Expectations rarely run higher than they do at Christmas. From what to give to what to serve to the pressure to host well, expectations hover just beyond reach of achievability for most of us. A few years ago I was listening to a speaker who was talking about...
Speaker and author, Stuart Hall, joins Jon Acuff and Carlos Whittaker in today’s special dad edition of the Parent Cue Live podcast to talk about his experience in parenting teenagers.
Social media is the place where all the world’s a stage and you—a grown adult—find yourself playing understudy to the next generation. Hey, we get it. As soon as you get a grasp on Facebook or Instagram they announce another big change. And new social media platforms are popping up all the time.
Note on our original calendar and information we have the first payment for Bigstuf due on Jan.10 for $80. Bigstuf sent out some information this past week giving notice on the potential of some of the weeks filing up. Bigstuf is opening registration on Sep.14. We will be holding some spots on that day for our students. In order to fully secure those spots the first deposit is due 30 days. To ensure your student will definitely have a spot for camp the first deposit will need to be made by Oct.4.
We are so excited about band try outs! We wanted to share the songs with you so that you can prepare. This will be a time for anyone interest in serving on our worship team. The band try outs will take place in the worship center.
Here are the song links where you can listen to them. Please note that these are just for hearing purposes because they arranged in different keys. This will help you be more familiar with the songs.
This Is Amazing Love - https://open.spotify.com/track/5C64H6dEsQ15bS9gp0D3Xr
God Is Able - https://open.spotify.com/track/0nEjnq2b3BDztDuON73I2j
What if I can not make the date that is scheduled ?
To schedule another time please contact our Worship Pastor.
Will there be anymore songs that I will need to know for try outs ?
When will I find out if I made the band ?
We will contact you two weeks after tryouts by email or mail.
As you can tell we have developed some new opportunities to our students here at MTVchurch. I wanted to take a couple of moments to share about these amazing services.
Hey Sixth Graders, Parents & Guardians,
We are so excited about welcoming you to the Middle School ministry at MTVchurch! Transitions can always be difficult, but we want to help make yours as smooth as possible.
We wanted to share the parent packet for camp. This packet is stuffed with a parent devo, what to bring, facility info and much more. We will be loading up next Monday at 5:15am behind the church near the basement entrance.
We are excited to announce that starting August 16, 2017, we will officially be launching a middle school service in the Basement and a high school service in the Worship Center.
BECAUSE WE BELIEVE THE MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL PHASES ARE UNIQUE…AND THEY BOTH MATTER.
We are excited to announce that we have transitioned Coleman Swain to work with our middle school students! Coleman has been serving for the past few years as our Zone 45 Director and has done a fantastic job.Coleman will be dedicated to our middle school students and overseeing the middle school ministry under the direction of Brandon Starnes, our Student Pastor.
THINK ABOUT THIS
Every family has a belief system. Even if your family isn’t particularly religious, chances are there are certain things that you believe about the world and certain values that you want to pass on to your children. It’s natural. And, as our students develop into adults, it’s normal for them to think about, question, and maybe even try on other beliefs they may have been exposed to outside our home. If it hasn’t happened already, there will probably come a day when your student makes a statement or asks a question that feels like it flies in the face of all you’ve taught them. And while it’s unsettling and uncomfortable for us, it isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, questioning can be good. It means they’re growing.
Can you believe we are only 5o days away!
On May 10 right after Launch in the worship center we will be having a parent meeting.
The meeting will go over:
*Schedules for the week
*Students will pick their track selections
*Collect balances & turn in forms.
If you would like to know your final balance before the meeting please let me know and I can give you that info. Payments can also be made online , turned in at Launch, or dropped off at church.
Ministry Track Selections
(Students will pick three ministry tracks. These are not 1st, 2nd, 3rd choices, but three options in which they would like to participate.)
Beach Evangelism Ministry This track is designed to show students how to build relationships with people on the beach and will provide students the opportunity to share the love of Christ in a tangible way. Specific ministry may include handing out refreshments, organizing beach activities or simply en- gaging people in meaningful conversation.
Children’s Ministry This ministry track involves working with children in a variety of settings including: Vacation Bible Schools, Backyard Bible Clubs, Day Camps, and other site-specific work with children. Groups may work at churches, community centers, apartment complexes, children’s homes, etc. The purpose of this track is to provide students with the opportunity to teach and lead children through Bible stories, games, crafts and music.
