Winter Camp 2011 reflections

Man, what a great camp! Pinecrest was awesome! And even though it may seem odd to attend winter camp in March, we did it, and did it well. :]

From start to finish this was a really amazing experience. I saw students hanging out and getting to know each other better. We had a good time in the van, making jokes, playing games, and generally wreaking havoc on each other on the way up. The girls had a stereo in their vehicle, so they just listened to music. We slid on the ice, both on purpose and accidentally. We played in the snow, threw snowballs, and sledded down the snow. We worshiped, fellowshiped, friendship-ed, sail-on-a-ship-ed, and hung out a bit. We heard amazing teaching, played incredible games, and laughed heartily. God spoke, we listened. I spoke, no one listened! (haha!) We had a blast!

Sledding in the mud was kind of ridiculous, but we did it.

Several of our students went up for altar calls.

If you missed it, all I can say is . . . sad. Sad for you. But we love you anyway!

Keep an eye out for the video coming soon!

Be rad!

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Cookie Face

Ahhh, memories. They are sweet.

I remember this one time I filled a glass with OREOS and then with milk. I drank all the milk, then ate the gooey mess that was left in my cup. Delicious! I would never do that now (us old people get fat doing things like that.) but it was fun then.

Here is another fun episode involving OREOS. It’s called Cookie Face, and we played it during Summer Challenge last year. And then again at LIT All Night recently.

This is from Summer Challenge 2010:

Summer Challenge: COOKIE FACE

Random Acts of Christmas

Matthew 25: 31-46
31″When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
34″Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
37″Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
40″The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’

be like Jesus . . . love. serve. give.
celebrate the birth of our LORD by serving others.
when we do it for others, we do it for Jesus.

we will be using all the offering from this week and next week
to order some animals from http://worldvision.org.

give a little extra
by using one of the ideas below, or coming up with your own,
perform at least one random act of Christmas (kindness)

http://tomsshoes.com – buy a pair of shoes, and they give a pair to a child in need
http://worldconcern.org – donate the money you would have spent on your present(s)
http://thewaterproject.org – donate or buy products to dig wells in africa & india
http://charitywater.org – donate $ or buy merchandise to provide clean water
http://secondharvest.org – give food to a family in need
http://angeltree.org – give gifts to families of inmates
http://operationsmile.org – give money to medical missions, provide free surgeries for kids

or…

  • buy a gift card for a single mom or family in need
  • contact the utility company and pay someone’s utility bill
  • volunteer as a family at a food bank or soup kitchen

or come up with your own ways to show Jesus to others this month!

comment below and share what you’re doing to spread the love of Christ!

Matthew 1:23″The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel”—which means, “God with us.”

Be the Change – Music Video

Youth Convention 2010: Be the Change

quoted from Matt Nuss:

Our High School Night out…

Every year at the annual AG youth convention, Our high schoolers sneak out on Saturday night and do something that we typically keep “TOP SECRET” this year, however, we are excited to share our adventure with you.

We ended up at a studio and the High Schoolers wrote a song about Youth Convention 2010. The theme was “Be the Change”. Miles McPherson was the guest speaker. We used our cell phones to make the video… 🙂

Hope you enjoy the video.

Worship by Fire

Ok, so tonight was amazing. God moved and we worshipped Him in it. Bonfires just feel more holy. So good. Thanks for coming all you who came out. For the rest of you… be there next time. God showed up, you should, too.