Rooted starts up soon. This Sunday is our informational meeting for students who are interested in participating. I’m excited about it. Last year we looked at Philippians and we had a great time working through the book together.
This year we’re going to be working in the Psalms. In specific, we’ll hit these:
- Psalm 1 // Torah
- Psalm 119 (selections) // Torah
- Psalm 73 // Wisdom
- Psalm 95 // Praise
- Psalm 74 // Lament
- Psalm 84 // Zion
- Psalm 32 // Thanksgiving
- Psalm 116 // Thanksgiving
One of the joys of Rooted is that we get to work through the Bible in more depth than Sunday School and really dig in. It’s also an opportunity to teach kids how to study God’s Word. I’m looking forward to another great year in God’s Word with our youth.
If you’re in High School (or your child is), the informational meeting is this weekend after church. It won’t be very long—maybe 30 minutes at most—but it’s useful in helping students decide if they want to participate.
It’s been a very busy—and good—weekend. I spent Saturday morning with Abby, Anna and Randy at the Bon-Ton selling coupon books, plus saw some of Heide as she was shopping. (Glad she was there because I wanted a new shirt/tie and have no fashion sense, so Heide helped pick out the one I was wearing Sunday.) We sold 46 books in 2 hours on Saturday morning, plus we sold 14 on Friday evening at the store. Not bad.
Then it was off to church to finish getting ready to preach on the Trinity. It’s funny how God works. I wasn’t entirely happy with the sermon because I felt there was so much more to get into but there just wasn’t time. Yet I got more people talking to me about this one being great stuff than any other it seems. The Spirit must have been transforming my words between my mouth and everyone’s ears. :)
After worship, I stopped by the Scrip table to help Pam close up shop. It took a long time because we sold almost $8,000 worth of Scrip. No, really. Our previous high was probably not quite half that. The last order we placed gave us a 7.9% return rate. This one should be lower because there were a lot of Wegman’s cards in there. But even at a conservative 3%, we’ll still make $240 in profits. That’s more than a third of the cost of a Workcamp trip. Awesome stuff!
Next I left for the Stone’s house to do rooted. A strange day with many of the youth suffering from sleep deprivation because of some sleepovers resulting in late nights. Still, fun to be with them. Then there was a quick dinner with the Stone family before our Life Group meeting, which was also a fun time. It was the first time our entire group was together in months.
We had our 2nd rooted yesterday during the final quarter of the Bills game. I was impressed with how little grumbling there was about that, but maybe it had something to do with the fact that we couldn’t watch most of the game because of power outages anyway.
It was a great time together with the youth. Here are a few things that I liked about this session that were improvements over the first:
- We’re getting used to the style/format of the study. Students seemed more comfortable this time than last, when they weren’t sure what to expect.
- There seemed to be more sharing this time, and not just shallow, surface-level answers. I hope to see this go even deeper as we get into this more.
- Students stopped me at least twice from moving on because they hadn’t shared everything they wanted to from the previous question.
- We had an especially good discussion on giving. The question asked us to look at when churches might have “greedy” motives instead of pure ones. We talked about giving as a spiritual indicator, how much we should give and whether God uses our giving even when it comes from wrong motivation.
- There was also an interesting diversion where we brought out a point from the Love Out Loud theme from Workcamp. It’s still fresh in their minds and hearts, which is a joy to see. I asked them to consider Piqua, Ohio as one of their Spiritual Memorials. I challenged them to return to Piqua in 5 or 10 years and drive around the community and remember what God did in their lives there.
My thoughts about Football and the things that “interrupt” it from Week 5 in the NFL:
- Left church around 1:10. Remembered I never updated my Fantasy teams. Not a good start to the football afternoon.
- Flipping between Colts/Texans and Giants/Seahawks for the first 10 minutes. Finally settled on the Giants game. Unless the Bills or Browns are playing, I think I almost always land on the Fox game. They’re broadcasters are just so much better.
- I still don’t like Eli Manning, but he’s becoming a great quarterback. I didn’t expect the Giants to be in this position this year, and he’s a big reason they haven’t slipped despite losing key guys on defense.
- Poor Matt Hasselbeck. He has no receivers to throw to. I might make their team.
- 2:45 – Off to rooted. Had 6 youth and 2 adults at the first rooted. It was a great time. I think we’ll grow into the model after a few meetings, but I’m very pleased with the start.
- Pam S. is the bearer of bad news as she picks up Zack from rooted: Bills are down 14-0, Trent Edwards knocked out of the game with a concussion on the first drive. Not good.
- Get in my car to head home and the first thing I hear is Trent is out with a concussion. I get it already! :)
- I fear this is not going to be good for the Bills. Losman is beyond terrible at QB. History has shown that teams also tend to do poorly when a backup is thrown in there. My fears will be proved right shortly…
- Losman holds the ball way too long.
- Jason Peters isn’t helping by letting guys get around him to JP
- Bills lose, as expected. I’m not sure we win that game with Trent, but it’s certainly a much better game to watch.
- If I had recently purchased a big-screen television, planned to have a big 5-0 party, found out WIVB was being pulled from Cable, stood on my roof trying to get an antenna to work for the game, had to move the party to another location and then watched this game, I’d be pretty mad. Just saying.
- Listened to a little of the post-game show on WGR. People were taking it better than expected. I suppose we are 4-1 after all.
- Apparently everyone who calls Peter King about football starts of their sentence with “Look”. Ever notice that?
- I should be a lot more excited about Steelers/Jags than I am. Ended up only watching a little bit of the game. Jaime and I watched some Amazing Race and then Grey’s Anatomy on DVD.
And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
I’m excited to be kicking off our new year with a great new Bible study for our Crossroads youth. Here are some highlights:
- Studying Philippians in 9 sessions
- Meeting in homes
- Teaching students how to study the Bible. What is a study Bible? How is it helpful? Where do we go for other resources? What’s the big deal with all these translations? Are commentaries helpful?
- Students prepare work ahead of time by reading and answering some guiding questions in their journal.
- Interactive. There’s no teacher, just a facilitator and the group.
- We’ll be praying together.
I’m looking at Sunday afternoon/evening for this class, but I’m not locked in to that completely yet. My question for High School Parents:
- When is the best time to meet on Sundays that would be the least strain on the family unit? (ie, right after church, just before dinner, after dinner, etc.)
- Is there a better day to meet?
We’re working through Philippians at staff meetings currently. We’ve been through the first two chapters now and one thing that really stands out to me is Paul’s relationship with the people of Philippi. You can just feel the love in this book. It’s a wonderful glimpse of what God’s love for us is like.
Philippians is also going to be the book we’re studying for Crossroads: Rooted next year. Rooted is a Bible study intended for High School students looking to go deeper in their relationship with Christ, to grow deep roots. Our theme verses are:
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD,
whose trust is the LORD.
He is like a tree planted by water,
that sends out its roots by the stream,
and does not fear when heat comes,
for its leaves remain green,
and is not anxious in the year of drought,
for it does not cease to bear fruit.”
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.
I’m looking forward to growing roots with our youth next school year. Think you might be interested in leading this ministry? Let’s talk.