Sunday, December 11th

Have you had a great week? I know I have! I love Christmas so getting everything ready for the student parties is so much fun for me :) They are going to have a blast. Make sure you help your middle schooler find the tackiest sweater ever and your high schooler is going to be very happy if they remember to bring a chair and blanket AND THEIR COOKIES!
We are hoping for the forecast to hold true but it IS Florida so we just never know! Right now, for Saturday, the high is 68 and the low is 55! Open the windows and give me some footie pj's and hot chocolate!
 


HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING

IN STUDENT WORLD!


First some reminders:

Attached HERE is a letter from one of our Leaders/Parents. PLEASE REVIEW THIS AND GET BACK TO CARRIE ASAP! What parent wouldn't want this team of warriors fighting for them!
Remember our website! If you ever miss an email or need to find out more info on any of our upcoming events, this is where you'll find it! Take a look at Parent Central! Click here http://www.mallstudents.com/parent/

ONLINE 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.
I've already used this with my Prime membership and it was a breeze!


CHRISTMAS PARTIES ARE THIS SATURDAY!


THE MIDDLE SCHOOL PARTY
is being hosted by Darrin and Kristi Brown on December 10th from

6:00pm - 8:30pm,
5070 Hanover Lane, Lakeland 33813.

  • DRESS IN YOUR TACKIEST CHRISTMAS SWEATER and come ready for some fun with a popcorn station, a hot chocolate bar, fire pit, games and a photo booth!

THE HIGH SCHOOL PARTY
will be hosted by Steve and Chris Antley on December 10th from

6:00pm - 8:30pm,
2063 High Vista Dr, Lakeland 33813.

Here are the details for High School!

  • Watching the movie “Elf” on a 20 foot inflatable outdoor movie screen
  • Milk and Cookie bar
  • Chocolate Fountain with all the goodies
  • Board Games and other activities
  • Bring a lawn chair or blanket with you to watch the outdoor movie AND bring cookies to share!!

LUIS's BIRTHDAY!: Remember to wish Luis a great day on the 13th of this month! 

HUB HOLIDAY BREAK: The last HUB before the Holiday break will be Wednesday, December 14th

HUB KICKOFF: January 11th! We will resume our Wed night schedule on the 11th with a huge New Year Kick Off!

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!
If you are willing to volunteer with us this weekend OR to open your home to host a group of students and their leaders(s), please contact me! Not quite sure about a houseful of students?  Please pray about this decision! It is such a blessing and I know you will be happy you did! Call me with any questions or if you'd like to talk to someone who has hosted before! I'll connect you!

FUN FACT :) In Indiana, a candy maker wanted to make a candy that could be a reminder of Jesus Christ, so he made the Christmas candy cane He started off with a stick of pure white hard candy. The white color symbolized the virgin birth and the sinless nature of Jesus, and the hard candy symbolized the solid rock which was the foundation of the church, and firmness of the promises of God.

The candy maker made the candy in the form of a J, which represented the name of Jesus and the staff of the Good Shepherds. He then stained it with three stripes which showed the scourging Jesus received, and symbolized the blood shed by Christ on the cross. When you break the cane, it reminds us that Jesus' body was broken for us.
True or not, it's a great reminder that we see all season long!


CURRICULUM NEWS

This Sunday we will wrap up our short series titled “Wise Choices.” Each week, our teenagers examine Scripture to discover truths about making wise decisions.

In this second lesson, we tackle one of life’s most important questions: “Where do I find my identity?” We will explore Philippians 3:5-9, where the Apostle Paul calls all his accomplishments (and there were many!) garbage in comparison to knowing Jesus Christ. We will take an honest look at how we, in our human way, attempt to find our identity—through such things as relationships, appearance, popularity, and performance.

This week, I encourage you to spend a few minutes talking with your student about our lesson. These questions might help fuel the conversation:

  • When are you most tempted to find your identity through appearance, popularity, or performance?
  • How does finding your identity in Jesus help you experience peace and satisfaction?
  • How can we, as a family, challenge each other to find our identities in Jesus?

Thanks for your commitment to our ministry. Have a great week!

FOR KEEPS [MEMORY VERSE]
Encourage your teenagers to memorize the Scripture below.

“I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done” (Philippians 3:7).