January 16-22, 2021

Dear Parents,

This week we’re continuing our series titled HABITS. Each week, we’re discussing specific habits that help students in 5th-8th grades become more like Jesus as they follow him.

In this third lesson, we will be looking at Luke 21:1-4, where we read about a poor widow who made a small offering from a large heart.

Jesus praised the widow’s sacrifice because it flowed from her heart of generosity and her act was greater than the “larger” offerings given by others that day.

We will be discussing why it is important to develop the habit of generosity in our lives, and we’ll talk about some specific ways to do it.

We are making sure our students know about Mount Pleasant Christian Church’s Change for a Dollar ministry. If you aren’t familiar with it, you can find more information here, including a helpful video.

We’re also challenging students to actively and personally be involved in this ministry.

We don’t want them to just ask you, a grandparent, or some random person for money. We want them to find a way to earn $5 a month that is their own money they can choose to give up and give to help this ministry…and if they want to, they can choose to be generous and go beyond $1.

Look for a time to talk with your preteen/young teen this week about our lesson. Consider building your conversation around these questions:

• If you had $1 million to help others, how would you use that money, and why?

• Besides giving money, what are other ways to be generous? Give a specific example of how you’ve been generous in one of those ways.

• How can we as a family practice generosity with each other and with people outside of our family?

Thanks for all your prayers for our students and our ministry. Have an amazing week!

p.s. How’s the “Hanging out with Jesus” going? Remember we have Bible reading resources here. It’s not about being perfect at the habit. It’s about spending time with the person – JESUS!

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