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Upcoming Series: Who Am I?

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In this 4-week series, you’ll help teenagers discover that they will never fully understand who they were created to be apart from the God who created them. He’s a God who knows us, who gives us a place to belong, who helps us understand ourselves, and who helps us become everything He has created us to be....

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BigStuf 2018 Registration Now Open

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Join us as we embark this summer on an epic trip to the beach! We'll have some fun, we'll learn about God, and we'll return ready to take on the world!...

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Believe 2018 Registration Now Open

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This year's Believe tour will help students know exactly what it means to have a relationship WITH Jesus. WITH - it's a common word, but when spoken in the context of a relationship with Jesus it has such a deeper meaning....

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Upcoming Series: The Invite

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During the months of September and October, we're joining with the adult morning services, adult small groups, and even our Kid's Ministry. Together, we're diving deep into what it looks like to be someone living a life focused on Jesus. Together, let's find out what God is inviting us to take part in, and let's invite him into our lives....

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Packing List

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Here's the skinny on all the stuff you'll need to bring for Believe 2018....

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Trip Itinerary

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Here's the schedule of what's going down, and when you'll need to be where....

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Open House

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Can you believe the school year is already here??! It feels like just yesterday summer was knocking on our door. We want to start this school year off right as a student ministry. We want to partner with you. Our parents. You are so much more influential in the lives of your students than anybody else. That includes me, teachers, coaches. Even their friends. You have th...

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Upcoming Series: Finding Friends

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In this 4-week series, we’ll be discussing how to choose our friends wisely, exploring the qualities of a healthy friendship, encouraging students to build friendships with wise people, and helping them see Jesus as their best and truest friend....

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Parent Information Deluge

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BigStuf 2017 feels like it's coming right around the corner, and I'm so excited for this trip!! Let's get you some details....

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BigStuf 2017 Itinerary

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Here's the schedule of what's going down, and when you'll need to be where.......

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BigStuf 2017 Packing List

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Here's a packing list to help inform our parents and students make informed decisions while they pack for this trip. Clothing, general, spending money, etc....

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Connection Night: Minute To Win It

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This week, we’re playing some Minute-To-Win-It games, eating desserts, and building relationships through teamwork. It’s going to be a blast, and I can’t wait to see you there!!...

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Cool Story Bro: The Lost Son

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I've been lost before, and I've been glad. Sometimes, finding yourself lost is a nice surprise. You can find a new place, learn something new, or just have an unexpected adventure. Other times, I've been lost, and it's been terrifying. It could be a dangerous place you find yourself lost in. It could be an inconvenient time to be lost. Being lost, whether it's under ...

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Connection Night: LOVEtheLOU VBS Night

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We are serving our friends at Pursuit Communities, and LOVEtheLOU by putting together a VBS night for their children's ministry. We'd love to have you come serve alongside us. As a bonus, you'll get paid in pizza!!...

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Upcoming Series: Cool Story Bro

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Many of Jesus’ followers, all the way from his birth right down to modern times, have struggled to understand the meaning, purpose, and point of many of Jesus’ teachings. That’s where the parables came into the picture. Jesus used parables as a way of inviting us deeper into the story. Showing us that there’s more beneath the surface if we only care to look....

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Spring Calendar 2017

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Spring (and allergies) is in full swing, and there's so much going on! We have a lot of events, activities, and good stuff going on. Below are the few upcoming weeks, and what we do (or don't have in store)....

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Connection Night: Gender Games

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Gender Games is this Sunday night! We'll come together as teams to battle it out. We're going to put our student's minds, bodies, stomachs, and teamwork to the test in a set of games designed to figure out once and for all which is really the stronger gender....

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Upcoming Series: Passed Over

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During the month of April, leading up to Easter, we’ll be studying Passover from a couple different perspectives. What was it like for Moses to watch God institute this new ritual in the midst of plagues and the Exodus? What was going through Jesus’ head as he celebrated his first, second, and last Passovers? What place does the Passover play for Christians today?...

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Believe 2017 Registration Now Open

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A lot of us are posting on social media with #Blessed. Most of the time we’re right, but we’re not seeing clearly. What we think we own is really on loan, and when we use #Blessed it’s almost always associated with getting something great for ourselves. It’s almost like we feel entitled. We don’t look to figure out why we’re blessed, we’re just happy that we...

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Packing List

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Here's the skinny on all the stuff you'll need to bring for Winter Retreat 2017...

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Trip Itinerary

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Here's the schedule of what's going down, and when you'll need to be where....

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BigStuf 2017 Theme Announced

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BigStuf officially announced their theme for 2017 yesterday!...

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Show Me: how to treat others

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Nobody likes to feel like they're in second place. Yet, we all know from firsthand experience what it feels like. It could be on a sports team, in your family, or with your friends. Sooner or later, we know the pain of being relegated to the shadows on account of somebody else....

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Movie Night: Part 2

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Movie night will be at Elliot's house, and starts at 6:30pm. The movie will start rolling at 7:00pm, so show up any time between then. I hope you're able to join us, and will be ready for a great time....

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Merry Christmas!!

