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THANK YOU to EVERYONE (9 Directors, 80 Leaders, many Parents, and 154 Clubbers) who helped make this 2016-2017 Awana Clubs year at Judson Baptist Church a God-honoring and fantastically fun year! Last night we wrapped up the Awards Night with the church-wide Ice Cream Social and put year 13 in the books! Please pray for your 9 Directors, 2 Commanders, and 1 Children’s Pastor as we begin to prepare this month for the next year: Awana Clubs 2017-2018, here we come! 🙂

If the Lord Jesus is stirring your heart as a Judson Baptist church member to be involved in Awana Clubs for the first time next year, please contact Pastor Jack Oliver at to see where you can serve the Lord in Awana Clubs!

AWANA:  Approved Workmen Are Not Ashamed  2 Timothy 2:15 “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.”



Awana Leaders Are Snow Wonderful!


Awana Leaders’ Dinner: For All Awana Leaders and Spouses (if Applicable)

When: Saturday Night, February 18th

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Place: Franklin Synergy Bank, 722 Columbia Avenue, Franklin, TN 37064

Cost: Our Treat for “Our Snow Wonderful Leadership”

Reservations: The Meeting Room will accommodate 80 People, and the first 80 to make reservations will be attending! Reservations must be made no later than Saturday, February 11th. Reservations are to be made to your Directors.

Directions: These directions are from Judson Parking lot:

Turn left out of Judson Parking lot at traffic light. Travel south on Franklin Road until you come to the town of Franklin.

Franklin Road will take you to the square. Go right around square until second turn to right – this second turn will be Main Street.  Follow Main Street to 2nd traffic light – this will be 5-point intersection. Take a left (not the immediate left, but second left, it will be the angle left) onto 31 S/Columbia Avenue. The Bank will be about 3 blocks down on your right. The Meeting Room is in the back of Bank.

Parking: Parking Area around Bank or the Bank parking garage

Make Reservations TODAY and Join the Fun!

Our prayer for each family during this time of Thanksgiving is that you know fully the love the Lord God has for you and that you have received His free gift of salvation through Jesus Christ our Savior! “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1

psalms-of-thanksgiving, bible study, free printable:

We will see you next Wednesday on November 30th when Awana Clubs resume!

our precious Julie

our precious Julie

A heart-touching 3 minute video: “What a Great Sacrifice” produced by Chris McGowan and Hyper Pixels Media and shared by the National Day of Prayer Task Force…

I want to repeat a song I have shared with you before because I think it so speaks to what we are doing in Awana.  If you are a parent or a worker in Awana, you have a great responsibility to lead the children to know the Lord, hide his Word in their hearts, and know how to communicate with Him in prayer. What a blessed challenge we all have!

Mrs. Margaret Kimbrough

(The song was written by own former members, Dennis and Nan Allen, and I have permission to use it in this e-mail.)
A little boy with tousled hair
    at his father’s knee
Needs much more than nursery rhymes
    and stories of the sea.
He needs someone to share God’s love
    and show him how to pray.
For the  truth that’s planted in his heart
    will grow the man someday.
As the twig is bent is how the tree will grow.
As the mind is planted is how the heart will know.
If you lead a child to Jesus, that’s where his feet will go.
For as the twig is bent is how the tree will grow.

from Mrs. Margaret Kimbrough: “The Allens gave me permission too use the words of their song any time I wanted to.  If you feel it will be an encouragement to our parents, please use it.”

There’s a little boy with tousled hair, at his father’s knee
Listening to nursery rhymes and stories of the sea.
But the tales are not of godly men, fairy tales instead.
Pirates, kings and sugar plums, dancing in his head.

Well the little boy becomes a man searching for the truth
Listening to the voices now from days out of his youth.
But the word he hears inside his head don’t tell him what to be
‘Cause they’re nothing more than nursery rhymes and stories of the sea. .

Now a little boy with tousled hair at his father’s knee
Needs much more than nursery rhymes and stories of the sea.
He needs someone to share God’s love and show him how to pray
And the truth that’s planted in his heart will grow the man someday.

As the twig is bent is how the tree will grow.
As the heart is planted is how the heart will know.
If you lead a child to Jesus, that’s where his feet will go.
For as the twig is bent is how the tree will grow.

Please be encouraged as you read these precious words from Mrs. Margaret Kimbrough to keep our focus on Jesus this Christmas:

As we celebrate this Christmas season, let the beauty of the gift that God gave to us be the centerpiece of your celebration.  We get so busy that things crowd into the holiday and we often overlook the real reason why we celebrate.  If the angels had never proclaimed, “unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior who is Christ the Lord”, there would be no holiday to celebrate.  Parents and Awana leaders alike, be ready to reinforce the picture that will be given when we celebrate the Birthday Party for Jesus.   Have a  wonderful Christmas as you and your families enjoy the glory of the season.    ~Ms Margaret

From Mrs. Margaret Kimbrough:

November is a time when we think about the things for which we are thankful. As I consider the great responsibility of influencing children with the knowledge of Jesus Christ, I am thankful that God has given me the opportunity to work with the children in Awana and to point them to the Lord and encourage them to learn His Word. Whether you are a parent or an Awana leader, you should be grateful for the trust God has placed in you when He allowed you to have such an impact on the lives of His precious children. Jesus loved the children and told His disciples, “Let the little children come to Me and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”  Parenting and teaching children is a blessing. When you give thanks for all of your blessings, thank God for the children that He has entrusted to you. What a blessing!

Thank you, Mrs. Margaret, for encouraging all of us to remember His blessings! 🙂

Mrs. Margaret encourages us with this:

I have been listening to a CD by our own Dennis and Nan Allen [of Judson Baptist].  On it , Nan sings a song they wrote together.  It impressed me with the truth that we hope to convey in Awana that we must teach our children the truth about God and His love for us.  We discussed in our parent meeting that we work beside the parents to help their children learn more about God. I hope the text of the chorus of this song will resonate with both parents and Awana workers about the great responsibility in teaching the next generation about out Lord and Savior.    

                 As the twig is bent, is how the tree will grow.

                        As the mind is planted, is how the heart will know.

                        If you lead a child to Jesus, that where his feet will go.

                        For as the twig is bent is how the tree will grow.

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