February 2020
Student Ministries Newsletter
Hey!

Happy early Valentines Day! As mentioned before, I love every holiday and got to show some Valentines enthusiasm at Taco Tuesday this week with our "Let's taco 'bout love" theme. We enjoyed special treats, games involving conversation heart candies, filling goody bags for the kids at Payne Elementary, and discussing the love that God calls us to show one another.

Each student received a card with one of the verses from 1 Corinthians 13:1-13, a beautiful and well-known passage about love (I always remember the Wedding Crashers scene where Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson are predicting which Bible verse will be read in the ceremony!). It was very special to hear it read aloud as a group, and hear their thoughtful reflections on their section- how they interpreted the words and how it connects to our everyday life. 

As we are reminded to celebrate love in a commercialized, Hallmark way, may we also be reminded that Jesus summed up all the laws and all the prophets in these two commandments: Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength, and love your neighbor as yourself. May we hold that calling in our heart every day!

With love,
Erin
(703) 229-3649 (call or text)

Tuesday, February 25, 6:00-7:30p
CUMC Basement, any students 6th-12th grade invited!

My last day on staff as Student Ministries Coordinator is March 1st. While I still plan on being connected with this community, I'd love to invite any and all students to a dinner of appetizers to show my gratitude for the loving welcome and friendship you have each shown me!

I can think of no better way to say "thank you" than Bagel Bites, mini quiches, mozarella sticks, and a buffet of other bite-sized items- plus time for fun games and reflection.
Note- this will replace Taco Tuesday that night.

Register here
This Week
Intersect Combined This Sunday

This Sunday, all students 6th-12th grade will be gathering together at 10:00a in the Basement, as we continue our February series on Types of Love.

This week, we will be discussing philia love- the kind of love that we are called to show by Jesus in his words from John 13:34-35- "So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my followers.” 
Upcoming Service Opportunities

Wednesday and/or Thursday evenings,
7:00-9:00p, January 29- April 1, 2020

Students can receive volunteer hours and show love to children in our community by serving as an ESL Childcare Assistant! Help create a safe, fun, and welcoming space for kids while their parents learn English. Even volunteering one time the whole semester is an enormous help- no ongoing commitment necessary.

For more information, reach out here
Vacation Serve Camp 2020
June 15-19

Mark your calendar- Volunteer registration for adults and students (rising 6th grade and up) opens February 24th!

Be a part of deepening the faith of children in our community through scripture learning, adventures in spiritual growth and service to empower them to envision themselves as part of God's plan to change the world with Jesus!

Learn more about our new Summer Service Trip at one of our Information Sessions for Prospective Participants:

Sunday, March 1st, 11:30a-12:30p
or
Tuesday, March 10th, 7:30p-8:00p
(after Taco Tuesday)

Email Erin for more information
Family Resources

This article uses the 5 Love Languages as a guide for showing love in a way that makes your partner, family member, or friend feel understood and seen.

I love the initial concept, Turning Towards Your Partner, which also applies to best connecting with your teen, or anyone else in your life! 'Turning away' looks like dismissing, shutting down, brushing aside, judging or ignoring. ' Turning towards' looks like expressing curiosity, excitement, encouragement, and being fully engaged in what is being shared. Choosing the latter response makes it much more likely that someone will share with you in the future.
"If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others,
I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 

If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had faith that I could move mountains, but I didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 

If I gave everything I have to the poor and sacrificed my whole life, I could brag about it, but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing.

Love is patient and kind.
Love is not jealous or boastful or proud.
Love is not rude. 
It doesn’t demand its own way.
It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.
Love does not rejoice about injustice.
Love cheers whenever the truth wins.
Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.

Speaking in unknown languages and having special knowledge will become useless. 
But love will last forever!

Right now, the knowledge we have about life is incomplete, and even what God tells us reveals only a part of the whole picture. God’s timing is perfect and God knows more than we could ever imagine, so we cannot rely on having knowledge without having love.

When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I learned more and put away childish thoughts and reasoning. Right now, we see things in the world imperfectly, like blurry reflections in a mirror, but in God’s perfect timing, we will see and understand everything with perfect clarity.

Everything that I know now is just part of the whole story of life, but in God’s perfect timing, I will know everything completely, just as God knows me completely.

Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—
and the greatest of these is love ."

1 Corinthians 13:1-13