We had a great time camping at Hoffmaster and visiting with Dale and Barb in early July. Sunsets and devotion time were pretty cool too! We pondered whether you can be spiritual but not religious and discovered that since God made us to be in relationship, it’s important to have both aspects alive in one’s life to fulfill God’s calling on our individual lives. In a nutshell, you can experience God in a sunset (spiritual), but relationship (religious/churchgoing) comes from sharing that experience, or any experience, with God and others. That’s ministry!
A big thank you to Pastor Dale for our hike through the park, and for introducing us to his and Barb’s favorite ice cream stand. Thank you to Jenny Gibb and Jon Wenzel for assisting with transportation and chaperoning. Perhaps this will become an annual event???
Our annual pilgrimage to the Massanetta Middle School Conference at Massanetta Springs, VA., was, once again, meaningful and fun! We learned what it looks like to Wear Love: from Colossians 3:12 & 14 – “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience… Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
This will be the theme for the 5th Sunday worship service on August 16. Below is a slide show from our trip. And yes, Jenny and Tina (the fearless youth leaders) experienced and survived the giant slip ‘n slide 🙂
2015 Graduate recognition Sunday took place on May 31 with breakfast and gifts sponsored by the Christian Education Committee, followed by a special worship service at 10am. Congratulations to our high school and college graduates! May God’s grace and love guide you on your new life journey.
High School Graduates: Sabrina Cleis (Fenton), Ann and D’Onte Fetzer (Holly), Charlie Harper (Hartland), Colin Hodgkin (Fenton), Olivia Kirkey (Linden), Heidi Ritchie (linden), Andrew Roberts (Linden), Maggie Sheppard (Pioneer – Ann Arbor), and Annie Wilson (Hartland).
College Graduates: Olivia Horton – Alma College with a Major in Biology, Minors in Environmental Science and French; Alexianna Mundy – Grand Valley State University with a dual degree in Photography and Public Relations & Advertising; Kelly Roberts – University of Michigan with a BS in Kinesiology with concentration in Intra Operative Neuro Monitroing.
Below are Colin Hodgkin, D’Onte Fetzer, Ann Fetzer, Annie Wilson, Heidi Ritchie, and Olivia Kirkey 🙂
Congratulations to the 2015 Confirmation Class, who were confirmed on Sunday, May 17. As their first act of service, they served communion to the congregation during the 11am worship service. A big THANK YOU goes out to their mentors who met with their confirmand over a six week period to discuss the Gospel of Luke, attended the session meeting when the class was approved for membership, and offered support, guidance and encouragement. During a family group event, confirmands also made individual banners with various Christian symbols that hung from the balcony in the sanctuary.
(From left to right) Waverly Ritchie, Lindsey Gibb, Ethan Rzpeka, Christian Cleis, Madeline Davis, and Liza Kirkey
Mentors are listed in order of their confimand in the picture above: Jenny Gibb, David Eshleman, Jan Foster, Nancy Cleis, Nikki Black, and Jane Motta
Jr. and Sr. High youth often assist as shepherds to younger children in our Carpenter’s Corner program. This past rotation we have been learning about David, who as a young boy was chosen by God and secretly anointed king by Samuel. The children did activities focusing on David’s strength of faith and courage in defeating the giant Goliath. Even though he was both young and small, in his heart he knew God was with him.
In the games classroom last Sunday, Ms. Sherry talked about bullying with the children and the character it takes to stand up to a bully. The picture below is a result of that discussion, made possible by Jr. High youth who assisted. It was done on the white board located by our main entrance and is a great message for all! Way to disciple!
This year’s theme was “Share Your Faith Story,” with keynote speaker Pastor Andrew Pomerville from The People’s Church in East Lansing. Who doesn’t love the youth mix? Good friends, small groups, games, food, energizers and worship! This is an annual event for 9-12 graders from around Michigan. The picture below is our group with other friends outside the cafeteria. God is good!
Our Jr. & Sr. High youth led both worship services for Youth Sunday, February 15, on the transfiguration of Jesus. Senior Olivia Kirkey did an excellent job delivering the sermon titled “The Good, the Bad, and the In-Between,” after a re-enactment of Mark 9:2-9. The message explored how the transfiguration was one way Jesus revealed his divinity to the disciples, and the crucifixion was his final act of revelation. The question was posed, “How will you allow Jesus to reveal himself to you?”
Thank you to Cindy Crawford, Sheila Tabone, Colin & John Hodgkin, and the Lamplights Children’s Choir and the Illuminate Praise Choir for beautifully leading us in music and song! I heard it said that the service was “very worshipful,” “inspirational,” “moving,” and “very well done.”
It is tradition that youth write all parts of worship for this service. Thank you, youth, for your thoughtful and respectful approach to the meaning and experience of worship! Below is a picture of those who wrote and participated in service – regretfully the choirs and musicians are not pictured.
About 40 adults, youth & kids shared in the fun of game night last Friday. Popcorn was popped, snacks were shared, and card games, Yahtzee, alien, ping-pong and giant Jenga were played. The giant Jenga was a hit with youth and adults! We all look forward to the next opportunity to gather in fellowship 🙂
On Saturday, January 10, 14 youth and 4 adults gathered to plan the Youth Sunday worship service which will take place on Sunday, February 15 during both worship services. We listed order of worship and heard the Bible readings for the service, which somehow went off topic and led into a deep discussion on Noah and understanding how to read and interpret Bible stories. The point of it all was that no matter how righteous or sinful we are, God is constantly trying to stay in relationship with us and that Jesus is always trying to reveal himself to us – we are the ones who stray and God chases after us, loving us through everything we do! Curious about the theme? Come to worship on 2/15!
We also had fun playing games like Look Up Look Down, Human Etch-a-Sketch, a game on Transfiguration, and of course Alien 🙂 Tina shared her talents of screamo Christian rock and Gargle that Tune! Everyone fell asleep around 3am after watching Finding Nemo. Breakfast was served at 8:15 and then we went to worship or confirmation class. Ready for another lock-in??? I am 🙂