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Five Simple Pentecost Celebration Ideas

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Tomorrow the Church traditionally celebrates Pentecost.  Here are few things we’ve been doing around my house to celebrate.

I hope these 5 ideas spark great discussions at your dinner table!

1.  Pentecost in the New Covenant as a reversal of the Tower of Babel

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TOWER OF BABEL ~~AND~~ TONGUES OF FIRE

 

This first craft is very similar to my Pentecost post from  a couple of years ago.

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Pentecost craft from 2013 post

 We first talked about the Tower of Babel from Genesis 11 , the sin of the people to stay together and build the tower, and the confusion of the language after the sin of the people.

“Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as the people migrated from the east, they found a plain the land of Shinar and settled there.”  Gen 11:1

What a contrast to the command God had given in Genesis 1 to “be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it” and again in Genesis 9– “fill the earth.”

Then, we talked about Pentecost as a sort of reversal or overcoming of Babel…

confusion vs. understanding

falling in sin vs. deliverance

 dispersion vs. gathering, etc.

I recently heard a pastor say that “our leaders want ‘one nation for every religion’ but Christians want ‘one Church of every nation.’ ”  That’s Pentecost– a bringing together of all nations so that they can carry the Gospel and God’s glory to the ends of the earth!

For this craft, the kids colored a Tower of Babel coloring page red, yellow, and orange as we reviewed and discussed the story.  We cut it out and added a face that could represent God as the people tried to build the tower to reach the heavens.

Then, we turned our papers upside down, we had a REVERSAL OF THE TOWER OF BABEL– PENTECOST!  Tongues of fire!

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2.  Pentecost Song

“The Pentecost Song,” set to the tune of “Frère Jacques”

Flames of Fire, Flames of Fire

Mighty Wind, Mighty Wind

The Holy Spirit’s coming, the Holy Spirit’s coming

With His power, with His power

3.  Pentecost Cake for the “Birthday” of the Church

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Happy Birthday Christ’s Church! Pentecost Cake!

How about a Sunday treat?  Birthday cake!  We made Pentecost cake for the birth of the church for our fellowship meal tomorrow.     Sing “Happy Birthday” to the Church!

4.  Comparison of Feasts and Reading of Ruth

“When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place.”  Acts 2:1

The feast of Passover was the first of 3 major feasts for the Israelites, followed by Shavuoth (Pentecost, Feast of Weeks, Feast of Harvest)  and Sukkoth (Feast of Tabernacles or Feast of Booths).  

Shavuoth is the Hebrew word for “weeks.”

Pentecost is a Greek word which means “fiftieth day.”

“You shall count seven full weeks from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that brought the sheaf of the wave offering.  You shall count fifty days to the day after the Sabbath.  Then you shall present a grain offering of new grain to the LORD.”  Leviticus 23:15+

As a farmer’s wife, I find it so interesting that the feasts revolved around the agriculture, the harvests…

Passover is identified with the barley harvest.  Pentecost is identified with the wheat harvest.  

Ruth is traditionally read during Pentecost because of the association with the wheat harvest.  We’ve been reading Ruth at my house this week and noticing the mention of the harvests as well as the inclusion of this Moabite into God’s people and God’s plan.  Hmmmm… sounds a lot like Pentecost!

More food for thought…. In what ways did Christ and His Spirit  fulfill the feast of Passover (Easter)?  Pentecost?  What is the significance of these Old Covenant feasts for us?

5.  The Prefix Penta / Pent

Pentecost means fiftieth day and is the seventh Sunday after Easter.  We talked briefly this week about how “penta” means five.  What words do we use with this prefix?  pentagon….pentathlon

I hope you have a wonderful Pentecost celebration with your family!  Grab a cake or some goodies, sing Happy Birthday to Christ’s Church, and have a great Pentecost discussion with your crew!

Visit a previous Pentecost post  with additional activities HERE.

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Pumpkin Pie Play-Dough Recipe

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Pumpkin Pie Play-Dough

  • 1 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 cup of water
  • food coloring (6 drops of red & 15 drops of yellow)

Combine the dry ingredients in a non-stick saucepan.   Add the oil, water, and food coloring.  Wisk until smooth.  Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula until mixture forms a ball, a couple of minutes.  Turn the dough onto the counter to cool slightly and knead a few times until smooth.  (It smells so yummy– but don’t eat it!)  😉

Have fun!  ~  Happy Fall!

Of course, you don’t have to make pumpkins…

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Recipe from Food.com

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Goodbye Summer…

goodbye summer

Oh, Summer, where did you go?

Things I’ll remember…

Red-faced, sweaty kids.  Mosquitoes.  Fun trips.  Loving our beautiful yard.  Watching the kids ride bikes around and around and around our driveway.  Hearing our baby’s heartbeat.  Being thankful for this family and the blessing of staying home with these precious kiddos.  

Realizing that these days probably make up the best years of my life.

lots and lots of bike rides

lots and lots of bike rides

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One twin can read to the other :)

One twin can read to the other 🙂

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a weekend trip to Nashville… delicious Southern breakfast… fried green tomato pimento cheese biscuit

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A visit to the Parthenon in Nashville was a perfect complement to our Ancient Greece studies!

