Family Summer Bucket List

Dear Families,

Happy Summer to you! We had a ROARing start to summer vacation as we celebrated God’s unending goodness with nearly 500 children at Vacation Bible School. Through crafts, games, snacks, and worship, the kids learned that even when life is wild, God is good!

Our prayer is that VBS is just the beginning of your family’s exploration of God’s Word together. The summer bucket list provides activities to encourage you in this as you spend time as a family with Him.

Throughout this summer and beyond, Hales Corners Lutheran will be praying for you. We love your family and are here to help you in any way we can. If you or your child has any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. If your child doesn’t have a Bible, please let me know; Children’s Ministries would love to provide one for your child.

We’d love to see all the fun you’re having! Please feel free to tag Hales Corners Lutheran and use these hashtags: #HCLSummerBucketList2019 #HCLNextGen

This summer and always, may you experience the indescribable joy that comes from being loved by God who is good all the time.

Lots of joy ahead!

Rachel Stathakis

Director of Children’s Ministries

Hales Corners Lutheran

Life is Wild. God is Good!

Family Summer Bucket List Items:

1. Make popsicles. Read Psalm 34:8: “Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.” Highlight this verse in your Bible. Thank God for His sweetness and goodness.

2. Create a new recipe. The ingredients all came together to make something yummy. When life is delicious, God is good!

3. Dance in the rain. Read Psalm 23:1-3: “The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul.” Highlight this verse in your Bible.

4. Play a board game with your family. Did you win? When life is unfair, God is good!

5. Using a dry erase marker, write a note of encouragement on the mirrors in your home for family members to see. Read 1 Thessalonians 5:11: “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” Highlight this verse in your Bible. Mark it with a bookmark. Ask God to help you to encourage others.

6. Go on a family adventure to some place no one in your family has gone before. What’s something wild that you saw? Whether today takes you on a journey that is wild and good or wild and bad, God is always good!

7. Watch the sunrise. Before, during, or after, read Lamentations 3:22-23: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Using crayons, color a sunrise over this verse in your Bible.

8. Watch the sunset. As you do, listen to “Hallelujah” by Casting Crowns. When life leaves us amazed, God is good.

9. Using sticky notes, write a note of what you love about each member of your family. Stick these notes in places they’ll see them. Read Ephesians 4:29: “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Draw hearts around that verse in your Bible.

10. Take a picture of your family making silly faces. Send it to somebody who needs to smile. When life is silly, God is good!

11. Visit a local farmer’s market. Read Psalm 67:6: “The land yields its harvest; God, our God, blesses us.” Draw fruit by this verse in your Bible.

12. Have a picnic at the park. Talk about highs and lows of the week. Whether life is up or down, God is good.

13. Blow bubbles outside. Read Romans 15:13: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow (bubble over) with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Highlight this verse in your Bible. Mark it with your bookmark. Call a grandparent or aunt/uncle to share this verse.

14. Go one full day without technology. Before you go to bed that night, tell your family what the best part of the day was. When life is quiet, God is good.

15. Make a fort. Read Nahum 1:7: “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.” Highlight this verse in your Bible.

16. Sit around a bonfire. Tell make-believe tales or stories of your real life. When life is filled with stories worth telling, God is good.

17. Go out to eat. Ask your waiter or waitress how you can pray for him/her before you eat. After praying, check out Ephesians 6:18: “And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Mark this verse in your Bible with a bookmark.

18. Watch a movie, and don’t forget the popcorn! When life is restful, God is good.

19. Play flashlight tag, and invite the neighbors! Read John 8:12: “Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, ‘I am the light of the world. Whoever follows Me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.’” Write this verse on a notecard. Place it somewhere in your home.

20. If you hear sirens when your family is driving, spend time praying for the person or people experiencing an emergency. You can even pray for the community helpers rushing to help. When life is in crisis, God is good.

