Glider Gazette

Weekly Lightglider news for faith and fun!

Purpose

February 24, 2020

FEBRUARY 24 - MARCH 1


Purpose

Hey Lightgliders! 

Purpose is one of the five core values of a Lightglider. We want to live with absolute certainty that our lives are extremely valuable. But how do we know this is true? It comes from the truth that God made us in His image. Because of this, 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!

To live with purpose means to live every day with the belief that you are valuable and that you can make a difference. In Lightglider Academy, we rescue Gliddles, clear the blight, and seek to help any way we can. Look around you. The world is in need and you were uniquely created to make an impact!

Each day provides us a new opportunity to live an adventure filled with purpose!

Glide On!

Tova


Things to Think About

• Read Ephesians 2:8-10 in the Bible. According to these verses, as God’s masterpiece, what can we do?

• 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?


In-Game Announcements

• Let's celebrate this unbe-LEAP-able Leap Year in the Courtyard this Friday at 5pm CST! Get your very own lily pad glider and frog hat while we party!

• Compete in this week’s Game of the Week, Machine Blitz. Every Lightgliders on the leaderboard this Saturday morning receives a prize!

• Watch the Spark video in green called The Value of Purpose and the Prayer video in orange called Prayer for Purpose.

• Did you miss the new Yonders Mission? Be sure to check it out on the front page this week!

• Tambika’s Treehouse game tip: Tambika’s Treehouse: Lightglider! It’s Tambika, and I need your help! My Treehouse was attacked and it’s covered in blight! Can you help me restore it all? 

Thankfully, I had stored a ton of RES orbs before the attack. Just open up some of the safe areas to recharge your RES! Help rescue the Gliddles and relocate them to a safer Treehouse while we restore mine!


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Five Values

February 17, 2020

FEBRUARY 17 - FEBRUARY 23


Five Values

Hey Lightgliders!

I just got back from the Yonders and was talking with Santiago in the courtyard about the Lightglider values -- why we do what we do! When I’m in Timberlands Treetops, clearing blight and battling Machines, it’s important for me to remember the values I want to live by. The five values of a Lightglider are purpose, humility, confidence, hope, and love. I want these values to affect how I think, how I act, and how I behave. They are especially important to remember in times of uncertainty and pressure, like when I’m battling a Clampneck Machine in the Yonders! I’m excited for us to talk about these values over the coming weeks.

Most every family, community, and culture lives by a set of values. Lightgliders seek to live with five values: purpose, humility, confidence, hope, and love. And they are supported by a biblical worldview:

• Purpose: Because God created us in His image (Genesis 1:27), our lives are valuable. They have purpose.

• Humility: No one is perfect; we all fall short of God’s moral standard of goodness (Romans 3:23). A deep understanding of this produces a life of humility.

• Confidence: Knowing that God loves us and that Jesus paid for our sins at the cross despite our shortcomings generates a strong sense of confidence (Ephesians 2:8-10). We are greatly loved by the only One who matters!

• Hope: Because the future is in God’s hands and that He promises to restore the brokenness, we can always looks ahead with hope believing that good things are coming. When we live with hope, we give hope to others (Romans 15:13).

• Love: With Jesus’ example as our example, we seek to love. Such love is not a feeling. It is a choice that inspires action by putting the needs of others before our own (John 15:13). This is exactly what Jesus did at the cross!


Just like a good seed properly nourished helps to produce a beautiful tree, good values help to produce beautiful lives. 

Glide On!

Bryce



Things to Think About

Read Matthew 7:17-20 in the Bible. How does the Bible say we will know a tree? How can we be known by the “fruit” we produce?

• What are values and why are they important?

• What are some examples of values?

• What are your family’s core values?


In-Game Announcements

• Compete in this week’s BRAND NEW Game of the Week, Impossible Glider Challenge. Challenge your family members and see who can get the highest score!

• On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week, you can meet one of the Lightglider Mods, Norman Snowman Cook. He’ll be in the Courtyard at 5:30pm EST/4:30pm CST telling jokes and giving out prizes! 

• Did you know you can decorate a Sticker Page and send it to a friend? Try one out on the front page today!

