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Purpose

August 15, 2022

AUGUST 15 - AUGUST 21

Purpose

Hi Lightgliders! 

Purpose is one of the five core values of a Lightglider. To live with purpose means to live with the belief that your life matters. As Lightgliders, we believe that our lives are both valuable and meaningful. But how do we know this is true? It comes from the truth that God made us in His image. As we learned last week, God created us in His image, so our lives have worth and dignity that no one can take away. If the Creator of the universe took time to create you, then guess what. Your life matters and you are here for a reason! To live with purpose means to live every day with this strong belief.  

In Lightglider Academy, we rescue Gliddles, clear the blight, and seek to help others any way we can. Look around you. The world is in need and you were uniquely created to make a difference! Each day provides us a new opportunity to live an adventure filled with purpose!

Glide On!

Tova

Things to Think About

Here are some activities for you to do and questions to reflect upon this week in Lightgliders. Do these by yourself or with a family member!

• Read Colossians 1:15-19 in the Bible. What do these verses have to say about Jesus?

• What does it mean to be “created through him and for him?”

• In what ways do you live with a sense of purpose?

• What does it mean to you to be ‘God’s masterpiece?’

• In what ways do you want to positively impact the world?

Things to Do This Week:

  • Play the Game of the Week, Mission: Keep Out! Everyone on the leaderboard this Saturday gets a prize!

• Watch the Spark and Prayer Videos

God Gives Purpose

Filled with the Spirit

• Use the Mystery Code - PURPOSE - to receive a surprise in your inventory!

Lightglider Academy Events This Week:

• Monday: Join moderators in Mission Control at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for Joke Time! 

• Tuesday: Join us at the Welcome Party and Spotlight Celebration at 6pm EST / 5pm CST in the Courtyard! If you’re new to Lightgliders, you’ll be introduced to some AMAZING Lightglider friends, learn the ins-and-outs of the Academy, and have a chance to meet and congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients!  

• Wednesday: Let's play some games in Lightglider Academy at 5pm EST / 4pm CST! Join moderator Viola today for a game of Rock/Paper/Scissors in the Academy! 

• Thursday: Join us for Bible Chat in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: Meet in the Innovation Lab at 5pm EST / 4pm CST to share game ideas at this week’s time of Gamestorming.

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for some fun and games.

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Spotlights #104

August 13, 2022

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Jasmine Epic Explorer and Gertrude Pumpkin Satchel: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

SO BRIGHT!!

Jasmine is thoughtful, kind, and did a great job being the judge at last week's talent show. Way to go, Jasmine!

Gertrude is so much fun to have in Lightglider Academy. She leads Bible Chat every Thursday and is always willing to talk about the weekly theme, Scripture verse, and how to grow in God's love. What an amazing friend to have in Lightgliders. Keep being awesome, Gertrude! 

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Keep shining bright in all you do, Lightgliders!!

And you too can be in the Spotlight and receive the Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to wear. Keep shining in all you do in Lightglider Academy -- join the community events, show respect to other Lightgliders, create amazing postcards, rescue Gliddles, restore blight, lead other Lightgliders in a game you made up, or just be a positive influence to others. There are lots of ways to shine!

Keep Out!

It’s Kwan again! I wanted to give you some tips for taking on this mission. We’re sending you back into the abandoned building where lots of Machines have taken up residence. There’s a defense jammer installed there, so if you don’t have a Gliddle with you, you won’t be able to battle Machines! You have to use your wits and careful gliding to get you out of some sticky situations!

There’s a powerful Machine at the end of the mission. Concentrate on avoiding its blasts and let the Gliddles you find do their work!

Don’t forget to check for secret areas; the overgrowth in the building might have opened up new pathways!

Glide On!

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Creation

August 8, 2022

AUGUST 8 - AUGUST 14

Creation

Hello there Lightglider!

Did you know that the Bible begins by telling us that God is the Creator. The very first verse of Genesis tells us this! He created the heavens, the earth, the animals, and human beings. And He called all that He created good. And Genesis 1:27 tells us that God created us in His image. You were made in the image of a good, holy, and loving God.

