We all hope for our children to be strong in their faith in the Lord. There is no doubt that concern sits on all of our hearts daily. We share this burden together as parents, and together we can make a difference in their lives.
Our focus on service during the month of June has already proven to be impactful on the hearts of our students, and I pray it will continue to be.
- They rocked the van scour and cleaned our church vehicles like crazy!
- I have heard wonderful reports about the group of families who have gone to Honduras this summer.
- Our students who served at Food and Shelter for Friends on Monday morning had a great time!
- Last night Alameda’s own Streams of Water ministry leaders gave our students a great presentation in class about what they do, and some helped re-stock the pantry shelves.
On June 18th (Monday) whoever wants to go to the Jesus House and serve is welcome to go. Parents, this will be a great opportunity to join your children in a faith-stretching activity. I know everyone can’t come, but maybe YOU can.
On June 23rd (a Friday) we plan to head to Tulsa and serve a couple of churches and a city shelter. We will spend the night and return on Sunday afternoon. Parents, we hope you will consider being a part of this trip that will hopefully broaden their world-view and strengthen their faith in Jesus.
*Will you ask your children this week about how their experiences serving others has impacted them? Maybe you can read Matthew 25 together and discuss the implications of serving others and the kingdom benefits.
I also want to encourage you to consider making a STRONG effort to come to classes on Wednesday nights during the summer. It can be so easy in the summer time to keep swimming in the pool, or plan an evening activity right over class times. However, summer is a great time for students and parents to have extra time to bond with their peers who care about Jesus, andspend more time serving together. But this takes commitment and forethought. We have Wednesday classes all summer for adults and students that I believe will challenge everyone to think deeper about their faith.
SUMMIT SUNDAYS - NEW Classes
- 6th & 7th grades go directly to the Parlor for the NEW 6th Grade Transition Class. DeWayne Mitchell and I—along with the wisdom of the 7th graders—will help our 6th graders understand their new youth ministry surroundings, and hopefully learn some important youth group etiquette. This will be a great opportunity for us to get to know our sixth graders individually.
- 8th-12th grades go directly to the Summit room. Bill Pink began a study through Philippians with this group last Sunday. There is so much great stuff in Paul’s four-chapter letter and I know our students will be challenged and encouraged. All students should bring their own hard-copy (not iPhones or iPods, etc.) of the bible. They should also read chapter two before this Sunday’s class.
HEADS UP: The Summit will NOT be leading Homebound Communion this Sunday (6/10) as previously announced, or in the month of June at all. We will pick it up again on July 15th.
We have a group of just over 30 campers going to Burnt Cabin this summer! There is still space if you would like to send your children. Please get an app and turn it into the office ASAP.
If you were not here last Sunday (June 3rd) for worship, I encourage you to view the preaching lesson I presented entitled Loving the Younger Generation. You might find something helpful in understanding our children more. Click on the following link to watch the video: http://www.alamedacofc.org/node/1180
May God bless your family this week!