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To finish out September, I was thinking that our Real Life time this Sunday, September 29, should be spent out and about. So, we will be spending our Sunday evening time at Putt-Putt! The last time we went we were rained out so I still have our free game tickets and I was thinking we could order some pizza. There are some drink and candy machines so if everyone could bring a couple bucks for a drink that would be most helpful! We will NOT meet at the church. I am asking that everyone be dropped off at Putt-Putt at 6:00 p.m. and picked up at 8:00 p.m!
Youth Ministries Coordinator
This past Sunday we hosted a collegiate student luncheon after worship. About twenty UVA students and our host church members enjoyed a delicious lunch of oven-baked chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy and biscuits plus a variety of desserts. During the luncheon we also matched students with church families participating in our “adopt-a-student” ministry. Many thanks to John and Sarah Buchanan for cooking the lunch and for the church members who attended.
On Friday, September 6th all 6th – 12th graders were invited to our 1st Annual Youth Retreat! This retreat time focused on acclimatizing our newest youth members into the group and engaging in three distinct ministry areas – Inward, Outward, & Upward!
- Inward: Our group paired up and toured the church to scout out great hiding places for sardines. While touring each pair shared something that they struggle with spiritually. Some of the groups shared that they struggle with prayer, reincarnation, or other aspects of our faith. After this talk, each pair joined together with another and painted images of hope and inspiration. It is our plan to hang these paintings in the youth rooms to remind us that it’s OK to struggle – and it’s OK to doubt. Our faith is a journey. We are here to help and support each other – not to judge or condemn. Many aspects of our faith can be difficult to comprehend or practice – but we always have our friends and family to guide and comfort us along the way.
- Outward: Our youth were tasked with making table decorations for the dining area at the Haven Day Shelter. Using talents from within our group we constructed some beautiful origami flowers and wrote prayers along with words of encouragement and hope on each of the flower petals. It is our prayer that the people who read these messages will know that they are loved by God and by each of us!
- Upward: For the youth who were able to remain through mid-morning on Saturday – we spent some time in quiet contemplation and focused our thoughts and prayers on meeting and engaging with God. We listened to music and sculpted a scene or symbol of where we want to – or need – God to meet us. Many youth created sports symbols or school items to request that God be present in that aspect of their lives!
Of course there were the mandatory rounds of “Sardines.” – but we also added in a few games of Capture the Flag! These epic events took over the entire church and I think the remnants of one rocket battle can still be seen in one of the stairwells! This was a great time for all involved – Thanks to everyone who came out and participated
The Monday Adult Bible Study will resume meeting on Monday, September 9, at 10:30 am at Rosewood Village on Greenbrier Drive with our Associate Minister for Education, Bob Badgett, leading the group. All adults are welcome to attend this weekly Bible study. Communion is served every second Monday. Form more information contact Mister Bob.
On Friday, September 6th all 6th – 12th graders are invited to attend our youth retreat! This retreat time will focus on acclimatizing our newest youth members into the group. Dinner and breakfast will be provided. Please bring all appropriate church lock-in materials (i.e. sleeping bag, pillow, pajamas, etc.). The retreat will start at 6:00pm on Friday and be over at 12:00 on Saturday.
Please Contact Phil Woodson with any questions.
On June 16 nine members of our youth group along with Larry Johnson and Laura Morris traveled to Raleigh, N.C. with YouthWorks for five days to be the hands and feet of Christ. On Wednesday, September 4, the participants in this mission trip will share pictures and stories about what they accomplished for Christ and highlight the work and fellowship that took place on this trip.
As you hear humorous tales and possibly some of Mr. Johnson’s slight exaggerations, I want you to know that it was your generosity that made this trip possible for our youth. Through the donations you made at the Children’s Musical and the funds that you placed in the baskets after a Sunday service, you made it possible for our youth to participate in a life-changing event. That’s a big deal. The cost of participation and travel is a large part of the youth budget and it took a substantial showing of altruism to ensure that this vital ministry opportunity be available to anyone who desires to serve.
Please know that your continuing support of UBC’s Youth Ministry has been inspiring and that your kind words, prayers, and financial support have been an ENORMOUS blessing to both the youth and myself.