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April 20, 2024 Parent Update

Hey Youth Parents -

 

Welcome to this week's Parent Update.  It's all the info you need to help your son/daughter be connected at church.   

In this week's update:
    1) HS Students and Senior Adults Luncheon
    2) It's Time!  Sign-up for High School Mission Trip

    3) Summer Camp Sign-ups are Open
    4) Sunday Morning

    5) Sunday Evening

    6) Wednesday Evening

    7) Summer Interns

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1)  HS Students and Senior Adults Luncheon

  • Next Sunday, April 28, following the 10:30 assembly

  • This is a great chance for our HS students to get to know some of our older members.

  • Lunch, a few games, and time to get to know others.

  • We will be finished by around 1:15

  • We need all students to RSVP here so we'll know how many seats to have for students and how much food to have:

  • We need a few parents who can help as well.  If you can do this, click here: https://amchurch.ccbchurch.com/need_detail.php?need_id=813

  • This trip is always such a great opportunity for our high school students.  It may be a week unlike any other week they spend this year because we get to serve others - and it is especially unique because the ones we are serving are around the age of our students and have had some difficult life situations they have had to overcome. 

  • Instead of social media and cell phones and all of the other things which take our time, we will challenge our students to put the needs of the residents before their own needs.  

  • Sign-ups are now open.  Here is the link: https://www.amyouth.net/high-school-mission-trip

  • Students can earn half of the registration cost by completing some service hours for our church's Mission Action Group.   

  • We still need some parents to join us for this trip.  If you can help us, click here:   https://amchurch.ccbchurch.com/need_detail.php?need_id=806

2) It's Time!  Sign-up for High School Mission Trip.  Don't Miss This One!

We can't show pics of the children's home residents, but these are some pics of our students at the HS Mission Trip last summer.

3) Summer Camp Sign-ups are Open

We love summer and we love it when our students have the opportunity to go to camp together.  We have camps for all students, 3rd-12th grade this summer.  These weeks are going to be awesome.

Current 9th-12th grades - High School Week - July 28-Aug 3

Current 7th and 8th grades - Horizon - June 23-28

Current 3rd-6th grades - Mega Days - June 3-7

Early-bird sign-up deadlines are approaching for each of these camps. 

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We know your family may be busy.  You may even have summer camps of your own that your student goes to.  But we think your son/daughter will be blessed by going to camp with the students they go to church with each week - and the other students are encouraged when your son/daughter comes. 

Click on the words under each picture to go to the info and sign-up page for each camp/trip.   Or you can access each camp/trip from the menu at amyouth.net

Paint-O-Rama is May 28-30.  Sign-ups will begin soon.

VBS is June 17-20.

Other things will be announced as summer gets closer.

If you're looking for dates for a summer vacation nothing is planned from June 29-July 13.

4) Sunday Morning

  • No early service this week and no Bible classes because of the all-church potluck.

  • 10:30 Worship, followed by the potluck lunch.

  • Bible classes will return next week and we will wrap-up our series on Philippians

5) Sunday Evening

  • Intersection at 7pm

  • Parent gathering at 7pm

  • Kids' Small Group at 7pm
     

  • Each week at Intersection we ask students to help with our worship time.  Students who are being asked this week are: Molly, Karson, Jackson, Travis, Parker, Katherine, Virginia, Derek, Beck

6) Wednesday Night Midweek

  • 7pm on Wednesday nights

  • We begin together with all MS & HS students before splitting up into separate MS/HS classes.

  • Classes for parents are also available

High School families - if you have not seen the info we emailed out about our Wednesday night series on relationships and sexuality which we started last Wednesday night (or if you have not taken time to look at it yet) here is a link to some info we published for parents:
HS Wednesday Night Series

7) Summer Interns

  • We are still looking for summer youth interns - we hoped to have them in place by now - so we're now spreading the word to all youth families to ask for help.

  • If you know of any great college students (local or not) who would be willing to talk to us about being a part-summer or all-summer youth intern, please let us know. 

  • Churches have had a hard time finding interns in recent years, and we are definitely not alone in this.  Join us in praying for faithful college students who would be willing to be youth interns.

Hope you have a great weekend.  We love your kids and we love your family.

Put God First!


  - monty & heather
 

For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many.   - Matthew 20:28

Soul Link - February 23-25

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Family Retreat - March 1-3

April 13, 2024 Parent Update

Hey Youth Parents -

 

Welcome to this week's Parent Update.  It's all the info you need to help your son/daughter be connected at church.   

In this week's update:
    1) Summer is Coming!
    2) Sunday Morning

    3) Sunday Evening
    4) Wednesday Night Midweek

    5) HS Students and Senior Adults Luncheon - April 28

    6) Summer Interns
 

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1)  Summer is Coming!

