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 - Sundays in Family Life Center (5-7:00pm)
Middle School and High School Sunday School (9:45-10:45am)
WAF Bible Study - Wednesdays in High School Classroom (6:30pm-7:15pm)
Middle School Lunch (Schedule TBD)
High School Breakfast Club (Schedule TBD)
Youth Fall Retreat to Doe River
Set against the breath-taking mountains of Cherokee National Forest, this retreat for Middle and High School students will offer time away to enjoy God’s creation, study His word, and fellowship with one another. The total of this trip is only $120 and this is due now to secure a spot on this trip. Contact the Youth Office at 208-2133 to sign up today!
7 - Real Life Kick-off and cookout (Annex 5:00-7:00pm)
13 - Wofford Football Game (4:00pm-11:00pm)
20-21 - Glenn Springs Academy Mud Run and Outdoor Leadership School Overnight Adventure
28 - Stop Hunger Now Service Project
24-26 - Doe River Fall Retreat, Elizabethton, TN ($120 per student)
22-23 - 30 Hour Famine
3 - Lesson in Carols
7 - Progressive Dinner (4:00pm-7:00pm)
16-19 - Ski Retreat to Timberline - $350 per student; 2nd student in family 1/2 price
First Confirmation Class
6-8 - Confirmation Retreat #1 at Bonclarken
Youth Sunday (11:00am Service)
20-21 - Palmetto 200 Relay
Confirmation Retreat #2/Service Project at First Pres
17-19 - Confirmation Retreat #3 at Montreat
26 - Confirmation Sunday
17 - Baccalaureate