How to be awesome (week two)

Posted: October 20, 2017 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

Levi started out his message last Sunday discussing a plane crash. In this crash, John F. Kennedy Jr. trusted his gut over his guide which would have helped him land the plane.

He shared that when we want to be awesome, we need to follow our guide – Jesus.

Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

We discussed how sometimes we feel alone or that we don’t have anyone to turn to – but that is not true. It can be difficult to believe, but you can be sure that God is always with you through the Holy Spirit until the end of age. The Holy Spirit is a counselor, friend, and guide. Christ in us.

“If you believe he can guide you, do you want him to?” Levi challenged us.

Are you making room for him? Reading the Bible, finding time to pray?

We are going to try to pause for one minute every day and pray that we’re listening to the Holy Spirit. Give God room to use it.

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How to be Awesome (week one)

Posted: October 12, 2017 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

We talked about being awesome last Sunday. We even watched a video of people doing awesome things, and also people failing miserable attempting to be awesome (not making a double backflip etc.).

“Pointing glory to God is what it means for a believer to be awesome at life,” Brian said in his message. “Do you do that? Or do you take the credit yourself?”

Brian also talked about decision making. He encouraged students to realize the decisions we make are who we are. He warned that some make decisions without thinking about the consequences. Some ignore them, some let others make that decision. He wants us to think out our decisions, pray about it, and make it ourselves instead of someone else.

Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV)

13 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

It can be easy to make quick decisions or sometimes hurtful decisions. But if we memorize this verse, know the Word of God, and pray – then we can make wise decisions.

Finding Friends part 3

Posted: September 26, 2017 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

We talked about best friends during the last part of our series. How a best friend is willing to sacrifice for that person.

Lip service doesn’t do much when your back is against the wall and you need a great friend. That is when action speaks louder than words. And the person sacrifices his/her own needs for that friend.

Proverbs 18:24 One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin,
    but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

The best friend any of us could ever ask for is Jesus. He took the ultimate sacrifice at The Cross for us. He died for our sins and that we may have a relationship with God by taking the judgement for our sins.

John 15: 9-17 “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10 If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command. 15 I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17 This is my command: Love each other.

This scripture tells us four things about Jesus:

  1. He tells us he loves us.
  2. He commands us to love like he does.
  3. He was willing to die for us.
  4. He calls us to follow him and live like he did.

Jesus is a friend who doesn’t create drama for us, but peace. He is kind even with hard truths. He never lies. He always forgives, and Jesus is a true friend for eternity.

Thanks for following along to Finding Friends… Can’t wait to see everyone at Skyzone next Sunday!

Finding Friends Part 2

Posted: September 21, 2017 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

This week in our Finding Friends three part series we looked at the qualities and values of a true friend. How true friends are there for you no matter what, in times of trouble when a friend is there for you he/she becomes a better friend.

Proverbs 17:17 A friend loves at all times,
    and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

One of the main messages was how a true friend doesn’t always tell you what you want to hear – but what you need to hear. Your closest friends tell you the truth even when it hurts.

Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron,
    so one person sharpens another.

Your core friends should be sharpening you spiritually instead of letting the world sharpen you. We need to let God’s truth sharpen us.
Although we talked about looking at our friends, Brian also flipped the message and asked what type of friends we are to others. Are we there for them in the tough times? Are we able to tell them an uncomfortable truth to help sharpen them?
We need to have our friends’ best interest in mind and not think about ourselves.
Join us next week as we close out our series on friendship!

Finding Friends (week one)

Posted: September 11, 2017 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

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It was wonderful to get back to a regular Sunday night with Revolution and Rush student ministries. We kicked the night off with a new game, ‘skull pong’ where students play ping pong with a dodgeball and headbutt the ball back and forth.

Our worship team had a wonderful set to prepare our hearts for Brian’s message on friendship.

The basis of the message – Your friends influence you.

Our friends can have a positive or negative influence on you. Brian had students take time to consider what characteristics their perfect friend would have. Listening skills, godly, smart, funny, loyal, and kind were a few examples.

1 Corinthians 15:33

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”

We look forward to next week when we’ll dive into week two of the three week series on friendship.

ORANGE NIGHT!