  • It's time to sign-up for summer camps and HS Mission Trip.

  • We love it when our students are able to go to camp together.  If they have other camps or activities they are doing, we hope they can still go to camp with their age group.

Mega Days (current 3rd-6th grades) is June 3-7

MS Horizon (current 7th & 8th) is June 23-28

HS Week (current 9th-12th) is July 28-Aug 3

HS Mission Trip (current 9th-12th) is June 11-15

Click on the words under each picture to go to the info and sign-up page for each camp/trip.   Or you can access each camp/trip from the menu at amyouth.net

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Paint-O-Rama is May 28-30.  Sign-ups will begin soon.

VBS is June 17-20.

Other things will be announced as summer gets closer.

If you're looking for dates for a summer vacation nothing is planned from June 29-July 13.

2) Sunday Morning

9:40 Bible classes

8:30 & 10:30 Worship

MS and HS classes are in a series on Philippians.  Tomorrow morning is Philippians chapter 3. 

Help your family be in church on Sunday mornings.

No class next week because of all-church potluck lunch.

3) Sunday Evening

  • HS Students vs. Parents Volleyball and Supper at 6pm  (more info below)

  • Intersection at 7pm

  • Parent gathering at 7pm

  • Kids' Small Group at 7pm
     

  • Each week at Intersection we ask students to help with our worship time.  Students who are being asked this week are: Anni, Emma, Abby, Ty, Jadyn, Derek, Derek, Reagan

4) Wednesday Night Midweek

  • 7pm on Wednesday nights

  • We begin together with all MS & HS students before splitting up into separate MS/HS classes.

  • Classes for parents are also available

High School families - if you have not seen the info we emailed out about our Wednesday night series on relationships and sexuality which we started last Wednesday night (or if you have not taken time to look at it yet) here is a link to some info we published for parents:
HS Wednesday Night Series

5) HS Students and Senior Adults Spring Luncheon - April 28

  • All HS Students are invited to join us as we host lunch for the Senior Adults of our church.  This is always a great event for young and old.

  • Students will need to RSVP so we will know how much food to have and know how many HS students we will have per table.  This is not a "just show up" event.  It's a "sign-up before you come" event.  Here is the sign-up link: RSVP Spring Luncheon

  • Additional info soon. 

6) Summer Interns

  • We are still looking for summer youth interns - we hoped to have them in place by now - so we're now spreading the word to all youth families to ask for help.

  • Churches have had a hard time finding interns in recent years, and we are definitely not alone in this.  Join us in praying for faithful college students who would be willing to be youth interns.

  • If you know of any great college students (local or not) who would be willing to talk to us about being a part-summer or all-summer youth intern, please let us know. 

April is nearly half-way through.  Keep your family grounded in Christ this month.  The "busy-level" always seems to shift into another gear in Spring, but our busy-ness should never let us take our focus off of the Lord.  We'll keep trying to help remind your students to Put God First every time they are at church, and we're always glad to help your family in any way you need.  We love your kids and we love your family.


  - monty & heather
 

For since we believe that Jesus died and was raised to life again, we also believe that when Jesus returns, God will bring back with Him the believers who have died.    1 Thessalonians 4:14

Soul Link - February 23-25

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Family Retreat - March 1-3

April 6, 2024 Parent Update

Hey Youth Parents -

 

Not much new info this week...so last week's Parent Update can be found under this update.  It will have additional info fo you.  Especially pay attention to the stuff for summer.  Sign-ups for all three of our summer camps are open.   We really encourage students to join us for summer camp if they can.   And HS Mission Trip sign-ups are also open.  Hope our HS students will come and serve others with us. 

In this week's update:
    1) Sunday Morning
    2) Sunday Evening
    3) HS Students vs. Parents Volleyball - This Sun night

    4) Summer Interns

    5) Wednesday Night Midweek
 

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1) Sunday Morning

9:40 Brunch

8:30 & 10:30 Worship

MS and HS classes are in a series on Philippians.  Tomorrow morning is Philippians chapter 2.  There are some great things in Philippians 2, and we're excited to jump in and look at it. 

2) Sunday Evening

  • HS Students vs. Parents Volleyball and Supper at 6pm  (more info below)

  • Intersection at 7pm

  • Parent gathering at 7pm

  • Kids' Small Group at 7pm
     

  • Each week at Intersection we ask students to help with our worship time.  Students who are being asked this week are: Jadyn, Jack C, Derek, Kyle, Gwyneth, Abby, Brogan, Anni, and Ty.

3)  HS Students vs. Parents Volleyball

  • This Sunday, April 7

  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm. 

  • Volleyball, supper, and fun

  • Come play (or watch if you do not want to play) volleyball and then stick around for a meal together with other HS families.  We all go to church together...might as well hang out together too, right? Well, that's what HS Students vs. Parents Volleyball and Supper Night is all about.

