Recap 10/01/2014

Good afternoon everyone!

Here are a few quick reminders/updates on things coming up. Next week there is no Wednesday night activities for middle school students (as we do not have access at the seminary).

Because of that, the high school will have their first service Wednesday next week. We will be going to the Summit Housing and do a few projects painting, cleaning, and serving! We will be meeting at the lumberyard at 7:00 pm on Wednesday night (the 8th). We will be done by 9:15 at the summit house and will be back to the lumberyard by 9:30.

If you have any questions please let me know!

A few more events coming up:

October 19th is the King of Glory festival out at the Tornberg's. There will be some crafts, food, music, dancing, and a lot of fun. That is scheduled for 4:30 to 7:30. After the event, the middle school and high school students are invited to stay for another hour to play some night games and spend time as a youth group! We will be done by 8:30 that night.

Youth Worship night October 25th. Over the summer some of the students had mentioned beginning to meet and work on some worship music. This will be a time for us as a youth to get together for fellowship and music. If your student is interested in learning or working on an instrument, or even singing songs they are invited to come and learn in a fun environment (a lot of this will be basics when it comes to worship to start).

A recap of Wednesday night:

Last night in middle school group we went through the final stage of the "story of the bible" We went from creation, to the fall, to redemption, and finally last night we asked the question - Now what? We read through Matthew 14:22-33. This is an awesome story of Jesus and Peter walking on water. After hearing the story of how we were made, the fall and redemption we now look at the aspect of faith. There were three points that we can take from looking at Peter's example here in Matthew. The first is that we will at times be called to take steps of faith (something we would not be able to do by our own power). God wants us to put our faith in Him and trust that He will provide the things needed on our walk and journey with Him. The second is that there will be distractions, and at times our focus will be lost in the midst of these distraction. And finally, when we realize we have lost focus, we can turn our eyes back to Christ and He will be there to bring us back to Him. This is not an excuse to fall away, but rather an awesome promise and truth that we have a forgiving, merciful, and gracious God!

In high school we continued in the surrender series by Francis Chan. In week three, we began to look at surrendering our sins to God. There are so many temptations and struggles that we go through, and sometimes it is something that we are not sure we want to give up because of the pressure from those around us. However, we see that God has called us to give to him EVERYTHING. He loves us and warns us from so many things. Not because He doesn't want us to have "fun" but because He knows that sin destroys us. The challenge this week is to spend time with God, confessing and asking for the Holy Spirit to work in our lives. Francis goes into the power of the Spirit, using the fact that the Spirit raised Jesus from the dead. If the Spirit has the power to raise the dead to life, He has the power to overcome the struggles and temptations in our life!

There is a lot of good discussions taking place in both middle and high school groups!! If there are any questions feel free to let get ahold of me!

In Christ,

Doyle Burnside