Friday, May 24, 2013

E.P.I.C. Mexico Missions Update... and more!

Our Mexico missions trip is only three months away!  Aloha Church of God's students and leaders will be partnering with youth groups from Tigard ChoG and Centralia ChoG for service projects in the Baja Peninsula this summer.

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Welcome Home Ministries, headquartered in Vicente Guerrero, will help coordinate our work projects, local transportation, meals, and lodging.  Our church specifically will be building a house for a needy family, working with young children, and providing funds for another church to install an outhouse this fall.

Last month's spaghetti dinner fundraiser helped to cover some of our Mexico trip's expenses:

Our students worked hard with staff from Aloha Christian Preschool to make sure that everyone got fed and served

Local businesses like Coffee People supported us by donating items for our basket raffle

Kids from Aloha Christian Preschool entertained supporters during the spaghetti dinner

We look forward to seeing many of you on Sunday, June 2 after church for our dessert auction for Mexico missions!

Here are some earlier E.P.I.C. Student Ministry pics from 2013:

The student band from Faith Bible School leads worship before Pastor Garth takes the stage to deliver his second message.

Hanging with students at DQ

Another hill run with Brandon, before he left for Air Force boot camp...


...And then saying our goodbyes to Brandon after our Wednesday night session

Derek's 2nd day on the job at Five Guys' Burgers and Fries!

Teams get inventive on Wednesday nights

Garth conducts an experiment with water, food coloring, and bleach to illustrate how Christ turns our deepest grief into unspeakable joy.  In this teaching, Christ tells His disciples that He had to leave them before being resurrected on Easter morning!

And of course, the parties at Garth and Kathy's house:  All-night party, pizza parties, Playstation 3 gaming sessions, and our annual Super Bowl party!

Elizabeth shows off her moves with the "Everybody Dance!" PS3 Move game, during the all-night E.P.I.C. gaming party at our house.  We stayed up until 7:30 a.m. to finally beat “Uncharted 2: Among Thieves!”

Bonus Video:

Hit the "Play" button above for a video of an adorable 17 1/2 month old Lena getting warmed up for dancing to Beyonce's halftime show at our E.P.I.C. Super Bowl party!

Coming Wednesday night on Garth's Blog...

Pics and a video from Lena's 1st ever zoo visit!

And then...

My crazy adventures in Asia begin!!

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