As we start a brand new year, I thought it would be great to remember some of the experiences of Endeavor during 2017 and also look ahead to the awesome year God has in store for the student ministry at Christ Church.
Endeavor was blessed to have TWO talented youth interns, Faith Popovich and Dillon Fawcett to lead the students of Christ Church the past couple of years. Faith ministered to the senior high students and Dillon Fawcett’s focus was with the middle schoolers. During their leadership, this student ministry not only grew in numbers, but the youth grew in their faith.
In May, the youth were able to send off Dillon as he began the next step in his ministry journey with a summer internship at Marion Methodist. We continue to pray for him with his pursuit at college/seminary and as he gets married in 2018.
In August, we celebrated Faith graduating college and stepping into the new world of “adulting.” Endeavor has been blessed that this wasn’t goodbye since Faith has continued to lead a small group of middle school girls at Endeavor. We are so excited that Faith is not only here on Wednesday nights, but she is an emcee for Modern worship and is active in an adult small group.
ZERO days without a leader for Endeavor. God’s timing was perfect that as Faith and Dillon finished their time as Christ Church youth interns, Bishop Laurie appointed Pastor James and me to serve here. It has brought me great joy to be able to join those who started Endeavor Student Ministry and hopefully continue making student disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.
ONE amazing God that we get to praise and worship. Sunday mornings, we have three opportunities to experience God’s love. The presence of the Holy Spirit can be felt at both the Modern Worship at 8:30 AM or 10:45 AM and the Traditional Service at 9:30 AM. Each Wednesday night after supper, Endeavor starts off right with worship led by an amazing Youth Praise Team under the leadership of Ryan Sloan. This past fall, we took worship to a new level during the Endeavor Fall Retreat.
We have never seen such un-abandoned, heart-felt worship by these young people as we did that weekend.
EIGHT special events to look forward to in 2018. So be sure and put these on your calendar. There will be more info & events to come….
- Super Bowl Party // Sunday, February 4 // 5-8PM @ Parks’ house. For 6-12 graders, bring a snack to share, join us @ 1619 W 69th St. BIG football game & other fun activities
- Spring Spiritual Retreat // Friday, March 2 // 6-10PM @ Parks’ house. After enjoying supper and fellowship, focus on the Holy Spirit & how we can experience it in our daily lives.
- Ohio Mission Trip // Sunday, June 17—Saturday, June 23 @Lorain County, Ohio. Students interested in going to Ohio must commit before the end of January. A $50 deposit needs to be turned in ASAP if you want to join this group serving Jesus. Contact April Buske with questions.
- SGU Camp // Monday, July 9—Friday, July 13 @ Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. Camp registration is now open for Summer Games University (SGU Camp). Grades 6-12 can register for just $325 per person. $75 is due at registration with the remainder due by June 15, 2018. Register today at www.sgu.camp. Some financial assistance is available, contact April Buske or Helen Parks.
- Youth volunteers @ Vacation Bible School // Monday, August 6—Friday, August 10 9AM-12PM @ Christ Church. Endeavor students are needed to lead crews of kids (ages 4—grade 5). Sign up with Alisa Baker.
Special Events to be scheduled later…
- End of School Year Party
- Back to School Overnight in August
- Fall Retreat
Of course in 2018, there will be more than EIGHT events for our Endeavor students. These are just a few to get you excited about this new year! I hope to see you on Wednesday nights as we continue to enjoy great food and fellowship, amazing worship and faith-filled small groups!