1 Corinthians 15:23
But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming,
It’s unbelievable that we are already into the fall semester of 2017! Summer was great and the student ministry had a lot of fun. As summer fades and fall nears, I am excited for all that we have planned for this semester. As you read this, we have already had our High School Fall retreat and fall kickoff and have lots more planned. If you haven’t grabbed a copy the fall calendar for either the Middle School or High School groups, please make sure to pick one up. Copies can be found in each area and have also been posted in our Facebook group for students and parents. For Middle School ONLY, I wanted to highlight our Nerf Wars coming up on Wednesday, October 4th from 6-10 PM. This event is for all students in grades 6-8 and totally FREE. Students can bring their own gear. Please make sure to label all personal gear that is brought. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or send me a text at 859.221.5605. The second event I would like to highlight for Middle School ONLY is the fall retreat October 20-21. Any middle school student is invited to join us as we head to Camp Calvary for a weekend of fun. Early bird registration is $35 and any registrations after September 30 jump to $45. Sign up with Geoff as soon as possible. The High School ministry has lots of activities planned as well. Periodically through the fall semester, the High School Ministry will meet off-site on Sunday nights. For the fall semester, we will meet at home of Russell & Lora Brown from 6-8 PM. These nights are set aside as opportunities to build relationships in a different environment. See the HSM calendar for specific dates! Both groups will be having Operation Christmas Child (Samaritan’s Purse) packing parties. We will have the opportunity to demonstrate God’s love in some very tangible ways to children in need around the world through filling shoeboxes with gifts. Please plan on purchasing supplies for a shoebox. Our goal for the Student Ministry is to pack 35 boxes. See both calendars for specific dates and times. Lastly, if your student is involved in anything extracurricular, I would love to come and support them. Please share calendars or event dates so our student ministry can come support our students.
~ Geoff Lawson, Student Minister
Recently my daughter came home excited about being chosen as the “bee buddy” for her classroom at school. What is a “bee buddy?” They are the student in each class that helps new students become adjusted to their new room, school, etc. My daughter was chosen for this by her teacher because she was seen being thoughtful, caring about other students, helpful, and willing to play with those who might not normally have a friend. I can’t tell you how proud I was. But this isn’t the first time I’ve been told about these positive qualities. Since she was in preschool I have been told how friendly and caring she is to her peers and teachers. My son is beginning to be the same way, always making sure to get candy for his sister or his friends when he gets a piece, being appreciative of things he’s been given, and asking what’s wrong if someone is hurt. I’d like to say that my husband and I can take all the credit for this, and we’ve worked with both of them, but we aren’t the only ones. My children have numerous role models in their lives that they watch each and every day, and who care for them unconditionally. Adults (and teens) who show them kindness, who treat them as human beings, who listen to them. I pray that these people continue to stay in their lives into adulthood, so they are able to be led in a Godly way through their own teen years. We have quite a large pre-teen group right now at TCCC, and they are in the absolutely capable hands of the Stretch 456 ministry. But shaping those children goes beyond the walls of their Sunday classroom. It extends to each and every one of us in this building, and I ask that you take the time to continue investing in this next generation of believers. Trust me, it’s worth it.
~ Lesley Tipton
I remember as a boy of ten that Sunday morning in March 1957, coming forward to accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior, to be baptized, and to receive the forgiveness of my sins. I remember the joy I felt coming forward and practically flying down the aisle of the Maxwell Street Christian Church. My worries were over, no Hell for me, I was saved by Jesus and I was Heaven bound.
Believing that I had it made, that I had done everything I needed to do to be saved and that there was nothing else to do, I did nothing, sorry to say, for too many years. In those many years, I grew physically but spiritually I was still that ten year old boy; not realizing that when you are saved in Christ Jesus you are saved for a purpose. That purpose is to serve God and to serve others, both non-Christian and Christian alike. Jesus sets the example of serving others in John 13:1-20 by washing the feet of the twelve apostles. Jesus, the Son of God, the Creator, Almighty God, washed the Apostles feet. He even washed the feet of Judas Iscariot, the one who was to soon betray Him. The task of washing people’s feet was usually assigned to a non-Jewish slave as visitors and guests came into a house after walking on dusty roads.
Jesus, after washing the apostles’ feet, said in verses 12-17, “Do you understand what I have done to you? You call me Teacher and Lord and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”
This teaching of Jesus in John 13, whom does it benefit, the apostles only? No, not only them, but also all of us who are in Christ Jesus, called by His name. Our Lord and Savior is calling us to serve Him by serving one another. To help our neighbors no matter how small or lowly the task might be.
Now, I encourage you, don’t be like me and waste years doing nothing. Remember, in Christ we are a new creation, saved for a purpose, to serve God and others. Oh and by the way, if you are like me, the time to focus on serving Him, is NOW!
Heavenly Father, may we serve you with a pure heart and cheerful spirit that you would receive the glory.
~ Larry Critchfield, Elder