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Director's Note...

Dear Parents,

What is “Lent”?  Lent is a season of the Church Year that lasts six weeks. Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends the day before Easter Sunday. During these six weeks we look forward to Good Friday, the day our Lord died on the cross to pay for our sins, and to Easter Sunday, the day He rose from the dead to prove it!  Why do we celebrate Lent for 40 days?  Don’t forget what Lent is all about! It is a time when we are reminded of what Jesus gave up for us, and a time when we look forward to and prepare for His death and resurrection! We celebrate Lent for six weeks, or 40 days, as we remember Christ’s temptation in the wilderness in the Gospel of Matthew. There Jesus was without food for 40 days.  We remember the temptation of the Israelites in the desert after the Lord had delivered them from Egypt. This lasted 40 years.  Finally, we can remember the story of Noah and his family. After 40 days and 40 nights of rain, the Lord delivered them as He promised.  During these 40 days of Lent, we remember God’s faithfulness to His people and how His faithfulness is complete in Jesus, our Savior. Jesus remains faithful to us, always being where He promises to be: in His Word and Sacraments. Wow! What a Savior!  (copyright 2016 LCMS Worship "Kids in the Divine Service")

Lent is a great time to work on creating a vibrant Christian household with your family.  The Barna Group in their research for "Households of Faith" says that vibrant Christian households  "frequently participate in spiritual practices, spiritual conversations, and hospitality." Per Barna, spiritual practices include praying and reading the Bible together; spiritual conversations involve talking about God or faith together; hospitality consists in welcoming others into the home.  

Children can also participate in spiritual disciplines that can become habits, including meditation,  prayer, simplicity, solitude, focused fasting, and service to others. After sharing a Bible story, we can allow our children to meditate and focus on God’s Word, thinking about what it means to them or adding a bench to a garden so that they can see the beauty of God’s creation and spend time in awe and wonder at our amazing God who created all things and takes care of us. We can also encourage children to pray throughout the day.  While discontinuing eating would not be an appropriate way to fast for children, they can still learn to replace an activity such as watching television with extra family time reading Bible stories.The spiritual discipline practice of simplicity occurs as we help our children be grateful for what we have. We can spend time each day slowing down, not overscheduling, in order to teach and model solitude to our children. We can also cultivate the habit of service by doing things for others and using what we have to serve others.

Families can also plan weekly activities during lent.  One week can focus on prayer, and families can learn how to make pretzels and show how they are a visual for prayer with hands crossed on the chest. The second week can focus on the Lord's Prayer and learning the Lord's Prayer song. Another week could be a discussion on Lenten disciplines such as not eating out for the month and giving the money they would have spent to a homeless shelter or animal shelter, or going through closets and giving clothes/toys to others. Another week can focus on the new life Jesus brings by making caterpillars and butterflies. Make a cross and have the caterpillars can stay on the cross until Easter, and on Easter morning, the children can put butterflies on the cross. Another week families talk about the significance of purple and why we don't sing Allelujah during Lent. Families can tie-die handkerchiefs purple and put them on the cross. Another week families can make stained glass crosses and go on a cross hunt in their home to see how many can be found. In the final week, families can have a Seder dinner and talk about the Last Supper, wash everyone's feet, and talk about the significance of this ritual. Families are invited to Abiding Savior for worship, an Easter egg hunt, and a pancake breakfast at Easter. Much like the feasts and festivals in the Old Testament, these events help us to reflect on and remember all that God has done for us.

For more resources on creating a spiritually vibrant household see our links below in the Helpful Websites and Links for Parents section below.

Grace and Peace,

Mary Wolfinbarger

This Week in Jesus Circle
Bible Lesson of the Week:    We Pray in Jesus' Name One Man Says Thank You (Luke 17:11-19)   
Bible Words:  [God says,] "Call to Me and I will answer you." Jeremiah 33:3
Discovery Points     
Law: Sometimes we forget to be grateful for God's blessings.
Gospel: Jesus forgives our lack of gratitude and guides us through His Word to grow in faithfulness.
Sanctification: Through the power of the Holy Spirit, we can grow in recognizing and rejoicing in God's good gifts to us.  

