Sunday, October 16th

Hey Parents!

I am so relieved that we were spared the big hit from Hurricane Matthew! I am certain some of you have family members or loved ones that were not so lucky. Please let me know if you have had this affect your family. I want to be praying for them! 

We are still tweaking the email system so please remember, if there comes a week where you do not receive this email, let me know! If you do not want to be kept on the new system to receive the emails, let me know that as well! Thanks again for your patience!

By the way! Have you been to the website? If you ever miss an email or need to find out more info on any of our upcoming events, that's where you'll find it! Take a look at Parent Central! Click here http://www.mallstudents.com/parent/

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD!: We will be collecting specific items throughout the month of October for our Packing party on November 6th! Next time you are out shopping would you please consider picking up a couple of extra items for a child for Christmas? Here is our schedule for donations!

SUGAR RUSH: October 26th we will have a HUB night filled with games, costume contests and, of course, lots of sugar! Be sure to help your student decide on a costume for this night! It usually gets pretty crazy!

PARENT MEETING FOR HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT: We will have a Parent Meeting in the High School room (Room 450) immediately following the Youth service with all of the details for this event!

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD SHOEBOX PACKING PARTY: November 6th during our 11:00 Connect Group time.

HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT: Registration and payment with cash, check, credit card or check card are available at the Warehouse desk! 

**Be sure you have a Medical Waiver on file before this event! Here is the link for the waiver.

Students will meet at the Lakeland Campus at 7:30am on Friday morning the 11th and return to the church at 11pm on Saturday evening the 12th. We will be staying at the Country Inn and Suites in Cape Canaveral, FL.

This is a leadership/training weekend for our High School Students where we pray they will grow closer to God and live it out in their schools.

CHRISTMAS PARTIES: Middle School is scheduled for 12/10 and High School is also scheduled for 12/10. Locations still being secured. I will let you know that as soon as I have a definite place for each!

WAREHOUSE DESK: If you need any information regarding your students Connect Group, events, have a friend who needs to be added to the email list, or anything else, this is the place to go!

Here is the link to this weeks lesson.

UNSTOPPABLE MISSION

ACTS 1:4-8; 12-14

THE POINT: The Holy Spirit empowers us to spread the gospel.

* What are some promises we wait for in life?

* What does it look like to wait on the Lord?

* Why is the order of Jesus' promise so important (Receive Power, Be Witnesses, Tell Everyone)?

Discuss the following quote: "Christ said it is better for us that the Spirit came, and I want to live like I know that is true. I don't want to keep crawling when I have the ability to fly."

LIVE IT OUT: Your student has been encouraged to take practical steps to take his or her faith and Live It Out in the Personal Study Guide.

Here are some ways you can encourage your students to live out their faith with Christ personally, in community, and in their culture:

* CHRIST: Encourage your student to set aside time to read and study God's Word using the Bible Reading Plan in the Personal Study Guide.

* COMMUNITY: Create a prayer list as a family about what you're asking God to do in your family, city, nation, and world. Pray together as a family over that list to be unified and growing together in prayer.

* CULTURE: Discuss how the different promises of the Holy Spirit will change your student's daily life this week. How will your student live out His or Her faith confidently because of the power and promise of the Holy Spirit.