Meet Danielle!

  1. What’s your role at Life Church? Oversee Life Kids Early Childhood
  2. Besides Life Church, what are you passionate about? Having a large enough family that we outgrow a standard mini van
  3. Share some things on your “bucket list.” To live on a house boat and travel the coast; to live in an RV and travel the United States.
  4. Who’s influencing you right now? Duggars… haha
  5. What’s your favorite meal? Anything gluten free… it’s boring living on an allergy restricted diet.
  6. What’s something we may not know about you? I used to be an extreme “coupon”er and my favorite past time is going to garage sales.

People sometimes ask me how I do it? How do I, a mother of 3 (and one on the way) work full time with young kids and not get burnt out?

My answer is simple. They inspire me!

Being around kids is one of the most humbling experiences I have in my own walk of faith. It challenges me and inspires me, and makes me want to become more like them.

Children have such simple faith. It’s not complicated by life’s let downs, or restrained by what the world calls “rational thinking”. Children believe in the impossible. They don’t need to be negotiated or convinced. They just believe.

The other day, in a mad scrabble to leave my house, I lost my keys. This is something that happens often.  It’s usually a result of me cutting my time too close and trying to get a family of 5 out the door before we are late again. In most cases, the keys are actually found within the car; a result of my forgetfulness from the day before. But in this instance they weren’t. They were nowhere to be found and our already tardy schedule was only becoming later and later. Leaving my 12 month old on the floor in the play room as I frantically run up and down the stairs, my 4 year old looks up at me and say, “Mommy, why don’t we ask Jesus to help us find them?”

Of course… Why wouldn’t I do that? Why wouldn’t I have done that first? I find that in the business of the day, I can sometimes try to take situations into my own hands; trying to “correct them myself”. But, what I really need to do is stop and ask Jesus to guide me through.

That day, we did stop and pray. And, just moments later, I did find my keys. Through that experience, my daughter’s faith was strengthened… But, so was mine!!

It took the uncomplicated faith of my 4 year old to teach me a very important lesson… I don’t need to try to “fix” the things in my life. I just need to take the time to give them to Him and He is eager to help us through them.

So, my answer to the very common question:” Do you ever get burnt out from working with kids all the time?” is no! They are the ones that keep me from getting burnt out. 

Luke 18:17 “Unless you accept God’s kingdom in the simplicity of a child, you’ll never get in”

 

By Danielle Mladenov

Summer Camps Your Kids will LOVE!

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By Kevin Ganiere

Summer is the best time of year (Christmas is a close second). There is so much to do and the best place to be is outside enjoying the awesome weather. In LifeKids we have a ton of opportunities for your elementary student to have fun.

This summer, we’re offering our first ever Day Camp, July 9 – 13, 2012, for students going into grades K - 5. This week will be packed full of fun. Your kids can just hang with us in the morning for a vacation Bible school or spend the entire day with us as we venture out in the afternoons to some sweet spots.  

Summer Camp, for students going into grades 3 - 6, is August 6-10, 2012. We’ll be going “up north” to a beautiful lake and a week full of new friends and time with God. There are still spots available for both camps and there is no better investment you can make in the lives of your kids this summer!

There’s just something about summer that says fun… maybe we should rename it Fummer or Funner. Anyway make sure if you have elementary students, you get them involved in one or both of these camps.

Register and find out more information about Summer Camps at Life Church by downloading this

Top 5 Summer Activities at Life Church

1. Life Church Charity Golf Outing - Sunday, June 24, 2012 - This scramble format tournament is always a fun event! All proceeds benefit the Center for the Blind. Find info on our “events” page.

2. Dad Fest - June 16/17 - Join us as we celebrate Father’s Day. Every man, 18 years and older, will have the chance to win a $250 shopping spree to Cabela’s or Golfsmith.

3. 4th of July Parades in Germantown & Pewaukee - We need volunteers and bottled water to distribute. LOTS of bottled water!

4. Summer Camp. Faith is strengthened and great memories are made at camp! Download information packed for your student here.

5. 2nd Saturday in July - Our monthly service opportunity is always a great chance to reach out to our community and make it a better place. Email kmiller@lifechurchwi.com for info.

Top 10 Reasons Kevin Ganiere Loves Easter at LifeKids

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By Kevin Ganiere

10 – Seeing all our kids dressed up!
9 – CANDY!
8 – Crazy skits
7 – CANDY DROP!
6 – Black light and Glow in the Dark
5 – CANDY
4 – Glow Necklaces
3 – LifeKids bringing their friends
2 – A chance to win a HUMONGOUS nine-foot Easter basket filled with CANDY!
1 – Seeing kids give their heart and life to Jesus

You might read my list and think, “Wow, that’s a lot of candy!” You are right. The candy will be flowing. But that is not what Easter is about. We pour a lot of time and energy into making Easter a big deal in LifeKids. Why? Because we know all those kids and families need to know the real meaning of Easter: That God sent His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life.

Let’s not allow Easter to get lost in the fake grass of our baskets this year. Let’s be intentional to invest and invite people to a place where they will enjoy themselves, but also where they will have the opportunity to hear about Jesus.

Who do you know that needs to be at Life Church this Easter? Who do you know that needs to hear the life-changing message of the Gospel? Use our easy online invite to ask them. I promise, when they come, we will be ready for them!

Kids Fest 2011 was amazing! Check out all the fun!

Kids Fest 2011 - What a great night!

Kids Fest 2011 - What a great night!

Getting to Know You: Kevin Ganiere

 

 

1. What’s your role at Life Church?

Director of Elementary

 

2. Besides Life Church, what are you passionate about?

Jesus, my wife, and the Green Bay Packers

 

3. Share some things on your “bucket list.”

  • I would love to someday travel to Ireland – my homeland (I am 1/16th Irish)
  • Rescue baby whales wherever they are stuck
  • To own a late 60’s muscle car

 

4. Who’s influencing you right now?

  • Jim Wideman – World Outreach Church
  • Reggie Joiner – “Think Orange” guru
  • Dale Hudson – Christ Fellowship Church, FL (Multisite Church)

           

5. What’s your favorite meal?

My wife makes a killer meatloaf with mozzarella cheese inside with mashed potatoes and apple pie for dessert!

 

6. What’s something we may not know about you?

I sometimes tend to faint when giving blood, or getting my eyes dilated. Don’t ask… it’s complicated.

 

Parenting: Beyond the Basics

By Kevin Ganiere

Parenting is hard … That is kind of like saying “snow is white.” When did I realize that parenting involved more than making sure my kids were fed, somewhat clean, and had basic necessities, you might ask?

A few years ago, my wife, Charonne, and I went grocery shopping with our then three-year-old son, Ryan. While walking up and down the aisles picking out all sorts of deliciousness, a little person came down the aisle.

Ryan didn’t notice her at first, but as we passed she caught his eye. I was holding him and I felt him well up and get excited to tell us something. I had a feeling it was about the little person so I tactfully covered his mouth and ran around to the next aisle. When I finally removed my hand he shouted, “I just want to see the little lady”! Embarrassed, I realized then that parenting involved more than just meeting our child’s basic needs. More importantly, I realized I would need help.

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