Do you realize what this means?! It means that our lives matter! It means that our lives are valuable! It means that we are capable of extraordinary things! 

Because you bear God’s image, you have dignity and purpose that is worthy of honor and respect. And, in the same way a mirror reflects your image back to you, you have the opportunity to reflect the image of God to the world. You are a light made to shine!

Glide On!

Nisha

Things to Think About This Week:

Here are some activities for you to do and questions to reflect upon this week in Lightgliders. Do these by yourself or with a family member!

• Read Genesis 1:26-31 in your Bible. What did God say about all that He had made?

• How do you know that your life matters?

• How does understanding creation help us understand human dignity?

• What are you amazed at in God’s creation?

Things to Do This Week:

• Play the Game of the Week, Scripture Hunt! Can you make it on the leaderboard by Saturday morning to receive a prize?!

• Watch this week’s Spark and Prayer Videos

Creation Spark

Praise for Creation 

• Check out Marlon’s Bible WHAT: Genesis 1:27!

Bible WHAT: Genesis 1:27

• Use this week’s Mystery Code - CREATION - to receive a surprise in your inventory!

Lightglider Academy Events This Week:

• Monday: Join moderators in Mission Control at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for Joke Time! 

• Tuesday: Join us at the Welcome Party and Spotlight Celebration at 6pm EST / 5pm CST in the Courtyard! If you’re new to Lightgliders, you’ll be introduced to some Lightglider friends, learn the ins-and-outs of the Academy, and have a chance to meet and congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients!  

• Wednesday: Let's play some games in Lightglider Academy at 5pm EST / 4pm CST! Join moderator Viola today for a Race around the Academy! 

• Thursday: Join us for Bible Chat in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: Meet in the Innovation Lab at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for to share game ideas at this week’s time of Gamestorming.

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for some fun and games.

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Spotlights #103

August 6, 2022

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Poppy Pip Explorer and Macy Golden Champion: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

SHINE ON!

Poppy is a lot of fun to have in Lightgliders. She was nominated by fellow Lightgliders for the Spotlight for always giving out gifts, boosts and wonderful postcards, as well as nicely welcoming new Lightgliders and having an AWESOME Treehouse! Keep up the great work, Poppy! 

Macy was at the top of the leaderboard last week for Mission:Timberlands Treetops! Way to go, Macy!

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Keep shining bright in all you do, Lightgliders!!

And you too can be in the Spotlight and receive the Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to wear. Keep shining in all you do in Lightglider Academy -- join the community events, show respect to other Lightgliders, create amazing postcards, rescue Gliddles, restore blight, lead other Lightgliders in a game you made up, or just be a positive influence to others. There are lots of ways to shine!

Timberlands Approach

Hey, it’s Bryce! Are you ready to take on the Machines once again? We’re sending you to the Timberlands Approach, an area infested with Machines! Rescue the Gliddles there and get ready to battle!

Watch out for Machine attacks, especially from the blue Machines! Their blasts are very powerful. If you get hit too much, you’ll lose a chunk of armor and have to start back at the last checkpoint!

Be careful out there, and remember to keep an eye out for secret grates!

Glide On!

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The Far Greater Story

August 1, 2022

AUGUST 1 - AUGUST 7

The Far Greater Story

Hey Lightglider!

Did you know that the Lightgliders story that you have entered into points to a far greater, far more important story? As you continue to learn about being a Lightglider, you’ll hear that we seek to respect, rescue, and restore. And you will learn how this points to The Far Greater Story, the true story of God’s love for us found in the Bible!

The Bible reveals God as the ultimate respecter, rescuer, and restorer. He RESPECTS us by creating us in His image and giving us dignity and purpose. He RESCUES us from the grip of our sin and selfishness through the death and resurrection of Jesus. And He promises to RESTORE us and our broken world one day so that we may live forever with Him. This is The Far Greater Story.

We are so glad you’re here. Yes, you are here to play games, meet friends, and have fun. But, your purpose for being here is far greater! 

Glide On!

Marlon

Things to Think About

• Read Ephesians 5:1-2 in the Bible. What are ways to follow the example of Jesus?

