Thursday, November 4, 2010

Ignition Youth News 11/01/10

Crazy Love, Chapter 3 Review
By Wes Olsen
          The chapter titled after the book, Crazy Love, left me writing a lot of questions about my relationship with God in the margins of the pages. Questions like, "How can I not? Am I still rebellious?" and "What is keeping me from trusting Him more? Sin? Lack of knowledge? No fear of God?"
           These questions were raised by my heart upon the examination of my current relationship with DAD. Lately, I have found myself having a more professional relationship, than personal one with God. I teach His Word, speak His Word, and share His Word, but I am ashamed to say that there is a void in my personal time with His Word. I sure would hate for my kids to have a professional relationship with me and not a satisfying personal one.
            This last summer I went on a hike and ended up spending the night in a very wet, cold, foggy location next to a frozen July, and had probably one of the worst nights of sleep that I could remember. At one point, I had this overwhelming urge to rip out of my tent and go running down the mountain to be with my family as God was dealing with my heart towards them. All of sudden I wanted nothing more than to be with my kids and my heart felt so lonely without them. I believe I came down from there a better dad. I am trying to be more intentional with my words and time. I really want to love them as God loves me.
             But I can't love them like God loves me. I can only love God so much that His love overflows to my children as the Holy Spirit works through me. If I so desired my kids with such a love to want to run out of my tent in the middle of the night to be with them, then God's love must be even crazier, right?
             Francis Chan writes, "...I came to understand that my desire for my children is only a faint echo of God's great love for me and for every person He made. I am just an earthly, sinful father, and I love my kids so much it hurts. How could I not trust a heavenly, perfect Father who loves my infinitely more than I will ever love my kids? (p.55)" To which I asked, "No really, how could I not? Am I still rebellious?"
             I pray the Lord would open my eyes wider to His love, that I would desire to be with Him more than my children desire to be with me. I want to embrace this crazy love God shows me, and have a personal relationship with DAD that will feel and truly be eternal. I pray this for you too. Amen.

by Trina Mannery

        Fall is here and we are all settling into our new schedules - school, sports and youth group!
        We are so very excited to be serving the youth, sharing time with them and growing together as we hear Gods call in our lives!
        Part of our evening is to provide the youth with a snack. Not only does a snack give them something to munch on, but provides them with valuable time to socialize and build relationships.

To do this, we need your help!
How can I Help?
        We need every family to help by providing snack one evening throughout the year. Since we have an average of 50-60 youth, we are asking 2 families to bring snack each night. Your responsibility will be to bring enough snack for 30 youth. We have lots of families so if every family contributes; we should only need your contribution once this year.

What do I need to do?
        Please contact Trina Mannery at 206-550-9298 or She will work with you to set up a date for you to bring snack on a week that will work for your schedule.

What should I bring?
       This can be homemade or store bought. Fruit and vegetables, cheese and crackers or cookies, brownies etc. Shop the sales! What's in the pantry? (Hint: They are teenagers, they love it all!)

Should I bring drinks too?
        You may provide drinks if you like, but we can provide water and that seems to work well.

How would you like the snack to come?
        Please bring the snack prepared and ready to serve. Also, please remind your youth to bring home your containers.

My schedule is crazy and I have a hard time preparing a snack, is there any other way I can help?
        Yes! If you would like to help and just don't have the time to provide a ready to eat snack, you can donate $10 to our snack fund. This fund can be used on days when we don't have anyone scheduled to provide a snack.
Thank you so much for coming along side us to help us love on and serve your kids!

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Trina

God Bless You!

Important Information
  • Encounterfest balance due this Wednesday! 11/03. If you need to know your balance please contact Wes Olsen!
  • We need help with scheduling parents for snacks. We have a lot of youth coming on Wednesdays and need parents to help us. Your youth can even pick it out to share! Also, if you are unable to help by bringing a snack we will also take donations, and go to the store for snacks ourselves.
  • Costume Party was a success! This coming week have chapter 3 of Crazy Love read for small group discussions. 

Important Dates:
11/3/10, Youth Group, 6:30-8:30

11/10/10, Youth Group, 6:30-8:3011/12/10 - 11/14/10, Encounterfest 2010 @ Camp Berachah11/17/10 & 11/24/10, NO Youth Group - Enjoy your Thanksgiving!
We thank God for each and every one of you,

Shorewood Foursquare Ignition Youth Ministry Staff

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