Come Discover How much God Loves You!
What if the church wasn't so much a place to go on Sunday mornings, but an experience of coming together to be the body of Christ at work in the world? What if we open wide our hearts to love as Christ does and invite others to join us? What if we found that the church of tomorrow was really the church today! At Holland's, we know our youth are the church of today!
Join us on Sunday afternoons from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm in the Youth Room!
May the Lord bless you and keep you. May the Lord make His face to shine upon you. May the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.
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UMYF on Sundays!
Sunday evenings are the hub of Hollands’ Youth Ministries. Youth in 6th-12th grades are invited to come be a part of the UMYF. Meetings are 5-7 pm and include supper, games, singing, large group and small group time, prayer, and benediction. We hope to see you here every Sunday evening for fun and fellowship!
Pilgrimage is a NC Conference event at the Crown Coliseum in Fayetteville, NC that draws about 6,000 youth each year. This year is the event’s 20th anniversary and is being held November 8th - 10th, 2013. The theme of Pilgrimage 2013 is "Born to Lead the Way, Born to Break the Chains.” The guest speaker is Olu Brown. More information can be found at www.ncpilgrimage.org.
Here is important information, some of which has changed from last month’s newsletter...
We plan to leave on Friday, November 8th at 5 pm.
We will stay at the COMFORT INN located at 1569 Jim Johnson Rd in Fayetteville. Their phone number is 910-321-1460.
Friday-Eat before departure.
Saturday-Continental breakfast at the hotel. Lunch and supper at restaurants (included in retreat fee).
Sunday-Continental breakfast at the hotel. We do not plan to stop on the way home for lunch.
There will be concessions available at the Crown Coliseum on Friday evening and Saturday, but not on Sunday. Youth can bring additional money for concessions at the coliseum, late night snacks or “meals,” t-shirts, etc.
We will leave after the last event and arrive at the church at approximately 1 pm.
Registration forms were due October 3rd. The cost is $120 and is due on November 3rd.
Important November Dates
November 1– BBQ (Your help would be appreciated!)
November 3- ASP meeting at 2 pm.; PRZ (youth praise band) practice 3-4:30 pm; UMYF 5-7 pm Road Signs-Session 4
November 8-10- Pilgrimage to Fayetteville
November 10- No UMYF
November 17 - PRZ (youth praise band) practice 3-4:30 pm; UMYF 5- 7 pm Christmas Behind the Scenes program by the small group CPP.
November 23- Youth Dining Room to be painted
November 24 -Christmas Behind the Scenes program continued.
November 30-Youth help decorate the church for the Advent Season.
Opportunities to be the Hands and Feet of Jesus
BBQ: The church’s BBQ is November 1st! Volunteering might include baking a dessert, serving tables, helping with take-out, or cleaning up afterwards. The youth who have volunteered before know how fun this is! Just ask ‘em! The BBQ Committee would love to have your help. Please consider giving some of your time for the helping with the BBQ!
Art Committee: We have established a new Art Committee under the leadership of Sarah Burnette. The youth on this committee will be designing and painting canvasses with scripture, blessings, etc. for the youth room. If interested, con-tact Sarah!
We invite all our youth and their families to attend Sunday morning worship services. If you are interested in participating in worship in a variety of roles, please visit our Sign-up Genius page to indicate your preference for helping. Opportunities include communion server, usher, acolyte/cross bearer, scripture reader, etc. The link to the sign-up is http:// www.signupgenius.com/.go/10C0D 4DA5AA23A7F94-worship
Youth Dining Room Painting Session:
We will be painting the youth dining room on November 23rd. We will paint the walls a neutral color as a backdrop for the paintings mentioned above that the Art Committee are creating. If you (youth or adult) would like to help with this project, email Susan.
Advent Season Decoration:
On November 30th the youth will help decorate the church for the Advent Season. More details to follow!
Communication and Important Information
We know that good communication is essential to an effective youth ministry. Good communication between the Youth Ministry office, youth and, parents is a very high priority and we will continually strive to pro-vide accurate, consistent, and timely information. If you encounter problems with communication, please let Susan know. Also, remember to visit the Holland’s UMC Youth Ministries webpage, Facebook group, and Twitter! If you have not already done so, please complete the Youth Ministries Information Form which is required for any youth who attends an off-site event. This form combines a contact information page, our Participation Covenant, a medical history form, a notarized medical release form, and a copy of the youth’s insurance card.
UMYF Simple Suppers-We are asking each family to sign up for at least one Sunday to plan, prepare and serve a light supper for our youth. If you have not already served or signed up, please look at your calendars and choose a date that will work for you. In November, parents who have not signed up will be added to open dates for the remainder of the school year. Of course, folks can trade with others if a scheduling conflict arises. Other church groups are also helping in this endeavor.
Sign-up is through the website Sign-up Genius under the name UMYF Simple Suppers. The link is www.signupgenius.com/.go/10C0D4DA5A A23A7F94-umyf2.
XP3: This year we are using a new ministry resource called XP3 from the Orange Curriculum. XP3 is specifically de-signed for middle school and high school youth with the goal of simply helping teenagers to have a lasting understanding of three things:
I am created to pursue an authentic relationship with my creator.
I belong to Jesus Christ and define who I am by what He says.
I exist every day to demonstrate God’s love to a bro-ken world.
Our current XP3 series is titled Road Signs which the small group, SHADES, will continue to lead through November 3. The series description is “If you set your course in the wrong direction, you’ll end up in the wrong place every time. No matter where you hope to end up, the road you choose matters. The book of Proverbs gives us wisdom to help navi-gate the choices of life, because we know that each choice determines the direction of our lives. And it’s our direc-tion, not our intention that ultimately determines our destination. Where are you heading? What path are you on?
