2011!

28 Feb

So much going on at Girls Night and The Uprising this year!

Mark your calendars and invite your friends!

Wednesday, March 2:  Girls Night goes out!  We’re joining the guys this Wednesday and attending the D-Now kick-off rally/worship concert.  We leave at SIX (not 6:30 like usual), so don’t miss out!  Bring yo’ friends!

Friday, March 4-Sunday, March 6:  D-Now Weekend (The Way)!  We have two fabulously fun guests coming from Tennessee to lead the sessions this year, along with our stellar youth workers, Justin and Christina.   We’ll be going on a late-night GPS scavenger hunt, doing a service project, having an indoor pool party, attending a worship concert, and having a blast in our host homes.  See you there!

Sunday, April 3: Youth Sunday!  On this Sunday morning, our teenagers will be teaching all the Sunday School classes, leading the worship, and helping with the message!  We’re working hard on our songs and other surprises on Sunday evenings at 5 (and on some Girls Nights, too), so come be a part!

All the Wednesdays:  We have moved Girls Night from every other Thursday to every single Wednesday night @6:30.  Yay!  The guys meet in the Youth Room and the girls still meet at Kate’s house.  We still have food every week.  We still have music and games and fun lessons.  In fact, we’ve started a new series called “Do Hard Things.”  We just got our books and we’ll be discussing our chapters for the first time next Wednesday (March 9th).  Mind-blowing, culture-changing, life-altering stuff.  Bring your friends and join the rebelution!

And things to be looking for:

  • A post about our “Do Hard Things” series.
  • A post with videos of all our songs for Youth Sunday.
  • A post about our Sports Camp mission trip to Georgia this summer.  (And what you can do to go for FREE!)
  • And of course, recaps, photos, lessons, and verses from our Girls Nights as they happen.

Long live Girls Night!

Pumpkin Carving!

15 Oct

Here are a few pictures of the pumpkins from last week’s Girls Night.  Lots of festive fun!

And everybody loved snuggling baby Sadie!  🙂

Bless the Work of My Hands

15 Oct

This is how I spend every other Thursday preparing my home/lesson/activity for Girls Night.  Join me in praying for the girls this week!  We meet on Thursday!

I worked so hard on my house today that when I finished, all I could do was stand around and look at it.

I thought I would be cutting it to the wire trying to finish everything before the girls got here for Girls Night, but at 4:00 I put away the mop, put the chairs back, and I stood in my dining room all sweaty and flustered and realized – “That’s it!  That was the last thing!”

I was so sure that it would take all day, that for about 20 minutes after I finished I walked around aimlessly creating things to do.  I rearranged candles and picture frames; I found a new resting place for our trunk of books – silly things like that.  And after there was no more puttering to be done – I leaned against a door frame and looked at it.

My home.  It really is beautiful.  I put a big bouquet of purple and yellow flowers on the coffee table this morning and they are positively welcoming and cheery.

As I laid my eyes on every square inch of the house, I remembered what I did to each particular space just hours before.  I admired the carpet and remembered vacuuming it; I admired my coffee tables, and I remember dusting and polishing.  I admired my shiny floor and remembered the furious mopping.  (Trying to finish while Madeline napped, and still, 2 ½ hours later – she snoozes.)

And suddenly a prayer formed in my heart.  “God, bless the work of my hands and multiply it.”

I worked hard, but let’s be real I didn’t clean the house for us – I cleaned it because we have a bunch of girls coming over.  (Company is absolutely the best (only?) motivation to tidy up.)  All day today I viewed my housework as ministry.  I fluffed throw pillows, knowing girls would hold them in their laps while sitting on the couch.  I scrubbed my counters knowing that girls would serve themselves brownies in the kitchen.  All this work was for them – even if they never know it.

So I prayed over and over again,

“Lord, bless the work of my hands and multiply it.

“However much work it was to clean this home, multiply it a zillion times and make this a place where RELATIONSHIP happens.  However much work it was to put together letters and take-home packets for the girls – multiply that a zillion times and use this humble little offering of my time to pierce their hearts – to draw them closer to You.

“I can only do so much, and when I think about You, I realize ‘so much’ is really nothing at all.   So God please, please multiply my work.  Bless it.  Take it all and do whatever You will with it, because it’s what YOU DO that matters.  I love you.”

 

Updated Archive!

22 Sep

The Lesson Archive is finally updated with information on ALL FOUR nights of our Sex Series.

It was wonderful, and the girls said it helped them a lot.  Go check it out to see what we’ve been up to!

For now, some things that are in the works are:

-a sleepover

-pumpkin carving

-some funny new games

-a series on music/worship

Stay tuned!  Viva Girls Night!

Quick Recap!

17 Aug

Our first week in the Sex Series was super!

Here are the highlights!

We played a game (Cassie won cool earrings and bracelets for talking for 90 SECONDS without saying “like” or “um” even once.  She’s the bomb).  And we had brownies;  I’ve got them down to an art form now.

And here is our discussion in a nutshell:

1. SEX IS GOOD (not naughty/dirty/wrong).  It was God’s idea to begin with.

2. SEX IS A BIG DEAL.  Two becoming one is nothing to sneeze at.

3. SEX COMES WITH AN INSTRUCTION MANUAL.  Since it was God’s idea, and it’s a huge deal, God didn’t leave us to figure it out on our own.  Otherwise we would crash and burn.  He was faithful to tell us CLEARLY how to use this gift!  When we don’t follow God’s instructions, we reap enormous consequences.

