As a reminder, there will be no Wednesday night activities next week. We will be back onApril 8th.
In April we are breaking in the new church building with two lock-ins!! The theme for both lock-ins will be renewal/new life as we move into the spring! Also, this is a great event to have students invite their friends too!
The first will be for the high school students (along with our 8th grade students as they can begin the transition into high school). It will be held April 10th - 11th starting at 9:00 p.m. and going until 7:00 a.m.
Our middle school lock-in will be April 24th - 25th and will also be starting at 9:00 p.m. and going until 7:00 a.m. Again, our fifth grade students are also invited to join us as they make the transition into middle school youth group!
Student Ministries Mission Trip: May 31st (Sunday) - June 5th (Friday). 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 years 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:
In middle school we did a recap of the series on Mark. It is always so fun to see how well the students remember what we have been talking about. Recalling the life and major turning points in Mark around Jesus' life/ministry, diving into both his teachings and miracles, and finishing with the ultimate challenge - to go and love God and love people. We ended the series with talking about how last week's challenge went. Students were encouraged to tell one person (friend, parent, teacher, stranger) about Jesus' life, death and resurrection. While some had forgotten this week, hearing how a few of the other students experience was when sharing seemed to get everyone a little more excited. Since this was the last Wednesday with 4th-8th grade mixed, we ended with the final challenge: to continue to be an example for those around us. 1 Timothy 4:12, "Do not let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." (NIV).
In high school we wrapped up our series on evangelism. As we begin to look at what it means to dive deeper into our faith, we are reminded that everything we talk about revolves around Jesus. Jesus is or should be the center of attention in everything we do. When we look at some more difficult or challenging scriptures, struggles, temptations in our life; we can always turn back to Jesus and the love that God has shown for us through His Son. One of the things that was brought up throughout this process was that most of the high school students have known each other since entering into preschool!!! There is a level of comfort and excitement that builds around the trust and relationships that have been grown over the last 10-13 years. Bringing this into our thoughts on evangelism is such a blessing because there is an awesome support group already in place when encouragement and accountability is needed! So now as we go - "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8 ESV). This starts for us now. To be a witness in our schools, jobs, activities, neighborhood, city, and to the ends of the earth.
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 evangelism and our role in it. That they would not only get a better understanding and grasp, but that they would also have the strength to begin or continue to let their faith shine 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!