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Good morning Teenside Families,
I hope you are enjoying your Thanksgiving week! I wanted to share a few things with you about what’s coming up at Teenside in the coming weeks.
#1. Thanksgiving Service Tonight
We will not be having Anchor Point tonight. Instead, we will be meeting with our Church family to share in a time of praise and prayer. Service begins at 6:30. I hope you can join us tonight!
#2. Winterfest Early Bird Deadline
Winterfest sign-ups are at Teenside.com. Please visit that site to get signed up for this great trip coming up in February. The cost is $65 per person, but if you PAY before December 1, the cost is ony $60 per person. Please make sure to sign up. I need to register our group soon.
#3. Christmas Party and Guys/Girls Nights
On December 9th, we will have our annual Christmas Party. Angela and I will be hosting the party at our new home. Parents, if you would like to partner with us in bringing food, we would love the help. We will meet at Teenside at 5:30 and head to the house. The party will end around 8:30-9pm. The guys and girls will move straight from that party into a guys and girls night. I will try to have all the details on for that in next weeks email. Please sign-up at Teenside.com and let us know if you can be a part of this event. We will have our annual gift swap again this year. It’s a $10 AWESOME gift! (No Gag gifts allowed…we want everyone to walk away happy that they participated…we give prizes for most awesome gift!). If you need help with a gift, let me know…I always have extras.
#4. The Ark
January 6-8 is the scheduled date for the Ark trip. We need 15 to make this trip happen and be cost effective. Please sign-up at Teenside.com. Deadline to sign-up is December 11.
#5. The James Study
We have been engaged in a study of the book of James on Sunday mornings. Last week, we looked at James 1:19-27
19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you. 22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do. 26 Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. 27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
Here are a few thoughts about what we learned. I encourage you to open up James and pull what you can from this great letter!
-Why do some people make a big deal out of keeping their physical house neat and clean but completely neglect to do the same with their spiritual house? We’re called to get rid of the filth (talking about what “filth” in our society looks like is a great conversation for us to have!) and accept the gospel.
-What’s the difference in being a DOER of the Word and a HEARER of the word? Those who simply hear the word but never do anything with it are like the man who built his house on the sand (and we all know how that ended!)
-Ask your teen about the mirror illustration in James. Mirrors in the first century had a completely different meaning to people.
-The text ends with a story of two hearers…one who hears and forgets and one who hears and does something about it. Which should we strive to be?
-This passage can be broken down into this question…If you life in Christ evidenced by the life you live?
NEXT WEEK, WE JUMP INTO JAMES 2!
Have an amazing Thanksgiving! Thanks for being a part of our family!
Good Morning Teenside Families
I wanted to take a second to explain tomorrow before tomorrow happens.
We are kicking off what we hope to be an impactful part of our youth ministry.
It’s called the Teenside Leadership Council. We hope to have a group of teens who are not only committed to being leaders within our ministry (in various capacities), but most importantly, are committed to being disciples of Christ and growing daily in their walk with Him.
Tomorrow, we want any teen who may be interested in this council to join us for lunch. We will load up on the bus after class and head to eat together. Parents, please send some money for your teen’s lunch (and as always, if we need to pay for their lunch, we are happy to do that. Don’t ever let the cost pull the teen away from being a part). We will then come back to Teenside and have a brief meeting to talk about the council. We will discuss what we hope this council will accomplish, the expectations of the teens who will be a part, and give them a form to take home and complete. At that point, they can decide whether to opt in or not.
It’s our hope that these teens will make this decision on their own. Families, please don’t force your teen to be on this council. Talk with them and encourage them. Make sure to let us know if you have any questions, and encourage them to make this decision on their own. Their commitment is a great step for them to make.
We will be finished around 1:30pm.
If your teen can’t attend, that’s ok! Please make sure they message myself, Andrew or Megan and let us know they are interested in being a part of the Leadership Council. We will send them the information they need.
