1: Grace Fellowship Youth Ministry 2007
2: Glow Bowling March 24th
4: Ignite March 25th | Trashball!
6: Ranch Day April 14th
11: Broomball May 18th
12: Y a r. d . s . a l e . June 2nd
16: Ignite June 3rd Eat That Food!
19: Beach Trip June 20th Huntington Beach
22: Girls Small Group Pool Party June 24th
24: Camp Wynola Julian, California July 1st-6th
30: Church Picnic July 29th
32: Iron Cast | Revelation 19:11-16
35: Girls Small Group Lake Arrowhead Trip Augsust 3rd-4th
38: August 15th | Raging Waters
40: The Hunt August 26th
45: Wielders . of the . Paddle of Glory .
46: Overhauled "Therfore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold new things have come." 2 Corinthians 5:17
47: Love God | Love each other | Change the world
48: A decade ago, when I graduated high school, a song titled Sunscreen was very popular. "Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of 1997," the song began, "Wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists..." Now, while I am actually very fond of this song, and while I believe the advice given in the lyrics is on the whole, worthy of consideration, Ive always thought: Sunscreen? Really? If you could offer just one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it? Thats just silly. What would happen if everyone acted on that advice- more automobile accidents because everyone would have slippery lotion hands? Well, Id be amiss not to offer better advice than that. Of course, I could say pretty much anything and come out better than "wear sunscreen." Regardless, take these words, consider them, and if you find them worthy, put them in your heart, share them, write them as a sign on your hand. Ladies and Gentleman of Ignite: Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. Though Id like to give more advice, I know enough to know that nothing I can say, or admonish, or exhort can be better advice than to Love God with all that you are. And so, instead of offering more advice, I will share some of my memories from Ignite (and from time spent with some of the groups members). Falling on the ice. Getting run over (by my own team)/running over others all to steal the bacon. Hi-Fives. Dressing appropriately for the beach. Basketball. Football. "...and Im just thinking off the top of my head, here." Safari hunters finding a gorilla. "I cant give you a sign." Belching. The end is near. Skin the cat. Cats pajamas. "Is Steve the wizard?" Your best pose. Customary tip of the hat. MySpace. "Hush puppy." Instant chatting. Jib-Jab hula dance. "Dude!" The Death Crawl. Nooma. "The dopest fool ever!" Actually getting a side of salsa. The doctor never saving me in Mafia-ever. Slurpees
49: on heads. Veggietales Karaoke. My laugh getting a name. Yellow team winning the first ever HUNT! Overhauled. "Hey-nice shirt." And lots and lots of laughter. And those are just some of my favorite memories from Ignite...or are they? Thanks for letting me be part of your lives. -cole Rachel and I like to tell people that when the two of us first met, we did not like each other. I can say this now, because she knows how much I love her, but she used to scare me. She talked about everything, and felt no shame about laughing at what was funny. And I was afraid that I would have to, you know, talk to her or something! But now, several cups of coffee, 100 games of Cranium and a year later, she is one of my all-time closest friends. I think my entrance into youth ministry was much the same. I was more or less volunteered for this position by my husband, and while I wasn't necessarily opposed to the idea, my first thought was, “Really? But I do music!” I had never even thought about becoming involved in youth ministry. My last church didn't even have a youth group! But thank God that the fact that I don't know what I am doing does not affect His omniscience. I know that the point of a youth group is to reach out to...well...youth, but God has managed to use it to work in my life this last year as well. God has taught me so much about leadership, teamwork, discipling and about true friendship. As a leader, I have had to grapple with what I believe and why so that I might have somewhere to lead. God has asked me to be a better example by learning disciplines. I have been able to experience Godly friendship, and have been asked by God to return the same. You guys are my friends. You have allowed me into your hearts and your lives, and for this, I thank you. I know God used your lives to change mine. Praise God that His plans for my life are better than mine. “Oh LORD, You are my God; I will exalt You, I will give thanks to Your name; For You have worked wonders, Plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness.” Isaiah 25:1 In love, Hannah
50: G.F.Y.G., I pray that all of you continue to grow in your walk with the Lord. -Kyle Grace Fellowship Youth, First, allow me to say that you are amazing. :) In my first year of youth ministry, I could not have been more blessed. I know that I, as a leader, am supposed to be the one ministering to and teaching you. But in looking back over the past several months, I realize that you have taught me just as much (or more) about serving and loving God. Being a youth leader can be scary. The thought of dealing with so many teenagers can be daunting. But you guys are cake. You are the best, most fun to be around, most well-behaved, most lovable, most respectable, most enjoyable people I have ever had the pleasure of hanging out with. I don't have to “deal” with you – I get to hang out with you! You aren't some group of scary teenagers I help lead; you are my friends, my brothers and sisters in Christ. When I signed up for this whole youth ministry business, I couldn't have asked for a better bunch. Never could I have anticipated all the fun I've had! I am so blessed to spend time with you on a regular basis, and I am extra glad that none of you graduate until next year! I'd like to give a special shout-out to the GFYM Girls! You ladies are truly amazing. I have gotten closer to you than I ever thought I could. I've been blessed to be so comfortable with all of you. I have confided in you and shared things with you that I never ever thought I'd share. You are a light in my life. To all of you – including the guys – keep walking with Christ! I'm looking forward to the years ahead we'll spend together. Here I've raved about all of you – but let's not forget who the glory really belongs to. I praise God for the year He has given us! He has truly blessed this ministry, and I pray that He will continue to. Many thanks for a fantastic year! In the love of Christ, Rachel Brown
