Starting on the last Thursday of January, the youth group will be working through an incredible series called “Sticky Faith”. It is a series all about how to make your faith real, lasting, and impactful in your life and in the lives of those you spend time with. It is very simple but incredible way of learning to live like a follower of Jesus, helping students see that it doesn’t have to be an awkward or forced conversation with a friend or stranger, but simply the way we live (if it’s like Jesus) starts to draw people in by living in love, grace, and compassion. Also, the “lasting” part of faith! It is an epidemic problem in our culture that students walk away from their faith in college and most never come back!! “Sticky Faith” is a series that does a wonderful job at planting deep, strong roots of faith that will help in keeping students strong in their faith when many of their peers are walking away. If this sparks your interest, and you would like to bring your family into this 10 week session, there is a family guide I would be happy to get for you to make this not only a Thursday night discussion, but an every day journey with your whole family!! If you would like your family to join this series at home, email me (Josh) @ email@example.com and just ask about “Sticky Faith Families”.
Little Lights - NEW MINISTRY PARTNERSHIP!!! - Beginning February 4th, 2015
I'm sooooo excited to let you know starting on Wednesday, February 4, the St. Francis Student Ministry will be starting a weekly ministry in Washington D.C. Little Lights is a ministry that has been around since 1995 with the vision of sharing God’s love by helping children who were struggling in school. This vision has led to a “commitment to providing sanctuaries of encouragement, hope, and practical assistance to at-risk children, youth and families.” As a group, we (St. Francis Student Ministry) are committing to use the blessings God has given us, with incredible education and schooling, to help mentor/tutor the young children in the Little Lights program. It is a weekly commitment for students to be involved, and will offer 3 hours of SSL per week as well as the chance to bless a child who otherwise may not get the help they need in school! It’s a very tangible way for our students to give back, and to do so in a safe, Christian environment while also fulfilling their own school requirements. If your son/daughter would like to commit for the spring 2015 semester to be a part of the tutoring program with Little Lights please email me (Josh) @ firstname.lastname@example.org so we can get them signed up!!
Mission Trip: Alaska 2015
When: July 18-25 Cost: $1500 (pending airline deals) The mission trip this year is headed to Alaska to partner with Victory Bible Camp’s Doulos Program! This represents a slight change in the methodology behind our mission trips from previous years. In the past mission trips have been an end goal for students who put in the blood sweat and tears of ministry and service throughout the year. This year, because of a cultural shift in thought, we have restructured the mission trip method! No longer is it the thing you work towards, but the entrance point to come into a family that gives more purpose and meaning to life than culture itself could ever provide. Whether or not we recognize it, every one of us sets up multiple family style dynamics in life based on the different places our lives occupy. You have a work family, a home family, a church family, an extended family, a friends family, etc. This mentality and way of life starts young though, and often times it is easy to forget that children also form many different families, and in part that is why your son/daughter getting their license, dating, or going to college can prove so difficult. When children are young they only have their home family, but as your children reach high school a multitude of family opportunities are set before them. They have choices ranging from a drama family, to athletics family, to music family, to academic family, to a party scene family and also church family. Of all those families I believe that the two most important for them to grow well are a good home family and a good church family. The others can be good supplemental families, and some of them are detrimental families, but if the home and church families exist healthily then the supplemental things stay in healthy balance. That is as briefly as I could write it, so I hope you made it through, but lays the foundation for why the trip this year will be an inwardly focused trip, aimed at discipleship and family growth within the youth group. Any student is welcome to come on this trip that is currently in 8th-12th grade! The first meeting, which is mandatory for anyone considering this trip, is set for January 20 @ 6:30pm at the youth house. If you are interested and can’t make that meeting please email me (Josh) @ email@example.com.
2014-2015 Year in Preview: Chase the Lion
The 2014/2015 school year is going be a year of discovering our identity in Christ instead of in the world. As we grow to discover that identity together we are going begin to see how it takes living boldly and being risk-takers for Jesus in a culture that wants no part in submitting to a sovereign God. We will be working through many Bible character's stories to see how God had to reshape their identity in order to use them for His kingdom work. As we strive to grow with Christ and become more and more usable in the Kingdom we too must face this identity crisis in our life and become bold in our living for Him! So for this year we will be constantly coming back to our creed for the year: THE LION CHASER'S MANIFESTO Quit living as if the purpose of life is to arrive safely at death. Set God-sized goals. Pursue God-ordained passions. Go after a dream that is destined to fail without divine intervention. Keep asking questions. Keep making mistakes. Keep seeking God. Stop pointing out problems and become part of the solution. Stop repeating the past and start creating the future. Stop playing it safe and start taking risks. Expand your horizons. Accumulate experiences. Enjoy the journey. Find every excuse you can to celebrate everything you can. Live like today is the first day and last day of your life. Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshiping what’s right with God. Burn sinful bridges. Blaze new trails. Criticize by creating. Worry less about what people think and more about what God thinks. Don’t try to be who you’re not. Be yourself. Laugh at yourself. Don’t let fear dictate your decisions. Take a flying leap of faith. Chase the lion! - Mark Batterson So that is how we aim to become bold lion chaser's this year and in our lives! IF that strikes a chord with you as well, then join us in exploring what it looks like to take a flying leap of faith and chase our beloved Lion!!
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Student Ministry Contact Information Josh Ruiter - Youth Minister Office phone: 301-365-2055 Cell phone: 301-830-1060 email: firstname.lastname@example.org