Sunday, November 27th

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

My prayer for everyone this week is that we hold close all the amazing blessings God has graced us with! We are overly blessed and all we need to do to remember this is look around. Our lives may not be perfect but the world around us is daily proof that without our Savior, we are all lost in a sinful world. So hug a little tighter, laugh a little louder, eat a little too much, leave cleaning the kitchen for just one more hour, and pause to praise our Lord for His selfless gift of eternal life available to each of us! Thank you for being so supportive to me and to our Youth Pastors! Your children are their number one priority here at church! These three men love without limits and through that, create such a wonderful place for your students to learn and grow in the light of God's word! We couldn't do what we do without your love and support so from the bottom of my heart and I know I am speaking for the guys too, thank you for everything!

Have an incredibly beautiful week!


HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING IN STUDENT WORLD!
 

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/

NOVEMBER 23rd: NO HUB TONIGHT! Have a blessed week with your loved ones! 

CYBER MONDAY SHOPPERS: Remember, if you want Amazon 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.

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!

FUN FACT :) The last few days of the holiday shopping season will net shoppers better deals than Black Friday. Some products sell for 10 percent to 15 percent less than they do on Black Friday.
Sweet! I'm staying home on Friday!


Psalm 9:11 I will give thanks to you, LORD, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.


THIS SUNDAYS LESSON

This week we wrap up our short series on the Beatitudes, found in Matthew 5. Our conversation will provide a great reminder about how living the life that God desires for us can earn us the label of “not normal.”
 
The passage known as the Beatitudes takes things we think of as “normal” and turns them upside-down. Jesus preached the Beatitudes to challenge the popular thinking about some important issues. Pursuing God changes our priorities, and the individuals we interact with on a daily basis might not understand this. But Scripture reminds us that even in those moments, Jesus has faced true persecution—and he walks alongside when we face rejection or mockery.
 
As you go throughout the week, help reinforce the conversation in your child’s life by asking these kinds of questions:

  • How does being merciful reflect God’s character and reveal God’s heart to the world around you?
  • Why is it such a struggle to maintain Christ-centered thoughts and a pure heart?
  • In some parts of the world today, Christ-followers face the threat of imprisonment, torture, and even death—all because of their faith. So why are most of us scared by ridicule, rejection, or mockery—the kind of “persecution” we’re most likely to face? 


FOR KEEPS [MEMORY VERSE]
Encourage and/or challenge your teenagers to memorize the verse below.
 
“God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God”
(Matthew 5:9).



Have an amazing week!