Hopefully you are being able to stay warm now that the cold has settled in for the winter! Anyway, here is an update on events coming up, as well as a recap of this weeks Wed. night.
Tomorrow night! This Saturday 7:00 - 8:30 pm we will be having our second worship/fellowship night. This is a time where we will devote the first 15 to 20 minutes in worship and prayer. From there we will be having fun playing worship songs, learning new instruments (guitar, bass, piano, drums), singing, and having time for fellowship with one another. We will be meeting at USF again this week at our (Doyle and Abby) apartment in Burgess hall.
Next Wednesday night we will be having a combination Wednesday with both middle and high school students! We will be meeting at the Sioux Falls Seminary at 5:45. We are still waiting to hear back from Lifescape but the youth will be playing games or assisting with making crafts alongside the adult services there if this works out. However, if this falls through we will be having a fellowship night as a back up (that way the times can remain the same). So, this Wednesday (sorry for such late notice!!) both middle and high school students will be meeting from 5:45 to 7:45 (if your student is unable to come at 5:45 we will be back at the seminary for sure by 7:15 and they are more than welcome to join us for fellowship, snacks, and games).
December 14th: We will be having our "Unfrozen" Christmas Program as King of Glory. A lot of your students have volunteered to be a part of this program! If you know or are unsure if your student has signed up but know you will not actually be here that Sunday.
December 17th: This is the night of our youth Christmas party! We will be meeting at the Seminary this week and will be enjoying each others fellowship with games, treats, and plenty of Christmas cheer! We will be playing a white elephant gift game so students are asked to bring a gift (if they are buying something no more than $5). This is meant to be a fun entertaining game and not so serious!
Recap of Wednesday Night
In Middle school we finished our series on the church and significance that plays in our lives as middle school students. This week we focused in on Ephesians 6:10-20. Now that we know we are a member of the Body of Christ, we see that there is a battle going on around us. This battle is not between the flesh and blood, but against the schemes of the Devil. Satan's desire is for us to turn from God and he will be as sneaky and crafty as he can be to draw us away from God, the church, and community. These verses then go on to inform us that we must be prepared and gear up for this battle. God has provided and supplies the things that we need in order to stand firm in Christ! And finally, we must be praying, for ourselves but also for others who are fighting alongside us.
In high school we’re in the third week of our six-week study that’s focused on answering the question Jesus asked his disciples: “Who do you say that I am?” In this lesson, we explored a common characteristic that all of the people who were closest to Jesus shared—they were all desperate for him. We looked at the stories of: the Woman With an Issue of Blood (Matthew 9:18-22) the Sinful Woman at the Pharisee’s Party (Luke 7:36-50) Zacchaeus the Tax Collector (Luke 19:1-10) and finally the Canaanite Woman (Matthew 15:21-28) and saw this same theme; these people needed Jesus and in the midst of that saw Him as who He was - the Christ or Lord. We then compared this to the pharisees and saw a huge contrast. The people in these stories were desperate and knew they could not control their situation but needed someone (Jesus). The pharisees however, are constantly missing the point on who Jesus is. They are trying to be self efficient and become blinded by this desire. So now seeing these two examples, are we desperate and know we need a savior, the work of God? Or are we living as pharisees - trying to be self efficient - and missing the glory, power, and need for our Savior Jesus Christ?
As this year is coming up to the end quickly, I ask that you would continue to be in prayer for this ministry. For the volunteers who are giving their time and energy, for the students who are continuing to grow in their understanding and depth of knowledge of the scriptures and ultimately Jesus, and for one another as you are all on this journey of raising youth together!
If you have any question or comments about anything here please let me know.