February 2019

Happy February! And what a cold start to it we've had..

In January, our middle school youth spent time talking about the promises we make in the New Year, Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of service and love, and what it means to serve others in small acts of kindness just because we want to brighten their lives a little bit. Jesus didn't call us to do grand gestures all the time, but to carry out small everyday acts that make a person's life more flourishing because everyone matters in God's eyes. The students got to flex their creative muscles and made some wonderful photo props for Grace's MLK Jr. Day of Service, and then we got a little messy in the kitchen as we made up several batches of cookies to give out to people who just might need a little extra light and love in their lives.

Our high school youth had a slightly more hectic schedule in January thanks to the Eagles late-season go at another Superbowl win and some icy weather. But we did have the chance to watch part of a game together and to celebrate our culture a little bit.  Then we gathered in fellowship for a delicious brunch prepared by our advisers, and finally spent some time thinking about all the wonderful things God did in our lives in 2018 and what we are looking forward to and hopeful that God is going to bring in 2019.

In February, both groups will begin a series of lessons inspired by the current sermon series happening at Grace: Real Life Remedies-Biblical Perspectives on Life's Chronic Challenges. We'll be tackling some tough topics like anxiety, stress, loneliness, high expectations--all things our youth face day in and day out. We will also have our monthly worship experiment night, where we approach worshipping God in different ways.

But first! Our Eskimo Bowl Flag Football Game will happen THIS SUNDAY, February 3rd from 2-4 pm at the Jenkintown playing field on Walnut St. below the tennis courts. All ages and families are welcome to join in playing or cheering on the players. We will provide the fun and warm beverages, all you need to do it show up!

Stay tuned for more information about the Middle School Retreat that is coming up March 29-31. Don't forget to sign up for the summer mission trips! The deadline has been extended! See below for more information on that and for the February schedule of events.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact me via email or phone!

Blessings to you all,
Pastor Kristen

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Michaela Payne