Monthly Archives: December 2010
Hope everyone had a good Christmas. The month of January is an exciting and eventful month for those connected to the youth ministry. Most of the construction on the second floor of the Outreach Center is complete and soon we will be painting and finishing off the area with the technology we will install. Please continue to pray for all those doing the work and the transition of our youth ministry up there in the month of January. Here are a list of the events going to be happening. I will also be posting on each individual event as they get closer.
Saturday, January 8th 2011…Youth Family Painting Party–We will be painting the second floor area starting at 10am on Saturday. We hope you will plan to help and join us as we get the new youth area ready for a January kick-off.
Sunday, January 9th 2011…Sunday Evening Youth in the Vann–This will be the first time our main youth gathering (Youth in the Vann) will meet on Sunday nights from 5PM to 7PM. We have decided to move this from Wednesdays to Sundays to allow for less scheduling conflict, building better community within youth group, and the opportunity to bring more friends to Vann. Our evening begins at 5PM with a meal in the Outreach Center. We will then do some group activities and finish the night off upstairs looking at Scripture. We hope you will plan to come.
Wednesday, January 12th 2011…Wednesday Youth Discipleship–This will be our discipleship time in the youth ministry and we will meet from 6PM till 6:45PM. Our emphasis will be on material relevant to youth and their pursuit of Christ in their lives. We will begin in January with material produced by Focus on the Family titled Does God Exist?
Monday, January 24th 2011…Titus 2–I want to encourage any young lady or parent in the youth ministry to be involved in our Titus 2 Women’s ministry. They will be covering in the year 2011, a hugely relevant topic for girls and ladies involved in their lives, called Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild. They meet in the fellowship hall at 6:30PM.
Friday, January 28th 2011…Youth Parent’s Dinner–We will be having a dinner for all parents/guardians of youth at Vann on Friday night from 6PM till 8PM. This evening is designed for only the parents and will serve as an opportunity to encourage one another and discuss plans for the year 2011. We will provide the meat and are asking for each family to bring a covered dish. Please RSVP with Rodney.
Saturday, January 29th 2011…BMen Lunch–I want to encourage any youth fella and any parent/guardian to attend Vann’s BMen Lunch on Saturday. You might get one of the flyers to see the details of the event.
I recognize that this is a lot and could be busy; however, rightly planned out this could be a great month. I hope you will prayerfully consider attending any event that pertains to you. As we transition (Youth Ministry) in the month of January to our new schedule and location (2nd floor), please be praying. Change is never easy but we believe necessary for the immediate and future needs of Vann’s youth ministry.
Vann’s Youth ministry exists to Partner with Parents to help youth Encounter God, Experience Community, and Engage our World in word and deed, One Home at a time.
I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. I pray you all will have safe travels and quality time with family and friends as you gather together to celebrate this time of year. I pray we will all also take each opportunity we have to share with others why we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ.
“And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11
You might also like to check out this creative way of re-telling the Christmas story.
As many of you are aware, Vann Avenue approved a recommendation to remodel a portion of our Outreach Center for the youth ministry. I must admit that I am excited and nervous at the same time. As I was reading through Ephesians in my quiet time this morning, I came across Ephesians 3:7 and paused with reflection.
“I was made a servant of this [gospel] by the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by the working of His power.”
Paul didn’t choose to follow Jesus [the way] because it brought fame, in fact, he above all knew it brought suffering. He wasn’t looking for a group to be a part of because he was lonely, in fact, at times all deserted him as a follower of Christ (except Christ). Paul was a follower of the Lord Jesus Christ because of God’s grace and God’s power. Paul was headed one way in life, quite content I might add, and Jesus gave him a new way. Paul could say with clarity and conviction to the Ephesians, “For you [and he would add himself] were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light–for the fruit of the light results in all goodness, righteousness, and truth–discerning what is pleasing to the Lord. Don’t participate in the fruitless works of darkness, but instead, expose them (Ephesians 5:8-11).”