• What is your favorite Bible story about Jesus and what do you learn from it?

• How can we best learn about and imitate God’s love?

• Why is the cross the ultimate example of love?

• What is your favorite family memory and why?

• How can you share the far greater story of God’s love for you?

Things to Do This Week:

• Play the Game of the Week, Mission: Timberlands Treetops! Everyone on the leaderboard this Saturday gets a prize in their inventory!

• Watch the Spark and Prayer Videos

An Example to Follow

Why We Love

• Use the Mystery Code - STORY - to receive a surprise in your inventory!

• BRAND NEW Gliddle Game Gab this week! Check it out!

Lightglider Academy Events This Week:

• Monday: Join moderators in Mission Control at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for Joke Time! 

• Tuesday: Join us at the Welcome Party and Spotlight Celebration at 6pm EST / 5pm CST in the Courtyard! If you’re new to Lightgliders, you’ll be introduced to some AMAZING Lightglider friends, learn the ins-and-outs of the Academy, and have a chance to meet and congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients!  

• Wednesday: Let's play some games in Lightglider Academy at 5pm EST / 4pm CST! Join moderator Viola today for a game of Follow the Leader in the Academy! 

• Thursday: Join us for Bible Chat in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: Meet in the Innovation Lab at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for to share game ideas at this week’s time of Gamestorming.

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for some fun and games.

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Spotlights #102

July 30, 2022

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Nellie Gumbo Patticake and Ruby Fabulous Glory: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

Keep those shades on, because you two are BRIGHT!

Nellie Gumbo Patticake has been very helpful during the talent show the last few weeks. She also came up with an awesome new "Friendship Game" that everyone played at moderated games, helping the community get to know each other better. Way to go, Nellie!

Ruby has been nominated several times by fellow Lightgliders for the Spotlight! Her friends in the Academy say that she is really kind, generous, giving, and loving. Ruby often participates in community events, has a great Treehouse, and knows the rules of the Academy. She welcomes others and gives awesome tours. Way to go, Ruby!

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Keep shining bright in all you do, Lightgliders!!

And you too can be in the Spotlight and receive the Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to wear. Keep shining in all you do in Lightglider Academy -- join the community events, show respect to other Lightgliders, create amazing postcards, rescue Gliddles, restore blight, lead other Lightgliders in a game you made up, or just be a positive influence to others. There are lots of ways to shine!

Timberlands Treetops

Hey, Lightglider! It’s Bryce. Our next mission is to head back to the Timberlands and explore the treetops! There are lots of dangerous Machines up there, but I know you’ll battle them with ease!

A great tactic to deal with faster Machines is to “kite!” When a Machine charges you, start slowly backing away, firing behind you as you go. The Machine will try to chase you, but they won’t be able to catch you. It’s like you’re stringing along a kite behind you!

Use this tactic on many of the smaller Machines. You’ll come out on top! Glide on!

Glide On!

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Made to Shine

July 25, 2022

JULY 25 - JULY 31

MADE TO SHINE

Hey Lightgliders!

If you are new around here, we - the other Lightglider leaders and me - want you to know that you were MADE TO SHINE! That is something you will hear a lot around here because we need to be reminded of it regularly. Let me tell you what this means.

• God created you uniquely. There is no one in the history of the world like you. No one else has your exact personality, interests, and talents. In other words, you were made

• You have opportunities every day to use your uniqueness to love God and to love others in ways that only you can. When you do this, you shine.

• When you put these two ideas together, it is easy to see that you were made to shine

And this is what we Lightgliders seek to do. With a lot of darkness in the world, this can feel like a big responsibility. But like a candle in a dark tunnel, even the smallest light can be blinding. If you’ve been to Machine Bunker in the Yonders, you know what I mean!

Jesus is the true light of the world. As we follow Him, we will shine like stars in the heavens and make an impact on the world. Let’s reflect His love and light everywhere we go!

Glide On!

Bryce

Things to Think About

Here are some activities for you to do and questions to reflect upon this week in Lightgliders. Do these by yourself or with a family member!

• Read John 1:1-5 in the Bible. What are all the things we learn about the “Word” in these verses?

