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Welcome Back January 8-9th!

We sure have missed our Youth Group family these last few weeks.  Christmas Break was great…. but, I for one have really been looking forward to whats going on in 2019!  A few really big changes are happening in our world.

Pastor Jon Saur is starting this coming Wednesday as our new Youth Pastor/Director.  I’m really happy that he is going to be with us.  He is going to be bringing the Word regularly, hanging out with us Wednesday nights and has a bunch of new games up his sleeve (and speaking of his sleeves…. he has a bunch of cool tattoos up there too)  One of our leaders, Carys Parker, is going to be speaking and teaching more too!

High School Confirmation Classes start Sunday January 20th 10:10-11:00 (talk to Pastor Jon)

Belize is on the books for July 11-18th and our Parent Information Meeting is January 27th.

For Jr High, Tuesdays are going to be even better!  We will have a few new leaders joining us throughout the beginning of the new year.  We will test out some new games, work our way through the book of Matthew, go on some cool adventures, start planning and talking about our Summer mission trip, and as always…. have a great time.

Jr. and Sr. High January 8-9th

For the first part of the New Year… in fact until Easter, we will, as a Church and Youth Group, be diving into the book of Matthew.  It would be great if you would read the Bible text that we will be talking about at Youth Group.  So I will be posting each week, and sending a reminder text to you of what we will be talking about.  This coming week is about Jesus’ Baptism, and what that means for you today.

Jesus Baptism 3:1-17

1-2 While Jesus was living in the Galilean hills, John, called “the Baptizer,” was preaching in the desert country of Judea. His message was simple and austere, like his desert surroundings: “Change your life. God’s kingdom is here.”

John and his message were authorized by Isaiah’s prophecy:

Thunder in the desert!
Prepare for God’s arrival!
Make the road smooth and straight!

4-6 John dressed in a camel-hair habit tied at the waist by a leather strap. He lived on a diet of locusts and wild field honey. People poured out of Jerusalem, Judea, and the Jordanian countryside to hear and see him in action. There at the Jordan River those who came to confess their sins were baptized into a changed life.

7-10 When John realized that a lot of Pharisees and Sadducees were showing up for a baptismal experience because it was becoming the popular thing to do, he exploded: “Brood of snakes! What do you think you’re doing slithering down here to the river? Do you think a little water on your snakeskins is going to make any difference? It’s your life that must change, not your skin! And don’t think you can pull rank by claiming Abraham as father. Being a descendant of Abraham is neither here nor there. Descendants of Abraham are a dime a dozen. What counts is your life. Is it green and blossoming? Because if it’s deadwood, it goes on the fire.

11-12 “I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kingdom life. The real action comes next: The main character in this drama—compared to him I’m a mere stagehand—will ignite the kingdom life within you, a fire within you, the Holy Spirit within you, changing you from the inside out. He’s going to clean house—make a clean sweep of your lives. He’ll place everything true in its proper place before God; everything false he’ll put out with the trash to be burned.”

13-14 Jesus then appeared, arriving at the Jordan River from Galilee. He wanted John to baptize him. John objected, “I’m the one who needs to be baptized, not you!”

15 But Jesus insisted. “Do it. God’s work, putting things right all these centuries, is coming together right now in this baptism.” So John did it.

16-17 The moment Jesus came up out of the baptismal waters, the skies opened up and he saw God’s Spirit—it looked like a dove—descending and landing on him. And along with the Spirit, a voice: “This is my Son, chosen and marked by my love, delight of my life.”


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