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Youth Calendar for May 2013


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May 2013                      For parents of teens

Equip kids for making choices


Decisions, decisions. Teenagers face lots of choices, ranging from what to wear to which career to pursue. Every day, young people also deal with social and moral decisions that impact their walk with God and their future.


Making the right choices can mean the difference between life and death, so it’s important to help kids connect their choices to real-world consequences and their relationship to God. Showing off in a car may impress friends, for example, but it can also put lives at risk and dishonor God.  Although kids sometimes have to learn things the hard way, just like us at times, we still need to show them grace and compassion, as well as loving support and guidance.  We must help them to connect their decision making to their (vertical) relationship with God and their (horizontal) relationships with people.


Parents may not be able to make decisions for teenagers, but we can equip them with the right tools so they can make wise choices of their own. The solid foundation for decision-making is God’s Word. Jesus urges his followers to spend time in prayer and to “seek first his kingdom and his righteousness” (Matthew 6:33).


Making good decisions can be hard, and the pressure can leave kids stressed out. But God offers an alternative: peace. He wants to give us extraordinary peace in the midst of making easy or hard decisions. All we need to do is seek Him and His wisdom with a teachable heart that is ready and willing to obey with love for Him and a desire to glorify Him with our lives.


  • A majority of teenagers say they’d make more responsible decisions than their peers from 20 years ago did. (girlscouts.org)


  • More than 9 out of 10 teenagers admit to making poor decisions while driving. (cnn.com)


  • 46% of teenagers say parents most influence their decisions about sex, while 20% of teenagers say friends most influence those decisions. (thenationalcampaign.org)


  • 71% of teenagers say they feel prepared to make ethical decisions when they enter the workplace. (gactaern.org)






TIPS >>>
Guy Talk, Girl Talk 2 (Simply Youth Ministry) offers tips for dependable decision-making:

  • The focus must first be on who, not what. Instead of asking “What am I supposed to do?” ask, “Who am I supposed to be?” Who you are is defined by whose you are. If you’re first concerned with becoming a more devoted follower of Jesus, then decisions become clearer and wiser.
  • It is possible to live worry-free about your future. The stress of big decisions trickles all the way down to junior high these days. But Jesus commands us not to sweat it (Matthew 6:34). Is he really in control of your life?
  • You have a destiny in this life and the next. Jesus offers us abundant



“full” life on earth (John 10:10) as well as indescribable beauty and eternal adventure in heaven. Our decisions today affect our ability to enter the destiny God offers.

  • Who you are determines where you end up. Decide where you’ll be tomorrow by deciding who you’ll be today. Who you are is seen in the fruit you bear (Galatians 5:19-26).
  • Who you listen to can make or break you. Build your future on solid rock by listening to Jesus and to wise people he puts in your life.

When a choice looms, ask: Does it honor God? Does it help me grow? Does it help others grow? Does it cause me or anyone else to stumble? Do my Christian friends and family support my decision? If not, why not?


  • How do you approach tough decisions? What role does your faith play?
  • If you could go back in time and make different choices, what would some of them be, and why?
  • What are the most important decision-making lessons you’d like your teenagers to know?


The Role of Emotions

Expert Insights for Parents of Teenagers

By Jerry Varner
Teenagers are very emotional beings who face a lot of forks in the road. Those emotions often get the best of kids and their decision making, whether those decisions are social, mental, academic, sexual, or even spiritual.


We receive our emotions from an emotional God who created us in his image. Emotions can be powerful, effective gauges that help us navigate spiritually. When we submit them to God, emotions can help reveal our passions, our fears, and even our direction.


It’s important to keep in mind that

all teenagers (male and female)



are hardwired with emotions given to them by God. One of our roles as parents is to help them sort out what’s from God and what’s sheer emotion. Involving our emotions in the decision-making process is so very natural, but allowing emotions to drive decisions is where we get into trouble.


Here’s how you can help teenagers separate emotionalism from God’s clear directive:


Remind kids that their choices have to be lived out in the open. After all, how hard can it be to take a stand when no one sees it?

Speak clearly with kids about what God’s Word says. You can use sensitivity in your communication without adding fluffiness that dilutes God’s Word.

Offer teenagers questions to consider and clearly defined steps to take in the days and weeks after they make a decision. This allows the “dust to settle” on the emotions that undoubtedly played an important role in their initial choice.

