Mom 2 Mom Sale!


Our JaxNaz Moms4Moms group is having a Mom2Mom sale one week from today and you won’t want to miss it!

Here are the deatils:

Saturday, April 25th
at the Lyle Torrant Center (1175 West Parnall Road, Jackson)

$2 Admission from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
(with $4 admission for early bird shoppers from 8:00 am-9:00 am)

There will be a bake sale and Jackson Coffee Company coffee available for purchase.

There will also be a raffle going on all day. For every dollar you spend on entry ticket and bake sale items you will receive one chance to win one of many door prizes. Here are some of the things you’ll have a chance of winning!

1. Valued at $98.00- a diamond ring donated by Medawar Jewelers.
2. Valued at $44.98 – a woman’s Giro bike riding helmet donated by On Two Wheels
3. Valued at $150 – Full length photo session with Emily Mathews of Now and Then Photography, includes 15 edited photos on CD and 1 – 8×10 print donated by Emily Mathews
4. Valued at $20 – a Gift Card to Keys Produce donated by Keys Produce
5. Valued at $30 – a moms get organized bundle – donated by Lisa Gorney
6. Valued at $25 – a gift card to the Toy House in Jackson

(You do not have to be present to win. Winner will be announced on facebook and contacted by phone following the sale.)

This is our Moms4Moms 4th annual Mom2Mom sale and this year all the proceeds will be going to David’s Promise and the Compassionate Ministries of Jackson County.

If you have any questions regarding the sale, you can contact Beth Spreeman at or 517-769-3465

exciting opportunity!

Our MOMS4MOMS group at church is hosting their second annual Love & Logic training and you are invited to be a part of it!

banner.LoveLogic.021112Love and Logic is a philosophy of raising and teaching children which allows adults to be happier, empowered, and more skilled in the interactions with children. Love allows children to grow through their mistakes. Logic allows children to live with the consequences of their choices. Love and Logic is a way of working with children that puts parents and teachers back in control, teaches children to be responsible, and prepares young people to live in the real world, with its many choices and consequences.”

Doesn’t that sound exciting?!

Here are the details:

The training will be held Thursday, March 12th, 19th and 26th (that’s three Thursdays in a row, starting with this week) from 5:30pm – 8:00pm in the Teen Center at church; dinner and childcare will be provided, free of charge.


Did you catch that?

The training, childcare, and dinner for both you and your children are all at no cost to you (I told you it was an exciting opportunity!).

I personally attended this training last year and am still using some of the techniques with my own children.  It truly is a great opportunity to share a meal with other parents and hear their stories, then be given some great tools to not only empower you as a parent, but to help develop your relationship with your children.  This year, I will be working with a great team of Bright Beginnings moms and Spring Arbor students to care for your children while you are in the training, otherwise I’d attend the training again!

Space is limited (grant money can only go so far!) so registration is on a “first come first served” basis.  If you are interested or have any questions, please contact Beth Spreeman at or 517-769-3465 ASAP!


take it home

Chemical Reactions | Week 8


Praising God in the Meadow!

Series Bible Verse: 2 Peter 1:5-7 “…add this to your life: faith, and to your faith, goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, patience; and to patience, service for God; and to service for God, kindness; and to kindness, love.

Character Element of the Week: Love

Story: Jesus and the Cross (Romans 3:23, 6:23 & John 3:16)

Bible Verse: “…and to your kindness, add LOVE” 2 Peter 1:7b

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You so much for loving me. Thank You for dying on the cross for all the bad things I’ve done. I want You to live in my heart so that I can live with You forever in heaven. Help me show Your love to others around me. Amen

We finished our Chemical Reactions Unit with a cool science experiment about God’s love for us (check out the whole thing here).  Thanks Christina Hill for the recommendation!

God, Sin & Us from Ryanne Johnston on Vimeo.

Take-It-Home Activities:

Parents: Take some time this week to write a letter to God telling Him why you love Him.

