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"Helping youth and families experience lifechange and become lifechangers." September 14, 2016
  Spring Break 2017

*Deadline is THIS SUNDAY to ensure a spot for your student or family.

I will sign contracts next week before leaving on Sabbatical, so it's important to sign-up/pay the per person deposit by Sunday. 

FYI: Baptist are notoriously late signing up for anything. ;)  It's not uncommon for me to have a deadline and get bombarded  two or three days, or even a week later with people wanting to sign up.  Which is sometimes OK as long as we have space.  However, this time will be different.  I have to have a minimum number by Monday so I can sign all the contracts on time.  If we do not get enough for the trip to get the group discounts, we will cancel the trip for this Spring Break and try it another time.  I don't normally cancel a trip based on numbers or cancel one immediately after a deadline since numbers can sometimes as much as double after the registration deadline has passed. However, in order to make the trip affordable, there are some minimum numbers we have to meet AND we have to meet them in a timely manner.  Not meeting those numbers means the cost of the trip almost doubles (to approx $500).  If we have to cancel the trip, those who have paid/will pay the $50 per person deposit will receive your full deposit back.

Forms are available on the Third Floor, at the church office or here.  Feel free to contact me with any questions.

Sunday School Bible  LIFECHANGE
(Wed Night Youth Service for September 14)
Sermon Title/Text:   Lifechange(rs) Pt. 4:  Just Like the Karate Kid (Gen. 22)

Sermon Synopsis : If I had only one night to share one key idea with students walking with Christ, it would be what we are talking about tonight.  It's huge.  And we'll learn this lesson from Abraham, see it demonstrated in the original Karate Kid (Ralph Macchio) and talk about how it applies to the idea of lifechange.

To see an overview of the series, click here.

At Home Discussion Idea (post-service):  Ask your students what Abraham and the Karate Kid have to do with experiencing lifechange and growing in holiness/Christlikeness.
(*courtesy of Focus on the Family's Plugged In weekly newsletter)
 (To read the complete list of Culture Clips for this week, click here.)


According to a study of more than 1,000 13- to 20-year-olds published in the September issue of the  Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, alcohol ads may significantly influence teen drinking habits. The teens were asked if they had watched any of 20 popular TV shows that included commercials for alcohol in the past month. They were also questioned about their consumption of the 61 alcohol brands in those commercials. On average study participants who saw no commercials had about 14 drinks per month, but that figure increased to about 33 drinks a month among those who'd watched ads, and it reached more than 200 drinks a month among those who watched a large number of ads. [, 9/8/16]


About 2.5 million Americans used marijuana for the first time in 2014. That's 7,000 new users  every day, according to new research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That amounts to a 35% increase in users from 2002. The CDC adds that the number of daily users is still pretty small, though. Just 2.5% of the population smokes or uses weed every day. Also encouraging: fewer teens are smoking marijuana these days. In fact, there's been a 10% drop amongst 12-17-year-olds since 2002. The biggest increase in usage was among those older than 26.
Meanwhile, a separate study from the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research suggests that college students are abusing fewer opioid drugs, but their use of marijuana is on the rise. Nonmedical use of prescription opioid, or narcotic, drugs in the previous year fell from nearly 9% in 2006 to around 3 percent in 2015, for instance, while the proportion of college students who reported past-year use of marijuana rose from 30% in 2006 to 38% in 2015. [, 9/1/16;, 9/9/16]


Actress Pamela Anderson has spent several decades cultivating her sexy image, from starring in Baywatch from 1992-97 to posing for 
Playboy. Now, however, Anderson has joined forces with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach to point out some of the perils of porn for its users. In an Aug. 31 article for  The Wall Street Journal, Anderson and Boteach called out "pornography's corrosive effects on a man's soul and on his ability to function as husband and, by extension, as father." They went on to describe porn as "a public hazard of unprecedented seriousness given how freely available, anonymously accessible and easily disseminated pornography is nowadays." Anderson and Boteach also added, "The incidence of porn addiction will only spiral as the children now being raised in an environment of wall-to-wall, digitized sexual images become adults inured to intimacy and in need of even greater graphic stimulation. They are the crack babies of porn."
Those comments sparked a firestorm of criticism for Anderson from different corners of culture. Writing for  The Daily Beast, Aurora Snow said, "Unless you die young, no one can be a sex symbol forever, which then begs the question: is this all a publicity stunt?" Others, however, have praised Anderson's new stance on explicit imagery. Writing for the U.K.'s Catholic Herald, Father Alexander Lucie-Smith said, "Pornography is dangerous. Well done Pamela Anderson for saying so." [, 8/31/16;, 9/2/16;, 9/2/16]

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Deadline for the Spring Break trip for youth and families is Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016!

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Weekly Schedule & Upcoming Events
Wed., Sept. 14
 5:30-7:00-1st Youth  Service
 6:00-7:30-2nd  Youth Service

Sunday, Sept. 18
9:00 AM : Connect Groups/Classic Service

10:30 AM: Connect Groups/Celebration Service

Monday, Sept. 19
7:00 PM-Monday Night Bible Study (at the Newton's)

Upcoming Events/Dates:

Sept, 25-28.

Wed., Oct. 12:
Fields of Faith
(at Lakeside football field; NO youth services at church)

Nov. 18-20:
Transform Weekend (Registration opens Oct. 2)

March 20-24, 2017:
Spring Break Trip

Early June(?) 2017
Chicago Mission Trip

June 24-27, 2017:
JV Super Summer (completed 7th-8th grades)

June 27-July 1, 2017:
Super Summer
(completed 9th-12th grades)

July 17-21, 2017:

Late July-Early August 2017:
Honduras Mission Trip