When you focus on what you don’t have, it can make you miserable.

One Marble At A Time
by Autumn Ward

So I’ve started this blog post like 14 different ways (not exaggerating). It just might be the most challenging one yet. Once you know what it’s about maybe you’ll understand why. I’ve been told there are 936 weeks in the life of a child from birth to 18. We have a visual for those weeks here at Orange in the form of a jar filled with 936 marbles. The idea is that when you count the weeks you have left with a kid, you stand a better chance of making your weeks count. As you take one marble out of the jar each week, the marbles begin going down, you see what you have left… you get the idea.

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Since we were all enjoying some family worship time in the sanctuary this past Sunday, I need your help!  This is what were were going to be talking about in Children’s Church and I need you to pass it along to the kids.  This is complete with everything you need to talk to the kids.  Give it a try, you may find out that your not as scared to talk to your kids as you thought!

In 1 Kings 21:1-19, 27, we find King Ahab whining about not getting something he wants. A guy named Naboth owned a vineyard that Ahab desperately wanted. His wife, Queen Jezebel, took matters into her own hands and at Naboth’s expense, gets Ahab that vineyard.

Bottom Line: When you focus on what you don’t have, it can make you miserable. For Ahab, even though he got what he wanted, it was ultimately a bad move for him. God gives us so much. When we focus on what we don’t or even can’t have, we can become angry and bitter at God for not giving us what we want. God has our best in mind. We should trust Him no matter what.

Our Memory Verse is Philippians 4:12b (NIrV), “I have learned the secret of being content no matter what happens. I am content whether I am well fed or hungry. I am content whether I have more than enough or not enough.” When Paul wrote this, he was under house arrest. He could have complained about not being free, but instead he focused on God and found peace in the middle of a difficult circumstance. Our kids can discover this same peace when they trust God with what they have and don’t have.

This Sunday, we are having a lunch and event that has never happened before!  Sunday’s lunch will be Bar-B-Que with baked beans, cole slaw, corn on the cobb, sliced bread, dessert and drink for only the donation that you leave in the bucket.  To-go plates will be available to be picked up for $5 each and we will be selling Bar-B-Que after all the plates have been served.  The festivities will include a pie throwing afterwards!  You can pay $20 for a pie and then you get the free shot to do what you always wanted to do, throw it at a person.  Since I am hoping that this will be the last fundraiser, I am taking the pies in the face.  I look forward to seeing you there on Sunday for some great food and fun!

Are you wanting to connect with your kids through what we do in Children’s Church?  Are you looking for a new way to discuss the Bible with your kids?  Well check out the Parent Cue App.  With this tool you will find new ways each day to expand your discussions with your kids!  You will also hear from great parent coaches to help you along the way in your journey as a parent.  And who doesn’t need some help every now and then?  Just click on the graphic above.


Have you ever felt as though you are just not enough?  Your parenting skills are lacking at times?  This month, New York Times best selling author Jon Acuff joins Kristen Ivy to talk about reasons parents sometimes feel like they’re not enough.  Check it out in this months podcast.

VBS is just around the corner!  Have you signed your kids up for this year as we Follow the Light of the World?  From June 20-24 starting at 6:00 and going to 8:30 we will be exploring Gods word and meeting new friends along the way.  We would love to have your kids there!  Just click on the link and REGISTER through our KidCheck software.  If you have any problems, please EMAIL or give me a CALL (706) 741-0584.

This summer we will also be learning how sweet God’s word is Wednesday night when school is out!  We will transition from AWANA to a Wednesday night lesson of…Candy Bars!











Till next time…
Keep loving on the kids!

Steve Blackston,
Children’s Pastor
Mountain View Baptist Church
706-741-0584 / steveblackston@mvbaptist.org

Children’s Choir Music


As stated, here are the known two songs that the kids will be doing this year in the Christmas Cantata.

Wednesday Night Water War!!

Tonight we had a water war! Water balloons, water guns, squirters, buckets, and more! Thank you to the parents that took home wet and happy kids tonight! I will be posting July’s event calendar this weekend, so be looking for that!

Also, have you ever needed water balloons real quick? If so, I tried and love this new product we used tonight! Balloon Bonanza is about the easiest way to have a bunch of balloons ready in no time. I was able to do 480 balloons in about 3 minutes! The kids were able to use 480 balloons in about 3 minutes as well. The were purchased at Walgreen and may be located at other retail locations.

Day Two at The Wilds of North Carolina!

eb3cdc75ce98a2a476e1f870cf302789Words can not express how impressed I have been with this camp! When Chet and I made a trip up to The Wilds to see it one day and night, we were surprised on the teaching of the Gospel. However, after actually being here for two days now, I am completely blown away at the organization, attention to detail, politeness, and the complete submersion into the Gospel of Jesus Christ in everything that I have seen the campers in! Parents, I also want to let you know that your kids are being outstanding as well. I have talked to many counselors and only heard good things.

This will be the camp that I bring kids back to next year, and the next year…and you got it I think. To make that easier on the parents, my wife and I have talked about an option that I will be implementing. Starting when I get back, I will start taking monthly deposits for camp next year! This would be $30 a month per child per month. That of course would be $360 and would cover the deposit (due in February), the camp, the bundle (lanyard, t-shirt, photo), food there and back, fuel, and a bit of spending money! We could still do a lunch or two, but would make it easier on everyone as well.

I will continue to send out photos and let you know what is going on as the week progresses.


Steve Blackston
Children’s Pastor

Wednesday Nights This Summer

Wednesday NightsWell the AWANA year has come to an end and kids are out of school. However, this does not mean that Wednesday nights are over at Mountain View! Below is our June listing of what is happening each night. Feel free to download and place in your house so you can keep up with what all is happening!

June Happenings