Josh S. is doing his Eagle Scout project this Saturday, and he needs your help!
Project: Redo walkway at church between church office and main building
Date: Saturday, Dec. 1
Times: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm (Drop by any time)
RSVP: Josh S., [email protected]
Other: SSL hours are available
Breakfast donuts provided,
Lunch pizza provided
When you RSVP, Josh may ask about equipment and supplies you may have available (gloves, shovels, etc.)
Support youth in foster care by purchasing a $25 gift card from Target or Best Buy and bringing it back to the church by December 9. You may also write a check instead, and a gift card will be purchased on your behalf. Contact Linda R. for more details.
Our goal is to collect gift cards for all 36 children currently in care through Building Families for Children, the foster care agency we support.
This Sunday we cover a fairly familiar story. Joseph was one color in Jacob’s eyes: Golden. His brothers turned a different, envious shade: Green. There are many more colors to this story, reflected in Joseph’s coat.
After being sold into captivity by his brothers, Joseph had to ask a key question: Has God forgotten about me?
Here’s your chance to do a fun activity and bring the question home (literally) by discussing ways God has helped your own family during disappointments and hard times. You may also want to discuss the impact of jealousy.
Either way, here’s a discussion sheet to get you going.
In addition to all of the cool electronics and other things your teen or pre-teen may get this Christmas, consider giving them a gift that will help them become the man or woman God has called them to be.
For that, I’ll recommend an easy-to-read book. Consider either…
These books are fun to read and written “devotional style,” just a couple pages for each tip. They have good advice and Scripture to solidify the message.
Our teenagers are living in unprecedented times. They face a staggering cultural and spiritual onslaught, and our students are challenged daily with pressures that seem to be overwhelming. Trying to raise Christ-following young people in this culture can feel daunting, but together we can invest in the lives of these students and give them a strong foundation of faith that will last a lifetime.
Parents of 11th-12th grade students
Remember, you are invited to join us in the Youth House starting at 5:45 pm this Sunday to discuss graduation and how to guide 11th-12th graders toward post-high school life. You’ll also get to hear how we are partnering with you in the process.
This week, our group finishes an introduction to apologetics (led by one of our youth!) by talking about the importance of being confident in sharing what we believe. Many people fear sharing their faith for fear of not saying the right thing or not knowing enough. Some are afraid of looking foolish or are uncertain about stepping into a difficult conversation. Our students will cover topics about…
- Why we need to share our faith
- How we can be prepared to explain what we believe
- How our personal stories of faith are so powerful.
Here are some questions you might want to ask this week to keep the dialogue going:
- When do you feel most confident talking to other people about your faith? When do you feel least confident?
- What does it mean to shine your light for people to see? What might this look like in your sphere of influence?
- What would give you greater confidence in sharing your faith boldly?
Thank you once again for allowing us to partner with you in preparing the next
generation of Christ-followers. Have a spectacular week!
Hello Parents and Families:
We are back again with another fresh Online Parenting Class for this month! It is a good one that I am sure you are going to love. It all about “Becoming the Adviser Your Teen Needs.” It explains the shift that should be happening in your parenting style and your home as your teen gains more and more freedom.
As your teen grows up and matures, there is a shift that should be happening in the role you play in your child’s life. You go from “controller” to “adviser” as they are earning more and more freedom and independence.
Give this month’s video a watch, and then consider a few additional reflections I have added below:
- Is my parenting approach shifting and changing from when my child was younger? If not, why?
- What are the ways that you are allowing your teen freedoms in order for them to learn Godly independence?
- How do you see your parenting going from controller to adviser?
- Have a conversation with your teen and ask them in what areas of their life they would like you to be less of a “controller” and need your advice instead?
Please let me know how I can help you as you consider your parenting styles and as you make this necessary transition in your family.
My door, email, and phone are always open to you as parents. As always, I am in prayer for you and your family.
Your partner in ministry,
The Christian Basketball Association (CBA) is a great league for youth to play competitive basketball and gain a better connection with the church. Three teams are available for students in Grades 6-8, 9-10, and 11-12. Cost is $95 per player, jersey is included. Scholarships are available. Learn more.
Registration for 2018-2019 CBA League is available online November 1, 2018 through December 1, 2018.
Click HERE to register Grade 6-8.
Click HERE to register Grade 9-10.
Click HERE to register Grade 11-12.
Hey Prime Timers!!
You’ve asked for it and now you’ve got it! A Winter Wonderland Christmas Party for the Prime Time Ministry is scheduled for Friday, December 7, from 7:00 to 9:30pm in the ROC. Preparations are underway for this to be a fantastic evening of food, fun, and fellowship. Scheduled activities include a carol sing, a table game, and a fun gift exchange. … (more)
More details are coming, but here’s what you can expect:
- Family-style mission trip: Youth, children, parents, and other adults are encouraged to join in! (Minimum age TBA)
- Construction projects
- Kids Bible projects
- Sports ministry
- Outreach to internationals
- Time for family outings
- Great relational depth
- Cost is TBA, likely $200-$250 per person
Consider making this your family vacation.
Schedule your vacation and set aside August 3-10 NOW!