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Honesty

September 26, 2022

SEPTEMBER 26 - OCTOBER 2

 

Honesty

Hey Lightglider!

Oomph. I just got back from the Yonders and it was rough! I barely escaped without getting covered in blight. We’re talking about honesty this week in Lightgliders, so I guess I need to practice it myself. Sometimes it’s hard for me to admit that I can get discouraged, but to be honest means to be truthful. I’m here to tell you today to be honest with yourself. Pay attention to your feelings and be honest about them with God and with those who love you. God knows exactly how you are feeling, so you can always be honest with Him in your prayers.  

Also, be honest with others. Have you ever told a lie to make yourself look good or to avoid getting into trouble? You might be tempted to protect yourself in this way rather than to be honest and accept a consequence. Here’s the honest truth about me right now -- I want you to think I’m a skilled Lightglider, but that is not always true. I was unable to complete my last mission to the Yonders. I’m going to talk to Nisha to get her advice on how to do it. With her insight, I hope to succeed next time. Wow, I’m realizing even as I write this to you that honesty and humility are connected.

Being honest honors God and shows others that we can be trusted. Speak the truth, Lightglider. Refuse to lie. In doing so, you are showing the character of Christ.  

Glide On!

Bryce

Things to Think About This Week:

Take some time this week to think about honesty! Here are some questions to get you started.

• Read Colossians 3:8-10 in your Bible. What does it look like to strip off your old sinful nature and put on your new nature? How can we receive this new nature?

• What does it mean to be an honest person?

• In what ways could you be a more honest person?

• Have you ever been lied to? How can dishonesty be hurtful?

Things to Do This Week:

• It's PARTY WEEK!! Don't miss the Fall Festival Party THIS FRIDAY at 5pm EST / 4pm CST in the Courtyard!

• Play the Game of the Week, Wall Ball, and get on the leaderboard! The top 5 Lightgliders on Saturday morning get a surprise added to their inventory! Look for a message from Gertrude Pumpkin Satchel when you log in this weekend!

Wall Ball

• Watch the Sparks and Prayers on the FrontPage

Honesty Spark

Prayer for Honesty

   

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

Lightglider Academy Events This Week:

• Join us in the Courtyard for Prayer Time with Penelope–Monday at 8am EST/7am CST, Tuesday at 9am EST/8am CST, Wednesday at 10am EST/9am CST, Thursday at 11am EST/10am CST, and Friday at 12pm EST/11am CST!

• Monday: Join moderators in Mission Control at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for Jokes and Games! 

• 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 Boost Tag 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 Fall Festival Party!! Every Lightglider in attendance gets new gear!

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

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Spotlights #110

September 24, 2022

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Ivy Precious Protector and Zane Amazing Thinker: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

You are SSSOOO bright!

Ivy is very encouraging to others in the Academy. She says incredible prayers that show how deeply she cares for her friends. Way to show the love of Jesus by caring for your friends through prayer! Keep up the great work, Ivy! 

Zane is a great example of how to show love and compassion for our friends. During prayer time, he listens and prays for his friends. Way to go, Zane! 

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!

Waterfall Meadow

Hi, Lightglider! My name is Tambika, and I handle administration here at Lightglider Academy. I’m ready to send you on your first official mission: going to Waterfall Meadow! You’ll learn the basics of gliding, battling, and rescuing there. Here’s a couple of tips to help you out: 

  1. Use your mouse to glide around. Remember to keep your cursor on the game screen at all times to maximize your movements!
  2. When rescuing Gliddles, you can carry up to five at a time. To rescue more Gliddles, drop the ones you have off at a Zipway to send them back to the Academy, and then go find more Gliddles!
  1. Remember to keep your distance when battling Machines! Stay close enough so that your defense system will activate, but far enough away so that you can dodge Machine attacks!

There are plenty of treasures and secrets in the Yonders. Keep your eyes peeled for things that don’t seem to belong in their surroundings! Hope to see you back in the Courtyard soon!

