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Date Given: 
March 30, 2012

Things Hidden: Thoughts on Backyard Bible Clubs

Bud Burk, Pastor for Child & Youth Discipleship, Downtown

I played ball, soaked up some warm sunshine, sang praises to God with a group of about 15 while the painters next door listened, talked to children about Jesus, ate snacks, held my Bible, talked with parents, talked to the UPS driver, talked to the postman, thought about what it means to treasure God above all things, prayed with a team of mothers for their children and neighborhood children, strained my back helping a child learn to ride a bike, learned how to demonstrate the fruit of patience among children by watching my sisters in the Lord love their children, prayed with a few boys and drove home exhausted with a quiet joy in my heart. I had just experienced day two of a five-day Backyard Bible Club at a friend’s house last summer.

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April 4, 8: No Wednesday Connection or Sunday School during Holy Week

The Father-Daughter Tea is SOLD OUT and currently we have a waiting list of 68 people. We are no longer accepting registrations for the waiting list.

With this news, we know there will be disappointment for our dads and daughters, but we encourage dads to make this day special for their daughters in other ways—a day at the zoo with daddy, a dress-up “date” at a nice restaurant, a picnic lunch by a lake, or a walk at the arboretum. May the Lord bless your time together.

Fighter Verse SET 1 SONG CD Now Available! You can pick up your free copy of the SET 1 Fighter Verse Song CD in the Bethlehem bookstores Downtown and North and at the information table South. (One per household, please.)

Calendar and Events

Visit our 3website for April/May Family Discipleship calendar items

Graduating Seniors
Thur, May 10 Graduating Senior Dinner Downtown Campus, RSVP by April 27
Please be sure to complete the survey for the Baccalaureate by Monday, May 7

Wed, May 2 Last Night of Kids' Connection Classes

Wed, May 9 Youth Baptism Service North and Downtown Campuses

Sat/Sun, May 12/13 Child Dedication Weekend All Campuses

Wed, May 16 Family Discipleship Volunteer Appreciation Dinner Downtown Campus

Sat-Mon, May 26–28 Father/Son Quest Wilderness North, Brimson, MN

Fri, June 8 Baccalaureate Service and Reception Downtown Campus

Sun-Fri, June 17–22 Youth Summer Camp Shetek Baptist Camp, Slayton, MN

Fri/Sat, Aug 10/11 4:12 Young Men’s Conference Downtown Campus

Family Discipleship Staff

See our website for a list of 
Family Discipleship Pastors and Ministry Staff 
and Nursery Childcare Coordinators

Contact Family Discipleship

Fighter Verses

Start memorizing on this date:
April 1     Ephesians 4:31–32 
April 8     Deuteronomy 6:4–5   
April 15   Deuteronomy 6:6–7   
April 22   2 Corinthians 5:17
April 29   Luke 12:32–34   

Visit for memorizing tips.

Fighter Verse Resource Information, please contact Betty Dodge (612-338-7653 x490).


Nursery Help Needed: 
Easter & Ongoing 
Opportunities to serve are available especially as the end of the school year approaches. Interested? Contact Angela (Downtown/South) or Carmen (North).

Union Gospel Mission (UGM) Outreach: 
Young adults, youth, and families are invited to serve the clients of UGM on April 15, 3:30pm. Meet at the Downtown Campus kitchen to prepare sack dinners and transport them to serve at the Mission. Learn more.

Summer Outreach: 
Backyard Bible Club InformationDowntown: May 5, 9–10am
North: May 23, 6–7:30pm 
South: May 23, 7–8pm

Volunteer Help Needed: 
Kiosk Check-In

  • Prior to each service

  • Flexible scheduling

  • 30–45 minutes per scheduled time. 
Contact Amy Katterson to learn more.


Easter Resources

Refreshment and Training Through Audio Messages
 The Power of the Word by Jason Meyer at the Fighter Verse Kick-Off
Father Hunger by Doug Wilson at the Downtown Wednesday Connection
Gospel-Powered Parenting by Bill Farley at the North Wednesday Connection
Testimonies from volunteers, parents, and students at the Mid-Year Refresh

Featured Parenting Resource 
recommended by Sally Michael, Minister for Resources and Program Development

How different is life in Minnesota from life in Indonesia? Do you wish your children could get a peek of what life is like for missionary children? Growing Up Wild is a video series produced by a missionary family serving the Lord among the Wano people of Papua, Indonesia. The episodes are 15 minutes long and include suggested activities to compare your life to theirs, learn more about our wondrous God and his works of nature, and understand the joys and challenges of missionary life. This series is a good introduction to missions for your children and will help them to understand the life of missionary children and the work of missions among tribal people.

Check out these DVDs from the Bethlehem library or purchase your own and support the Wilds at

Here is how the Wilds describe their purpose in producing these videos: The "Growing Up Wild" DVD series was developed for the purpose of introducing children to the work going on in foreign mission field. Our hope is that "Growing Up Wild" will educate and challenge your children, and be used by the Lord to play a part in raising up the next generation of missionaries! 



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