• What does it mean to live in God’s light and to share it with the world?

• What do you think it means to shine?

• In what ways do you shine in the darkness?

• How were you uniquely made to love God and love others?

• How could your interests, personality, or talents be used to shine?

Things to Do This Week:

• Play the game of the week, Complete The Verse Carnival! Everyone on the leaderboard this Saturday gets a prize!

Complete the Verse Carnival

• Watch the Spark and Prayer Videos

The Power of Light

Courage to Shine

• Use the Mystery Code - SHINE - to receive a surprise in your inventory!

Lightglider Academy Events This Week:

• Monday: Join moderators in Mission Control at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for Joke Time! 

• Tuesday: Join us at the Welcome Party and Spotlight Celebration at 6pm EST / 5pm CST in the Courtyard! If you’re new to Lightgliders, you’ll be introduced to some AMAZING Lightglider friends, learn the ins-and-outs of the Academy, and have a chance to meet and congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients!  

• Wednesday: Let's play some games in Lightglider Academy at 5pm EST / 4pm CST! Join moderator Viola today for a game of Hide & Seek in the Academy! 

• Thursday: Join us for Bible Chat in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: PARTY DAY!!! Meet in the Courtyard at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for the Lightglider Anniversary Party!!

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for some fun and games.

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Spotlights #101

July 23, 2022

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Lionel Courageous Strider and Faith Fearless Adventurer: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

Keep those shades on, because you two are BRIGHT!

Lionel crushed the Game of the Week leaderboard last week to make it into the spotlight!! Way to go!!

Faith Fearless Adventurer was the VERY FIRST Lightglider to make it to level 100!! Now THAT’S a lot of gliding! Keep it up!!

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Keep shining bright in all you do, Lightgliders!!

And you too can be in the Spotlight and receive the Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to wear. Keep shining in all you do in Lightglider Academy -- join the community events, show respect to other Lightgliders, create amazing postcards, rescue Gliddles, restore blight, lead other Lightgliders in a game you made up, or just be a positive influence to others. There are lots of ways to shine!

Flooded Bunker

Bryce here! Good job in the previous Bunker! You’re becoming a tremendous Lightglider. I have another mission for you. We’ve found another Bunker that creates Machines, this time underneath the big lake in the Yonders. The Machines there will be alerted to your presence, so stay sharp! Remember, different Gliddles are better at battling some Machines than others, so pay attention to the colors of the Machines and your Gliddles! Right-click to swap your active Gliddle!

Orange Gliddles are better in one-on-one battles…

...and Yellow Gliddles are great for taking on a crowd!

We’ve found strange energy signatures from the cell blocks! Could there be something hidden inside? 

You got this, but stay alert! Our sensors show there might be a giant Machine in there…

Glide On!

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Lightgliders

July 18, 2022

JULY 18 - JULY 24

LIGHTGLIDERS

Hey there! Welcome to Lightgliders. My name is Kwan, and it’s my job to make sure you’re outfitted, trained, and ready for action. As we have learned over the last few months, the Lightgliders goals, values, mission, and leaders exist to point to the Far Greater Story of God's love for us revealed in the Bible. When we grow as Lightgliders, we will shine in the world around us and point others to the Far Greater Story as well!

This week we are reminding our amazing community just what it means to be a Lightglider! So, whether you are new to Lightgliders or have been in the Academy for a while, I encourage you to pay close attention.  

Lightgliders are defenders of good. We are a team that shines light in the darkness and helps out those in need. And, right now, the land of Glideon needs us! For unknown reasons, a mysterious gooey substance called blight is spreading all over the land. At the same time, strange Machines have appeared and are kidnapping lovable creatures called the Gliddles! It’s up to us to go on missions to clear away the blight and rescue the Gliddles from the Machines!

Being a Lightglider is a purposeful adventure. As you engage in all there is to do in the Academy and throughout the Yonders, you will have opportunities to learn about the greatest adventure there is–to know, grow in, and show God’s love.

