YGS 20181107

If you have gone to any stores since Halloween, I’m sure you’ve noticed that Christmas season is upon us! Lisa and I were walking through the mall the other day and the stores were already playing Christmas music and had their Christmas displays up! We began discussing our holiday plans and all that goes along with that! Last year we were so busy preparing for the arrival of Zoey so it was mostly a blur! This year we want it to be special for Zoey – not that she’ll remember it, but we want to start traditions that she’ll always remember we have done as long as she can remember. The holiday season is fun, but to many, it brings added stresses. End of semester exams, family, budgeting for gifts, cooking fancy dinners, parties, and more! No matter what stress or anxiety you may face this holiday season, God knows what you are dealing with and if we ask him he will give us the peace described in Philippians 4:6-7: 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. A massage, a vacation, or any form of break may be peaceful but God’s peace is like no earthly peace, but a peace only God can give that transcends all understanding. Cast your anxiety on God and ask for peace this year, and he will bless you in ways you can’t even imagine. Look to God in the times of stress and frustration, open your heart and mind to letting God in and move you closer to Him so that you may feel His unique and supernatural peace. Peter Hunt
 

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C&S PDF 20181104

A big thank you to everyone who helped make both the Church Garage Sale and our Trunk or Treat a big success! We raised around $3,000 with more to come. We had 20 “trunks” on display, more than enough candy to distribute, and a constant flow of visitors.

 

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YGS 20181024

Early voting began yesterday, and it’s emphasized every year how important it is to vote and let your voice be heard. I do believe voting is a privilege that should be exercised. So often I think people who grow up in countries like the USA and UK take voting for granted because it’s what we’ve always known; there are many countries where the idea of safely voting and letting your voice be heard by the government is nothing but a dream. I also understand that for many in the youth group reading this are not of voting age, but don’t switch off, this thought is still something you can take with you. Voting isn’t the only thing where we can let our voices be heard. Many schools and work places have a body for complaints or suggestions – a student body or internal affairs, etc. Social Media gives a platform for thoughts and ideas to be shared. It allows you to tell the world what is happening in your life, what you’ve been doing and what you’re looking forward to. It’s a place to tell the world what you think about things and for people to agree or disagree. We like to be heard. Some like to be heard more than others, but even the quietest of us like to know our thoughts, concerns, joys, and ideas have a place in the world. Being heard is important to us all. It doesn’t matter how old you may be or how young. Even Zoey will scream for attention if we’re not feeding her quickly enough. God has given us a place to be heard. If we sit for a while, I believe we might even hear a small voice back. We’re blessed to be given the opportunity to talk to God through prayer and meditation. Prayer is something I think, we do often out of habit at meals, when we’re a little too stressed, or when we’re “at church.” Prayer is so much more than that though. I emphasize over and over that God desires a relationship with His people. It is for this reason He walked with Adam and Eve in the garden, it’s why He met Moses on Mount Sinai to give the commandments, it’s why He sent His Son, Jesus, to live and dwell among us creating a way for all mankind to have a relationship with Him instead of just the select nation. Through prayer, we can give our requests, our venting, our joys, and our thanksgiving. God desires for us to talk to Him about anything and everything. God wants you to know that you can talk to Him, and despite being able to hear everyone’s prayers, He will listen and you can be certain that your voice is being heard by the most powerful being ever to exist. We don’t have to go to anyone on Earth, just directly to God through Jesus. This week I encourage you to let your voice be heard by God. Peter Hunt

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C&S 20181021

Please Pray for:
Johnny Dahse (friend of Will Ammons) had heart surgery Oct. 17.
Mike Krebsbach (former member living in Germany now) recently had surgery.
Russell Lee (former member) has had major heart problems and had another stent surgery Oct. 16 in Lake Jackson.
Wanda Marlin is still experiencing severe stomach issues.
Jack & Iola Moore (Randy’s parents): Iola’s receiving iron infusion treatments in prep for upcoming surgery. Pray Jack stays strong physically and spiritually.
Sandra Mullins recently had exploratory surgery.
Adriana Phillips (friend of Tanya Ammons) had major surgery and is facing a long road of recovery.

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