Sunday, November 20th

Hello everyone!

I pray you are having a tremendous week! High School Retreat was such a BLAST! I undoubtedly have the greatest job on earth :) Your students are such fun to be with and to watch them worship and bond with the other incredible students in this ministry just makes my heart grow until it wants to burst! I just love them so much. 

**Remember, when you are shopping Amazon, if you want the site to donate to First Baptist Church at the Mall Foundation Inc, you need to start each shopping session at the URL http://smile.amazon.com, and they will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases.

Is your students leader on the Birthday list this month? Be sure to wish them a great day!
November Birthdays are:

  • Scott Jones
  • Doris Blake
  • Ashley Nichols
  • Rick Michels

Remember our 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/


 HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING IN STUDENT WORLD!


 NOVEMBER 23rd: No HUB for Thanksgiving week! Have a blessed week with your loved ones! 

DECK THE HALLS!: We will be decorating the Warehouse and the Student Rooms starting 11/28. If you are free and willing to help us, please let me or Melanie Teagan know! We will put you to work for sure!

CHRISTMAS PARTIES: Middle School and High School will be on December 10 from 6pm - 8pm.

  • The MIDDLE SCHOOL party is being hosted by Darrin and Kristi Brown! 5070 Hanover Lane, Lakeland 33813. Come ready for some fun with a popcorn station, a hot chocolate bar, fire pit, games and a photo booth!
  • HIGH SCHOOL hosted by Steve and Chris Antley! 2063 High Vista Dr, Lakeland 33813. What's better than "Elf" at Christmas? "Elf" on a ginormous 20 foot screen and so many more amazingly fun things!

PARENT MEETING: coming in January! We will have a date soon!

SAVE THE DATE!: One Point Weekend will be February 17-19, 2017! Details to come!

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! See Chris or Beth or if I can help you in any way, this is usually where I can be found as well!


Remember to buy your TURKEY this week!
FUN FACT :) In 1953, Swanson overestimated the number frozen turkeys that it would sell on Thanksgiving by 26 tons. The company decided to slice up the extra meat and repackage it, creating the first ever TV dinner!


THIS SUNDAYS LESSON

This week starts a two-part series on the Beatitudes that Jesus spoke in Matthew 5. For this weeks lesson, we will be in Matthew 5:1-6
 
This first lesson focused on God’s desire for us to see we are blessed in the midst of life circumstances. No matter if we have a ton of possessions or very little, we’re blessed. God is with us through those moments of our lives where life gets crazy and we are mourning. Whatever we are going through, we can depend on God above any material possession.
 
As you go through this week, challenge your teenager to continue thinking about what God desires for them in this area. Here are a few questions that can help start a conversation while you’re in the car or eating dinner:

  • How does God’s desire for us to change differ from the empty promises made by commercials and other forms of advertising?
  • What are some material possessions, other than money, that teenagers might desire more than they desire a deep friendship with God?
  • What ways can our family depend more on God than we already do? 
     

FOR KEEPS [MEMORY VERSE]
Encourage and/or challenge your teenagers to memorize the verse below.

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have (Philippians 4:11).