AquaFest Cleanup

We have the opportunity to serve the Rice Lake community during the next few days (and raise some funds for our new sound board) by cleaning up during the AquaFest events 4 times in the next 3 days.

All youth, leaders, parents and friends are welcome to join us.  I would love to have 10-15 for each time.

We had a great crew this morning for the 1st round.  Please text me to let me know if you can help for any of the remaining times. Location for morning times is across the street from Deutsch’s Gymnastics.  Donuts and juice provided for the morning work times.

Saturday 7:00-8:00am
Sunday 6:00-8:00am
Sunday 3:00-4.30pm

Christie Mountain Trip

Everyone in the family (parents and siblings) is invited to join us on Saturday, March 4th from 9:30am-9:30pm for a ski/snowboarding/tubing trip to Christie Mountain.  Meet at the Soul Garage at 9:15am to sign in and load up.  We will return to the Soul Garage by 9:30pm.  (If you plan to meet us there, but get in on the group rate, please let us know)

Food

Bring your own food for lunch and supper OR bring money to buy food there at the snack bar.

Cost (UPDATED!)

  • $35 Per Ski Rentals and Lift Tickets
  • $45 Per Board Rentals and Lift Tickets
  • $25 Per Lift Ticket Only
  • Daytime Tubing (Noon-5pm)
    • 1 hour = $12
    • 2 hours = $17
    • 3 hours = $22
  • Evening Tubing (5pm-10pm)
    • Special: 2 tubers for the price of 1 using daytime rates

To sign up to come, fill out the applicable forms below and PAY IN FULL by Wednesday, March 1 to reserve your spot.  Checks for skiing/snowboarding can be written out to Maranatha Evangelical Free Church.

Payment for snowtubing will be done directly to Christie Mtn and will NOT be collected by the Soul Garage.  If you plan to only do tubing, you just need to submit your forms.  If you only plan to hang out and play games at the Chalet, you just need a permission form.

Everyone coming with the group needs to fill out the MEFC Permission Form.  If you went to the District youth conference in January in Green Bay, you DO NOT need to fill out the Medical Release Form, as we already have one on file for you.  If you are under 18 and plan to rent equipment from Christie, you must fill out the Equipment Rental Release Form OR get a paper copy from Pastor Tony of the Full Form for Equipment Rental and have your parent sign that.

NOTE:  If you just want to come and hang out in the lodge, but you do not want to go skiing, snowboarding or tubing, you will just need to fill out the MEFC Permission Form

Christie Mtn Ski/Snowboard Equipment Rental Release Form

Snow Tubing Release Form

MEFC Permission Form

MEFC Medical Release Form  (ONLY if you have not already turned one in since last July).

21 Day Challenge: Day 9

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Day 9: Ephesians 3:7-13

21 Day Challenge Guide

Instructions:

  1. Take a piece of paper and a pencil.
  2. Turn the paper horizontally and draw a line down the middle.
  3. On the left side, write the Scripture passage out word-for-word.
  4. On the right side, write out the questions (see below) and your responses to the questions.

Today’s Scripture

Ephesians 3:7-13

7I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of Godʼs grace given me through the working of his power. 8Although I am less than the least of all the Lordʼs people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the boundless riches of Christ, 9and to make plain to everyone the administration of this mystery, which for ages past was kept hidden in God, who created all things. 10His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, 11according to his eternal purpose that he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12In him and through faith in him we may approach God with freedom and confidence. 13I ask you, therefore, not to be discouraged because of my sufferings for you, which are your glory.

Questions

  • Who is God?
    • What does this passage tell us about God’s character and nature? What is God like?
  • What is God – the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit- doing?
    • Note what God is doing in this text.
  • Who am I or Who are we?
    • Who or what are we apart from God? Who or what are we because of what God has done for us?
  • How will I live?
    • Note how you will live in light of what you have read.
      • Be specific!
      • Finish this sentence, “Because of this truth, I will…”
    • Ask God to reveal
      • Things you need to add to your life
      • Things you need to take away from your life
      • Things you need to change in your life

Share it!

  • Share what you have learned with a believing friend
    • Ask them to hold you accountable to your “How will I live” response.
  • Share what you have read with a non-believing friend
    • Tell a friend what God has taught you through this challenge.
    • If your friend is interested, this can be a bridge for more spiritual conversations.
    • If your friend is not interested, that’s ok!

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21 Day Challenge: Day 8

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Day 8: Ephesians 3:1-6

21 Day Challenge Guide

Instructions:

  1. Take a piece of paper and a pencil.
  2. Turn the paper horizontally and draw a line down the middle.
  3. On the left side, write the Scripture passage out word-for-word.
  4. On the right side, write out the questions (see below) and your responses to the questions.

