HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! It is so crazy how fast we got here!! We hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving! Hopefully it is full of rest, family time, and plenty of food! In our church, we have so many things to be thankful for. As we serve along side you in ministering to your students, we hope that you know how thankful we are for YOU! You are on the front lines by being a parent. This world is throwing so many things at your kids. Just know that we are here to support and hopefully equip you as you raise your kids. So THANK YOU for supporting this ministry and trusting us to support you as the parent!
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)
WEDNESDAY NIGHT SERVICE: There is NO PROGRAMMING tonight due to the Thanksgiving holiday! Have fun eating and hanging out with family! Maybe even go Black Friday shopping (if you're in to that kind of stuff)!
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!
ONE POINT WEEKEND!! | It's time to mark your calendars!! One Point weekend is February 16-18! The best way to describe this event is Student Camp, packed into one weekend. We are bringing in a speaker and band from Tampa and we are so excited! We will be staying in host homes here in town and will have sessions at the church! IF YOU WOULDN'T MIND BEING A HOST HOME FOR THIS EVENT, REACH OUT TO CINDY TO GET MORE INFORMATION!! We will keep you up to date on more information about this event as the weeks go on!
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
We’re continuing to discuss what it means to follow Jesus after we fail and sin. This week we explored Luke 22, where Judas betrayed Jesus, and Matthew 27, where Judas chose remorse over repentance. He was so consumed by shame that he was unable to accept Jesus’ gift of forgiveness. He couldn’t forgive himself.
Jesus came to save and forgive us, not to condemn us. Through him, we can be made right and experience true freedom. We don’t have to live in the shadow of guilt but can ask Jesus to lead us to repentance.
This week, I encourage you to have an open conversation with your teenager about this topic. You might want to begin the conversation by asking one of these questions:
- We tend to focus so much on Judas’ failure. The truth is that Jesus loved Judas and chose him as a disciple. When has your own failure caused you to lose sight of Jesus’ love and purpose for your life?
- What’s the difference between remorse and repentance? Why is this a significant distinction?
- Why do we often continue to condemn ourselves even after Jesus forgives us? How can we remember that Jesus sets us completely free from sin?
Thanks so much for your support and prayers. Enjoy a great week as you embrace Jesus’ gift of repentance.