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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