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This Sunday night is Christmas. For pretty obvious reasons, we won't have any of our typical programming this week. The most important among those reasons is family. We believe that families should spend quality time together and they should celebrate important events together. This year, our students and parents are encouraged to put down the phone, tablet, computer, book...

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Movie Night: Elf

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Movie night will be at Elliot's house, and starts at 6:30pm. The movie will start rolling at 7:00pm, so show up any time between then. I hope you're able to join us, and will be ready for a great time....

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Holiday Schedule 2016

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The holiday season can be hectic, busy, and downright crazy. There are a few weeks that will look a little different for our Sunday night programming that we wanted you to be aware of....

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Phone Book

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When we read the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ birth, we typically flip right past the family trees without thinking twice. What if we took a deeper look? What if we looked at those names as people who had a purpose, people with a role to play in God’s story or redemption? This Sunday night, that's exactly what we're going to do!...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

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We love this time of year so much that we don't want it to end. This Sunday night, we'll not be holding our regular youth group gathering. We want to give our families the opportunity to continue the theme of gathering together to share and grow. So, we won't be meeting this week. Please take the added time in your schedule to spend together with the ones you love....

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A Parent's Guide To Understanding Social Media

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If you're curious about what your students are up to online, and you want to have some knowledge that can help you in your conversations, this book is right up your alley. If your student isn't quite to the social media age yet, reading this early on can help inform your parenting strategy for when they do get there....

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Thanksgiving Dinner 2016

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This Sunday night, November 20, we'll be joining together with our family and friends to give thanks for all God has provided. We'll meet at Wildwood Middle School at 5:00pm. All of our students, families, and friends are invited. We're so excited to gather with you to celebrate what the Lord is doing among us....

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Give Hope: Why Me?

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I don’t know about you, but there have been plenty of times I’ve felt unprepared in my life. High school, adulthood, parenthood, working life, and any number of other things have made me feel this way. Sometimes I feel less unprepared, and more unqualified. Like I don’t have the right to be doing something. Still other times I feel like I’ve done something to disqu...

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Give Hope: Who Needs Hope?

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Have you ever been to Disneyland? Did you go through the It’s a Small World ride? Even if you’ve never been,I bet you have that song stuck in your head now (sorry about that). The song is so simple, and so profound. You could probably count, pretty easily, a handful of times that your path has crossed someone else’s in an interesting way, and you had to admit to your...

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Give Hope: The Hope You Need

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Join us this Sunday night, September 14 as we unpack what Jesus said about himself, and what his followers said, too. We’ll take a look at what we say about Jesus, and how that changes everything....

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Promises: Freedom

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This weekend, we'll watch how the Apostles decide what to do, and how to pursue Jesus (even to their deaths). They were left with a choice to make, and we're left with a choice, as well. We must ask ourselves: "Now what?" Now that we've come face-to-face with the message and love of Jesus, we have to decide if it's going to impact our lives, or if we'll treat it like it's ...

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Upcoming Series: Give Hope

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On Sunday night, September 18, we're embarking on a new series, titled Give Hope. We're walking through this series with our whole church family, adults, and small groups. The series examines a bunch of stories from the book of Acts....

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Promises: Justice

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If we've all got a deep sense of this cosmic justice, how do we view the last days of Jesus' life? He was betrayed, tried, and convicted of a crime overnight. How could that possibly have been just? Especially if he really was this rescuer that had been promised for so long. We've been plugging away at our Promises series all summer long! We've been following the story ...

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BigStuf Kickoff Night

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We're starting the week off this Sunday night, June 26th, and 7:00pm. We'll spend some time in worship, prayer, and just hanging out, and having fun. We'll load up the bus at 8:00pm, and hit the road at 8:30pm sharp....

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Promises: Messiah

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The question that we've been pondering for quite some time: "Who is Jesus?" Whether we like it or not, how we answer this one question will touch every area of our lives. This question can be trickier to answer, than it might seem. It's hard to make a decision about someone who lived so long ago. The truth is you don’t have to have all the answers, before you step out in...

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One Saturday Morning

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As we grow older, we're supposed to grow out of "being childish." We watch things that are more suitable to older viewers, we spend time with our friends doing "big kid" activities, and we learn more advanced skills in school. This Sunday night, June 5th, let's celebrate some of the new students we have joining us! We'll be kicking our feet up, enjoying some good ol' fashi...

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Promises: Calling

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Life can feel pretty aimless and pointless, at times. With classes, sports, clubs, friends, family, homework, and a whole bunch of other stuff compeeting for our attention, we feel like we're just going through the motions. We feel like we're just coasting through one big blur of life. This Sunday night, we look at the calling of Jesus' first disciples. He calls to tho...

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Upcoming Series: Promises

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We're going to spend the summer looking at some of the promises that God has made, and discovering how Jesus fulfills that promise. Come join us, and find out what promises God's word has in store for you....

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Promises: Hope

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The first week of our Promises series is all about the birth of Jesus. Why talk about the nativity scene at this time of year? Because we can look at it without Santa Claus, presents, and the "cuteness" of the holiday getting in the way. All that stuff can fade away, and we can look at the events of that day, thousands of years ago, minus all of our preconceived notions of...

