Friday, October 26, 2012

FAMILY PLUS High School - Oct. 26

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October 26, 2012

Hi HS Parents!

This past Wednesday night we looked at the passage in Luke about the Woman at the Well in the 4th chapter of John. We talked about what it must have felt like to be carrying all of that "baggage" and to have the Master speak it right to our faces with loving forgiveness.

I showed them a video about a song written by Matthew West entitled "Forgiveness." It's a beautiful story of how a mother forgave the drunk driver who killed her daughter one night. I think so many times we relate to stories and songs like this as wondering if we could forgive. I suggested to your students that maybe we more closely resemble the person who needs to be forgiven.

This coming Sunday students will begin a new study called "Get A Grip." It will help us take a look at what the Scriptures say about maintaining control under any situation.

As You Go & As They Come

On Wednesday, Oct. 31, people will turn on their porch lights and welcome total strangers to their homes. It's called Halloween (Trick or Treat). We are taking this opportunity to send our church into the community!  Join us in accepting this open invitation by inviting the people you encounter that night to “The Great I AM: A Worship Encounter with the God who IS!" (Nov. 17-18, 2012).
You can do this in one of two ways:
  • As You Go” from house to house, leave an invitation, or
  • As They Come” to your house, drop an invitation in their sack along with your treat. 

Invitation cards are available at the church office or in the foyer on Sunday morning or Wednesday evening (in front of Thrive Books and Media).
We will have no other church activities on Wednesday night, Oct. 31, 2012.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

FAMILY PLUS High School - October 9

Hello HS Parents!

I hope you've enjoyed the hiatus that fall break offers us! This was actually my first break with my own child "in the system." We did okay, but I must confess - getting his schedule back on track was a little challenging. I think this is mainly because we had to start getting him ready for school by 6:45 AM again and this messed with mine and Kelley's sleep patterns! :)

This past Wednesday night your student participated in our second "SERVE" night. We had our students help deliver some furniture we donated to another church, stuff bulletins for tomorrow morning, staple bags for our Christmas food drive initiative, count and band cards for the "As You Go…As they Come" event, sort and hang clothes for His closet, and move some trash items from our youth building to the construction dumpster. I LOVE the fact that each week our students are experiencing a purpose of our church: Come/Worship, Connect/Grow, and Serve/Go!

This coming Sunday we will continue our study on "Follow The Leader." We have been looking at why Jesus wants us to become a devoted disciple of and for Him. We have taken a close look at what the Scriptures say regarding the characteristics of a follower of Christ, and will spend time tomorrow talking about the importance of finding a good spiritual coach. We will be looking specifically at Paul's mentoring relationship to Timothy and focusing on the 1st chapter of his second letter to Timothy.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Fall Mission Trip 2012

Here are some pics from one of the neighborhoods we are working in. The last two are from a house we worked in about 2 years after Katrina. Most of the drywall you see piled up outside ha been put on the walls by our students.

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Location:Braithwaite Park