Sunday, December 23, 2007
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Thursday, December 13, 2007
Saturday, December 8, 2007
Monday, December 3, 2007
Saturday, December 1, 2007
Thursday, November 29, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Sunday, November 18, 2007
Posted by Jen over at hccfuel.com:
Here's the deal, a tradition has been started that instead of having youth group the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, we ask students to come out to the Thanksgiving Eve service at 7pm. Afterwards, it's been know that a bunch of HCC peoples go and see the next family friendly movie playing at the Gig Harbor movie theater.
Now this is not a youth sponsored event. That means, we don't collect money from you, buy your ticket, drive you there, drive you home, have you sign a waiver, or even have to wait to make sure you get picked up afterwards (though we probably will out of habit). We are just letting you know that we are going and that we'd love to see you and your friends and your family there as well.
This tradition has been going on for over five years and even returning high school grads come out and join us!
I would also like to say that it is less about what movie is playing and more about getting to hang out with a room full of friends! Our average HCC-associated attendance is usually around 50-60 people and are record set a few years ago was around 95! Now that's a lot of fun!
This year we will be seeing "Enchanted" at 9:50pm and to make things easier, I recommend coming a few minutes early or simply pre-buying tickets so you don't need to stand in line in the cold!
Remember, the service is over at around 8:30pm, so plan rides accordingly because the church won't necessarily stay open for the entire 80 minutes after the service ends!
Can't wait to see you all there, bring everyone you know!
Friday, November 16, 2007
Beach Freeze registration is open - flyers in the youth pod.
Summer Camp registration opens Sunday.
Summer Mission Trip registration opens next week.
Bogus Ball - $10 - Dec. 5th, 6-9pm.
Movie Night - This Tuesday after the Thanksgiving Eve service.
Ignite Film Festival - flyers in youth pod.
For other info make sure you click on our online calendar located on the right hand side of this page (upper right).
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Thursday, November 1, 2007
I shared some reflections last night about the movie and I thought I post some of them here.
In the movie, Jack Skellington finds himself restless and discontent with his life. He discovers Christmas Town and enters into the story of Christmas Town but really makes a mess of it. He ends up hurting others and hurting himself. Luckily Santa was able to pull off Christmas but the memories and scars are still there. Jack finally finds his purpose and belonging when he connects with his original home in Halloween Town but with a new perspective.
I think this movie paints a beautiful picture of our lives. How many times do we find ourselves living our lives in a story that feels awkward? A story where we are out of place and we hurt ourselves and others? A story where our own brokenness exceeds what we can handle?
In the book of Romans, Paul writes to the church: "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." Do we let God transform us so we have a new perspective on this world and our place in it? Do we enter into the story of God, a story that is filled with purpose and belonging? Many times we just follow what or who is around us without even thinking and we find ourselves in the wrong story.
This week try to focus on entering God's story by loving God and loving others.
Saturday, October 20, 2007
This afternoon we kicked it at Mission Beach. While everyone was getting crazy in the waves, Jen and I read books!
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Saturday, September 29, 2007
Monday, September 24, 2007
For those of you that are doing Tetris your applications were due on Sunday. Please have them in by tomorrow with your $50. The retreat is this Friday-Saturday.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
If you pick tickets up at the box office in Seattle you avoid the $8 per ticket service fee (this service fee is in addition to the $15 ticket).
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Monday, August 6, 2007
Thursday, August 2, 2007
Just a reminder: Please be at church at 9:30am this Sunday Aug. 5th so we can be commissioned by the church. We will meet at 9:30am in the youth pod and then we'll go over to the service at 10am.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
I hope to see you guys there!
Friday, July 20, 2007
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Its been a great vacation hanging out with my family and friends. We've seen waterfalls, rain forests, surfers and giant craters. Its been a fun week, although I did get stung on my face by a jellyfish. No worries-- I'm okay, really.
Its been a fun vacation, but I'm ready to come back to Washington to play some frisbee and see all of you. Have a great next couple of days.
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Monday, July 9, 2007
Thursday, July 5, 2007
Tuesday, July 3, 2007
To live like Jesus means we are to live authentically. Pretending like we have it all together and are super holy is not living like Jesus. In fact, that is what Jesus had against many of the Pharisees. The Pharisees acted as if they had it all together.
To live authentically means to be truthful about our own brokenness and to testify to how Jesus is putting us back together. When we're truthful about our own brokenness and how God is restoring us we will likely find people that desire this redemption as well.
