A Word From Shaffka - March 2015

Cook Family,

Words can't express how thankful my family and I are to be a part of the Cook family. I want to thank you again for the opportunity to come back and serve here at Cook Baptist Church. These past four and one half years have been a dream come true for Laurie and me to come back and serve students and families in our community.

I want to thank you for your words of encouragement and affirmation as we seek our Heavenly Father in where He would have us to serve Him in Christian Camp Ministry. We are very excited about the change the Lord has in store for us. Laurie and I would covet your prayers and support as we journey through this transition in ministry. We will continue to pray that God will bless the work of the ministry here at Cook.

I pray that the Lord will receive all the glory and praise in my family life and in the life of Cook Baptist Church.

To God be the glory!

Love in Christ,
Bro. Shawn

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A Word From Shaffka - February 2015

Winter Retreat was amazing this year! Our students had the opportunity to bring in the new year at Shepherd of the Ozarks in Harriet, AR. I want to say a special thank you to our adults that made this trip possible: Brent & Emily Gay, Phillip & Joanne Hood, Denise Matthews, Jeanie Rowland, Leigh Ann Williams, and to my wonderful wife, Laurie! Our students had an amazing time studying God's Word and looking at the life of Peter and family for your prayers and support for our students to have opportunities just like this one.

S.N.A.C. for the month of February will be on the third Sunday evening at La Bamba immediately following our evening worship service. The first Sunday of the month is Super Bowl Sunday, so our evening worship will be at 5:00 PM, then our connect groups are being encouraged to host fellowships within their homes and invite friends to watch the game and fellowship.

Bonfire and Capture the Flag: Our students have expressed that they would like to have a fellowship with a bonfire and play capture the flag. We are planning to have it on Friday, February 6, but I am still in need of a location. Parents, if anyone would like to host this event at their home would you please get in touch with me as soon as possible. If it rains that day, we have already made plans to move the event to the Youth Room for movie night to watch the movie "One Night with the King".

Youth Embrace Ruston: On Monday, February 16, our students will be out of school for President's Day and they have expressed that they want to do a service project that day. We will be doing some type of ministry project in our community. I will have more details for you in the next few weeks and students will need money for lunch. Parents, if you would be available to help that day, please let me know as soon as possible. I would like to invite all parents that would be interested in helping to plan and carry out youth activities to join the youth support team. We usually have our meeting on the first Wednesday night of every month at 7:15 PM in the Youth 3 Room upstairs in the Ministry Building. If you are interested in being part of the Youth Support Team, then catch me sometime at church or give me a call at the church office. I would love to visit with you on how you can be involved.

Bro. Shawn

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A Word From Shaffka - December 2014

Hello Parents,

The first S.N.A.C. for the month of December will be on the first Sunday evening at Pizza Inn immediately following the Christmas Musical performed by Cook Baptist Church and Calvary Baptist Church adult choirs. The next S.N.A.C. will be on the third Sunday evening at Phillip and Joanne Hood's home. We will be having a bonfire and fun evening of fellowship and games.

Youth Christmas Party will be on Wednesday evening, December 10 in the Youth Room at 6:00 PM. Students are asked to bring a white elephant gift for the party. If you do purchase something, please don't spend more than ten dollars for a gift. Parents, we are doing something different this year for food for our party. If you have a student the Youth 1 Department, which is 7 & 8 grade boys and girls, then we are asking them to bring some type of appetizer. If you have a student in the Youth 2 Department, which is 9 & 10 grade boys
and girls, then we are asking them to bring some type of cozy foods like soup or chili. If you have a student in the Youth 3 Department, which is 11 & 12 grade boys and girls, then we are asking them to bring some type of dessert. Parents, we will probably go until 7:30 or 8:00 PM to allow us enough time to do all we have planned for the party.

Winter Retreat will be Wednesday, December 31 through Saturday, January 3 at Shepherd of the Ozarks near Harriet, AR. The cost of the trip will be $150. The cost will include lodging for three nights, meals during the retreat, and a student book of the Bible studies. A $50 non-refundable deposit is due by Sunday, December 7 in order to guarantee your spot for the retreat. We will be staying in Big Creek Lodge. The remaining balance will be due Sunday, December 28. On-site activities the youth have the opportunity to participate in are: fishing (bring your own gear and light tackle [barbless hooks preferred please]), hiking, covered basketball court, sand pit volleyball, gaga dodgeball, 9-hole disc golf course, horseshoes, and recreation fields. The activities that have additional cost and must have 10 or more participants are: wilderness paintball, which is $20, high ropes challenge course, which is $20, horseback riding, which is $15, and cliffhanger (swing), which is $10. The cost of these activities is not included in the $150. These activities are optional and the cost is extra. There are two meals that are not included in the $150. We will be stopping for lunch on the way there and on the way home. Parents, if you are interested in going on the Winter Retreat, please get with me as soon as possible so I may know that you would like to go and I may discuss the cost for you to go. There are medical release forms that will need to be completed in order for you to go and participate in the activities.

