January 2014 Edition
Zion Youth News
HIGHLIGHTS FROM DECEMBER
I pray that in the midst of this cold and blustery weather you are staying safe and warm. (Even if only in your hearts!)
One of my favorite parts of beginning a new year is taking time to reflect on the year that's past. Maybe you've had a lot of joys and successes. Maybe you've had more lows than your heart could handle. Whatever your or your family's case, it's good for the heart and soul to reflect on them. If you haven't yet, I hope you'll take time to reflect together as a family after reading this!
Wherever your 2013 brought you, may you know that 2014 is a year of new beginnings! The scripture below has a beautiful image of snow as a reminder of our hope for forgiveness and rebirth in Christ each day and each year. What a joy it is to know that our hearts can be made clean by the grace of God.
"Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and put a new and right spirit within me.
Do not cast me away from your presence,
and do not take your holy spirit from me.
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and sustain in me a willing spirit." -Psalm 51: 7, 10-12
Family Reflection Question: What were your high and lows of 2013? In what areas of your life would you like to ask God for a "clean heart"?
UP AHEAD FOR ZION YOUTH
POSTPONED AGAIN: 5TH & 6TH GRADE PARTY
Sign up outside the youth office or just join us upstairs in the Fellowship Hall for an afternoon of fun! We'll watch either Despicable Me 2 or Monster's University together while making a craft and card to bring a smile to some of our Zion shut-ins and nursing home friends.
Eat lunch before you come or bring it along. Snacks will be provided! This is a free and fun event for Zion kids and their friends.
YOUTH SKIT CREW
Sun, January 12th - 9:40am: Practice
Wed, January 15th - 5:30pm: Practice in the Sanctuary
TEENS ENCOUNTER CHRIST RETREAT WEEKEND
Anna will be part of the leadership and would love to bring aa group of Zion 9th-12th graders, too! You can get more information and register by going to www.southerntec.org or talking to Anna Wencl, Greg Schimek or Dan Goodew!
HIGH SCHOOL SNOW TUBING!
HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER MISSION TRIP SIGN UP
We're going to Nashville on June 21-28. Want more to join us? CLICK HERE!
For those who are registered to go, we're having a fundraising meeting in January or February. Click here to let Anna know what times work for you to meet: http://doodle.com/5xt2tqaxax3y3c447a79xq9e/admin#table