End of summer updates and 2018 Fuge dates and location!


Hello Everybody,               

             Just a quick note t​o 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. 

 

EVENTS:        

             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** 


IMPORTANT AND PLEASE REVIEW WITH YOUR YOUTH
Requirements for youth to be eligible to attend Fuge are : (as follows) 
1) Regular attendance to at least ONE Youth Group Meeting per week

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,

Bryan ⛪
http://www.fugecamps.com/mfuge/ 

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The Summer is almost over….

After a long and eventful summer our youth have finally hit the breaks and it’s full steam ahead to a new school year. While the summer was full of memories and hard work, we take the time to reflect back on how we’ve been able to server others, while representing Christ in our community. From helping to clean up the river water shed, car washes, church clean ups, raising funds for less fortunate families and all the way to Lynchburg, VA. for a weeks long mission trip with Fuge Camps. During thier week long mission trip the LCOOS Youth Group spent time at homeless shelters, Veterans homes, elderly centers, children’s hospitals, soup kitchens, community centers and a whole host of places, while not only witnessing about Christ, but actually being the hands and feet with their own hard work and effort. I’m very proud of all the accomplishments our youth have faced and overcome, all while being an amazing witness to not only our church, our community, but most of all our Christ. Thanks to everybody at LCOOS for all your love, support and we look forward to what God has in store for us in the new year to come. Please continue to pray for all of our youth and leaders as we continue our quest of loving the Lord, loving our neighbors and making disciples.

Him Before Me,

Bryan 

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The summer is in full swing and Fuge here we come!!!!

The youth will be heading to Lynchburg, Virginia on June 26th through June 30th for this year’s mission trip to Fuge. We have close to 30 attendees this year, including group leaders and the youth have worked extremely hard to prepare for this trip. On behalf of myself, the youth leaders and all the youth, we would like to send out a gracious and humble thank you to the entire congregation of the Lutheran Church of Our Savior for helping us make this trip possible. 

Throughout the week our youth will be submerging the city of Lynchburg with the grace, love and hope of the gospel and sharing what Christ has done in their lives. This is truly a life-changing experience and I’ve seen the effect it’s not only had on our youth, but also all that attend. As Christians it gives us a chance to not only be the feet and hands of Christ, but also to give back what had so freely been given to us. As they attend Fuge, as well as come back into our community, I asked that you continue to pray that the Holy Spirit guide them to not only stay courageous for Christ, but have the strength, willingness, knowledge and encourage to keep proclaiming the gospel in their everyday lives. We are blessed to be a part of such an amazing church family and we are always here to be of serve to you. Thanks you for all your support, encouragement, love and prayers.

Him Before Me,

Bryan 

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Upcoming Events

Flyers for the April 2nd Roy Rogers (La Plata location) Fundraiser are available in the Narthex. The fundraiser will be held from 5-8pm. Please grab a flyer or two and pass them out to friends. Be sure to let them know to give the flyer to the Roy Rogers staff at time of purchase in order for their donation to count.
Also the youth will be preparing a spaghetti dinner and a cake auction at LCOOS on Maundy Thursday, April 13th. Please have your youth arrive at 5pm to help with preparation.
Additionally, don’t forget that the Papa Johns Fundraiser is underway and we have plenty of cards available upon request.
This Sunday is the deadline to RSVP for the youth outing to Terrapin Adventures Ropes Course on Saturday, March 25th. We will be meeting at LCOOS at 8:30am for a quick breakfast with a departure time of 9:00am. We hope to return to LCOOS no later than 5:00pm.
Our next youth outreach will be on Saturday, April the 8th and we will be working with the Charles County Parks and Recreation to clean a local watershed. This outreach event is still in the planning process with more details to follow.
Him Before Me,
Bryan ⛪

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Mfuge mission trip will be on June 26-30, 2017….stay tuned for upcoming events and testimonies!

On June 26-30, 2017 we will be taking The Lutheran Church Of Our Savior’s Youth Group to Liberty University to serve the great people of Lynchburg, Virginia for this years MFuge mission trip! Please pray for our youth and the leaders accompanying them and our fund raising efforts in the upcoming months! 🙏🏼

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Why was Jesus born?

Our youth have had a very busy summer with outreach and tons of ministry work and as a church you all should be very proud of them. They spent the summer raising money for starving children in a country halfway across the world and also raising money so that they could spend a whole week being the hands and feet of Christ. I think about Jesus and what he spent most of his time doing while he was here on earth. One thing he never did was stay in one place for very long and I don’t think he ever intended for us as Christians to either. While it is nice to gather together every Sunday and Wednesday and worship does our job as Christians just stop there?

I was out with my family the day after Thanksgiving and I was taken aback by the crowds of people in line buying things for this upcoming Christmas. It kind of made me sad, because it seems like Thanksgiving is no longer a time of being thankful for what we have and turns right into what can I buy or what are people going to get for me. I read about stories of people getting in fights, being stab, shot and a whole host of violent crimes over what? Black Friday deals on…….THINGS! All over material things, that if Jesus himself would come back today would all just turn into dust. What is the meaning of Christmas and what does it mean to you and your family? Now of course I know everybody is going to give the “correct” Christian response, but is it really true? Do you actually sit down with your kids, family and friends and talk about why Jesus was born. Is that before you open the piles of presents or after? Is that with the whole family or do you keep it private?

I think as Christian we are losing the battle of Merry Christmas over Happy Holidays or better yet I think we are conceding it. What would happen in your family or to your kids if you didn’t buy gifts and actually just spent the day celebrating Jesus? Or maybe even open up all those presents on Christmas Eve and spent Christmas day celebrating Jesus and go out and serve others? Why was Jesus born any way and what does he mean to you? Again I’m sure the typical “correct” Christian response is going through your mind, but does your life and family really reflect that? Maybe we should all(myself included)spend some time this Christmas and sit down, talk with or kids, family, friends or even take that leap of faith and let it be that person you’ve been meaning to. Let us not forget about why Jesus was born, what he did for us and where we would all be without the gift he so selflessly, but at an huge cost gave us! May we never forget why Jesus was born or be afraid to share it and I pray you all have a Blessed and Merry Christmas!
Him Before Me,
Bryan

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