How many of us would say we are busy? Maybe you would even say that you and your family are busy TO THE MAX! Of course, we want to maintain balance and prioritize appropriately, but I truly believe that there are seasons of busyness that God purposefully gives. Maybe to learn to rely on His strength, or to follow through on the work He has called us to do. Whatever the reason for the busy season, His Word holds true. God keeps His promises and His Word remains the same. Praise Him for that! So take a breather, pause and meditate on His truth: “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Ps. 46:10.
Love you all tons, and as always please let us know if we can ever be of assistance to you and your students. We are here for you.
HERE'S WHAT'S HAPPENING IN STUDENT WORLD!
These are the big events that are coming up in our student ministry!
Please go to www.mallstudents.com for more information!
ANNUAL MEETING YOUTH RALLY ON SUNDAY EVENING | October 21st
Our church will be hosting The South Florida Baptist Association Annual Meeting this Sunday, October 21st. We will also have a youth rally at the same time as the meeting, 6:00-7:30. There will be pizza, OUR student praise band will lead worship, and there will be a guest speaker. Last year was our first youth rally at the annual meeting and it was a great success with over 200 people in attendance. We are hoping for an even better rally this year! We would love for you to bring your students and enjoy an evening with other students from several of our churches in the association. It will be an awesome time!
AUBURNDALE FALL FESTIVAL| October 31st
We are so excited to spend October 31st in Auburndale as a student ministry! Programming at our Lakeland campus will be canceled so we can all serve and participate in the Fall Festival at Church at Auburndale. This will be an incredible time to come together as one church and love on the city of Auburndale. Students will be helping with games and passing out candy.
We are deep into our teaching series on Wednesday nights called “Meta” looking at the big picture, or meta-narrative, of the Bible and the ONE story that it tells, God's plan to redeem and restore His creation! If you have never been to a student service, we encourage you to come and check it out! We love it when parents step in to see what we are all about!!!
FAMILY NIGHT MEALS
Looking for a cheap and easy way to feed the family before church? No problem! Every Wednesday night (that’s right EVERY Wednesday night!) at 5pm a meal will be provided at a family friendly price in the Skylight area! We would love for you to come out and eat with us!
HIGH SCHOOL RETREAT IS HERE! | November 9th-10th
This year we will partner with Word of Life to be part of an event called Reverb! It will be an all-nighter in Orlando that will consist of an Orlando Magic basketball game, indoor go-karts, archery tag, basketball, volleyball, ice skating and so much more! Word of life will be sharing the Gospel, so it would be a great event for students to invite their unsaved friends!
The connection guide last weekend stated it was the last day for the $55 price. That information was incorrect. This Sunday, Oct 21st is the last day. From Oct. 22nd –Nov. 4th the price goes up to $75! The price for unsaved friends is $30. Register online HERE or at the welcome desk in the student warehouse. Our parent meeting is scheduled for November 4th immediately following the 10:45am service.
MIDDLE SCHOOL GIRL'S NIGHT EVENT | November 9th-10th
We are so excited about our Middle School Girl’s Night Event. This “Fall in Love with Jesus” all-night event will be filled with games, food, crafts and so much more!! The Middle School Girl Leaders continue to encourage your daughter to build friendships within their youth group and deepen their walk with the Lord, but we need more time to do that~~so what could be better than a fun-filled ALL-GIRLS SLEEPOVER PARTY!! The leaders have some really neat things planned for your daughter to participate in, plus we have a very special guest that will be sharing evening devotions with the girls. The price for this event is $10 to cover food and crafts. Registration starts this Sunday at the Student Welcome Desk.
We love and care about the families in our ministry so deeply, and our heart is to serve you and your family in the best way we can! If there is anything we can do to help, please feel the freedom to let us know.
Luis and Chad
We will talk this week about the hardest thing God calls us to do: love the people we can’t stand. We will look at several passages of Scripture, including Romans 12:9-21, Matthew 5:43-48, and Colossians 1:21 during our conversation. We saw that a heart that has been changed by the Holy Spirit is an amazing thing! To really impact the world for Christ, we need a love that is radical. And this radical love is only available through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Keep the faith conversation going at home with these kinds of questions:
Who are some of the hardest people in your life to get along with? Why are they so hard to get along with? Do you think it would ever be possible to love them? Why or why not?
Why do you think God calls us to love the people who hate us? Do you really think evil can be defeated by good? Why or why not?
Thanks for allowing us to partner with you as you make the biggest impact in the faith development of your kids!