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October Newsletter

Happy Fall! The newsletter is live! Click the image below to view the newsletter online or, as always, stop by the church and pick up a copy!

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12th Grade Dinner THIS Saturday

This year we are have a special dinner for each high school grade. We are kicking off the series with our 12th graders, and it is THIS Saturday, Sept. 30 from 6:30-8:30pm at Zach’s house. You can drop by anytime, stay for a long time or a little time, and bring fellow 12th grade friends if you want.

No RSVP is necessary, and Zach’s address is 5401 W 77th St.

Hope to see you there!

If you aren’t in 12th grade, here are the dates for the other grade dinners…
9th – October 21
11th – January 20
10th – April 14

Kick Off Week!

This Sunday begins Kickoff Week! We can’t wait for our regular programs to resume, and we have some special events happening later this month. Take a look at the Kick Off schedule as well as what’s coming around the bend…

Program Kickoff   

Sunday School – Sunday mornings, 9:30-10:30am in the Youth Loft
Sunday Night Live (SNL, High School Youth Group) – Sunday nights, 6:30-8:30pm in the Youth Loft
Growing Personally & Spiritually (GPS, Middle School Youth Group) – Wednesday nights, 6:30-8:00pm in the Youth Loft
Early Table (Morning Devotional for High School Students) – Thursday mornings, 7:30-8:30am at Zach’s House (5401 W 77th St, PV, KS, 66208)

Sky Zone for Middle Schoolers on September 24

On Sunday, Sept. 24, from 1:00-3:30pm we are meeting at Sky Zone (6495 Quivira Rd.) for an afternoon of fun! Cost is only $15 for two hours of jumping and games – what a deal! Registration forms can be found by clicking here.

12th Grade Dinner at Zach’s House, September 30

This year we are having a fun dinner night for each high school grade. The first one is for 12th graders and is hosted at Zach’s house (5401 W 77th St, PV, KS 66208) on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 6:30-8:30pm. No sign ups are necessary and friends are welcome. Just come by, eat some food, and hang out!

Ski Trip & Dominican Republic Registration Forms Available!

Sign ups for our Winter Ski Retreat (7th-12th Grades) and our Spring Break trip to the Dominican Republic (9th-12th Grades) can now be found on the forms page. Both trips have a limited number of spots, so be sure to send in forms soon to guarantee a spot. Each trip offers a different experience and we love them both!

Twosdays Starts October 3   

Don’t forget our weekly after-school program, 4:00-5:30pm, for middle schoolers starting on the first Tuesday in October. It’s a great way to check things out if you are new, meet lots of great people, and have a fun afternoon! When weather is good, students can walk down from Indian Hills, and when weather is cold or rainy we come down to give people rides in the Church Van. Don’t go to Indian Hills? Just contact us to arrange a ride!

 

 

 

 

Youth Sunday is Aug. 27!

This Sunday our middle schoolers and high schoolers will be leading us in worship during all services – 9:30, 11:00, and 5:00. It is always a powerful service and we are looking forward to hearing their thoughts and reflection on their summer experiences and what they mean in relationship to community and God’s work in our lives. Join us!

Denver Mission Trip Recap

Yesterday (Wednesday) we returned from the middle school mission trip to Denver, full to the brim with stories, laughter, donuts, indoor cliff diving & mariachi bands, late-night games while staying at Calvary Baptist (thanks for their amazing hospitality!), opportunities to serve, and reflecting on the Lost Parables (Luke 15).

What did we do? While we were there we spent time with a group called Yard Angels, dedicated to helping people age in their homes by helping them care for the exterior of those homes. It involved some tough yard work (and cutting some intense thistles). We also traveled up to Greeley, CO (Jenna’s old stomping grounds!) to work with her church helping to serve a meal to the homeless (a program the church has been doing every Monday to 15 years!). Our third work day – and certainly the hottest work in the sun – was with Extreme Community Makeover cleaning up alleys by picking up trash, weeding, and painting over graffiti. After the work days we had time to visit the zoo, swim at the Cherry Creek Reservoir, getting a sugar fix at Voodoo Donuts, fine dining and entertainment at Casa Bonita, and a host of other fun!

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What did we talk about? Each evening we also had programming where we could debrief the day as well as talk about our theme for the week: Luke 15 and the “Lost Parables.” Each of the parables tell us something about who God is, and in learning about God we in turn learn something about who and how God is with us. In short, God is always seeking after us, no matter who we are. If we feel lost, if we feel like the world has abandoned us, if we question our worth, if we squander what is given to us, or even if we are resentful of others – God always seeks to find us, to invite us, and to embrace and celebrate us.

Our prayer as we return is that we would have confidence that God is seeking us, and that part of our call is to seek to make others feel known and found.

What a great week!