Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Youth Leadership

This is a reminder that we are starting our new series of Leadership training starting at 5pm this Sunday in the block house. Since every mature Christian influences others and since a Christian leader must at least be a mature Christian we will devote our time together, every other week, to studying a classic work on what it's like to be a mature Christian. That book "The Christian's Daily Walk" can be found online for free here:

If you're wondering why we're reading such an old book (besides the fact that it's free) you can read this wonderful little article on why we should read old books. They help us to see our cultural bias.

C.S. Lewis article "On the Reading of Old Books"

I have bread, peanut butter, jam, and baby carrots to offer you for dinner (there's also usually some left over provender in the kitchen.) If you'd like anything else for dinner please feel free to bring it yourself.

In addition to talking about Christian Maturity we will be brainstorming some ideas for youth group.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Chattanooga Information meeting and spring schedule

This Sunday there will be a informational meeting regarding the Chattanooga Mission Trip at 9:30 am in the block house. Parents and youth are welcome to attend. We will have Sunday School afterwards.

Sunday School: Continuing on as usual. Middle School is studying and reading through Acts and some of the letters of the apostles. See our weekly bulletin or scroll down on this blog for reading recommendations. Middle School boys and girls meet separately in the Middle School wing of Liberty Christian School 9:30am on Sunday mornings. High School is studying and reading through the Pentateuch (the first five books of the Bible.) See our weekly bulletin or scroll down for reading recommendations. High School meets in the little white building beside church, the block house, at 9:30am Sunday Mornings.

Youth Leadership: February 10th at 5pm in the block house we'll start a new leadership series that will meet biweekly before youth group. Youth of any age are welcome to attend as we study Christian Maturity and brainstorm about youth ministry ideas.  However those coming to the leadership meeting are expected to have read the chapter from our book to discuss.  The book we will be studying is called "The Christian's Daily Walk" by Henry Scudder. The ebook is available online for free through google books. Read chapter 1 for February 10th. A dinner of sandwiches will be provided.  You're welcome to bring something to share.

Youth Group: February 10th at 6:30pm in the block house 6th-12th grade students are invited to come sing praises, pray, study, and play with us. We have Wii, foosball, basketball, and soccer. We'll continue our look at why to believe in God at a new time for the spring, 6:30-8pm. Starting in March we'll begin to take a look at how to study the bible and how to interpret the bible.  We'll be doing group projects to interpret the bible. I highly recommend picking up a copy of R.C. Sproul's "Knowing Scripture." It is very easy to read and helps decode Bible interpretation.
Spring Charge: March 1st 5pm - March 3rd 3pm marks our annual trip to Furnace Bay as a youth group.  Middle and High School students are welcome to join us for a fun-filled weekend of learning. Don Dove, pastor of nearby Living Hope PCA, will be speaking to us about God's Word, teaching us how to read and interpret the Bible. We stay in a historic lodge and make all of our own wonderful meals. We play games and enjoy beautiful views of the Chesapeake Bay. Don't miss this opportunity. Only $50! Pay your $25 deposit by February 17th to Liberty church.

Chattanooga Mission Trip: July 13-20 We'll be returning to Tennessee to lead bible clubs, do construction and minister in the inner city. This year we'll be going alongside Annapolis EP. The cost is $400 per person. The trip is open to high schoolers and parents. If you're interested please fill out a registration packet posted on the youth bulletin board or at umt participant packet.

30 Hour Famine: April 12-13 We'll be fasting to feed the hungry.  You can pick up your fundraising packet now to start getting sponsors to donate for each hour that you fast.  $30 feeds a child for a month. The fast itself starts at noon on Friday but then we'll get together at 8pm at church for a sleepover. Bring a cardboard box to sleep outside if you wish. In the morning we'll be doing a service project before returning to church. We'll then break our fast together at 6pm in the fellowship hall. Here's our website to set up online donations:

Baccalaureate: May 26th at 1pm we'll celebrate high school seniors that have just graduated.  Parents prepare a few words to say about or to your graduate. We will give them a gift and a charge. Immediately following worship we'll meet in the fellowship hall for a light lunch and then proceed upstairs for the Baccalaureate at 1pm. Contact Nick to see what you can bring to share.