Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Connect Series: Transforming

This Sunday was our last in our Connect Series.  After having dinner and an introduction to Hand Bells with Sarah Critzer, we took at look at Exodus 34:29-35 when Moses comes down from the mountain and his face is glowing from his time spent with God!  To get us into the story we did our own little makeovers with lots of different props to see which team could come up with the most creative outfits for their "models".  We then talked about what the Israelites might have thought when they first saw Moses glowing.  We talked about some ways that people "glow" now after they've spent time with God (smiling, dancing, singing, etc.).  After reading Isaiah 64:8, we used play-doh to form a symbol or sculpture that represents something we think God wants to change in us or something that we think God is calling us to do.  The youth really took their time praying and thinking about how God is calling them to live their lives.  We made things like a person praying, a Bible, a fish, a heart, a cross and a music note!  Before closing in prayer, we each received a glow bracelet.  This reminds us that like Moses, when we spend time with God and grow closer to God, our lives will glow and shine for all to see as well! 

Don't forget to come out to Farmville Miniature Golf this Saturday for our Haiti Mission Team fundraiser!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Connect Series: Never Forget

This Sunday we read about when the Israelites constructed an idol of a golden calf while Moses was up on the mountain (Exodus 32).  After God had been present with the Israelites in the pillar of clouds and fire, guiding their path, the Israelites seemed to forget about God and start trying to rely on themselves again.  We discussed ways we can continue to remember God and be in relationship with God.  We created our own little scrolls of what we need to remember about God and tied them up like a mezuzah!  How are you reminded of God and God's presence in your life?  Comment on this post with your responses!


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

James River Float

We ended up having a perfect day for our James River Float this year!  What a fun and relaxing way to finish out the summer.  See you next year for this great event!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Connect Series: Daily Dependence

This Sunday we took a look at the story in Exodus about God providing manna for the Israelites in the desert.  We each tested our desert survival skills knowledge, and realized that we don't know much about surviving in the desert.  Ultimately, we see in this story that God is teaching the Israelites that they must depend on God daily for their survival.  And we learn as well that we must depend daily on God not only for our physical survival but our spiritual survival.  To understand this more we participated in several "exploration stations" in pairs as we did various activities that remind us that we need God in our lives every day! 

 Don't forget the James River Float is this Saturday.  Call or email me to RSVP!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Mission and Game Night

This past Sunday we had a mission and game night at FUSION Gathering!  The whole church has been collecting school supplies to fill the 86 new backpacks that were donated to us from Kroger last year.  These filled backpacks will be distributed to our area schools, who will hand them out to children that would otherwise not have the proper supplies they need for school this year.  FUMC Youth packed these backpacks with their supplies Sunday evening!

Then we played Gorgon for the rest of the evening!

See you next Sunday as we continue our Connect series!