An Incredible Year

The year 2017 has been incredible for Circle Drive Students, and when I look back, I see how the Lord has been working in them. Please allow me to share some of these moments with you. 

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When youth group on Sunday Night's kicked off this school year, the youth group split into two different times. Middle School starts at 4:30 pm and ends at 6:00 pm. Sr. High begins at 6:30 and ends at 8:00 pm. We made this decision through much prayer, and the Lord has blessed the youth ministry. There have been many new faces for Middle School, and we have seen a few new faces in Sr. High. It has been great to see the Lord work in both groups! 

This Fall we hosted a few outreach events, with the purpose of allowing our students to invite friends. The main event that God's hand was in was Reverb. This was an all-night event full of fun packed activities, held in Binghamton and put on by Word of Life Ministries - All for the sake of sharing the Gospel with teenagers. During this time three of our teens accepted Jesus as their Savior and five of them dedicated their lives for Him to use!!! Please pray that they will continue to grow in their walk with Jesus. 

Youth group and all the activities that take place, could not have been done without the volunteers that we have each Sunday night or the chaperones that sacrificed a night of sleep to go to Reverb and the drivers that got up at 4 am to pick us up (on the first day of hunting no less!) And don't forget the parents/volunteers that helped with Black Light Dodgeball, and the Candy Fundraiser. Thank you for your time and for serving God by helping us out! Your heart for youth is evident, in a culture where teens are often overlooked and left to figure out life on their own as best they can. Adults who truly care can make all the difference in the world. 

Looking back over the course of the year and how the Lord has blessed this ministry gives me a desire to say, "My soul makes its boast in the LORD; let the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together". (Psalm 34:2-3). 

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.”