Let’s face it: Teenagers are prone to allow emotions to rule the day. But we don’t want to be making disciples who follow Jesus and live for him only when it “feels” right.


More Would You Rather…? (Simply Youth Ministry) is filled with 465 provocative questions to get teenagers talking. It opens up opportunities to explore kids’ decision-making processes, priorities, fears, and faith.




Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

Proverbs 3:5-6













Background: Snoop Dogg changed his name to Snoop Lion after visiting Jamaica, where he became Rastafarian. His new reggae album features big-name guests such as Drake, Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, and Miley Cyrus. Rastafari’s mish-mash spirituality—along with the spiritual use of cannabis—makes it a tempting and dangerous “religion” for teenagers. Snoop Lion has been very successful as a hip-hop artist, with numerous multi-platinum albums.

Albums: Reincarnated (2013), Ego Trippin’ (2008), Paid tha Cost to Be da Boss (2002)

What Snoop Lion Says: “It’s not that I would ever push weed on our kids, but if they wanted to, I would love to show them how, the right way, so that way they won’t get nothing put in their [stuff] or overdose or [try] some [stuff] that ain’t clean.”

Explore: His music is available on Spotify, last.fm, Pandora, and other music services.














Background: Mineo grew up in a single-parent home. With no male authority figures, he struggled with aggression and profanity. Mineo became a Christian at a junior high camp but didn’t have a church home. He grew to love music and bought equipment with birthday money. Since getting connected to many names in Christian hip-hop, Mineo has produced and worked with people such as Lecrae and Trip Lee.


Albums: Heroes for Sale (2013), Formerly Known (2012)


What Mineo Says: “All throughout high school, it was really difficult to follow Jesus without having any community. I didn’t have any home church or men to disciple me. When I went to college…God put me around a bunch of people that loved God, and looked and talked like me.”


Explore: Mineo’s music is available on Spotify, last.fm, Pandora, and other music services.





Movie: Iron Man 3

Genre: Action, Adventure

Rating: PG-13

Synopsis: Tony Stark has a new adversary who’s willing to take everything Stark holds dear. To overcome this threat, Stark must find out who he really is.

Our Take: The second Iron Man film was pretty lame, but the first was terrific. Both were mostly innocuous. And this one has Ben Kingsley!


Movie: Star Trek Into Darkness

Genre: Sci-Fi

Rating: PG-13

Synopsis: When someone in Starfleet commits an act of terrorism, the Enterprise is called home to deal with this new threat.

Our Take: The first Star Trek was a refreshing reboot, full of interesting characters. This film, also in the capable hands of director J.J. Abrams, should be another fun, intense experience.





Grid 2—This racing game promises to straddle the fine line between realistic-handling cars and accessibility. There are lots of cars, tracks, and options to keep your foot to the floor. There likely won’t be anything objectionable here. (Rating pending; Xbox 360, PS3, PC)


Metro: Last Light—This follow-up to the hit first-person shooter is changing gears to focus more on exploration and stealth than on firefights. But it will still be gory and bloody and not suitable for teenagers. (Rating pending, but almost certainly M; Xbox 360, PS3, PC)



MAY 2013

“Faith does not eliminate questions. But faith knows where to take them.”
Elisabeth Elliot, A Chance to Die: The Life and Legacy of Amy Carmichael















2 Questions to ask when witnessing:

1.  If you were to stand before God and He asked you “why should I let you into heaven?” what would you say?

2.  Would you consider yourself a good person?

Roman’s Road

1.      Romans 3:23

2.      Romans 6:23

3.      Romans 5:8

4.      Romans 10:9-10,13

*Memorize this to witness


Awana Awards Night

Logan Valley Youth Retreat

Meet at church around 7:30pm and return Sunday at 4pm.

Don’t forget permission slip and money for lunch on way home.










Youth Sunday School 9:30am

10:45 Worship


6:00 Evening Service


Last night of FBI



Youth Bible Study                6-8pm

Movie Night


Trivia night info. Continued:

Bring your own snacks, we will provide the drinks and serve the tables.

Babysitting will be provided

Trivia Night  and Dessert Auction


Cost $10 Per person

Make your own team and come have a blast and at the same time help raise funds for the youth summer missions trip.

Missions Trip Work Project meet at church at 9am.










