Saturday, June 19, 2010

Summer 2010

Summer is finally here and that means we will be doing lots of fun activities but we will not be having regular meetings of FIRE or small groups.

The following is a list of activities planned for this summer. However this list is subject to change do to weather and other factors. So keep an eye on your mailbox for mailings or keep an eye on this blog to see what is happening.

Parent volunteers are always crucial for successful summertime activities. If you or your parents can help with driving / chaperoning / cooking (if needed) or anything else please email or call Pastor Duncan. Your help will be greatly appreciated!

June Events

June 23rd - 1-2-3 on the 23rd
(The Toy Story Trilogy)
3:00 PM - 9:30 PM
Cost $5 for dinner + Movie Ticket

Join us as the youth portable on Wednesday June 23rd as we watch Toy Story 1 & 2 and then load into the buses to go to Silverdale Regal Cinemas to catch the 7:10 PM showing of Toy Story 3 in 3D. We will have free popcorn at the portable and will have pizza during “intermission” between Toy Story 1 & 2. The cost for pizza will be $5. Either pre-purchase your tickets for the movie or bring $ for your movie ticket.

June 30th - Dungeness Spit
10AM - 4PM
(Rain or Shine)

Dungeness Spit is the longest natural sand spit in the United States extending 5 miles into the Strait of Juan De Fuca. We will spend a day hiking and playing on the spit. The adventurous can do the 10 mile hike to the end of the spit and back, the less adventurous can stay near the bluff and play and hang out. Pack a sack lunch and plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing (no bikinis please). Buses leave at 10AM and will return to NKBC at 4PM.

July Events

July 10th - Triple B (Beach / Bunkers / BBQ)
Fort Worden
10AM - 5PM

July 12th - 16th - Vacation Bible School
Volunteers needed

July 14th - Ramble Through Port Gamble
Hiking / Mountain Biking the trails outside Port Gamble after VBS & then ice cream at the general store.

July 19th - 25th - World Changers

Summer mission trip.

July 28th - Day At The Zoo
Point Defiance Zoo, 10AM - 5PM

August Events

August 13th - Starry Night
A night of worship & flashlight tag

August 15th - 21st - Upwards Soccer/Cheer
Volunteers needed

August 18th - Afternoon At The Beach
Hang at the beach and relax.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Love Sick - Home XP (For Parents)




There’s something pretty amazing about being in love, isn’t there? The butterflies in your stomach. The dreamy gazes. No wonder so many of us are so in love with being in love. But if you look around—in the media, at school, in life—we’ve taken what God created and twisted it, morphed it and configured it into something it was never meant to be—an obsession. When romantic relationships become an obsession, balance goes out the window. We miss out on opportunities and experiences we might otherwise have had. And sometimes we even forget who we are. There’s got to be healthier way to do this. There’s got to be another way than being so lovesick.

Week One 5/13/10 - Obsessed
When we become obsessed with relationships, we lose sight of who we are.

There is nothing quite like the experience of falling in love. Nothing. In fact, some people are willing to do just about anything for the feeling of being in love, for the knowledge that someone values them, finds them significant and worthwhile. Some people are even willing to give up who they are as an individual, give up their identity, just for the sake of a relationship. This week we are going to talk to students about the both the fun and wonderful parts of dating and also the danger of sacrificing who they are and who they are designed to be for the sake of romance.

Week Two 5/20/10 - All Your Eggs In One Basket
Dating is a great thing, but it’s not everything.

“Don’t put all of your eggs in one basket!” We’ve all heard the phrase before, some of us have probably even used it a time or two, but when it comes to dating, it can be pretty hard to actually put into practice. We live in a culture where marketing, events and entertainment are driven by romantic relationships, where people are profiled based on relationship status, and where love and romance are a part of our daily conversations. For many students it just seems normal, almost expected to devote all of their time, energy and affection to acquiring or maintaining a dating relationship. This week we’re going to talk to students about finding balance as they learn to fit dating into the many other, equally important, areas of life.

Week Three 5/27/10 - Love Story
You have the power to do great good or harm in your relationships.

High school reunions can be either something we eagerly look forward to, or anxiously dread. The reasons for our excitement or our hesitation are usually the same—the people. We’re concerned about who we will encounter from our past and the lasting impression they had on us—for better or for worse—and the lasting impression we had on them. And no relationship has the ability to leave an impression, for better or worse, than a dating relationship. Dating relationships just have a lot of potential to do great good, or harm in the mark they leave. So this week we are going to help students explore dating from the perspective of the one they date. We want to challenge students this week to think about their own responsibility, regardless of where they may have been in the past, to always consider what they can do in the future to make someone’s story better, and to treat them in a way that will be beneficial and positive in the long run.


