Friday, June 20, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
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Youth Bring Heart to AC08
On a clear Friday morning at Grove City College, youth from across Western PA planned and led a special worship service filled with God’s spirit. At the conclusion, the congregation gave a standing ovation for the effort and heart poured out by the youth to honor and praise God. “That was amazing! Clearly God is at work here!” commented several people in the congregation of over 300 at the 6:30 a.m. gathering.
With a band of four acoustic, two electric and one bass guitars, a drum set, several flutes, an alto sax, a keyboard and over 20 vocalists, the youth band raised the roof of Harbison Chapel in passionate praise. Smiles of joy emanated from band members wearing the day’s red “Love” page shirt.
Janne Walters, a member of Wurtemburg UMC, offered the message on the AC2008 youth caucus theme of “Got Fish?” In an engaging style, she challenged all in attendance to share her Christian mission to invite others to be disciples of Jesus Christ – to go fish!
Featured was a beautiful skit depicting the struggles of a young woman (Rachel Pinkerton of Mars UMC) conflicted to “dance” with Jesus (Sam Richardson of First UMC in Bradford) in joy or succumb to the temptations of alcohol, violence, malice and sex. The poignant interpretation touched the hearts of young and old alike.
“That was a powerful testimony!” said the Rev. Steve Morse, chair of the Sessions Planning Worship Team. “I want even more people to experience what I have witnessed here this morning.”
The AC2008 youth band was coordinated by the Rev. Brett Probert, pastor of Cornerstone UMC in Cranberry Twp. He is always the first to point out that the youth direct the selection and sound of their music even though Probert directs the band.
Each year, the Youth Caucus serves annual conference through many services and hospitality such as:
• Distribution of sessions materials to the body
• Assistance on the plenary floor with microphones and flags
• Service with worship in communion, offerings and more
• Raising funds for the Youth Service Fund and Nothing But Nets campaigns that change lives around the world and here
• Offer snacks, drinks and other items in the YSF Snack Booth in the Display Area
In addition, the youth engage in a Bible study series, have pizza with the bishop, sing, play video games, sing karaoke, watch movies and make life-long friends.
For information on the youth ministries, contact Renaye Hoffman at 800-886-3382, ext. 227.
Monday, June 16, 2008
Monday, June 09, 2008
I'm going to be at Annual Conference at Grove City this week. I HATE the politics but I love working with our youth. They love Jesus...imagine that. Pray for us, and know we'll be praying for yins!
Thursday, June 05, 2008
The people at OPT are fantismo. They are fun, personable, and mostly, they know what the hecks they are doing. Good stuff!
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
I took a road trip to St. Alban's WV yesterday and for the first time in years, I kept track of my gas mileage (dad, please forgive me for I have sinned). I got 40 miles to the gallon on the trip. Sweet! She may be old, wrecked, small, dirty, have crank windows and manual door locks, and a 1.9 liter weedwacker engine, but I'll see you at the gas pumps! (or not!!!)
Monday, June 02, 2008
Carla and I had a great day off on Saturday, then we had an awesome worship service yesterday. To top it all off, we went with some people from Cornerstone to minister to kids whose parent's are battling cancer. We went to a member's farm and had singing, games, food, and horse rides for the kids and their families. What a great church....what a great time!!!