Saturday, January 1, 2011

Ignition Youth News 1/03/11

Serving Leftovers to a Holy God - Chapter 5, Crazy Love
by Wes Olsen
    Happy New Year Ignition Youth! 2010 was a great year and I am praying that 2011 will be an even more blessed year. I hope that you have taken time to pray to God to anoint you for another year of battle and joy!
     One of the things I enjoy about the day after Christmas or New Years is the leftover food. Leftover turkey taste great as a sandwich or turkey chowder - yum! Leftover Chinese food after a New Years Eve dinner is also very yummy. But I also know that leaving the leftover food for too long is not yummy, but gross.
      I once knew a man that wouldn't even eat leftovers. Just the thought of eating day old food made him gag. It had to be fresh or not at all. Maybe it was a bit weird or maybe he only wanted the best. We tend not to like it when people don't give us the best. How many of you would have been upset if you received a broken guitar or video game for Christmas? How many of you would like it if instead of being fed a fresh, hot meal, you got to eat off the plate of whomever was finished with the meal first? I know I wouldn't, I would want the fresh meal.
      God wants the best too. He doesn't want the best food we can give him, He wants the best of us we can give Him. Instead we give God our cold, clammy, day-old leftovers, and we often don't think twice about it. This is the attitude of the lukewarm.
      Let me ask you another question.  Are you more concerned about your salvation than your relationship with Jesus? See lukewarm people are more concerned about their salvation than loving Jesus, which is ironic considering lukewarm people don't make it to heaven, because of this! Jesus wants relationship, and He wants you to give him all of your life.
     Jesus calls us to be disciples or students of His. Not just "christians" who are by name only, but disciples who become like their teacher, Jesus. Don't know what this looks like? Pray and read through the gospels and let Jesus teach you the way, the truth and be led by the light! Go to Jesus first in everything, just talk to Him, ask Him questions and give Him time to answer you. Stop whining, and complaining and blaming Him about life and give it to Him to teach you through it. Give Him everything and your best!  Doesn't Jesus deserve our best and not just our leftovers?
Important Information
  • Youth group for 2011 starts this Wednesday, January 5th! The time is still 6:30 - 8:30pm! Can't wait to see you all there!
  • 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.

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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 Dates
1/5/2011 - Youth Group
1/12/2011 - Youth Group
1/19/2011 - Youth Group
1/26/2011 - Youth Group
We thank God for each and every one of you,

Shorewood Foursquare Ignition Youth Ministry Staff

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