October Information

Youth Group meets every Wednesday Evening from 6:30-8:30 in the Christian Life Center. All students 6th-12th grade are welcome!

September 2, 2020

A note from Jeanie & Small Group Leaders:
Dear Students & Parents,
This is our last online lesson, since we will begin meeting again, in person, this coming Wednesday, September 9th. We are so excited to see your faces (or partial faces...since we are asking that you bring your masks.) Please note we changed our times a bit this year. Youth group will be from 6:30-8:30 in the Christian Life Center (building in the back) every Wednesday evening. We hope you will join us!! 
Take a few minutes this week to engage in our lesson about Wisdom this week. It is the perfect set up for our first series this year, called Back to Basics. We will discover what it looks like to build healthy habits and routines into our daily lives that will help us grow spiritually. We think back to school is the perfect time to think about new routines and healthy habits.
Blessings,
Jeanie & Small Group Leaders

Verse of the Week

Worship Songs

Spend some time in worship before you begin the lesson this week!
These are trying and even troubling times we are living in...but God is bigger than anything we are facing or may face in the future.

In this series Word of Life, we will learn to apply God's word in our lives even when things don't make sense. We will discover that God is in control and he is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

We can find hope, peace, wisdom and so much more in the words of the Bible. When we choose to trust God with our lives and believe his promises, we can live in peace and in hope even in the middle of difficult circumstances.

Word of Life
(part 5)
by Jon Jorgenson

A Word of Wisdom
Psalm 1
1 Blessed is the one
    who does not walk in step with the wicked
or stand in the way that sinners take
    or sit in the company of mockers,
2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and who meditates on his law day and night.
3 That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
    which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
    whatever they do prospers.
4 Not so the wicked!
    They are like chaff
    that the wind blows away.
5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.
6 For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.

Discussion Questions: (talk with a friend, sibling or parent)

"There are some rules that are very good for us, they provide structure and help us to flourish in our daily lives."
1. What are some of these rules you can think of?
"Wisdom is how we decide what is good, specifically when things are not black and white."
2. What is the source of that wisdom? Where do we discover that wisdom?

Question of the Week:

"In our world today it is really hard to know what is right or wrong."
1. As we meditate on God's word, who helps to guide us and lead us into wisdom, which helps us discern what is right?

Closing Prayer

Lord help us to develop good healthy habits of meditating on your word, so that we can be led by the Holy Spirit into wisdom and truth. Help us to do it with joy and patience. We know we live in a world that makes right and wrong difficult to discern sometimes, but we know true wisdom can be found in scripture. Help me to seek that wisdom I pray. In Jesus' name, amen!

Prayer Request

August 26th

A note from Jeanie & Small Group Leaders:
Dear Students & Parents,
Who wants peace? I'm pretty sure we all do! In this week's lesson we will learn that we can have peace, in any and every situation. Participate in the lesson and learn just how you can find peace even in the most difficult circumstances. We love you! We miss you! We will see you soon!
Blessings,
Jeanie & Small Group Leaders

Verse of the Week

Worship Songs

Spend some time in worship before you begin the lesson this week!
These are trying and even troubling times we are living in...but God is bigger than anything we are facing or may face in the future.

In this series Word of Life, we will learn to apply God's word in our lives even when things don't make sense. We will discover that God is in control and he is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

We can find hope, peace, wisdom and so much more in the words of the Bible. When we choose to trust God with our lives and believe his promises, we can live in peace and in hope even in the middle of difficult circumstances.

Word of Life
(part 4)
by Jon Jorgenson

A Promise of Peace
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 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.

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Philippians 4:4-8

Discussion Questions: (talk with a friend, sibling or parent)

Paul is writing from prison to a group of Christians who are facing severe persecution. They were all in a difficult circumstance.
1. What difficult circumstances are you facing right now?
The scripture today says, don't be anxious, don't complain, don't focus on fear and anger.
2. When you think about your situation, how are you doing, at not doing those things listed above?
Jon said, "Peace requires participation.
3. What does he mean? How do we participate in the Peace of Christ?

Question of the Week:

"When you can find something to rejoice in and be thankful for, even in the most difficult circumstances...you are participating in the Peace of God.
1. What is one thing in your specific circumstances in life that you can find to be thankful for and rejoice about? Be specific.

Closing Prayer

God, I want to experience your peace in all circumstances and situations I face in life. Help me to focus on you, to think about the good, lovely, pure, praiseworthy things in my life. Help me resist the temptation to complain and feed into the negativity that surrounds me. I want to participate in your peace. I love you and pray all these things in the name of Jesus. Amen!

Prayer Request

August 19th

A note from Jeanie & Small Group Leaders:
Dear Students & Parents,
Sometimes when we are caught up in our circumstances it is hard not to make life all about us! This week we will learn how to remain in Jesus and his love. We will learn how to put the focus back on him instead of on our current circumstances. Take a few minutes and learn what it means to remain in his love this week! We can't wait to see everyone on September 9th for our first in person youth group for this new school year! EEEK! We are so excited!!!
Much love,
Jeanie & Small Group Leaders

Verse of the Week

Worship Songs

Spend some time in worship before you begin the lesson this week!
These are trying and even troubling times we are living in...but God is bigger than anything we are facing or may face in the future.

In this series Word of Life, we will learn to apply God's word in our lives even when things don't make sense. We will discover that God is in control and he is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

We can find hope, peace, wisdom and so much more in the words of the Bible. When we choose to trust God with our lives and believe his promises, we can live in peace and in hope even in the middle of difficult circumstances.

