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Bill was my favorite teacher of all time. 

Bill was my 6th grade (get this) Science and Bible teacher…two classes. It was a small school. Anyway, Bill brought his guitar to class almost every day. And, in Bible class, he kept it simple…we memorized Bible verses by learning songs. 

In our not-so-great singing voices, we sang and sang and sang. Straight Scripture…no extra “ohs” or “babys” or anything like so many Spotify songs have. I remember every one of those songs…and it has helped me in so many times in my life. A Bible verse song will just pop in my head, and it’s exactly what I need to hear. I think know God used Bill as a light for me and my classmates. 

So, guess what? One of those songs popped into my head this morning, and I immediately thought of you. I had to share it! Here are the words:

May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give YOU a spirit of unity among yourselves, as you follow Christ Jesus.

It’s taken from Romans 15, an incredible book of the Bible that gives a message of 1) hope and 2) friendship-making and 3) figuring out how Jesus followers can reflect Jesus’ light to a world that has a lot of darkness/sadness at times. And it talks about unity (AKA friendship-making)! Whether or not we want to admit it, we ALL need more friends. Even the most home-body, introverted of us NEED people. That has been a big lesson for my naturally shy self. So be a friend and make friends at the same time!!

Tonight is Youth Group. It is OUR time to unite as God’s people. The Bible verse above is a prayer that God gives you EVERYTHING you need to fulfill your mission. Jesus says to love, to care for those who are bullied, to act in big and tiny ways that help other people and all of God’s Creation. You are awesome. You are loved. You are so very, very important. You have a voice of love that the world needs to hear.

Let’s Gather::

TONIGHT, 11/9/16 from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Youth House

  • Dinner, activities, Bible digging, conversations

SUNDAY, 11/13/16 at 10:00 am

  • Worship + Youth Bible Study (& the mannequin challenge?)
  • Mission Market (we sell SCRIP gift cards and Pre-orders for Cookie Trays….all for our mission projects and trips!!)  — stay until noon, please
    • Please text me if you can help. We need 6. Thanks!


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