Sunday, October 23rd

Hello Amazing Parents!

I pray everyone is having an incredible week so far! I always think we are on a roll when we get a couple of cooler mornings. You'd think I would have learned by now that we still live in Florida! It will come whenever it feels like it! Oh well, patience is a virtue :) I'm holding out hope, Sundays low is supposed to be 58 degrees! Of course it will be 90 degreesby the time church is over but, hey, I'll take what I can get :) Break out the scarves and boots and crank the air for the ride home!

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Here's the latest scoop for Mall Students!

OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD!: We started collecting our specified items this past Sunday! Thank you so much to all of you who have already donated items for our shoeboxes! You guys are amazing! We will still 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, however, if you weren't able to gather items that were specified for a different week, those collection boxes will still be out in the Middle and High School Rooms!

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! We know we are asking you to bring in supplies for Operation Christmas Child this month but if you are able to add an extra item in your shopping cart, extra candy is always welcome for Sugar Rush! 

PARENT MEETING FOR HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT: On November 6th 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: READ THOROUGHLY!

*************IMPORTANT***************

WE ONLY HAVE 24 STUDENT SEATS LEFT ON THE BUS! IF YOUR STUDENT WANTS TO BE A PART OF THIS WEEKEND, I NEED THEIR REGISTRATION, NOTARIZED WAIVER AND PAYMENT IN ASAP. THIS IS A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS!

Registration and payment with cash, check, credit card or check card is available at the Warehouse desk!

**Be sure your student has 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!

Sunday's Lesson

This week we launched a study on apologetics. The purpose of this study is to help our students think critically about why they believe what they believe about God and to learn how to stand firm in their faith amid a culture that will pull them in all directions.

Our first lesson examined what it means to have a worldview. We challenged our students to think about themselves, what they think, and what foundation they desire to base their life upon. Each of us has a worldview that has been shaped by our upbringing, the environment we grew up in, and our family unit.

Here are some questions that could help fuel great dialogue at home:

  • What are some good, appropriate ways for Christ-followers to respond to our culture’s attitude toward absolute truth?
  • How can Paul’s story of transformation in the Bible encourage you as you interact with people who aren’t followers of Jesus?
  • When do you find it most difficult to follow a Jesus-centered worldview, and why?

We look forward to working with you as together we prepare our teenagers for the journey ahead of them by equipping them with the tools necessary to develop a strong, Jesus-centered worldview.

For Keeps

Encourage and/or challenge your teenager to memorize the verse below.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect (Romans 12:2).