It’s a beautiful Monday, September 16, here in Fort McMurray. This is Pastor Asa writing. Mondays are my day off and earlier today I was privileged to enjoy a walk around my neighborhood with my wife and son. I was particularly struck by the beauty of the changing colors of the leaves on the trees. I understand that it’s a sign of winter approaching, but Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, “He has made everything beautiful in its time.”
May you be encouraged by that truth this week, in the midst of whatever you are facing, whether times of plenty or times of need, times of joy or sorrowful times of waiting. God is good and he is always with us, working out his great purposes for our lives, for his glory and for our good. Trust him today!
Reminder: there are two forms which must be filled out and submitted for each student in NorthLife Youth. Scroll down for those document attachments, the Fall 2019 calendar, and host home addresses.
This past Friday we had our first regular youth group of the school year. We were hosted by Jimmy and Heather Burchett who graciously fed us spaghetti. Jimmy introduced the gospel of John, and we’ve updated the Fall 2019 Calendar to reflect that. We’ll dive into chapter one this Friday and continue growing together as we study the gospel of John over the next several months. We pray that stories of transformation would not stop with the stories in the Bible, but in our own lives today.
Host for Friday, September 20: Andre and Tara Cassell
Students were also provided an opportunity to sign a Group Contract which outlines the expectations we will adhere to as a group. It’s a simple and powerful way to publicly commit to meeting regularly, studying ahead on our own, respecting one another, resolving conflict biblically, and communicating well. If you are a student who plans on being a regular participant, pray about and consider this practical step that will allow you and others to hold each other to a higher standard that will ultimately help us all grow spiritually this year.
Dave Oger and a few of our church’s adult musicians have collaborated to provide a low-key training and mentoring opportunity for students interested in singing or playing an instrument in a church worship context. We’ve met two weeks in a row with 5 enthusiastic students! You’re invited to stick around after our Celebration Service on Sundays, as close to every week as possible (depending on the availability of our coaches). These sessions will run from 12:30-1:30pm.
- pack some lunch or snacks beforehand OR walk to a nearby eating establishment and meet back in the sanctuary by 12:30pm
- one of the adults will share a devotional or a thought on the sermon that was just preached that morning
- split up by instruments and vocals to practice one of the songs we’ve picked to learn together as a whole group
- come back together to play and sing whatever we’ve worked on so far
So that’s it in a nutshell. Pretty simple. If you or anyone you know is interested, just come talk to Dave, Nat, or Pastor Asa, and we’ll answer any questions you have. Bring your own instrument if you have one, but we will also provide basic ones at the church such as guitar, piano, drums, and bass.
Throughout the year we will meet in the following homes. The fall calendar includes where we will meet each week.
Jimmy and Heather Burchett | 255 Wild Rose Street
Josh and Sally Samuel | 118 Archibald Bay
Andre and Tara Cassell | 168 Beaveridge Close