Just for fun, a few youth asked to spend more time together outside of regularly scheduled youth group time. The purpose was to make gingerbread houses and play alien. The boys were the first to complete their houses; all but one of the girls gave up and ate theirs! Are you interested in just hanging out and being you? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on youth group activities and discussion!
7 youth and 2 adults had a great time singing songs, ringing bells for the Salvation Army, and greeting customers at the Fenton Walmart from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, December 12. Some customers challenged us to sing super loud for a donation, and one bought us cookies and gave us the Rudolph nose! Time flew by and a lot of Christmas cheer was shared 🙂
This rotation holds only 2 classes on December 6 & 13. This children will focus on how God sends special messages to us through the angels, seen especially in the Christmas story. God sent Gabriel to tell Mary about Jesus’ birth. God sent another angel to tell the shepherds of the good news. Then, to strengthen and further emphasize His message, God sent a whole army of angels. Angels have always played an important role in revealing God’s message to His people.
This rotation has the children making angels, interviewing one another, and acting out scripture to create a video to be shown in worship.
The memory verse is: Luke 2:14 Glory to God in heaven, and on earth, peace among those whom he favors.
We want to thank the 54 people who showed up to donate their blood, the 47 people who were able to donate, the Boy Scouts for assisting in setting up and packing up the equipment, the members who made cookies and the members who hosted the drive on Saturday, December 5. The weather was great and the walk-in donations increased because the StreetScape is complete and the JingleFest event was in progress.
What a delightful time being part of the Fenton Chamber of Commerce’s “An Event So Good… It’s Scary!” We even had our church’s own Mayor of Halloweenville join others from the congregation as we gave away nearly 800 pieces of Halloween candy to children in the community on October 30th. Being a downtown church gives us the opportunity to join in many of the local activities.
12 youth and 7 adults participated for all or part of the time during World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine, sponsored by our youth group. The program consisted of service projects,”tribal games” that taught us about hunger, poverty, and the importance of education, and ended with communion on Sunday morning. Saturday’s service projects included fall yard clean-up at Carriage Town Ministries’ properties in Flint, Michigan, a prayer walk in the downtown Fenton area, and raking a yard for a family in our congregation. Of course, jumping into piles of leaves was part of the fun! All in all we filled over 60 bags of leaves – Whew!!! Thank you to Mark and Jenny Gibb, Lee and Vicky Graham, Club 45, and Bill & Nikki Black for working alongside us, and to Pastor David for leading us in our communion service to break the fast 🙂
The “Solomon” rotation runs through November 22. Our study of Solomon has two important parts. The first focuses on God’s gift of wisdom to Solomon, contained in 1 Kings chapter 3. Solomon prayed to God, not for riches or glory, but for wisdom to rule his people with justice. The case of the two women claiming the same baby illustrates this.
The second part of Solomon’s story is the building of the temple. It was to be a place fro the worship of God, and to house the Ark of the Covenant. This was to fulfill David’s promise to God, and to honor him.
The memory verse is: 1 Kings 8:28 Lord my God, listen to your servant’s prayer and request, and hear the cry and prayer that your servant prays to you today.
Youth Group had a great time at the annual pumpkin carving and bonfire party. We saw some old friends and made new ones 🙂 Prizes were awarded for the most creative/difficult, scariest, silliest and most lame pumpkins. Thank you to the Hodgkin family for being such great hosts – the pumpkin soup was yummy!
17 youth and 5 adults had a scary good time at Spooky Trails! Before the fun we discussed how being a Christian is like being a pumpkin found on facebook: “God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc…. and then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.” Thank you Pastor Larry for sharing this post with us.
In 2014, 331,500 people were positively impacted by the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan. The Hunger Solution Center opened, doubling the capacity of the Food Bank as well as increasing the amount of fresh produce distributed from 4 million pounds to 12 million pounds. There are 400 partner agencies in 22 counties that work daily to make a difference. In 2014, 6784 people volunteered 60,312 hours in the warehouse! 98% of the money raised goes toward services. These comments are paraphrased from the 2014 Annual Report of the Food Bank.
Through your pledges to our church’s program, the mission committee makes donations to the Food Bank. In addition, our members have supported their Empty Bowls fund raiser in September as well as volunteering our hands to assist them in sorting food for distribution. On October 24, 6 volunteers from our church spent the morning sorting food for distribution to the partner agencies. Working with 12 other volunteers, we sorted 7873 pounds of food. The mission committee wants to thank our members for their numerous methods of supporting the Food Bank of Eastern Michigan!