A Word From Shaffka - November 2014

Hello Parents,

The first part of the month in our Connect Groups on Sunday mornings, our students will be studying God's Word through the theme of The Means: The Grace of God. This unit goes deeper into God's grace and dives into the ultimate expression of His grace through the sacrifice of Christ. Because of this grace, His people are able to live for His purposes, representing His grace to the world. The second part of the month, we will be studying God's Word through the theme of Together: How We Relate to Others. God not only created people for a relationship with Himself, He created them to relate with other people. He did not create people for isolation. This unit explores how our relationship with God prepares us for and is reflected in our relationships with others. I will continue to weekly send family devotions that will lead up to the study on Sunday mornings. I hope you find these helpful for you and your student to be able to connect and to discuss what they are learning on Sunday mornings in Connect Groups.

If you were not able to attend the parent and student meeting in the month of October and hear details about the Winter Retreat, then here is some information about the trip. 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 you 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 need to be completed in order for you to go and participate in the activities.

Parents, if there is anything or anyway that I can be an encouragement to you and your family, please feel free to contact me at anytime. I pray that our Heavenly Father will bless you daily with His presence and wisdom as you raise and disciple your students to walk with the Lord. May God's richest blessings be upon you and your family!

Bro. Shawn

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