics of Christianity Articles, Quizzes, Beauty
Secrets, Guys Speak Out!, Relationship articles, Truth or Dares,
Devotional Reading Plans, and more. In the Bibles section of our
Bookstore:  http://www.christiancrafters.com/bookstore_bibles.html 

"Bloom & Boom - Lessons for Teens"- A girls and guys guide to growing up.
Practical advice from a Christian viewpoint about the internal and
external changes experienced by teenagers. Learn more in the Christian
Education section of our bookstore:


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4) Ocean Globes    

When I used the baby food jars for globes, I just used regular tap water,
craft sand (found at Michael's or any other craft store), blue food
coloring (one drop or pre-color a pitcher of water blue) and miniature
shells (also at a craft store) and glitter.  You can pretty much add
anything you like as long as it will last in water.  Good luck.

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5) Used VBS Materials?

Our church is located in a poverty stricken area and we do not receive
alot of money towards things needed for our Children's Church.  If there
is anyone out there that can possibly send us their used VBS material we
would greatly appreciate it.  As the teacher, I personally buy what I can
to help the children learn and would be willing to pay shipping and
handling for anything that could be donated.  Please e-mail me
Deloris Seay at
May God Bless You.

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6) Friendship Sunday

Please tell us more about "friendship Sunday", I would like to try this at
my church. Thank you.

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--> Amazing Miracles of the Bible

God’s glory and love are revealed through the miracles he performed and
were fully realized when he came to earth in the form of a man to save
mankind. By studying the miracles of the Bible children will gain a better
understanding of God’s love and faithfulness and how he continues to be
loving and faithful in miraculous ways to his people today. Great for
rotation-type programs!

In the Curriculum Creatives:

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7) Ideas For VBS?

Hello all,

I want to first thank everyone for their great suggestions to this
newsletter.  I have found it very helpful.

I am writing today to see if anyone has any ideas or experience with a
non-traditional VBS program.  I belong to a new church start and currently
we only have about 5 - 7 kids in our membership.  However, we do
anticipate growth and would like to have a VBS type activity for the children of our
community this summer.  Our church meets in a local high school, so we
don't have a church building where we can hold the VBS.  We were thinking
of having our VBS in  one of the church member's backyards for a couple of
nights or the whole week.  If anyone has any ideas or experiences they are
willing to share, it would be much appreciated.

God Bless,

Lighthouse Community Fellowship
Martinsburg, WV

--from SSTN: I'd suggest starting out with an easy-to-implement, 1-3 day
or evening, program. I'm not sure what age group you are ministering to,
but there are two resources in the site that might be useful for you.
Check out: The Armor of God and/or Survivor-Temptation Island Event.

You can find them both listed in the Sermons & Lessons pages at:

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8) Resurrection Eggs?

The children's church teacher and myself are preparing an Easter program
using 3-12 year olds.  We want to use "Resurrection Eggs" as our program,
but we do not have enough parts for each child to participate.  We both
have never directed an Easter program and would love to have some help
from our fellow christian crafters!!  Please...any ideas would be greatly
Thank you so much...
April S., Mount Ida, AR
God Bless You!

--from SSTN: something suggested last year was to make large poster-board
eggs that the children could hold up. Two kids could hold up one egg. The
eggs could have a special message written on them or just numbered to lead
into the actual Resurrection Eggs. Check the Archives for more ideas:
Keep in mind our closing dates, see posting #1 in this newsletter.
sarah keith <><

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