You can read this week's story in "The Story Bible" on page 377-379.  Chapel this week is on Wednesday.  This week in chapel Pastor will be teaching us about Ash Wednesday.  The children will have an opportunity to receive the sign of the cross in ashes on their forehead, their hand or not at all.  We will learn that when our hands get dirty we wash them off.  During Lent we remember that Jesus died on the cross to forgive us and wash away our sins.  We invite you to  services at 12:30, 5:00 & 7:00 p.m.  The 5:00 service will be live streamed. 

Midweek Lenten Services
Please join us each Wednesday in Lent for worship at 12:30 p.m.  Services are:
March 1
March 8
March 15
March 22
March 29 

Dear Family: Your child learned about Jesus healing the ten men with leprosy who called out to Him for mercy. Talk about the ways God answers your prayers. It may not always be what you expect, for God answers in His own way and time. But He always acts out of love for you, because He wants what is best for you.
Have a basket to pass, and give each family member a gift-wrap bow. Say that every good thing is a gift from God. Think about something that really makes you happy, such as a friend, favorite food, or something you enjoy doing. Pass the basket to each person as all say, “Thank You, Jesus, for __________.” The person holding the basket finishes the sentence and puts the bow in the basket. At the end, say, Thank You, Jesus, for all Your blessings, especially for taking away our sin-sickness!

Our chapel offerings will go toward Hearts for Jesus - Hope and Care Outreach.  Hope and Care Outreach equips local Liberia believers to be the hands and feet of Jesus.  This year's Hearts for Jesus goal is to, together, send hundreds of kids to Lutheran schools throughout the nation of Liberia! $95 is the average cost to send a child to a Lutheran school for the entire year! This modest sum is the difference between a child becoming literate or not, realizing the gifts that God has given them or not, and most importantly, knowing Jesus or not. We pray that you will be blessed as you join us in lifting up these precious souls and future Christian leaders of Liberia.

South County Outreach has a growing need for soup to help feed the many people in Orange County including families and the elderly. Please bring in canned or packaged soup throughout February and March to the Narthex (on your way to service) or the church office during the week.

Upcoming Dates
*Each Wednesday morning join our Parents in Prayer Group in the courtyard at 8:15 a.m.

Join us each Thursday for coffee and fellowship in the Gathering Grounds

February 20 Presidents' Day Preschool and Extended Care Closed

February 22 - Ash Wednesday

Worship with us on Ash Wednesday and throughout Lent - 
Lent is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting that prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption. 
Ash Wednesday Worship | February 22 at 12:30 pm and 5:00 pm
Please join us for Lenten Services on the following Wednesdays:
March 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29 at 12:30 pm.

“In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins”. 1 JOHN 4:10  

February 27-March 3 Dr. Seuss Week
Monday - wear many colors
Tuesday - crazy hair
Wednesday - crazy socks
Thursday - wear pajamas
Friday - preschool shirt

February 28 TK/K Information Night 

March 11 Grandparents Day 9-11 a.m. rsvp here
March 15 - Parent Education Night  - Anxiety the False Alarm 6:30 p.m.
Childcare provided in the elementary extended care for enrolled children preschool - eighth grade
March 19-22 National Lutheran School Accreditation Team visit
2022-2023 Calendar

From Our Handbook

Suggested Clothing
Preschool is a place for investigating and learning about many things. Many of these investigations can become quite messy and wet. Children can and probably will get messy and/or dirty at preschool. Please send your child to preschool in clothing you can easily launder. While painting, the children often get paint on their hands, arms, and any clothing not covered by our paint aprons. We appreciate you sending your child to preschool in clothing he/she can easily manage to unfasten and refasten when going to the bathroom. Suspenders, belts, "body shirts," and bib-type overalls are all adorable and look cute on your child but can cause a bathroom accident if they can't be undone quickly enough. The children will be learning to do many things for themselves. If a child cannot manage the clothing after trying, help will be provided. We encourage children to bring a jacket or sweater that can be left at preschool. We also request that a change (or changes) of clothing be left at preschool in case of an accident requiring a clothing change. Tennis shoes and socks are best for running, climbing, and playing in our playground. Open-toed sandals, dressy shoes, Crocs, and boots are not safe for climbing or comfortable for sand play and are, therefore, not allowed at school. The preschool has a minimal amount of extra clothing on hand. It is important to label coats, jackets, lunch boxes, and all possessions brought to preschool with your child's name. If your child is potty-training, several changes of underwear, bottoms, socks, and even an extra pair of shoes may be necessary. For children who are not potty trained, the parent's responsibility is to keep pull-ups/diapers and wipes at school. Our playground equipment is not intended to be used while wearing necklaces or sweatshirts with laces. Our preference would be that these not be worn to school. If a child does wear them to school, they may be asked to put them in their cubby during outside play.

