Who can come?: You & your friends in Grade 6 and up.
Fri, SEP 14TH: Bowling Party 6pm—10pm: Meet at the church at 6pm for a bowling party at Sunset Lanes. RSVP to Beckie so we know how many will be going.
Sat, SEP 22nd: Spaghetti Fundraiser 5—8pm: Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser for LCM Camperships to Lutherhaven. Youth will decorate the GP, serve, and clean-up.
Need more info?: Beckie Jenicek, Director of Youth & Family 208-755-0995 / email@example.com
Message from the Director of Youth & Family Ministry
September 15th will mark my one-year anniversary as Director of Youth and Family for LCM. I would like to thank each of you for the support and encouragement and love you have shown me. I appreciate your willingness to try new things as we work together to build on what we have as we move into the future. This fall, we will launch a new Sunday School program and a new Wednesday night program. Your prayers for our new adventures are needed.
When I was growing up, I was surrounded by Christians. At school, in the community, at family events, there wasn’t anyplace I went where my faith wasn’t affirmed and validated. I think that I made it successfully to the ripe old age of 18 before I realized that there were people who were not Christians living in the US. I thought that there were only non-Christians in the countries we sent missionaries to and Russia where we sent bible smugglers. Maybe there were small pockets in big cities where gangs were because I had heard David Wilkerson (The Cross and the Switchblade) speak at a youth conference. However, in my day-to-day life, it was safe and encouraged and somewhat expected to be a Christian.
We live in a very different society now. When our children go to school, being a Christian is not the norm, and often a door for bullying and persecution. TV and media are primarily secular. The organizations, sports, and activities that our children attend no longer open or close with prayer. If you think about a typical week, how much time is really spent building our faith. As a youth director, I know that if I have 100%attendance from one of my youth for every activity, event, and bible study, the most time I have to influence their faith is, maybe, 150 hours a year. If they are only coming once a week, church will have 56 hours a year. Surveys have shown that sports will claim over 500 hours a year.
My prayer as September, and back to school, hits is that we can stop to take time to make sure getting to church is scheduled in on our calendars. That we have made it a priority to be surrounded, at least part of the week, by other Christians. That we have committed to time spent in a place where we are building our faith and our relationship with our creator.