Trinity 7-9th Grade Online Sign-ups

Hello youth and parents!

Here are the links for the 7th and 8th grade acolyte and host sign ups. Please sign your 7th grade youth up to acolyte 4 times throughout the year in the Sanctuary, and your 8th grade youth and your family to host 4 times throughout the year in the CLC.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d45aca823a4fd0-acolyte1

Parents, here is the sign-up for pizza serving and hallway hosting. Please sign up to pizza serve and hallway host at least once throughout the year.

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d45aca823a4fd0-parent1

Thank you!
The Confirmation Team

Love-Share-Serve

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THANK YOU!!

Thank you to all the youth, adults, stockholders and volunteers who helped make our summer trips possible! Together we were able to create so many wonderful opportunities to serve those around us and grow in our faith together. Many great memories were made, friendships were strengthened and made new, people went out of their comfort zones to welcome those around them, and faith was shared through conversations and actions. Each person on these trips brought different passions and gifts that helped make our trips the amazing experiences they were. We can’t wait to share our stories and pictures with you!

Please join us for the Stockholder’s banquet on Sunday, September 11th in the Christian Life Center.

 

FiF Street Serves

Join us this summer as FiF Street serves those in our community!

Upcoming projects include:
Wednesday, May 25th- Dorothy Day Food Pantry 6:10-7:45pm
Wednesday, June 8th- Dorothy Day Food Pantry 6:10-7:45pm
Monday, June 13th- Dorothy Day Food Pantry 6:10-7:45pm
Thursday, June 23rd- Cost & Joy of Discipleship Picnic 5:30-8pm
TBD- Red River Clean-up

Thank you to everyone who came on May 4th to help clean at the church! You were amazing!

Congratulations to the 2016 FiF Graduating Class!!

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As these youth prepare to don a different gown, we want to celebrate them!

Wednesday, May 18

Moorhead High graduates, families are invited to the Baccalaureate Service at the Moorhead High Auditorium at 7:30pm on May 18th. This is a community, ecumenical celebration led by the seniors. We encourage you to come to this very special service.

All Friends in Faith: We invite the graduating Friends in Faith seniors, parents, siblings, and grandparents to a special Milestone Event at 8:30 pm in the Christian Life Center on May 18th. This is a very meaningful event to celebrate this part of your journey of life. Families of graduates, please have each person attending with their graduate fill out the blessing form.  You can make more photo copies or fill one out as you arrive at the event.

Sunday, May 22

We will recognize the graduating seniors at the 10:30am service in the Christian Life Center. You may sit with your families and come forward when called for the blessing.

We are excited to celebrate with you!

Friends in Faith,
Kathy Hunstad & Ashley Strelau and the Youth Ministry Team

Easter Breakfast

Join us this Sunday morning from 8-10:30am for breakfast!

There will be: egg bake, cinnamon rolls, juice, milk, and coffee.

Thank you to all the amazing youth and parents who helped serve the Lenten Meals this season!

 

January Small Group Devotions

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Grow From Experiences

1) Sharing: Joy (What’s going well this month?), Junk (What isn’t going so well this month?), Jesus (How have you seen Jesus acting through others this month?)

Go around the circle, say your name and answer the following:

What made celebrating Christmas meaningful?
What is wonderful/hard about winter for you? How do you handle it?
What are THINGS…..you don’t like to fail at?
What are THINGS…..you don’t want advice about?
What are THINGS…..that are hard to put back together?

2) Focus: Life is filled with all kinds of experiences that include joy, celebration, sorrow and challenge. God promises to be with us and give us strength and wisdom to grow through all life’s experiences. Sometimes, we resist God and the people God has placed in our lives to help us. We are stubborn and proud and think we can do it on our own. Today we’ll share ways to open our mind and respond well to whatever comes our way.

3) Read & Discuss: Elaine Bailey commentary: “Life is not the way it’s supposed to be. It’s the way it is. The way you cope with it is what makes the difference.” ~ Virginia Satir   Life is messy and uncomfortable at times. Things don’t always go to plan. We encounter bad experiences as well as good ones. For example, you might get criticism from someone that makes you feel raw and vulnerable. The pain feels so real it hurts you to the core. Perhaps you can’t let go of it in your mind, you keep replaying it over and over.

For example, you might get criticism from someone that makes you feel raw and vulnerable. The pain feels so real it hurts you to the core. Perhaps you can’t let go of it in your mind, you keep replaying it over and over.

When you’re stuck in the middle of a problem it’s hard to see it as an opportunity. It’s easy to wallow, say woe is me and keep replaying the story of just how bad things really are. You may react to the situation in one of the following ways:   Explode with anger; Get frustrated; Shrink inside yourself; Get caught in the drama (…and jump on the pity bus!); Ignore it; Cry; Blame someone else; Freak out and panic; Become anxious and obsessed with worry; Fear (of failure or being exposed); Discouraged and want to quit; Want to run away, change your name and start again! Why do we react this way?…Because the pain feels so real, it makes you feel uncomfortable and vulnerable, and if you give it power then it will stop you dead in your tracks.

