September 4, “Miss Helga Grissel”
Lesson 39: Showing Grace to Others
Staci can hardly believe what a rude reception she received from Miss Helga Grissel. After all, she was only trying to welcome Miss Grissel to Wildwood. With Miss Harbor’s help, Staci learns an important lesson in showing grace to someone who’s hard to love.
Loving the unlovable
David Carl writes, “The world is full of damaged and hurting people. I’m one of them, and you are too. Though some suffer far more than others, no one is free from the pounding waves of life. They crash over us in the form of disappointments, betrayals, or physical suffering.” In this week’s Director’s Notes, David explains why we need to take the time to love hurting people, even the unlovable ones.
September 11, “The Least of All”
Lesson 40: All Things Are Possible with God
Marsha has a great idea but thinks she could never do it since she’s just a kid. With some encouragement from Paw Paw Chuck and the Bible story of Gideon, Marsha learns that nothing is impossible with God.
Don’t follow your dreams
David Carl writes, “Perhaps while in pursuit of some grand goal, God reveals a new path He has for us. God does this all the time! We think it is all about striving for the goal when it is really about becoming more Christlike.” In this week’s Director’s Notes, David explains that as Christians we don’t live to follow our dreams, a popular aphorism these days. Rather we seek to follow Christ and the plans God has for us, and usually they involve much more than we could possibly dream.
September 18, “The Plans I Have”
Lesson 44: God Is Our Rock in Times of Change
Staci’s life seems to be going really well. She enjoys her church, her family, and she even likes going to school. But all of that is about to change. Now Staci must learn how to trust God’s plans when everything around her seems out of control.
The winds of change are blowing
Sometimes change comes upon us like a tornado. With little or no warning, our lives can be turned inside out. Like trying to change the weather, we have little control over the external things that affect us, but we have power over how we react and respond to them. Holding fast to the things we know are true helps us steel ourselves against the winds of change. As David Carl explains, fixing the compass of our lives on an immovable point will always help us know which way is up when lives get turned upside down.
September 25, “The Story of Esther, Part 1”
Lesson 45: God Causes All Things to Work Together for Good
C.J. and Staci discover one of Mr. Collins’ cylinders that tells the amazing Bible story of Esther, a beautiful, young Jewish girl who God used to accomplish extraordinary things. In part one of the story, Esther is kidnapped and forced to compete in a contest to become the next queen. Realizing she might have to spend the rest of her life in the palace separated from her family and friends, Esther wonders in despair if God has forgotten about her.
David Carl writes, “God’s first priority is not our comfort—it’s our character. Our response to trials also indicates how well we understand God’s character. If our view of God tells us that His only job is to do good things for us, then we will be utterly unhinged when disaster strikes. We will believe He did not live up to His part of the bargain, and we will be angry and confused.” Read how God shapes and molds our character to be like Christ in this week’s Director’s Notes.