Glide On!

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Forgiveness

September 19, 2022

SEPTEMBER 19 - SEPTEMBER 25

Forgiveness

Hey Lightglider!

We have been learning about The Far Greater Story in recent weeks. This is the most important story ever. It is the true story of God’s love for us! 

We talked about how God is good and has created all things good. However, we have rebelled against Him and His standard for goodness. This is called sin. It causes destruction in the world and it separates us from God. It is the reason the world has so many problems. 

Once we recognize that we have rebelled against God, we have the opportunity to repent. To repent means to turn away from sin and turn to God, and it requires humility. The Bible tells us to repent of our sins so that they may be wiped away. When God wipes away our sin, that is an act that we call forgiveness. 

If we confess our sin, God is faithful to forgive us! God forgives us of our sin and puts us in a right relationship with Him. And when we understand that God is willing to forgive us even when we don’t deserve it, we can forgive others as well!

Knowing that God is willing to forgive you, who do you need to forgive this week?

Glide On!

Tambika 

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 Acts 3:17-20 in the Bible. How are your sins wiped out?

• What does it mean to repent?

• Why can we be willing to forgive others?

• What do you need to repent of and who do you need to forgive?

Things to Do This Week:

• Play the Game of the Week, Mission: Guard Dogs

Mission: Guard Dogs

• Watch this week’s Spark and Prayer Videos

Repentant and Forgiving Spark

Prayer of Repentance

• Marlon has another Bible WHAT for us this week on the front page! Check it out as he talks about our verse of the week, Acts 3:19-20!

Lightglider Academy Events This Week:

Join us in the Courtyard for Prayer Time with Penelope–Monday at 8am EST/7am CST, Tuesday at 9am EST/8am CST, Wednesday at 10am EST/9am CST, Thursday at 11am EST/10am CST, and Friday at 12pm EST/11am CST!

• Monday: Join moderators in Mission Control at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for Jokes and Games! 

• 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 Tic-Tac-Toe 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 #109

September 17, 2022

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

SHINY!!

Faith was nominated by several of her fellow Lightgliders for being really kind and going out of her way to earn gold so she can send really awesome gifts! Faith's friends say she is a team player and loves sending postcards to people too, using encouraging emotes, and sending thoughtful messages. Overall, Faith helps make Lightgliders a fun place to be. Way to shine bright, Faith!

Flounder is an epic Lightglider! He helped animate the activity hotspots in Lightglider Academy, attends multiple events each week, and is a great example of how Lightgliders can shine bright in the Community. Way to go, Flounder!  

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!

Guard Dogs

Bryce here! I have a special mission for you. There are small groups of Machines that are patrolling the Yonders. I need you to help battle them! It looks like they aren’t too difficult to defeat, but their Materials disappear quickly!

Slow and steady wins the race with these Machines. Try to battle the smaller guard Machines first, since their Materials last longer than the pink Machines!

Using a Pink Gliddle to soften the Machine’s armor and then using an Orange Gliddle to slow them down is a strong tactic. Make sure to stay clear of the yellow Machines, but rush the pink ones!

Glide On!

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Humility

September 12, 2022

SEPTEMBER 12 - SEPTEMBER 18

Humility

Hey Lightgliders! 

This week we are discussing the Lightglider value of humility. We learned last week about rebellion - how we have all rebelled against God’s commands and have fallen short of His standard for goodness. Even though each of us are created to shine like stars in the universe, we must understand that we are far from perfect. The sin and selfishness that began in the Garden of Eden carries on today in every human heart. It causes division, brokenness, and strife. Admitting our need for God’s love and forgiveness requires humility. To live with humility means to acknowledge that we are weak. We cannot depend on our own talents, accomplishments, or even our good behavior. These things will fail us and will never be able to make up for our sin. We have to depend on God and His power to save us through Jesus. Only with humble hearts is this even possible. As we live with humility, we are able to take our focus off ourselves, receive God’s love, and truly focus on the needs of others.

