It was so fun to get back to the normal schedule this week after having our serve night two weeks ago and having last week off. I was really impressed that your students had remembered what we had been going through before the break (in middle school they were able to give me a run down of the entire year!)
Before I send the recap of last night here are a few upcoming events!
Sunday the 14th is our "Unfrozen" Christmas! The celebration and meal will be from 4:30 and go until 7:00. The event is taking place at The Point which is located by thunder road on North Kiwanis.
Then on Wednesday December 17th we are having our end of the year Christmas party for the youth starting at 6:30 and going until 8:00 pm on Wednesday night. We will be having Christmas games including a While Elephant exchange! Your student is encouraged to bring a gift from home (no more than 5 dollars if they would like to get something) to bring and put into the game. Along with that, if there are any volunteers who would like to provide some Christmas cheer with treats or other Christmas type food that would be greatly appreciated! Please just let me know if you are able/willing to send something with your student, delivering yourself or need pick up! This will be for both middle and high school students.
Also, on Wednesday night I mentioned the Chris Tomlin concert with Tenth Avenue North and Rend Collective. The concert is on Sunday March 29th at 7:00 pm. While it sounds like we will not be making this an actual youth event there is an opportunity to attend with a group from KOG. I know this is quick turnaround but if you would like to go as a family and sit with some great people from KOG there will be a group that is ordering tickets on the 12th for those interested. The total price is still unknown but will range from $24.50 to $35 a ticket. If you are interested we are asking for commitment AND a $20 deposit by Wednesday December 10th by 10:00 p.m. (so by the end of youth group on Wednesday). The Ludwig family has graciously taken point on this so you may contact them to commit. You may also email or call me and I could pass along everything. If there are specific questions about this please let me know.
With that here is a recap of Wednesday night:
In middle school we did an introduction to a series on prayer. When asked why and how we pray, the middle school students in five answers gave four of the five "main points" of the series we will be going through; praise, thanksgiving, confessing, and to ask. The fifth point in this series is to listen. Once we get back from Christmas break in January we will be diving into these five points as we talk about prayer and devotions in our walk of faith. At the end of our previous lesson on the church and our role in it, we went through Ephesians 6:10-20. In verse 18 Paul writes "And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests" (NIV). The hope and goal of this next series is to talk about the importance of prayer in our daily life along with some helpful tips and examples along the way. And ultimately to realize that prayer is truly communicating with God.
In high school we went through the last part of the series on Jesus. Over the course of this series we have been asking ourselves the question Jesus asked his disciples, "who do you say I am". This week we looked at the supernatural power of Jesus; Jesus walked on water, he calmed the sea, he feed 5000 (and later 4000) with just a few loaves and fish, he knew the thoughts of people (all of these are outside the miracles of healing and casting out demons). Jesus had some superpowers. During the lesson students broke off into small groups and answered a series of questions asking for their thoughts on the extent of Jesus' power while looking at the why instead of the what to these miraculous things. To conclude the night we gathered back as a group and had a moment of silent reflection to ask ourselves this question: Do I believe in the power of Jesus? Why or why not? The real Jesus is loving, forgiving, perfect, a friend of sinners, honest (even to the point of disappointing some listeners), and powerful. So the question remains - who do we say Jesus is?
Please continue to pray for this youth ministry. Pray for the Spirit of God to continue to work through the lessons, and community that is being built at KOG as well as the heart of service that has been formed throughout this semester. Pray for one another as you all have the responsibility of raising these students, and pray for the volunteers who are giving their time to be a part of this ministry.
If there are any questions please feel free to get a hold of me by calling or emailing.