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Overwhelming Connection

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This Sunday night, we’ll peek into the life of King David. He wrote most of the Psalms we have in the Bible. Over and over again, we see Him turn to God and talk with him through the trials of life. After a victory in battle, David talks to God. After a huge mistake, David talks to God. In the middle of running for his life, David talks to God. David’s connection with ...

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Overwhelming Presence

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This Sunday, April 10, we’ll look at the presence of God in Moses’ life. He, more than almost anybody else in Scripture, lived out the truth that God was with him. At his high points, in his low valleys, Moses faithfully turned to God, and faithfully lived in His presence. How can we, in the 21st century, live with God?...

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Upcoming Series: Overwhelm

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The Bible tells us that God lives with us, that even His Spirit lives within us. But, we still go through our lives, struggling to feel that truth. What if we lived our lives, fully taking in God’s overwhelming presence? What if we connected with God in a new, real way? How would our lives change if we embraced God’s Words, spoken to us?...

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Movie Night: Risen

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Of course, we can't really avoid the real reason that we celebrate, can we? The whole reason that Easter is even a thing that exists: Jesus. We take this time of year to celebrate Jesus' resurrection and triumph over death. And, I love engaging in new ways to remember the life that Jesus lived, his death on the cross (which was all for you and me, by the way), and his mira...

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Question: What's baptism all about?

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People ask about baptism a lot! In fact, we've had more questions about baptism than any other topic during this whole series! People are curious about it. This coming Sunday night, February 21, 2016, we're going to look at these questions. We'll address the questions we've received, we'll unpack what baptism does for us, and talk about how that impacts our lives....

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BigStuf Registration Now Open!

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Join us as we embark this summer on an epic trip to the beach! We'll have some fun, we'll learn about God, and we'll return ready to take on the world!...

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BigStuf 2016: PRIME

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The trip is shaping up to be awesome!! I know this trip has the potential to change the lives of the students in our community! BigStuf has released details about the theme for this year's camp: PRIME!...

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Super Bowl Party

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We had such a blast at our Super Bowl Party on Sunday Night! The game was exciting (or so I'm told), the students showed up (a whole lotta High School students!), and fun was had by everybody!!...

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Question: Why does the Bible hate science?

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Why can't the two sides of this complement each other? Why can't science agree with what the Bible says, and vice versa? Why do you have to choose your side and draw battle lines? Wouldn't it just be great if we could all come to a place where we get along?! Join us this Sunday night, January 31 at 6pm! We'll talk about science. We'll talk about faith. We'll talk about ...

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Question: What if I doubt my faith?

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Everyone experiences doubts, from time to time. We can doubt other people, we can doubt the truthfulness of a story we hear, or we can even doubt our own abilities. Join us this Sunday night, as we look into the Scriptures to find out how we can deal with some of our doubts: Trust!...

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Upcoming Series: The Question

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We've all been told, at some point or another, to sit down, shut up, and stop asking such hard questions. How did you feel when that happened to you? After that, were you likely to give that particular adult the time of day? Didn't you want to just do anything you could, just because they would hate that?! Yeah. We've been there, too. We want to be very clear with your ...

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Question: What about the Bible?

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What makes the Bible any different from other old books? It's been honored as Holy. It's been mocked as myth. It's been dismissed as a deception. This Sunday night, January 3, 2016, we're kicking off our "The Question" series! I've been so excited about this for so long! We're starting with your questions about the Bible....

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Question: What is truth?

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Join us this Sunday night, January 10th, 2016! We're continuing our The Question series, and we'll be talking about truth: If there is such a thing, how you can embrace it, and even how you can help your friends see it....

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Question: Why do bad things happen?

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Join us this Sunday night, January 17th, 2016 at 6:00pm! We'll talk through some difficult conversations, and we'll look at how we can honor, worship, and praise God in the middle of the storm....

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BigStuf Scholarship Application

We all know that summer activities can certainly take a toll on the family checkbook. Between sports, band, travel, and so many other events, it can add up so quickly! Unfortunately, that means that something may have to be cut from the starting lineup from your student's summer schedule. Please don't let this camp make it to the cutting room floor. Camp can be such a v...

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Check out the promo from last year's Believe. I'm getting pumped!...

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Youth Group Christmas Break

Our student ministry will not be meeting during the next couple weeks. We're doing this with the explicit goal of giving parents, families, and students more to connect with each other and enjoy the time together during this wonderful, crazy time of year....

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Epic Christmas Party

We all want a chance to connect with those around us. We all love the holiday season, and celebrating the birth of our Lord around friends and family. We all love food and games! Join us as we build relationships with friends. Join us as we celebrate the coming of Jesus. Join us as we have fun!...

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Christmas Carols

When we read about those who learn about Jesus’ birth, they’re usually responding with singing, praise, prophecy, worship, etc. The reaction that people give Jesus is praise, and a lot of the time it’s done through music. This week, we’ll be looking at some of the Carols that were sung on that first Christmas, and unpack what they teach us about God and how they ca...

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Check out the promo from last year's BigStuf. I'm getting pumped!...

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