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Youth Ministry News

December Update

Youth Group This Month
December 2
All families are encouraged to participate in the Advent Workshop from 12:00-2:00 p.m.!
No Middle School youth group
High School Christmas Party at Kim’s house
December 9
We hope to see everyone at the Christmas Pageant and Dinner at 5:00 p.m.!
Middle School Christmas Party in The PIT
No High School youth group

Advent in the Neighborhood
Like many of you, I grew up with Mr. Rogers Neighborhood. From listening for the trolley to watching him put on his sweater and lace up his shoes, Mr. Rogers brought a sense of comfort and peace to my young world. I did not get to see the new documentary on his life, Won’t You Be My Neighbor, when it came out in theaters, so I took a risk and decided to show it in youth group. Almost all of the 11-17 year-olds present had never watched this classic PBS show before. I was nervous. There are no special effects. His voice is quiet and cadence, slow. There are literal puppets. What would this generation used to Cartoon Network and video games think? SILENCE. The room was silent as our young people experienced the same sense of wonder that we did as children watching him. Mr. Rogers was one-of-a-kind and his radical message needs to be heard today as much as it was needed in 1968. This Advent Season, I encourage you to watch this movie as a family and to choose one of his many quotes to help shape this time of waiting for the birth of Jesus. Here are a few of my favorites:

“Love isn’t a state of perfect caring. It is an active noun like ‘struggle.’
To love someone is to strive to accept that person exactly the way he or she is, right here and now.”

“If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person.”

“It’s not so much what we have in this life that matters. It’s what we do with what we have.”

“There are three ways to ultimate success: The first way is to be kind.
The second way is to be kind. The third way is to be kind.”
– Fred Rogers

Reflections from the 30 Hour Famine
This year’s 30 Hour Famine focused on hunger here in Athens and used Micah 6:8 as a framework for response to the needs of our community. Here are a few of their commitments:
DO JUSTICE
I will try to understand other people’s point of view and not judge.
I will stand up for people that can’t defend themselves.

WALK HUMBLY
I will pray for other people and be respectful to them because we are all the same just with different circumstances.
I will pray for others and listen for God.

LOVE KINDNESS
I will always be there to help others and tell their stories through writing.
I will be a friend to everyone and get to know my community.

Kim Ness, Director of Youth Ministries

 

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