Senior Night!

Posted: May 16, 2018 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

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Our Seniors went out with a bang Sunday night. We will continue praying over them and their futures. We also want them to know they can also reach back out to us if they need to.

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Unbelievable (week two)

Posted: April 25, 2018 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

“Don’t let what you can’t explain keep you from what you can’t deny.”

Brent Kreager continued to discuss some unbelievable things. He said while we can’t explain things, we also can’t deny the truths we know. An example he had was he has no idea how his cell phone can get his aunt’s voice across the country through to his phone within a minute of calling. He doesn’t know how it gets there, but he can’t deny that it is her on the other line.

He said sometimes we can’t explain some things about God and our faith, but we can’t let that deny us from the truths we’ve seen from him in our lives.

The other key point from the night was “Don’t walk away if you don’t know where you are walking toward.

Brent discussed how there were followers of Jesus who left him when Jesus metaphorically said to eat his flesh. Followers didn’t understand he was talking about the bread of life he provides that will sustain us. They didn’t follow him. Jesus asked his disciples if they would leave too… Peter’s response spoke to Brent’s message.

“Lord, where would we go? You have the words of eternal life. We have come to believe and know that you are the Holy One of God,” Peter replied to Jesus.

Come back for our last two normal Sunday nights, we will be diving into a two week series called Restored, before Senior Night on May 13.

Guest Speaker from Midwest Recovery

Posted: April 19, 2018 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

unnamedWe had Nate Kehlmeier from Midwest Recovery in to speak with our students and community about the Opioid epidemic in our area and his own life journey.  We really appreciate his time and openness to share with our ministry about such an important issue.

We’re excited to jump back into our series ‘Unbelievable’ this Sunday.

 

Unbelievable (week one)

Posted: April 12, 2018 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

We began a two-week series on doubt called Unbelievable this week. We started it off with a fun video of a magician who can shock people. Brian explained how sometimes we have doubts about things, refuse to believe it, only later to discover the truth.

This can happen with our faith. Some things can make us feel like we’re hitting a wall. Someone else’s beliefs can shake your own, or someone gives you a different perspective or question that you have not considered.

Brian’s main message was Jesus can handle your doubts. He showed it time and time again in scripture that he can handle our doubts.

John 1 43-51 tells a story how Nathanael doesn’t believe in Jesus – he said nothing good could come from Nazareth. Within Jesus introduction to Nathanael, he responded by saying “Rabbi, you are the son of God.” Jesus took no time conquering his doubt.

Another important piece from the first message of the series is this – sometimes obedience comes before understanding. This directive was shown in 2 Kings Chapter 5 when Naaman doesn’t believe his leprosy could be healed in the dirty Jordan River. Although he thinks it is crazy, he obeys (sometimes obeying take the help of supporters in Christ) and he was filled with joy when he was restored to full health.

Can’t wait to see everyone for Ethos this weekend!!!! We also still have Sunday night youth at 6 p.m.

More Life

Posted: March 29, 2018 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

We had a great two week series on More Life based on Easter with messages from Brent Kreager and Martyjack Pennington.

In week one Brent discussed how Jesus gives us more life. So many times with so many earthly things in this world we are left empty, but Jesus gives us something that will never leave us empty when he died for us.

In week two Martyjack discussed how he craved spotlight in high school through all of his activities. He was left empty when he didn’t receive the lead role for the musical. But he said it was an opportunity for him to realize his hope, happiness, worth is from Christ. Not from spotlight from peers.

Philippians 3:13 (NIV)

13 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,

“Stop holding onto your history in expense for your destiny,” Martyjack said in his message.

Jesus Christ died on The Cross for our sins and that we may have new life by believing in him. He doesn’t want the guilt of our sin and past to stop us from living the life we were meant to live with him in the future.

Enjoy Easter, we will not have youth ministry this upcoming Sunday night on Easter so students can spend it with family. We will see you again April 8.

Make it a Habit (final week)

Posted: March 14, 2018 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

In the final week of Make it a Habit, we learned about how loving others can grow your love for God.

