Eight of our high school youth and 3 adults, along with 1 youth and 1 adult from Krikridge Presbyterian Church in Grand Blanc, were in our group that participated in this year’s Alma Youth Mix. The theme was “The Startling Love of God” based on the Prodigal Son and Doubting Thomas. The keynote speaker, Rev. Amanda Drury from Indiana Wesleyan University, challenged us to look at the details in these stories to see how much God loves us and does not abandon us. Are we willing to embrace this love? What do we need to let go of to see God in our lives?
During the adult discussions, Amanda shared that the number one factor of faith formation in children and youth is their parents. If parents cannot articulate their faith, then children will have difficulty too. We were reminded that it’s important to talk about and practice what we believe in order to solidify our beliefs, AND we need to do this at home as well as church.
Along with great small group discussions, keynote, and games, we met new friends and enjoyed old ones. A big shout out to Tabatha Dolan and Olivia Kirkey (former members of our youth group) for their assistance in planning and facilitating this event! We look forward to next year!!!
Led by Vicky Graham and Cherri Maxwell, a couple of our 4th & 5th graders were available to assist our church’s table at the Fenton Expo last Sunday. Hosted by our New Member and Outreach Committee, they greeted people and shared information about our church. Thank you for your faithful witness!
Our Jr. & Sr. High youth led both worship services for Youth Sunday, February 12. Senior Logan Kirkey delivered the sermon titled “God’s Love Never Ends.” From Colossians 3: 12-17, Logan explored God’s love being patience and forgiveness, and challenged us to spread the love of God to others through these acts.
Using the example of a guitar chord, when played correctly it has a beautiful resonance, but when altered, it doesn’t sound quite right. This shows how humans distort the love of God.
Youth painted negative words and images graffiti style on a backdrop, with a heart of lights over the words. This represented an electrical circuit that, when turned on, lit the heart of God. This light spread to lights all around the sanctuary, showing how God’s love spreads when we act according to his purpose.
Our youth write all parts of worship for Youth Sunday worship, including choosing hymns and songs. Thank you to Audrey MacLean for playing a beautiful piano piece for offertory and to all youth who helped lead the congregation in new songs. It was wonderful to hear the voices of the congregation singing these songs, and singing “Jesus Loves Me” a cappella was very moving.
Thank you again, youth, for your thoughtful and respectful approach to the meaning and experience of worship! Below is a picture of some of the youth who wrote and participated in service.
The Souper Bowl of Caring collection began as a simple prayer: “Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those who are without a bowl of soup to eat” is inspiring a youth-led movement to help hungry and hurting people around the world.
This prayer, delivered by Brad Smith, then a seminary intern serving at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia, SC, gave birth to an idea. Why not use Super Bowl weekend, a time when people come together for football and fun, to also unify the nation for a higher good: collecting dollars and canned food for the needy? Youth could collect donations at their schools and churches in soup pots, and then send every dollar DIRECTLY to a local charity of THEIR choice.
That was 1990. Since then, ordinary young people have generated an extraordinary more than $90 million for soup kitchens, food banks and other charities in communities across the country.
Yesterday our Youth Group collected $500.00 for the North End Soup Kitchen and 168 food items for the United Methodist Food Pantry. Thank you to our generous congregation for supporting God’s work beyond our church walls!
17 youth had a great time exchanging gifts, playing games, sharing Christmas favorites and prayer time during this year’s Christmas party. Pastor Robbie also led us and several adults who gathered on the front church entrance to sing Christmas carols to passersby. The picture below is a small representative. Merry Christmas everyone!
5 youth, 3 Club 45er’s and 6 adults had a great time singing Christmas songs, ringing bells for the Salvation Army, and greeting customers at the Fenton VG’s on Silver Parkway from noon-2 p.m. on Saturday, December 10. Other adults from our church filled in the rest of the day from 9AM – 9PM. It’s amazing how fast time flies when having fun and sharing the joy of Christ! Even though it was cold and the start of our first big snow of the season, the appreciation and generosity expressed by customers warmed our hearts. Thank you Fenton community for supporting the Salvation Army!
We had a great time during our annual Triple C night (cookies, cards & crafts) decorating 12 dozen cookies and making cards and gifts for our Deacon’s care receivers. Great job youth! A big THANK YOU to Jenny Gibb and Martha Smith for their adult assistance ????
Sunday, November 6, six youth and five adults walked the Dibbleville area praying for our neighbors and community. We looked and prayed for homes with special needs, those selling and buying homes, homes that are vacant, new and existing businesses, all area churches and pastors, local and national government, and asked for prayer requests from those who passed by.
Afterward, we returned to church for quiet personal contemplation by reading Luke 10:25-37, asking, “Who is my neighbor?” and filling in “Love thy ______ neighbor.” Some answers were lonely, frail, proud, hurting, cruel, joyful, misguided, unfaithful, and trusting. We also experienced prayer stations with sand, clay, rock painting, finger labyrinths, journaling, prayer poses, and tacking burdens to the cross, along with meditative music. We look forward to doing this again during the Advent season!
Below are pictures of prayer around the cross in the sidewalk at The Road Community Church.
Thank you to the Hodgkin family for hosting the annual pumpkin carving and bonfire party again this year! Prizes were awarded for the most creative, scariest, silliest and best traditional pumpkins. We also enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with Pastor Lindsey and family 🙂 And yes, the pumpkin in the back middle of the picture is a llama!
17 youth and 5 adults from 5 churches in Lake Huron Presbytery traveled to Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN for the high school Triennium conference. 5000 youth gathered immersing themselves in the theme Go: Go and See; Go and Do Likewise; The Way I should Go; Let My People Go; and The Great Commission from Matthew 28:6-20. We were challenged to look deeply into ourselves to shed the things that hold us back from being true people of God. We left with a better understanding of loving and seeking God in all people. In this way we participate in the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth.