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

Glimpses of Grace

Glimpses of Grace

The past week, we celebrated Thanksgiving, and it reminded me of the importance of sharing a meal. Although it is a simple act, sharing food with those you love and those who support you can help alleviate stress and help you find contentedness. Therefore, it is no surprise that the sharing of food is so prevalent in the Bible; from the last supper to the feeding of five thousand by Jesus, the gospel constantly emphasizes the strong connection between sharing food and spreading God’s word. I hope that over the next few weeks and into the holiday season, you find time to have a meal with someone you care about, whether it be a loved one, a close friend, a small group member, or anyone else because everyone deserves to share the food and share the love.

Grace deVega

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


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.


  • 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.

Family Camping Trip – Oct. 26-28, 2018

Family Camping Trip – Oct. 26-28, 2018

The Ft. DeSoto Campground offers swimming, a nature trail, fishing, the Quartermaster Storehouse Museum, canoes, and many other water activities. An evening worship service with Communion will be held Saturday night. The cost is $20 per family. All youth must be supervised by an adult throughout the weekend. Sign up.

Youth Council Positions Open

Would you like to be a leader in Merge Youth Ministries?

Would you like to have a say in what we do at Merge weekly, monthly and yearly?

You can help lead other youth as we “Merge Real Faith with Real Life.”

Merge’s Youth Council is a group of students chosen to serve in leadership roles within Youth Ministries. They assist staff with planning and organizing events, perform outreach, coordinate praise and worship, and aid their peers in forming a stronger connection to God and others.

Feel called to fill a position of leadership in our faith community? Here are your next steps:

  • Download the forms below for the position you are interested in.
  • Complete the forms.
  • Return all completed for to Emily Kuche, Director of Youth Ministries.
  • After submitting your forms, you will be contacted to schedule an interview with Emily and other adult leaders at Merge.
  • Interviews will take place Noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16.

Below is a list of available positions for our Youth Council for the coming year:

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