S: Axis Student Ministries 2008-2009
FC: Axis Student Ministries | 2008-2009
1: Table Of Contents The Essence of Axis..................pg 2 Our Lovely Leaders.......................pg 8 Polyester Prom ............................pg 10 Summer Camp..............................pg 14 Ski Trip ...................................pg 20 Open Mic Night ...........................pg 26 MS Walk ......................................pg 28 Tacky Prom ..............................pg 30 Senior Dedication..................pg 34 | 1
2: axis (n.) the center point at which everything revolves around. | 2 | (Above) Students Ana and Isabella volunteer at a local nursing home, where they love on people who may feel lost or forgotten.
4: 4 | " | I love Axis because | It's a breath of | fresh air | and I | love coming to a | place where | everybody | the Lord. | " | -Heather Shaw, Junior | loves
5: 5 | " | Axis is a place | where I feel | safe. | -Austi Farley, Sophomore | "
6: 6 | experience at Axis | " | My worship | -Kiki Judy, Sophomore | " | is life changing.
8: 8 | Beth | Bob | Carolyn | Geoff | Lindsey | Lisa | Krystal | John | Tiffany | Vinny | Suzy | Sheri | Matt | Tony | Our Youth Pastor
9: Top 5 Reasons Why We Love Our Leaders: | 9 | 1. They are knowledgeable, trustworthy, and honest | 2. They stand by us through all our troubles. | 3. They are never judgmental. | 4. They never talk down to us. | 5. They actually mean it when they say they care.
10: Polyester Prom | 10
13: Polyester Prom was the greatest dance party of all time. From the cheesy thrift store outfits to the crazy dance moves, Axis really knows how to throw a party. The highlight of the night was Sam dressing up as a girl and winning the best dressed competition. We played limbo and danced to the macerena, all the while simply enjoying our time of fellowship with one another. | a pril 2008 | 13
15: Summer Camp | 15
16: 16 | July 2008
17: Summer camp was a mixture of laughs, good memories, tears, bruises, and life-changing decisions. From paintballing, to white water rafting, to a high ropes course, to an insane slip n slide, camp was filled with excitement. For some of us, that excitement included winning a BMW (Burly Mountain Woman) award. For others, it was seeing their life flash before their eyes, while struggling to hold on for dear life as they fly down the rapids. However, the fun activities we did were nothing compared to the amazing times of worship and incredible breakouts we had. Camp showed us that no one is too good to get on their knees and wash someone's feet. It gave us a chance to bond as a group, build lifelong friendships, and encounter God. But more than anything, camp stretched us. It challenged us to own our faith and to live life on the edge. | 17
18: (Above) Students were challenged to conquer their fears as they attempted the high ropes course. There were three options: climbing the rock wall, climbing across the logs, or climbing through the ropes. With the help of their peers' encouraging words, many of the students were successful in the challenge. | 18 | My favorite part | about camp was | being the only | one left on my | paintball team. | " | -Alexis Hevener, Senior | "
19: 19 | -Bri Turner, Junior | I really enjoyed the white water rafting. | On the first day, I was in a group of all | girls. I was skeptical at first, but I was | really proud of our team. We worked | together, and totally dominated the river. | " | "
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21: To put it as simply as possible, both students and leaders felt God on the ski trip. Whether it was someone's first time feeling Him or their hundredth, from that point on we would never be the same. God shook us. He showed us that love is what remains after everything has been shaken. The ski trip was much more than a mere fun adventure. It was a life changing, and everlasting beginning to a life of freedom in Christ. Each night we all gathered together and shared stories of the day's successes, epic failures, moments of encouragement, and monumental events. It was a time we could all look back on the day and realize how present God is, whether we are down in the ocean or high on the mountain. The week consisted of snowboarding, skiing, tubing, some awesome times of worship on the bus, and some great times of fellowship back at the hotel. May we never forget the lessons we learned and the friendships we formed. | Ski Trip | 21 | F e b r u a r y 2 0 0 9
22: 22 | My favorite part | about the ski trip | was when all of us | came together and | prayed. We really | My favorite part | encountered | God that night. | " | " | -Emily Hevener, Sophomore | (Above) The ski slopes bring both tragedy and victory. Students tested themselves and attempted adventuresome things. Zack and Michael were going down a hill, trying out the mini-jumps. Unfortunately for Michael, Zack stopped infront of him, and the two collided. Michael thought it was a perfect Kodak moment, and he was right.
23: 23 | (Right) Emily injured her knee the first day going down the slopes. That night, a group of students felt led to pray over her. At first it was only for a couple minutes, but then they decided to pray again, and this time it was for about an hour. Needless to say, Emily got up and walked. The students there were fortunate enough to witness a true miracle of God, and it wasn't just Emily's knee.
24: 24 | God really showed | Himself to me that | weekend. It was | without a doubt the | most | incredible | weekend of my life. | " | " | -Nicole Bishop, Freshman | (Right) The hotel wouldn't let us have worship at night because the noise would disturb the people who were sleeping. So we held worship on the bus in the mornings on the way to the slopes. It was in those moments we were able to embrace the presence of God without flashy lights or a full band.
26: Every once in a while Axis students have the oppotrunity to take the stage. Students were given the chance to talk about whatever was on their mind. Some read Bible verses that God layed on their hearts, while some spoke freely of their experiences at Axis. It was the ultimate chance to share your faith, teach others, and learn from your peers. | Open Mic Night | Alexis | Katrina | Brandon | 26
27: Isabella | Megan | Ariella | Bri | Nicole | Brent | 27
28: The MS Walk is an annual event Axis Student Ministries takes part in. Every year, students sacrifice a Saturday by waking up at 4 a.m. to volunteer, usually after pulling an all-nighter at Suzy's house eating, talking, and playing games. The MS Walk is similar to the well-known Relay For Life, but instead of walking for cancer, participants walk to cure MS. One of our adult leaders, Suzy Elieff, has been diagnosed with MS, so it's heartwarming for her to see students willing to help. Rather than actually walking, the student volunteers set up the booths and serve the running participants by feeding them lunch. It's a day to spend serving and focusing on the needs of others. | 28
29: MS WALK | April 2009 | 29
30: Tacky Prom | MAY 2009 | 30
31: Students raided their closets for the cheesiest outfit known to mankind and gathered for a night of complete silliness. From the outfits to the songs to the dance moves, everything was tacky. But in those moments of utter giddiness, you realize the strength of your friendships, both old and new. It's only with true friends that you can be so outrageous. | 31
33: " | 33 | I loved dancing | and having fun with | my friends. | " | -Kiki Judy, Sophomore | My favorite part | was how Lauren came | dressed as a pregnant | lady. I think that's | worth sharing. | " | " | -Heather Shaw, Junior
34: Michelle | Alexis | Christian | Anna | Lauren | Brittany
35: SENIORS | Each year Axis says good-bye to a select few, and this year has proven to be one of the hardest for us to let go of our seniors. While we wish them well in life, we don't want them to move on without us. But we know God will see each of us through, and we know without a doubt that he has a beautiful plan for His children. So as you graduate and begin your adventure, remember all the things God has taught you through your time here at Axis, and always feel welcome to come back; Once a home always a home. And once a family always a family. | Courtney | Eric | Heather