EXPERIENCE:


In Chap Clark’s book, Disconnected, he says that parents are responsible for providing the boundaries necessary to help a child grow into the person God has created and redeemed them to be. That’s a pretty heavy task. It requires first that parents know where the child is—an ongoing challenge in itself. And second, it requires that parents know where the dangers lie, where the areas of caution are and what signals indicate that something might be holding the child back.

In this series, we are talking with your child about dating. But more importantly we are talking about balance. In a world where finding a boyfriend or girlfriend sometimes becomes all-consuming, we want to remind students that dating is only one of many areas in their lives. Like everything else, it is good in moderation, when it is not taken to extremes. We also want to help them develop healthy relationships, whether those are dating relationships or friendships with the opposite sex, and help them understand the value in leaving a positive impression in the lives of those we come in contact with.

As a mother or as a father, you are in a better position than anyone to know and understand how dating works in your child’s life. Maybe they haven’t dated anyone, but they are constantly thinking about ways to find that perfect someone. Maybe they haven’t been alone since fourth grade. Maybe they’ve been dating the same person for the past two years. Wherever they fall on the spectrum, you are viewing the situation close-up. Their emotions are in it. You, who have more insight and more life experience, can look down the road for them when they don’t have the perspective to do it on their own. Are there dangers ahead? Is there something that might be holding them back from experiencing the life they were intended for?

I would like to challenge you to take a few minutes this month to reflect on your child’s situation—especially in the area of dating. Think of ways you can be creative and helpful as you set boundaries and help them navigate the wonderful and risky world of relationships.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Thursday April 22nd 2010 - Eden



Eden - Why Everyday Is Earth Day

God created the world and when he was done, He said “It is good”. He created a world full of beauty and wonder. He then created man in His image and gave him the world as a gift to enjoy and care for. It was a precious gift. It was a gift of love.

How are we treating the gift? How are we doing with our first God given “job” of caring for the incredible gift that God gave us. And is it true that how we treat the gift reflects upon how we view the gift giver?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

The Home XP - Rhythm



Rhythm:

Have you ever noticed how connected everything is? It’s almost as if there was some type of unseen structure to all of life, a rhythm. Many of us are oblivious to it until things are out of sync. We know something is wrong, and we can maybe pinpoint a few things around us that are culprits, but deep down we know there is something more going on. We out of rhythm—with God, with ourselves or with others.

Week One (March 11th)

The first week of the Rhythm series is designed to help students understand that in the beginning, God established a rhythm. They will unpack the story of creation and the harmony that existed between Adam and God, Adam and nature, and Adam and Eve. They will entertain the idea that from the start, everything worked together in perfect harmony like a beautiful song. But then Adam and Eve made a choice that destroyed the song and threw the rhythm off. They will also look at God’s response to Adam’s sin, and they'll see that God continues to seek relationship with us even after things have fallen apart.

Week Two (March 18th)

This second week, students will be challenged to look at God in new ways. Many times we find that we are so familiar with “churchy” descriptions of God that we forget who He really is. And when we forget who God is, how awesome and surprising He can be, then we are tempted to turn our attention and affection to other things and our lives fall out of tune. In week two students will be challenged to discover a God who is bigger than our attempts to define Him.
(Note: If you are planning to do The XP for the Rhythm series after week 2, this would be a great opportunity to explain and promote the event.)

Week Three (March 25th)

This week students will explore the things that create tension in their own self-perception and learn the ugly truth: Being in rhythm with ourselves and being in rhythm with God go hand in hand. How we view God our Creator affects how we view His creation, ourselves. They will consider the masks they wear and the faults they try to cover up, and they'll receive a challenge to begin to shed those masks and be at peace with who they really are.

Week Four (April 8th)

No person can have a life in rhythm if they are not at peace with the people around them. In the final week of this series students will be challenged to be in rhythm with others, to be passionate about serving those they encounter and to seek forgiveness and reconciliation when needed.

Week Five (April 15th)
The XP!

EXPERIENCE:
In this series we are talking about rhythm and how every piece of our lives is connected. If you went to a band concert and the flutes were out of tune, the last thing you would want is for the tuba section to just play louder in an attempt to try to drown out the squeaky flute players. The same is true in families.

When something is not right in our lives, it affects how we relate to others. If one of you has a bad day, where is that frustration usually displayed? At home, to other family members, right? For some reason, our families tend to get the worst of us, and we save our “game face” for our friends and co-workers. It’s great to have a place where you can be real and a place that’s safe, but sometimes the ways we vent put us out of rhythm with our families.

As a family, help one another find healthier ways to handle those crazy times in life. Realize that the first reaction isn’t necessarily the truest one—how someone is acting may not be the real issue. Those irritating things at home can be symptomatic of something bigger (at least to that person) going on outside the home. The fight over the remote control can be just another situation where you didn’t get something your way that day and it seemed like you were at everyone else’s mercy. The need for order may be due to something in your life that is out of control, like a sick loved one or a stressful office situation.

