Megan Swanger

When life is WILD, God is GOOD

"God loves me too much to answer my prayers in any other way than His way and in any other time than His time."

I've been reading a book lately that has really touched my heart. In the book "It's not suppose to be this way" by Lisa Terkeurst, she describes so many trials that she has faced recently and how our plans and ideas are not always how things turn out. She also emphasizes that even though life isn't always "good", God is ALWAYS GOOD.

It's funny how one thing can coincide with another or how things happen at the same time unintentionally. I chose our VBS theme at the end of the year last year before any changes, any books were read, or any new trials were faced. Our VBS theme for our children is "When life is WILD, God is GOOD"

I hope that you will invite all of your friends, your neighbors, and your family to join us July 14th - 17th from 6:00pm-7:30pm.

Throughout the week we will be going on a safari to discover how 'wild' life can be! We will be looking at the lives of the Israelites and Moses. We will see how when life is good, when life is unfair, when life changes or when life is scary, GOD IS ALWAYS GOOD.

 How can you help?

  • Pick up some of the flyers from the table in the lobby to hand out to your family and friends.

  • Check out the info sheet for snacks, and sign up to bring an item. Turn it back in to the table or Megan's office (Room 104)

  • Sign up to be a tribe leader and walk the kiddos around from station to station.

  • Show up each night and just be present. The kids see you. They love you. They appreciate you.

Thank you all for all of the love and support that you not only show this ministry, but to me personally. You touch my life in ways your will never know!

—Megan

Summer Memories

When I think about summer, so many memories flood my mind. I remember the smell of the freshly cut grass. I remember catching lightning bugs in a jar and saving them for as long as I possibly could. I remember all of the late nights playing cards with my Ma. She always won. I remember FINALLY gaining the courage to jump off of the diving board. I remember the countless encouraging notes written and funny songs sung at church camp. I remember the late night praise sessions at UPLIFT. I remember choosing to follow Christ and be baptized.

All of these memories flood my mind when I think about the summers from my youth. You probably have similar ones, or maybe you have very different ones. The summer is such a fun time for so many. So many events and activities take place, and so many memories are made. Not only are the memories special to me, but who I made those memories with are even more special and important. The camp counselors who taught me and mentored me, the late nights with my grandmother, the long talks with my dad before deciding to be baptized, the moments of praise songs with hundreds of other students, those people had a huge impact on my memories and what they mean to me now. 

The people that we surround ourselves with play a role in those memories. Our youth and children will make memories this summer, and how exciting is it that we can play a huge role in those. What lasting impact will you have on those around you this summer? May I suggest some ways that you can make a lasting impact on the youth of this church this summer? In the coming weeks, our youth group and children’s ministry will be going in a million different directions, but there are ways that you can help. If you aren't able to physically help and be there for those memories, there are ways that you can make it easier for us this summer. In the upcoming weeks we would love for you to be praying for the youth of our congregation. Here are a few additional ways that you can help: 

  • Save your condiments from your fast food restaurants - they can be used at camp. 

  • Check the sign up sheets and consider walking around with the kids at VBS as a Tribe leader 

  • Check the “items needed” list located on the kids board for VBS snack items needed 

  • Provide scholarships for those who may need help attending camp (Help them make those memories!) 

  • Attend VBS 

  • Provide cookies and brownies for our girls and guys nights in June 

More than anything, we would love for you to be prayerful about our youth and children this summer. So many memories will be made this summer, and we pray that they are life changing.