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Off To A Great Start

As many of you hopefully know we recently launched our 2015/2016 year in Student Ministry here at GFC and we could not be more excited about how this year is shaping up.

So far, at least for me anyway, this school year has been a blur. In the last month we have launched 2 new weekly programs in Grace Middle School, started back our High School Sunday Night gathering, hosted our Second Annual High School Lake party, and held our Second Annual Grace Middle School Lumberjack Games!

Now that everything has launched I am continuing to find myself wanting to embrace a mindset that gets everything done but is not intentional with the time or influence that is before me. Do you ever find yourself there this time of year? All of the craziness of new beginnings has settled in, and your weekly routine is beginning to form. It is in the schedule and routine that we so often long for that our autopilot can kick in. We start to be more task-oriented and less focused on relationships whether it be with work, family, or friends. During these times we also tend to measure success by getting everything done on time or making sure that little Jimmy made it to soccer practice on time. Don’t get me wrong, getting Jimmy to soccer practice is important and being on the ball at work is important too. But when we allow our routine and need to "finish the task" get in the way of being intentional with the people and relationships that God has placed before us, our routine can become a trap that blinds us to what is truly important- making those around us and ourselves experience the love first shown to us by God through the sacrifice of His Son on a daily basis through conversations, acts of love, and slowing down in our routine to be absolutely sure we make time to read and meditate on scripture.

This year is off to a great start and I hope we stay that way! But I also hope that it can be a year that is not measured in the success of events or the smoothness in which everything runs week in and week out, but in the amount of relational depth that is formed between our parents, leaders, and students.

Please continually pray for our leadership here at Grace Students; that we would be wise with leveraging the influence that we have with our leaders and students in order to better show them and help them understand the love of God, and we continually pray for you as parents and leaders to do the same.

Also, don't forget that Fall Retreat is coming October 23rd-25th! This is going to be such an incredible event that I truly hope each and every one of our students can attend. Click here to register. 

Let’s make this a great year!

 

 

 Joel Bowers
 Middle School Director

 


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