The St. Francis Praise, Fellowship and Dinner (PFD) event is back for its regular monthly appearance on March 8 at 5:00pm!
We are excited to welcome, and be incredibly blessed by, the Ravi Zacharias Ministry and speaker Michael Suderman coming to speak with us. He will be talking about how to engage a culture and/or person in daily life who questions Christianity, the Bible, or God. It will be sort of a "101" in apologetics for the everyday Christian and incredibly beneficial if you have questions, if you have friends or family who question, or if you just feel unequipped to talk about your faith with coworkers, classmates, neighbors and friends. Please join us in learning how to better be able to walk with others and become more equipped to handle questions, issues, and discussions that involve your faith! Michael asks and invites you to bring any questions you have, or you have been asked or are frequently bombarded with regarding Christians, God, and anything faith, as he would love to use some of your questions to help spark a case study for the evening!
We meet informally in St. Francis Hall for singing (with guitar), the message and a simple dinner. Christians and non-Christians alike are welcome. It’s a great chance to praise God and meet new and old friends! Bring your kids including teens.
We hope to see you on March 8 at 5:00pm. - Devar Burbage -
Live Now Serve Now - D.C. Youth & Service Day!
When? April 17-18 Where? Washington National Cathedral & St. Alban's Church Who? All ages!! Youth will have the option of staying overnight & families will join for worship & service Saturday morning. Cost? $20 Speakers? Sari Ateek, Rector at local church & Bishop Mariann
Youth and Families are invited to join together from across churches and regions and learn why service and outreach are important parts of a Christian life. Attendees will also participate in a hands-on service project. We will camp-out, worship and service in and around the National Cathedral Close.
Service projects will include working closely with our neighbors in the homeless community, the elderly community & more through partnering with organizations and churches already engaged in this work regularly. Last year, we were part of a documentary through one of the service projects!!
CLICK THE PICTURE (IT'S A LINK) TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD OR FAMILY!!! & let me (Josh) know via email at email@example.com if you sign up online. I can also sign up a group, so let me know either way! Stay Blessed, Josh
A Lenten Devotional for the Family!
For anyone who would like to have a daily lenten devotional, here is a very fun and unique devotional. It is done daily by members of the Church of the Advent and is a fresh perspective every day on what lent is and why it is important for us! If you would like to read it and work through lent with this blog you can click on the image to the left and it will take you to the blog! My prayers for all of us this lent is to be transformed by Christ, to wrestle with our brokenness the way Christ wrestled and conquered Satan's temptations in the desert, and to grow to be transparent with God and each other! Love yall, Josh
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