Student Ministry Update 9.18.17

Hey there!

What a busy week it’s been! I hope you’ve stayed safe as we all jump back into our routines after Hurricane Irma.

On September 10th we watched “The Shack” as a group with other members of our church family.  The remainder of this month and October, we’ll focus on the topics that surround this movie for our Sunday and Wednesday nights. Some of the discussion topics are:

-“I never left you” (God’s promises to walk with us, always)
-“The storm within” (In the middle of life’s challenges, we must trust God)
-“Papa’s heart” (God loves us unconditionally)
-“Freedom in forgiveness” (God call us to forgive others)

Our schedule for this week is the following:
Wednesday September 20th
Ignite MidWeek 
5:30-6:30– Dinner & Hang Out (Fellowship Hall)
6:30-7:30– Service project (UMCOR buckets); Game & Short Small Group

Sunday September 24th 
SS Ignite (Sunday School)
9:50-10:40– Leadership Seminar #2 (Lead-Elyse; Volunteer- Sonya)

Ignite Sunday Night 
Topic: “The Storm Within” from The Shack movie
Lead- Elyse; Volunteer- Jack; Meal- Jack (Jambalaya)
5:30-6:00– Dinner & Hang out
6:00-6:15– Service project (UMCOR Buckets) & Opening games
6:15-7:00– Short message + Small group

Leadership seminars have begun!  Some goals of these leadership seminars include identifying and using our spiritual gifts, developing confidence, compassion and leadership skills, and creating, organizing, and implementing a community service project. If you haven’t already, come join us!
Our remaining seminar dates are: 
September 24
October 29
November 5

Please continue to pray for the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. As our September service project, we are partnering with our congregation to create UMCOR cleaning kit buckets. If you are able to donate any or all of the materials for a single bucket (or multiple), please bring them this Wednesday 9/20 and Sunday 9/24. Students and volunteers will work together both nights to fill these buckets.

Here is a list of items needed:
-5-gallon bucket with resalable lid
-Liquid laundry detergent (One 50-oz. or two 25-oz. bottle(s) only)
-Liquid household cleaner (12‐16 oz. liquid cleaner that can be mixed with water (NO spray cleaners)
-Dish soap (16‐28 oz. bottle any brand)
-1 can air freshener (Aerosol or pump)
-1 insect repellant spray (6‐14 oz. aerosol or spray pump with protective cover)
-1 scrub brush (Plastic or wooden handle)
-18 cleaning wipes (handi-wipes or reusable wipes- no terry cleaning towels)
-7 sponges (NO cellulose sponges)
-5 scouring pads (NO stainless steel, brillo pads or SOS pads- nothing with soap built in)
-50 clothespins
-Clothesline (one 100-ft. or two 50-ft. lines; cotton or plastic)
-24-roll heavy-duty trash bags (33‐ to 45-gallon sizes)
-5 dust masks
-2 pairs kitchen dishwashing gloves (should be durable enough for multiple uses)
-1 pair work gloves (Cotton with leather palm or all leather)

If you have any questions about UMCOR or what we’re contributing, you can follow this link:

As I wrap up this e-mail, I ask that you continue to pray for our young adults (current & future). Our first gathering will be at Waffle House on 9/26 at 7:30 PM. Please be in prayer for us as we start ministry in the best way- organically, authentically, and sharing a meal around an open table.

I’m thankful for all of you and what student ministry was, is, and will become. Have a wonderful week!

Grace and Peace,

Elyse Cooke 
Director of Student and Young Adult Ministries
Bethesda United Methodist Church