Games and Recreation Ministry This ministry track is designed to help students use their athletic ability and willing hearts to share the gospel through sportsmanship and Christ-like attitudes. These tracks are located in children’s centers or homes, apartment complexes, community centers and boys and girls clubs. Games and Recreation tracks will not always have the opportunity to lead Bible stories or share the Gospel directly, but will focus more on relational evangelism through intentional conversations. This track ministers to people of all ages, from Pre-K to High School and even adults.
Painting, Construction, and Yard Work Ministry Students in this track will spend their time doing yard work, repairing, cleaning, painting, and light construction work. These tracks work with various organizations such as Habitat for Humanity and local housing authorities to meet the physical needs of churches, schools, families and individuals. Students in this track will be encouraged to share the love of Christ with people they are working for and with people they encounter through their work.
Social Ministry This ministry track provides students a variety of ministry opportunities for meeting the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual needs of people. Students in this track may minister in: mentally/physically handicapped centers, nursing homes, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, food banks, clothing closets, furniture distribution centers, refugee ministries, prison minis- tries, Baptist Centers, Salvation Army Sites, and other community organizations with similar purposes. Students will work both directly with people in the community as well as behind the scenes.
Special Needs Ministry This ministry track is designed to meet the needs of children and adults with special needs. Ministry opportunities will include Bible teaching, crafts, music, sports and recreation, eld trips and more. Ministry will take place at community centers, in children’s homes, at nursing homes, etc.
Items Needed For Meeting
- Mfuge Release Form Notarized
(The Mfuge Release Form Will Need To Be Notarized - we will plan on having a notary at the meeting.)
- Two Copies Of Medical Insurance Card
Important Dates For Fuge
May 1: Cancellation Deadline: All cancellations made after May 1 will incur an additional $50 fee for each person dropped. When cancellations occur, deposits cannot be applied toward balance due. Initial deposit is non refundable.
May 10: Right After Launch - Parent & Participant Meeting
June 19: Leave For Camp!!
We are so excited to be honoring our seniors on May 17 at 6:30pm in the worship center. The whole church is invited to show our seniors just how proud MTVchurch is for them and their families.
What We're Teaching
Who are the people you enjoy hanging out with most? Your friends, right? They laugh at your jokes, reply to your Snapchats, invite you to the movies, and hang out with you, even when you smell bad or show off your terrible dance moves. And whether you have a huge group of friends or just one BFF, they can have a huge impact on who you are now and who you become later. But have you ever thought about how you got those friends in the first place?
Maybe their family just happened to move in down the street from yours or you ended up in the same ballet class. Maybe you randomly sat next to each other in Chemistry or you just happened to play the same sport. While none of those are bad ways to make friends, it’s strange that we leave such an important part of our lives to chance. Perhaps that’s why the Bible has so much to say about how we choose and treat our friends. As we look to the Bible for advice about our friendships, we’ll discover that one of the best things we can do for our crew is to be their friend on purpose.
It can be difficult to know how to influence our teenagers. We give advice. They act like we’ve lost our minds. We give encouragement. They roll their eyes. Even when our teenage sons and daughters are respectful, it can feel like they’re not listening. But we all know who they are listening to. They’re all listening to their friends.
At this phase, one of our greatest opportunities to influence our kids is to have a relationship with their friends. And, it isn’t always as difficult as it sounds. Having influence with a teenager doesn’t mean you have to wear skinny jeans and know the names of pop stars. It doesn’t mean you have to throw lavish parties or have the coolest house on the block. Sometimes having influence is as simple as having them over to your home.
Recently an article was shared with me from google on what teens think is cool. I found this a great read and wanted to share.
"The purpose of this magazine is to provide a glimpse into the world of teens in the US through the lens of what they find cool. Cool is an indication of what people pay attention to, what gets them excited, and can often act as a manifestation of their hope and dreams. Unlike millennials, this group is ambitious, engaged, and feel like they can change the world. For Generation Z, what’s cool is also a representation of their values, their expectations of themselves, their peers, and the brands they hold in the highest regard. What you’re looking at is proprietary research conceived and executed by the Brand Team for Consumer Apps at Google. We hope it serves as glimpse into the minds of the most informed and connected generation yet"
—Gen Z. COOLBOOK@GOOGLE.COM.
Think About This
You may have a toddler right now who won’t leave your side. You know the kind. The kid who’s glued to your leg, velcroed to your arm, who keeps wanting you to read the same story again, and again, and again. It’s driving you nuts some days, isn’t it? It’s hard to believe, but one day, they’re going to withdraw. Ask any parent who has middle schoolers. Or teenagers. It happens...they withdraw.
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