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Thanks to the teens and kids who stayed after church today and helped load the Thanksgiving baskets! The church packed 34 baskets this year!

 

Last Sunday, I invited the teens to participate in a 5 day devotional with me through the Bible app. I’m really proud of the 4 teens who completed the study and added comments each day! I think it’s a great way to encourage each other to do a little Bible study and to keep in touch throughout the week. This week’s devotional is called Do Hard Things. I will send out the link so you just need to download the YouVersion Bible and click the link if you would like to participate with us. It might give you some good things to talk to your kids about. 🙂

Now that Wesley’s soccer is finished for the winter, Lawrence is available to teach the high school youth. He will start on December 8 since I figure many people will be out of town next Sunday. So next week, youth will be all in one room with me and I think we will revisit our conversation from last week about being respectful in our disagreements.

I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving!

, I taught both the middle and high school groups about integrity when it comes to texting and online activity. For an object lesson, I gathered all of their phones into a bag and then said I was going to meet with Pastor Randy and we would read through their texts and see their browsing history. Maybe that was a little mean, but their reactions were priceless. I told them that as they are texting people and watching YouTube, they should keep in mind if they would want me or the pastor to see what they are doing. We also talked about our family mottoes and what it means to be a DeLeurere or a Sheets, etc. This discussion was pretty funny too, but the point was that they are representing their families with their words and actions in the world and then this led into a discussion about representing the family of God. We talked about how we all have different opinions and that is fine, but when we are discussing our opinions, we have to remember to be kind and show love and to work towards peace. I think it was a really good discussion today, and something you all might want to talk to them about! And maybe think about talking about a family motto and what is important to your family 🙂

 

In a few weeks, I would like to meet with both groups again and show them the video about the WVU student, Nolan Burch, who died from alcohol poisoning 5 years ago. If you haven’t seen it yet, you may want to preview it and decide if it will be okay for your kids to watch. It does show actual footage of the fraternity brothers posing with Nolan’s body before they realized how bad he was and then eventually performing CPR on him. But I think it is really important to understand exactly how serious drinking is and how important it is to call 911 if you see someone this intoxicated. I will let you know of the exact date when I decide so you can decide if you want your kids to watch it or not. (If you want to preview it, just google “Nolan Burch video” and you will find it on YouTube posted by WVU, and it is called Breathe Nolan Breathe).

 

Here is some info about upcoming activities:

 

  1. Mission Trip – After hearing back from everyone who is interested in the mission trip, it sounds like early in June will work best for most families. So I am going to go ahead and reserve the dates for June 7-12. This is a Sunday-Friday and it is a long drive, so I would assume that we will leave on the 6th and get back on the 13th or 14th. We can make more concrete plans when I know exactly who is going and what vehicles we will be taking. We get a 10% discount on any application that is turned in by December 1, so I am going to apply for 10 people to go and then we can add to the list as we know exactly how many are really going. As you start to solidify your summer plans, please let me know if you have decided to definitely go or definitely not go so I can start narrowing the list down (if you already told me your family isn’t interested, you don’t have to tell me again. And after this e-mail, I will start only sending updates to those who have expressed interest.)

 

  1. Thanksgiving Baskets – Please get your Thanksgiving basket items into the kitchen on the 3rd floor by next Sunday before church. After church, the youth will be helping to load the baskets into people’s cars. Thanks for all of the donations!

 

  1. Christmas cookies – I would like to bake Christmas cookies for the people who come to NA and also the teens can each take a plate with them to give to their teachers or a neighbor or whoever. We did this in the spring and it was a lot to oversee for one person because we used all of the different ovens on different floors. Can any parents volunteer to help with this activity? I’m thinking about doing it on December 1 or 8 so let me know if you would be available one of those Sundays to help. And it would also be helpful to have extra mixers and mixing bowls if anyone can bring them. Maybe we will also make it a bit of a competition like a baking show and each group can try to win the title of best Christmas cookie.

 

  1. Snowtubing/sledding – I think it would be fun to go sledding at Blackwater or tubing at Canaan or somewhere else. I have only been tubing at the Wisp – does anyone have experience with any of the other places and do you recommend one over the other? I would say we will probably try doing this in January or February so after I pick a place, I will send out some dates to see what will work best.

 

We had an awesome time at the Survivor lockin last night! We had 17 teens and we stayed busy playing crazy games all evening. (See pictures below)

 

Next Sunday, we will have youth at the normal time and I will be talking to both high school and middle school about texting, social media and how we can use our electronics to help us rather than hurt us.

 

Thanks to everyone who has signed up for the Thanksgiving baskets so far! If you haven’t gotten a chance to sign up yet, but want to bring something, here’s what is left: dinner rolls (2), pumpkin pies (2), stuffing (2), onions, carrots, celery (2), aluminum turkey pan (1), paper products (1) I haven’t gotten anything yet, so I can get several of the items too. Just let me know if you want to get any of these items, and I will get what is left. If your items are non-perishable, you can drop them off in the 3rd floor kitchen where I marked a bag of items for the Thanksgiving Baskets. If you are bringing something that will go bad, please bring it on or close to November 24 and stick it in the fridge on the 3rd floor. On the 24th after church, the youth will be helping to get all of the baskets organized and carried to people’s cars to be taken to Scott’s Run. So our lesson will be short that day.

