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!
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!
With Youth Week having just finished up, we start our summer program schedule THIS Sunday! We have several activities each week, both for middle schoolers and high schoolers. Take a look at what is happening (all activities will meet in the Youth Loft, Room 333, at the church and, if travel happens, will return by the designated end of the program)…
Sunday School – 9:30-10:30am – Each week we’ll meet during the 9:30am service and talk about our summer theme, “Greatest Hits.” The atmosphere is always fun, casual, and welcoming of everyone, no matter what your experience with faith/church.
Sunday Summer Bible Study (SSBS) – Sundays @4:00-5:00pm – Join us on Sunday afternoons to dig a little deeper. This summer we will be following the same Scripture covered in worship. If you attended worship in the morning this is a chance to hear a little bit more, and if you want to attend the Gathering it is a chance to learn about the verses for the day before hearing a sermon about them. No matter what the case, it will be good discussion, time to share about each other, and space to grow personally.
Late Nite – Wednesdays @8:00-10:00pm – Late Nite is a time to hang out and go on adventures each week. The Summer Interns plan something fun and different each night and it is easy to invite friends. Join us for cool summer nights!
MS Service Days – Tuesdays @9:30am-1:00pm – Helping others is a great way to spend time over the summer, so join us each week as we explore a different organization and practice being in service to others. After we lend a helping hand we’ll grab lunch together, so be sure to bring some lunch money.
Movies & Foodies – Wednesdays @11am-1:00pm – Each week we’ll gather together in the Youth Loft (Room 333) and watch a movie on the projection screen while eating lunch together. Lunch is provided and prepared by the interns each week. Join us for some food and relaxation each Wednesday!
Sunday kicks off Youth Week with a trip out to Worlds of Fun/Oceans of Fun! We meet at the church at 9:00am and will return by 5:00pm. As always, anyone who does a Youth Week activity will also get our summer shirt! So fun! Join us for any or all of the activities this week! You can view all the info by clicking on the form below…
The June Newsletter is here! Click on the image below to see the summer schedule and all the other updates! The current (and prior 6 months) newsletters are always posted on the Newsletter Page – just click “Stay Informed” and then “Newsletters” at the top of this page.
Introducing the May newsletter…with a new look! Click on the image below or visit the newsletter tab to read all about what May and June has to offer!
With the chilly temperatures plus rain and some wind, we are postponing Messy Game Night until next week, May 10, at 6:30pm.
GPS will still happen tonight, with some fun, special activities!
We hope you have a wonderful Easter!
Youth Week is June 4-8 and it will be here before we know it! Sign up for any or all of this great week of events! All completed 6th graders through graduated 12th graders are welcome!
The April Newsletter is here! You can view it by clicking the image below, or you can always find it over on the Newsletter Page (just click the tab at the top of this page)!