SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 18th

Hello Parents!

Last Wednesday we kicked off our new teaching series, “Backstory!" We are taking a look at the characters of the Christmas narrative and their backstories leading up to their meeting the Savior of the world! This week we have the privilege of hearing from Pastor Aaron as he opens up God’s Word with us! So come hang out with us in Students this week and hear from our pastor!

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!


TURKEY BOWL

Turkey Bowl is in full swing!  This is a competition to build unity, fellowship, and discipleship for our Connect Groups! Each group will earn points by completing challenges (Challenges include: memorizing Scripture, inviting friends, and more!). The winning group will share a delicious lunch together on December 2nd after Connect Groups! The goal is to challenge, grow, and have fun!

WEDNESDAY NIGHT
Don't miss "Backstory" tonight!!  We will hear from our very own, Pastor Aaron!  It’ll be a great way to get deeper into the Christmas narrative! 

Just a reminder, there are no Wednesday evening programs going on at the church the week of Thanksgiving. We will see you the following Wednesday!

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!

CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING EVENT! 
November 25th at 6pm is our Christmas Tree Lighting Event! There will be craft and cookie stations, A Charlie Brown Christmas showing in the theater, and a Christian Illusionist! It’ll be an awesome start to the Christmas season, so be sure to invite families you know!!

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
students@churchatthemall.com
Colossians 1:28-29


CURRICULUM

Dear Parents,

As we work our way through our series on apologetics, this week we will talk about Moralistic Therapeutic Deism—a philosophy that many teenagers have adopted, even if they’ve never even heard that phrase. This worldview looks and feels like Christianity, but misses the mark on who God is, what Jesus has done, and how we should respond to him.
 
The term comes from a book written by Christian Smith and Melina Lundquist Denton, titled Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers. They identified five beliefs for this worldview:

  • A god exists who created and ordered the world and watches over human life on earth

  • God wants people to be good, nice, and fair to each other, as taught in the Bible and by most world religions

  • The central goal of life is to be happy and to feel good about oneself

  • God does not need to be particularly involved in one’s life except when God is needed to resolve a problem

  • Good people go to heaven when they die

 Consider asking your teenager these questions to fuel conversation at home this week:

  • Do you believe God is actively involved in your life? Why or why not?

  • Think about the difference between wanting God to be consistently involved and wanting God to be occasionally involved—how might that play out in your life? Be as specific as you can.

  • How can you know the difference between doing good deeds in an attempt to earn God’s love and doing good deeds because you love God?

 Have a blessed week!