Brian discussed how God gave us gifts. Our gifts can be an array of things. Our talents, passions, skills, time, position, opportunities are all examples of some of gifts from God. He said all gifts come from God ultimately, then asked how we share our gifts with others.

1 Peter 4:10-11 (NIV)

10 Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power forever and ever. Amen.

Brian finished by challenging students to find a way to use their gifts to help someone else this week.

Make it a Habit (week 2)

Posted: March 1, 2018 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

Week two of our series had a few obstacles, but ended up working out smoothly as Brian came down with the flu but a facetime sermon and wonderful worship still made for an impactful Sunday night.

The Big Idea of the week was how the people around you can grow faith within you. Brian asked who we are spending most of our time with. Are we just spending it with other Christians and not being the light of the world for others and stretching our faith by putting ourselves in uncomfortable positions to sharing our faith with others, or are we only spending time with non-Christians and not getting the support and accountability from other Christians. Both are important.

Hebrews 10:24-25 (NIV)

24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Brian also encouraged us to keep pushing through with new habits we are trying to create. He said how initially it can be fun, then it can be really challenging but if we push through that the habits can become normal.

This Friday we have our Game Night for boys. It is from 7 p.m. Friday until 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Bring whatever gaming system, board games, TVs you would like.

Have a blessed week.

Matt

Make it a Habit (part 1)

Posted: February 23, 2018 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

Sunday night middle school leader Brent Kreager led off our first week of the new series Make it a Habit.

Our habits help shape our faith, Brent said. Good habits and bad habits. Bad habits can harm us, but good habits can help us become who God meant for us to be.

The best person to learn good spiritual habits from is obviously Jesus Christ.  Mark 1:35, Mark 6:46, Luke 5:16, and Luke 6:11-12 all show scripture of Jesus removing himself for some alone time to pray and talk to God. What a great example for us.

Every student received a slip where they could decide on a spiritual habit to make for themselves. We hope to encourage them to stick to these habits to grow in their relationship with Christ.

Final week of Who Am I?

Posted: February 15, 2018 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

Brent Kreager brought the word this week to wrap up our series who am i? He related with today’s youth who can be so dependant on cell phones and discussed how important cell phones can be to us and how crushed we can be if we lose our phones or they die. 

Part of his message focused on when our cell phone battery is drained. It makes the cell phone useless. We can’t call, text, check social media, or do anything else if the battery is dead. That is why we charge it up and give it enough power to continue working.

He said that our relationship with God is similar. We get drained in this world. We need to read our Bible, talk to God through prayer, and talk to our brothers and sisters in Christ to help power us up. He also encouraged us to do so before we are completely drained.

John 15:4-5 (ESV)

Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.

Brent mentioned three points for abiding in Jesus. First, he said there is a connection. There is a mutual connection it is not just that we abide in him, but he also abides in us. Secondly, there is a dependence. We are dependent of Jesus, a branch cannot bear fruit without the vine. Finally, there is a continuance – we have to cling to Jesus and his teaching by abiding in his word.

We can’t wait to see everyone this Sunday night where we will be starting our new series… Make It A Habit!

 

Who Am I continues; Super Bowl party Sunday

Posted: February 2, 2018 by bmunafo in Uncategorized

Our Who Am I series continued with learning this basic and vital lesson: knowing yourself is connected to knowing your Creator.

Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

10 For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works,which God prepared in advance for us to do.

We discussed spiritual gifts and how God created us for his plan, and that he gave us talents for a reason. Students took time to reflect on their identity, what some of their strengths are and how God can use it for his glory.

The students even took a personality test to try to help them learn their spiritual strengths during iTeam time.

Brian mentioned how Saul became Paul. How God had a purpose for his life to spread his message and write so much of the New Testament. But before that he persecuted Christians. God has a purpose for us.

Our Super Bowl party will be this Sunday. It starts at 6 p.m. and parents can pick students up when they see fit during the game. The night will end at 11 p.m. Middle School students are bringing 2-liters and high school students are bringing salty/sweet snacks.