Please be in prayer for what God is doing within Teenside. We have some exciting things coming up! PARENTS, PLEASE READ BEYOND THIS NOTE TO SEE A FEW AREAS WHERE YOU CAN HELP WITH TEENSIDE RIGHT NOW.
Thank you so much for being a part of our ministry!
I have a few needs and areas that I’m ready for you to help partner with us in. Here they are.
We always need families to partner in bringing breakfast on Sunday mornings. Class is growing. Last year we needed 3 dozen donuts (or the equivalent). I’d up that to 3 1/2 to 4 now. Please go to www.teenside.com and click on sign-up sheets to help us.
DISCIPLESHIP GROUP LEADERS
We are aiming to being several discipleship groups within this ministry. No more than 5 teens per group with a leader committed to being an anchor for them as they walk their walk. It’s an easy commitment, but an incredibly meaningful one. Let me know if you are interested.
October 15 is coming quick! The Hunt is one of our best fall events, and we could use your help! You could…(1) Help with serving and cleaning up lunch (and gathering and cooking if you want to really ramp it up!) for the event. Due to the Hunt schedule, we will need to eat at Collegeside this year (last year, the Dunaways were awesome hosts!). We could use some help in making sure lunch happens. (2) Be a Driver and team leader! (Ask Dawn Reaves about how awesome this option is!) We would love to have 2 leaders per team. This is a 10am till 6pm commitment, but the bragging rights alone are worth it! You will lead the teams through all 3 rounds of the Hunt! (3) Help the Roberts family with dinner. Families have been joining us at 6pm at the Robert’s for dinner and devo so there is typically over 50 at dinner time. The Roberts have been amazing hosts each year, and they would love your help with bring food and setup. Please see Joe or Judy if you can help with that.
I can’t tell you how excited I am about The Hunt! Please help us make it the best it can be!
As we did last year, Teenside will be leading the charge to collect socks this October. Think about it, most people freely donate clothes and food to shelters and pantries, but never socks. It’s one of the hardest things for people in need to get. Let’s load the bins this year. Set up bins at your workplace. Help us come up with creative ways to collect all we can. Our goal is to share them at the Bread For Life Thanksgiving Meal. If we collect as many as I know we can, I also want us to take them so other places to see, share and pray for them as well.
Brad Montague and Kid President have done and awesome job of making this a world wide event. I’m thankful we can play a small part.
Last year was a blast thanks to the families that hosted us for the Progressive T-Give. This year it will be on Saturday, November 12. We need an Appetizer Host, a Main Course Host, and a Dessert Host. Let me know if you want to be a part. If you don’t want to host, but can help with food prep, let me know as well and I can point you to someone to help with.
MISS FABULOUS PAGEANT
On the morning of November 12, there is a pageant in Cookeville that covers the special needs community with loads of love! It’s called Miss Fabulous. Hundreds of amazing people are a part of it each year (boys, girls, men and women) and everyone wins. Hundreds of sashes and crowns are shared, everyone is celebrated, and they all ride in the Christmas parade as representatives of this amazing ministry started by the Hill Family at Jefferson Avenue. I want Collegeside to help with this amazing event. I’ll share more soon.
There will be more…I’m sure of it!
Thanks to all who are partnering with us now! And thanks to everyone who will partner with us as we move through the year.
We are currently working on a new site to help you learn about Teenside, plan to be a part, and partner with us in our ministry.
While we wait, please check out the calendar and the sign-up sheet tabs.
For September 2016…here’s a few things to know.
#1. Hardin Valley Girl’s Day
On Saturday, September 17, Hardin Valley is hosting the Radiant Conference. This is an all girls day that should be pretty awesome! We have promoted…now it’s time for you to sign up and come be a part of it. We need more teens and more parents to partner on this event. Please let Megan know (or sign up on the Teenside Signup Sheet) as soon as possible.
