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.
Youth group enjoyed the day kayaking last week on the Huron River in Ann Arbor. This is one of our favorite spots to kayak with the cascades! Check out all of our fun activities on the event calendar, or join us for discussion on most Sunday evenings during the school year!
Four youth went shopping to purchase school supplies and clothes for our Deacon’s Back-to-School project. They choose five children to shop for with money donated by some of our church members. These youth were very good stewards of the money they were allotted, and bought fashionable and quality items. The youth also wrote personal letters to each child letting them know they are loved and wishing them a successful school year. Youth group looks forward to helping with this project again next year!
During 4th of July week, six youth were in town to join in fellowship and discussion during a youth lunch event. We fed the ducks, lounged in the park and discussed the song “We Believe” by the Newsboys. Talk surrounded what we believe at different times in our lives versus what our core beliefs are. How do we experience and live out our Godview when it is so easy to buy into the worldview? Good food for thought!
College students were invited to take part in this first young adult gathering. Three of us were available to camp at Port Crescent State Park and kayak from Port Austin to Turnip Rock. The wind was a bit challenging and the weather slightly cold and damp, but we made the 7 mile round trip journey to see one of nature’s beautiful and little known creations. Experiencing waves on Lake Huron, hearing and seeing God’s majesty, and eating lunch on a beach, we were the first ones out that day and were uninterrupted by other travelers. We also enjoyed our fellowship, hobo dinners and a few competitive card games.
The Massanetta Middle School Conference at Massanetta Springs, VA., never fails to inspire and equip young disciples. This year nine youth and three adults attended with this year’s theme of Gone Fishin’, exploring Luke 5: 1-11, the moment where Jesus calls his first disciples…
On an ordinary day several fisherman had an extraordinary encounter. What looked like a lousy night of fishing turned into an abundant catch. Simon and his friends would never be the same. Jesus asked them to drop everything to follow Him. He promised they would do more than catch fish. Jesus promises us a life of “catching people.” What does this mean exactly???
We examined our ordinary places and thought about what happens when Jesus meets us in the middle of our ordinary, everyday life. We were also challenged to think about we need to leave behind to follow Jesus and what it means to be a disciple of Christ.
A big THANK YOU to Mt. Horeb Presbyterian Church in Grottos, VA., for providing a place to sleep Monday night before the conference and for an outstanding homemade breakfast! True southern hospitality at its best!!!
Below is a group picture on their front steps, and a video of our favorite energizer at Massanetta made by Pastor Cliff Haddox!