About Plain Talk...
One of the great things about my work here in the church is that it allows me the opportunity to meet with students and parents in all kinds of settings. Whether it is working out together in our Family Life Center or grabbing a biscuit at Bojangles, I’m constantly amazed by what I learn (and what you share) in these very ordinary places. In a way, it’s like sitting halfway up the stands on the fifty-yard line: I’m close enough to hear the struggle, but far enough removed to notice the formations and watch the plays develop. In short, I have a perspective that those in the trenches do not. This perspective allows me to discern patterns and trends that are not always immediately apparent.
Yet the purpose of this blog is more than “trend analysis.” First of all, I’m not a disinterested observer. I’m fully invested. I want what’s best for you and your families, and I will be completely candid in my assessments. More importantly, however, I want to exhort and encourage you. Often we are afraid to acknowledge our struggles out of fear, guilt, and shame, and as a result, we end up feeling isolated. Let me assure you, however, you are not alone! As I survey the field, I see variations of the same themes over and over. I can almost guarantee you that whatever you’re going through, another family right down the street is experiencing as well.
My hope is that these weekly blogs will strengthen and encourage you for the challenges you face, and help you live out God’s calling in your lives. I want to come along beside you by offering food for thought, resources I’ve discovered, reflections on what we’re teaching your students, and a few practical suggestions.
Finally, please know that I treasure the trust you’ve demonstrated by sharing your stories with me. While the content of this blog may hit close to home, it will in no way compromise anything you’ve told me in confidence.
I hope you find this helpful, and as always, please let me know how I can best minister to you and your family.
Real Life - Select Sundays in Family Life Center
Middle School and High School Sunday School (9:45-10:45am)
WAF Bible Study - Wednesdays in High School Classroom (6:30pm-7:15pm)
January 25 - Real Life
February 1 - Super Bowl Sunday (Flag football and cookout at Spartan High from 12:30-3:30pm)
February 6-8 - Confirmation Retreat at Bonclarken
February 8 - Real Life
February 22 - Real Life
March 1 - Real Life
March 7 - Confirmation Retreat at FPC
March 8 - Youth Sunday
March 15 - Real Life
March 20-21 - Palmetto Relay
March 22 - Fun Activity: Bowling
March 29 - Real Life
April 12 - Real Life
April 17-19 - Confirmation Retreat at Montreat
April 26 - Confirmation Sunday, Fun Activity: Gravitopia
May 3 - Real Life (Service Project)
May 17 - Baccalaureate Sunday, Real Life
May 31 - End of School cookout
June 20-27 - Salkehatchie Summer Service
July 6-9 - Shine-on Spartanburg Mission Crawl
July 18-25 - Montreat Sr. High Youth Conference