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.
Carowinds deadline to sign up is July 9: The Carowinds trip is July 17 from 8:00am–7:00pm. Come join us for a day of fun! The ticket cost will be $35 and also remember to bring money for lunch and dinner in the park. Bring a bathing suit and a change of clothes if you want to go to the water park. You have to sign up and pay the $35 total by July 9th to Shannon Stewart to guarantee your spot, so sign up today!
Rising 6th Grade Gravitopia Trip is July 15 from 11:30-5:00: Rising 6th grade students will be going on a trip to Gravitopia, an indoor trampoline arena (flyer attached). Meet at 11:30 in the FLC lobby. We will stop at the Moe’s at the Dorman Center for lunch then head to Greenville for the afternoon of fun and jumping! The cost is $20 for 2 hours of jumping plus bring money for lunch. There is an online waver form that must be filled out before the trip which can be found at https://gravitopia.pfestore.com/waiver/. Contact Shannon Stewart in the Youth Office at email@example.com or 208-2133 to sign up today! The $20 needs to be paid before July 11 to secure your spot.