Birth – Age 2: Talk about Jesus with your children! Weave His love into as many conversations as you can with your child. Tell them Jesus keeps them safe when they are anxious, that He helps them sleep when they are having a hard time at bedtime, that He heals their body when they get hurt or are sick, that He provides food when you are eating, that He is always with them, etc. A relationship with God comes naturally when you bring God into the daily lives of your children!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Your children had an opportunity to pray a salvation prayer yesterday (in the Backyard and K-Street). Ask your child about it! Make a cross with your child this week out of some craft sticks or play dough and take a moment to remember how God showed His love for us on the cross.


Taking about the salvation prayer in K-Street


This is our last week of Chemical Reactions!  Next week we’ll be starting our Lenten series as we prepare for Holy Week!



wednesday nights in march

Here’s what your kiddos will be learning in Bright Beginnings during the month of March:

Moses Pic

Story: Baby Moses (Exodus 2)

Bible Verse: The Lord’s Prayer (check out this post to learn the sign language)

Theme SongJesus Loves the Little Children

To do @ Home:
• Grab some objects from around your house and fill a tub with water. Have your child guess if the object will sink or float and then have them test it out!  Ask your children to tell you the story of baby Moses, then remind them that just as God had a plan for Moses’ life, He has a plan for your child’s life as well!

• Grab a baby doll and sing “Jesus Loves the Little Children” with your child while taking turns to gently rock the baby.


take it home

Chemical Reactions | Week 7

Series Bible Verse: 2 Peter 1:5-7 “…add this to your life: faith, and to your faith, goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, patience; and to patience, service for God; and to service for God, kindness; and to kindness, love.

Kindness is “Attractive”!

Character Element of the Week: Kindness

Story: The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37)

Bible Verse: “…and to your service for God, add KINDNESS” 2 Peter 1:7a

Prayer: Dear God, Help me to think about others and to be kind to them.  Help my words and actions help others, not hurt them.  Help me to see opportunities where I can share Your love and kindness to the people around me.  Amen

Take-It-Home Activities:

Parents: Bake some cookies with your children this week and help them make some cards, then deliver them to someone who needs some love and encouragement.

Birth – Age 2: All parents want their children to be kind.  When you see your child sharing, playing well with others, or being friendly, be sure to them then know by verbally praising them!

Age 3 – Kindergarten:  Talk with your children about their friends (from church, daycare, school, etc.).  Remind them to be kind to others, especially when they see a child hurt or crying or who may be left out.  Give them concrete, practical things they can do, such as allowing others to go first, inviting others to play with them, offering to share their toy, etc.



take it home

Chemical Reactions | Week 6


Series Bible Verse: 2 Peter 1:5-7 “…add this to your life: faith, and to your faith, goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, patience; and to patience, service for God; and to service for God, kindness; and to kindness, love.


Character Element of the Week: Service for God

Story: Nehemiah (Nehemiah 2:1-6:16)

Bible Verse: “…and to your patience, add SERVICE FOR GOD” 2 Peter 1:6c

Prayer: Dear God, You have done so much for me. Help me to serve You by helping others. Help me to see when others have a need and to do something about it. Amen




Take-It-Home Activities:
Parents: Is there another parent you know that could use a night out this week? Give them a call and offer to watch their children. Your children will love the extra playmates and you’ll be modeling “service to others” to your children.

Birth – Age 2: Even young children can help out at home. Instead of doing all the chores for them, invite them to help you with simple tasks such as putting their cup in the sink, throwing away their own diaper, helping to pick up toys, putting clean clothes away, etc. It will most likely take more time, but they will love helping you and the seeds you are planting are worth it!

Age 3 – Kindergarten: Do your children help out with chores at home? If not, start with a few simple chores such as making their bed (it doesn’t need to be perfect), helping set the table, sweeping after meals (again, perfection is not the goal), etc. Make it fun and remind your child that when they are serving their family, they are serving God.




signing the Lord’s prayer

Here are the signs we are using to help us learn The Lord’s Prayer during Lent:


We learned through “hallowed be your name” last night.

