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There’s something so thrilling about tournaments, tons of people watching, and great athletes from your favorite teams (and from some colleges you’ve never heard of). It’s fast-paced, busy and hectic.

Sorta like March in general. And then – BAM! – you get a whole week of Spring Break to rest, relax and float in a nearby swimming pool. Right!? Wrong! You might be catching up on assignments, taking family vacations packed with activities, and you might need a week of break AFTER your Spring Break. That’s where PAUSE comes in. 

Even in the chaos of your busy schedules, responsibilities and mountains of homework/essays/upcoming quizzes, it’s important that we take time to PAUSE. When we stop everything, put our cellphones down, close our computers, and we drop everything we’re doing, we are allowing ourselves to JUST BE. To just be present in the moment of life, to pause for a moment with God. We can see the gorgeous sunshine, the flowers popping out of nowhere, and we can breathe deeply and fully as we experience life with our Creator God.

Our PAUSES give purpose to our LIVES (especially when it’s hectic and hard). I challenge you to take 2 PAUSES each day for the next week, one in the morning and one whenever you can remember. Let me know how it goes.

And for our time together…

Wednesday, March 11-Confirmation Class + ALL YOUTH Group, 7:00-8:30 pm

Friday, March 13- Saturday, March 14: Valley hosts Presbytery “Middle School Spring Thing” Lock-in & Pi-Day Celebration 

  • Any high school youth that wants to help out is welcome!! Email/text Laurel by Friday afternoon; all times between 6pm on Friday and 2pm on Saturday are available.

  • If there are any adult males that are willing to stay overnight (11:00pm-8:00am), please let me know! (We need one, and you are guaranteed sleep.)

Sunday, March 15-HS Mission Trip Meeting with *Special Guests*! 11:45 am

  • Lunch provided! (Parents are welcome to join!!)

Wednesday, March 18-ALL YOUTH Group + Prayer Meeting, 7:00-8:30 pm in the Youth House

  • Parents: Please arrive at the Youth House at 8:15 pm for a special Prayer Meeting. This is an opportunity to pray, share and ask questions that the Elders are compiling (as part of Valley’s future story). Please join us!!

Wednesday, March 25–NO YOUTH GROUP (SPRING BREAK!)

  • Are you interested in some Laser Tag, Bowling or Ice Skating during Spring Break week?? Email by 3/18 with your vote (Laser, Bowl, Skate) and the days you are available (Mon, Tues, or Wedn and afternoon or evening)

Tuesday, March 31-HS Mission Trip: FINAL BALANCE DUE; please let me know if you have questions or need to make other arrangements.

Thursday, April 2-MS Mission Trip: Payment #2 ($100) due.

Screen shot 2015-03-11 at 8.15.20 AM I hope to see you tonight and, if not tonight, sometime soon. Please send me your play/musical/game schedules (or at least the ones for March and April)…we’d love to bring a small group out to support you!!

Happy Wednesday! Remember to take a PAUSE.



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