One of the verses we discussed and practiced was John 14:15.
“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
In their small groups Jr. Cougars discussed with one another a time when they were obedient over the last two weeks. In preparation for our guest speaker the small groups also shared a favorite present they received. At the end of the small group discussion time one of our precious Jr. Cougars raised his hand and boldly shared that his favorite gift is Jesus and what He did on the cross for him!!! Praise the Lord for this JOY!!!
As always, God's timing was perfect for this focus teaching because Mr. Jack Greenly, our Director of Student Life, was also led to speak about obedience in conjunction with presenting our Jr. Cougars with the gift of a plan for us to help to share JOY of Jesus right here in our own community just in time for Christmas! (Yep! The "most wonderful time of the year" is soon here!!! Whoop! Whoop!) Mr. Greenly centered his teaching about obedience focusing on the two greatest commandments, loving God with all our heart, soul, and mind and loving each other as ourselves. Throughout his time of sharing Mr. Greenly referenced Mark 12:30-31 and John 15:12-14.
Mr. Greenly then explained to the Jr. Cougars that they have the opportunity to share God's love and love our neighbors by working with the Twin Valley Food Pantry to bless and bring JOY to other littles and bigs just like them, with toys for Christmas! As the Lord leads your family, your Jr. Cougars can donate new, unwrapped toys to a child in the community that might not have any gifts under their tree on Christmas morning. Donations can be brought into school until Friday, December 2nd. On this day representatives from the Twin Valley Food Pantry will be joining us for chapel so we can share God's blessings with them of the toys from our Jr. Cougars. We will also pray over the gifts and for the children and families that receive them. (All parents are invited to attend this special chapel at 8:10 am in the gym.:) We can't wait to celebrate the love of Jesus and His gifts to us and to our local brothers and sisters during this special chapel and precious Christmas season.
(Maybe your Jr. Cougar and you can have experience Christmas JOY together over the Thanksgiving break by planning a Christmas shopping date together!:)