 

November 24 is also the 4th Sunday (Youth Sunday) so let me know if your teen would like to sign up to participate in the church service The roles include: Call to Worship, Opening Prayer, Greeters, Ushers, Scripture Reader, Children’s Sermon. Please let me know by this Sunday what your teen would like to do and for which service so I can get the list to Marianna for the bulletin. 

 

I hope everyone had fun at the Halloween party last week! Thanks again to Beth and Jeff for hosting! This week the middle school class continued our discussion on types of prayer by talking about meditation. For our next meeting, I plan to meet with both groups and have a discussion about texting and social media.

 

Here is some info about upcoming events and other pertinent topics:

 

  1. Lockin – We will be having a lockin next Sunday November 10 starting at 5pm. (No youth after church.) The theme is Survivor and we will have 2 teams that face off in different challenges throughout the night. Does anyone have tiki torches I can borrow for decoration (they won’t be lit)? Make sure your child packs whatever he/she needs to spend the night – we will definitely be sleeping at some point 🙂 Also, have your child invite friends and neighbors! Just let me know in the next couple of days if they are coming and bringing friends so I know how much food to get. We will have a light breakfast in the morning and you can come pick the kids up around 9.

 

  1. Mission Trip – Those who are interested in the mission trip, can you please get back to me this week with dates that are most likely to work for your family? I have only heard back from one family and I really hate to pick a date and find out that nobody can come that week. So please either send me a list of weeks that definitely won’t work for you or a list of weeks that you think might work, whichever is easier.

 

  1. Thanksgiving Baskets – It’s that time of year again for Thanksgiving baskets. Generally we collect items and put together at least one basket for Scott’s Run. I will send out a Sign Up Genius e-mail and everyone can sign up to bring an item or if people want to bring multiple items, we can probably make 2 baskets.

 

  1. Snacks – We are running very low on snacks. Right now we have goldfish, chips and microwave popcorn but not much else. If you want to donate any snacks, just label them “youth” and put them in the 3rd floor kitchen.

 

  1. Bible study – I’m going to encourage all of the teens to join me in a Bible study using the YouVersion Bible app. I’m hoping that more of them will take some time each day to read the Bible if we are doing it together, and maybe it will generate some questions from them. The first plan that we will try is a 5 day devotional called Life Talk With God by Izabella Gates and then hopefully we will do a different devotional each week. I will tell them about this at the lockin, but I will also update you all on each plan that we start so you can read along too and maybe talk to your kids about it!

 

Remember to let me know by Wednesday about the lockin and please get back to me by the end of the week with dates for the mission trip!

I hope everyone had fun at the Halloween party last week! Thanks again to Beth and Jeff for hosting! This week the middle school class continued our discussion on types of prayer by talking about meditation. For our next meeting, I plan to meet with both groups and have a discussion about texting and social media.

 

Here is some info about upcoming events and other pertinent topics:

 

  1. Lockin – We will be having a lockin next Sunday November 10 starting at 5pm. (No youth after church.) The theme is Survivor and we will have 2 teams that face off in different challenges throughout the night. Does anyone have tiki torches I can borrow for decoration (they won’t be lit)? Make sure your child packs whatever he/she needs to spend the night – we will definitely be sleeping at some point 🙂 Also, have your child invite friends and neighbors! Just let me know in the next couple of days if they are coming and bringing friends so I know how much food to get. We will have a light breakfast in the morning and you can come pick the kids up around 9.

 

  1. Mission Trip – Those who are interested in the mission trip, can you please get back to me this week with dates that are most likely to work for your family? I have only heard back from one family and I really hate to pick a date and find out that nobody can come that week. So please either send me a list of weeks that definitely won’t work for you or a list of weeks that you think might work, whichever is easier.

 

  1. Thanksgiving Baskets – It’s that time of year again for Thanksgiving baskets. Generally we collect items and put together at least one basket for Scott’s Run. I will send out a Sign Up Genius e-mail and everyone can sign up to bring an item or if people want to bring multiple items, we can probably make 2 baskets.

 

  1. Snacks – We are running very low on snacks. Right now we have goldfish, chips and microwave popcorn but not much else. If you want to donate any snacks, just label them “youth” and put them in the 3rd floor kitchen.

 

  1. Bible study – I’m going to encourage all of the teens to join me in a Bible study using the YouVersion Bible app. I’m hoping that more of them will take some time each day to read the Bible if we are doing it together, and maybe it will generate some questions from them. The first plan that we will try is a 5 day devotional called Life Talk With God by Izabella Gates and then hopefully we will do a different devotional each week. I will tell them about this at the lockin, but I will also update you all on each plan that we start so you can read along too and maybe talk to your kids about it!

 

Remember to let me know by Wednesday about the lockin and please get back to me by the end of the week with dates for the mission trip!

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