*The youth are serving at the People's Kitchen on November 8 from 10am-1pm
If you or your child would like to serve please let me know so I can give you some cupcake mix =0)
*This Sunday for Operation Christmas Child we are asking all of the children to bring in a Photo and Personalized Note!
(Key: Youth Sunday School Both)
*October 25 6:30-8:30pm Bowling @ Pismo!
*November 1 or 8 (will update when I get the info) 10am-1pm Youth Serving @ People’s Kitchen
*December 21 following worship Happy Birthday Jesus Giving Carnival!
*January 30-February 1 Snow ‘n Go winter conference @ Calvin Crest (high school only)
But don’t forget about our regularly scheduled programming:
*Sunday School every Sunday for grades 1st-8th
*Youth Group (6th-12th grades) Bible Study every Sunday Night 5-7pm
*Youth Group Fun Night every Wednesday Night 6-8pm
Fun Night Holiday Parties:
October 29 Fall WNO Youth Party featuring S’mores and It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown
November 19 Thanksgiving WNO Youth Party featuring Hot Apple Cider, Pumpkin Pie, and Charlie Brown Thanksgiving
December 17 Christmas WNO Youth Party featuring Snickerdoodles, White Elephant, and Charlie Brown Christmas
December 31 New Year’s Lock-In! 6pm-8am
These can be markers, crayons, pencil sharpeners, coloring books, notebooks, etc. Anything fun that you might pack in your child's backpack on the first day of school!
And if you forgot to bring in HYGIENE ITEMS last week, don’t forget to bring them this week!
Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.
In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.
Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl. Turning to her daughter, she asked, 'Tell me what you see.'
'Carrots, eggs, and coffee,' she replied.
Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.
Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, 'What does it mean, mother?'
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.
'Which are you?' she asked her daughter. 'When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
Think of this: Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?
Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?
Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain.. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level?
How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
And a quick reminder to everyone: we are serving at the People's Kitchen this Saturday, so please be at the church by 10am so we can start cooking. We will be making sloppy joes this time. Ooodles o fun! Don't miss it!
*We will be doing Bible study and devotions every morning so do not forget to bring your bible and a notebook
*Be at the church no later than 9:30am Wednesday morning so we can leave by 10am
*When you come to the church tomorrow morning be sure to bring with you a bagged lunch, as we will not be stopping anywhere to eat on the way up.
*Remember, you are allowed 1 duffel bag, 1 backpack or purse, 1 camp chair, 1 pillow, and 1 sleeping bag. Please do not try to bring anything else because we have a very limited amount of space
*Do not forget to bring money $$$. You will want to buy souvenirs while you are there, and sometimes you won't want to make the trek back to camp to make sandwiches for lunch, so you might want to grab a bit to eat from one of the vendors. Also, we will be stopping by somewhere to eat on our way home Sunday morning so make sure you still have enough by then.
*And now to the cell phone rule. This is very important so please pay close attention: You WILL be allowed to hold onto your cell phone so that we can reach you in case of emergency. You will NOT be allowed to call anyone not at the festival. There will be no exceptions. If you need to call your parents or anyone else for any reason come to one of us and you can use our cell phones. If we find that you are abusing the privilege of your cell phone we will confiscate your phone and will return it upon arrival at the church on Sunday.
Don't forget to bring your duffel bag, sleeping bag, and camp chair to the ministry center tonight between 5 and 6pm. Get a good nights sleep tonight and we will see you all tomorrow!
PS If you need a reminder of what to bring, here it is:
What to Bring:
Flashlight and Batteries
Notebook and Pen
Bathing Suit and Flip Flops (for showers)
Warm clothes (I have been warned that it gets pretty cold in the evenings)
1 Duffel Bag to carry clothes, etc.
1 Backpack or bag to carry with you on the car trip
Money for souvenirs and some meals
What NOT to Bring:
Portable music players
Handheld video games
Drugs or alcohol
Fireworks, matches, or lighters
Medications not listed on medical release form
Knives or any kind of weapon (this includes pocket knives)
I thought you could only have a "scrum" in rugby, then I watched these guys play croquet, can we say "traffic jam"?
Lindsey made a new friend at Sheridan's house. Awww!!!
Scruffy makes his mark on the sandcastle competition, replacing Christie, Tammie, and Devanee's flag with...himself!
Tyler, Devin, and Christie sip their way across the finish line first in the Great Lemonade Squeeze Off!
A friendly doe finds Sara's shirt quite tasty in the Santa Barbara County Fair petting zoo.
Sheridan just can't get enough of the Wallaby! Can you blame her?