March is an exciting month for our youth ministry here at FBC. We have begun a new series in our Sunday night worship centered around the book of Ephesians, focusing on the outworking of God’s grand design to unite all things in Christ. We read that in Christ our shattered and decaying world is being made new, the dead are being brought to life, and the enemies in this world are being brought together as friends, as brothers and sisters. Such a great salvation is being worked out in our midst that every facet of our lives is touched, every purpose transformed, every desire changed. How glorious is our God!
In the midst of this we are also looking forward to opportunities to both serve this community and join our community in worship together. March 2nd kicks off our month with an opportunity for those involved in our Wednesday night small groups to take a break from conversation and move toward action. Coming out of our 40 Days of Community emphasis, our middle school small group had the idea of visiting one of our local nursing homes as an outreach and being a blessing to the residents there. May this be the first of many opportunities to come!
Also arising from the 40 Days emphasis is coming an area-wide youth rally April 29th, which the small group that meets at the Groover’s home has been instrumental in envisioning, planning, and executing. In addition to the BBQ and Boston Butt sale held at the end of February, we are going to be joining the Peaches to Beaches event on Saturday, March 13th with our own church-wide yard sale to help support the cost of this event. Any donations you would like to give to the yard sale you can either drop by the church or call us and we will come pick them up from you.
All of this is leading up to the biggest youth event in March, our community-wide Disciple Now Weekend. March 18-20 will mark a weekend of fun, fellowship, and worship with our brothers and sisters in Christ throughout the area. As we continue to prepare for this weekend we continue to petition you for your prayers, that our students and students involved throughout the area would have an experience of the grace of God through Christ, and that we would see a true conversion, many brought from death to life through the call of the gospel as we gather around His word.
And as we near the end of March, what better way to cap off all of the events than with the celebration of the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ this Easter. In a very real way, everything that we do both in the month of March and throughout the year finds its climax in this event. It is the most important holiday in the Christian calendar, the great hope of our faith! My prayer for our youth ministry this month and for the church as a whole, is that we experience the power of the resurrection manifested through the work of God among His people as we serve, worship, and grow together.
Soli Deo Gloria!