Sunday, July 1, 2012

E.P.I.C. Student Ministry Update- July 2012

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From Violetta Guthier’s camera: Brandon graduates from Beaverton’s School of Science and Tech!

International Youth Convention in Denver is right on top of us! Our Aloha Church of God students are excited for the upcoming IYC trip, and we’re thankful for the success that God has blessed us with through our fundraising efforts:
DSC_0189_edited-1.JPG   Our church and neighborhood families turned out in full force as we partnered with Aloha Christian Preschool for our spaghetti dinner night.

CameraZOOM-20120528114319675.jpgMost recently, our students helped welcome and direct visitors at Skyline Memorial Gardens throughout the three day Memorial Day Weekend. We also helped clean up the grounds by picking up flowers, etc. the following Saturday.
CameraZOOM-20120528125833850_edited-1.jpgDuring breakfast on Day 3, Will paid Lena a visit with “Porque Pig.”  Bueno!

Earlier this spring, our middle and high schoolers had an opportunity to showcase their hospitality and relational skills with families and young children during our Easter Eggstravaganza community outreach event.

Our students’ involvement in each of these events were all great examples of the unique talents that we regularly see on display in our church, bringing to mind the spiritual gifts that Garth preached about in “Big Church” while Pastor Tim was away on Sabbatical this month.

Garth’s “We Are the Body” sermon series, based on 1 Corinthians 12, highlighted how each member of our church family (including those of you who haven’t even visited yet!) plays a valuable role in the body of Christ. Our diversity makes us stronger. Our passion for Christ gives us unity. And our unique spiritual gifting enables us to boldly serve others in love.

Last, and most definitely not least… we want to send out a larger than life congrats to our graduating high school seniors!  DSC_0054.JPGDSC_0194_edited-1.JPG Several young people from the Class of 2012 have been involved in our E.P.I.C. student ministry throughout the years, but we especially want to honor graduates Brandon England from SST and Derek Gade from Aloha High School. Our church family has watched these two young men grow physically (now they’re both taller than Kathy and I!) and spiritually. We are grateful for their deep involvement and commitment to our student ministry over the years.

CameraZOOM-20120609112701055.jpg To all of our graduating seniors, we scream at the top of our lungs:


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