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    Youth Ministries Blog

    Pastor John's Blog

    Sunday
    Mar012015

    Students Teaching Students

    Someone once told me the goal of teaching is learning.  That sounds so simple and it is, as long as we keep the end in mind—learning.  The follow up question was asked, “How do we know that learning took place?”  Well, the answer is application.  When a student can apply an idea or principle outside of the classroom setting or transfer the idea to another area of life—effective teaching and learning is in progress!  Some would even call that wisdom.

     

    Every Thursday a group of Crosswalk and Big-5 students dedicate 60 minutes to working with elementary school students from Sherman Academy.  That can sound pretty intimidating, but it really is not.  It consists of reading together, doing math homework together and doing English homework.  Spending time with students under the age of 10 is loads of fun.  Our time with our “tutees” is filled with laughter, prayer and hard work.  It is in those moments of living life we—the tutors—grow emotionally, spiritually and mentally.  In this case, we most likely grow more than the tutees!

     

    All of this started back in January of 2014 as a pilot program.  When we asked the students involved in the pilot program, “Is this something you would like to continue in the fall?”  Each one exclaimed ABSOLUTELY!  With the help of Presbyterian Urban Ministries and Uplift San Diego we have a location and training support. 

     

    There are a total of 10 “tutees” and 8 tutors and there are only 3 months left in the school year.  This is a wonderful opportunity to reach into the life of another and grow together.  Not to mention the impact and message communicated to the parents!  All around this is truly a blessing from God.  If you are interested in joining us, give us a call (619) 435-6860 x103 or send us an e-mail at youth@gmpc.org.  If you are interested the application to become a tutor can be found online at Youth Ministry Uplift Tutoring.

     

    Blessings,

    John J.

    Sunday
    Feb012015

    Around the Table

    If someone asked you, where do some of your best and most encouraging conversations take place?  What would you say?  Some might say over coffee at Starbucks, or at Clayton’s or just at the dinner table.  Most of the answers are just about being together around a table.  The table is what we share in common because we all have to eat to survive.  So why not do it together over a delicious “cup of Joe” or dinner with people you care about.  It’s like a Two for One Deal.  How can anyone pass up a bargain like that?
     
    If we take time to learn from the Master – Jesus – so much of his time with people was spent over a meal.  Look at that—you didn’t even know you were modeling your life after Jesus when you were at Starbucks spending time with a friend.  Think about it?  Jesus feeds 5,000!  Jesus eats dinner with Levi the tax collector and his shady friends.  Luke tells us Jesus eats meals at the houses of Pharisees and a meal with Zacchaeus.  Then we read about the meal that followed Jesus’ resurrection appearance on the Emmaus Road.  Of course, none of these account for the Passover meals that Jesus celebrated. 
     
    Jesus’ fellowship over a meal was not by accident.  During the course of the meal, he spent time with people laughing together, wrestling with life’s most difficult questions and learning about each other.  Having a meal was the mode in which Jesus spent time with people.  And the same is true for us in Big-5 or Crosswalk.  We have seen friendships grow during Big-5 dinner or just around the snack table for Crosswalk (sometimes it’s just tossing grapes and trying to catch them in our mouths.)  Around the table is the space in which we share life with students. 
     
    This is not by accident for us either.  Our adult volunteers love sitting around the table.  It’s the place where we all gather together to fulfill life’s essential need for survival—eating.  While we eat together we get to know each other and share life’s ups and downs.  We talk about what we want out of life and the funny things that happened today.  Nothing is off the table—no pun intended. 
     
    To everyone that has helped to make this possible by providing dinner for Big-5, snacks for Crosswalk or sponsoring lunch for our lunch clubs, we are eternally grateful.  Thank you for helping us build relationships that matter in ways that matter.  Thank you for helping us live like the Master around the table with people we love.  If you would like to sign up to provide dinner for Big-5 or snacks for Crosswalk, go to http://ymsnacks.gmpc.org.
     
    See you around the table!

    Blessings,

    John J.

    Saturday
    Jan032015

    Happy New Year . God's Not Dead

    Happy New Year to you and your family!  We pray that the first few days of 2015 have been filled with a renewed hope and excitement for what God is doing and going to do!    Each school year, students are faced with difficult questions.  Students are challenged to process, analyze and synthesis new information.  It is not uncommon for classroom discussions to reflect a hostile bent against Christianity, the Bible or the validity of Jesus.  This leaves students who have grown up believing in Jesus uncertain and uneasy.  And their confidence in God’s Word or the Church is shaken or even broken.  In March of 2014, a movie that hit the theatres and attracted the attention of so many parents and students—God’s Not Dead.