Today’s Scripture

Ephesians 3:1-6

1For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—
2Surely you have heard about the administration of Godʼs grace that was given to me for you, 3that is, the mystery made known to me by revelation, as I have already written briefly. 4In reading this, then, you will be able to understand my insight into the mystery of Christ, 5which was not made known to people in other generations as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to Godʼs holy apostles and prophets. 6This mystery is that through the gospel the Gentiles are heirs together with Israel, members together of one body, and sharers together in the promise in Christ Jesus.

Questions

  • Who is God?
    • What does this passage tell us about God’s character and nature? What is God like?
  • What is God – the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit- doing?
    • Note what God is doing in this text.
  • Who am I or Who are we?
    • Who or what are we apart from God? Who or what are we because of what God has done for us?
  • How will I live?
    • Note how you will live in light of what you have read.
      • Be specific!
      • Finish this sentence, “Because of this truth, I will…”
    • Ask God to reveal
      • Things you need to add to your life
      • Things you need to take away from your life
      • Things you need to change in your life

Share it!

  • Share what you have learned with a believing friend
    • Ask them to hold you accountable to your “How will I live” response.
  • Share what you have read with a non-believing friend
    • Tell a friend what God has taught you through this challenge.
    • If your friend is interested, this can be a bridge for more spiritual conversations.
    • If your friend is not interested, that’s ok!

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21 Day Challenge: Day 7

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Day 7: Ephesians 2:19-22

21 Day Challenge Guide

Instructions:

  1. Take a piece of paper and a pencil.
  2. Turn the paper horizontally and draw a line down the middle.
  3. On the left side, write the Scripture passage out word-for-word.
  4. On the right side, write out the questions (see below) and your responses to the questions.

Today’s Scripture

Ephesians 2:18-22

19Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with Godʼs people and also members of his household, 20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.

Questions

  • Who is God?
    • What does this passage tell us about God’s character and nature? What is God like?
  • What is God – the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit- doing?
    • Note what God is doing in this text.
  • Who am I or Who are we?
    • Who or what are we apart from God? Who or what are we because of what God has done for us?
  • How will I live?
    • Note how you will live in light of what you have read.
      • Be specific!
      • Finish this sentence, “Because of this truth, I will…”
    • Ask God to reveal
      • Things you need to add to your life
      • Things you need to take away from your life
      • Things you need to change in your life

Share it!

  • Share what you have learned with a believing friend
    • Ask them to hold you accountable to your “How will I live” response.
  • Share what you have read with a non-believing friend
    • Tell a friend what God has taught you through this challenge.
    • If your friend is interested, this can be a bridge for more spiritual conversations.
    • If your friend is not interested, that’s ok!

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21 Day Challenge: Day 6

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Day 6: Ephesians 2:11-18

21 Day Challenge Guide

Instructions:

  1. Take a piece of paper and a pencil.
  2. Turn the paper horizontally and draw a line down the middle.
  3. On the left side, write the Scripture passage out word-for-word.
  4. On the right side, write out the questions (see below) and your responses to the questions.

Today’s Scripture

Ephesians 2:11-18

11Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called “uncircumcised” by those who call themselves “the circumcision” (which is done in the body by human hands)— 12remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
14For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, 16and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit.

Questions

  • Who is God?
    • What does this passage tell us about God’s character and nature? What is God like?
  • What is God – the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit- doing?
    • Note what God is doing in this text.
  • Who am I or Who are we?
    • Who or what are we apart from God? Who or what are we because of what God has done for us?
  • How will I live?
    • Note how you will live in light of what you have read.
      • Be specific!
      • Finish this sentence, “Because of this truth, I will…”
    • Ask God to reveal
      • Things you need to add to your life
      • Things you need to take away from your life
      • Things you need to change in your life

Share it!

  • Share what you have learned with a believing friend
    • Ask them to hold you accountable to your “How will I live” response.
  • Share what you have read with a non-believing friend
    • Tell a friend what God has taught you through this challenge.
    • If your friend is interested, this can be a bridge for more spiritual conversations.
    • If your friend is not interested, that’s ok!

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21 Day Challenge: Day 5

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Day 5: Ephesians 2:1-10

21 Day Challenge Guide

Instructions:

  1. Take a piece of paper and a pencil.
  2. Turn the paper horizontally and draw a line down the middle.
  3. On the left side, write the Scripture passage out word-for-word.
  4. On the right side, write out the questions (see below) and your responses to the questions.