• Watch the Spark video in green called What’s A Value? and the Prayer video in orange called Thank You For My Family.

• Bryce’s Timberlands Treetops game tip: Hey, Lightglider! It’s Bryce. One of our missions is to head out 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!

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The Desktop App is Here!

February 13, 2020

The Lightgliders Desktop App is Here!

Great news Lightgliders Families! Your subscription to Lightgliders now includes a new way to access all of the weekly content, games, videos, activities, and the multiplayer virtual world. The Lightgliders Desktop App gives you and your kids a faster and more seamless Lightgliders experience on the computer.

Get the desktop app in 3 easy steps. Here's how:

1. Click here to download the desktop app
This must be done from a computer.

2. Once the download is complete, open the file to run the installer

Your virus protection software may not recognize Lightgliders. Be sure to open/run anyway to complete installation.

3. Once Lightgliders has finished installing, login and have fun!
Parents can login with their email and password. Kids can login with their username and password.

Now your kids can access everything Lightgliders has to offer right from the desktop - without launching a web browser - even the multiplayer virtual world, Lightglider Academy!

Update Lightgliders on your Mobile Devices

We also released updates to our mobile app(s). Make sure you have the latest version of Lightgliders on all your mobile devices!


You'll know you have the latest version of Lightgliders when you can see our new icon on your devices!

Glide On, Lightgliders!

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Coming Soon...

February 12, 2020

The Desktop App is Almost Here

Tomorrow we are releasing the LIGHTGLIDERS desktop app, which will allow you to access Lightgliders without launching a web browser. This will give you and your kids a faster and more seamless Lightgliders experience on the computer.

Immediately upon its release, you will be able to download the desktop app and use it to login to Lightgliders!

More details coming soon. Be on the lookout for another email from us with download instructions.

We are also releasing updates for our mobile app tomorrow. After the updates are released, we'll remind you to make sure you have the latest version of Lightgliders on all your mobile devices!

We will be updating the Lightgliders game and website tonight. If you have trouble logging in, please check back later! It shouldn't take long.

See you in Lightglider Academy!

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Restore

February 10, 2020

FEBRUARY 10 - FEBRUARY 16


Restore

Hey Lightgliders!

As a Lightglider, you are sent on missions from Lightglider Academy to restore the land of Glideon. To restore means to bring something back to the way it was meant to be. Glideon was not meant to be covered in this dark mysterious substance that we call blight. No, it was meant to be beautiful and full of purpose. When you clear the blight, you are bringing Glideon back to what it was intended to be!

The Scriptures tell us that one day God will fully restore this broken world. This is a day that we all can look forward to with hope. In the meantime, Lightgliders seek to restore the beauty, purpose, joy, and dignity of this world and everyone in it. In doing so, we serve as signposts of what is to come. A signpost is like a great big billboard telling everyone who passes by what they can look forward to. When we carry out deeds of compassion and justice, we give the world a glimpse of what is to come. God’s light shines through us to give the world hope. 


Glide On!

Nisha


Things to Think About

Read Acts 3:20-21 in the Bible. Where will final restoration come from?

• What does it mean to restore something?

• What are some things in your world that are broken and are in need of restoration?

• What can you do through your words or actions to help?

• What are things that break God’s heart and break your heart?


In-Game Announcements

• Have you decorated your treehouse lately? Login on your desktop computer and spruce it your treehouse!

• Watch the Spark video in green called The Goal to Restore, the Prayer video in orange called Love Cares.

• Compete in this week’s Game of the Week, Gliddle Dodge. Challenge your family members and see who can get the highest score!

• Find Corrigan Hickory Sage at the Academy this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 6pm EST / 5pm CST for a game of Hide ‘N Seek. You’ll get a prize if you find him!