  • The meal is Taco Stack-Ups (or whatever other name your family calls it)

  • There is no cost, but if we can all pitch in to bring food, it would be so helpful.  please click here to see what is needed:  Volleyball Meal Help Page

4) Summer Interns

  • We are still looking for summer youth interns - we hoped to have them in place by now - so we're now spreading the word to all youth families to ask for help.

  • Churches have had a hard time finding interns in recent years, and we are definitely not alone in this.  Join us in praying for faithful college students who would be willing to be youth interns.

  • If you know of any great college students (local or not) who would be willing to talk to us about being a part-summer or all-summer youth intern, please let us know. 

5) Wednesday Night Midweek

  • 7pm on Wednesday nights

  • Classes for parents are also available

Hope you and your family are having a great weekend and we hope to see you tomorrow at worship.  God bless!


  - monty & heather
 

Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in Him!   - Psalms 34:8

Soul Link - February 23-25

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Family Retreat - March 1-3

March 30, 2024 Parent Update

Hey Youth Parents -

 

Lots of info this week.  Buckle up and hang on tight.  Oh, and you might want to grab your calendar as well. 

In this week's update:
    1) Easter Schedule
    2) Easter Hoopla (MS & HS students)
    3) HS Students vs. Parents Volleyball

    4) High School Mission Trip

    5) Middle School Camp - Horizon

    6) High School Week

    7) Other Summer Things

    8) Summer Interns?

    9) Wednesday Night Midweek
 

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1) Easter Sunday

9:30 Brunch

10:30 Worship

No 8:30 Assembly

No Bible Classes

Sunday Night Youth:

Easter Hoopla (See below)

2) Easter Hoopla

  • This Sunday night at 7:00pm

  • All MS & HS students

  • Supper, fun, some Easter-ish games, and a devo.

  • Done around 8:00pm.

  • Please RSVP here for students as soon as you can:  RSVP for Students

  • Parents, if you would be able to help us serve food, click here:
    Parent Help for Easter Hoopla

      (No Kids Group this week)

3)  HS Students vs. Parents Volleyball

  • Next Sunday, April 7

  • 6:00pm - 7:00pm.  Intersection, Kids Group, Parent Group begins at 7:00 for those who can stay. 

  • Volleyball, supper, and fun

  • Come play (or watch if you do not want to play) volleyball and then stick around for a meal together with other HS families.  We all go to church together...might as well hang out together too, right? Well, that's what HS Students vs. Parents Volleyball and Supper Night is all about.

  • The meal is Taco Stack-Ups (or whatever other name your family calls it)

  • There is no cost, but if we can all pitch in to bring food, it would be so helpful.  please click here to see what is needed:  Volleyball Meal Help Page

4) High School Mission Trip

  • Sign-ups are now open!

  • June 11-15, 2024

  • For current 9th-12th grade students

  • To Southern Christian Children's Home in Morrillton, Arkansas. 

  • This trip is all about serving others.  We think about ourselves all the time - yet when we follow Jesus' example of serving others (He came to serve not to be served) we grow in faith and in our love for others.

  • We really want to encourage students to go on this short-term mission trip to help others and see what it means to serve God for a week.  The children we serve are ones who are really blessed by a group of teens who show up to encourage and get to know them.  It truly is a great, great week. 

  • All info here:  https://www.amyouth.net/high-school-mission-trip

5) Middle School Summer Camp - Horizon

  • Horizon sign-ups are now open!

  • June 23-28, 2024 (not July as was mistakenly sent out previously)

  • This is our camp for our current 7th and 8th grade students.  It's going to be a great week. 

  • Camp helps build faith. 

  • Camp helps build community among students at our church.

  • Camp is a place where God is worshiped and students are challenged to grow in their relationship with Him. 

  • We hope all current 7th and 8th graders can go.

  • All info here:  https://www.amyouth.net/horizon

6) High School Week

  • High School Week will be July 28 - August 3

  • Sign-ups are now open!

  • This is for current 9th-12th grade students.

  • High School Week is not a typical camp.  Instead, we incorporate serving others and unknown experiences into a week of faith and Christ-centered teaching. 

  • We use everyday experiences to create life-lessons about trusting God and walking with Him.

  • All info here:  https://www.amyouth.net/high-school-week

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7) Other Summer 2024 Dates

  • Paint-O-Rama (MS/HS) - last week of May (probably 5/28-30)

  • Mega Days (current 3rd-6th) - June 3-7  https://www.amyouth.net/mega-days

  • Possible Middle School Mission Trip (tba)


If you're looking for vacation dates, we do not anticipate planning anything from June 29 through July 13.

