A quick change in Middle school youth group: we will be going until 7:45 p.m. instead of 7:30 to line up with the Wednesday night services.
Middle School youth group will look a little different than normal during the Wednesday night services (Feb 25 - March 25) as the 4th and 5th grade students will be joining us for a 5 week series. Along with that, the 5th grade students will then be invited to continue to meet with the middle school group throughout the rest of the year (they may also choose to stay with the King's Kid's if they and their parents decide). This will be a great opportunity for the 5th grade students to begin their transition into the summer and middle school years!
Last minute TEC weekend: I know this is last minute as the close off for signing up for TEC is March 1st. However, I was asked to be a Spiritual Director for this Spring's TEC. TEC stands for Teens Encounter Christ and is on March 13-15 and is for students who have finished their freshman year of high school through 12th grade. Students would have to miss class on Friday in order to attend this retreat. For more information visit www.interlakestec.org. The application is also present on this site with their deadlines posted (if you open candidate app it gives you more information as well). You may also get in touch with myself or Derek Hackett (who has helped out with multiple previous TEC weekends) if you have any questions about TEC.
Student Ministries Mission Trip: Coming up this summer we are going to be doing something a little different by staying in Sioux Falls for our Mission Trip. I am really excited for this opportunity to serve our community of Sioux Falls in many ways. The main focus will be on a VBS outreach. This will be in partnership with King of Glory's VBS but will also have a focus on trying to reach out to a multi-cultural group through Kings Kloset, our multi-cultural partnership with Pastor Samuel's church, as well as some open invitations to different areas of Sioux Falls. Along with this focus, we will also be partnering with several other ministries in Sioux Falls during the mornings and afternoons to get a wide variety and idea of the mission work being done here in our own city.
Pickerel Dates are out for this coming summer camps. Senior high (entering into 9th grade - graduating 12th grade) is June 21st - June 27th. Junior high camp (entering 6th grade - entering 8th grade) July 26th - July 31st. For more information go to pllbc.wordpress.com
Wednesday night Recap:
Middle School - In middle school youth we began our time with the 4th and 5th grade students in introductions and fun facts about one another to get everyone a little more comfortable with each other! We then dove into the series on Mark that we will be doing. Reading through Mark 1 we got to see the beginning of Jesus ministry. It all started with the baptism and by the end of the chapter Jesus is drawing out of town as the word about what He has been doing spread so quickly. We get to see the authority and the wow factor that Jesus had as He spoke and performed miracles of healing! What an amazing God we have! We ended our discussion with a challenge for the students: to dive into Mark and find one of their favorite miracles that Jesus performs as well as a favorite teaching that Jesus spoke. This challenge will go into next week as well as we move from the flow of Jesus ministry into the amazing works and teachings that we see in the book of Mark!
In High school we began our series on the Spiritual Disciplines. We started off with Allie L and Sam R sharing a verse that spoke life and joy into the group (this is due to a student leadership team that we started with the Junior and Senior students that Lindsay Brua and I have been meeting with). Afterward,we took a look into the Sabbath and Fasting and the importance each one has in our journey of faith. The students broke off into two group and each group went through several passages speaking about one of these disciplines. We then all came together and had each group present their discipline to the other. This gave everyone a chance to participate and truly grasp what the Bible says about these two disciplines. At the end of discussion and presentations, I ended on a challenge: a challenge to try a fast - nothing crazy or for an extended period of time, but a fast in which they surrendered something for a short period of time. Maybe it would be a lunch or dinner one night this week, or an evening of video games/television. With this, I also stressed the importance of not just giving something up, but replacing it with time with God. Whether that be reading the Bible or praying. Realizing two things: 1, a fast is not just about giving something up but a chance to have a specific reason or purpose for it. 2nd, adding this discipline into your life is a process. As you begin to practice this discipline, it steadily becomes less of a struggle and a true time to reflect, rely, respond, and be in relationship with the God of this universe!
As we go through this time of Lent, please continue to be praying for our student at King of Glory. For the 4th-8th grade students as they begin to interact in a new setting. Pray that the older students would lead in this group by example and that the new students would feel comfortable and excited about the opportunity to gather with some of the older students at our church. Pray for the high school group as we begin to focus on the Spiritual Disciplines. That they would not only get a better understanding and grasp, but that they would also have the strength to begin or continue to practice them in their own lives. Pray for the Holy Spirit to continue to work and form these students into faithful followers, guiding them to the life of Jesus. And pray for one another as you are all on this journey together!
If you have any questions, please feel free to email, text or call me!