Youth Attend Confirmation Retreat

Youth Attend Confirmation Retreat

Members of this year’s Confirmation Class attended a conference-wide retreat at Warren Willis Camp Feb. 15-17. In addition to time spent studying their course material, confirmands attended services led by a praise band from FSU’s Wesley Foundation. They also worked through some team-building exercises and spent some free time in the ever-popular gaga ball pits.

Glimpses of Grace

Glimpses of Grace

Have you ever experienced being burnt out? Felt as though you are stuck in a perpetual loop of tension and pressure? No matter what age, a person is burdened by being overworked. As a high school senior, I have a healthy understanding of such a situation. I was recently working on multiple essays for school, and the exhaustion of writing one piece after another made me feel as though I was unable to write anything of value or craft an original thought. I’m sure that the same predicament has come up in everyone’s life before, and I want to let you know that you are not alone. Feeling distressed or overworked is natural; however, it is important that as Christians to remind ourselves that not only do we have the support everyone in our church community, we also have the support of a loving and caring God, and through that continual support we can overcome any feelings of being “burnt out.”

Grace deVega

Confirmation Classes Begin Feb. 10

Members of our Merge youth ministries have begun the process of being confirmed in our church. Open to all youth, the class is largely made up of students in the seventh grade. Classes will be held from 6 until 8 p.m. on Sunday evenings, with a retreat on Feb 15-17 at Warren Willis Camp. Students will join the church at our 11 a.m. service on April 28. The first class will be held Sunday, Feb. 10, so there’s still time to register.

Middle and High School Students Discuss Sunday’s Sermon

Middle and High School Students Discuss Sunday’s Sermon

Join our Youth Ministry students to discuss what the sermon was about during worship. Whether you attended the 9:30 a.m. service or plan to attend the 11 a.m. service, this group is for you! Our program is student-led, with donuts to stimulate the conversation. 10:35-10:55 a.m. Sundays, Magnolia Second Floor

Youth Ministries Summer Mission Trips

Youth Ministries Summer Mission Trips

Family Mission Trip AND High School Mission Trip
Pura Vida Missions – San Ramon, Alajuela, Costa Rica
Our mission trips are designed to be a cross-cultural adventure of sharing Jesus Christ while emphasizing teamwork. We want our students to discover God’s vision for how they can serve the Kingdom of God when they return to our local church and community.

Schedule: Arrive early afternoon in Costa Rica on Sunday. Work full days of construction Monday—Wednesday, have a half a day of work on Thursday and enjoy local site seeing in the evenings along with Worship. Friday morning travel to Volcano where we will be staying until Sunday.

Construction Projects: We will help build a church in a very poor area call Linda Vista. We also build bunk beds for families and home repairs.

Fun Days: Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna is a beautiful place to unwind in a two night hotel stay (Friday & Saturday). We will experience their hot springs that are naturally heated by the volcano. We’ll spend a day zooming over the jungle canopy on a zipline tour or paddle the rapids on a rafting adventure.

Cost: $1,500—Everything included in this price for both trips.
Anticipated Service Hours (subject to change): 40

Dates:

High School – Sunday July 21- Sunday July 28 – Sign Me Up!
Family Mission Trip – Sunday July 7 – Sunday July 14 – Sign Me Up!

Domestic Mission Trip – Servants In Faith And Technology (SIFAT) – Lineville, Alabama
An immersive mission experience where students are exposed to real world scenarios to gain appreciation of what life is like for our brothers and sisters around the world.

Examples:

  • Students are taught various water purification technologies that can be done anywhere.
  • Students are taught various ways to incorporate gardening, farming and potent leaf powders into their diets.
  • Students are taught different stove technologies that are more efficient and safer.

When: Sunday July 14- Friday July 19 – Sign Me Up!
Cost: $400—Everything included in this price!
Anticipated Service Hours (subject to change): 40

Reserve Your Christmas Tree by Nov. 16

Reserve Your Christmas Tree by Nov. 16

Reserve a beautiful, fresh-cut Christmas Tree and support our youth!

Merge Youth Ministries is selling fresh Fraser Fir Christmas trees with the proceeds helping to provide mission trip scholarships. The trees are delivered only 48 hours after they are cut. The trees range from 3 – 14 ft. You can reserve your tree via our online form until Nov. 16.

You can also order your trees in person on Nov. 4 and Nov. 11. The youth will be selling trees 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the Courtyard and Magnolia Patio.

Tree pick-up will be 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29 in the main parking lot. If you can help distribute trees on Nov. 29, contact Kathy.

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