where love is alive 

As we are quickly approaching spring, I would like to use my article this week to give our church a recap of what we have been doing in the student ministry since January 1, and what we have coming up on the agenda.  January 1-3 we loaded up 10 students and 2 chaperones and went on our youth ski trip to Banner Elk, NC.  We had a great time, including being snowed in for a few hours on the morning of January 3! A week later we loaded up and headed with three of our college students on a BCM trip with 25 other college students to Snowshoe, West Virginia.  You may remember those dates because it was very cold in Cleveland for that week.  Where we were, on one particular night, it was -16 with a wind chill of -36! In spite of the extreme temperatures, we still had a great time and very much enjoyed being with all of those college students.  February 7-9 was our DiscipleNow 2014 weekend entitled “The Game of Life.”  We had 41 students participate and a host of volunteers kick-in to make this weekend a success.  This last weekend, February 28-March 1, we took eight of our teenage boys to Harrison Bay to campout.  The next morning we strapped them all onto a rope and went rock climbing.  It was absolutely fantastic and something I am certain those boys will never forget.

So we have been busy the past two months, but the next few months we also have some great things headed our way.  The week of spring break we have a group of students, along with a few adults, that are partnering with the BBA to travel to New York City to help with Hurricane Sandy Rebuild projects.  They will be sacrificing their week off from school to go serve others in Jesus’ Name.  How exciting is it that we have students that actually want to do that? In May we will be doing a family trip to ride mountain bikes on an old railroad trail called the Virginia Creeper up around Abingdon, Virginia.  I would like to encourage families to consider doing this.  The outfitters in that area rent good bikes for a very small daily fee and so you don’t even need to have your own bikes to do this trip.  The dates on this trip are May 2-3.  Finally we will be doing our every-other-year trip to Cincinnati on May 23-24.  We will travel to the Queen City once the students are released from school on that Friday and go watch the Cincinnati Reds play baseball.  The next morning we will get up and go to King’s Island Theme Park.  This is always one of the students’ favorite youth outings.  It is highly encouraged to only send students that are willing to ride most of the rides.  If they are not, then the day at the park will mostly be sitting around waiting on people to get off of rides, so please consider this carefully.

I hope this gives everyone a brief snapshot of what is going on in our student ministry.  Our goal is to provide opportunities for our students to be together in a safe environment where we can often have conversations about the Lord.  May God bless you and keep you all!




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