Lake Champion

Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”  (English Standard Version, Colossians 1:28) 

This year in youth group we are trying something different for our retreat. Instead of attending a winter retreat, we are attending a Spring Retreat (April 5th to 7th) for 6th to 12th-grade students. It is at Lake Champion which is in Glen Spey, NY. I am very excited for our teens to attend this event. Here is why: 

1. The retreat will have a fantastic speaker, Ken Castor, a professor at Crown College (Pastor Adam received his master’s at Crown) who has a passion for seeing the teenagers on fire for Christ. I have heard only great things about him, and of course, he is Alliance☺ He engages the students with Biblical Principles and then leaves time for the youth leaders to join with the students in a group setting. 

2. We will participate with many young people from the Alliance Metro District. It will give our students a chance to see & interact with like-minded believers of the same generation. 

3. Our students will enjoy worshipping our Savior, Sanctifier, Healer, and Coming King with a fantastic band. 

4. There are many things for the students to participate in during free time: basketball, frisbee, soccer, dodgeball, sand volleyball, climb the rock wall, hang out in an enormous game room, snack bar, ride the giant swing (that thing is awesome looking!), high ropes course, and weather permitting zip line into the lake. 

Thank you in advance for supporting the next generation. I ask for your support in two ways. One that you pray for us as we take this trip, that God will raise this generation to be fully mature in Christ and to “do more for Jesus than what has been done in the last 100 years.” (Dan Boal). Secondly, that you support the teenagers by attending the Spaghetti Dinner this Saturday. March 2. Not only does this raise funds to help some of the teenagers attend events like Lake Champion, but also it gives you a chance to meet some of them as they serve you during the dinner. 

Thank you for your love and care for this generation. “Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” (Ephesians 3:20-21) 

Heartwork

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A new school year has begun, and youth group has started with a four-week challenge, (Heartwork). The teenagers have been encouraged to help hurricane victims by earning money for them. They can do this by using their time, talent, and resources. The money they make from the challenge will go to CAMA, (Compassion, and Mercy Associates, part of the Alliance family) which will be used to minister to the hurricane victims by meeting their physical and spiritual needs. 

These four weeks will not only challenge the teenagers to raise money but to think about their spiritual walk with God. We have been focusing on, "spending ourselves not on ourselves," but instead "spending ourselves on others." They have been encouraged to seek what God wants, and not what they want in their own lives. We have talked about the pursuit of happiness through self-gain, and that it will only make them miserable; whereas seeking to please God by serving others will bring God’s fulfillment into their lives. 

You can support the teenagers during these four weeks by praying for them, taking an interest in how they are doing with the challenge, and by letting me know if there are any jobs that a teenager could do to raise money for the hurricane victims. Some of the ways you can pray for them are: 

  • God will use this challenge to help them grow closer to Him. 
  • They will take the challenge seriously. 
  • Teenagers would begin to see true fulfillment in serving God instead of themselves. 

    Thank you for your investment in the next generation! 
    Sincerely, 
    Pastor Moe 

Isaiah 58:10 “and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness and your night will become like the noonday.” 

Youth Ministry Semi-Annual Update

1 Timothy 4:12   "Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity."

This past year has been a year of discovery.  We've discovered the importance of discipleship in small groups.  We've discovered the value of student leadership.  Teens have discovered their spiritual gifts and talents.  When we hold high the charge to Timothy from Paul to let no one look down on us for our age we begin to see past age and into each student's core.  At each of our student's core is their faith, or what they believe to be true about God, people, and the world around them.  Many of our students have discovered what they believe and are now acting on it and defending it to those around them.

Wins:

We've had several ministry wins this year and we are constantly looking back and celebrating God for those things.  Our wins include our attendance reaching 26 students on a single night, our turnout for the Daddy Daughter Date Night with 65 dads and daughters sharing an awesome night together.   This summer has been one big win with the addition of three students to our student leadership team.  Our students planned everything this summer from the message and the worship, to the food and games.  Lastly we took eight students to the Bridge Community Center in Johnson City, NY to help lead a summer day camp for sixty inner city kids. 

Areas of Growth:

Although we had several wins we still have areas we would like to grow in.  We are still in need of more volunteers especially to be small group leaders.  We can always use more help in this area, we continue to get more students than we can handle, which is a good problem but still a problem.  We would like to see 4 more leaders by next year.  Another area we still need to grow in is our middle school ministry.  We have dedicated leaders for our high school students but we are in need of a couple more leaders to work with 6-8th grade students.  We would like to have 2 more leaders to work with middle school students by next year.  Lastly, we have many students that come out for our weekly programming that are not involved in Sunday morning services.  We would love to see 10 more students in church on Sunday mornings and for our church to be a place where students feel welcome and comfortable.

Thank you for your prayers and please continue to pray for us in the next year. 

Pastor Levi Owens