What does cake symbolize?

  • Celebrations
  • Accomplishing goals
  • Reaching milestones (graduation, birthdays, weddings, retirement)
  • Sharing
  • Happiness
  • Everyone getting a slice of the pie CAKE

What is your daily version of CAKE?

How do you celebrate life every day (besides by eating cake)?

DO you celebrate life every day?

Consider this….

  • Every breath you take in is a breath 4 other people did for the very first time (4 babies are born per second worldwide, on average)
  • Each breath you take in is a breath that 2 people didn’t. (2 people die per second worldwide, on average)
  • When you eat your next bite of food, remember the 45 million Americans (14%) who aren’t sure where their next nutritious meal will come from.
  • When you run to class, thank God for your working legs and lungs.
  • When you grumble about cleaning your room, thank God for a non-leaky roof over your head, clothes to wear, heating and air conditioning, and for the wealth of having more than one shirt and one pair of pants to wear.
  • And, when life just feels stressful and school is intolerable, remember that you get the amazing privilege to learn anything you’d like (free school, internet, museums, libraries filled with resources), go (almost) anywhere you desire, and you have one (or several) communities of people who really care about you. You do not live in a war-torn city. This is rare, my friends. 
  • And the list of celebrations goes on and on…think of 3 reasons *right now* that you can celebrate.

We have a LOT to celebrate. Every single day.

Philippians 4:4 (from The Message): Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel [lively and noisy enjoyment] in God!

Psalm 145:7 (you know, the Bible’s book of SONGS): They [us] shall celebrate the fame of your abundant goodness, and shall sing aloud of your righteousness!

YOUR CHALLENGE: Find little moments throughout your day to celebrate your life. (Silently) thank God for those things. They are gifts from God. Then, pass on the happiness to others by living with thankfulness and gratitude. (And eat cake with them, too.)

May 2015:    -see you tomorrow for game night??

*Every Sunday at 11:00 am: SCRIP Sales for Youth Mission Fundraisers*

13-All Youth Group Game Night with FPC-PDX, 6:00-8:30  **NOTE TIME CHANGE! We’re having a Game Night with First Pres-PDX’s youth!! Drop-off & Pick-up at the Youth House.

  • Let Laurel (me) know if you’d rather meet us at First Pres-Portland at 6:30.

*This Sunday: 17-Graduate Recognition in 10:00 am Worship!

  • What a great Sunday! Hope you can join us! (High school, look for a separate email about lunch!)

20-All Youth Group, 7:00-8:30 pm

27-All Youth Group Party!, 6:00-8:30 pm  **Dinner included**

I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ. – Paul to the Philippians (Philippians 1:3-5); and Laurel feels the same way, too.  = )

Happy Tuesday!!!! 


  • benparoulek

    Yeah! Give us this day our daily cake… and to others too!

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