Glider Gazette

Weekly Lightglider news for faith and fun!

Spotlights #56

September 11, 2021

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

Keep shining!!

Blaze Swift Trunk helps out a ton whenever we play games. He helps lead the fun, cracks a ton of jokes, and is generally amazing!


Faith Humble Protector loves helping other Lightgliders with any questions they might have and enjoys playing at the Academy with her friends.

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 6, 2021


SEPTEMBER 6 - SEPTEMBER 12

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. 


Do you remember last week’s verse of the week? 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. With God’s forgiveness, we are free from the penalty of our sin. 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!

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 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 BRAND NEW 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:

• Monday: No set events today...Jokes with Norman will be back next week!

• Tuesday: Come to the Spotlight Celebration at 5:30pm EST / 4:30pm CST in the Courtyard to congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients!

• Wednesday: Come to the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for a Crazy Outfit Show in the Academy!

• Thursday: Hang out with Pen in the Courtyard today at 12pm EST / 11am EST for Midday Madness with Penelope! Also, join us in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST for a Bible Chat to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: Meet game designer, Corrigan Hickory Sage, in the Innovation Lab at 5pm EST / 4pm CST to share game ideas!

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 3pm EST / 2pm CST for some fun and games.


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Spotlights #55

September 4, 2021

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Fierce Humble Champion and Fifi Ninja Sage: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

SO BRIGHT!!

Even though he's a new Lightglider, Fierce jumped right into Jokes with Norman and shared awesome jokes! Seems like a friendly and fun-loving player.

Fifi loves praying with her friends! She's been sharing some wonderful prayers with her friends in the Academy which encourages everyone to follow and love God! 

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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Rebellion

August 30, 2021

AUGUST 30 - SEPTEMBER 5


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, our lives have 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 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 happens a lot by you and by 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 Game of the Week, Brick Pong!

Brick Pong


• 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:

• Monday: Jokes with Norman Snowman Cook in Mission Control at 5:30pm EST / 4:30pm CST! Don’t miss this hilarious hang!

• Tuesday: Come to the Spotlight Celebration at 5:30pm EST / 4:30pm CST in the Courtyard to congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients!

• Wednesday: Come to the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for a game of Rock/Paper/Scissors!

• Thursday: Hang out with Pen in the Courtyard today at 12pm EST / 11am EST for Midday Madness with Penelope! Also, join us in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST for a Bible Chat to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: Meet game designer, Corrigan Hickory Sage, in the Innovation Lab at 5pm EST / 4pm CST to share game ideas!

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 3pm EST / 2pm CST for some fun and games.


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Spotlights #54

August 28, 2021

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Forest Legendary Defender and Faith Ninja Explorer: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

Keep those glasses on because these Lightgliders are SHINING! 

Forest was incredibly kind during Bible Chat last week! She had a lot of encouraging things to say during our time together.

Faith is always helpful and kind to other Lightgliders. She loves helping others and is a good friend to all! Way to go, Faith!

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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Kindness

August 23, 2021

AUGUST 23 - AUGUST 29


Kindness


Hey Lightglider!


This is the last week of our Unit on Creation. Understanding that we were created by God and for God can and should deeply affect our daily lives. This week we’re talking about KINDNESS, which is an attribute of God that we can reflect. So, we don’t just want to talk about kindness this week, we want to show it! To be kind means to be friendly, generous, and considerate. Our theme verse this week is Colossians 3:12 (NLT): “Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.” 


This verse tells us to clothe ourselves with lots of different character qualities. Have you ever thought about that? You can choose to put qualities like kindness on like you put on your clothes in the morning. Just like we pick out which shirt or pair of shoes we are going to wear, we can choose to be kind, humble, gentle, and patient throughout our day. Clothing ourselves with kindness is a powerful way to show God’s character to the world around us. The Bible also tells us in Romans 2:4 that God’s kindness is what leads us to Him in the first place. So pick up kindness and put it on like a jacket. Wear it everywhere you go!


Glide On!

Kwan


Things to Think About This Week:

Take some time this week to pick up kindness and wear it around your family and friends! Here are some reflection questions that will help.

• Read Colossians 3:12-15 in your Bible. What character qualities do you clothe yourself with each day?

• In what ways can you show kindness to others?

• Who shows kindness to you? How do they do it?

• Where could you show more kindness?

• When has someone been kind to you?


Things to Do This Week:

• Play the Game of the Week, DoppelGlider! The top 5 Lightgliders on Saturday morning get a surprise in their inventory! Getrude Pumpkin Satchel will be sending you a message if you’re on the Leaderboard!

DoppelGlider



• Watch the Sparks and Prayers on the Front Page


Kindness Spark



Prayer for Kindness



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


Lightglider Academy Events This Week:

• Monday: Jokes with Norman Snowman Cook in Mission Control at 5:30pm EST / 4:30pm CST! Don’t miss this hilarious hang!

• Tuesday: Come to the Spotlight Celebration at 5:30pm EST / 4:30pm CST in the Courtyard to congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients!

• Wednesday: Come to the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for a Race around the Academy!

