Well, sorry for not posting but having visited home followed by jumping into Core week here, things have been a little hectic. But I take these few short moments to let everyone know how things are going here. Here are a couple pics of the deco:
This year we just decorated the stage area. We did it like an emergency room to go with the theme. We also did a hilarious intro video to introduce the staff for the week. We did a mock of the ER intro where everyone is doing things in the hospital and stops and stares into the camera and their name flashes underneath them. We got the music from ER and even got some images that they use in the intro and it came out great. I hope to have those on our youth website soon.
The passage I’m teaching through is Ephesians 2:1-10 and it has gone well so far. The first two nights were on the first three verses laying out the position of the person without Christ and the desperate situation we found ourselves in. I managed to completely offend one kid the first night. He said he came from a Unitarian church but hasn’t been in awhile. He’s now ‘searching’. Well, apparently he didn’t like the idea of me telling him he was dead and Christ was the only way. I actually said the second night, before I learned of this reaction, that if someone is offended by something I’m saying, than that is ok, but it isn’t my idea or opinion on the matter. If someone is offended, that’s natural because the gospel is offensive to those who don’t understand it. It was something that was somewhat refreshing, because I know he understood what I was saying. That doesn’t mean I should try to be offensive, but it does mean that he understands the Gospel and he rejects it. You can pray that he keeps thinking it over.
We’ve probably had around 100 or so kids come out, which is good. Numbers are down a little, but this group is very, very young. Well, I gotta get back to work and prepare for tonight. Oh, and I’d like to thank Jen for stopping by and seeing our church and ministry. Oh wait…. she didn’t…. first the Glines come all the way out to California and don’t see me, now Jen… I can feel the love…