Bible verses taken to heart
Mark, Kim and Jordan joined with thousands of others across the world in memorizing all of Is. 53 as part of Awana's Take it to Heart Challenge. Awana (which stands for Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed) is a kids' club celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. But not just children learn the Bible passages at club. Parents and leaders are also encouraged to memorize because it's such an important spiritual discipline. Jordan has recited hundreds of verses as she's completed all the handbooks and extra credit books in Cubbies (preschool) and Sparks (K-2nd grade). She's just finished her 3rd grade book and is eager to start the next Take it to Heart passage in January (Eph. 2:1-13). Kim, who has set many of the verses to music to help the family remember them, is just one book away from Awana's highest award, "the Citation." Mark has recited the longest scripture passage--the entire book of Philippians, and Moriah finally has her own verses to recite after dragging around Jordan's old books for years and echoing whatever we're working on!
Rookie Olympic team takes gold
Mark and Kim each coached a team to victory in the unique Awana games competition against other area clubs. The girls placed first and the boys took second to the boys champions by only one point!
Local Awana Club Founders Honored by Hard-Working Staff
Over 200 Awana clubbers and leaders gathered on December 13 to present extravagant Christmas gifts to Mark and Kim Newhouse who have been Commanders of the club for 3 1/2 years now. The Newhouses were stunned by the show of gratitude and the presentations which included a stay at Ventana Canyon resort and gift certificates/cash to spend at a local Christian bookstore and restaurant. "We serve because we love God," said Game Director, Mark, "and we know Awana pleases Him because of its emphasis on the Gospel and discipleship." Kim feels compelled to lead, driven to make Awana better and reach more kids. "I had feared my compulsion had caused these wonderful leaders to see me as an unrelenting and critical slave-driver, so to receive this outpouring of love--what a shock!" The Newhouses want to express their gratitude to each one who contributed to this most memorable Christmas. Kim adds, "the club would not be what it is today without all the individuals who help accomplish the many tasks."
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