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March 2019 Newsletter


This week we start what is typically the most impactful season of  the church year for me… Lent.
Everyone loves Christmas, and Easter is the certainly the biggest day of the year, but I love the forty days leading up to Easter.  We can’t worship at the mountain top without going through the valley, and it has been an enriching time over the years for me to reflect and engage others, especially students, in an extended time of looking at the less glamorous and flashy sides of following Jesus.  
“At that time Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.”
At once the Spirit sent him out into the wilderness, and he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. He was with the wild animals, and angels attended him. “  - Mark 1:9-13
Did you see that?  Right after his baptism, right after being called God’s Son and feeling the warmth of knowing his father loves him, he gets sent into the wilderness.  He didn’t stumble into, the devil didn’t make him go, THE SPIRIT SENT HIM! Those forty days were powerful and identity forming for Jesus, and our journey through this upcoming season is a crucial time to challenge and comfort our students as they journey with their own wilderness experiences.  So, let's help our students ask hard questions, open new doors, and dive deep into God’s transforming work in their lives during Lent this year. Yes, they can give something up, like sugar or social media for a little over a month, but it’s more about the openness to the journey of Lent that becomes so important!  In a “thank u, next” culture, we want our students being open to conviction, reflection, sacrifice, and whatever else God has in store for them, and let Jesus do the rest on the road towards resurrection!

In His Service,

Pastor Ryan Welshans
Family Ministries Pastor  
@Lake Gibson Church of the Nazarene

  

 TNT @ TNU 2018

April 4, 2019 - April 7, 2019
  • School Excuse letter for TNT@TNU is now available Click here
  • Part II of the registration form & full payment should have already been received. If for some reason you have not mailed in these items, please do so ASAP.  These forms must be on file with the Region before your arrival.  
  • TNT Choir – Michelle Varnadore of Hernando CON will be Choir director this year. Her contact information is hernazyouthleader@gmail.com
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DISTRICT ADVANCE

May 3, 2019 & May 4, 2019

Please make plans now to attend the 2019 District Advance. We are better as we work and play together. We know God is leading us to make a difference in our world. Let's take a weekend to show our District we are serious about serving Christ and community through the ministries of NYI!  click for more information and registration

  

NYC 2019

Phoenix Here We Come!
NYC registration is now closed and it is time to gear up for July 8-15th and fun in Phoenix!  A few quick reminders: 
1.  Make sure you are making regular payments, so you don't end up paying all of the cost at the end, 
2.  Watch your emails for updates and correspondence that is important in these next several months as plans are finalized,
3. Check you NYC accounts and make sure that all information is completed correctly and that all forms are signed.  Submitted payments are being added to your accounts, so you should be able to track your payment progress in the very near future, and 
4. If you have any questions, please email Barb Leanza (bleanza65@gmail.com
5. Be praying for God to speak into hearts and lives of those attending NYC19.

 

SACRED LIFE CAMP 2019
Save the Date 
Sacred Life Teen Camp happening July 22-26!
Check our website for more info as it becomes available.
Ryan Welshans
Family Ministries Pastor
Lake Gibson CON

 
UPCOMING EVENTS

July
22-26

2019 Sacred Life Camp

Camp Geneva
 Fruitland Park, Fl

(registration will open April 22, 2018)
May
3-4

District Advance
Highland Park Church of the Nazarene
4777 Lakeland Highlands Road
Lakeland, FL 33813

July
24

2019  Fl District NYI Convention
Camp Geneva
 Fruitland Park, Fl



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