Sunday, January 1st

Hello Parents!

Hopefully this email finds you rested from all of the Christmas festivities and excitement! We have so much in store for your students! It is going to be an amazing and incredible year! Please make note of the Parent Connect detailed below! This is an important meeting!

HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING IN STUDENT WORLD!


Remember the Connect Group who is fighting alongside us in raising our teens in a cynical world! HERE is a letter explaining what they are doing! EMAIL YOUR INFORMATION TO marylou.helm@churchatthemall.com This is an incredible group of men and women, willing to stand with us!

Check out the 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/


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

PARENT CONNECT MEETING: January 15th at 11:00 in the Life Training Center. Please come grab a coffee and a donut and join us for this very important Parent Meeting! We will be discussing all of the amazing things coming up in Student Ministry. We will go over important dates, information regarding fundraising, mission trips, etc. The new 2017 waivers will be available as well as notaries to help get these on file for your student! Everyone will need to renew this for their student and they will be good for all events through the entire year. PLEASE BRING YOUR STUDENTS INSURANCE CARD WITH YOU TO THE MEETING! We will make copies to attach to your waiver.

GIRLS VALENTINE DINNER: February 12th. Be sure to mark this on your calendars! We will be celebrating our girls with dinner and a ton of fun.

ONE POINT PARENT MEETING: February 12th immediately following the service. If your student is participating in One point weekend with us, you will need to be at this meeting! We will have important information available for you including medication protocol, notaries for last minute waivers and emergency numbers.

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!


HAPPY NEW YEAR! 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old has gone, the new is here!


CURRICULUM NEWS


Dear parents,

We’ve finished our two-lesson study on the birth and early years of Jesus’ life. This week we will look at Jesus as a 12-year-old. Although Scripture doesn’t give a lot of details about his adolescent years, the Bible does give some insight into how Jesus grew during that critical season of life.

Specifically, this week we will be discussing Luke 2:39-52 to see how Jesus used his teenage years to grow in wisdom, stature, and in favor with God and people. He demonstrated obedience toward God and toward his parents, and his teenage years prepared him for adulthood and his years of ministry.

Sometime this week, I’d love for you to keep the conversation going by discussing these kinds of questions with your teenager:

  • What are some specific ways your teenage years can shape the rest of your life?
  • How are obedience and wisdom connected to your spiritual preparation?
  • How can you balance the desire to enjoy your teenage years while also preparing for the rest of your life? Are these goals in conflict? Explain.

And as a family this week, consider reading Proverbs 2 together and discussing when we need wisdom in life and how we find God’s wisdom.

Have a blessed week!

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

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking (James 1:5).