Happy New Year! Happy New Decade!
Wow, what a trip, I can’t believe its already year 2020. Can you think back to where you were 10 years ago? So much as happened in the last 10 years 😲. In 2010, I was finishing college and looking for work as an accountant, now I’m serving SJCAC as the Youth pastor. So much has happened just in 2019 as well, students baptized, finished academics, dreams pursued. In 2020 and this new decade, I see God’s hand and favor as we continue to pursue his heart!
This morning in our Time with Abba, I was reading of a moment in time that separated the past and the present to the future. In the Book of Matthew, we are reading of a time when God was silent to the Israelites for 400 years, the Israelites were living under the oppression of a government that was not their own. We see John the Baptist coming out with a message from the far past which speaks of their present and their future.
2 …“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 3 This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:
“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
‘Prepare the way for the Lord,
make straight paths for him.’” (Matthew 3:2-3)
John the Baptist saw and understood God’s word and already started to live out the promises of God’s word. Though he had no idea his own cousin would be the Messiah who would bring the Kingdom of God to earth.
As we enter into this New Decade:
- Look Back: Where were your disappointments, and frustrations? What are your feelings towards your past?
- Look Forward: What promises can you see in his Word which will speak into what he wants for this next decade?
- Look Now: What does it look like to live out God’s desired future for your life now?
I hope you’re as excited as I am about 2020! No matter what, let’s do this together!
E2 NEWS overview
- E2 Hoodie Order
- E2 Lock-In
- Youth Winter Retreat
- Volleyball League
1/4 No E2: Happy New Year!
1/11 •JH & HS Small Groups
•12th Gr Senior Seminar
1/18 JH & HS Small Groups
1/19-20 |Sun.-Mon.|E2 Lock-In
1/25 E2 Large Group
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2/1 JH & HS Small Groups
2/8 JH & HS Small Groups
2/15 No E2: Winter Retreat
2/22 E2 Large Group
2/29 No E2: Screenagers
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3/7 No E2: Deeper Life Conference
3/14 JH Small Groups / HS Talk
3/21 JH Talk / HS Small Groups
3/28 E2 Large Group
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E2 Hoodie Order
Sign Up below to let us know if you’re planning to buy a hoodie. The last date to sign up will be January 18th, 2020. Let us know what size below as well. We are setting the price at $25* (This will cover tax on top of delivery). The hoodies will be black with Hanes as the brand. We will not be collecting any money until we place the order of purchase. An email will be sent out on when we will be collecting the payment. If you have any questions please message Sam Kes at firstname.lastname@example.org
E2 Youth Lock-In
Jan. 19 – 20 (Sunday 7pm to Monday 11am)
All youth are invited to come to our annual Lock-In happening January 19-20. There will be games, food, and fellowship (and maybe sleep!) all at the church.
Click the link below for all the details. The registration deadline is Jan. 11, 2020!
Youth Winter Retreat
February 14 – 17, 2020
Are you ready to encounter God? Come away and join us as we hear and learn from God’s word through our special speaker, Kong Hang. He serves as the contact for missional involvement at Envision, a ministry of the Christian and Missionary Alliance (C&MA), reaching out and connecting missional leaders in local churches with urban environments.
Early bird registration begins now until Jan. 13, 2020.
Do you love volleyball? Come join one of our church teams in the Winter Church Volleyball League starting in February! Invite your friends, too! We will share the sig up link soon.
For more information, see Uncle Nate or Pastor David.