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Welcome to March at AWANA


March is a time of expectation - Looking forward to Spring and preparing to remember Jesus’ sacrifice and celebrate our Savior’s resurrection!

This Saturday will be our next AWANA Store in the Capital Gym, from 1 pm until 3 pm. During the AWANA Store, Sparks and T&T clubbers can shop for items with the AWANA Shares they’ve earned saying verses. Cubbies will receive a gift for their hard work as well as their 4th quarter do-at-home materials.

We will also have awards to hand out and will collect items for our SouperBowl event and our AWANA Club directors will be available, on-site, to greet your family and answer any questions you may have. You may also turn in your full AWANA GO tubes of quarters ($10).

For this event, face masks are required and we will enforce 6-foot distancing. If you are not yet comfortable coming inside, shopping can be conducted via our Zoom link, and awards, materials, and purchases can be picked up at the curb outside the gym. Please call Norah at (703)-200-8677 to establish a time.

March 2021 Schedule
March 6 (Saturday) — AWANA Store and Materials Pick Up, 1-3 pm, Capital Gym and Virtual
March 7— AWANA — On-line classes
March 14 —  AWANA — On-line classes (Don’t forget that Daylight Savings Time starts today)
March 21 — AWANA — On-line classes - Beginning of 4th quarter
March 28 — AWANA— On-line classes
 
On SuperBowl Sunday, we kicked off our third-quarter service opportunity, the Capital AWANA SouperBowl. This Saturday, March 6, we are receiving food and non-food items from clubbers at Capital between 1 and 3 pm for donation to the Annandale Christian Community for Action (ACCA) to bless families in our community.

How to Participate
1. Pray for the families and that God would use our efforts for His glory.
2. Purchase items from the list below for families in our community.
3. Take pictures of your family participating to share and send to awana@capitalbaptist.org.
4. Turn in items March 6 at Capital during the 3rd Quarter AWANA Store.
5. All items will be donated to our local food bank (ACCA).

What we Need
  • Beef Stew
  • Refried Beans
  • Canned fruit
  • Canned ham
  • Tortillas
  • Coffee
  • Crackers
  • Cookies
  • Juice
  • Jelly / Jam
  • Maseca / Masa
  • Mayonnaise / Ketchup / Mustard
  • Boxed or Canned Potatoes
  • Cooking oil
  • Pancake Mix
  • Pancake Syrup
  • Sugar
  • Bar soap
  • Paper towels
  • Dental floss
  • Deodorant
  • Dish soap
  • Shaving cream
  • Shampoo
  • Laundry detergent
  • Tooth Brushes
  • Toilet paper
What we don't need
  • Broth
  • Cereals
  • Canned corn
  • Canned peas
  • Canned mixed vegetables
  • Canned black beans
  • Chicken noodle soup
  • Green beans
  • Hamburger helper
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Oatmeal
  • Pasta
  • Peanut butter
  • Stuffing mix
  • Tuna

We hope your family will take this opportunity to celebrate God's provision and bless another family at this time that's more difficult for many. We ask you to pray together about participating and pray for the families who will receive the items, that they would recognize God's love and goodness, and that the items would bless and encourage them.

We ask you to take pictures of your family participating (i.e. picking up items, preparing to bring them to Capital, dropping them off), so we can share the experience with others in our AWANA and church family.

Please reach out to awana@capitalbaptist.org if you have any questions.
 

Our December Clubbers of the Month 

To encourage clubbers to pursue good character and godly qualities, including preparedness, consistent effort, attentiveness, kindness, compassion, patience & enthusiasm, we will award “clubber of the month” ribbons approximately five times this year to a boy and girl in Sparks and T&T who consistently exhibit such qualities. Being prepared includes such things as wearing their uniform, reading their Bible and working in their handbook during the week and bringing both to class on Sunday. All are encouraged to attend Church or Sunday School, to bring and/or invite friends to hear about Jesus, and to participate in Theme Nights. Each of these things, plus attitude and demeanor, will be considered in selection. Children may only earn this award once during the school year, to provide an opportunity to recognize others.

Here are the awardees for Capital AWANA weeks in November and December. Congratulations Liam, Brielle, Gavin and Caroline!
 
SPARKS BOY
Liam Pan
SPARKS GIRL
Brielle Lamptey-Nanda
T&T GIRL
Caroline Fiegel
T&T BOY
Gavin Villanueva
The next winners will be announced soon for the Capital AWANA weeks of January 1 through February 14. The fourth opportunity includes the remaining weeks in February and all of March.