• Nisha’s Emerald Fields game tip: Hello, I’m Nisha! I serve in a lot of places at Lightglider Academy, but I mostly try to help the other leaders handle the blight problem in the Yonders. And this mission is all about restoring the land! The Emerald Fields in the Yonders are usually so beautiful, but they’ve been taken over by blight. My tip for you is to open up enough room in the blight so that you can dodge Machine attacks. The Emerald Fields are home to many green Gliddles, and to use their power correctly, you’ll have to get up close to Machines! Patience is the key to defeating Machines and clearing blight. Remember, if you run out of RES, come back to Lightglider Academy and give out Boosts to recharge! I’ve heard that there’s a Machine that’s very hard to get to… Maybe the fences in this area don’t extend the whole way around the Fields?

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Rescue

February 3, 2020

FEBRUARY 3 - FEBRUARY 9


Rescue

Hey Lightgliders!

The three goals of a Lightglider are Respect, Rescue, and Restore. I want to take a moment to talk about Rescue. As Lightgliders, we have the awesome responsibility of going on missions to rescue the Gliddles from danger. We put on armor, glide into the Yonders, and free them from the toxic blight and the control of the Machines. Rescuing others from dangerous situations requires courage and strength of character. Remember that!

Did you know that God is a rescuer? Did you know that He will stop at nothing to rescue us?

If you’ve ever made a truly selfish decision or disobeyed God’s standards in any way, then you need to be rescued. The hard truth is that we all have done this. We all need to be rescued from our sin, which separates us from God, causes pain to others, and destroys our lives. 

God sent Jesus to earth to rescue us from this danger. Jesus lived the perfect life, a life that we are incapable of living. And, when Jesus died on the  cross, He paid the penalty of our sin. He was the perfect sacrifice. When He came back to life three days later, Jesus defeated death for us, so that we can be forgiven and live in a relationship with God forever. 

Through Jesus, God rescues us from sin and death! 


Glide on!

Tova


Things to Think About

• Read Galatians 1:3-5 in the Bible. Take a moment to pray, thanking God for rescuing you through His Son, Jesus!

• Why do we need to be rescued?

• How does our sin and selfishness hurt us and those around us?

• How can we be rescued?

• Have you been rescued?

• What are ways to love your friends well?


In-Game Announcements

• BRAND NEW GAME Alert!!  There’s a new Yonders level on the front page - Waterfall Cavern

• Watch the Spark video in green called The Goal to Rescue, the Prayer video in orange called Prayer for Another.

• If you find Lightglider Moderator Gertrude this week, ask her for a prize. She will be in front of the Arcade in the Academy at 4:30pm EST / 3:30pm CST for a Dance Break today, Wednesday, and Thursday! 

• This week’s Mystery Code is RESCUE. Use it in your profile in Lightglider Academy to receive 4 Red Rubies!

• GAME TIP for this week’s 2nd front page game, Bible Code Breaker: Marlon here! Part of my job at Lightglider Academy is to unlock the secrets of the Far Greater Story. You can help me uncover the hidden messages from the Bible by solving the code! My advice is to start small. Figuring out small words like “the,” “and,” “I,” “a,” and “an” will help you on the larger words. Remember, the code is always different from puzzle to puzzle! 

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Respect

January 27, 2020

JANUARY 27 - FEBRUARY 2


Respect

Hey Lightgliders!

The first goal of a Lightglider is to respect. We seek to show respect toward others and toward ourselves. But, how do we do that? What does that even mean? 

When we respect, we are acknowledging worth. You and everyone you meet is worthy of respect because we were created by God and in His image. We show respect in the way we treat people and in the way we treat ourselves. Therefore, we should seek to care about everyone we meet. We should also seek to care for our minds, hearts, and bodies. 

Whether it’s your best friend or someone you don’t get along with very well, choosing to show respect is what Lightgliders strive to do. So, when you’re in Mission Control, the Courtyard, the Library, or the Innovation Lab, look for ways to show respect to the other Lightgliders.

Glide On!

Marlon

Things to Think About

Read Romans 12:10 in the Bible. How do you take delight in honoring others?

• Why does everyone deserve respect?

• What are ways to respect yourself?

• What are ways to show respect to others?

• Who can you pray for who has caused you difficulty?


In-Game Announcements

• PARTY THIS FRIDAY! Did you know that Friday is the 20/20 Vision Party? Let's celebrate together in the Courtyard at 6pm EST/5pm CST! Get exclusive glasses and outfits while you play games with other Lightgliders!