Next week Bible Study is at 9am at Jerisich/Skanise Brothers Park on Wednesday. Bring a friend!
Saturday, June 30, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
We thought the closet was going to take us all day and maybe the next. Well that was Monday. It is now a week from last Monday and it is still not finished. We took my truck full of junk to the dumpster, plus another truck load full to Goodwill, and we even have another Goodwill pile started. The good news is:
1. we're almost done.
2. Nobody got (really) hurt.
3. We found cool stuff we never knew we owned.
4. And now we will have a functional closet that will be organized!
I can't wait to get back from camp and see how great of a job Jen did finishing the project while we're gone.
Note: Closet tours will be available throughout the month of June. $3 entry fee.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
So if you're in high school.... or will be in high school, come out to the party!
Monday, June 11, 2007
We then made our way over to Kevin's party. We checked out the Cannaday's garden and Madison Graffe and I ate their first two ripe raspberries of the year. Kevin proceded to tackle me to the ground.
We then went to the congregation meeting, listened to a thousand questions, and then headed off to our last party. Lianna's party had no shortage of good food! What a long (but good) day.
Saturday, June 9, 2007
Jory falling asleep
The flashback slideshow
Mark kissing Jory
The baby pictures
and of course, the afterparty!
Monday, June 4, 2007
Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Wednesday, May 2, 2007
For dessert Allison made dessert egg rolls that had apples, walnuts, cinnamon, and brown sugar inside. Served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream... they were amazing. We had a fun time hanging out! Hope you can make the next one!
Some said we're the nerdiest youth group. Well, all I can say to that is Ben will take you out in chess! Seriously!
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Once in Pioneer Square we went and bought some pizza and then we split up into three groups. We walked around the downtown area and found some people that were homeless. We would start conversations by asking their name and when was their birthday. We would have one person from the group write the person's name in the card and then we'd sing them "happy birthday".....the short version of course!
We would then give them some pizza and a cupcake.
Here's one of my new friends I met.
We had walked down the street behind some buildings and found a group of people on some stairs by a loading dock. Walking up to them, one of them looked at me and his eyes were glossy. I immediately got cautious because I thought they were doing drugs and here I am with three high school students and one middle school student! There were four guys and one woman. I noticed that the woman was crying hysterically. The pieces started coming together. The guys were crying with her as they listened to her story. Her name was Alisha and she was talking about how her kids had been taken away from her because she is on the street. We talked with them for a while and they were very excited about the pizza and cupcakes. They asked us to pray for Alisha so we spent some time praying for her difficult situation.
After saying our goodbyes we walked back down the street, around the corner, and started up the hill back toward Pioneer Square. While we were walking we heard someone behind us. We turned around it saw one of the guys that we had just met. He was an older Native American guy with a really cool handlebar mustache. He chased us down and with tears in his eyes gave us all hugs.
Jesus said "blessed are the poor". When we live as part of the Kingdom of Heaven and we are pouring ourselves out to others in love, the poor are blessed and the words of Jesus become reality.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
So if you are going to be a peacemaker it is okay to be scared. It is okay to think that you are inadequate for the job. We are not proponents for peace because of who our friends are, our nationality, nor political alignment. We are not proponents of peace because it is the logical and rational thing to do. We are proponents for peace in individual lives, relationships, and the world because we are part of the Kingdom of Heaven which is ruled by our Prince of Peace. Today may you experience shalom (wholeness, wellness, prosperity, completeness, peace) in your heart, in your relationships, and in your world.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
So bring your extra sleeping bags to the church anytime and drop them off in the youth pod! Thanks!
Monday, April 16, 2007
All I felt at first was shock, I was stunned. But that was soon replaced with anger, sadness, and sympathy. I am afraid that many people will feel indifference to this tragedy. The culture in America is rooted in violence. From music, video games, and movies, to our relationships, and our government policies; violence has formed the way we think. In many ways we have become desensitized to violence and death and we don't even realize it.
Coincidentally, Wednesday nights topic is called "A Prayer for Peace." We will be talking about peace on a personal, relational, and global level. The word peace is thrown around a lot these days and I think its definition has become distorted and disfigured. We will also be talking about what peace really is.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
This morning Scott preached a beautiful sermon. His benediction (good word) to us has definitely been good. I've appreciated his authenticity and desire for living as part of the kingdom of God.