Requesting AWANA Photo Highlights 

One thing we miss in our AWANA online format is the opportunity to capture pictures and share memories of clubbers’ times in AWANA. We hope you are capturing picture memories of your child doing things that please God. If you are willing to share a picture of your child engaged in AWANA on-line and/or doing AWANA activities during the week, we’d really appreciate it! You may provide them by replying to this email. We may share a few in our newsletter or post them on the protected site available via the link below, which also contains photos from prior years.

You can always view our AWANA Photo Gallery at awanacapitalbaptist.org/photos/.

Calling All Volunteers


Please consider donating a few hours of your time to our AWANA program at Capital. We are looking for additional volunteers to present a lesson for Sparks or T&T and others to augment our Communications team. Materials and training are available for all opportunities. Just reply to this email for more information. Thanks

AWANA Global Outreach Campaign

There’s still time to be a part of the annual AWANA Global Outreach campaign that we started in October. Since then the AWANA Clubbers have been returning tubes full of quarters ($10) to provide a child in another part of the world with the opportunity to attend AWANA for one year.

Our goal is to encourage Clubbers to earn these quarters (perhaps doing extra things around the house or some other helpful activity their parents approve), so that they can personally make a difference in the life of a child in another part of the world. In addition to helping spread the Gospel, if they turn in 40 quarters, Sparks will earn a patch for their uniform and T&T will be half-way complete with their requirement (see page 7 of the T&T handbook for more info).

March 6 would be a great time to drop off full AWANA GO quarter tubes.

100%-Sure Way to Get Your Child to Read the Bible

Pastor Ryan A. Sturgis

You want your child to begin reading the Word of God, so I want to give you a 100%-sure way of making that happen. If they can develop this habit, it will undoubtedly help them lead a more wise and godly life. The Bible says, “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” The question is how can you help your child push past the malaise and to start to read the Word of God on their own? Here is how;

The technique for helping your child to read the Bible is called “Hurdle Help.” This is a straightforward behavioral modification technique. While I could spend this entire article discussing the psychology behind this development and implementation of this technique, I’ll explain it in a single, simple phrase. If you want your child to start reading the Bible, Hurdle help says - Read the Bible with them!

To be sure, you mustn’t merely be committed to having your child read the Bible. You must also be personally committed to reading the Bible.

While this may sound familiar or like something you’ve tried previously, allow me to explain why you have NOT. Hurdle Help is a systematic approach to helping an incapable or unwilling individual develop a particular habit. It will enable this by assisting them to overcome the hurdle of performing the behavior so consistently that they adopt it for themselves. So what does this actually look like? Let me demonstrate. Hurdle Help is not a magic bullet, and it will test your commitment to having your child develop the habit of reading the Bible. To be sure, you mustn’t merely be committed to having your child read the Bible. You must also be personally committed to reading the Bible. If your child is starting from zero, so to speak, with no motivation to read the Bible, do this; For a period, go to your youth and say, “Can I read this verse with you?” Note - you are the one initiating the conversation, and you are the one actually doing the reading. I can hear someone saying, “ Pastor Ryan, isn’t this about them reading their own Bible?” The answer is, yes, but what you are doing during this phase is helping them over the hurdle (of developing that behavior). Let’s continue.

As time progresses, you help them to take intermediate steps toward ownership. The next step toward ownership in our above example is NOT “ok, tomorrow, you do it.” After they’ve become accustomed and accepting of having you come and read a verse, the next step would be, asking them which scripture or book of the Bible they are interested in. Then, after they are accustomed to that, allow them to read the verse. The last thing to go would be your initiating of the moment. Before you do that, ask them to meet you in the kitchen for the devotional time. God is with you. He desires the same thing that you are wanting from your child, an intimate relationship with Himself and with His Word. Godly habits do not happen by chance. Make a plan and some concrete steps, with preset durations, to help your child over the hurdle of making a habit of reading the Word. Your resolve will be tested, but if you stick to this method, you will be training up your child, and when they are older, they will never forget when Mom or Dad started reading the indispensable Word of God with them..

Originally posted at At the Fountain Ministries.  

Pastor Ryan A. Sturgis has over a decade of direct service and leadership in the human services. He possess a B.S. in Clinical/Counseling Psychology from Averett University with a minor in Religion, M.A. in Pastoral Counseling from Liberty University, and M.A. in Global Studies from Liberty University (in process).

Children's Ministry at Capital

Capital Children’s Ministry now offers on-site classes Sunday morning at 9:30 and 11, with an online connection for those not ready to come back on campus yet! You can find the new schedules and links at www.capitalevents.church, under the Capital Kids OnLine tab.

Whether you’ve been a part of our Sunday morning programming in the past or not, we encourage you to try out our children’s program offerings for preschool through grade 6.
AWANA is a ministry of Capital Baptist Church (3504 Gallows Rd, Annandale, VA 22003). Call (703) 560-3109 or email visit awanacapitalbaptist.org for additional information.
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