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These kids are always having fun together! This was a special “mom party” they threw for me!

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a Fourth of July trip to a family cemetery

Leven tombstonemy Leven sees another “Levin”

I spent time this summer doing an amazing study of Proverbs 31 through the folks at Doorposts.

I spent time this summer doing an amazing study of Proverbs 31 through the folks at Doorposts.

I kept reminders in my kitchen all summer.

I kept reminders in my kitchen all summer.

We waited and waited and waited some more for rain.  Here is Catherine singing the doxology when we finally felt drops!

We waited and waited and waited some more for rain. Here is Catherine singing the doxology when we finally felt drops!

Praise the LORD!

Praise the LORD!

a stop at the space center on our way to the beach

a stop at the space center on our way to the beach

I'll always remember that this is the summer that little sister surpassed big brother in height.  He's taken really well.

I’ll always remember that this is the summer that little sister surpassed big brother in height. He’s taken it really well.

another stop in Chattanooga… We rode the incline railway to the top of Lookout Mountain.  Yes, I shed tears.  :(

another stop in Chattanooga… We rode the incline railway to the top of Lookout Mountain. Yes, I shed tears. 😦

 

at the top!

at the top!

Legoland

Legoland

Seriously??!!

Seriously??!!

THE BEACH!!!!

THE BEACH!!!!

We had ocean kayaks during our beach trip.  Leven had a blast!

We had ocean kayaks during our beach trip. Leven had a blast!

The kids played and laughed and played and laughed all day!

The kids played and laughed and played and laughed all day!

in the water

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We serve an awesome God!

our driveway

As much asI HATED to leave the beach, I do so love coming home and driving up this driveway.

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My Catherine is just 8, but it sure doesn’t seem like it. She’s been making us cookies this summer all by herself. Her specialty is peanut butter!

 

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Look at all these twins. Charles’ and I are truly blessed! 🙂 We have the most precious god-children, and were so thankful to see them grow and be a part of their lives over the past year! This is their first birthday!

I got to see THE SWEETEST face ever.

I got to see THE SWEETEST face ever.

It was a great summer, and I’m looking forward to a fabulous fall!

Here’s to lots of memories!

Happy First Day of Fall!  

Pumpkin Spice Snack Mix

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Oh, ya’ll!  Have you noticed the yummy, pumpkin-y, fall deliciousness at the store lately???

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And Krispy Kreme…

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One of my favorite fall snacks is candy corn with peanuts!  YU-UM!  Salty and sweet… it’s like a candy corn flavored Payday bar!  This snack mix has the great salty-sweet flavors of candy corn and peanuts– spiced up a bit with white chocolate, raisins, peanut buttery goodness– AND pumpkin spice marshmallows!   Yes, I know it’s not very good for you!  😉  It is a treat!  It’s such a fun kid snack… but I like it, too!

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We got a big bowl and dumped in ingredients to our liking.  We used:

  • dry roasted peanuts
  • candy corn
  • golden raisins
  • white chocolate chips
  • Reese’s Pieces
  • Candy Corn M&M’s
  • Jet-Puffed Pumpkin Spice Marshmallows  (You’ll want to get an extra bag of these… I like to nibble on a few with my coffee in the mornings!)

It makes a ton, so plan to share!  🙂

We’ve been making this snack mix every fall for a few years now.  When we did our Pumpkin Party unit our first year of home schooling, we found this recipe.  It inspired us to make our own version!

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Blessing Mix treat bags… each part of the snack has a meaning and tells about Thanksgiving!  Fun!

Happy Fall, Ya’ll!  {ALMOST}

 

 

 

Easy Art for St. Patrick’s Day

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While I haven’t mentioned it here, St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to talk about the Trinity!  Take a minute to read our St. Patrick’s Day post from last year about Teaching the Trinity and then come back here for a few easy art ideas!  Last year’s post includes some fun activities, a printable, and a simple song for remembering the Trinity!  🙂

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We took an afternoon this week to get out the paints and pastels…

I got the idea for cork shamrocks from a post at Happy Hooligans.  Aren’t’ these flowers cute?  😉

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I thought the corks used for the flowers would make great shamrocks!

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Did you know I was art major in college?  (Ok, it was only for 1 semester!)  I have wanted to find ways to incorporate art instruction into our homeschool, but I’ve had a hard time figuring that out!  I purchased A Seasonal Start in Spring Chalk Pastels from Hodgepodge.  It was such an easy solution!  My kids thought their pieces were MASTERpieces!   I think that is what I liked most about this activity… we followed the instructions and got great results!  Pastels are such an easy medium and this gave my kids the confidence and desire to do it again!  The ebook has lots of spring pastel tutorials to choose from!

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And another thing I liked about this activity… I have a festive St. Patrick’s Day display in my kitchen!  🙂

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Don’t forget to teach your little ones about the Trinity on St. Patrick’s Day and get out those art supplies and HAVE FUN! 🙂