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SSTN # 95 - October 22, 2004

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1) Pastor Appreciation
2) Bulletin Board Ideas
3) Pastor appreciation idea from the kids
4) Birthday Party for Jesus

--> Holiday FUN-draising

5) Pastor Appreciation Sunday?
6) Pastor Appreciation Day
7) Lion Mask
8) Pastor's Appreciation

--> "His Name Shall Be Called..."

9) Pastors not preachers
10) Thanksgiving Skit?
11) Power of Prayer
12) Family Fun Night

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1) Pastor Appreciation

Last year we made a large poster of all the church workers and pastors
with their names. We talked about each one and what their role in our
church's ministry was. Towards the end of the month, I picked a Sunday for
the children to bring in a treat (our 60+ year old pastor loves Bugles!)
such as snacks, microwave popcorn, specialty jam from a local farm,
flavored coffees and hot chocolate, etc. and we decorated a basket with
all the items in it. The children all wrote or drew a thank you note as
well and we had our Senior Pastor drop by and surprised him with the
basket for the ministry team. We also had hung the poster outside for the
parents to write thank yous on and hung that up outside the office.
If you have time to plan it, the children and parents could surprise the
pastor(s) with the basket during the Sunday Morning Service your church
observes Pastor Appreciation !
Thanks for letting me share!
Beckie Lane

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2) Bulletin Board Ideas

Here are several links to some good church bulletin board ideas.
also http://www.boardsgalore.com/
Bren in Ohio

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3) Pastor appreciation idea from the kids

I got most of my idea from the SSTN archives.  I made a booklet on my
computer by printing 2 separate sides of the paper (like a bulletin, when
you fold it, it makes 2 sides).  I titled my book, "What I think my Pastor
Does - from the mouths of Babes" and interviewed each child in Kids Church
(ages 3-9).  I took each one's picture and devoted each 1/2 side of the
paper with their picture and name, and then asked the following questions
with their answers:  1)  What do you think Pastor (Name)'s job is being
Pastor of our church?  2)  Why do you like Pastor (Name)?  3)  Why do you
like Sis. (his wife's name)?  4) What do you think God thinks of Pastor
(Name)?  What would you like to do to show Pastor (Name) that you love
him? 5) What would you like to do to show Sis. (wife's name) that you love her?
I put exactly what they said word for word.

The answers were straight from the heart and even though some were funny
they will mean a lot to the Pastor and his wife.  Some of the answers of
what they think the Pastor does were "he builds blocks", "he likes to
talk", and "he helps around the church".   One young girl stated she
appreciated the Pastor because her grandpa just died and it's nice to know
you have somebody on your side like the Pastor.  I inserted small images
or pictures here and there of the kids doing things at the church, like
VBS, playing outdoors on the playground, etc. I made a little notation on
each one like "Learning about God's Word", "Making New Friends", "Seeing
that Church can be Fun", etc., and helped fill up the booklet pages .  On
the back of the cover area I printed a "thank you" to both the Pastor and
his wife.  Then stapled the booklet when it was finished.

I think it is going to be a neat memento for the Pastor and his wife to
Bren in Ohio

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4) Birthday Party for Jesus

My primary Sunday School Class had a party for Jesus last year -- I
ordered plates, cups, napkins, tablecloth and a few decorations from
Oriental Trading.  I bought a large red Christmas stocking and put Jesus
name on it using gold glitter glue and hung it on the wall.  I cut out
large red hearts and during the party I gave one to each child and ask
them to write their name and their gift to Jesus on the heart (their love,
trust, faith, etc.) Then one by one they put their gift to Jesus in his
stocking.  We had birthday cake, chips and drinks and the children
exchanged inexpensive gifts.  I bought a Pin the Tail on the Donkey game
and the children played "Pin the Tail on Mary's Donkey".  Hope this helps.

God Bless,

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5) Pastor Appreciation Sunday?

We don't have a Pastor, so the Deacon's find different ones each
Sunday for the Pulpit fill.  I would like to have a recognition service
for them, instead of a Pastor.  I would like to have the youth do the
presentation.  They are K-5.  Do you have any suggestions?  Thank you so

--from SSTN: if you type "appreciation" into the archives search box
you'll find a plethora of ideas:

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6) Pastor Appreciation Day

  Although this day is for the Pastor, you still want to be mindful of the
  entire congregation.  With the current economy and tight budgets
  face a real challenge.  Depending on the number of people in the congre-
  gation here are some ideas:  (1) cards (hand-made/store bought), (2)
dinner in the fellowship hall (find volunteers to serve and decorate), (3)
check in envelope from entire church body, (4) certificate at Pastor's
favorite restaurant so he can enjoy a meal with his family, (5) Wash the
Pastor's car (i.e., oil change, etc.), or (6) A Gospel Singing Program
(invite other musical groups to your church for a program dedicated to
your Pastor).