When you go on enough Yonders missions, you will be ready for one filled with puzzles. One of these is called “Keep Out!” That’s a good name for it because those who are proud or unwilling to fail should keep out. To complete it, you will need humility. Stay focused on your missions to the Yonders. You will fail at some. You will succeed at some. But, in everything including Yonders missions, stay humble!  

Glide On!

Nisha

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 Philippians 2:3-5 in the Bible. What kind of attitude did Jesus have?

• What does it mean to be humble?

• In what ways do you take an interest in others?

• What is one area of weakness where you need God’s help?

• What are ways to point others to Jesus?

Things to Do This Week

• Play the Game of the Week, Machine Blitz! Everyone on the leaderboard this Saturday gets a viking helmet!

• Watch the Spark and Prayer Videos

The Value of Humility

He Must Increase

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

• Find Gertrude in the Academy this week! She has a mystery code to give out when you say hi!

Lightglider Academy Events This Week:

• Join us in the Courtyard for Prayer Time with Penelope–Monday at 8am EST/7am CST, Tuesday at 9am EST/8am CST, Wednesday at 10am EST/9am CST, Thursday at 11am EST/10am CST, and Friday at 12pm EST/11am CST!

• Monday: Join moderators in Mission Control at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for Jokes and Games! 

• 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 Sardines 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: 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 #108

September 10, 2022

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

WAHOO! SO BRIGHT!

Rosemary is becoming a more active member of the Lightgliders Community, asking questions, and learning the Lightgliders Story. She notices new items around the Academy and is excited to share them with others. She attends events and parties, and sends inspiring postcards! Way to go, Rosemary. 

Lily has been doing great in Lightglider Academy! She shares wonderful jokes at joke time and participates in community events. Way to go, Lily! 

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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Rebellion

September 5, 2022

SEPTEMBER 5 - SEPTEMBER 11

Rebellion

Hey Lightglider!

We’ve just spent a few weeks learning about Creation. To understand Creation is to understand that God created everything, and that includes you and me! And because He created us in His image, we have dignity, purpose, and tremendous value. This is the first part of the Far Greater Story of God’s love for us revealed in the Bible. 

The second part of the story is called Rebellion. A rebellion is an open resistance to an authority. As our Creator, God is our authority. To rebel against Him is to disobey His commands. This is called “sin.” We sin when we miss the mark and do not live up to God’s standard of goodness and love. Whether we sin on purpose or by accident, we are rebelling against God and are violating our purpose. This has happened a lot by me, you, and everyone else. We all have rebelled against God and His goodness. And the Bible tells us that the penalty of this rebellion is death. 

This is why we need to be rescued. The penalty for our rebellion needs to be paid. Our sin needs to be forgiven. Until we understand this, the good news of Jesus will never make any sense to us.  

Pray this week for help to recognize the ways in which you have rebelled against God and for the courage to confess them to Him. Then read this week’s theme verse -- I John 1:8-9!

Glide On!

Santiago

Things to Think About This Week:

Take some time this week to think about our rebellion and how we can confess our sins to God. Here are some reflection questions that will help.

• Read 1 John 1:8-9 in your Bible. What happens when we confess our sin? 

• In what ways have you rebelled against God?

• When has someone wronged you?

• What does it look like for you to obey God’s commandments?

• How can understanding our rebellion lead us to humility?

Things to Do This Week:

• Play the BRAND NEW Game of the Week, Blight Shuffle!

Blight Shuffle

• Watch this week’s Spark and Prayer Videos

Rebellion

The Greatest Commandments

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

• Don’t miss Marlon’s Bible WHAT as he takes a look at Romans 3:23!

Lightglider Academy Events This Week:

• Join us in the Courtyard for Prayer Time with Penelope–Monday at 8am EST/7am CST, Tuesday at 9am EST/8am CST, Wednesday at 10am EST/9am CST, Thursday at 11am EST/10am CST, and Friday at 12pm EST/11am CST!

