Monday morning is now going to be the time where I (Paul) post a bit of a memo of what's going on with the youth. The Thursday post will be in relation to the content of what the students learned the night before. I just felt the two would be more effective if sent separately.
* Congratulations to all the Eagles fans out there. I know there are many in the youth, and I'm sure last night was one wild ride for everyone. The thing I love about sports is that it can connect people and generations to a bigger story. Stories with heroes, villains, heartbreak, battles, and joy. In that sense, I feel like sports fandom echoes the story of the Bible-- something that is passed down from generation to generation and builds community. For many, it doesn't get much sweeter than last night. I'm thankful for the Good News because I know that, well, actually, it does; and it will.
* Thank you to Rich (for preaching last Wednesday). I've learned to trust that Rich is always going to do a great job when it comes to sharing the Bible; but also, I know that he has taken the time to build relationship with the students so that, when he speaks, they want to listen to what he has to say!
* What a turnout at Manna Distribution! It was great to see so many youth at Manna this past Saturday. For some, it was a first time; and, for others, you faithfully serve. Either way, how cool is it that our kids are growing up realizing the joys of serving others.
* Operation Youth Room is still in full effect. As some of you know, we're working on making the student ministries room a functional space on Sunday mornings in preparation of having our Sunday morning offerings in there. That being said, we've done some clearing out, some painting, and (this week) I'll be purchasing new furniture. Stay tuned.