“Every problem introduces a person to himself.” ~ John McDonnell.

I LOVE this because I believe whatever you are going through in your life you ALWAYS have the opportunity to grow through it and from it. Every experience unlocks a little more about who you are and how you show up in the world.

“If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.” Beyonce Knowles

Discuss: When have you recently handled a situation in your life in a very healthy way? …in a negative way? What have you discovered from both?

Read: Rom. 8:26; 12:12; Phil. 2:1-8—Share what you learn from each passage

How can we respond as people of faith to challenging situations? What qualities do we need to develop & practice?

Read & Discuss cont.: Phil. 4:13; 1 John 1:8-9—When have you been unable to see your fault in a situation? What are the promises in these passages? How can they help us to respond well to all life situations?

Read & Discuss: 1 John 4:7-9; 1 John 4: 18-20—What makes it easy to love someone? What makes it difficult? What do these passages say about love? What do they mean that perfect love casts out fear?

Read & Discuss: (Elaine Bailey commentary) Here’s how I see it…It’s ALL about your attitude towards the situation and how you manage it and pain it creates. Let me explain some more…

Pain is a great teacher – The pain that you feel when something goes wrong teaches you about where you are just now and who you are in that moment. How you handle the experience you are having defines whom you become and influences the ultimate outcome.

You are NOT alone – The truth is that life is messy! We all experience both negative and positive times. You can’t avoid it – It’s just a natural part of life and an essential part of being human. Know that this moment will pass and you will move through it and beyond it.

Lead your way through – How we handle the problem defines us and determines whether we settle and survive or create and thrive in our lives. You have two choices here: 1) Allow it to hold you back and limit you OR 2) Allow yourself to learn through it and grow. People who are successful often talk about a difficult time and how this was the pivotal moment on their development.

Own it don’t deflect it – Don’t become the victim: woe is me! Take responsibility for moving through and making change. Some people cling on to their story replaying it for everyone to hear. It becomes their excuse for staying stuck. Look for the opportunity in every situation.

Reframe the situation – My role is to help them reframe their problems and transition through their pain using it as a catalyst for success. How can you use this situation to unlock your creativity and find a solution? Here are a few prompts:

  • What is the problem?; What am I currently thinking about it?; How does it make me feel (what emotions are associated with it?)?; What am I learning; What do I want the outcome to be?; What options are available to me? What support do I need from others?; What’s your first step?

Remember there is no destination. Start from where you are right now and see every experience (good or bad) as a place where you can make positive change and growth.

Share: What situation in your life, currently, needs changing? What are you doing to make that happen? How is faith & God’s presence in your life helpful? In what ways do you need more help?

Read the following quotes: Share how they might help you think more positively about life situations, particularly challenging ones:

Take chances, make mistakes. That’s how you grow. Pain nourishes your courage. You have to fail in order to practice being brave. Mary Tyler Moore

Although the life of a person is in a land full of thorns and weeds, there is always a space in which the good seed can grow. You have to trust God. Pope Francis

The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That’s the day we truly grow up. John C. Maxwell

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. e. e. Cummings

I think you grow wherever God plants you. I hope I’m growing as a person of faith, as a Christian. That should be our number one objective this journey of life. That all starts with a personal intimate relationship with Christ and then being in prayer every single day about all of those things – being tenacious about it.

4) Sending: What will you do this next month to live out growing from experiences as a faithful follower of God?

5) Closing Prayer: Close your small group time in prayer by coming up with a prayer as a group, or read the following together:

Gracious God, ever present, help us to trust you are every present, whatever comes our way. Give us wisdom to face life’s joys and challenges. Open our hearts to the cares and needs of others. You have gifted us with love. Help us to accept and love ourselves and to accept and love others. Teach us to be forgiving, especially when it’s hard. Thank you for your gift of the Holy Spirit and being ever present in our lives. Amen.

2016 Sr. High Trips

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FiF Ski and Snowboard Trip  – Friends in Faith will be returning to Montana for our Ski and Snowboard trip February 12-16th, 2016. Registration is now open to all youth in 9th-12th grade! Turn in your registrations and deposits now! This trip is almost full!

Sr. High Synod Youth Gathering – All 9th-12th grade youth are invited to the NWMN Synod Youth Gathering April 22-24th at the Castaway Club on Pelican Lake. There will be speakers, live music, dances, games, worship, a coffeehouse, hot tubs, an open gym, and more! Check out the registration form, and invite your friends!

Seattle Summer Servant Trip – Senior high youth and adult leaders will travel to Seattle to work alongside people who are living in poverty and are effected by homelessness. We will also worship and have time to explore while we are in Seattle. We depart on June 7th & return on June 17th. Check out the brochure at the info desk, youth room or online. Sign up by February 28th to join this great opportunity! Turn in registrations & direct questions to Kathy or Ashley.

Houseboat – This summer Friends and Faith will be going on a houseboat trip to Rainy Lake, MN! The trip is open to all 9-12th grade youth, and registration is already open. This trip fills fast, so make sure your youth turns in their deposits and registration forms soon! We need your registrations by February 17th!!