• Monday: Join moderators in Mission Control at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for Jokes and Games! 

• 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 20 Questions 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 #107

September 3, 2022

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Alvin Risky Bunch, Faith Fearless Adventurer, Peaches Snowflake Ranger, and Ruby Skillful Periwinkle: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

SHINE ON!

These Lightgliders are all in the spotlight this week for receiving the most nominations in last week’s postcard contest! Take a look at these amazing postcards!!

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!

Cave In

Hey Lightgliders, Tambika here! I have a new bonus mission to give to you! We’ve received word of a Cave In inside the Volcano, and we need to chart a new path through the blight that’s built up in there. But there are many powerful Machines inside! With your defense system jammed, you won’t be able to fight back! Luckily, they are trapped in the blight.

If you can create a path through the blight that doesn’t let the Machines escape, you can beat this mission! Plot your course carefully and you’ll come out on top! You may be thinking,  “Vol-ca-no!” But, I say “Vol-ca-YES!” You can do it!

Have you completed some of the secondary objectives? Doing so earns you extra Materials! Can you clear 100 blight in this mission? Choose what blight to clear carefully, though--those Machines are ready for any mistake!

Glide On!

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Creativity

August 29, 2022

AUGUST 29 - SEPTEMBER 4

Creativity

Hey Lightglider!

The last three weeks we have learned about how God is our Creator. Because He created us, we have tremendous purpose. We can know that our lives matter because they do! If God took the time to make you, then you are extremely valuable. We also learned that God created us in His image. Because you are made in the image of a powerful, good, and creative God, you have the ability to be creative yourself. What good things are you inspired to create today?

Think of ways to use your unique gifts to put a smile on other people’s faces. Dream of ways to make an impact. Live with passion. Pursue beauty. Use your imagination. Be inspired. Create art and music. Come up with new ideas and innovations to help the world around you. 

If you go into the Academy this week, use creativity to design an awesome treehouse. Use imagination to encourage others with every postcard you send out. Inspire others to play games together.  

Be creative today. In doing so, you will reflect your Creator. 

Glide On!

Santiago

Things to Think About This Week:

Take some time this week to be creative! Here are some reflection questions that will help.

• Read Romans 12:6-8 in your Bible. In what ways are you gifted? How can you exercise creativity today?

• What are some ways to get to know God?

• Who inspires you? Why?

• What does it look like for you to be filled with the Holy Spirit?

• What do you think it means to be creative?

Things to Do This Week:

• POSTCARD CONTEST THIS WEEK! As your friends send you postcards this week, you can click to "report" the postcard and tell us why you found it meaningful or inspiring. A winner will be picked and earn awesome prizes next week! 

• Play the Game of the Week, Picture Puzzles! Everyone on the leaderboard gets a prize!

Picture Puzzles

• Watch this week’s Spark and Prayer Videos

God Gives Purpose

Prayer for Purpose

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

Lightglider Academy Events This Week:

Join us in the Courtyard for Prayer Time with Penelope every weekday. Check the Lightgliders Calendar for new daily prayer times in September!

• 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 Duck/Duck/Boost 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 #106

August 27, 2022

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Zane Amazing Thinker and Blaze Swift Superstar: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

WAHOOO!

Zane is a great friend to have in Lightgliders! He is always kind and includes others in games and events. He has also reached light level 100 and is part of the Lightgliders Gleam Team. Way to go, Zane!

Blaze is super fun to have at parties and events in Lightglider Academy. He participates a lot, shares his ideas, takes turns, and is kind to others. You rock, Blaze!  

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!

POSTCARD CONTEST THIS WEEK!!

As your friends send you postcards this week, you can click to "report" the postcard and tell us why you found it meaningful or inspiring. A winner will be picked and earn awesome prizes next week! 

Glide On!

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