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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Parent Letter, February 9

Dear Parents,

Sorry for the length of this letter. It feels like Spring outside, but I think that we know better! Nevertheless, I hope that you can get outside for a few minutes today and enjoy the weather.

As was communicated last week, our New Sexuality lesson plan is on hold, probably until Fall. We’ll keep you in the loop. Here’s what the balance of the winter/spring looks like for lesson material:

Youth Group:
Beginning this week, we’ll have a 6-7 week study on 1 Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” Each week, we’ll be taking a look at one of the aspects of how our young people should be setting an example to one another. We’ll have one of our adults or leaders share during our big group time, and ten follow up with some discussion in our small groups.
After we are finished with 1 Timothy 4:12, we’ll be going through the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible, which will take us to summer.
Like we did last year, we’ll be taking parts of the Summer off, due to our various trips.

D-Group:
We’re currently answering the big questions of life. This week and next, the kids are researching “What is God’s will?”. We are having some amazing conversations, and the kids are really struggling with who God is. It’s great to be a part of it.
Beginning in April, to get us ready for our upcoming 30 Hour Famine Event and our d-group retreat, we’ll be reading the book My 30 Days Under the Overpass by Mike Yankoski. This study will take us to Summer.

Upcoming Events:
February 15-16- Trip to Lincoln Christian College for high school seniors. We’ll leave by 3pm on Sunday, return early evening Monday.
February 26-March 2- National Youth Ministry Convention in Columbus Ohio.

Summer 2009 Schedule:

June 14-19 Middle School Camp @ NEICSC
For kids entering grades 6-8 for the 2009-2010 school year.
Location: North East Iowa Christian Service Camp, Bristow Iowa
Purpose: To connect kids with other Christians in the area in an environment where they can explore the Good News of Jesus Christ and learn how Jesus can transform them.
Music, organized games, small groups, campfire, daily free time, morning large group time and evening worship service.
2009 Theme: Thirst
Camp Deans: Hannah Burkle/John Mulholland
Cost for 2008 Camp: $175

June 28-July 3 Mission: Kansas 2009
We are currently determining the age group that we will target for this trip, and your opinion is greatly needed. Please join us at our February ministry team meeting (February 15-immediately following corporate worship-11:45-ish) to be a part of the conversation. Once the age group is determined, we’ll hold a meeting to cover more specific details of this trip.
Location: Morning Start Ranch, Florence Kansas
Purpose: To introduce kids to acts of service in an environment that they are not used to. While they will connect with other students, our daily devotional times will explore what service looks like in the Bible, and our days will be spent applying these things as we work.
Work and service opportunities, morning and evening group time, campfire, high elements course and the best “knock-out” court Florence Kansas has to offer.
Trip Leader: John Mulholland and other adult sponsors.
Cost for 2009: $150/student

July 5-11 High School Camp @ NEICSC
For kids entering grade for the 2009-2010 school year to 2009 graduates.
Location: North East Iowa Christian Service Camp, Bristow Iowa
Purpose: To connect kids with other Christians in the area with a heavy emphasis on providing opportunity to explore the Good News of Jesus Christ and learn how Jesus can transform them. We’ll be going a little heavy on the explore and transform.
Music, organized games, small groups, campfire, daily free time, morning large group time and evening worship service.
2009 Theme: Thirst, John 4
Camp Deans: Hannah Burkle/John Mulholland
Cost for 2008 Camp: $205

July 27-August 1 CIY Summer Conference-MOVE
For kids entering grade 9 for the 2009-2010 school year to 2009 graduates.
Location: Southern Illinois University, Carbondale Illinois
MOVE is a 5-day event designed to amplify the call of Christ on student lives to become Kingdom workers for the sake of the Gospel. Students will connect to God through song, art, film, and service.
Amazing music, awesome speakers and messages, small group time that will leave a mark. God speaks, you MOVE.
Cost: $269 by July 13, $304 after. $50 deposit due by April 22..
Trip Leader: John Mulholland and other adult sponsors.

Last but not least...fundraiser dates:
Like last year, we’ll be working at the Kernels stadium for our main summer fundraiser. The following dates are ours. Please mark your calendars now. We’ll need about 10-15 people per night, adults are welcome to help. On most nights, as long as the group we have is ready to work, this takes an hour and a half at most. The April 24 date will be a part of our 30 Hour Famine event, money raised that night will go towards a local mission.

Date Game Starts Time we need to be there
Friday, April 10 6:35 9:30
Saturday, April 11 2:05 5:00
Friday, April 24 6:35 9:30
Friday, May 1 12:05 3:00
Saturday, May 2 6:35 9:30
Friday, May 15 6:35 9:30
Friday, May 22 6:35 9:30
Friday, August 28 6:35 9:30
Saturday, August 29 6:35 9:30

Because Jesus is Lord



John Mulholland
Next Generations Minister
Eastview Christian Church

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