November 12, 2016

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It’s Been A Blessing

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It is with a heavy heart that I’m sharing with you my tenure as the Director of the Special Friends Ministry is coming to an end.  For the last 5-years e years I’ve had the privilege so serve alongside many wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ just like you who have shared a passion for helping First Baptist Orlando be a place of welcome for families of children, teens, or adults with special needs.

The leadership of our church has asked me to assume a different role on staff.  One in which they believe that I can continue to serve and make a positive contribution to our church and Orlando community.  After much prayer, I have decided to say “yes” to this new opportunity and serve others in a new way.

Thank you so much for allowing me to be a part of your journey thru our Special Friends Ministry and your life.  It has truly been my pleasure, and I feel that I have learned as much or more than you have from me.  You have become an important part of my life and I do not make this decision lightly.

I am continuously impressed with your level of dedication to God and the faithfulness by which you have served and continue to serve our kids, teens, and adults.  I’d ask you to continue to do so as Chrissy Skelton, the soon-to-be Special Friends Director assumes her new role on the 23rd of this month.

Again, thank you for allowing me to be a part of your life and for your support.  I’m only a phone call, text message, or email away so let’s not lose touch with one another.  I wish you grace and love and look forward to speaking to you soon either in person or on the phone!

God bless!

Mike

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November 3, 2016

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November 2016: Treasures In Heaven

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Treasures In Heaven is a wonderful story about two young men who seek to follow Jesus.  The young rich man asks how to gain eternal life and struggles with the answer that Jesus gives him.  And then there’s Zacchaeus who simply does what the Lord asks and gives half of his wealth to the poor.

Jesus calls us to an exciting life with heavenly treasures far surpassing the riches the world offers. This call extended to everyone. Unfortunately, not everyone heeds Jesus’ commands. Many, like the rich young man, are tempted and sidetracked by the world. However, those who are obedient like Zacchaeus and follow Jesus will find themselves richly blessed in Heaven.

Here’s a link where you can view a small portion of this video.

Our Scripture memory verse is:  “If you love me, you will do what I ask.” John 14:15  The verse, located on our magnetic Scripture Memory Board.

 

Level 1 and Level 2 activities pages are available for your learners.

We have a great selection of Welcome Activities to get kids engaged in fun as soon as they walk in the door!  Kids can play “balloon baseball,” work together to play “ball toss” with the parachute, or participate in several minute-t0-win-it cup games!

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We also have a Parent Take-Home page so parents know what their child is learning this month and they can help their child learn the Scripture memory verse.

Remember our ministry’s mission:  “To make our Special Friends Life Group the best 60-minutes of a kid’s week!”  Every Sunday that you serve and represent our Special Friends ministry you help to make this happen!

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October 21, 2016

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When You’re Tired Of Fighting

The special needs journey can be exhausting.  There are days–weeks–months that require 110% of what you’ve got: Emotionally Mentally Physically Spiritually Sometimes a parent just wants to lay it down.  Let it go.  Be somewhere else.  Be somebody else. Today’s worship video is for those of you whose world feels like it’s falling apart.  Instead […]

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October 19, 2016

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3 Benefits Of Using Positive Langauage

Using positive language is a researched-based Positive Support Strategy for kids with autism or any special needs. Parents can benefit from using this strategy because it helps to minimize the potential for challenging behaviors and it will keep your stress levels low! Here’s some more in-depth information on Positive Language and two additional benefits for […]

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October 17, 2016

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What Do You Call Him?

Understanding the names of God helps us to relate to Him as the dynamic being that He is because every name of God expresses some aspect of the attributes of God.  As a parents of boys on the autism spectrum the name that I have called on the most over the years is Jehovah Jireh. […]

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October 14, 2016

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Sometimes You Just Need To Breathe

The life of a parent of a child/teen/adult with special needs is crazy busy.  Hectic.  Stressful.  Exhausting.  For every step forward it can feel like life pushes us two steps backwards.  So much to do.  So little time.  When chaos is calling your name it’s time to stop. And just breathe. Mom.  Dad.  Here’s some […]

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October 12, 2016

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5 Creative Prayer Ideas For Kids With Special Needs

I just finished Mark Batterson’s book, “Praying Circles Around Your Children.”  Pastor Mark teaches about how to create prayer lists unique to your family, claim God-inspired promises for your children, turn your family circle into a prayer circle, and discover your child’s life themes. And he not only tells you how, he illustrates why. Here’s 5 […]

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October 10, 2016

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Strength For Today

God has been, and always will be, faithful.  He will provide what you need for this day…each day…one day at a time.

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October 2, 2016

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Another 7 Special Needs Parenting Tips

For runners who are trying to win a marathon, there are no breaks. If you want to stay in the race you have to pace yourself in order to finish.  This also applies to parenting.  Here’s 8 tips for your special needs parenting marathon especially when there appears to be no finish line in sight: […]

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October 2, 2016

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Worn Out

Today’s been a long day.  My son had a meltdown.  The air conditioner quit running.  The “splat splat splat” sound I’m hearing is from water leaking in thru our roof on this rainy day.  “Count it all joy…”  Not today.  My “joy scale” has been tipped in the wrong direction.   The psalmist who penned […]

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