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We exist to equip students to find life and faith in Christ. We believe this happens best as they connect, grow, and participate within our student ministries.
Our primary goal for small groups is for our students to connect with others by forming authentic relationships. Small groups meet every other Sunday night from 6:00 - 7:30 PM, and they are focused on building community.
Each small group will do things differently based on their group. While one group may decide to do a craft together one night, another group may decide to have conversations around a bonfire. While groups can choose to do a study, our primary hope is that our small groups would do things together to build authentic relationships.
To register for a small group, please click here!
MS Students (7th-8th Grade Boys & Girls) meeting location:
6415 164th Ln NW, Ramsey (Lorenz house)
-Guy Leaders: Ben Lorenz and Pete Nicholson
-Girl Leaders: Stefanie Grundahl and Amy Carlson
HS Students (9th-12th Grade Boys & Girls) meeting location:
9340 203rd Ave NW, Nowthen (Pettman house)
-Guy Leaders: Nate Lee, Eric Sundsrom, Zach Arco
-Girl Leaders: Meagen Sundstrom and Heather Jones
Our primary goal for Sunday School is for our students to intentionally grow in knowing Christ; both in knowing about Him and knowing Him personally. We meet on Sunday mornings from 9:30-10:45 AM.
Two classes will be offered at the same time on Sunday mornings; one focused on the Bible and one focused on how to practically live out our faith. Students will get to choose which class to attend. New classes typically start at the beginning of each month.
We are encouraging our students to memorize Scripture; you can find the info to the left of the stage in the youth room!
No Sunday School on Dec 22 and Dec 29!
Our primary goal for Wednesday nights is for our students to actively participate in worshipping God as a community. The two primary ways we hope that will happen is through praising God by singing and by studying God's Word together.
NEW THIS YEAR! While all of our students will be together for the welcome, game, announcements, and singing, 7th-8th graders will split from 9th-12th graders during the teaching time to better connect with others their age.
Worship Team - Help lead our students in worship. Practices are 5:30-6:30. (calendar below)
Cafe Team - Serve cafe drinks and snacks. Commitment is 5:30-6:45 once a month.
Video Team - Create and edit videos for promotion and encouragement. Meets every other week from 5:00-6:00 (calendar below)
Prayer Team - Pray for and with other students. Meets 8:15-9:00 after service every week.
**If there is interest in any of these teams, please reach out to Rob at [email protected]**
No programming on Dec 25 or Jan 1!
FOLLOWING JESUS SERIES
Jan 8 - Jan 22
While we split our middle schoolers from our high schoolers during our teaching time, the lessons are on the same topic. Throughout these 3 weeks, students will be challenged with what it looks like to truly follow Jesus.
Most of us are sentimental when it comes to Thanksgiving -- and its cherished traditions -- at least during the weeks leading up to the holiday. The truth is that for many, Thanksgiving boils down to a lot of work! From making travel arrangements, and getting the family packed and ready to go, to planning the dinner menu and shopping, and coordinating who is responsible for what... it's easy for families to get cranky and frustrated in the run-up to Thanksgiving. Too often, it seems a celebration of giving thanks is the last thing on our minds as T-Day arrives.
Don't forget that if it's Thanksgiving season, then "Murphy's Law" is in effect. You can count on something not going as planned. As I've heard it said, "Stuffing happens." It's no wonder we can so easily ignore the "giving thanks" part of this holiday.
So, allow me to simply remind you that there is always at least one good reason to give thanks, whatever your circumstances this Thanksgiving season, and it is this: God is good.
Here are three of my favorite ways that God displays His goodness:
1) God is good because He gives us free and amazing gifts! Do we deserve God's kindness, mercy, and forgiveness? No. But God loves us and gives us these three free gifts! This is a reason to be thankful!
2) God is good because He loves us unconditionally! His love comes with no strings attached. He loves us not for what we've done but for who we are. This is a core truth about God, and a reason to be thankful!
3) God is good because He offers us life forever. He offers us life to the full---here and now (see John 10:10,) and someday, life in heaven. This too is a great reason to be thankful!
As parents, we set the pace for our families as to whether or not Thanksgiving Day will only be a day of family, friends, food, football, and fun or whether the bar will be raised to a holiday where giving thanks is at the focus of the celebration, and not only an afterthought.
God is always good, so what are you waiting for? Thanksgiving Day? There's no need to wait. Make November a season for your family to give thanks!
Praise the Lord! Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His faithful love endures forever. ---Psalm 106:1 (NLT)
Here we are in the Thanksgiving season again! I love the Thanksgiving holiday partially because gratitude is such an important character trait for Christ-followers. Christians have a special reason to adopt the attitude of gratitude, because we know that whatever comes, our times are in God's hands. It was Jesus who said, in effect, "So don't be anxious about tomorrow. God will take care of your tomorrow, too," (see Matt. 6:34).
If you want to help your kids develop an attitude of gratitude in the run-up to Thanksgiving Day, I encourage you to try an experiment that might radically influence your family. It's called "Thank Therapy." Thank Therapy is simply focusing on the many things in your life for which you can be thankful. The first time I tried this, I took out a notebook and wrote at the top, "Twenty Reasons Why I'm Thankful." The first few were easy; but I really struggled to write down twenty reasons why I was thankful. Thank Therapy is simply an act of the will to concentrate on the good and not the bad.
No matter what your family circumstances, you can find reasons to be thankful. As a family, take a few minutes, grab a notebook and pen, and make your list of things for which your family is grateful. When you focus on positive things in your life and give thanks for them, the load seems lighter. Make thankfulness a habit in your family and watch good things happen.
Christians have every reason to be thankful because Jesus Christ was willing to sacrifice his very life in order to set us free from the constraints of sin. Paul explained it this way: "But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us," (Rom. 5:8). With this expression of love, we can begin to understand the depth of thankfulness that can transform our hearts. Yes, your family circumstances might be difficult. But because you have a Lord who cares for every aspect of your family life, you can be assured you're not alone in your struggles.
Building this attitude of gratitude into the lives of your kids now will be a source of strength throughout their lives. Don't let this opportunity to build your family pass you by. Begin building a family culture of thankfulness as soon as possible! Practice Thank Therapy!
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