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Introduction Jesus was born and lived among us because God cares about people and how they live.: 

Introduction Jesus was born and lived among us because God cares about people and how they live. Courtesy photo

To honor Jesus, we will prepare for his birthday by learning about the people who live in Bethlehem today.: 

To honor Jesus, we will prepare for his birthday by learning about the people who live in Bethlehem today.

Birthday PresentOur gift to Jesus this year will be to open our hands, to say yes to God as Mary and Joseph did, and to care for the people who live in Bethlehem now. : 

Birthday Present Our gift to Jesus this year will be to open our hands, to say yes to God as Mary and Joseph did, and to care for the people who live in Bethlehem now.

ReviewFirst we learned about Mary and the women who live in Bethlehem today.: 

Review First we learned about Mary and the women who live in Bethlehem today. Courtesy photo

Then we learned about Joseph and olive wood carvers today.: 

Then we learned about Joseph and olive wood carvers today. Courtesy photo

And we learned about the shepherds in Bethlehem then and now.: 

And we learned about the shepherds in Bethlehem then and now. Courtesy photo

Then we learned about the wise men who came to learn about Jesus and the wise people who come to Bethlehem to learn God’s ways today.: 

Then we learned about the wise men who came to learn about Jesus and the wise people who come to Bethlehem to learn God’s ways today. Courtesy photo

Today’s FocusToday we celebrate baby Jesus! Finally, Christmas arrived and baby Jesus was born. What a miracle!: 

Today’s Focus Today we celebrate baby Jesus! Finally, Christmas arrived and baby Jesus was born. What a miracle! Courtesy photo

JesusThe God who created all the world came to earth as a small baby! : 

Jesus The God who created all the world came to earth as a small baby!

Jesus wanted to show us in person how much God loves each one of us. We are all precious in God’s sight.: 

Jesus wanted to show us in person how much God loves each one of us. We are all precious in God’s sight. Courtesy photo

Merry Christmas!Christmas is a day of joy. Jesus came from God to live with people. Jesus cares about every aspect of our lives. He even cares about the problems people have. Jesus cares when people can’t earn money to take care of their families. : 

Merry Christmas! Christmas is a day of joy. Jesus came from God to live with people. Jesus cares about every aspect of our lives. He even cares about the problems people have. Jesus cares when people can’t earn money to take care of their families.

Today, children in Bethlehem want to play in peace, like the peace that Jesus came to give us.: 

Today, children in Bethlehem want to play in peace, like the peace that Jesus came to give us. Children in Bethlehem Today

Pray for the children in Bethlehem, that they may have peace and a safe place to play and live.: 

Pray for the children in Bethlehem, that they may have peace and a safe place to play and live.

Coloring PageThis coloring page will help you remember that God wants all children to live in peace.: 

Coloring Page This coloring page will help you remember that God wants all children to live in peace.

Do you want to open your hands and help the children around the world live in peace?: 

Do you want to open your hands and help the children around the world live in peace? Courtesy photo

Please Join in PrayerThanks be to God for all the people of Bethlehem and all of their neighbors. May they learn to live in peace and unafraid. Praise be to God for the best gift of all, Jesus, who teaches us how to live.Salam/Shalom (peace in Arabic/Hebrew): 

Please Join in Prayer Thanks be to God for all the people of Bethlehem and all of their neighbors. May they learn to live in peace and unafraid. Praise be to God for the best gift of all, Jesus, who teaches us how to live. Salam/Shalom (peace in Arabic/Hebrew)

Adult AdvocacyAdults can help the children of Bethlehem live in peace. : 

Adult Advocacy Adults can help the children of Bethlehem live in peace. Learn about Christian Zionism in North America and the impact it is having on the Middle East. Find out how Palestinian Christians experience this theology. For more information and resources, see Adult Advocacy handout.

The people who created these materials:: 

The people who created these materials: Christi Hoover Seidel, Peace Development Worker Mennonite Central Committee—Palestine Cynthia Friesen Coyle, Peace and Justice Support Network volunteer Susan Mark Landis, Peace Advocate, Mennonite Church USA Lisa Amstutz, Peace Advocate Secretary, Mennonite Church USA Esther Epp-Tiessen, Peace Ministries Program, MCC Canada J. Daryl Byler, Director, MCC Washington Office Tim Seidel, Peace Development Worker, MCC Palestine.

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Photos and images courtesy of: www.oneil.com www.ascension-research.org http://my.execpc.com www.chirotoons.com www.clipart.com http://mhbc.angeltowns.net www.trustingingod.com Cynthia Friesen Coyle Christi Hoover Seidel www.sxc.hu Susan Mark Landis

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