Just a quick note to catch up on what’s been going on with the LCOOS Youth Group as of late. We have been spending a lot of time in the book of Matthew learning not only to simply say the words I’m a “Christian”, but even more so, why it’s important that we look, act and think like Christian and how we do that. Would most people out of the blue recognize an apple tree? I personally wouldn’t, unless I actually saw apples hanging from it. I see all kind of trees and at first glance…they’re just trees.(unless you’re my wife…she’d know them) Now if I look at a tree long enough, I’ll be able to start seeing the fruit that it bears and only from that point could I tell you what the actual tree was.
I think when Jesus was using this example in Matthew 12, it was to make that exact point, that we can’t always see how spiritual a person is on the outside, but if we take the time to look, we will eventually see what fruit that tree (person) produces. We never know who’s watching and if by our mouths we claim Christ, but our actions don’t reflect that, we can easily destroy our witness. Take the Pharisees for example, they followed the law almost to the letter, but yet they missed the point of the law all together. They had so much pride and arrogance that they couldn’t let go of it long enough to see, that the one who made the laws (Jesus) and was there to free them from it…..was standing right in front of them.
With all their fancy outfits, all that power they had in the community, the respect they commanded from the people and the pride that seemed to have overwhelmed them, in what almost seemed like pure arrogance. When I believe this actually showed it’s ugly head more than any other time, along with the darkness that their hearts, was while they were around Jesus. As we reflected on this, I think the lesson the kids learned here is that while the Pharisees outwardly appearance was the closest one might be able to appearance like God, in actuality they were farthest from God in their hearts. So at the end of the day just because you look good on the outside maybe….sometimes actions, don’t speak louder than words.
As we all know the summer months tend to be slow in regards to attendance, as well as outreach, with so many vacations, maybe a visit or two in order to see the grand-parents, summer school, making-up classes/credits, fall sports starting and the list goes on. We did mange to accomplish quite a bit and also came up with the date of our annual Fuge mission trip, so please mark your calendars for June 25th-June 30th. We put it to a vote and the youth have chosen to head back to Philly for what will be there 6th year. (see link below)
The overwhelming response that Liberty was a state of the art college, had awesome food, some of the coolest facilities ever, with working AC, WiFi that actually worked (unlike Philly), dorms…with their very own personal shower/bathrooms (not dorm style like Philly) and one youth even said it was like staying at the Ritz. Yet with all that being said, they voted and didn’t chose to go back to Liberty for one simple reason….they didn’t feel like they were making a difference! In the mission field they didn’t feel like they were actually being the hands and feet of Christ and wanted to do more for the community like the did in Philly. Just turn on the news, look at your Facebook feed, check out twitter, most of today’s generation tend to think of themselves first or having their needs meet, before helping others. I found myself truly humbled, proud, as well as blessed by their words. They actually not only wanted to do more, but also in order to do so, they didn’t have to, but they were willing to sacrifice the luxuries they had. A simple vote to go back to Liberty would have assured them all those amazing amenities, but yet Philly won out.
That would have us leaving LCOOS on Monday June 25th @ 9pm sharp and returning Saturday June 30th around 6pm (times are subject to change)**NOT THE DATES**
YOUTH BIBLE STUDY SERVICES:
Wednesday @6:15pm-7:00pm or Sunday 10:00am-11:00am. (attendance will be taken)
2) In addition the youth will also be required to attend and participate in all youth fundraisers. We will start planning our fundraiser for this mission trip in the coming months. Due to financial cut backs, we don’t have the available budget to cover this mission trip in its entirety. I am open to fundraising ideas, but please keep in mind any fundraiser where another company profits from it most be help off church property and not before, during or after service. This goes against church bylaws, but we can still benefit from these types of fundraisers off premises through friends, families, people at work, schools, sporting events…etc. This does not eliminate things like bake sales, homemade items, candy, car washes, spaghetti dinners, youth auction, yard sales or other types of fundraisers where all of the proceeds go to an LCOOS ministry. If you have any other ideas please feel free to reach out and let me know. Also parents or guardians that would be willing to step in and help out with fundraiser, your help would be greatly appreciated. We are also excepting applications from adults within our congregation or active young adults, that have graduated from our youth group that would like to attend FUGE as a group leader. Thanks for everybody’s hard work and continued support of our youth.
Him Before me,