Today’s Scripture

Ephesians 2:1-10

1As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus. 8For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9not by works, so that no one can boast. 10For we are Godʼs handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

Questions

  • Who is God?
    • What does this passage tell us about God’s character and nature? What is God like?
  • What is God – the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit- doing?
    • Note what God is doing in this text.
  • Who am I or Who are we?
    • Who or what are we apart from God? Who or what are we because of what God has done for us?
  • How will I live?
    • Note how you will live in light of what you have read.
      • Be specific!
      • Finish this sentence, “Because of this truth, I will…”
    • Ask God to reveal
      • Things you need to add to your life
      • Things you need to take away from your life
      • Things you need to change in your life

Share it!

  • Share what you have learned with a believing friend
    • Ask them to hold you accountable to your “How will I live” response.
  • Share what you have read with a non-believing friend
    • Tell a friend what God has taught you through this challenge.
    • If your friend is interested, this can be a bridge for more spiritual conversations.
    • If your friend is not interested, that’s ok!

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21 Day Challenge: Day 4

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Day 4: Ephesians 1:15-23

21 Day Challenge Guide

Instructions:

  1. Take a piece of paper and a pencil.
  2. Turn the paper horizontally and draw a line down the middle.
  3. On the left side, write the Scripture passage out word-for-word.
  4. On the right side, write out the questions (see below) and your responses to the questions.

Today’s Scripture

Ephesians 1:15-23

15For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all Godʼs people, 16I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. 18I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength 20he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.

Questions

  • Who is God?
    • What does this passage tell us about God’s character and nature? What is God like?
  • What is God – the Father, Son, or Holy Spirit- doing?
    • Note what God is doing in this text.
  • Who am I or Who are we?
    • Who or what are we apart from God? Who or what are we because of what God has done for us?
  • How will I live?
    • Note how you will live in light of what you have read.
      • Be specific!
      • Finish this sentence, “Because of this truth, I will…”
    • Ask God to reveal
      • Things you need to add to your life
      • Things you need to take away from your life
      • Things you need to change in your life

Share it!

  • Share what you have learned with a believing friend
    • Ask them to hold you accountable to your “How will I live” response.
  • Share what you have read with a non-believing friend
    • Tell a friend what God has taught you through this challenge.
    • If your friend is interested, this can be a bridge for more spiritual conversations.
    • If your friend is not interested, that’s ok!

Districts Details

2 more days until Districts!  If you are joining us for the 2017 District Youth Conference, check out this post for all the details you need to know.

Packing

Bring

  • Clothes
  • Toiletries
  • Bible
  • Notebook & Pen
  • Sleeping Bag (if your room leader tells you to bring one)
  • Modest sleepwear
  • Modest swimwear (see Rules & Expectations for details)
  • Snacks (if desired)
  • Spending money (see below)
  • Cell phone & charger

Leave Home

  • Drugs
  • Tobacco Products
  • Alcohol
  • Electronic gadgets (tablets, gaming systems, laptops, etc.)
  • Laser pointers
  • Fireworks
  • Pets
  • Weapons

*Recreational Activities:  Some students may want to take advantage of the recreational options for Saturday afternoon (Bowling, YMCA, or Kroc Center).  If students are interested in this option, they should bring appropriate athletic clothing and footwear, as well as let their room leader know of their interest.  Examples of activities: Basketball, Swimming Pool, Wally Ball or Racquet Ball)

**Spending money:  Here is a list of what students may want spending money for:

  • Sunday lunch at the food court (this is entirely the student’s cost)
  • Snacks
  • Recreational activities ($2-$7 for teens; $2-$10 for adults; see above for more info)
  • Special Offering: Taken Saturday morning to help Kids Around the World provide meals to families in Guatemala. We need $25,000 to cover the cost of 100,000 meals that will be packed during the conference.
  • T-shirts ($10 or $12 – they sell out fast, so buy early)
  • Books or CDs from speakers or performers (sold in booths around the conference center)

Departure

Check-in will take place in the foyer of the main church building at 11:30am on Friday, January 6.  We hope to depart by noon, so please be on time!

Transportation

Once again we will be taking leader’s vehicles, instead of a bus.  Students will NOT be assigned to a vehicle, as long as everyone works together to make sure no one is left out.

Christ Out Saviour Church of Chicago (COSC)

We are excited to welcome 13 youth and leaders from COSC to join us again at Districts.  COSC is the Filipino church that we have partnered with for the past three summers for our mission trip.  This year, they will be in their own rooms and breakout groups, but they will be with us for the primetime rally’s and meals.

