Parents of Deep Freeze Campers,
Parents of Deep Freeze Campers,
Parents of Confirmation Students,
High School Group is tonight, 6-7:15, at the Church House. Grab some pizza, check out our new digs, and hang out with your friends!
Our 8th Grade Confirmation Class recently completed their first big assignment: Interviewing the Elders of Kishwaukee Church. In addition to the fifteen questions we create for them, each student creates five questions that they are to ask their elder. Here's a sampling:
Does God want us to be perfect?
What is Original Sin?
Do the people who don't ever get an opportunity to know Jesus still go to heaven?
No matter how many times we sin, can we always ask for forgiveness?
How important is it to marry a Christian person?
Have you ever struggled with doubt?
What is something that helps you set time apart each day to talk/learn about God?
Is it possible for someone to ask for forgiveness too often?
When you were my age what are some ways you resisted sin?
If you were me, where would you start to read the Bible?
What is your motive to be just like Christ?
These questions remind me that there's more to measuring spiritual growth than simply looking at the content of one's answers. We want to make sure students have an environoment where they are comfortable in both the asking, and the answering, of good questions.
1--we experienced camp in all its fullness. We took in tubing, tobogganing, broomball, snowshoeing, carpetball & more.
Camp is more than these activities, however. The most significant times I had were informal conversations about faith & life with students. This is an answer to prayer! Please continue to pray that students will make spiritual commitments this weekend, & that they would share them with a peer or leader.
2--No student was left behind. To illustrate: two students noticed another student who they felt was left out of a group activity. They went up to the student and said: 'we want to spend the next hour with you, doing whatever you want to do'. Awesome.
Our charge this evening was from Mark 5, when Jesus, in response to Legion who asked to be with Him, says "go home to your family & tell them what I've done for you". Let's pray that each child will share the camp experience in general with their parents, as well as any spiritual commitments they made in particular.
1--students to make a spiritual commitment. The speaker invited students to accept Christ tonight; we've asked students to tell their breakout group leader. Pray they will do that.
2--health and safety of our students & chaperones.
Took many photos tonight...we'll get them up tomorrow.
Less than two hours away until we're on our way to East Troy! I'll admit: I'm over-packed...and under-caffeinated. I'll be fixing one of those problems soon.
We'll send you a Day 1 summary this evening; realistically, it may be early tomorrow morning! Regardless, let me invite you to stay connected with us:
1--Pray. For safe travels; for leaders to connect with & minister to students; for students to make spiritual commitments to God this weekend.
2--Watch! View camp as it happens on our Media Central page of kymonline.org. Your username & password info is located on your trip itinerary.
More later. Thx!
[[posterous-content:pid___0]]Support is coming in for our Advent Adventure Project...and with Sunday coming up, we want you to encourage your child to give! Here's how you can help us:
1--Sign up. Your child can RSVP on our Facebook page, or sign up in the narthex. By signing up your child commits to give $12 of their earned money to the Support Project.
2--For Your Jr. High Students: Support provides Shewanda Sanon, our Compassion Child, with food, water, clothing, education, and a chance to hear the Gospel of Christ. $12 from 30 students provides all this. We've supported her for years, and we want to continue to do so in 2011.
3--For Your High School Students: Support provides Compassion International the funding to purchase medical supplies, farming equipment, clean water, and more for a child and their family. You can check out the gift catalog at compassion.com/catalog. Our high school small groups will be our purchasers, which should be fun!
$12 from your child --equivalent to $1/mo for the whole year--is your child's way of putting the truths of the Advent Adventure series into practice. Encourage them to give such a gift this Christmas, even as they will be receiving gifts from others.