On November 17th and 24th, the small group CPP will facilitate the series called Christmas Behind the Scenes. Here is a brief description…”We've all seen the nativity with perfectly positioned characters, well-behaved animals, and a holy glow surrounding it all. We see everyone in the scene as if they are one big happy family celebrating the first, and probably the only, perfect Christ-mas. Contrast this perfect picture with our own lives, our own families and holiday drama, and we may feel the Christmas story looks nothing like our own. But what if you able to pull back the curtain and see past the picture-perfect silent night? When we look closely, we find that the REAL Christmas story, the un-cut, behind-the-scenes version looks more like our own than we would have ever imagined. And the same God who scripted these imperfect characters into His story is calling to join him there as well.”
May the Lord Bless You and Keep You. May He make His face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you. May He lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.
Questions or comments?
Contact Susan Wright
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Good morning parents of youth!
This year we are using XP3, the youth component of the Orange curriculum, for our UMYF programs. XP3 offers a wealth of information and activities as well as a way to let you know, as parents, what we are talking about at UMYF. It is important to extend the conversation about what we are learning about our walk with God beyond Sundays and beyond the church building. So we hope that this email will help you make connections with your son or daughter in a meaningful way and nourish your families' spiritual lives as well.
We've all made resolutions and set goals, but too often we fall short of what we expected to accomplish. Unfortunately it's often the same when we try to become the Christian we really believe God has called us to be. We fall short of the goal and become increasingly discouraged. In this series, your student will learn that following Christ is more about the small steps we take every day, not about the huge leaps of faith that we think we need to make. They will set a goal, determine the first step and then make it.
2. Be a Student of Your Student
Many of you crave forward motion in your family. You know what you want your children to be. You want them to be kind, respectful, responsible, intelligent, creative individuals. You want them to be able to succeed when they grow up and leave your home. But sometimes you look at them and you think that it may never happen. Sometimes, between the myriad of parenting books and child-rearing philosophies, you can get lost in the "how to" of raising wonderful kids who become successful adults.
In Reggie Joiner's Orange Parents post entitled "How to Raise a Jerk," Joiner encourages parents in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek way about raising kids who become the adults parents want to see them grow into. Here is an excerpt from this post. To read the post in its entirety, go to http://www.orangeparents.org/
Some leaders say too many who work hard at building children's self-esteem are raising kids who will exhibit a lifestyle of entitlement and egotism. Other specialists say those who talk about children being innately bad are raising a generation that feels inferior and insignificant. Every expert has an opinion and it's hard to know where the line actually is. Many promote their agenda by pushing the opposing opinion to the extreme.
One of the keys to parenting with balance is helping your children develop an attitude of humility. Every child has the potential to grow up and understand why it's important to "put others first." There is just a fine line between raising kids who have a healthy self-esteem and kids who are too egotistical. A life of arrogance that goes unchecked can result in a sad and lonely existence for someone, and frankly there are enough self-centered people around. How does someone develop an overinflated sense of self-worth and entitlement?
Here are a few ideas to help you effectively raise a jerk:
• Protect them from the consequences of their own mistakes.
• Make sure you do whatever they can do for themselves.
• Keep them away from anyone who thinks differently than they do.
• Try to give them everything they want.
• Tell them over and over again you just want them to be happy.
• Convince them that they are more special than other kids.
• Always take their side when they get in trouble with their teacher at school.
• Always take their side whenever they are in a conflict with a friend.
• Keep insisting that they are the best player on the team.
• Don't give them consistent opportunities to help or serve other people.
• Never require them to do chores.
• Reinforce their prejudices about people from different cultures or backgrounds.
• Make your relationship with them more important than your relationship with your spouse.
• Rarely express genuine gratitude to those who help you.
• Teach them to talk more than they listen.
• Never let them hear you say, "I was wrong. I am sorry."
Maybe you can add a few ideas of your own… on how to raise a jerk.
Whatever parenting philosophy we ascribe to, we all want to see our kids succeed. Whether it's at school, sports, music or in the character traits they possess, we all want our kids to thrive. And the truth is, a huge part of their success is us. We set the tone for so much of their self-worth, self-understanding and self-image. So, let's focus on being a part of the steps we want to see them take. Let's get in the game with them and encourage their steps towards realizing the potential that God has placed inside of them.
3. Action Point
Obviously, no parent takes the advice on how to raise a jerk seriously. But what most of us do want to take seriously is the opportunity we have as parents to help our students become the best person-and eventually, the healthiest adult-they can be. We want to help them set goals and achieve them. And we want to praise them for their successes.
This month, think about helping your student make one step. Think of one new thing that you would love for your son or daughter to do. Maybe it's to improve his or her science grade, learn how to do laundry, cook a meal or change the oil in the car. Once you have decided on one goal for your student, communicate your desire to teach this skill and let your student know why it is important to learn it. Then spend time during the month helping teach your student how to accomplish the goal.
If you want your student to improve his or her science grade, sit with him or her and study flash cards. If you want them to know how to do laundry, do a load or two together until he or she gets the hang of it. By communicating to your child why you want him or her to know or do a certain thing, you communicate respect. By spending time helping them learn, you are letting him or her know of their importance to you. You will also alleviate your child's fear of disappointing you if they get it wrong.
The most important thing that fuels forward motion is celebration. Make sure that you celebrate your child's step! Tell him or her that you are proud of them for working so hard or for learning something new. When your child knows that they can make you proud, they will be much more motivated to continue working on their new goal.
Get connected to a wider community of parents at www.orangeparents.org.
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As you can see from the photos above, we offer a number of seasonal trips and activities (eg., Crosswaves Youth weekend, Lake Junaluska, Camp Don Lee, "Defined", Busch Gardens, Mission Trips, etc.).
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