Why am I nervous? There is always the danger of making the meaning and purpose of life about me. You understand. Look back the last few days and ask yourself why you got frustrated or angry when you did. If you are like me, you will probably see some consistency with your anger or frustration and not getting what you wanted (James 4:1-2). Jesus said in Luke 9:23, “If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me.” This doesn’t sound like a path marked with comfort but self-denial. Our remodel isn’t an attempt to make the youth more comfortable. Our remodel is an attempt to do ministry with excellence and create an environment where we see youth grow and go.
Grow in the Lord Jesus and in appreciation for His power at work in them. My prayer is that each youth would be able to say with confidence and humility that they too were made a servant of the gospel by the gift of God’s grace given to me by the working of His power. Growing in holiness.
Go, in the name of the Lord Jesus, into their homes, schools, friendships, or wherever they go, daily denying themselves comforts and preferences for the sake of others. Being able to clearly communicate the good news of Jesus with anyone who asks them of the hope that lies within them (this implies they live like they have hope). Going in service.
If the remodeled youth area doesn’t serve to advance these principles, we wasted our time and money. We may have served to bring more value and attractiveness to our youth area, but ultimately it will amount to nothing (Luke 9:25). Please join me in prayer that the youth of Vann Avenue (present and future) will grow in holiness and go with passion and purpose. Please pray that homes (parents/guardians) will teach and model the gospel. Pray with me for God’s Kingdom to come and His will be done, now and forever more.
If you are planning to come there are a few items you will need to consider bringing.
#1 A White-Elephant Gift…this is a gift that costs you only the time to find it around the house and then wrap it or stick it in a bag. This is a slightly used gift that you no longer want but that someone else could still use.
#2 A Baby Picture…We are asking that you bring a baby picture of yourself Wednesday. Don’t let anyone else see it because it will be a game we are planning to play.
#3 A Dessert…Bring a dessert if you are able to.
These are not requirements but suggestions. Invite your friends and come Wednesday night and celebrate the Christmas season with us.
Although many of you will have already viewed this many times, I wanted to post it. Once you get past the fact they are in a food court, the words are so powerful. In fact, many would probably say “real” revival is taking place when spontaneous acts of worship are taking place in a city and not this type of planned activity.
Little bit of info you might already know…The word “Hallelujah” is a transliteration of a Hebrew expression that means “Praise Yah, ” that is, “Praise Yahweh [the lord].
In the New Testament hallelouia occurs only in Revelation 19 in the triumphant song of praise that comes from “a great multitude in heaven” (Rev. 19:1, 3, 4, 6) as they sing about God’s reign and prepare for the wedding of the Lamb.
Now that’s how we tie the Food Court Flash Mob to our December topic, Christ’s Return.
After this I heard what seemed to be the loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, crying out,
“Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God…Revelation 19:1
I want to take this opportunity and explain why we are asking the youth to consider participating in our Soul training during the first week of Christmas Break (Tues. 12/21 through Thursday 12/23). We have been emphasizing the point that the youth ministry exists to partner with parents in helping their children pursue Christ (holiness) and engage the lost world with the message of hope. We believe this material can help many of our youths do both.
First, we want to strengthen our youth in the understanding of the gospel. We want them to have confidence that what the Bible says is true. These seven sessions from Soul will accomplish this for the one who comes expecting God to do this. This study covers topics like mission, the cross, the resurrection, and grace. It has been produced with the intended purpose of it being used with the youth culture. We want to go through this together and ask questions when something might not be clear. We want to ask ourselves what lost friends and family might be thinking as they go through this material. This leads me to the next reason for doing this type of training.
Next, we have been challenging our youth to be praying about friends they might be able to get to their house or neutral location (not a church building) to watch this material as well. We all have friends who may never come to the church building, but they might go through a seven week study at your house. We are spending the time during Christmas break to prepare for this possibility. They will have had the opportunity to have already viewed the material before their friends do. This is another reason for our dialogue during the training. How can we be better prepared to address what they might be thinking?
These are some of the reasons we are offering this type of training during Christmas break.
We are planning to meet from 10am till 2pm in the Outreach Center.
We are planning to provide them with lunch.
We are planning to end the last day, Thursday, with possibly bowling or ice skating (youth pick).
If you are interested in any further information or know you will be here, please let me know as soon as possible.
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