Have we told you recently how grateful we are that you’ve decided to use your gifts to serve alongside us this year? We know how big of a deal that is. So thank you.

Here’s a few things coming up in our ministry . . .

ADD YOUR OWN DATES: LARGER THAN LIFE GAME NIGHT
This month, we’re getting students together for a night of board games! Larger than life board games, actually. Get all the details on our website.

ADD YOUR OWN DATES: SERVICE PROJECT
In just a few weeks, we’ll be encouraging teenagers to focus on others (instead of themselves) this Christmas with a service project. Get all the details on our website.

ADD YOUR OWN DATES: VOLUNTEER CHRISTMAS PARTY
Let’s celebrate the holidays with a little fun, food, and friends! Come hang with us. There will be games, presents, and zero meetings.

AFTER YOU: A 4-WEEK SERIES ON OTHERS
WEEK 3 BIG IDEA: SELFLESS LIVING REQUIRES USING YOUR GIFTS

SERIES OVERVIEW:
In a culture obsessed with selfies, celebrities, money, and success, it’s not difficult to understand why so many of us struggle with being a little self-centered at times. But while “me first” may the norm for the rest of the world, Jesus showed us what it looks like to live a generous, compassionate, selfless, “after you” kind of life. In this 4-week series, you’ll challenge students to move away from the world’s “me first” attitude and embrace the “after you” message of Jesus by noticing needs, opening their hands, using their gifts, and sharing their joy.

DOWNLOAD THIS WEEK’S SMALL GROUP GUIDE

Why does our church encourage teenagers to serve others? Here’s part of the reason (and why we’d love for you to help us champion this idea with the teenagers you lead): “We are born makers. We move what we’re learning from our head to our hearts through our hands.” — Brene Brown

At least once this month, choose a volunteer to celebrate. Add their picture and a few sentences about what makes them awesome!

We’d love your opinion. If you were a parent dropping your kid off at our ministry for the first time, what would you think about it? Reply to this email and let us know! [Look for  ways to share the answers to this question on social media or at your next meeting.]