8) Summer Interns

  • We are still looking for summer youth interns - we hoped to have them in place by now - so we're now spreading the word to all youth families to ask for help.

  • Churches have had a hard time finding interns in recent years, and we are definitely not alone in this.  Join us in praying for faithful college students who would be willing to be youth interns.

  • If you know of any great college students (local or not) who would be willing to talk to us about being a part-summer or all-summer youth intern, please let us know. 

9) Wednesday Night Midweek

  • 7pm on Wednesday nights

  • Classes for parents are also available

  • Okay, need some help here: We had less than half of our final number of students who were here by 7:07 this week.  Makes it hard to start when half the chairs are empty and students come in late. 

  • Also, our numbers were way down last week.  We know spring is busy, but we hope you can make it to church most Wed nights.    
      - The morale of a class is affected negatively when students are not there.  So, it's not just the absent student who is affected, but students who are there are affected as well when numbers are down. 
      - We know attendance is not mandatory - we would never want it to be - and please hear that we're not wanting to be negative in any way at all - we just want to have a great youth ministry for all of our students - and youth ministry without youth is...well...we don't know what it would be called but it would be pretty difficult. 

Happy Easter weekend to everyone.  May each of us remember the incredible love of our great God this weekend.  As you reflect on the death of Jesus, may you be encouraged by remembering a God who would not leave us in our sins, but came to earth to pay the sacrifice for each of us.  And on Resurrection Sunday, may you rejoice in the risen Jesus.  God bless!


  - monty & heather
 

All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the LORD laid on Him the sins of us all. - Isaiah 53:6

Soul Link - February 23-25

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Family Retreat - March 1-3

March 23, 2024 Parent Update

Hey Youth Parents -

Hope you have had a great week.  Spring is here and some great things are happening each week in youth ministry.  Hope your son/daughter will be involved. 

 

 

In this week's update:
    1) No Intersection this Sunday - Concert Instead
    2) New Bible Class Series
    3) Midwe
ek
    4) Summer 2024 Dates
    5) Parent Guide - TikTok

    6) Soul Link Students

    7) A Final Thought

 

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1) No Intersection This Sunday Night - Concert Instead

We are cancelling Intersection this Sunday night so students can go to the concert at A&M, if they would like to.  Here is some info about the concert:

  • 7:00-8:30pm - Rudder Auditorium at A&M

  • Tickets are $23 each with our group.

  • The concert features Zach Williams and Riley Clemmons.  They are both Christian musicians.  They each have some powerful, faith-packed songs.

  • We have already sold out of our first block of tickets we bought for our youth group students and families and friends, but we've got some additional seats.  If students/families would like to come, please let us know as soon as possible.  (Noon on Saturday is a tentative deadline for getting seats with our group.  After that, we'll still try to get tickets, but we may have to let you get tickets on your own.)

  • Click here to go to our ticket purchase page: https://amchurch.ccbchurch.com/goto/forms/867/responses/new
    (If the link is up, we still have seats.  We will take the link down once we sell them all.) 

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Students need a Bible every Sunday morning.  We'll be encouraging them to write some notes in their Bible in these coming weeks - so if they have a specific pen or pencil they would like to use, they can bring it. 

2) New Sunday Morning Bible Class Series

  • Starting this Sunday, our MS and HS classes will both start a series on the book of Philippians.

  • We'll take a chapter a week for the next 4 weeks (no class on Easter) and help our students learn more about Philippians.

  • Just as an FYI for those who are interested, here are some of the things our students have learned lately:
      -1 Timothy - Wednesday nights in HS class
     
    - Acts - everyone was encouraged to read it in Feb
      - Nehemiah - this was the book they taught from at
      Soul Link with our MS students.
      - Jesus and Stress - Sunday mornings MS & HS

3)  Midweek - Every Wednesday Night

  • Everything begins at 7pm. 

  • This is a great chance to be in the Word and to be with other students and make friends. 

  • Friends, faith and encouragement.

  • We want to encourage students to be here each Wednesday night between now and summer, if at all possible. 

  • If there is something that is keeping your son/daughter from coming, and we can help, please let us know. 

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4) Summer 2024 Youth Dates

Summer is such an important time for our students.  Here are some dates...others are coming as soon as we get them finalized.

  • Mega Days (current 3rd-6th) - June 3-7

  • Middle School Camp (called Horizon) - June 23-28

  • High School Mission Trip - June 11-15

  • Paint-O-Rama (MS/HS) - last week of May

If you're looking for vacation dates, we do not anticipate planning anything from June 29 through July 13.

Registration will open up this next week for Mega Days, Horizon, and HS Mission Trip.  amyouth.net is where you will be able to register for all three of these events.

5) Parent Guide - TikTok

- TikTok has been in the news a lot lately.  Here is a chance to learn more about it. 

