December 12, 2011

Coming soon....

Winter Calendar

Ice Skating!

Midweek Devotion

Key Verse: "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you he is Christ the Lord." -Luke 1:10b-11

Read this quote with your family and then talk it over.
"Those who missed His Majesty's arrival that night missed it not because of evil acts of malice; no, they missed it because they simply weren't looking. Little has changed in the last two thousand years, has it?"
 -Max Lucado, God Came Near

  • Do you remember the first time you heard about Jesus' birth? Share your reaction.
  • How have you "overlooked" Jesus' birth in past Christmases?
  • How can you be looking for Jesus this Christmas?

Amazing Grace

Donna Archibald joined us at youth group last night to talk about a mission of her Sunday school class, Amazing Grace. Donna saw an article in the newspaper a few years ago written by a former incarcerated young woman. She wrote about the isolation and loneliness of being at the Madison Juvenile Correction Facility. Donna couldn't ignore this article and eventually brought it to the attention of her class. Since then they have provided hygiene products, DVDs, craft supplies and more to the girls in Madison.

Last night the youth made Christmas cards for these young women, which we hope will provide some Christmas cheer and love during this holiday season. An ongoing project will be collection of some basic craft supplies and hygiene items. You can bring these to me at church anytime. Thanks for your compassionate and caring hearts!

Crafts items
egg cartons
paper plates
oatmeal canisters

Hygiene items
hotel size shampoos and conditioners
bar soap
sanitary products

The Amazing Grace class read Same Kind of Different as Me, which sparked their desire to take action. I'm going to read this over my break. Feel free to join me!

December 06, 2011

Midweek Devotion

Key Verse: "The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth." - John 1:14

You can dye your hair, pierce your nose, and even walk on stilts — but no matter what you try, you can't change your genes. Your eye color, your hair color, your freckles, your ability to roll your tongue, your dimples, your double-jointed thumb, your height, your gender, and even the shape of your hairline are all determined by the genes contained in the 46 uniquely coded chromosomes you have within the nucleus of each of the cells in your body.

  • What are some traits that run in your immediate family? How about grandparents or aunts and uncles?
  • What are some unique traits you have that no one else in your family has?
  • Though we don't know what Jesus LOOKED like, we still know many of his traits. What are some of Jesus' traits and characteristics?