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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