SUNDAY, MARCH 23rd

Hello Parents!

Hello, and happy Wednesday! Next week is Spring Break and we have many students, staff, and families going on mission trips! Within our student ministry, we have our High School Mission Trip to Mexico! Please join us in praying for the teams going out that they would stay safe, that plans go well (yet, a spirit of flexibility), and that the Gospel would be shared and received. 

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!


WEDNESDAY NIGHT

“What’s Love Go to Do With It?”  We are focusing on love, and that only by knowing God, Who is love, can we truly love others.  We know that having information about this series might be helpful for you. So here is a brief glimpse into what each week will look like:

  • Week 1: To truly love, we must know God. 

  • Week 2: To truly love, I must know I am loved by God (Identity).

  • Week 3: What loves doesn’t look like, and how that can hurt us and others (we will be split middle school guy/girls and high school, guys/girls).

  • Week 4: What should dating look like.

  • Week 5 (TONIGHT): A night for Questions and Answers (Week 1, we will ask students to submit questions and we will discuss some of those questions on this night).

If you have any questions for us about this series, please know we are available!

SPRING BREAK
We will not have midweek services next week due to Spring Break. Enjoy the time off with friends and family!

HIGH SCHOOL MISSION TRIP TO MEXICO | Mar. 23-30, 2019
We leave this Saturday!  Please be in prayer for the team!

WHO’S YOUR ONE LAUNCH
On Sunday, March 31st we will launch a church-wide initiative called “Who’s Your One?” during the month of April. We will be challenged to pray, seek out, and share the Gospel with at least one person. Who is your one?!

CANDY DROP STATIONS FOR EASTER!
We will have our Spring Festival and Easter Egg Hunt on April 20th! We hope and pray to impact and love on hundreds of families in our community so we need TONS of candy! Help us out and fill up those candy drop stations!

SENIOR RECOGNITION SUNDAY | May 5, 2019
Parents of high school seniors, please see details regarding this exciting Sunday HERE.  
Volunteers needed to assist with decorating, serving and cleaning for this event.  If you would like to volunteer please email us at students@churchatthemall.com.  Thanks!

CORNHOLE TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER | May 19, 2019
Change of date!!! The Cornhole Tournament for Student Ministry fundraising has been moved to May 19th.  This will be a competitive and fun student fundraiser, including a raffle and dessert auction, on Sunday, May 19th after the 10:45am service!  All proceeds will go to our Student Ministry.  Both students and adults are welcome to compete!  Some of our students will be working this fundraiser as well. Team cost is $40/per team. Lunch will be provided for $5/per person or $20/per family.  Registration is open at www.mallstudents.com

STUDENT TEXT MACHINE
If you are interested in receiving event announcements via text message, just text the phrase mallstudents to the phone number 89800.

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


Dear Parents,

Hey there!  We are in the tenth week of our study, The Thread. This week’s lesson is entitled “The Plagues,” and will focus on helping students understand how God acted miraculously on behalf of His people to free them from slavery in Egypt. Also, it will help our students understand that in the same way, Jesus saved them from death with His sacrifice as the perfect sacrificial lamb.
 
We will look at the following Scripture passages:

  • Exodus 7:1-7; Exodus 7:20-25; Exodus 8:1-7; Exodus 8:16-19; Exodus 8:20-24; Exodus 9:1-7; Exodus 9:8-12; Exodus 9:22-28, 35; Exodus 10:12-15; Exodus 10:21-27; Exodus 12:21-32; Exodus 12:37-51

  • John 1:29

  • 1 Peter 1:17-19

It looks like a lot of reading, but it’s totally worth it to understand how God persistently protects His people, both in the Exodus and on the cross.

Next Steps . . .
During the next week as you have time to talk with your child, consider asking the following questions:

  • God protected the Israelites, even as the Egyptians received plagues as consequences for their hardened hearts. Consider asking your teenager if it’s hard to believe that God will protect us. Ask if he or she can recall experiencing this protection.

  • Ask: What does it mean that Jesus was the perfect sacrifice, the only sacrifice that could truly save us from death? What are the ways people try to save themselves?

This kind of story raises some tough questions that you may want to dig in even deeper, depending on the maturity of your child.

  • Pharaoh may have had a hard heart because he didn’t want to lose the labor that was needed to run his land. Plus, God unleashed some difficult plagues on Pharaoh. Do you sympathize with Pharaoh at all?

  • What does this story ultimately say about God? (Some students may not like the way it portrays God--that God issues tough consequences. Affirm these points of view, but also show them how God protected the people who sought to honor Him).

We will cover a TON this week, but we’re confident that our students will walk away with a positive view of how much God really loves them. As always, feel free to contact us with questions and concerns.