If you are here in Lightgliders on a computer, click “Enter Lightglider Academy” to access the full Lightgliders experience. You’ll battle Machines, rescue Gliddles, clear blight, meet other Lightgliders, and much more.  

If you are here on a mobile device, you’re most likely already in the Academy! Explore the Courtyard, Innovation Lab, Library, and Mission Control! Play minigames, watch videos, create postcards, and read messages. As you do, you will level up your light bar and unlock more fun content. 

Many of the activities inside Lightgliders are color-coded, so make sure you know what the colors mean. Let me try to help!

Everything in Purple is a Game. There are lots of games to play inside Lightgliders.

Everything in Green is a Spark. These are short video stories that help us learn an important lesson from the Bible.

Everything in Orange is a Prayer. These are short prayer videos to do on your own or with a family member. 

Everything in Pink is a Postcard. Customize these and send them to your friends!

Everything in Red is a Message. These are articles about Lightgliders gameplay, the weekly lessons, Bible studies, and more. (Fun fact: You are currently reading one!)

Everything in Blue is LGTV.  These are gameplay videos to encourage fun, learning, and laughter. 

In time, you’ll learn more than just skills for battle and adventure. You’ll learn about the Far Greater Story found in the Bible, the story about the God who loves you more than you could possibly imagine.  As Lightgliders, we seek to RESPECT, RESCUE, and RESTORE every day because that is what God has done and is doing for us, in us, and through us.  You were made to use what He has given you to help a world in need.  You were made to shine!  

Glide On!

Kwan

P.S. Come find me in the Innovation Lab!

Things to Think About This Week:

• Read Matthew 5:14-16 in the Bible. What does the Scripture say shines out for all to see?

• In what ways did you shine today?

• What is on your heart to pray about?

• What does it mean to rescue something?

• What does it mean to put others before yourself?

Things to Do This Week:

• Play the Game of the Week, Battle Buddies! Everyone on the leaderboard this Saturday gets a surprise in their inventory!

• Watch the Spark and Prayer Videos

Being a Lightglider

Hear my Prayer

• Use the Mystery Code - LIGHTGLIDER - for a surprise in your inventory!

Lightglider Academy Events This Week:

• Monday: Join moderators in Mission Control at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for Joke Time! 

• Tuesday: Join us at the Welcome Party and Spotlight Celebration at 6pm EST / 5pm CST in the Courtyard! If you’re new to Lightgliders, you’ll be introduced to some AMAZING Lightglider friends, learn the ins-and-outs of the Academy, and have a chance to meet and congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients!  

• Wednesday: Let's play some games in Lightglider Academy at 5pm EST / 4pm CST! Join moderator Viola today for some Costume Fun in the Academy! 

• Thursday: Join us for Bible Chat in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: Meet in the Innovation Lab at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for to share game ideas at this week’s time of Gamestorming.

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for some fun and games.

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Spotlights #100

July 16, 2022

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Norman Snowman Cook and Penelope Exuberant Trunk: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

Keep those shades on, because you two are BRIGHT!

Norman is one of the creators of Lightgliders. And if that's not reason enough, he tells awesome jokes and super fun to hang out with in Lightglider Academy. Keep shining bright, Norman. You rock! 

Penelope is like the greatest mod of all time! She knows almost everyone at Lightglider Academy and is the best friend to have. She plays games, sends postcards, and prays for her friends. What a great example of love and friendship, Pen! Keep up the great work!

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Keep shining bright in all you do, Lightgliders!!

And you too can be in the Spotlight and receive the Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to wear. Keep shining in all you do in Lightglider Academy -- join the community events, show respect to other Lightgliders, create amazing postcards, rescue Gliddles, restore blight, lead other Lightgliders in a game you made up, or just be a positive influence to others. There are lots of ways to shine!

Blighted Grassland

It’s Tambika, calling on you again to take on a new mission! We’re sending you into the Grasslands, a sprawling area that’s filled with blight and Machines. Keep your wits about you and be on the lookout for secret areas! And check out that cool speedboat in the water; who do you think brought that to the Grassland?

We’ve picked up several hidden areas with our sensors. Look for these around fences, grates, and doors and you might find a ton of treasures!

Glide On!

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