As we study the Good News of Jesus during this series in youth group, we want to give the teens the opportunity to live out the Good News. So for the next month we will be collecting donations to put together crisis care kits for victims of the hurricane in Haiti. We will collect donations until our Sunday, November 13 youth meeting, at which time we’ll put the packets together. We ask that you bring donations based on the first letter of your last name:
A-G – 1 Shampoo, 2 Bars Soap, 2 Hand Towels
H-N – 1 Toothpaste, 3 Toothbrushes, 1 Sturdy Hair Comb
O-Z – 1 Box Band-aids, 1 Fingernail clippers, 4 Pocket-sized pkgs Tissues
Good News: Jesus died for you! Have you ever stopped and thought about the fact that someone loved you so much that He died for you so that you can live? That’s not exactly light information. Rather, that’s the kind of news that has the power to completely change our lives. In fact, that’s what it’s supposed to do – compel us to live transformed lives in Christ. But it doesn’t stop there – this news has the power to completely change everything about our world. These next two months, we’re going to talk about what the Good News really means and how it calls us to look at life differently.
Jesus calls us to follow Him. But what exactly does that mean? What does it look like to be a teenager living in 2016 and following Jesus? Something we can be sure of, Jesus doesn’t want us to be followers in name only, but in action! As we kick off the 2016-17 school year, we’re going to be spending this first month talking about what it might look like for us to follow Him.
Put your party pants on, because youth group’s back! REFRESH starts back up on Wednesday, September 7 at 6:30pm. Bring a friend!
Summer is right around the corner and once again, the majority of our events will be happening on Wednesday nights! Here’s the schedule at a glance:
June 15 – Beach Day at Ocean City, 5-8pm (Van leaves at 4:30pm)
June 22 – Paintball in afternoon, ENC Party in evening
June 29 – Gaithersburg Party Night
July 6 – Area Meeting at Laurel Church
July 13 – Outdoors Day
July 20 – Water Day
July 27 – Teen Camp
August 3 – Beach Day
August 10 – Shorebirds Night
August 17 – Mega Sports Camp
August 24 – Slip & Slide Kickball
August 31 – Church Picnic
Jesus went to the cross to save us, that much we get. But what exactly does that mean? Are we just saved from punishment – from hell? Is salvation something we have to wait on? Or maybe it’s something much more! Certainly God planned for us to experience so much more than simply existing a mediocre life until we leave this world! He’s got big, big plans for us! But how will we respond? Will we just hang out in the shallow end of our faith or will we be all in?
We’re entering the season of Lent and this is always a great time to grow in our relationship with Christ. Often times when we think of Lent though, we only think about what we’re going to give up. This year, instead of focusing on saying “no” to a bunch of stuff like chocolate or soda, we’re focusing more on saying “yes” to adding healthy things into our lives that point us to Jesus. Click here to download the 40 ideas for 40 Days of Yes.
Boy, there’s a lot messed up in our world! And not just to say “in our world” meaning off in some far away part of the globe, but right here in our little corner of the world too. As followers of Christ, we are called to be different than the world around us – to be salt and light, to be in the world but not of it – we are called to be world changers! For the next four weeks, we’re going to be looking at some of the aspects of our society that are very broken. We sometimes unknowingly go right along with the crowd when it comes to this brokenness, but we’re going to be talking about what it might look like if we go against the grain and look like Jesus.
It’s so easy to think that everything’s awesome in the world at this time of year. It’s also easy to get a little self-centered. But the fact is that there is an awful lot of hurt going on around us. And this season certainly isn’t about us! Christ came, not to be served, but to serve, and He’s calling on all of us to open our eyes to what’s going on in the world and follow Him as servants. For Wednesday nights this Advent season, that’s what we’ll be talking about.
Enjoy Thanksgiving with your family! REFRESH will return Dec. 2 as we start Advent.