Mother’s Day

Youth Sunday School 9:30am

10:45 Worship


6:00 Evening Service


3pm Missions Trip Mtg

Pink Flamingo Fundraiser Begins

Happy Birthday!!

Anna Langford

Youth Bible Study                6-8pm

Jeremiah 20-21

Happy Birthday!!

Brittany Laubinger and Mike Furey (15th)

Happy Birthday!!

Douglas Rice (18th)

Do you need a ride to church on Sunday?

Call Chris at 636-584-4381 on Sat. night










Youth Sunday School 9:30am Nursing Home

10:45 Worship


6:00 Family Mtg


3pm Missions Trip Mtg

Happy Birthday!!

Nick Goodwin

Happy Birthday!!

Laura Hubenthal

Youth Bible Study                6-8pm

Mystery Night


Do you need a ride to church on Sunday?

Call Chris at 636-584-4381 on Sat. night











Youth Sunday School 9:30am

10:45 Worship


6:00 Evening Service


3pm Missions Trip Mtg



Memorial Day

Parade at Union Square

We will do a VBS Float and could use lots of youth help pass out flyers. 

We will meet at church at 9am

Happy Birthday!!

Jocelyn Hulett (We haven’t forgotten you!)

Youth Bible Study                6-8pm

Jeremiah 22-23

Is the Lord the delight of your heart?  Commit yourself to daily pursue Him above all else by spending time with Him reading His Word, praising Him and praying

Upcoming Events:

1.  Alabama Missions Trip

June 24-29

2.Teen Bible Camp at Turkey Hill July 7-13 cost is $175






Here, then, is the real problem of our negligence. We fail in our duty to study God’s Word not so much because it is difficult to understand, not so much because it is dull and boring, but because it is work. Our problem is not a lack of intelligence or a lack of passion. Our problem is that we are lazy. –R. C. Sproul

God’s Plan of Salvation


Do you know where you would spend eternity if you were to die today?  Would you consider yourself a good person?  Compare yourself to God’s standard (the 10 commandments).  Have you ever told a lie?  Have you ever hated someone in your heart?  Have you ever lusted after someone in your heart?  Have you ever used the Lord’s name as a curse word?  Have you ever had an idol in your heart (something that you loved more than God)?  We could go on but I think we all have the same answer—GUILTY!!!  But God requires perfection even as He is perfect in order for us to have a relationship with Him and to live with Him in heaven.  God created us and loves us but He hates sin and must punish sin because He is just.  No matter how hard you try to be good and no matter how religious you are,  your good deeds cannot remove the guilt of your sin against God.  Many think that if they just try to follow the 10 commandments the best they can that maybe their good will outweigh their bad but the 10 Commandments were never meant to save you, they only reveal God’s perfect standard and condemns you before a Holy and Righteous God.     We are incapable on our own to do anything about our sin problem.  The just punishment for our sin is eternal separation from God.  This is not God’s desire so in order to meet His just demands for sin and demonstrate His love for man God sent His one and only Son, Jesus Christ who lived a perfect life and willingly suffered and died on the cross as your substitute to bear the wrath of God against your sin so that God can justly forgive your sin and remove the barrier of sin that separates you from God.  Have you received God’s free gift of salvation from your sin?  You can right now by repenting of your sin (Acts 3:19) and your own efforts of trying to earn heaven by your righteousness (Titus 3:5) and trust in Christ alone to be your sin-bearer and believe that He died for you and rose again victorious over sin and death (Romans 3:21-26).  God promises to forgive your sin and reconcile you to Himself based upon the just punishment for your sin paid in full by Jesus Christ.  How will you respond to God’s offer?  If you choose not to turn from your sin and trust Jesus as your personal Savior and Lord, then the Bible says that you will die in your sin and face the just wrath of God against your sin by being separated from God forever.  But that is not God’s desire (2 Peter 3:9).  He loves you and wants you to be with Him forever and gave His only Son for you.  So how will you respond to God’s call to repentance?  God’s offer is for a limited time only (we will all die one day) so don’t delay (Read Hebrews 9:27; 2 Peter 3:8-10; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-9)


If you just trusted Christ as your personal Savior and Lord, then go and tell someone about your decision so that they can rejoice with you and help you so that you can grow as a new Christian.




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This entry was posted on May 2, 2013 by in Youth Ministry.

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