- The folks at Axis have created a great parent guide for TikTok.  It's pretty detailed - so it will take a few minutes to get through it.

- I do think this guide understates the sexual content that has been widely reported on TikTok.  This content is especially dangerous for our teens.  Much of the content on TikTok is fun or informative, but there are definitely videos which are sexual and suggestive in nature.  Still, the parent guide is very informative. 

- Here is a link to the TikTok Parent Guide:  https://axis.org/resource/a-parent-guide-to-tiktok-parent-guide/

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6) Soul Link Students

 

If your middle school student went to Soul Link, they should receive a letter and group picture in the mail soon, if they have not already received it.  Soul Link was outstanding this year.  And we're so glad for the students who could go.  You can see all pictures at https://amyouth.smugmug.com/Soul-Link-2024

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7) A Final Thought

 

Jesus said: Well done good and ___________ servant.

 

Successful?

Influential?

Important?

Famous?

No.  The was Jesus used was FAITHFUL. 

And one of the best things you can be for your family is just that: FAITHFUL TO GOD.  It's more important than being successful or important or anything else.  Help your kids see the Lord at work in your life.  And keep your heart focused on Him.

We are looking for summer interns.  If you know of any great college students who we could talk to, please mention it to them or let us know.

We love your family and we love your kids.  We encourage you to make God the highest priority for your family.  And we hope to see at worship on Sunday.

                                                                                                                                   - monty & heather

For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.    - 1 Corinthians 4:20

Easter Sunday

10:30 Combined Worship

9:30 Brunch

No 8:30 Assembly

No Bible Classes

Sunday Night Youth: TBA

March 9, 2024 Parent Update

Hey Youth Parents -

In this week's short update:
    1) Spring (Break) Forward
    2) No Wednesday Night Midweek
    3) Next Sunday - 3/17

    4) Some Summer 2024 Dates
 

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1) Spring (Break) Forward

Spring Break is here!  And...it's Spring Forward weekend.  Here is what to know for this Sunday, March 10:

  • 10:30 am worship assembly in Auditorium

  • No 8:30 service

  • No Bible classes

  • No Sunday evening gatherings

2) No Wednesday Night Midweek

  • There are no youth or children's classes this week because of Spring Break.  There is a combined class for children and adults in the Parlor at 7:00pm this Wednesday night.  It is an all-singing night. 

  • In our High School Wednesday night gathering, we just wrapped up a 7 week series on 1 Timothy.  It was a great series, and we spent some time in small groups and some time all together as a large group.  Thanks to all who have been coming lately.

 3) Next Sunday - 3/17

  • Everything is back to normal:  8:30 worship; 9:40 classes; 10:30 worship; Sunday evening Intersection at 7:00.
  • In our Sunday morning youth classes, we will wrap up a series called Jesus and Stress.  If you want to know more about this series, click here:   Jesus and Stress
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4) Some Summer 2024 Dates

  • Mega Days (current 3rd-6th) - June 3-7

  • Middle School Camp (called Horizon) - June 23-28

  • High School Mission Trip - June 11-15

  • Paint-O-Rama (MS/HS) - last week of May
     

We're still working on some other dates.  We'll announce them soon.

If you're looking for vacation dates, we do not anticipate planning anything from June 29 through July 13.

Whether you have big plans, no plans, or something in between, we hope your family has a great Spring Break.  Make worship a priority for your family this Sunday.  God bless!


  - monty & heather

 

I rise early, before the sun is up; I cry out for help and put my hope in Your words.     - Psalms 119:147

Soul Link - February 23-25

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Family Retreat - March 1-3

February 17, 2024 Parent Update

Hey Youth Parents -

 

 

In this week's update:
    1) Save the Dates
    2) This Sunday Morn
    3) This Sunday Evening

    4) Midweek
    5) Soul Link
    6) Family Retreat

    7) Read Acts in February

    8) This is Enlightening

    9) A Final Thought

 

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1) Save the Dates

Summer is such an important time for our students.  Here are some dates...others are coming as soon as we get them finalized.

  • Mega Days (current 3rd-6th) - June 3-7

  • Middle School Camp (called Horizon) - June 23-28

  • High School Mission Trip - June 11-15

  • Paint-O-Rama (MS/HS) - last week of May

If you're looking for vacation dates, we do not anticipate planning anything from June 29 through July 13.

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2) This Sunday Morning

  • Hope you'll spend this Sunday morning in worship.
     

  • 8:30 or 10:30

  • Bible classes at 9:40. 

  • Current Bible class Series: Jesus and Stress.  Read more about it here:  Jesus and Stress Overview

  • If any families are looking for a way to serve, we need some help making coffee and putting out drinks and donuts before class on Sunday mornings.  Talk to us if you want to help. 

