where love is alive 

Hello everyone! I hope this finds you all well!  I am excited about the summer being here and looking forward to what the Lord has in store for student ministry.  It’s obviously a different time in youth ministry than ever before, but I am open to new opportunities and new ideas.  We are saddened that we did not get to go to Honduras in late May, and we are all looking forward to getting back there as soon as possible.  I would love to lead a trip later in the summer, but it’s probably more likely the earliest would be during the fall.

We have sadly had to cancel our summer camp in Panama City Beach.  The obstacles were just too big to overcome a trip with those type of logistics.  With that, I would still like for all our youth families to keep the week of July 6-10 reserved for some type of mission projects.   Ocoee Outreach has been postponed for the summer, however, we may still be able to safely take on a couple of the projects that have already been planned and paid for.  I will keep everyone posted as I have new information!

I look forward to getting the youth group back together again as soon as we can.  We have done the best we could with Zoom meetings and group texts, but honestly, we are all a little fatigued with that.  The need is growing quickly for us to be a “group” again, and that can truly only happen if we are together.  Our church plan is to begin a few Wednesday night activities again on June 17th.  I will be attempting to plan a few things in which we can be together, without being in each other’s space.  The students are looking forward to our summer staples of Slip ‘n Slide Kickball, the trip to the blue hole, bowling, a movie, swim parties, etc!  Hopefully we will be able to do a few of those, with respect to the health and safety of everyone involved.

At the end of the day, disruptions in our lives often come for a reason or specific purposes.  I suppose we are all still searching for the reason the last few months of life have been a wash, but hopefully the shutdown has forced us all to slow down.  Our fast-paced society doesn’t do that very well, and yet, how can we “be still, and know that I am God” without being still? I encourage you all to search for the particular lesson God is wanting to teach you during this unique season of life.

In Christ,

Jason

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