Help one another work past the exterior angst to the real problems. Once you’ve identified the issue, encourage and pray for one another.

Rhythm - March 11th - April 15th



In the beginning, God had a rhythm for the world—a way the world functioned
in perfect syncopation. There was a rhythm between us and God. Adam and Eve
were in rhythm with each other. We also were in rhythm with ourselves. But the
rhythm was thrown off, and now we're trying to get it back. This series walks
students through the core XP3 principles of wonder, discovery and passion.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

WE - Home XP

Parents:

WE overview:

In following Christ, there is one truth that most of us forget—we were never meant to do this alone. We need other people. It’s critical not just because we need friends, but also because in community we understand more about who God is. We see how He is working in other people’s lives. We learn things that God has taught them, and we get an opportunity to love and serve others. The WE series helps us discover the “WHY” behind community—why we need it, why we should pursue it.

WE: Week One (2/11/10)

We need other people. We get that when we feel lonely, don’t we? But the reality is that there are times when the last thing we want is someone around—whether it’s our own grumpiness or because we just don’t want to be hurt again. But God made us in such a way that people fill a very specific need in our lives. And while God does supply all our needs, He created us to need other people, too.

WE: Week Two (2/18/10)

We talked last week about how we need people, and if we’re honest, we all have realized that at some point or another. But there’s a reluctance to take that next step because it’s risky. It’s scary. And most of all, it’s messy. True community costs us something. But if we don’t have it, it will cost us a lot more.

WE: Week Three (2/25/10)

People’s stories are powerful, aren’t they? There’s something about hearing what’s going on in another person’s life that puts things in perspective for us. We may be thinking that God has forgotten us, that He doesn’t care about what’s going in our world, but then we hear someone share how God showed up when they really needed Him. And because of that, we begin to think that maybe, just maybe, He can be there for us, too. That’s the power of community. It’s how we see God at work in our world. It’s how we grow closer to Him. And it’s an important part of growing in our relationship with Him.

EXPERIENCE:

Over the next three weeks, we are talking to your student about the importance of community. What that means is simply this—we need other people. God never meant for us to go through this life alone. There are times when each one of us knows that very well, and then there are other times when it’s the last thing on our minds. Wherever you are at, you need other people. And they need you. It’s part of how we see God in action in our world. It’s also how we learn more about Him and ourselves.

Recently, I ran across the following article from Carey Nieuwhof, a pastor in Canada. It’s a very candid confession, and one that may reflect your story at some point in your life.

FIND A FRIEND
By Carey Nieuwhof

By default over the years, I have been a pretty private person. I handle most things pretty tightly. I don't have a lot of people who are close to me, but those who are close to me are people I trust implicitly and establish a deep loyalty to.

When I was going through a tough season a few years ago, I went to see some Christian counselors, and their helpful message was simply this—I couldn't go through this alone. Everything inside me said, "Yes, I can," but I realized they were right. I couldn't do it alone.
I remember the night I shared what I was going through with my community group at the time. I'm sure my pride had kept me from talking about it before. Plus, I had earlier been convinced I would just wake up out of this at some point and it would go away. I didn't need to tell anyone. Clearly, that strategy was failing. So I talked to our community group through some tears one night. The love, prayer, empathy and compassion that poured forth was huge. I was humbled and blown away.

Toni, my wife, continues to show an unbelievable kindness. And I have a handful of close friends near and far (some live a long way away), some colleagues and some staffers who tracked with me through this season. I am so grateful for them.

Friendship is still not easy for me. I am really quite private at my core. In this networked world, I know thousands of people by name, but if people get too close, I can still push away. I'm working on that. God's working on that. There has been some big progress on that, I think.
But what I want to say is that I have come to realize that you can't do it alone. We are social beings. We are meant to be together.

I am always surprised that when I sit down with someone to talk through a life situation they are going through, and I ask them "Who else do you talk to this about?", the #1 answer is "No one," That breaks my heart.

If you're going through a hard time, find a friend. Talk to them. Pray with them. For me, it was hard, but life giving, to include a handful of people in a circle. It was life giving to see a group of people in my community group care deeply. We can’t do this alone—and we were never meant to do it that way.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

WE - Feb. 11th, 18th & 25th






In following Christ, there is one truth that most of us forget--we were never meant to do this alone. We need other people. It's critical not just because we need friends, but also because in community we understand more about who God is. We see how He is working in other people's lives. We learn things that God has taught them, and we get an opportunity to love and serve others. The WE series helps us discover the "WHY" behind community--why we need it, why we should pursue it--and why it's more than just what you do every week after a communicator speaks.

Feb. 11th: The Others - Following Christ was never meant to be done alone--we need community.

Feb. 18th: A Beautiful Mess - It can be a messy process when we are in community with other people.

Feb. 25th: Up Close - We learn about God through community.