  • Also, we need people to help advance slides at the 10:30 assembly. If you or someone in your fam would be willing to do this around once a month, please let us know. 

Students need a Bible every Sunday morning.

 3) This Sunday Evening

  • Students at 7pm.  Intersection - Worship, Bible study, encouragement.
  • Parents at 7pm.  If you have not been able to come on Sunday nights, we invite you come this week and try it out.  Parents meet in the Commons.  Come any time you can.  You don't have to be here every week.
  • Kids' Small Group (6th grade and under) - 7pm in the MS Room 
  • Also, Breakthrough is at 6pm in the Chapel.
  • Students who have been asked to help this Sunday night at youth are: Ford, Luke, Katy, Alli, Karson, Gage, Allen, Jack H, Foster, Kambrie. (we're always looking for students to help us, so if your son/daughter would like to and has not been asked recently, let us know.)
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4)  Midweek - Every Wednesday Night

  • Everything begins at 7pm. 

  • This is a great chance to be in the Word and to be with other students and make friends. 

5) Soul Link is coming - February 23-25

Info will be sent to families who are signed up on Monday.

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6) Family Retreat is coming - February 23-25

Activity sign-ups will begin next week.  If you are signed up for the retreat, watch for an email on Monday or Tuesday.

7) Read Acts in February

- February is still happening.  And so is the "Read Acts in February" challenge.  Pick up a Bible, turn to Acts, and see what God will show you through His Word.

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8) This is Enlightening

- Addy.  Beige Flag.  Let them cook.  Ate and left no crumbs.  These and other new-ish phrases/words are worth knowing about. 

- Here is a link to a Teen Slang guide: https://axis.org/resource/a-parent-guide-to-teen-slang/

9) A Final Thought

 

Jesus said: Well done good and ___________ servant.

 

Okay, pop quiz:  What word fits best here?
Well done good and successful servant?

Well done good and important servant?

Well done good and influential servant?

No.

Of all the things Jesus could have said, and He could have chosen anything, He chose the word FAITHFUL.  Well done good and FAITHFUL servant. 

 

Being faithful to the Lord changes everything in our life.  And our role as parents is to teach our kids that our lives are to be lived in FAITHFULNESS to God.

If your kids are successful, great.  

If they are important, great.

But far above all other characteristics, FAITHFULNESS is one we need to help them learn.    

And if this has not been a value of your family, well, today is a great day to start.  It's not always easy.  And this may be a specifically challenging time for your family.  Start with prayer.  Then live faithfully in your own personal life.  Then carefully and wisely try to help provide good influences for your son/daughter.  And know that we're always praying for your son/daughter as well. 



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We love your family and we love your kids.  Hope to see at worship on Sunday.

                                                                                                                                   - monty & heather

No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and His love is brought to full expression in us.

1 John 4:12

February 10, 2024 Parent Update

Hey Youth Parents -

In this week's update:
    1) Sign-Up Deadlines - Tomorrow
    2) This Sunday Morn
    3) This Sunday Evening
    4) Read Acts in February
    5) Some Summer 2024 Dates
    6)  Midweek

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1) Sign-Up Deadlines: Tomorrow, February 11

Soul Link - for Middle School Students.  February 23-25.  All info can be found here:  https://www.amyouth.net/soul-link

Family Retreat - for everyone.  March 1-3.

All info here: https://www.amyouth.net/fam-retreat

2) This Sunday Morning

  • Worship at 8:30 and 10:30

  • Bible classes at 9:40. 

  • We have a new series starting this Sunday in both the MS and HS classes.  It's called Jesus and Stress.  (It could also be called Jesus and Anxiety - but anxiety is such a complicated word and the solutions are not simple...so we're trying not to be sensitive to those students who deal with anxiety.)  This will be a great series to help our students see what Jesus says about stress and giving your stress to God.  Here is a link to the weekly topics and verses in this series:  Jesus and Stress Overview

Students need a Bible every Sunday morning.

 3) This Sunday Evening

  • No things at church.  No Intersection.  No Kids' Small GroupNo Parent Group
  • Feel free to invite some of your student's friends over to your house to watch the Super Bowl. 
  • Below are some pictures from Intersection last Sunday.  The pictures show (in abc order) Abby, Brogan, Clara S, Emma M, Ford, Parker, Travis, Ty.
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4) Read Acts in February

- We are encouraging all students to read through Acts during the month of February.  There is so much value from reading God's Word.  

- Acts is 28 chapters long.  February is usually 28 days long.  (We get a bonus day this year.) 

- At Winterfest, all of the teaching was from the book of Acts.  On Sunday nights we have been looking at some passages from Acts and watching some videos from the Bible Project. 

