Looking For Some Fun This Weekend?

You know, many times in life we as the parents are always on the go!  We have yard work, house work, home projects, and a plethora of other things that always need to be accomplished.  But how many times do your kids want you to stop and play with them?  If your house is anything like mine, it is constantly!

That is where we as the parents need to STOP and PLAY!  We need not to worry so much what others think about the way our house looks, how dirty our car may be, or if the yard is manicured to perfection.  Those things will be there after the chance you had to play with your kids are gone.  There are only a few chances that we as parents will get to enjoy with our kids.  Just to see how many, check out this app from Orange that will let you put in your kids graduation date (or other important dates) and let you see how many weekends, days, hours, minutes and seconds you have left.  Once you see it, I think you will be shocked!

Here are a few things that you can do with you kids over the next days, weeks, or months.  Pick out a few and go for it.  Be a kid with your kids for a bit and have some fun, not only will you build a bond with your kids, but memories will also be built that will last longer than fresh cut grass!

Till next time, keep loving on the kids!

Steve Blackston,
Children’s Pastor


I am getting fired up about Summer Camp this year!!! This year we will be going to a new camp located in the mountains of North Carolina called The Wilds. Check out their web page at http://www.wilds.org/camps/youth/jbc. Campers must be at least 9 years old by September 1, 2015, and be entering Grades 4-7. We will be going during June 8-June 13. The cost will be $375 per kid. We will start our fundraiser this January 28th with a lunch following the morning service. If you are interested, please let me know ASAP!!

January in 4:12 Ministries

CommitmentHave you never had to endure a person learning how to play the clarinet? It’s pretty awful. Sounds more like a person strangling a duck then anything close to actual music. But that goes with any musical instrument, doesn’t it? To become great at playing an instrument, you need to practice … to rehearse. You need to commit to sticking with it even when you don’t feel like it.

This is true for faith. To grow—to mature—takes practice. It takes commitment. Which is why we’re taking a whole month to discover how commitment can show up in our lives as we practice our faith. Commitment is making a plan and putting it into practice.

If we want to know God better, we need to practice our faith. But this isn’t something that comes naturally to any of us. That’s why we need a plan to put into practice. And the best place to start is with faith skills.

Every so often we like to come back around and focus on four faith skills that kids can practice to help them grow in their faith and know God better. We use four words to help us remember these skills:


Each week this month, we’ll focus on one of the faith skills as we talk about making a plan and putting it into practice.

This month, let’s think about how:

(1) God created commitment and exemplifies it in being committed to us.

(2) Commitment is both a reflection of and a response to God’s character. We can demonstrate His commitment to us as we commit to knowing Him more.

(3) Commitment is how we follow through on the tasks set before us.

So, get ready kids to show some commitment this month as we dive into God’s word!  To help you out, I have placed some Bible reading plans at this link.  Make sure to check them out.

Don’t forget God Loves you!

Mr. Steve

Backpack Mission Update

People have been asking what is needed to help get things ready for the backpack mission that we are doing. Well, this is what is happening and when!

October 19th 3:00 ~ 5:15

  1. We will sort the backpacks that have been turned in according to age and boy/girl.
  2. With thing that have been given to us, we need to also pack some backpacks.
  3. We will make a list of items that are needed to finish out any existing backpacks.

October 26th 3:00 ~ 5:15

  1. Finish packing the backpacks that needed other items.
  2. Box up the backpacks according to age and boy/girl.
  3. Place the Christmas Story and monthly devotions in the Bibles that will be given out.

December 6th

6:00 AM load up on the church busses or private vehicles and get ready for God to move in your life.  If you have have not signed up for a job while there or to let me know that you are riding the bus, please click here to get that done

8:00 PM or close to it, arrive back at the church!

If you still have questions, please let me know.
Steve Blackston
Children’s Pastor


Appalachian Trail Copper Basin Crisis Center Mission 2014

Ladies and Gentelmen,

Here is the details for the Copper Basin Crisis Center Mission Project that we are doing this year.  We will be going to the Crisis Center on Saturday, December 6th.  We will be leaving the church at 6:00 AM since this is a 3 hour trip.  The goal is to have things setup and going by 10:00.  We will be leaving around 4:00 and coming back to the church.

Cooper Basin Crisis Center

Cooper Basin Crisis Center

There is a form shown below that will allow you to sign-up and select what you would like to do while at the Crisis Center.  I need each person to sign-up with a position prior to going.  If a family of 4 is going to go, I need 4 people to have signed up.  This way I will know how many seats we need on the bus.

One last thing! We are going on a trip to help and minister to the people of the Appalachian area. We are not going on a trip to take photos of ourselves, post photos onto social media or exploit the lifestyles of the people in the area. With that said, I am asking you not to take photos or tweet about what is done there. We will take a group photo while there for a reminder.

If you have any questions, please let me know.


Steve Blackston