Dear Youth & Family,
I love our TWA passage in the New Testament referring to What Makes People “Unclean”. What would you say makes us unclean? Not taking a shower or not washing your hands before you eat?. There are numerous ideas of how to stay unclean.
In this passage (Matthew 15:1-20), we read how the Pharisees are upset in how Jesus’ disciples do not wash their hands before they eat. Jesus responds in pointing out their own lacking in how they fail to follow what they teach. Jesus states, “What goes into someone’s mouth does not make them ‘unclean.’ It’s what comes out of their mouth that makes them ‘unclean.” Jesus is clearly upset at the Pharisees and the Pharisees were angry with Jesus’ response. However, Peter is having a hard time understanding this and asks Jesus to elaborate. In Matthew 15:15-20 we read this from Jesus…
16 “Don’t you understand yet?” Jesus asked them. 17 “Don’t you see? Everything that enters the mouth goes into the stomach. Then it goes out of the body. 18 But the things that come out of a person’s mouth come from the heart. Those are the things that make someone ‘unclean.’ 19 Evil thoughts come out of a person’s heart. So do murder, adultery, and other sexual sins. And so do stealing, false witness, and telling lies about others. 20 Those are the things that make you ‘unclean.’ But eating without washing your hands does not make you ‘unclean.’ ” (Matthew 15:16-20 NIRV)
Yikes, Jesus is letting us know clearly of the filth that lies in man’s heart. Ask yourself, what is in my heart today? Do my words edify others or do they put others down? More importantly, should I allow evil thoughts to come out of my mouth?
Take time to ask Abba in person about what needs to be laid down. Whether it is frustrations with family members, friends, or those who come into your life weekly, choose to forgive and to ask God to cleanse you from the inside out. There is no need to point fingers at issues we see in others when we ourselves have issues.
E2 NEWS overview
- E2 Care Group Dinner 1/25
- E2 Lock-In Lost & Found
- Youth Winter Retreat Deadline 1/26
- E2 Hoodie Payments
- Volleyball League Update
- Save the Dates:
- ‘State of the Youth’ Parent Meeting 2/22
- Screenagers Movie 2/29
1/25 E2 Care Group Dinner
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2/1 E2 JH & HS Small Groups
2/8 E2 JH & HS Small Groups
2/15 No E2: Winter Retreat
2/22 • 5pm State of Youth Parent Mtg
• E2 Large Group
2/29 No E2: Screenagers Movie
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3/7 No E2: Deeper Life Conference
3/14 E2 JH Small Groups / HS Talk
3/21 E2 JH Talk / HS Small Groups
3/28 E2 Large Group
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E2 Care Group Dinner @ 6:30pm
Saturday, Jan. 25
Invite your friends to join us for dinner and fun with your care group THIS Saturday! Remember, we start half an hour earlier when we have dinner together. Your care group leaders have a fun night planned… code word: Mario!
E2 Youth Lock-In Lost & Found
Thanks for coming out to the Lock-In last weekend! Hope you had a blast. We have a number of items that were left behind. Come claim them in the Youth Wing-A103/104 before we donate them!
Youth Winter Retreat Registration Deadline: Jan 26 (Sun)
Last call to signup for the Winter Retreat!! We are almost at capacity for the bus so get your registration in asap if you want to come along.
Registration is complete ONLY when all of these are turned in by Jan 26.
1. Online form
2. Registration Fee
3. Waiver form
Reminder: If you submitted any one of these items separately AFTER the 1/13 early bird date, it is considered an incomplete registration. Please honor the $295 late registration fee. Submit payment and waiver forms to the mailboxes of David, Sam or Audrey, in the church office.
E2 Hoodie Payments
Thank you to those who pre-ordered the E2 hoodie. We are now collecting the $25 payment! Turn in your payment to Sam Kes. Make checks payable to SJCAC with a memo: E2 hoodie. If you have any questions please message firstname.lastname@example.org
Volleyball League Update
One slot has opened up on the Youth volleyball team, so anyone still interested in playing, please sign up right away using the signup form https://forms.gle/RJaxWoUV8n7CFG6u8. The first game is at 6:00 PM on Sunday at the Santa Clara High School Large gym. See you there! Have questions? Contact Uncle Nate (email@example.com) or Pastor Dave (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Save the Date: STATE OF THE YOUTH Parent Meeting
Saturday, Feb. 22 @ 5pm-6pm
Parents, mark your calendars now! Are you curious about what God is doing in the lives of your students? Come and hear all about what God is doing especially as this meeting is the week after Winter retreat.
Save the Date: SCREENAGERS Movie
Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020 @ 7pm-9pm
Mark your calendars now! SJCAC is hosting a screening of the movie SCREENAGERS: GROWING UP IN THE DIGITAL AGE
SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in The Digital Age has been screened more than 8,000 times to four million people in more than 70 countries around the world. With multiple screenings happening daily in communities across the globe, SCREENAGERS is the first feature documentary to explore the impact of screen technology on kids and offer parents and families proven solutions that work. What started out as a personal story for one has grown into a national movement, helping millions of teens and their families navigate growing up in a world with instant access to screens.