51: Why Am I Blessed? The reason that I can come up with is that God directed me to be one of the staff at Grace Fellowship Youth Ministry. Tried as I might to "quit" this ministry, somehow as if I got swallowed by a big fish and spat me out at the gates of Nineveh, He "told" me He's got a plan for me. I told God that I'm so busy at work and don't have quality time with my family anymore. He didn't answer...(flashback!!)...When I was a youth, eons ago, I longed for friends to hang out with, wishing I could see my dad more often; he's a workaholic! He's always out of town. Mom was busy with our family business, too. So I'm left home with my nanny most of the time. I grew up a loner. There were no video games back then... let me take that back, Pong... one with a lousy knob to control that little line called a paddle... no PC/internet connections, no cell phone/text messaging, oh yeah, a little colored TV with black and white cartoons (Felix the Cat, Betty Boop, and Popeye). Back then, when your parents sent you to your room, boy, that was punishment/torture. Now, kids much oblige with gusto...(flashalittlebitforward!!)...My dad passed away when I was 15. That was a very tough moment in my life. He was my hero, but left me lots of responsibility. His company folded, left us virtually nothing, I had to be the father-figure to my kid sister (4 years old); enrolled ourselves in school, helped her with homework, took her to school, fed her, cleaned her up and put her to bed while our mom worked two full time jobs. The only time we saw our mom home was when she was sleeping. When I was a senior, I had to work full time also to help share with the rent/bills. We were so broke I couldn't attend my prom, buy a yearbook, attend my graduation and go to gradnight at Disneyland. I was angry with God. He stole my childhood. Teenage life didn't exist...(flashforward!!)...so there I am at Nineveh...er...Youth Ministry (don't get me wrong, you guys are good kids, hehehe), God said that there's always a second chance...being with the youth ministry, I find myself refreshed with vim and vigor. It's like being born again (no pun intended), He made me feel younger, ohhh my aching back. I'm reliving the years I've lost...I almost quit this ministry...wait a minute... am I following my dad's footstep? Why Am I Blessed? It's because of you kids at Grace Fellowship. You've shown yourselves to me you're children of God, and treat each others like siblings. God gave me the passion to hang out with you guys. It's either those "old farts...old timers" like Pastor Doug, Mr. Engebretson or Steve Baehr and Derek. Which group do I choose? DUH! And for the staff; I'm so blessed to have Steve as
52: my all around leader, despite he's a lot younger than me by 6 months, lol. And to all the staff, Hannah, Rachel, Cole and Kyle, Grace Fellowship thanks you for your time volunteering in this ministry. You all have the same passion that the word volunteer is irrelevant. I Praise God for the bad things that happened to me...He just revealed to me...now I know! LOVE IN CHRIST, EMIL You Guys Rock! The Grace Fellowship Youth Group is an answer to many prayers! For the past couple of years, I have been praying that God would develop a youth group in our church that is fun, exciting, filled with great teens, and glorifying to God! Well, God is faithful to answer our prayers and you guys are that answer. Every one of you brings something unique to the group (some are more “unique” than others). Between all of you, there is fun, seriousness, smarts, humor, grace, devotion, friendliness, prayerfulness, and so much more! I know that God has uniquely brought you all together this year and created a real sense of family for you. I am thrilled to watch you all grow and come to reflect the love of Christ more and more. I look forward to 2008, when I am expecting to see God answer more prayers by adding to your numbers and increasing your maturity in Him! He has big plans for you all and I know He wants to use you to share the love of Christ with your friends and families. I want to encourage you to draw near to Him and let Him use you to bring others into relationship with Him. You are the church and God intends to work through you to reach and change the world. “Let no one look down on your youthfulness, but rather in speech, conduct, love, faith, and purity, show yourself as an example of those who believe.” (1 Timothy 4:12). I am proud of you all and grateful to God for the work He has begun in you. Pastor Doug P.S. The staff is pretty cool too! Steve, Hannah, Rachel, Cole, Emil, and Kyle, I praise God for the way He is using all of you to change lives. Keep it up! “These things, which you have heard from me, in the presence of many witnesses, these entrust to faithful (people) who will be able to teach others also.” (2 Timothy 2:2)
53: And now it's time for the part of the yearbook where I write something classy and inspirational. An amusing anecdote or deeply moving analogy which will burn itself into your memory and shape the philosophical fabric of your entire adult life. Inasmuch much as I wouldn't want to disappoint those of you who would gladly bend your lives around my every written word, that's just not my style. But alas, I do find within myself a desire to inspire the masses with some witty repertoire or an emotionally stimulating pearl of wisdom to which I alone am privy. Of course, such lofty cognitions frequently evade me and I find them unpleasantly replaced by simple truths which I can only hope will be driven into the long-term memory of my hearers by opportunely applied potty humor. Added to such indignities, my disappointment flows freely as I discover myself to be staggeringly wanting of base wit to permanently implant even the simplest of truths. Such unwavering weakness of my own right gives way to a greater and brighter future for this message to which your lavishly sensational reveries of imminent adulthood, I dearly hope, will graciously attend. Do I have your attention yet? Jesus Christ is LORD! I'll bet you could spend your whole life on that one sentence and you'd never get to the bottom of it... but I dare you to try. Steve