Hey everyone, I hope you are enjoying the Christmas
season. I always love this time of year. It always seems
that no matter the stress, knowing that
Christmas is coming makes everything better.
We are just coming off of our State Youth Convention (MYF)
and everyone had a great time. Our students who
attended this year were greatly impacted by incredible
worship and an outstanding speaker. It is amazing to see
what God can do in just one weekend.
As we get closer to Christmas, I wanted to make everyone
aware of what was happening within the Student Ministry
over the holidays. Please mark your calendars!
Dec. 7th: ‘Preparing for Christmas’
Dec. 14th: Annual Christmas Party
(Don’t forget your ugly Christmas sweater)
Dec. 21st: Movie Night at the Webb’s House
Dec. 25th: It’s Christmas!
(Only one church service at 10am)
Dec. 28th: No Youth Activities
Jan. 4th: Normal Youth Activities
(We will begin our series: ‘What’s the Bible All About’)
Jan. 14th: Polar Plunge!!!!!
(Tubing down a 1200 ft slope, 9am-2pm, $26)
November is Mission Month. Our focus for the year is ‘Connecting students with God, His people, and His Mission.’ We hit the first two in September and October. So November we are focusing in on connecting with God’s Mission. God’s mission is all about changing the world. Changing the world by serving those in need and connecting others with Him. This month we will look at how our generation can make a difference, what we can do about poverty, how we can love others that are different from us, and the importance of doing things for God and not for ourselves.
Here are a few activities we are doing this month to help us focus in on God’s Mission:
1. One Meal One Day – Nov. 9 – Join us as we give up one meal for one day and give what we would have spent on lunch to a child in need. Get your friends involved and raise some extra money. We will join together at 6:30 for a shared meal to talk about the day. You can find more information here.
2. Random Yard Work – Nov. 12 – 9 to 12 - Meet at the church for a day of serving others who need some help with a little yard work.
3. MYF State Youth Convention – Nov. 25 – 27 – As part of the convention, we will be packing meals to send to children in Nicaragua.
4. Gifts of Compassion – Give someone a goat for Christmas! Or a pig, cow, medicine, bible… You get the idea. Pick up a catalogue in the youth room and you and your family can choose a gift to send to someone in need around the world. There are many options to choose from at different financial levels. Give a gift of compassion and change someone’s life.
I love connecting with people. We see so many people throughout the week, but how many do we really connect with. How many people do we really know and how many really know us? I think this is what the Bible is all about. It’s all about connecting with God and others through building healthy relationships. I think when God called us to love Him and love others, it was really about connecting on an intimate level.
Our focus as a ministry has been ‘Connecting with God, His People, and His Mission.’ Everything we do filters through these three areas. As we seek to be the people that God wants us to be, we have to start by connecting with Him. But we can’t stop there. God meant for us to do life in relationship with others. We want to connect together and help each other grow. This also includes reaching out to others, connecting with them on a personal level and helping them to connect back to God. This is God’s mission that we are to play a part. I hope that you will see value in connecting with God and with others and join us as we try to change the world.
It seems like just yesterday that I wrote the last post; Summer is Here. Now it seems that Summer is almost over and school is about to start. It has been a busy summer for everyone. I know there have been a lot of activities, sports, and trips all Summer long. We have missed quite a few of you. As we get ready to start school again, I hope you will make a point to rejoin us again this year. We have a lot of exciting things coming this year. Make sure you check out the schedule for August as we prepare get ready to kick back into high gear. Mark your calendars, especially, for our Float trip on the 20th, the student and parents cookout on the 24th, and our big fall kick-off on the 31st. Hope to see you again soon!
I know that summer is a very crazy time for everyone. Even though school is out, there are still lots of activities going on. Normally we wind down a bit during the summer since everyone is coming and going and our attendance usually drops off. Let’s change that this summer. I know there are still times when you will not be able to be here, but try to keep in the habit of coming on Wednesdays and Sundays. Especially with our Gospel Journey Maui series, let’s make the summer a priority. We will do some fun outdoor activities now that the sun is out. What better time to bring friends!
GOSPEL Journey Maui spiritual reality series is all about real questions and real conversations. Seven young strangers with diverse spiritual worldviews and a Preacher/Wannabe-Surfer named Greg Stier hung out for an entire week in Maui. Together, they went surfing and snorkeling, rode a zipline, watched the sun rise over Haleakala, hiked Molokai, toured a leper colony, and had intense, spiritual conversations.
Each day, Greg introduced a new question, triggering intense spiritual dialogue and a tidal wave of emotions. “Is there a higher power? What is the purpose of life? What happens when we die?” Ultimately it boiled down to this: Can everyone be right?
Starting June 1st, we will join in on the conversation and participate in this reality series. We will observe these real life conversations and then have a few of our own. We hope that you will join us and bring your friends!
It’s Easter Week (or Holy Week)!!! I hope you all make a point to join us for our activities this week as we celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This Wednesday night, we will focus on Jesus’ life and the amazing things that He has done for us. Friday is the day that we remember Jesus’ death and I hope that you find some time to spend reading your Bible and in prayer to remember what Jesus did for you. And then there’s Sunday! Easter Sunday. Come celebrate with us during Sunday School and during the morning worship service. The church choir will be sharing with us both Saturday night and Sunday morning. Make sure you spend some time celebrating with your families as well. This is what it’s all about folks: Jesus. Everything we are doing this week should point us to the life, death, and resurrection! Please join us this week.