2022-2023 Parent Handbook

Extra Curricular Activities

We offer several enrichment programs for your child. There is limited space in each class, and a minimum number of participants is required to offer the class.  

  • Amazing Athletes – This is a sports and fitness class offered on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11:30-12:15.
  • Showtime Dance – This is a dance program that includes Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, and Jazz. Dance is offered Thursdays and Fridays from 11:30-12:15.
Parenting Tip from Conscious Discipline

How do I help my child handle disappointment?

Disappointment is a difficult emotion to handle. All parents ultimately want children to be good sportsmen, take responsibility for their actions rather than blaming others, and be able to stand tall after their falls in life (both literal and metaphoric). Here are some essential guidelines to help children with this type of pain:

First, your goal must be to help them deal with the emotion, not “happy them up.” “Happying them up” comes in many forms. It could be a distraction, a promise to buy a toy or taking them out for ice cream. This attempt to take away the pain can lead (in many years) to adults who unconsciously graze through the refrigerator or use shopping sprees to deal with disappointment.

Instead, we can provide empathy to help ease their pain and teach them that they can handle all that life brings to them.

“You seem _____________.” (Put your best guess of the feeling in the blank… disappointed, frustrated, sad, etc.) If you guess their emotion correctly, their body will relax. If you guess incorrectly, they will tense up, pull away or correct you. If this happens, simply try to describe the feeling again.

“You were hoping ______________” or “You wanted____________.” Describe the disappointment or hurt.

“It’s hard when ___________________.” Validate their feelings.

“You can handle it.” Offer assurance.

“Breathe with me.” Take a deep breath together, and then physically connect in some way.

Example: A child does not make a football team.

“You seem disappointed. You were hoping to make the team with your friends. You wanted this more than anything. It’s hard when things turn out differently than you wanted. You can handle this. Let’s take some deep breaths together.” Then hug or hold your child.

I’ve posted a great video on YouTube that explains how empathy helps children take responsibility for their upset in a compassionate, healthy way. My Conscious Discipline (educators) and Easy to Love, Difficult to Discipline (parents) books also provide extensive information about ways to offer and benefits of empathy.

Conscious Discipline Website
Conscious Discipline and the Bible

Helpful Websites and Links for Parents:

Free video resources to assist you in family faith formation:
Lutheran Hour Ministries 
Me and My Household will allow you to explore the concept of households in the Bible and in our culture today.
Building a Vibrant Household will give you a glimpse of a spiritually vibrant household and the three characteristics revealed by research that any household can nurture. It will encourage you to evaluate your own household’s vibrancy and take the next steps in building a more vibrant household.
Open Doors: The Art of Hospitality gives you a deeper look into the vibrancy characteristic of Christian hospitality. You will learn what the Bible says about welcoming strangers and can take part in the Open Door Challenge.
Households of Faith
RightNow Media 

Parent Tools from Lutheran Hour Ministries
"Helping Your Child Grow Through Faith Conversations"
"Helping Your Child Have a Relationship with God"
"Helping Your Child Welcome Others"
"Parenting Families"
"Parenting with Purpose"
"Talk Openly with Kids" 
"Raising Children with Respect"

Free books from Lutheran Hour Ministries:
Let's Be Disciples
Do You Know Who Jesus Is?
Sharing Your Faith
Learning to Pray
The Easter Story
The Christmas Journey
The Bully
Free Reformation from A to Z Coloring Book

Free Resources from the LCMS:
Easter Vigil Coloring Book

Preschool play websites:
Learning Games for Kids
Highlights for Kids
National Geographic Kids
PBS Kids

Websites and links for parents:
Family Matters - February 2023
Parent Pages - February 2023

Parent Further a Search Institute resource for parents.
Kids Guide Magazine
Fostering Independence in Children:  Tips for Parents
Getting Your Child Ready for School

30 Days of Household Devotions
Lenten Devotions
Lutheran Church Charities Daily Devotions
Lutheran Hour Ministries Daily Devotions
Simple Steps for Family Devotions
Early Childhood Devotions - February 2023

Focus on the Family Devotions and Educational Activities
Daily Devotions for Young Children for March - May
Additional Free Family Devotion Resources from Concordia Publishing House
Free Devotions for times of crisis