Meals

This year, we will be trying something new for our meals.  Several ladies from our church will be coming along to Districts to take care of providing meals for us.  Our schedule will be:

  • Friday Lunch – Sack lunch*
  • Friday Supper – Chili
  • Saturday Breakfast – Hotel Buffet
  • Saturday Lunch – Walking Tacos
  • Saturday Supper – Pizza
  • Sunday Breakfast – Hotel Buffet
  • Sunday Lunch – Bay Park Square Mall Food Court (at student’s cost)

*Students will be given a sack lunch for the drive to Green Bay consisting of a sandwich, fruit/veggie, treat and water bottle.  If a student wants something different or has special diet needs, he or she should bring their own lunch.  We will NOT be stopping for food on the way to Green Bay (bathroom break only)

Hotel

We have been assigned to the Quality Inn.  This hotel is NOT connected to the KI Convention Center, so we will be driving back and forth between our hotel and the Convention Center.

  • Male Rooms:  Each male room will have 2 Queen beds.  3-4 students plus an adult leader will be assigned to a room. If a student is not comfortable sharing a bed with another student, then he should bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
  • Female Rooms:  The female rooms do not all have the same configuration.  There may not be enough beds for each female, so some students may need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow.  Each female room leader will discuss this with her students ahead of time and let each one know whether a sleeping bag is needed.

Down Time

Throughout the conference weekend, there will be down time when we encourage students to talk to each other, hang out with one another, or play board or card games.  Leaders will be bringing games, but youth are welcome to bring their favorite games along as well (assuming they are clean/appropriate).  Students will not be permitted to watch tv, movies or play video games during the weekend.  Instead of watching a screen, we expect students to use this time to get to know each other better.

Seminars

On Saturday afternoon, during the conference, there will be seminars offered during three different time slots.  Students are allowed to attend multiple seminars, but all students will be expected to attend at least one seminar.  Students will be required to let their room leader know what seminar(s) they plan to attend by Friday night.  To see the list of seminars, click here.

Rules & Expectations

Districts can be a life-changing experience and the rules and expectations are designed to help everyone in our group have the greatest experience possible.   Please read the list carefully.

  • Unless you are married, there should be no public or private displays of affection, especially during the rally times.  This is distracting to you and those around you.
  • Students are not permitted to go to any location outside of the KI Convention Center or the Quality Inn, unless accompanied by a Soul Garage leader.
  • While in the KI Convention Center or Quality Inn:
    • High School students are expected to inform room leader of his/her location at all times.
    • Junior high students are expected to be with a Soul Garage leader at all times, unless the student is in his or her assigned hotel room.
  • Students are expected to dress modestly at all times.
    • For swimwear, boys may wear swimming shorts or swimming trunks.  Girls may wear a one piece or two piece swimsuit, provided that it covers the stomach and sides.  A non-white tank top or t-shirt must be worn on top of a bikini.
    • Students should wear modest sleepwear and loungewear.
  • Students are not to use foul or perverse language/speech at any time.
    • Students are permitted to have cell phones or MP3 players with them, but should refrain from using them during rallies, seminars/workshops and break out sessions.  If a student is abusing the privilege of keeping a cell phone/MP3 player with him/her, leaders may confiscate the phone until the end of the conference.  Students will be expected to give their cell phone number to their small group leader.
  • Sleep Policy:
    • The District Youth Conference schedule lists “In Rooms/Quiet Time” as 12am and “Lights out” as 12:30am.  We will be firm on these two times, in order to help students and leaders get the rest they need to be able to get the most out of the sessions and rallies and to ensure our drivers are rested for the return trip!
    • Leaders reserve the right to restrict and/or confiscate caffeinated beverages, to help students sleep at night.
  • All students and a parent/guardian signed a Discipline Release as part of the registration process.  The release states:

I [parent/guardian] have been informed of and understand the rules pertaining to the trip/activity that my son/daughter is participating in with Maranatha Evangelical Free Church (MEFC).  I understand that if at any time my son/daughter refuses to abide by or continually disregards the rules as set forth, or if my son/daughter becomes destructive, I will be immediately notified and he/she will be sent home on the safest and quickest transportation available, at my expense, if necessary.

  • Any medication (prescription or over the counter) should be given to the student’s room leader to hold onto and dispense throughout the weekend.

Return (Sunday evening)

We will return around by 5pm on Sunday, January 8th.  There will be a 10-15 minute meeting in the sanctuary for Pastor Tony and the parents immediately upon return while the vehicles are being unloaded.  The goal is to help parents understand what took place at Districts and how to best help your youth make lasting changes in their relationship with God and others.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Pastor Tony at 847.682.2405 or email him at rlsoulgarage@gmail.com.

Districts App

Check out the Districts app by searching “Districts Youth Conference” wherever you download apps.  The app has a Spotify playlist of the worship songs that we will sing at Districts.  Also, there is a schedule, speaker bios, seminar descriptions, maps, and much more.