Wow, it's November!!! We understand that around this time, things can begin feeling a little crazy and super busy. So real quick, take a deep breath (no, really!) ... and exhale (maybe do it a couple more times depending on the level of craziness!) See, don't you feel a little better?! We hope so! And we also hope you know that we love you and your family like crazy!
Important note: WE NEED YOUR HELP!: We are in need of items for our OCC shoeboxes! Would you mind helping out the children who will be receiving these boxes by grabbing a few extra items for our bins the next time you are out? You are all so amazing! Thank you in advance! We will be filling them TONGIHT so we could really use your donations!
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!
HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING IN STUDENT WORLD!
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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)
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD! | We are focusing hard on Operation Christmas Child! The shoeboxes we put together aren’t only an exciting gift for the child receiving it, but each box also comes with a Bible in their language and the opportunity for the child to enroll in “The Greatest Journey,” a 12-week discipleship program where the child learns about Jesus and how to follow Him with their lives! Last year over 3.5 MILLION children said “yes” to the opportunity to participate in The Greatest Journey, 2.5 million completed the full 12 weeks, and 1.6 million dedicated their lives to following Jesus!! Our efforts toward Operation Christmas Child are not for a one-day or one-week thrill of a new toy, but for the life changing knowledge of Jesus Christ and His offer of eternal salvation! You can see exactly what items to bring to fill a shoebox here!
We will have drop off boxes in the middle school and high school for the specific items.
***Date change*** //TONIGHT, after student services, from 8:00 to 8:30 pm, we will have a packing party for the shoeboxes! It'll be a great time to serve and pray over the boxes going out!
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE: "The Outsiders" | We are kicking off our new series called "The Outsiders" tonight! We will be teaching and discussing different religions such as Jehovah's Witness, Mormonism, and Islam. 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!
SUNDAY NIGHT GIRLS BIBLE STUDIES |These Bible studies are going great!!! Students are digging into God's Word, and having a blast doing so! Even if your student has missed a couple weeks, it will still be beneficial for them to join us! It has been such a blast to gather around the Word and fellowship together!! Tonight is the last study of this series! Tonight is the last Sunday for this series!
Middle school girls meet at Johnny and Kelli Chestnut's home (1503 S Warren Ave. Lakeland, FL 33803) from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.
If you are a middle school leader and would like to help, please contact Crystal Tattrie at (863) 255-9056.
High school girls meet at Pastor Sean and Katie Beach's home (2618 High Ridge Dr. Lakeland, FL 33812) from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.
If you are a high school leader and would like to help, please contact Katie Beach at (817) 368-9818.
SUNDAY NIGHT MIDDLE SCHOOL GUYS BIBLE STUDY (OCT 1 - NOV 5) | Our middle school guys Bible study has been an absolute BLAST!!! These guys are challenged by studying God's Word through the book of 1 Timothy and while bonding in community with other middle school guys and male adult leaders. Plus, FREE FOOD! The Bible study is at Pastor Chad and Shaela Daugherty's apartment. They are located at 3639 Victoria Manor Dr. Apartment #D307 Lakeland, FL 33805. The gate code is 056.
IMPORTANT: To open the gate to the apartment complex, enter the gate code next to the guard building. After entering the gate code, it will call Pastor Chad and he can then open the gate from his phone key pad.
This is the last Sunday for these Bible studies until the spring semester.
HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT!!! | High School Retreat is just days away!!! This year we will be going to Daytona Beach! We will stay at Country Inn and Suites in Port Orange and have a very similar schedule to last year's, just in a different location! The dates are still November 10-11, the cost is $100 and you can sign up and pay the registration fee online at www.mallstudents.com or at the Warehouse desk before and after youth services. There will be a parent meeting THIS SUNDAY November 5th in the high school room right after church!
MIDDLE SCHOOL KICKBALL AND COOKOUT! | This Saturday, November 4th, from 4 to 6 pm we will have a middle school kickball and cookout event at Dobbins Park! We will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs, as well as playing some epic games of kickball! Your middle schooler will not want to miss out on this awesome time!!!(Dobbins Park is located at 514 Ariana St.)
FOR YOUR INFORMATION | Don't forget to set your clocks before you go to bed Saturday night! (Or just let your phone do its thing).
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
This week, we will be wrapping up our series titled “Going Rogue: What Jesus Did When He Got Angry and Frustrated.” Most of the times Jesus got angry in Scripture, it was because He was disappointed in the people with whom He was dealing. The couple of times He actually did something to show His anger, He did so in order to make a point or a deep impression.
We are left with a lot of verses in the Bible telling us that we should be slow to anger, and when we get angry, to not let it control us. This week, our students will discuss how they have a choice when it comes to injustice and oppression in our world: They can decide to shift their energy into making a difference. If they’re angry about something that angers God, they have a responsibility to address it properly.
I encourage you to talk with your teenager this week about this topic, to prepare them for what students will discuss in our group. Here are some questions you can use to create conversation:
- What are the risks of us choosing to seek revenge, instead of leaving that to God?
- Tell me what you think the phrase “righteous anger” means, and how it’s different from the kind of anger we usually think about.
- If you feel passionate about something that angers you, what are some healthy things you can do about it?
This has been a great adventure for our students, and I pray you’ve had some awesome conversations as a family, too. Have a great week!