     

    God’s Not Dead presents a college freshman and devout Christian, Josh Wheaton, who finds his faith challenged on his first day of Philosophy class.  To begin class, Professor Radisson argues that the notion of a Higher Power or God is logical suicide.  So, rather than wasting time in class with an archaic belief in God, Professor Radisson instructs all students to disavow a belief in God by scribbling the words “God Is Dead” or face a failing grade.  Thus begins the struggle of a freshman that will not acquiesce.

     

    The Youth Ministries is hosting Friday Night at the Movies.  Join us on Friday, January 16th in the sanctuary as we follow the arguments for and against the existence of God—as we learn from Josh Wheaton’s journey to a deeper faith in God.  This is an opportunity you do not want to miss.  Invite your friends and neighbors.  You will not be disappointed.
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    Wednesday
    Dec032014

    Sunday Mornings at 9 AM

    It seems like every Sunday at lunch we ask our boys—Isaac and Andrew (Daniel coming soon)—“what did you learn today in Sunday school?”  We consider it a blessing when we get more than just one-word answers like “Noah” or “Jesus” or sometimes “nothing.” A while back when we asked the question, Isaac responded, “Noah.  Again!”  For us that was an opportunity to dive a little deeper.  So our follow up question was something like, “Noah lived a really long time and had lots of encounters with God, which story did your learn about this week?” 

     

    Have you ever wondered what your son or daughter is doing during the 9am Sunday school hour?  Well, if they are participating in Sunday school, I assure you they are with loving adults walking alongside through God’s Word.  For the past several months our high school students have been immersed in “The revelation from Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place” (Rev. 1:1).  It no simple task to study the book of Revelation.  It takes a lot of hard work and willingness to say, “I just don’t understand what is happening.”  But if we are brave enough to read the first three verses, we find a wonderful blessing: “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it…” (Rev. 1:3). 

     

    At the same time, our middle school class has been on a journey to gain an overall picture of the Old Testament.  But we are currently on a short break from that journey to look at the Advent themes: Hope, Peace, Joy and Love using the gifts that Jesus received as a child.  The plan is to return to the journey in the Old Testament in January.  They will continue studying the lives of patriarchs—Abraham, Isaac, Jacob—and will move on through the Judges and prophets.  It is a long journey, but well worth the work.  One of my Old Testament professors said to me: “The New Testament is hidden in the Old Testament and the Old Testament is revealed in the New Testament.”  As they work through the Old Testament they will continue to have a deeper appreciation for God’s plan of salvation as it is worked out through real people—not unlike you and me.

     

    There is so much that happens between 9am and 10am on Sunday morning.  So to ask your son or daughter, “what did you learn?” might be too much of an open ended question.  Let’s work together to ask specific questions like, “will you tell me what part of Revelation are you in right now?”  Or, “will you tell me about one of the gifts that Jesus was given as a baby?”  The goal is to promote dialogue.  But, at the same time, be prepared to answer the question: “What did God reveal to you in worship is morning?”

     

    Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.  We look forward to seeing you at one of the many activities on campus as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

     

    Merry Christmas! 

     

    John Joseph

    Director of Youth Ministries

     

    Monday
    Nov172014

    Good News for Thanksgiving

    Good news is not really good news until we share it with others.  Our good news is that we have reached our goal and all 175 Thanksgiving Boxes are sponsored!  For this we are grateful.  This project would not be possible without your generosity. But, that is not all that we have to share because the best is yet to come.  The second part of the good news is this coming Tuesday, November 18th in the Parish Hall we begin our long awaited project—sorting, organizing and assembling each Thanksgiving Box.

     

    Putting the boxes together is very exciting and energetic.  If you are interested in joining us we break up the evening into 3 phases.  The 1st phase is “Sorting and Organizing” which begins at 5:00pm.  Our goal is to “Sort and Organize” all the goods.  This important phase is geared for our Big-5 students.  At 6:30pm, phase 2 begins-Eating.  If you like BBQ—this phase is for you.  All Crosswalk students are welcome.  Finally, at 7:00pm we begin phase 3 “Packing and Sealing” all the boxes.  The night is completed when all is cleaned up and all the boxes are packed, sealed and ready for delivery on Wednesday.

     

    Guest what?!  There is more good news to share.  On Wednesday, M.O.M. is scheduled to pick up and distribute the 175 Thanksgiving Boxes.  If you are interested in seeing this process to the end, click here to sign up to deliver about 50 Thanksgiving Boxes at the Silver Strand housing.  Please meet in the Parish Hall at 3:15pm for a quick briefing on what to expect. 

     

    This is all truly good news.  And we cannot Thank you enough for all your support and encouragement.  We look forward to seeing you tomorrow night at any or all the phases!