Word of Life
(part 3)
by Jon Jorgenson

A Lesson In Love
1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
John 15:5

9 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
John 15:9-13

Discussion Questions: (talk with a friend, sibling or parent)

"Everyone seems tired right now..."
1. What are you tired of?
"As this season remains with us, we can remain with Jesus."
2. According to the scripture this week, how do we remain in Jesus?

Question of the Week:

"Loving others leads to life in Jesus."
1. How will you love others this week? (be specific)

Closing Prayer

Lord, help me to remain in you and in your love. Help me to remember that the best way I can remain in you, is by loving others in your name. Show me who needs love this week and help me to love them in a way that honors and glorifies you. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Prayer Request

August 12th

A note from Jeanie & Small Group Leaders:
Dear Students & Parents,
Hope this week finds you full of hope for the future. These have been trying times these past six months. Spend a few minutes engaging in this second week of our series with a lesson that is called "Hope for Your Hopelessness." This lesson is a great reminder that this time period isn't forever, that many situations we face are just for a moment or a season, not the final outcome in our lives. I pray that if you are feeling a little hopeless these days, that the story of Ezekiel will give you a fresh hope!
Much love,
Jeanie & Small Group Leaders

Verse of the Week

Worship Songs

Spend some time in worship before you begin the lesson this week!
These are trying and even troubling times we are living in...but God is bigger than anything we are facing or may face in the future.

In this series Word of Life, we will learn to apply God's word in our lives even when things don't make sense. We will discover that God is in control and he is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

We can find hope, peace, wisdom and so much more in the words of the Bible. When we choose to trust God with our lives and believe his promises, we can live in peace and in hope even in the middle of difficult circumstances.

Word of Life
(part 2)
by Jon Jorgenson

Hope for Your Hopelessness
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins
Ephesians 2:1

The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. 2 He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. 3 He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?”
I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”
4 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. 6 I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the Lord.’”
7 So I prophesied as I was commanded. And as I was prophesying, there was a noise, a rattling sound, and the bones came together, bone to bone. 8 I looked, and tendons and flesh appeared on them and skin covered them, but there was no breath in them.
9 Then he said to me, “Prophesy to the breath; prophesy, son of man, and say to it, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: Come, breath, from the four winds and breathe into these slain, that they may live.’” 10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and breath entered them; they came to life and stood up on their feet—a vast army.
Ezekiel 37:1-10

Discussion Questions: (talk with a friend, sibling or parent)

Jon said, "Your EXILE is not the END." "It is an obstacle, not an outcome."
1. Explain what he means by these statements.
2. What are some things you had or are having to deal with losing over our time with this Pandemic?
3. How are you coping with those losses?

Question of the Week:

Jon said, "God wants to breathe his Spirit through you so that he can renew you?"
1. What does that look like in your life? How do we open ourselves up to the Spirit of God to work in our lives?

Closing Prayer

God, sometimes I get stuck feeling hopeless about things; about the future, about relationships, about things out of my control. Help me to know that none of what is happening is the end, it is just a small period of time. Help me to be open to you God, so that you can renew and refresh me and give me new hope. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen!

Prayer Request

August 5th

A note from Jeanie & Small Group Leaders:
Dear Students & Parents,
This week we are beginning a new series called, Word of Life. In this study we will examine what the Bible has to say about worry, hopelessness, love, peace and wisdom. I hope you will spend some time and engage in this study and that it will encourage you to dig into the Word of God. Blessings to you and your family!
Much love,
Jeanie & Small Group Leaders

Verse of the Week

Worship Songs

Spend some time in worship before you begin the lesson this week!
These are trying and even troubling times we are living in...but God is bigger than anything we are facing or may face in the future.

In this series Word of Life, we will learn to apply God's word in our lives even when things don't make sense. We will discover that God is in control and he is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

We can find hope, peace, wisdom and so much more in the words of the Bible. When we choose to trust God with our lives and believe his promises, we can live in peace and in hope even in the middle of difficult circumstances.

Word of Life
(part 1)
by Jon Jorgenson

A Word For Your Worry
Psalm 23
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2  He makes me lie down in green pastures,
  he leads me beside quiet waters,
3  he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
    for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
    through the darkest valley,
I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
    they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
    in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
    my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
    all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord
    forever.

Discussion Questions: (talk with a friend, sibling or parent)

1. What does it mean when it says "The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want."?

Jon said, "So much of our worry is about what we don't have."
2. What do you find yourself worrying about?

"He restores my soul."
3. What does this mean to you and how can you make time for this to happen in your life?

Jon said, "The Shepherd's staff is used to guide and protect his sheep.
4. How has God guided and protected you in the last year?

"My cup overflows." Jon said, "I may not have everything I want but with God, I have an abundance of everything that I need."
5. What kind of abundance do you see in your life right now? 


Question of the Week:

"Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life..."
Jon said, "follow" here in this verse is more than just quietly going after, it is a relentless pursuit. God's goodness will hunt you down and will chase after you to the ends of the earth! Jon said that when he gets quiet with God, when he searches the scriptures, his anxiety is turned into peace, his worry is turned into joy, and his despair is turned into hope.
1. Don't we all want to experience that transformation in our own lives? How will you make time this week to experience the goodness of God in your life?

Closing Prayer

God, help me to look to you when I am consumed with worry. Help me to get quiet in your presence and to choose to seek your word. There is so much hope and peace to be found in the Bible and I want to live with the assurance of your goodness in my life, even in the midst of troubling times. I love you and I will choose to seek you. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.

Prayer Request