The girls asked such awesome questions via our question box – I can’t wait to dive into them in the weeks to come!  For all the scripture references, some great analogies and talking points, and discussion questions – check the lesson archive!

 

 

Girls Night Returns!

4 Aug

Girls Night Returns!  After a VBS/Camp-related hiatus, we’re back in business!

Tomorrow (Thursday) will be our first night talking about sex; it’s going to be a good one!

We will be introducing the Question Box, isn’t it lovely?

We’ll have it at every girls night during this series, so that girls can ask all their questions without feeling embarrassed!  We’ll be answering questions like,

  • Where in the Bible does it talk about sex?
  • Does the Bible say to wait?  Where?  Why?  How important is it?
  • How do you resist temptation?
  • How far is too far?
  • What do I do if I’ve already lost my virginity?

This is a great opportunity to hear about something really important in a totally comfortable setting.

Your parents aren’t here, and definitely no boys.  A small group of girls who trust each other, with a young, married, Christian woman to answer their questions with THE TRUTH honestly and candidly!

And of course, we’ll have food and laughs!

Parents, you can be confident that your girls will hear God’s perspective on sex, not just the world’s.
And girls, this is your chance to hear about something TOTALLY relevant to your life and get REAL answers!  Don’t miss out!

Bring your questions, your Bibles, and your friends!  See you tomorrow!

Camp Swampy Rat!

26 Jul

We didn’t have Girls Night last week – and we won’t this week either.  But trust me, NOBODY has missed out.  We had an incredible week at middle school camp!  We’ll recuperate this week (since we averaged about 5 hours of sleep a night) and pick up next Thursday.  I can’t wait!

Here’s a taste of what happened at camp this year, enjoy!

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Welcome to Camp Swampy Rat …when you leave, you will smell like a swampy rat.

We had a nine hour van ride there.  Nine hours. Eleven people, eleven seats, eleven hundred pounds of luggage.  Here is the story of the ride to Camp Swampy Rat “in statuses.”

1. “We’re 2 hours into our trip.  There are 5 middle school boys in this van.  How many times have they farted and laughed about it SO FAR?  If you guessed less than 20, you are wrong.”

2. “Zebra F-301 pens are the only pens worth their salt.”

3. “We’re After Your Heart.”

4. “What percentage of youth group relationships unfold on a 15-passenger van?  I guess close to 75%.”

5. “Dan just said, “Keep your gas to yourself.”  He’s awesome.”

6. “Lunch at Burger King, or as Madeline would say, “Booger King.”

7. “Misty Edwards, “Waste My Life” on repeat.”

Statuses from the rest of the week:

1. “Camp director said, “No kids by the lake at night.”  I said, “So they don’t make out?”  He said, “No, because of the gators.”  WHAT??”

2. “Just got pranked by the yellow team – GAME ON.”

3. “Which is scarier?  The 5 inch black spider nesting in the ceiling tile in our cabin?  Or the can of Raid-turned-poisonous gas bomb when the cap broke off and it wouldn’t stop spraying?”

4. “Precious to see old friends from Florida!  Even better to see them dressed like this:”

5. “I miss Madeline so much, my guts are sore from it.”

6. “5 fire ant bites on my right foot so far.  I’m about to go postal.”

7. “Lost my voice on the SECOND day.  It was worth it – our team won the tug-of-war.”

8.  “This pond water is Tidy-Bowl blue.  What’s crazier?  I got in.”

9. “The Green Team’s flag is done – there are some super creative dudes in the boy’s cabin!”

10. “I can’t wait to see the rap videos tonight!  I’m so proud of our girls, who wrote it, storyboarded it, choreographed it, costumed it, and performed it.  The tribal/battle theme is awesome!”

Some tribal paint!

11. “Taco night – our cooks are AWESOME!!”

12.  “So, the leaders MAY HAVE just spent some time in our meeting watching Youtube videos.  “It’s a double complete rainbow…just tell me what it means…”

13. “I had the supreme privilege of praying with a beautiful girl tonight – who decided to let Jesus be the boss of her life!  She became a Christ-follower TONIGHT!”

14. “I’m super-thankful for my awesome cabin co-counselor, who reminds me an INCREDIBLE amount of my precious college roommate.  We’ve laughed a lot.”

15. “Difference # 540,538,450 between boys and girls.  Our cabin smells like citrus-y soap and hairspray.  Theirs smells like fart/foot/funk.  Oh, and armpits.”

16. “The Jolly Green Giants take second place in the boat race!  Bam!”

17.  “This year at camp, I learned the power of…deodorant.”

18.  “Superhero prom tonight – I think I’m going as the mean, green, clean, pristine, queen-of-hygiene, machine.  Catchy huh?”

19.  “Correction: for superhero night I am wearing an absolutely beautiful cape and mask that sweet Ginger sewed just for me!  She is thoughtful and selfless with her time, and she made my cry in the middle of the cafeteria when she gave it to me.”

20.  “Every time we go into morning worship, and I hear my husband speak to these teenagers, I leave very proud and very much in love.”

That gives you a good idea of what went on this week at Middle School Camp!  I’m sure there will be a (more insightful, reflective) post or two to follow.  In fact, one will be titled, “Even a bad trip makes a good story,”  and you’ll be able to read about the most stressful, terrible beach-trip ever.  And I would be remiss not to include some of the incredible teaching and life-changing truths we encountered.  Oh, and rap videos.

Stay tuned!

Don’t tell anyone, but I might actually love middle schoolers.