Ask your kids to show you!

wednesday nights in bright beginnings



Dear Parents,

Lent has become one of my most anticipated seasons.  This will be our third Lenten season during which we will commit to learning The Lord’s Prayer in Bright Beginnings.  It is such a joy to watch our children put this prayer into their hearts and know that it will stay with them into adulthood.  So, will you join us again this year?

Today is Ash Wednesday, one of the first days of Lent.

Today we begin a season in which we focus on REPENTENCE (not just the forgiveness of our sins, but a changing of directions; allowing God to change our thinking, actions, attitudes…), SORROW (not just the deep sorrow of Christ’s death on the cross for us but the journey toward Jerusalem, the foreboding days before the Last Supper), and YEARNING (not just a yearning for change but for the liberation that comes in both the birth and resurrection of Christ!).

What better time than during this season of intentional focus is there to teach our kids the prayer the Lord has asked us to pray:

Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done on earth
as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors.
Lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.


Will you join us?

We will be working in Bright Beginnings to put this prayer in our minds and in our hearts during the weeks of Lent, starting with tonight.  The following is the breakdown of when we will be learning each part of the prayer.  Will you be willing to help your child learn this prayer during Lent?

  • Week of February 18th :  Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name.
  • Week of February 25th:  10 Your kingdom come.  Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
  • Week of March 4th:  11 Give us this day our daily bread.
  • Week of March 11th:  And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors.
  • Week of March 18th:  13 Lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil.
  • Week of March 25th:  For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.


*If your child already knows The Lord’s Prayer, that is wonderful!  Spend some time each week praying the prayer together and talking about what each part means as we learn it in Bright Beginnings.  We will also be learning The Lord’s Prayer in sign language again this year to help our little ones remember the words.  Watch for a post of the video of the signs we will be using so that you can learn them at home as well!



a note from ryanne | give-a-way!


The word either makes you grimace or smile.
You’re either someone with an alphabetized spice rack or a pile of shoes inside your front door.

I happen to be a member of the alphabetized spice rack team; my closet is color coded, our shoes have cubbies, the milk can always be found on the top shelf right side, and there are always three clean towels waiting to be used in our bathroom.

This is precisely why I thought of you every time I emptied out an animal cracker container at church. My need for organization saw great potential in these cute, clear plastic containers that were FREE!

So I decided to start saving them.

And after I had collected a few, I took them home, printed some cute labels and Voila!


Our craft closet was organized!


And the great news is that you can have some too! I’ve used all the plastic bears I can, but we are really good at emptying them on a regular basis at church. Think of the possibilities you could do with them!

Plus, I’d be saving space in our recycling bin and you’d be getting FREE containers to help you organize. (We also have large cheeseball containers if you’re interested; we just don’t empty them as regularly). So, if you would like to have some of our bears, simply leave a comment letting us know how you would use them and I’ll be happy to save them for you!

Regardless of if it comes naturally or not, every one of us, out of necessity, organizes in some way. It may be with systematic processes or with “organized chaos.” Neither is right nor wrong; it’s just how God has wired each of us. I think we can learn a lot from each other, which is why we are offering this great give-a-way!

A member of our Bright Beginnings family has graciously offered to make a custom car organizer for our winner (you can check out her facebook page, The Makings of Melody, to see some of the adorable things she has made). All you have to do is leave a comment giving us your best organization tip. Let us know what works for your family and you might change the organizational life of another family in the process! It can be anything from how you plan and prep meals, to how you organize all those papers that come home from school, to your annual cleaning schedule (wait, people have those?!). We’ll keep the comments open all week, then draw a winner this Saturday (the 21st) from all the comments made!

I can’t wait to hear what great tips you all have for us!