I (Pastor Chad) recently saw Thor: Ragnarok, and like most of the Marvel Superhero movies that come out, it was entertaining for sure! As usual, this movie had plenty of action, humor, and heroism. There was one line by Thor that particularly caught my attention. It was a very powerful statement not only for a Marvel Superhero, but also for us as Christians. The hero Thor stated, "I choose to run toward my problems not away from them. Because that's what heroes do." As followers of Christ in this world, Jesus says that we will face issues, heartache, and difficult times. However, in Christ, we know that we can confidently run towards those situations and overcome for we are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus! As parents, leaders or students, we encounter tough times. Here is an article by Focus on the Family that I hope will help you guide your student to run towards truth and navigate through tough times in their lives.
Love you all tons, and as always please let us know if we can ever be of assistance for you and your students. We are here for you.
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Scott Jones - 4th (8th grade boys leader)
Doris Blake - 12th (8th grade girls leader)
Rick Michels - 15th (10th grade boys leader)
Ashley Jones - 26th (12th grade girls leader)
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE: "The Outsiders" | Tonight is our last lesson in the "The Outsiders" series! We have been teaching and discussing different religions such as Jehovah's Witness, Mormonism, and Islam. Please be in prayer for our students as we discuss what Jehovah's Witnesses believe tonight! We want to help our students know how they can interact with people of different faiths and share the truth of the Gospel effectively with them, instead of seeing them as the "enemy" or steering clear from them. It will be a great week to equip our students to share the Good News to others!
NO SERVICE NEXT WEDNESDAY NOVEMBER 22 | There will be no Wednesday evening activities at church on November 22. Enjoy time with friends and family! We are so thankful that you are a part of our ministry!!!
STUDENT CHRISTMAS PAAAAARTAY! | December 20th will be our student Christmas party! Circle this date on your calendar and make sure your student and their friends are here for this awesome time!
What an absolute blessing it is to be able to partner with you! You are loved deeply and appreciated. If you have any questions, we’re here for you!
Luis and Chad
As we continue this series about “Life After Failure,” we’re talking about how to have hearts and lives of repentance after we mess up. This week, we will explore John 8:1-11, where religious teachers presented Jesus with a woman accused of adultery. They wanted to stone her, but Jesus responded with mercy, grace, and undeserved kindness. He didn’t condemn the woman; in fact, no one did. Not one stone was thrown.
At the end of this encounter, Jesus instructed the woman to sin no more. He gave her new purpose: to experience life without returning to the prison of her sinfulness.
This week, look for an opportunity to have a conversation with your teenager about our lesson. Use the following questions to start a discussion at home or in the car:
- Consider what the woman accused of adultery experienced in John 8. What might it have been like to have Jesus rescue you in that way?
- Jesus tells the woman two important things: “I don’t condemn you,” and “sin no more.” What are some things you’ve left behind (or need to leave behind) with help from Jesus? How does he strengthen us to let go of sins and failures?
- Some sin is so tempting to return to and commit again. What can you do to resist the temptation to return to sin?
Thank you for lifting up our students and ministry to Jesus in prayer. Have a great week!