• Thursday: Hang out with Pen in the Courtyard today at 12pm EST / 11am EST for Midday Madness with Penelope! Also, join us in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST for a Bible Chat to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: SWINGIN’ SAFARI PARTY TODAY!! Join us TODAY at 5pm EST / 4pm CST for the Lightgliders Tribute Party! 

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 3pm EST / 2pm CST for some fun and games.


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Spotlights #53

August 21, 2021

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Zane Jumping Marvel and Fluffy Meek Cider: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

So bright!!!

The Spotlight shines on Zane Jumping Marvel for his participation in Bible Chat last week! He showed up and had a lot of great things to say about creativity and how God made us! 

Fluffy Meek Cider  has done an amazing job at decorating her tree house! She's very creative and loves helping others as well! What an incredible Lightglider!

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!

Ring of Fire

Hey, it’s Tambika! If you’ve completed all of the missions I’ve given you, I’ll give you some of my secret missions. It’s time to thank you for being such a great Lightglider! The first bonus mission is Ring of Fire. We’ve received info that there is Machine activity in the Volcano area, and we need you to help scout it out! Watch out, though--there could be a trap!

When Machines are destroyed, they sometimes leave behind Materials and Gliddles they’ve stolen from the Yonders! The Gliddles will wait for you to rescue them, but the Materials will disappear after a short time. Once you’ve defeated a Machine, try to get to their rewards quickly! Clear blight, defeat other nearby Machines, and solve puzzles to get to Materials fast!

Make sure you have a strategy to battle the Machines. Try to target Machines that are on their own first, and work in one direction at a time. You’ll maximize your Materials and minimize your bruises!


Glide on!


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Creativity

August 16, 2021

AUGUST 16 - AUGUST 22


Creativity


Hey Lightglider!


The last two 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 power to create good things. 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. Do everything you do with excellence.


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:

• Play the Game of the Week, Picture Puzzles!

Picture Puzzles


• Watch this week’s Spark and Prayer Videos

God Gives Purpose

Filled with the Spirit

• Use this week’s Mystery Code - CREATE - to receive new decorations for your treehouse!


Lightglider Academy Events This Week:


• Monday: Jokes with Norman Snowman Cook in Mission Control at 5:30pm EST / 4:30pm CST! Don’t miss this hilarious hang!

• Tuesday: Come to the Spotlight Celebration at 5:30pm EST / 4:30pm CST in the Courtyard to congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients!

• Wednesday: Come to the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for a game of Follow the Leader!

• Thursday: Hang out with Pen in the Courtyard today at 12pm EST / 11am EST for Midday Madness with Penelope! Also, join us in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST for a Bible Chat to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: Meet game designer, Corrigan Hickory Sage, in the Innovation Lab at 5pm EST / 4pm CST to share game ideas!

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 3pm EST / 2pm CST for some fun and games.


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Spotlights #52

August 14, 2021

It's time to spotlight some Lightgliders who have been shining brightly in the Academy.  Congratulations, Sweatpea Golden Willow and Rose Precious Hopper: You are in the Spotlight and will receive a Shining Spotlight Glider and RES Head to use this week!

So bright!!!

Sweetpea is a new Lightglider who jumped right in and made tons of friends at Jokes with Norman. She welcomed everyone and asked great questions. What a shining example of what it means to be a Lightglider! 

Rose loves helping her friends whenever she can. She loves answering questions and enjoys playing with other 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!

Emerald Fields

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?


Glide on!


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Respect

August 9, 2021

AUGUST 9 - AUGUST 15


Respect


Hey Lightgliders!


Last week we learned that we are all created in God’s image! Because you bear God’s image, you are worthy of respect. And this is true of everyone you meet! That’s why the #1 goal of a Lightglider is respect - respect for ourselves and respect for others. We seek to do this because when you respect yourself and you respect others, you are honoring the One in whose image you were created!


So how do we do that? We show respect in the way we treat others. We seek to care about everyone we meet. We 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

Take some time this week to focus on respect - for ourselves and for others! Here are some reflection questions that will help.

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

• Why does everyone deserve respect?

• What are ways to show respect to yourself?

• What are ways to show respect to others?

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


Things to Do This Week:

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

• Watch this week’s Spark and Prayer Videos


The Goal to Respect

Forgive One Another

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


Lightglider Academy Events This Week:

• Monday: Jokes with Norman Snowman Cook in Mission Control at 5:30pm EST / 4:30pm CST! Don’t miss this hilarious hang!

• Tuesday: Come to the Spotlight Celebration at 5:30pm EST / 4:30pm CST in the Courtyard to congratulate this week’s Lightglider RES head recipients!

• Wednesday: Come to the Courtyard at 4pm EST / 3pm CST for a game of Hide and Seek!

• Thursday: Hang out with Pen in the Courtyard today at 12pm EST / 11am EST for Midday Madness with Penelope! Also, join us in the Library at 6pm EST / 5pm CST for a Bible Chat to discuss this week’s theme and verse! 

• Friday: Meet game designer, Corrigan Hickory Sage, in the Innovation Lab at 5pm EST / 4pm CST to share game ideas!

• Saturday: Connect with the Ambassadors in the Courtyard at 3pm EST / 2pm CST for some fun and games.


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