Ideas you can use at home:
Help me hold my crayon - Handwriting Without Tears
Capital letters - Handwriting Without Tears
Lower case letters - Handwriting Without Tears
Numbers - Handwriting Without Tears

Backpack Connection Ideas:
How to Give Clear Directions
How to Help Your Child Stop Biting
How to Help Your Child Stop HItting
How to Help Your Child Stop Whining
How to Understand the Meaning of Your Child's Challenging Behavior
How to Use Social Stories to Teach Your Child New Skills and Expectations
How to Help Your Child Avoid Meltdowns
How to Help Your Child Recognize and Understand Anger
How to Help Your Child Recognize and Understand Disappointment
How to Help Your Child Recognize and Understand Fear
How to Help Your Child Recognize and Understand Frustration
How to Help Your Child Recognize and Understand Jealousy
How to Help Your Child Recognize and Understand Sadness
How to Help Your Child Recognize and Label Emotions
How to Use Positive Language to Improve Your Child's Behavior
Routines and Schedules for a Successful Bedtime
Routines and Schedules for a Successful Morning
Routines and Schedules for a Successful to Transition Smoothly
How to Plan Activities to Reduce Challenging Behavior
How to Use Visual Schedule to Help Your Child Understand Expectations
How to Help Your Child Learn to Share
How to Help Your Child Learn to Trade
How to Help Your Child Manage Time
How to Teach Your Child to Appropriately Get Your Attention
How to Help Your Child Take Turns

The California Department of Education resources by age group:
1 1/2 -3-year-olds

Providence Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo has free helmets in its gift shop for kids between the ages of 2 and 17. A multi-sport black helmet also is available at the Mission Viejo campus at no cost for children 17 and younger. The child must be present in order to be fitted properly. Each fitting takes about 15 minutes. The hospital’s Helmet Giveaway Program, launched in November 2021, has given away 1,200 helmets to children in the region. It’s supported by donors Karen and George Thagard and the Providence Mission Hospital Foundation. The gift shop is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. for walk-ins.  Address: Tower 1 lobby at 27700 Medical Center Road in Mission Viejo

Tips for families with children ages 3-5 from our friends at School Readiness

COVID-19 information:
Vaccination:  https://myturn.ca.gov/
Covid-19 testing

CDC Milestones
Age 2
Age 3
Age 4
Age 5

Making Life Easier
Bedtime and Naptime
Going to the Doctor/Dentist

Parenting tools from our friends at Chancy and Bruce:
Gross and Fine Motor Activities
Visual Discrimination and Visual Memory Activities
Auditory Discrimination and Auditory Memory Activities
Receptive and Expressive Language Activities
Reasoning and Social-Emotional Activities
What Every Child Needs for Good Mental Health

Potty training tips recommended by SoCal Sensory
Gross motor tips recommended by SoCal Sensory

Parenting tools from the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning:
Teaching Your Child To: Identify and Express Emotions

Make the Most of Playtime
Teaching Your Child About Feelings
Teaching Your Child to Become Independent with Daily Routines
Teaching Your Child To: Cooperate with Requests
Responding to Your Child's Bite
Understanding Your Child's Behavior: Reading Your Child's Cues from Birth to Age 2

Pre-writing Ideas from Therapy Street for Kids
Teaching the Fundamentals of Grammar and Syntax at Home page 1 and 2

Healthy snacks for kids:
USDA Healthy Eating for Kids
Kid friendly veggies and fruits
10 tips to decrease added sugars
Healthy celebrations
Frozen yogurt
Please note that the following items are known choking hazards for children four and under and should not be served:  hot dogs, whole grapes, nuts, popcorn, raw peas, hard pretzels, spoons of peanut butter, or chunks of raw carrots.

Free Preschool Friendly Website Activities 
Cosmic Kids Yoga
San Diego Zoo Kids Videos
Time for 10!
Sesame Street
Cooking with Kids  

Tools for mental health:
• Managing Stress for Health
• Playbook on Stress Relief during COVID-19
• Resources for Emotional Support and Well Being
• Trauma-Informed Practices Tips & Tools
• Help for Families
• Talking with Children about Coronavirus Disease 2019
• Helping Children Cope with Emergencies
• Coping with Stress
• Taking Care of Your Emotional Health
• Taking Care of Ourselves: Stress and Relaxation
• Helping Children Cope with Changes Resulting from COVID-19 
• Articles on Caregiving/Parenting during COVID-19 US
• Protective Factors to Promote Well Being
• Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks


Orange County Resources for Families
CHOC has services for you and your child if your child is experiencing difficulties with eating, toileting, and/or challenging behaviors.
School Readiness Fair March 4 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Toilet Training Zoom February 8
Learn, Play, Grow at Home Zoom February 1, 8, 15, 22
North Orange County Continuing Education for Parents in January and February

Important information from the Department of Social Services regarding Effects of Lead Exposure.
Important information on ASLP's Integrated Pest Management Plan. (Also found on our website.)

