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Director's Note...

Dear Parents,

Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to our Evening with Dad event.  


What does Halloween mean for Christians?  We get a clue from the word itself.  The first part, hallow, means "to set apart as holy." The last part, een, is a short form of evening or eve.  Halloween, then means Holy Eve, the night before a Holy Day.  If we go back to the 8th century, we will find that Gregory III set aside November 1 on the church calendar to honor all the saints.  These saints were all people to whom Christ had given new life by means of His life, death, and resurrection, especially those He had already taken to heaven through death.  We call this All Saints Day.  It is a kind of Christian Memorial Day when we honor and remember the lives and examples of all the faithful Christians who are now with Christ in Paradise.  When November 1 became All Saints Day, the night before became a hallowed eve, a night to prepare for the meaning of the coming of the Holy Day. 

So, on Halloween, Christians would go out to the graveyards, which were located by churches.  They would trim the grass and weeds and repair grave markers, and at the end of the day, they would gather for special worship services to give thanks to God for sending Christ.  For it was by Christ's death that man's broken relationship with God was mended, and his fear of death was removed.  They remembered that even as Christ did not stay dead, but had risen to life, so too would their family and friends rise to live forever with Christ in paradise.

As the good news of Christ spread to more and more people, many superstitions slipped into their activities and so witches, ghosts, and jack-o-lanterns became connected to Halloween.   Like Christmas and Easter, it has many traditions and myths surrounding it that are not particularly Christian but are enjoyed by many.   For Christians, we can continue to know that because of what Christ has done for us, we no longer need to be afraid of death.  

Grace and Peace,
Mary Wolfinbarger

This Week in Jesus Circle
Bible Story: Our God is in Control – God Loves Naomi and Ruth (Ruth) Discovery Points: Law:  Because of sin in the world, sometimes you go through tough times and feel sad. Gospel:  God works things out for your good and has given you salvation. Sanctification:  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, trust our caring God to work good out of bad situations; give thanks when He does.
 Bible Words:  “Love your neighbor as yourself.”  Matthew 19:19 

You can read this week's story in "The Story Bible" on pages 158-162.

Dear Family: Your child learned how God showed love for Ruth and Naomi through Boaz and made them a family. Your children also learn to love and trust God as they experience love and forgiveness from you. Brainstorm ways to show love for one another. Write ideas on slips of paper. Let your child decorate a small box with colorful paper and stickers. Fold the slips of paper, and put them inside the box. Each day this week, your child can draw out one slip of paper and do what it says.

Last week we talked about the Reformation and your child may have colored the Luther Seal. The most enduring symbol of the Lutheran Reformation is the seal that Luther himself designed to represent his theology. By the early 1520s, this seal begins to appear on the title page of Luther’s works.
Here is how Luther himself explained its meaning:

First, there is a black cross in a heart that remains its natural color. This is to remind me that it is faith in the Crucified One that saves us. Anyone who believes from the heart will be justified (Romans 10:10). It is a black cross, which mortifies and causes pain, but it leaves the heart its natural color. It doesn’t destroy nature, that is to say, it does not kill us but keeps us alive, for the just shall live by faith in the Crucified One (Romans 1:17). The heart should stand in the middle of a white rose. This is to show that faith gives joy, comfort, and peace—it puts the believer into a white, joyous rose. Faith does not give peace and joy like the world gives (John 14:27). This is why the rose must be white, not red. White is the color of the spirits and angels (cf. Matthew 28:3; John 20:12). This rose should stand in a sky-blue field, symbolizing that a joyful spirit and faith is a beginning of heavenly, future joy, which begins now, but is grasped in hope, not yet fully revealed. Around the field of blue is a golden ring to symbolize that blessedness in heaven lasts forever and has no end. Heavenly blessedness is exquisite, beyond all joy and better than any possessions, just as gold is the most valuable and precious metal.

(From: Letter from Martin Luther to Lazarus Spengler, July 8, 1530 [WA Br 5:445]; tr. P. T. McCain)

Our chapel offerings will go toward the Grantparent Program.  The purpose of the Grantparent Program is to provide tuition assistance to students in urban communities so that they can receive an excellent Christian and academic education.​  Many children living in urban communities need to hear the Good News of Jesus in a safe, nurturing environment, but they can't afford tuition to attend a Lutheran school.
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


These boxes can be found in the narthex of the church and are filled with gifts to bless children in need around the world. Please return the boxes by Tuesday, November 15th, 2022.  
Click here to see lists of items to pack. 

November 5 - Preschool Sings in Church, followed by a cookie reception
November 5 at 6:00 p.m. Trivia Night
Tickets are availble for purchase in the church office during the week or click HERE.

