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April 2016 Student Ministry

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ONE RETREAT

Earlier this month we took a large group of our junior high and high school students up to Highland Lakes Retreat Center for a weekend retreat called ONE. Due to the generous gifts that we received for scholarships, we were able to take more students on this retreat than we have taken on any other retreat so far. We had a caravan of 8 vehicles just to transport everyone. Thank you so much for all your generous gifts and support. 

It was an incredible weekend from start to finish. We had a great crew of volunteers that helped everything run smoothly. Our students heard some incredible teaching that helped many of them ground their faith better. Thank you to Nick Scott, Benson Avis, and Paul Hollis who all did an outstanding job sharing with the students about each of the topics we were covering. Many students shared about how their faith grew stronger through this weekend as they heard that their faith is not blind and were encouraged to experience Jesus through Bible.

We could not pull off an event like this without a tremendous team of volunteers. I am constantly astonished at how much our volunteers pour into these students, how much they love them, and how much they serve them. Thank you so much to Benson Avis, Matt Virgin, Blake Palmer, Kristin Anderson, Kelsie Pavlichek, Tori Densley, Morgan Scott, Melissa Scott, and Nick Scott for all your incredible help all weekend.

JH and HS De.Fib Midweek

For the past few months we have been in a series of talks about relationships. This is one of those staple topics that we try to hit each year as it is so crucial that our students learn to function in right relationship with others.

The focus has been on developing godly relationships with others, so we have talked a lot about how students need to focus on a growing a relationship with Christ, wisdom versus foolishness, serving, and how to bring life to the various places that they find themselves.

One of the key elements of this series is that we challenge the students to start to walk in manhood versus boyhood and womanhood versus girlhood. We challenge them to bring life instead of death with their words and actions, to work hard at whatever they do, and to walk in integrity. It is always a blessing to hear how students are applying these lessons to their lives and walking more with Christ.

Thank you so much for allowing your students to be a part of this ministry. They are a tremendous blessing to me and to my volunteers.

 

Much Love,

Mark

March 2016 Pastor's Points

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Dear Church Family,

I am very excited to share with you a few points to consider this month.
 
•We have now filled the two vacant pastor positions on our church staff.  Nick Scott and Jared Mitchell come to us with passion and a love for the Word of God!  I love the fact that we have two young pastors who are convinced of the importance of the Gospel and the truthfulness of God’s Word.  We are going to see the benefits of their conviction as we participate in gospel saturated worship and discipleship that will focus on knowing God’s truth and speaking it in love to each other and to those outside the church as well.  I could not be more excited!!

  • March 20th is going to be a special time of worship as we gather on Palm Sunday. We will consider the sacrificial love of our Savior from scripture, and then we will participate in the awesome reminder of that love at the Lord’s Table. Also, on this Sunday we will be led in worship for the first time by our new worship pastor Jared Mitchell.  I pray that you will make every effort to be here to experience this Sunday with your church family!

  • Also, please know that our Easter Eggstravaganza is right around the corner on March 26th. We need candy donated and people willing to fill the thousands of eggs that will be hunted on that day. This is a great event that helps us build a bridge to those in our community.  Please bring your family and friends, and be intentional to invite those who may not have a church home.  If you can help with any of the details of this event please contact April Sharp and let her know that you are willing to help.  We need you to make this event happen!!!

    March 27th is EASTER SUNDAY!!  I pray that your family will be in town to celebrate the reality of our risen savior!  Bring your family, friends, neighbors, and coworkers because I believe God is going to speak powerfully through His Word to us on this day!  I am praying for followers of Jesus to be encouraged and challenged in their walk, and I am praying for people who are far away from God to be made new in Jesus Christ.  We will have all three services on Easter, but we will not have our 2:42 groups to allow us to have sufficient parking on this Sunday.
     

I am convinced that God has awesome things in store for us right around the corner!!  Plug in to what God is doing in your church and ask God to use you like never before.


I love you and I love being your pastor,

Pastor Alan

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