Coach Mom Newsletter - DEC 2010
Christmas: A Season for
Merry Christmas, my
friends! This month one mom shows us that we
don’t have to go half-way around the world
to be on mission. Thank you, Tricia Wilson,
for encouraging us to consider what we can
do right now at this stage of life to share
the Good News.
In 2008, our oldest was
in kindergarten at our public neighborhood
Texas. It was about a week and a
half before school was to be dismissed for
“winter break”. One day I heard a voice in
my heart telling me to invite the kids in
Graham’s kindergarten class to my home.
What?! There isn’t much time! Will they
come? What will the parents think of me? But
I couldn’t shake my strong desire to share
with these kiddos the true meaning of
planned to use a friendly, interactive
nativity set called
What God Wants for Christmas (FamilyLife
Publishing, 2005). This engaging kit guides
children through a clear presentation of the
true meaning of Christmas. When searching
the FamilyLife website, I got the idea to
host a “Cookie Decorating Party with a
Twist” (See note below). My son gave
invitations to his classmates. About a week
later, our home was buzzing with 16 children
and a few parents. We decorated gingerbread
cookies, and then I shared this unique
nativity set with our guests followed by a
clear presentation of how each child can
know God personally and begin a relationship
with Him. Each guest left with a favor bag
that included a Gospel tract geared toward
It has been a blessing
to host outreaches like this not only
because God is giving me opportunities to
share His love with others, but because this
is teaching my four children the importance
of sharing the Gospel with others and
modeling to them ways they can do that.
Deuteronomy 6:7 says, “And you shall teach
them diligently to your sons and shall talk
of them when you sit in your house and when
you walk by the way and when you lie down
and when you rise up.” Whether we go on a
mission trip to another part of the world or
stay at home, we can share the Good News
Tricia Wilson is
married to Dwayne and is a stay-at-home mom
to their four children. With a sense of
passionate urgency, she enjoys speaking to
women’s groups about engaging in their
Tricia is actively
involved in her church where she is an AWANA
leader. She also began a Good News Club at
her children’s neighborhood school and has
recruited a team of twelve moms to help her
share the Good News of the Gospel with these
children. Tricia does other work was well
with Child Evangelism Fellowship, and she
and Dwayne love to take short-term mission
trips with Global Aid Network.
Tricia and her family
live in McKinney,
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How to Host a Cookie Decorating Party
with a Twist
attendance, smooth preparations, fun, no
distractions, a clear presentation of
invitations including information that
the true meaning of Christmas will be
shared. A one hour party will work!
ingredients, drinks, nametags, etc.
Prepare party favor
bags with a children’s Gospel tract
(Download and print your own tracts at
(one of my favorites:
You can also buy tracts at your local
Christian bookstore. Make a few extra
for those who did not RSVP, or who bring
Plan what children
will do when they arrive, then when they
are finished decorating their cookies?
Plan to do the
Christmas story and Gospel presentation
in a different room than the cookie
decorating, near a Christmas tree if
Use What God wants
for Christmas or another tool to present
Keep it simple and
short, and have fun sharing the Gospel
and the true meaning of the season at
the same time.
If you have stairs
or rooms you do not wish children to
enter, shut/lock doors and put up baby
gates to block those areas.
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Below is an easy recipe
for making reindeer cookies that avoids the
icing mess. Get creative and make some
angels using pretzels for the wings! You
could also buy Christmas pre-made
gingerbread cookies and let the children add
icing and sprinkles.
roll of pre-made sugar cookie dough
M & Ms or red hots
bell-shaped cookie cutter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Open cookie dough and mix in about
1/4 C. of flour to make the dough easier to
work with. Lightly flour the table, then
roll the dough out to 1/4 inch thickness.
Using the bell cookie cutter, cut
out 12 bell cookies - this will vary
depending on how thick you roll out the
cookies. Lay the cookies, all the same way
with bell facing you, onto the cookie sheet.
Then turn the cookie sheet around so that
the bells are upside down. Place a pretzel
on the top left and right to make ears,
M&M’s for the eyes, and a red M&M to make a
nose. (See photo)
Bake for 9 minutes
or until very lightly browned around edges.
Remove from oven and let cool on the baking
sheet for a couple of minutes. Remove to a
cooling rack to finish cooling.
(Reindeer Christmas Cookies Photo Source:
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Other Ways to Share your Faith
your eyes open for other ways you can share
the Good News. I recently discovered the
following chocolate Candy Canes at our local
dollar store, which has this poem on the
back sharing about how the staff shape
reminds us of Jesus the Gentle Shepherd and
that when turned around is the first letter
of Jesus, our gift from God above.
child give friends candy canes attached with
the Christian legend of the candy cane.
This is one
version of the Christian candy cane story:
wanted to make a candy for Christmas that
incorporated symbols from the birth, life
and death of Jesus Christ.
with a stick of pure white candy to
symbolize the virgin birth and the purity of
Jesus. He then shaped it in the form of a
"J" to represent the name of Jesus and the
staff of the "Good Shepherd." Finally, he
added red stripes to symbolize Jesus' blood
and suffering on the cross.
candymaker hoped that each time someone ate
his creation they would be reminded of Jesus
and the great love God gave us at Christmas.
The Legend of the Candy Cane to a group
of children. This wonderful book tells the
Christian candy cane legend.
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