Posted: August 31, 2017 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

Thank you for all the parents who attended Orange Night. It was a terrific opportunity at the beginning of the school year to see parents again and get to know them more and work together on being there for our students.

Students played some games and had a lip-sync battle in the back before going to iTeams.

Parents please always feel free to reach out to your students iTeam leaders to stay in touch. Leaders are there for prayer, help, and want to be on the same page to do what’s best for students.

There will be no Revolution or Rush this weekend as it is Labor Day Weekend. We look to seeing everyone again Sept. 10.

SURVIVOR GAMES kick off Youth Year

Posted: August 24, 2017 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

Check out our photos from Survivor Games last week. The Seniors won after dominating in Greaseball, blind maze, a water wheelbarrow game, and tanks.

Looking forward to seeing students and parents at our Living Orange event Sunday at 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

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Summer Dates Announced

Posted: June 1, 2017 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

water-17School is out!!!! Now lets have some fun with Pools & Ponds and Mondays with Munafo. Check for the dates below:

Pools & Ponds Begins
Sundays | 5:00 – 8:00pm
Pools & Ponds are nights with friends, food, and fun! Get connected this summer to our Student Ministry by bringing your swim gear, a few friends, and an empty stomach! You won’t want to miss the memories that are created here!
June 25   John/Jaci Bleau’s home                      6601 Goldenrod Ct. Curtice, OH 43412
July 2   Tony/Cynthia Mitchell’s home           414 Chesterfield Ln Maumee, OH 43537
July 9   Walker/Kim Banky’s  home                5752 Bermuda Dr. Walbridge, OH 43465
July 16   Joe/Stephanie Shinaver’s home        5331 N Branch Blvd. Millbury, OH 43447
July 23   Craig/Amy Sigler’s home                   210 Elm Tree Ct. Northwood, OH 43619
July 30   Brent/JennyKreager’s home              2631 N. First St. Martin, OH 43445
Aug 6   Tom/Mandy Caldwell’s home            1343 Creekbend Ct. Rossford, OH 43460
Aug 13   Brad/Angie Blandin’s home               2329 Pheasant Dr. Northwood, OH 43619

Mondays with Munafo
Revolution (Grades 9-12) & Rush (grades 6-8) &
June 26 – August 14 | 11:45am – 2:00pm
Mondays with Munafo are gatherings for students to connect with Pastor Brian through spiritual topics & discussion over lunch. Have a question you always wanted to ask someone about your faith? This is the place to do it. Why not enjoy some good food and laughs in the process! Come and hang out with us! Meet in Brian Munafo’s office in the Warehouse at church. Where we go for lunch TBD by the students when they arrive.

June 26th – RUSH (Middle School)
July 13th – REVOLUTION (High School)
July 17th – RUSH (Middle School)
July 24th – REVOLUTION (High School)
July 31st – RUSH (Middle School)
Aug 7th – REVOLUTION (High School)
Aug 14th – RUSH (Middle School)

Graduation Sunday

Posted: May 22, 2017 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

We’re so proud of our seniors and it was a wonderful night to invite families and discuss memories from our time in youth. The leaders are so excited to see these students go off into the world with a strong faith.

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We ended the night praying over the students. We’re sad to see them finish with our group – but so excited to see what they do in our communities.

Change #3

Posted: May 10, 2017 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

We finished out our series on Change with talkingResized_20170507_200733 about Palate changes when we seek God. It was also an emotional night as it was the last night for i-teams this school year. We love and will miss our students this summer.

Brent Kreager discussed how when we seek God it can cause a change to our Palate. Your palate is on the roof of your mouth and helps us appreciate taste and flavor in foods.

He discussed as we grow closer to God, our appetite changes for how we live our lives. He used the word PALATE to describe that.

P-Prayer, A-Advancing the Kingdom, L-Love Others, A-Appetite for reading The Bible, T-Total Transformation, E-Eternal Perspective.

Major points were a maturing prayer life, loving and reaching others, reading God’s word, and viewing the world with eyes on Heaven. We challenged our students to use the summer to get closer to God.

We can’t wait to celebrate our seniors next Sunday – which is somehow the last Sunday night of this school year.