Joy to the World!

Are you ready for Christmas? Do you have all your presents picked out and wrapped? Are you making gifts for others this year? Sometimes handmade gifts are the ones that are most treasured. One easy gift that you can give to everyone you meet is: Joy! You can give joy to others by opening the door for them, wishing them  Merry Christmas, or just giving them a smile (with your parents’ permission, of course). Click on Joy (above) to print  her out and color her. Gina loves to illustrate the Bible for children.  She has created hundreds of resources for children’s ministry needs – activity sheets, puzzles, games, children’s church bulletins, paintings, memory verse helps and more.  “Gina’s Corner” is a column she creates for Kids’ Ministry...

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Spherical Festivity

Spherical Festivity

Christmas Tree Ornaments, Decorative Accents, and Gifts   Transform clear glass ornaments into beautiful globes of color with this festive craft. Working with family and friends adds to the fun, and an extra pair of hands can be helpful as you finish the project. The supplies include glass, liquid paste, spray sealer, and scissors, so remember to follow general safety rules as well as any safety precautions indicated on the product’s packaging.   So, are you ready? Invite your family and friends, gather your supplies, put on your “messy clothes,” and start creating! If you want help jump-starting your creativity, keep reading to the end for theme, display, and gift ideas. And when you’re done, send us a picture to inspire...

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Homemade Christmas Ornaments

  What you need: Clear glass ornaments (found at a craft store) Scrapbook paper Scissors Pencil How to make: Cut scrap book paper into thin strips  Fold back and forth like making a fan or wrap loosely around a pencil        Drop into the ball      You have now created a perfect handmade gift for anyone on your list.  These are simple enough for kids of all ages with just a little help. There are hundreds of different kinds of scrap book paper to choose from. Make it more personal for a teacher, music teacher, nurse, childcare provider, hair stylist, etc. The choices are endless. Anyone who receives one will be sure to treasure it! Renee’s passion for learning new skills has helped her take the reins as editor of...

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Lemon Blessings

Lemon Blessings

Do you like lemonade? Some people think that it tastes sour, but others like it very much. One taste you can always count on liking is the taste of God’s love. No matter if times are good or bad, when you love the Lord, life is always sweet.

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Granola Bars

Ingredient List 4 cups oats 1 cup wheat germ ½ cup All-Bran 1 bag slivered almonds (2/3 cup) 1 tablespoon cinnamon 1 ½ cups peanut butter 1 ¼ cups honey 4 tablespoons melted butter 1 ½ cups chocolate chips (optional)   We have more than one sweet tooth in our family. In fact, I think my husband and our 12-year-old were blessed with mouths full of “sweet teeth.” Homemade fudge and chocolate chip cookies are favorites at our house, but I wanted to find a nutritious, satisfying snack that tasted like a treat. When a friend brought me a batch of homemade granola bars, I knew they were what I was looking for. I tweaked her recipe a bit to suit my family’s tastes, and now I’m happy to be able to share it with you. First preheat your oven to 350...

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Easy Cake Mix Cookies

  Ingredient List 1 box of chocolate cake mix (any variety) ½ cup vegetable oil 2 eggs 2/3 to ¾ cup powdered sugar With just four ingredients, these cookies are not only delicious, they are oh-so-easy to make. They are a perfect Welcome Back Summer treat. Kids will have almost as much fun rolling the dough into balls and dipping them in powdered sugar as they will eating them. Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. Next fill a small bowl with 2/3 to 3/4 cup of powdered sugar, and set it aside. After that pour the cake mix into a large mixing bowl, then add the oil and eggs. Stir until moistened. The thick, doughy mixture is now ready to be rolled into 1-inch balls.   After forming the ball, drop it in the bowl of powdered sugar turning it...

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