November 11 - Veteran's Day Preschool and Extended Care Closed
November 15 - PTL Meeting

November 21-23 Thanksgiving Camp
November 24-25 - Thanksgiving Preschool and Extended Care Closed

December 10 - Preschool Christmas Program 5 p.m.
2022-2023 Calendar

From Our Handbook

Teacher Qualifications
Our teachers and assistant teachers are experienced early childhood educators. They are Christians who provide a warm and loving environment and have a sincere concern for each of our students. They have met and exceeded the State of California Licensing requirements for early childhood educators. Our teachers have a Master of Arts degree, Bachelor of Arts degree, or Associate of Arts degree. All employees are fingerprinted and undergo a thorough background check. No one on our staff has a criminal exemption.
Staff members participate in several professional development opportunities throughout the year. Furthermore, a professional growth day is programmed into the calendar. The staff has opportunities to attend the Lutheran Educator's Conference of the Pacific Southwest District and the Pacific Southwest District Early Childhood Equipping Conference. Lead teachers receive coaching as part of Quality Start Orange County.

2022-2023 Parent Handbook

Staff in the Spotlight

Mrs. Katy Driscoll - Pre-K Assistant


Hello! My name is Katy and I am so excited to be part of the amazing team at Abiding Savior. A little bit about me: I was born and raised in Laguna Beach, so I am a beach girl through and through! After graduating from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, I quickly discovered my passion for working with children, and I worked as a preschool teacher for a little over 3 years. After taking some time to explore an opportunity in fashion, I am so incredibly happy to be back at preschool doing what I love! I recently celebrated three years of marriage to my wonderful husband, Derek, and our little family includes our super sweet dog named Naga. I love country music, dancing, all things Disney, and exploring new places! Most of all, I love having the opportunity to walk through life with children at this age as they learn and grow. I can’t wait to see what fun we will have this year!

Extra Curricular Activities

We offer several enrichment programs for your child. There is limited space in each class and a minimum number of participants 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 which includes Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop and Jazz. Dance is offered Monday for Mrs. Morgan and Mrs. Rivers' classes; Monday for boy's hip hop;Thursday and Fridays for all other classes from 11:30-12:15.
Parenting Tip from Conscious Discipline

My preschooler has started to lie. I know she’s drawing on the walls and furniture but she’s refusing to admit it. What can I do?
We have a choice, we can focus on getting our children to admit their errors and feel bad for their actions, or we can focus on helping our children learn to be responsible by experiencing the consequences of their actions.

In this case, you could go for admission of guilt and say, “Did you draw on these walls?” Asking a question you already know the answer to is a trap. More than likely, preschoolers will deny they did anything. Denial is a defense mechanism used when faced with fear of threat. Once the child denies the situation, then we really become upset, usually saying something like, “Don’t you lie to me. Lying just makes things worse.” From here the interaction can only deteriorate and the opportunity to teach a new skill is lost.

Alternately, we could set a limit and hold the child accountable for her actions by saying, “You wanted to draw some pictures. You may not draw on the walls. Drawing is something you do on paper. You can clean the walls with rag or sponge. What is your choice?” It is important to follow up with your child later when she is drawing on paper by saying, “You did it! You remembered to draw on the paper. Good for you, honey.” Then hug and kiss her all over.

Conscious Discipline Website
Conscious Discipline and the Bible

Helpful Websites and Links for Parents:

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

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

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

Websites and links for parents:
Family Matters - October 2022
Parent Pages - October 2022

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

Lutheran Church Charities Daily Devotions
Lutheran Hour Ministries Daily Devotions
Simple Steps for Family Devotions
Early Childhood Devotions - October 2022

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

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:
Kid friendly veggies and fruits
10 tips to decrease added sugars
Healthy celebrations
Frozen yogurt

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.
Positive Parenting Online Courses on School Readiness
Positive Parent Self-Care Study
Active Parenting
Toilet Training

Important information from the Department of Social Services regarding Effects of Lead Exposure.

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 October birthdays including Ms. Wood, Miss Maria, Zane, Dylan, Brooklyn, Isaac, Robert, Rose, Jaxston, Abigail, Layla, and Brody
+ Leo, Brady, Sophia, Josiah and Natalie
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.

The first Sunday of Sunday School this year is September 11, 2022. Children are dismissed for Sunday School after the Children's Message at the 10:15 worship service. Sunday School is for children from preschool through fifth grade.  We are in need of teachers, of all ages and grade levels.  No experience is needed, just a love of Jesus and children. Commitment is whatever you are able to do. 
Please contact Sharon Simon at 
ssimon@abidingsavior.com with any questions to join our staff.

November Day by Day Newsletter for Abiding Savior
October Shalom Health 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 Philipians.

Go to smile.amazon.com, select Abiding Savior as your charitable organization, and amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your purchases to support Abiding Savior. Every time you log in after that, the site will remember Abiding Savior as your selected charity. 
Ask your friends and family to sign up and support us!

Women's Fellowship - "Ladies Night Out"
is set for Monday, November 7, from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and all women of Abiding Savior Church, School and Preschool are invited!  We are having a potluck.  (A-L main dish; M-Z salad)  We will be working on a fall basket for our homebound friends and one for you to keep.  Please bring a hand held stapler.  It's a very easy craft!  We would like an RSVP so that we know how many people to expect, to have enough baskets to work on.  Please reply to Janice Trumbauer at 949-609-9766 or email krafter@cox.net.

Mark your calendar for Advent by Candlelight, Saturday, December 10.  
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