  Hope this helps and you have a wonderful appreciation day for your
  Ahreita Griffin
  Charlotte, North Carolina 

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7) Lion Mask

Introduce art project:  What did not eat Daniel?
Need:  Paper plate, crayons/paint, stapler, paper grocery bag

Directions:  Cut the center out of a paper plate and color/paint paper
plate tan.  Cut 2 ears (triangles 3 inches on all three sides) out of the
paper bag.  Staple ears to mask where ears should go on the back of the
plate.  Cut several rectangles for mane (rectangles 1 inch by 6 inches
long) out of a paper bag.  Staple mane rectangles on edge of mask all the
way around mask.  Cut a strip (2 inches by 20 inches) out of the paper bag
to make a band for the back of the mask.  Staple on end of the strip to
one side of the mask on the back.  Fit the strip to the child’s head then
staple the other end in place.  Cut off excess band.

Laura Grace

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8) Pastor's Appreciation

Our church usually has an appreciation for our Pastor & Wife (if the
pastor is married)......we usually have this type of service, during our
what we call "downpeak season",.......In other words, when all the major
holidays are over, and we have enough time in the season to raise money
and meet goals for a nice Pastor Appreciation Presentation.  We usually
have it in August...and we have a church service, where we invite other
churches in our jurisdiction, and special guest to speak for 3 min. each
(depending on the number of guest speakers you have, you may want them
to speak longer, with a poem, or a "I remember when.....", or a sermonic
solo, or instrumental solo, or some type of presentation.  Each
auxillary is also asked to represent with a monetary goal (usually
$500.00 or possibly more) depending on the size of your church

After the service, we have a big party in the cafeteria area. We have a
nice dinner, usually spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, chicken, cake,
punch, ice cream and fresh fruit.  The party is really nice, also there
are gifts that are usually presented during this time as well, usually
something nice and sometimes personal, wrapped in pretty gold and silver

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9) Pastors not preachers

Re. SSTN - Number 244
November 9, 2001

Dear Sir,
      I just ran across your newsletter on the internet, and it had some
helpful information.  I also noticed the Pastor/teacher question and
thought to mention that I don't know how why we started calling
preachers/ministers/evangelist, Pastors in the first place.  Jesus is
referred to as being "the pastor" (shepherd John 10:2-16, Hebrews 13:20 &
I Peter 2:25).  After studying this subject, it appears that the word
"pastor" in the Word is not referring to a preacher, but fits more in line
with the duties of the elders (Acts 20:17-31).  I hope this

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10) Thanksgiving Skit?

I have been chosen to work with children from 6th grade and under to put
on a Thanksgiving skit before worship service on Sunday before
Thanksgiving. I would appreicate any suggestions. This will include
approximately 10-12 children.
Kim Smith
First Baptist Church
Linden, TN

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11) Power of Prayer

If you believe in the power we have available through prayer , read on...

In W.W.II there was an advisor to Churchill who organized a group of
people who dropped what they were doing every day at a prescribed hour
for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England, its people
and peace.

There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in America.
There is a national call, starting this Friday night for 40 days of
Prayer. In forty days starting Friday we will have an election for the
President of the United States of America.  No matter which party you
support, please pray each day that God will bless our Nation and place
in power, the man that needs to be our leader in these troubled years

If you would like to participate, every evening at 9:00pm Eastern Time,
8:00 pm Central, 6:00 pm Pacific, stop whatever you are doing and spend
one minute praying for the safety of the United States, our troops, our
citizens, for the elections and for peace in the world.

If you know anyone else who would like to participate, please pass this
along. Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have.
Together, we "CAN" make a difference!

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12) Family Fun Night

Sherry Nodine developed a drawing and sent it in for use during Fall
Festivals. She created a line drawing of a smiling pumpkin with the
Scripture, " A happy heart makes the face cheerful." Proverbs 15:13,
written below it. This year Sherry's church will hold a coloring contest
for kids using her drawing.

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