I would like to invite all parents that would be interested in helping to plan and carry out youth activities to join the youth support team. We usually have our meeting on the first Wednesday night of every month at 7:15 PM in the Youth 3 Room upstairs in the Ministry Building. If you are interested in being part of the Youth Support Team, then catch me sometime at church or give me a call at the church office. I would love to visit with you on how you can be involved.

Bro. Shawn

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A Word from Shaffka - April 2014

Parents, if you are interested in helping with the planning and carrying out of the plans with our student ministry, then I would like to invite you to our Youth Leadership Team/Youth Support meetings. We usually have our meeting on the first Wednesday night of every month at 7:15 PM in the Youth 3 room upstairs in the Upper Room of the Ministry Building. If you are interested in being a part of the Youth Support Team, then catch me sometime at church or give me a call at the church office. I would love to visit with you on how you can be involved.

Parents, in the month of April, our student ministry Connect Groups will be having fellowships with their classes. If you are available to help our Connect Group leaders, then please let them know you are available and I know they would appreciate your help. On Friday, April 11, our girls will be having an event at the church throughout the night into Saturday morning. They will be watching the movie "Grace Unplugged", have a spa night with Laurie and experience some of the new products from Mary Kay. Parents, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ashley Maxwell to get further details.

Parents, if you have a student in the youth choir, those that have 75% or better attendance are eligible to attend the Youth Choir Trip to Six Flags in Dallas, TX on Saturday, April 26. The cost will be $20 per person and additional money for two meals. Parents, if you are available to go and help Bro. Todd with this trip, please let him know as soon as possible at church or contact him at the church office.

In His Grip,

Bro. Shawn

 

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A Word from Shaffka - May 2014

Parents, if you have a student that is graduating from high school this year, I am excited to let you know that we will be honoring our graduates on Sunday, May 18 at 6:00 PM, in our Graduate Recognition Service. We will need your graduate to turn in 5 photos covering from birth to graduate portrait and a questionnaire that will need to be completed by Sunday, May 4. By the request of our graduates, they will be using their questionnaire pre-recording interview that will be shown in the service. Church family, you will also have the opportunity to express your congratulations and gifts to graduates, immediately following the service in the gym for a reception. Each graduate will have a table setup in their honor, so you may place gifts and cards to express congratulations.

This year, we have graduates that are graduating with Homeschool, Choudrant, and Ruston High School. Homeschool graduation will be held at Cook Baptist Church on Saturday, May 17 at 2:00 PM. Choudrant graduation will be held at Howard Auditorium on Monday, May 19 at 7:00 PM. Ruston High graduation will be held at Thomas Assembly Center on Tuesday, May 20 at 7:00 PM.

On Thursday, May 22, our student ministry will be welcoming in our upcoming 7th Graders and their parents at 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM in the Ministry Building. Parents, we will have Q&A time and we will be providing details of upcoming events and activities that will be available for your student to get involved for the summer and upcoming school year. We will have food and games and recreation for your students lead by our Youth Leadership Team.

This year, our End of School Party will be held at Brandon Milton's camp on Lake Claiborne on Saturday, May 24, between 10:00 AM through 4:00 PM. Guys will need to bring a bag of chips and girls will need to bring some type of dessert or treats. We will have maps printed to show you how to get to Brandon's camp that we will send through email and can be picked up the church office as we get closer to date of the event.

Parents, if you are interested in helping with the planning and carrying out the plans with our student ministry, then I would like to invite you to our Youth Leadership Team/Youth Support Meetings. We usually have our meeting on the first Wednesday night of every month at 7:15 PM in the Youth 3 room upstairs in the Upper Room of the Ministry Building. If you are interested in being apart of the Youth Support Team, then caught me sometime at church or give me a call at the church office. I would love to visit with you on how you can be involved.

In His Grip,

Bro. Shawn

 

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