• Watch the Spark video in green called The Goal to Respect, the Prayer video in orange called Forgive One Another, and the LGTV Video in blue called Gliddle Mission: Respect this week to fill up your light bar.

• This week’s Mystery Code is RESPECT. Use it in your profile in Lightglider Academy to receive 25 silver coins!

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Three Goals

January 20, 2020

JANUARY 20 - JANUARY 26


Three Goals

Hey Lightglider!

Lightgliders live with great purpose because we have three overarching goals that never change: RESPECT, RESCUE, and RESTORE! We respect ourselves and each other at Lightglider Academy. We rescue Gliddles from the clutches of the Machines. And we restore the land from the blight. A goal is something that you are trying to achieve. Setting goals is important because they give us something to strive for! They also help guide how we spend our time. When we set a goal, we commit to think and act in ways that will help us reach it.

By the way, did you notice that there is a Yonders mission in the mobile app this week? Check out the Game of the Week! How many Gliddles can you rescue?

Glide On!

Tambika


Things to Think About

• Read Philippians 3:12-14 in the Bible. Why does Paul say he wants to reach the end of the race?

• What are goals and why are they important?

• What are the goals of a Lightglider?

• What goals are you pursuing?


In-Game Announcements

• This week’s Mystery Code is GOALS. Use it in your profile in Lightglider Academy to receive a new decoration for your treehouse!

• Try to find Corrigan Hickory Sage at the Academy this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 6pm EST/5pm CST! You’ll know him by his purple name tag. If you find him, he’ll give you a prize!

• Watch the Spark video in green called Lightglider Goals and the Prayer video in orange called Prayer for Wisdom this week to fill up your light bar.

• NEW GAME ALERT! Check out the BRAND NEW Yonders game on the frontpage! We will be releasing Yonders missions in the coming weeks as stand-alone games in the app. Lightgliders everywhere asked for this, and now it is here!

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The Far Greater Story

January 13, 2020

JANUARY 13 - JANUARY 19

The Far Greater Story


Hey Lightglider!

The goals of a Lightglider are to respect, rescue, and restore. We seek to RESPECT those around us. We go on missions from Lightglider Academy to RESCUE the Gliddles from the clutches of the Machines. And we clear the blight to RESTORE the land to its original beauty, purpose, and goodness. Did you know that this fun gameplay points to a far greater, far more important story? It points to the true story of God’s love for us.

The Bible reveals God as the ultimate respecter, rescuer, and restorer. He RESPECTS us as His image-bearers by creating us with 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.

Glide On!

Santiago


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?

• What would you make sure to bring to a family picnic?


In-Game Announcements

• New GLIDDLE GAME GAB #10 Video -- check it out on the front page! 

• This week’s Mystery Code is STORY. Use it in your profile in Lightglider Academy to receive 50 gold coins!

• On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week, you can meet one of the Lightglider Mods, Norman Snowman Cook. He’ll be in the Courtyard at 5:30pm EST/4:30pm CST telling jokes and giving out prizes! 

• Watch the Spark video in green called An Example to Follow and the Prayer video in orange called Why We Love this week to fill up your light bar.

• Be on the lookout for a new game next week! 

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Made to Shine

January 6, 2020

JANUARY 6 - JANUARY 12


Made to Shine


Hey Lightglider!

We’re so glad you’re here. We - the other Lightglider leaders and me - want you to know that you were MADE TO SHINE! 

God created you uniquely. No one has your unique interests, personality, and talents. To shine means to love God and to love others in the way that only you can. 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. With Him as our example, 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 this year!


Glide On!

Bryce


In-Game Announcements

• This week’s Mystery Code is SHINE. Use it in your profile in Lightglider Academy to receive a Green Flash Glider!

• On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week, you can meet one of the Lightglider Mods, Gertrude Pumpkin Satchel. She’ll be in the Courtyard at 4:30pm EST/3:30pm CST. Join her to hang out, chat, or take a dance break by the Arcade!

• Watch the Spark video in green called Power of Light and the Prayer video in orange called Courage to Shine this week and fill up your light bar.


Things to Think About

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 could 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?

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