- Acts is a great book, and we hope all students will read it this month. 

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5) Some Summer 2024 Dates

  • Mega Days (current 3rd-6th) - June 3-7

  • Middle School Camp (called Horizon) - June 23-28

  • High School Mission Trip - June 11-15

  • Paint-O-Rama (MS/HS) - last week of May
     

We're still working on some other dates.  We'll announce them soon.

If you're looking for vacation dates, we do not anticipate planning anything from June 29 through July 13.

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6)  Midweek - Every Wednesday Night

  • Everything begins at 7pm. 

  • HS is currently in a series on 1 Timothy.  MS is in a series about how to love others with the same love God loves us with.

  • This is a great chance to be in the Word and to be with other students and make friends. 

Everything we do is to glorify God, to help students know Him, and to help you raise your kids to know and love to Lord.  We're not here to entertain.  We're not here to babysit.  And we're not here to do your job for you.  God calls each of us as parents to raise our kids to know Him. We pray everything we do helps you to do that.  And we are passionate about helping you raise your kids to walk with God for a lifetime. 

 

We love your family and we love your kids.  Hope to see you tomorrow.


  - monty & heather

 

Dear friends, let us continue to love one another, for love comes from God. Anyone who loves is a child of God and knows God.   - 1 John 4:7


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February 3, 2024 Parent Update

Hey Parents -

Happy February to everyone!  This week's Parent Update is packed with...well, let's see...  It's packed with excitement, insights into what is happening in the youth ministry, and some things to know about future Sundays, Wednesdays and youth events. 

And with the new online format for the Parent Update, we can tell you more than we could in the "text only email" version, show you some pictures, and make the update easier to read.

So grab one of those yummy coffee drinks, maybe a blueberry muffin, and here we go!

In this week's update:
    1) Read Acts in February
    2) MS Soul Link
    3) Fam Retreat
    4) This Sunday Morn
    5) This Sunday Evening
    6)  Midweek

    7)  Some Summer 2024 Dates

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1) Read Acts in February

- We are encouraging all students to read through Acts during the month of February.  There is so much value from reading God's Word.  

- Acts is 28 chapters long.  February is usually 28 days long.  (We get a bonus day this year.) 

- At Winterfest, all of the teaching was from the book of Acts.  On Sunday nights we have been looking at some passages from Acts and watching some videos from the Bible Project. 

- Acts is a great book, and we hope all students will read it this month. 

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2) Soul Link - For MS Students - Sign-up by Feb 11
- Soul Link is the biggest event for our middle school students during the Spring semester.

- This is a chance for our students to grow in friendship with each other and grow in faith.

- Youth classes at church are great, but real connection happens when we get in the bus and spend the weekend at a retreat/conference/serving others type event.  This is where friendships start which last throughout high school and beyond. 

- United Voice Worship will be leading worship.  The speakers are outstanding.

- We encourage all of our MS students to come if they possibly can. 

- All details can be found here:  Soul Link Webpage

 

And we need some parent sponsors as well.  Click here if you can help: https://amchurch.ccbchurch.com/need_detail.php?need_id=787

3) Family Retreat - March 1-3 - Sign-up by Feb 11

- The Family Retreat is going to be a great weekend to make some memories with your family and deepen your family's faith in God. 

- If you're thinking about going and want one of the hotel rooms (instead of the bunkhouses or RV spots) sign-up soon.  We have already run out of our block of hotel room accommodations, but we think we can get some more if we ask soon.   

- All details here: Family Retreat Website

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4) This Sunday Morning

  • See last Sunday's student handout by clicking here.  (We make one of these every week with announcements, an outline, a place for notes, and three follow up devo thoughts for students to use at home.)

  • Worship at 8:30 and 10:30

  • Bible classes at 9:40. 

  • If you have not been coming to Sunday morning class...well February is a great time to start.  We'll take care of your student, and there are some good adult classes for you.  The Parlor is a great suggestion, but there are others as well.  You can see more info in the church app.

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 5) This Sunday Evening

  • Intersection - 7:00pm.  For all MS & HS students.
  • Kids Small Group - 7:00pm.  For all 6th grade and under.
  • Students who have been/will be asked to help with this week's Intersection: Jadyn, Luke, Ty, Ford, Foster, Clara S, Seth, Travis, Emma M, Brogan, Abby, Parker.  (we are always needing students to help, so if your son/daughter wants to help and has not been asked recently, let us know.) 

Here are some pictures from Intersection last Sunday night:

From left to right, the students here are: Emma, Anni, Jake (top) Connor, Beck, Gwyneth (bottom).  Sterling and Karis also helped, but are not pictured here.

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6)  Midweek - Every Wednesday Night

  • Everything begins at 7pm. 