21. Wash the car as a family. Sin makes us dirty, but Jesus has washed away our sin. Read Hebrews 10:10: “And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the

body of Jesus Christ once for all.” Now, write it on a sticky note. Stick it by the sink so you can remember that Jesus washes our sins away.

22. As a family, decide on one piece of furniture or household item that you can rearrange. When you walk by the furniture/item in its new location, remember that when things in life change, God is good.

23. Plan to do some random acts of kindness with your family today. Talk about a time when someone surprised you with a random act of kindness. How did that experience make you feel? Read 2 Corinthians 9:7: “God loves a cheerful giver.” Highlight this verse in your Bible.

24. Set up a lemonade stand and give away the lemonade for FREE! When customers ask you why, share that you just want to remind them Jesus loves them! When we feel sour (like lemons), God is still good!

25. Keep a list of things for which your family is thankful. Can you fill an entire journal? Take a moment to thank God for what you wrote down! Read Psalm 107:1: “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” Underline this verse in your Bible.

26. Make a card for someone who is sad. Talk with your family about something sad you’ve experienced. How did you see goodness during that time? When life is sad, God is good.

27. Make homemade play dough! Make a creation that reminds you of a great experience you’ve had. Now make a creation that reminds you of a difficult experience you’ve had. Read Romans 8:28: “And we know that ALL things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose.”

28. Create an obstacle course. Have every member of your family go through it. You can change it up each time. When you’re going through obstacles that make life challenging, God is good.

29. Find a creative way to thank a community helper. Read Colossians 3:15: “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Highlight this verse in your Bible.

30. Using a sticky note, write a thank you note to give to a cashier. Sometimes people overlook cashiers, and sometimes we may feel overlooked. Make it a point to show others love. When others might overlook us, God is good.

31. Talk about a time when you were lonely. Send a card to somebody who might be lonely. When we’re lonely, God is good.

32. Take turns hiding and finding glow sticks in the dark! When you finish, come inside and read Psalm 139:1-16. You could even act out parts of it! This verse reminds us that no matter where we are or what we’re doing… whether life feels wild or calm, our Heavenly Father knows where we are, stays with us, and loves us. He is good!

33. Extend an invitation to someone who is stressed out and could use a little extra love. Showing others love reminds them that God is good. Before this friend comes over, brainstorm ways that each member of your family can show love to this person. When life is shared, God is good.

34. Each member of your family holds the end of a beach towel. Please the beach ball on top of the towel, and throw the beach ball in the air, only touching the towel. Try to catch it! When you finish, read Psalm 37:23-24: “The Lord directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.” Highlight this verse in your Bible.

35. Use sidewalk chalk to write encouraging messages by your home. What will make people smile? Be sure to include “When life is wild, God is good.”

36. As a family, take the chalk to a loved one’s sidewalk or driveway or even the park! Write messages and draw pictures that remind anybody who reads the messages that God is good. When good surprises happen, God is good.

37. Read Psalm 103 in your Bible. Write your own Psalm of praise.

38. Make a tic-tac-toe board. In each square write or draw faces that represent different emotions. Before you mark a spot with an “x” or “o” on a spot, talk about a time when you felt that emotion. When life is emotion-filled, God is good!

39. Fill a bucket with something that gives you joy, and give it away. Read Acts 20:35: “Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how He Himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” Highlight this verse in your Bible.

40. Join us for worship! (Also, anytime in August, stop by the Next Gen counter in the sanctuary’s atrium to pick up a gift made just for you. Whether you completed all of these activities or just a few, a gift will be waiting for you!) When we meet God in worship, He is good!

Praise God! Tell Him how wonderful He is.

Repent. Tell God you are sorry for the things you did wrong.

Ask. Ask God for His will to be done. That’s a fancy way of saying let His plans happen and give you peace as they do.

Yield. Place all of this in God’s hands. Ask Him for faith to trust Him as you wait for His answers. However He might answer your prayers, He is good!

Rachel Stathakis