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Weekly Update 4/13-19

Weekly 500 (Your youth ministry update in 500 words or less)

The Big One: 30 Hour Famine

  • Friday and Saturday, April 25-26th

  • I need confirmation from students/parents who will be participating in the fast, as we will be breaking our fast at the Men's No Greens Dinner (both guys and girls will be eating this meal) because the youth ministry will be covering the cost of this meal for any students participating in the famine. Please email Matt if your son/daughter will be joining us.

  • Please see 30 Hour Famine Handout

  • Opportunity for "Students for Hire" to raise money - please contact Matt if interested

Mexico Mission Trip 2014

  • MANDATORY MEETING on Sunday April 27th at 5pm for both students and parents of students who want to attend the trip

  • Applications for the mission trip are due Sunday 4/20 and can be dropped off at the church office mail slot any time

No Youth Group Easter Sunday 4/20



  • Girls will be at the Chocholaty home Tuesday, April 15 from 6:30-8:30pm

  • Guys will be at the Brislawn home Wednesday, April 16th from 7-8:30pm

Sunday 4/13

We continued our series on "Welcome to the Family" by looking this past Sunday at 1 Corinthians 12, and how to serve our family. The way that we know that we are part of the family is through the expectation of service. Everyone in a family has their respective job/responsibilities. When a guest comes, they are not expected to serve, but the family is expected to serve the guest. And the family serves one another through their different gifts/strengths/abilities. So it is with the family of God.

Paul begins by saying that being part of the family is not about having a certain skill set, but it is about proclaiming "Jesus is Lord" (1 Cor. 12:1-3). For those who are part of the family, it is not about having a specific gift, but about having the Spirit who adopts us as sons and daughters.

But this Spirit also gives us diverse gifts all of which are needed in the body. We do not choose our own gifts, but they are given to us, and the specific gifts we are given are good. It is good that we do not all share the same gifts, for this is how the body works. The whole body could not be an eye, otherwise it would not be a body. But God has placed us exactly where He wanted us to be within the body (1 Cor. 12:18). God made no mistake in bringing us to Taft Avenue Community Church because we serve a vital part in the life of the body.

In fact, it is the undignified parts of the body that receive the most honor (1 Cor. 12:23). God gives honor to the least honorable (1 Cor. 12:24), because it is through weakness that God displays His strength. This is the God of the burning bush, the God of the stuttering Moses, the God of the meek and mild Jesus, and the God of the cross. 

Questions for your son/daugher:

  1. What is the most begrudging chore that you have to do?
  2. Why do you dislike doing that chore? Is there another responsibility that you would rather have instead?
  3. How is it that doing something you don't want to do can be a good thing for you? How is it a good thing for others?
  4. Do you know how much I value your serving the family through your chores?