harvest fest

Come on IN tonight for some WARM fun!


JaxNaz is hosting their second annual harvest fest:


All activities (with the exception of the pony rides) will be held indoors so you and your kiddos can stay warm while having fun. Hope to see you there!

God is Truth | 10-26-14

God is Truth!
Story: Exodus 32:1-29

Bible Verse: “Jesus said, I am the way and the truth.” John 14:6

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I am so glad everything about You is good and true. Help me to learn Your ways so that I can know what is right. Amen

Moses was up on the mountain and the Israelites were camped in tents down at the base of the mountain. Moses had been up there a long time. They started to worry. They started to panic. They told Aaron that they should do something….Moses was probably not coming back."Worshiping the golden calf" by the Providence Lithograph Company - http://clipart.christiansunite.com/1246444861/Old_Testament_Clipart/Old_Testament009.jpg. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Worshiping_the_golden_calf.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Worshiping_the_golden_calf.jpg

In Exodus 32, we read about Moses and how angry he was when he looked down the mountain and saw the people of Israel celebrating with food and drink, singing and dancing, around an idol that they had made! How quickly they forgot…the God they were following.

The lesson today was about TRUTH. We understand that God is true; idols are not. God asks for us to make him #1 in our hearts and in our lives. We understand that Jesus is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He is all we need.

T a k e  I t  H o m e

Dear Parents,
Anything that can distract you from God has the potential to become an “idol” in your life. Think of two things that can distract you personally from God’s truth. Write a prayer to God to help you stay true to Him and pray that prayer each morning as you get ready this week.

Birth – Age 2
Read Bible stories to your children daily. It’s our responsibility to help our children learn truths about God!

Age 3 – Kindergarten
When you’re driving in the car or eating dinner together this week, take turns telling each other things that are true about God (God loves me, God made me, God made animals, God is everywhere, We can talk to God anytime, anywhere, etc.) You’ll be surprised where these “God” conversations will lead!


click on a photo below to see some pictures of our children learning about WORSHIP on Sunday

The Plane Truth

i’m back!

I’ve been off the past six weeks getting to know this little guy:


We welcomed our third son, Nicholas Lane, into our family September 1st and it has been pure bliss chaos every moment since! Ok, maybe it hasn’t been chaos every moment but I had forgotten so many things about having a new baby (it’s been three-and-a-half YEARS since we’ve had one around).

It’s amazing how incredibly fast two hours go by…how ridiculously long it takes to get loaded into the van to go anywhere…how genuinely hard it is for siblings to adjust to the changes (especially for that poor baby who is suddenly the infamous middle child)…how quickly things can go from “everyone is happy and I’m rockin’ this new mom thing” to “everyone is crying, pooping and screaming simultaneously and I’ve lost all control”…the list could go on and on! However, despite my amnesia we are finding our groove as a family of five and defining our new normal as I head back to work.

Sunday was my first day back and it was so much fun! Your kids are some of the coolest kids on the planet and they bless my socks off every time I’m with them because they just get this whole Jesus thing! They are kind and compassionate, they have faith like, well, children and they understand that they are worshiping God when they obey their moms and dads (they told me so second service). So hats off to you! You are doing a great job modeling what it means to live your life for God and it’s rubbing off on your children.

It is such an honor and a blessing to serve the fantastic families, teach the wonderful children, and work alongside the phenomenal volunteers of our church body.

And I just thought I should tell you so.

It’s Good to be Back!

– Ryanne

* Slight Side Note: When we first created startingsmall, it was my intention to make personal posts such as the one above on a regular basis. I wanted to be able to share with our Bright Beginnings community anything from what God is teaching me at the moment to why we serve animal crackers in the Garden. I wanted these personal posts to always have the same title; however, I never could come up with one that fit, so I simply haven’t made the posts! So, if any of you have an ideas for a title to my posts, leave it in the comments and we just might use it!

God gives me food | 10-5-14

Word: Provision

Bible Verse: “God will meet all your needs.” Philippians 4:19

Bible Story: Exodus 16

Dear Jesus, thank You for all the things You provide for me like food and a home. I know that You will always take care of me each day. Amen.


T a k e  I t  H o m e

At one of your dinners this week, have each family member participate in the prayer by thanking God for one specific thing on their plate. You could even take advantage of one of the last warm evenings we have this year and plan a family picnic!

Birth – Age 2
Everyone desires polite children; however, manners have to be modeled and taught! Encourage and remind your children to say “thank-you” (verbally or with sign language) often.

Age 3 – Kindergarten
Sit down with your children and make a list of all the things you are thankful for. See how long you can make it! Then, encourage your children to draw pictures of some of the items. Hang the list and their pictures on the refrigerator or in their bedroom so that you can be reminded of God’s provisions often and remember to thank Him for specific things when you pray.