#2. Outside Days
On Saturday, September 17 (as well) as part of Outside Days with the Collegeside family, we will be volunteering again at the Northeast Carnival. It is from 2-5pm. We will take a bus from Collegeside leaving around 1:20. We will help with Carnival games (and hopefully win some cakes at the cake walk!) We need you to bring your servant’s hearts and join us for this event. Sign up on the teenside sign up sheets.
#3. The Ark Experience and Creation Museum
If you aren’t heading out of town on fall break and want to head out of town on fall break, consider coming with us to the Ark Experience and Creation Museum in Kentucky. We need to get an idea on the interest (if we don’t have around 15, we probably won’t make the trip), so sign up as soon as you can! For more info, check out https://arkencounter.com/
#4. The Hunt
This is gonna be awesome! On Saturday, October 15, we will meet at 10am for a full day of excitement! We will conclude at Joe and Judy Roberts’ home to end the day. Sign up by October 1 to guarantee yourself the 2016 Teenside long sleeve shirt. Invite your friends! If you want to see one thing coming to this year’s Hunt…check out http://www.cluesbros.com/
#5. Check out Teenside.com and please sign up to bring breakfast!
We are in the process of overhauling www.teenside.com, but in the meantime, you can go to the old site and check out the calendar (click on calendar) and the sign up sheets (click on sign-up sheets), and you can stay up to date about what’s happening.
Download your Summer Calendar RIGHT NOW!!!!
See the attached file for the 2016 Summer calendar…A couple things to notice…Make sure to plan to be a part of SSSSS…this is our event that takes place following the Summer Series every Wednesday Night! Wednesday June 1 is the first one. We’re headed to the Sno Shack! The nights will get better and better each week. But they’re no fun without you! Join us for SSSSS! Campbellball is every Tuesday Night. I run concessions, so I can’t drive each week. If you want to help bring a van to Campbellball, please let me know.
PLEASE REMEMBER…Our goal is to have a full and meaningful summer. We may spontaneously add opportunities to be together and grow together as the summer progresses! Be on the lookout for those things!
Hope you enjoy the calendar. Let me know if you have any questions!
Girl’s Night is this Friday Night!
Ladies, this Friday Night (May 27), make plans to spend your night with Teenside! We will meet at Teenside at 6pm, head to John and Brittney Norris’ home to have Bible Study, Dinner, and Swimming! Around 11, the ladies will head back to Teenside to spend the night. Breakfast will be served at 6am Saturday, and you need to be picked up at 7am Saturday morning. The cost is NOTHING! It’s all FREE! Just come be a part of this special night. Text Megan if you are attending.
Summer Classes Begin This Sunday!!!
Ladies, You will be meeting in the worship room this Summer with MEGAN DEEL. She will taking the teens through a SPIRITUAL DISCIPLINE BOOTCAMP. What is a spiritual discipline? What role do spiritual disciplines play in my walk with Christ? Find out this Summer!
Guys, We will be meeting in the Game Room this Summer for a MEN OF GOD CLASS. ANDREW JONES will be facilitating the class, and it will feature several men. It’s our goal to learn from Dads and men at Collegeside as we strive to be Men of God.
Hide-N-Seek is THIS SUNDAY NIGHT!
I’m sorry for being sick last week! Don’t let that take you away from the chance to be a part of the first ever Hide-N-Seek night with Teenside! Due to this not being a Movie Night, the schedule is changing slightly. We will meet at TEENSIDE at 5pm on Sunday night (May 29). We will head to dinner in town, go get dessert…then begin the game! How do you play Hide-N-Seek in a church van? Join us this Sunday to find out!!! Bring money for your food. We will begin at 5pm and end by 10pm. Please have your ride ready at 10pm at Teenside.
Have you paid for Impact, Knoxville Work Camp or SMBC?
Please make your checks to Collegeside as you pay for your summer trips. The cost for the trips are: SMBC: $80; Impact JR: $120; Impact SR: $180; Knoxville Work Camp: $60. Please make checks to Collegeside.