Friday, March 2, 2018

Serving: Feed My Starving Children--NO youth group on Sunday

Just a remind for those who are serving on Saturday.  Please come around 11am, we are leaving church at 11:15am.  There may be a treat to eat when you get there. 

We should be back by 2:30 or 2:45 in the afternoon.


Sunday, February 18, 2018

WORDS: What's in your head?

It was amazing to see all the secular music these kids can sing out from memory.  Just give them a few lines, the beat and off they go.  But what about God's Word? Is that buried in their head as well?  Sure, but you may have to dig a bit.

We talked about how God's word does 3 main things:

  1. Gives Power - Having God's word in our hearts and mind can give us confidence, comfort and strength in our daily life, especially when we run in to difficult times. (Hebrews 4:12)
  2. Gives Healing - physical, but often spiritual healing comes from the Word
  3. Guides us- Everyday we can be guided in good decision if we let God guide us. A great verse to memorize is this: Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and  a light for my path. 
But first we must read the Word.  Don't make excuses, do it daily, do it for understanding.

  1. Find a version of the bible that makes sense.  ESV and NLT are a good place to start
  2. Ask questions. Dig deeper or ask people who know the bible...dig until you understand it.
  3. Use resources.  Use bible websites to help guide you in reading and understanding. Or they can give you daily verses, or even a plan for reading each day.
Whatever you do- get that WORD in your head. It will help you for the rest of your life.

Enjoy these photos of the kids doing motions to popular bible songs from Sunday School.  See they do remember some of what they learned years ago!

"This little light of mine" a childhood favorite.

"Trading My Sorrows", a whole group favorite. 

Monday, February 12, 2018

Great Time at the Game

Well despite the winter weather we all safely made it on time to the GR Drive Basketball game on Sunday.  A good time was had by all.  Even though basketball isn't everyone's favorite thing I think it's always nice to try something different.

What an awesome group of kids!  A field trip with 50 people can sound intimidating but with these kids and some adult helpers it was so easy we are thinking of new ideas and places to go next fall and spring.

Enjoy some pictures from the game and see you next Sunday 6pm at Church.

Friday, January 26, 2018

Upcoming Grand Rapids Drive Details

The tickets are purchased and we are getting are the details in case you were wondering.

Sunday, February 11 we will meeting in the church Multi-purpose Room at 11am for lunch.

If you are not eating lunch with us that is fine.   However, we plan to leave the church at noon for the game.  You will go in a car/van and come back in that same vehicle.  Please don't switch vehicles. We want to be sure we account for everyone getting home ;)

Once in a vehicle the driver will give each student a ticket.  You will hold that and use it to get in the doors so DON'T lose it there is no other way to get in.

PARENTS:  We are estimating we would be back to church  by 4:30/5pm.  It may be best if we have the kids call or text you when we depart from the game so you know when to pick up.

At Your Table: week 1

We talked in great detail about ATTITUDE this week.  About how our feelings inside can and do sneak out, in sometimes not a nice way. We looked at several verses that can help us keep things in "check".
"watch the way you talk. Let noting foul or dirty come out of your mouth. Say only what helps."  Ephesians 4:29

 "give thanks in all circumstances." 1 Thessalonians 5:18

"I press on toward the goal to win the prize to which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."  Philippians 3:14 

Here are a few pictures from a game the kids enjoyed, getting ping pong balls in the containers was tough, but they kept working at it. Just like having a positive attitude can be tough as well, but the more we try the better we get.

Great video on positive thinking.

And we liked to end with some happy fun thoughts as well.

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Purpose: Final Week

We discussed the Purpose and truly living out your purpose. Knowing Ephesians 1:11 should be a relief to each of us.  We should not fret or worry, leaving it all in His hands.

Ephesians 1:11New Living Translation (NLT)

11 Furthermore, because we are united with Christ, we have received an inheritance from God,[a] for he chose us in advance, and he makes everything work out according to his plan.
Another verse that can help guide us each day:

Jeremiah 29:11New International Version (NIV)

11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Finally a video that challenges us to stand up for Christ in all we do, live not for TODAY but for our everlasting life in Heaven.  Check this great testimony out...*

*as with any video I am sharing for this video and its specific message. (I don't support/know that all of his teachings are consistent with JRC or the RCA)

Christmas Party Fun

December 17 we enjoyed a fun night of games and food with the high school group. Here are a few pictures of the fun we had.