  • All MS & HS are together for worship, a devo, maybe a game, and a few fun things before splitting into separate MS and HS classes. 

  • HS is currently in a series on 1 Timothy.  MS is in a series about how to love others with the same love God loves us with.

7) Some Summer 2024 Dates

  • Mega Days (current 3rd-6th) - June 3-7

  • Middle School Camp (called Horizon) - June 23-28

  • High School Mission Trip - June 11-15

  • Paint-O-Rama (MS/HS) - last week of May
     

We're still working on some other dates.  We'll announce them soon.

If you're looking for vacation dates, we do not anticipate planning anything from June 29 through July 13.

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At this point we are not planning anything on the night of the Super Bowl.  We will do something if students want to be together.  But we don't want to plan something if students aren't going to come.  If there is not something at church, it's a great night to have some of your student's friends or other families over to watch the game.

 

 

So glad your family is a part of this church. 

We love your kids and we love your family. 

See you Sunday!



  - monty & heather

 

We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His

love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives

in them.    - 1 John 4:16


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January 27, 2024 Parent Update

Hey Parents -

Happy almost end of January!  Here are a few things to know about:

In this week's update:

    1) Middle School Supper - This Sun
    2) Middle School Soul Link
    3) Family Retreat
    4) This Sunday Morning
    5) This Sunday Evening
    6)  Wednesday Evening

    7) Some Summer Dates


 

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This Week's Update:

1) Middle School Supper & Game Night - This Sunday night
We'll have supper for all 7th and 8th grade students starting at 6:00pm this Sunday night.  Then we'll have a few youth group games. 

The goal: have a place where every student can feel like they belong and feel like they have friends.  No need to RSVP.  And no cost. 

If any parents can help us serve food, click here: https://amchurch.ccbchurch.com/need_detail.php?need_id=787

2) Soul Link - Middle School Students
- You've been looking for something to make your middle schooler perfect...well, here it is! 
(sorry, no money back guarantees on the whole your student being perfect deal. lol.) 

- Soul Link is:  a great weekend youth conference; very strong in worship, teaching, and practical encouragement to grow in faith; at Bammel CofC in Houston.

- We want to encourage all of our MS students to come if they possibly can.  It will be worth whatever thing they have to miss in order to be there. 

- All details can be found here:  Soul Link Webpage

 

And we need some parent sponsors as well.  Click here if you can help: https://amchurch.ccbchurch.com/need_detail.php?need_id=787

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Single parent families are especially encouraged to come.  And for everyone, we have scholarships available - we realize finances may be tight, but we want all families to come to this if they'd like to. 

3) Family Retreat - March 1-3

We invite all youth families to come to the Family Retreat.  This will not be like a youth retreat where everything is structured and packed with activities and lessons.  Instead, there will be some optional things your family can do, plus there are a lot of things to do around the camp, if you'd like. 

Our goal is to give your family a chance to be together, a chance to relax, a chance to know other families from our church, and to encourage everyone to grow deeper in their relationship with Jesus.  Feel free to invite any families who do not go to our church but who would be blessed by a weekend like this.  All details here: Family Retreat Website

4) This Sunday Morning

  • Worship at 8:30 and 10:30

  • Bible classes at 9:40. 

  • Our current theme in our MS and HS classes is "Jesus and Your Identity."  Jesus had a lot to say about who we are. 
    Last week we looked at what Jesus said about how "anyone who wants to be first must be the very last and the servant of all" from Mark 9:33 and following. 
    This week we will look at remaining connected to Jesus from John 15:1-8. 


 5) This Sunday Evening

  • MS Supper and Game Night - 6:15

  • Intersection - 7:00pm.  For all MS & HS students.
  • Kids Small Group - 7:00pm.  For all 6th grade and under.
  • Students who have been/will be asked to help with this week's Intersection: Jake, Ty, Gwyneth, Connor, Emma W, Karis, Beck, Sterling, Emelyn, Parker, and Anni.  (we are always needing students to help, so if your son/daughter wants to help and has not been asked recently, let us know.) 

If you want to see last Sunday's handout, click here.

6) Wednesday Night - Midweek

  • Everything begins at 7pm. 

  • All MS & HS are together for worship, a devo, maybe a game, and a few fun things before splitting into separate MS and HS classes. 

  • HS is currently in a series on 1 Timothy.  MS is in a series about how to love others with the same love God loves us with.

7) Some Summer 2024 Dates

  • Mega Days (current 3rd-6th) - June 3-7

  • Middle School Camp - June 23-28

  • High School Mission Trip - June 11-15

  • Paint-O-Rama (MS/HS) - last week of May
     

We're still working on some other dates.  We'll announce them soon.

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We're glad your family is a part of this church.  See you Sunday!

  - monty & heather


Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like Him.  Colossians 3:10

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