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NO COVID-19 Here!
I almost wrote that there would be NO COVID-19 or Coronavirus talk on this newsletter. But then I realized that to say there wouldn't be any talk about it, is to actually talk about it. So, instead, let's pray that we can go back to a somewhat normal schedule soon!
This pandemic has really messed up all of our personal schedules and comfort-zones. Not only have our High School Seniors now been considered "done" with school. But the rest of the student have to do AMI and online classes everyday! Not just for few bad weather days. This tiny, microscopic, virus has cause some major issues in the lives of everyone around the entire world.
Some might ask, "Why would God allow this to happen?" Well, quite honestly, I don't know. But what I do know is that God is still in control, He's still on the throne, and He still love you. Personally, I can see where God is using this pandemic for good. It's good for us to slow down a bit, even if it's only for a little while. It's good to use this time wisely and think about where we are in our personal relationship with Jesus.
In a recent Wednesday night Bible Study with our students (using Zoom) we talked about the correlation between Paul being in quarantine (prison) and our own quarantine. We saw that Paul used his time wisely while in prison (quarantine). He wrote four letters (what we now call books): Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, and Philemon. In these letters Paul encourages, teaches, warns believers. He remained positive, not focusing on what freedoms he didn't have but ways to further the Gospel of Christ. He had concern of others, he had concern for the Gospel.
That's my challenge to not just our students, not just myself, but to everyone! Use this time given to us wisely. Look for the positive, encourage others, show concern for others, and show concern for the Gospel.
Youth Quarantine Schedule
We ARE still meeting! We are meeting virtually using the Zoom App (please note the time changes). This is a free video conferencing app for end users. It is available on Android, Apple, and Windows devices. We are sharing announcements, playing games, and hearing lessons! We are recording each session for the safety of our students and our adults (these will NOT be published to public sites). If you or your student needs help setting up Zoom, please contact me before one of the Zoom events below.
God Answers Prayer!
We have been praying for a while now for God to send teachers for our Jr. High Ladies Lifegroup. We were praying specifically that God would bring the right person for the right reasons. I am excited to say that God answered this prayer and doubled it! We now have TWO young women that have felt the Lord leading them to get involved in our Student Ministry and have already started serving!
We are also praying for another individual that has felt God's leading in teaching somewhere but isn't quite sure exactly where yet. So she is visiting our Student Lifegroups for now.
We are just super excited about what God is doing in your Student Ministry and Church!!
Parents of Seniors!
As of right now we are still planning on celebrating our Graduates on May 17. We need you or your graduate to fill out the Graduate Recognition Form on our website by May 3. If the date of graduation changes, then we will adjust our Graduate Recognition Sunday to that same day.
Graduate Recognition Forms:
A funny thing happens to children once they reach the teenage years: They don't seem to want their parents around all that much. Sure, they need to have your presence in their lives. They just don't want to be reminded of that fact.
This comes as anywhere from a mild surprise to a major shock to parents who are watching their fun-loving 12-year-old become a sullen, more serious 13-year-old seemingly overnight. So, here are a few helpful ways you can still be a part of your teenager's life without pushing him or her away in the process.
1. Remember that because a teenager doesn't say, "I love you" as much as they used to doesn't mean he or she don't love his or her parents anymore. They just don't want to say it at school, in front of their peers, or when you drop them off in front of a friend's home.
2. Keep in mind that, one-day, it's likely you will have a loving friendship with them. Until then, Mom and Dad, resist the temptation to be one of their peers. Yes, peers are a primary influence right now---and you may want to be a part of your teen's "inner-circle." You definitely need to know who these friends are. But you can't be one of them no matter how much you try.
3. Don't forget that your job as a parent is a calling -- so treat your kids as gifts from God. This will help you through the lonely days when it seems like your teenager really doesn't care about you anymore. He or she will eventually get over it. Remember what it was like to be teenager. Keep this in mind and give your child a healthy amount of space when appropriate.
4. Do the little things to stay connected---even when these seem like they don't matter to your teenager. Don't underestimate the positive message you are sending your kids by watching all those sports games, or the hundreds of other ways you are present in their lives. Kids who grow up believing and knowing that their parents will always be there for them can face anything.
We are in need of 2 Lifegroup Leaders for the Jr. High Boys and 1 for Sr. High Ladies.
We also need more men and women to help with our Wednesday nights as well!
We ask that you continue to pray with us that God would bring the right leaders, for the right reasons, for the right places.
Ðarin Farmer - Student Pastor
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Wednesday Night Leaders: Dara Hensley, Anita Dawson, Shiela Farmer, Darla McJunkins, Ginger Morgan, Tizzie Stewart, Meredith Morgan, Sheila Durham, Chris Dufrene, Will Dawson, Jerry Pico, Joe Hudson, Darin Farmer
Life Group Leaders: (7th-9th) Jr. - Whitney Parish, Lacey Standridge; (10th-12th) Sr. High Ladies - Bev Davidson; (7th-9th) Jr. High Boys - Darin Farmer; (10th-12th) Sr. High Boys - Will Dawson, Doug Davidson
Youth Committee Members: Darin Farmer, Kyle Hensley, Lacey Standridge, Randi Newland, Anita Dawson, Becky Mills