Stop by the Preschool Office to see the large collection of parenting resources that you can check out.  More books have been added.  See our newest additions.

Scholastic Books are another great resource for parents.  You can place your orders online at scholastic.com/bookclubs using Mrs. Nagel's class activation code: LHTLL

Mental health resources after school shootings:
   Parent Guidelines for Helping Youth After the Recent Shooting (The National Child Traumatic Stress Network – English/Spanish)  
·       Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers (National Association of School Psychologists)  
·       Helping Children Cope with Frightening News (Child Mind Institute) 
·       Coping in the Aftermath of a Shooting (American Counseling Association) 
·       Trauma and Disaster Mental Health (American Counseling Association) 
·       Supporting Employees in Coping with Community Violence (Employee Assistance for Education –EASE) 
Child Mind Institute
How to Talk to Kids about School Shootings
Caring for Kids after a School Shooting
Helping Children Cope With Frightening News
Multilingual Trauma Resources
Coping Skills Resources 
National Association of School Psychologists
Talking to Children about Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers
Common Sense Media
How to talk to kids about School Shootings
Facing History and Ourselves
Teaching in the Wake of Violence 
School Crisis Center
Talking to children about terrorist attacks and school and community shootings in the news
American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Talking to children about violence
The National Child Traumatic Stress Network 
Childhood Traumatic Grief Information – Parents & Caregivers
Parents Guidelines for Helping Youth after the Recent Shooting
Parents Guidelines for Helping Youth after the Recent Shooting (Spanish)
Health Children
Talking to Children About Tragedies & Other News Events 
CalHOPE Student Support – www.calhope.org 
CalHOPE Student Support SEL Portal – www.calhopesel.org 
A Trusted Space - https://www.atrustedspaceca.org/ 
Angst- Building Resilience - https://www.indieflix.com/california 
Together for Wellness- https://calhope.semel.ucla.edu/
In Our Prayers

Thank you for your continued prayers for the loved ones connected to our center.  If there is a need in your family and you would like to add someone to the prayer list, please let me know.  This week we pray for:
+ Our February birthdays including Mrs. Rivers, Mrs. Whitten, Miss Ally, LIv, Lucas, Anna, Avery, Sawyer, Fiona
Church News

Worship This Week
-Saturday - 5:00 PM | Informal Communion Worship
-Sunday - 8:00 AM | Classic Worship
-Sunday - 10:15 AM | Praise Worship | Worship Folder
YouTube | Connection Card | Give
We follow these COVID-19 protocols:
-Masks are recommended for all attendees.
- Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer when you enter the worship center.
- If you have any of the symptoms related to COVID-19 stay home and enjoy the service via live stream.

February Day by Day Newsletter for Abiding Savior


Wednesday Morning Adult Bible Study We meet in the Gathering Grounds coffee shop each Wednesday from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Please join us as we study the book of Philippians.
Volunteers Needed
Have you read the new version of Matthew 25:35?  "For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink."  I needed to have my taxes done, and ASLC prepared my taxes for free!  While these words are not scriptural it does convey a way to help our neighbors in need.  Abiding Savior provides free income tax service to the community through the VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program, which is sanctioned by the IRS.  You can be a vital part of the VITA program.  Our VITA team is seeking fellow brothers and sisters to join our team, which will be a blessing to our neighbors.

Frequently a client will ask, "Why are you doing this free tax service?"  This opens the door for us to be a witness of our faith, and if a client has no church home, to invite them to an ASLC service.  There have been clients that have attended our services, and perhaps others who have attended via live stream.

We are not just looking for tax preparers, we also need greeter / intake volunteers.  There are online training and ASLC volunteers to assist you.  Prayerfully consider this opportunity to serve.  Please contact Bruce Hultine at cahultine@icloud.com to volunteer.  The Lord bless you.   

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