Weekend Review

Well Summer is officially here.  I attended my last graduation of the year and was able to watch four of our regular attenders at Frontline move on to the next stage of their life.  In my profession I get to attend a lot of graduations, and I have become accustomed to waiting patiently for my students names to be called and then screaming for about 2 seconds.  Between these outbursts, I sit and I watch.  I watch parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters all proud of the high school senior in their lives.  It is an honor to be a part of so many young people’s lives.  I love being able to celebrate alongside them these successes. Thanks for letting me play a part in your child’s life.

In other news.  Our summer calendar is in print and should have been emailed to you.  If you need a full calendar, let me know.  It’s gonna be a pretty awesome summer, I am looking forward to it!

What Not to Wear

This past Saturday evening the youth girls enjoyed an evening of fun, food, and fashion. The premise for the evening was “What Not To Wear”. Through a fashion show with some of the youth as our models, the girls were shown how to honor the Lord with how they dress while still looking cute.
The speaker for the evening was Stephanie Ernst, Danyelle Higginbotham’s sister who is an assistant buyer for some department stores. In between the two parts of the fashion show, Stephanie shared her testimony of how the Lord brought her from a world of drugs and darkness to a life of fulfillment in Him. This was a fun event and a great opportunity to share the Gospel, with around a third of the attendees being guests. Thanks to the church for your encouragment and prayers for this event, and a special thanks to the girls who helped organize it!

Ups and Downs of a Student Ministry

I’m still recovering from a busy Wednesday night, and looking forward to a good Sunday for Youth Sunday.  But it is certainly time to give an update on the student ministry.  No rest for the weary.

Last night our students were a bit of a handful, so I putting out a call for help on Wednesday nights during Frontline.  If you aren’t in a Wednesday night small group and have any availability to lend a hand in corralling the kids, let me know.  Any and all help is needed and appreciated.  I haven’t wanted to come in here and set severe boundaries on the students, but we are now at the point that we must limit where the kids are at all times, as they have been unable to stay in the approved broader boundaries.

I am aware of this issue and will be working dutifully to correct it.  For the foreseeable future we will keep all the kids in the gym and front foyer areas only prior to and after Frontline.  Please assist me by encouraging your youth to stay in these areas only, and helping out on some Wednesday nights.  It’s being addressed, but I wanted to let you all know what the plan is.

On the positive side, when the students settled down, the majority of them were fairly attentive to the lesson.  During the lesson they were challenged to worship God so that God could transform them through worship.  So this was the ups portion of last night.  I anticipate a great youth Sunday, which will also be a nice up for the group and the church as a whole.  Thanks for allowing me to be a part of your kids life.

New Junior High Teacher

This past Sunday was Jennifer’s first week to teach our Junior High Sunday School Class.  I sat in on the class and was thrilled by her teaching.  If you are the parent of a junior higher then you should be excited that we were able to find such a capable and passionate teacher to replace Nikki.  One thing that is going to be new for our JHighers is that they are being challenged to learn a Bible verse each week.  So encourage your child to memorize their verse.  This weeks verse is:

May the peoples praise you, O God;
may all the peoples praise you.
Psalm 67:3 (NIV)

So make sure you welcome Jennifer to your child’s life.  I for one am glad to have her!

Disciple Now 2011

We had a great weekend at Disciple Now.  I want to thank all the host homes, small group leaders, and food providers who made the weekend run so smoothly.  Below you can find a short video of the weekend.  Enjoy!