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GRAND Happenings
A Legacy Coalition Newsletter
March 2020 edition
Legacy Coalition exists so that (y)our grandchildren and their grandchildren follow Christ.

Inside this issue:

  • Summit Spotlight- Rob Rienow
  • GRAND celebration of Easter
  • Mimi’s Musing
  • Resource of the Month
  • Praise and Prayer Focus
  • Important Links for Future Engagement

Meet Rob Rienow


We welcome back Rob to the Summit! Visionary Family Ministries mission is to inspire parents and grandparents to disciple their children and grandchildren, to help couples create mission driven-marriages, and to equip churches to build Bible-driven ministries. He also serves as a pastor at Gospel Fellowship Church in Wheaton, IL.
 
He is the author of Grand Vision for the Home (Awana), Visionary Parenting, (Randall House) and Never Too Late: Drawing Your Adult Child Back to Christ (Kregel). Here is a quote from Never Too Late: “The mission of parenting doesn’t end after your kids become adults. We have been overwhelmed with the number of people we have met around the country who are hurting because their adult children are struggling in their faith…or who have rejected faith all together.”
 
Go to legacycoalition.com/summit to register today! You are in for two inspiring days that will change forever how you see your grandparenting role.
Legacy Grandparenting Summit Information and Registration

GRAND Celebration of Easter


When you reminisce about your childhood Easter celebrations what comes to mind? Is it the dying of eggs, Easter baskets filled with candy, the egg hunts, or maybe the new outfit complete with gloves, Easter bonnet and muff. I remember all those things but my favorite memories are of walking to church for the sunrise service. Sitting outside on the church lawn – the colors of the morning sky mixing with our heartfelt voices lifting in praise to The One who died and rose again! The pastor saying “He is Risen!” Congregation answering “He is Risen Indeed!” It still warms my heart and causes tears to come to my eyes. Share your stories with your grands this Easter. What memories are you making with them? Enjoy our suggestions below:
  • Make or purchase a set of resurrection eggs – for the older grands, have them read the scriptures and see how many items they find. 
  • Watch an age appropriate movie. Passion of the Christ is one example.
  • Spend time preparing for the day - purchase special meal items and a clothing outfit. Talk about why this day is so special. Point to the special meal Jesus had with His friends prior to the cross and the celebration we will have one day with Him in heaven. We will also receive a new ‘outfit’ – clothed in the righteousness of Christ.
  • Use a tablecloth made of butcher paper or a white cloth – then allow grands to decorate with markers, crayons, stickers, etc. their place at the table. You could even trace handprints on the tablecloth.
  • See https://www.oneplace.com/ministries/familylife-today/read/articles/10-ideas-creative-ways-to-celebrate-easter-14898.html

Mimi’s Musing

by Carol Beaver

I wish I had known more about Intentional Christian Grandparenting earlier in my Mimi journey. I look back thinking about so many “coulda, woulda, shoulda” moments.  However, by God’s design one powerful opportunity has provided on-going opportunities for gentle intentionality.

In preparing to move 1000 miles to be close to my only child’s family, I requested they come weekly to my house for dinner. I saw it as a
committed opportunity to spend time in my home where I could better impact the narrative and the conversation.  The pace of life requires occasional adjustments, but we all make it one of our top priorities.  During marching band season, I lug dinner to their house.

The kids had the chance to choose a favorite menu. Also we have occasionally attended a school fundraiser.  We always pray before dinner with hands held. Sometimes, we use conversation starters to foster more thoughtful discussion. Screens are off, except when a burning question requires an immediate answer.

Our current family dinner project is to reflect on one joyful thing that has happened since our last dinner. It is written on a note and placed in a jar to be opened on New Year’s Eve. When I conceived the idea, I wasn’t sure of the reaction. I was pleasantly surprised at their eagerness to fill out a note each week.

I believe this time has created memories and moments of reflection that may well draw my grandchildren to the Lord.

Resource of the Month


With three adult children, eleven grandkids, over forty-five years in Christian education, and a home filled with generations of laughter and love, Glen and Ellen Schuknecht are amply qualified to help you discover a vision for your own family. Come journey with them and discover the ideas you need, the hope you crave, and the grace you require to raise passionate and God-connected future generations. Check out this tremendous resource at https://legacy.churchgrowth.org/.

 

Quote of the Month

“If God has blessed you with children, they are your most important calling. They are immortal souls entrusted to your care. Will your children love God? Will your grandchildren make a difference in the world for Christ? Glen and Ellen’s book [A Spiritual Heritage] is filled with powerful Scriptures, honest stories, and everyday ideas that will equip you to shape the faith of your family for generations to come.”
-- Rob Rienow, founder of Visionary Family Ministries

Prayer and Praise Focus


You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.”  [Psalm 27:8]

Open our ears to hear Your voice; strengthen us to do Your will. May we testify of Your powerful works to all generations. Pour out Your Spirit on our sons and daughters (grandsons and granddaughters).  Call them to serve using their gifts for Your glory. Revive our hearts. Increase our faithfulness as well as the multitude of grandparents and grandchildren across this nation. May we love You, act justly, and walk humbly before You.
 
O Lord, we earnestly seek You with reverence and awe.  You alone are holy, holy, holy!  Worthy of all honor and praise. Amen.

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