Youth Group

July 2018

Who can come?: You & your friends in Grade 6 and up.

Wed, July 11th: Beach Day, 11am—4pm. Meet at the church at 11am. Bring a sack lunch and something to drink. We will head out to the beach for a day of fun in the sun.

Wed, July 25th: Movie Night Time TBA. We will meet at the church and head out to a movie. Email Beckie with movie suggestions.

Need more info?: Beckie Jenicek, Director of Youth & Family 208-755-0995 / rjenicek@gmail.com

 

Message from the Director of Youth & Family Ministry

When I was growing up, one of my favorite songs to sing when I was at camp had the beautiful line in it “and they will know we are Christians, by our love, by our love, they will know we are Christians by our love.” I thought being loving and kind was the way to let everyone know how much Jesus loves us. After all, the last thing that he asked us to do while he was on this physical earth was to love one another as he has loved us.

Over the years, I have learned that the reality of Christianity is that Christians are often some of the most unaccepting, unloving, judgmental, unbending people there are. I was asked by several members of one congregation not to come to worship with my sister-in-law and her partner when they were visiting me because they were a gay couple and they wouldn’t really be welcome there. My own daughter quit attending church several years ago because she said that if she couldn’t walk in with her friend Tyler and have him be welcomed and not just stared at, she didn’t want to go either.

I have met lots of people over the years who will say that the reason they don’t attend a church is the hypocrisy and condemnation there doesn’t make them feel closer to God, it just makes them uncomfortable and angry with people. I want to thank LCM for doing it right! Our faith family at LCM showed the love of Christ in such a special, up close, and very personal way to some very special people in my life. We truly demonstrated that when we say “all are welcome” we mean just that. On graduate recognition Sunday, Geoff’s son Matthew, daughter Olivia, and her boyfriend Zack, who are visiting us from Fairfax, VA, attended church with us. Olivia had just graduated, and you were kind enough to let her be included with the graduates from this congregation. To a young woman who had just lost her mother and elected not to be part of a graduation ceremony because Mom couldn’t be there, to be a part of a public graduate recognition was very special to her. Her boyfriend also came with her.

The sermon that week was about how Jesus was seen as an outcast. Zack has Asperger’s and can very much relate to being seen as an outcast. He struggled with the passing of the peace; saying later that he didn’t want to appear rude, but he was thinking that if he just sat there and didn’t make eye contact, no one would shake hands with him. The thing that really touched my heart is that, even though there were some things he found               uncomfortable, he took with him things that were good. He remarked on the way home that he had come all the way from Virginia but felt that the   sermon had been written just for him. He approached me later that day and said he and Livvy had been talking and they wondered if I had any  extra bibles that they might be able to have. 😊

A few days later, Olivia asked if they could stay a little longer so that they could attend church again on Sunday for Father’s Day and asked if she could be baptized. Thank you! Thank you for getting it right. Thank you for showing the love of Christ right where it counts, in His house of worship.

Blessings, Beckie