Final Youth Group for the School Year

Wednesday, May 24th is the final youth group of the school year at the Soul Garage.  We have a full night of fun, food and activities planned.  We hope you can join us!

Come early to enjoy some food (chicken enchiladas, chips & shave ice) and extra game time starting any time after 6:00pm.

We will also be taking our annual group photo shortly after 7:00pm, so make sure you are there to get in on the photo for the wall.

If you have not attempted to escape from our escape room yet, come by 5:45pm to join the group going through the room.

We also have an End of Year Survey that can be taken online.  We would love to have all the youth fill this out before the end of the day Wednesday.  You can do it on your own or take 5-10 minutes during the night to fill out the survey using your own smart phone or using one of the computers we will have set up.  This will give us helpful feedback as we work to improve the ministry.  Here is the link to the survey:

If you would like to add a little EXTRA fun to your night, take the dress up challenge and come dressed up like one of your favorite youth leaders!

Soul Garage @ Skate City March 29

You never know what you might see at Skate City!

All youth 6th-12th grade are invited to join the Soul Garage youth at Skate City for a FUN NIGHT on Wednesday, March 29th from 5:45-8:45pm.  This will be in place of our regular youth group activities.

Parents, please drop off your youth and pick them up directly from Skate City (just south of the movie theater off Highway SS).  You can drop them off any time after 5:45pm.  Please pick them up no later than 9:00pm.

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The cost for this FUN NIGHT is FREE!  Originally, we planned to charge a $3 charge to offset the cost, but Steve and Sarah Miller (Skate City owners) have provided us with a significant discount and the youth budget will cover the remainder.

Included is your choice of quad skates or inline skates, free pizza, and one free drink coupon (juice, water, or pop).

The only thing you would need to bring money for is if you want to buy additional food or additional drinks or plan to play arcade games.

We plan to bring card games and board games for any who want to hang out but don’t plan to skate.  So, even if you don’t want to skate, please plan to come and hang out!

Invite your friends and come join us Wednesday, March 29th!

Community Service Project Feb 1st


On Wednesday, February 1st, 2017, we will NOT have our regular youth group gathering at the Soul Garage. INSTEAD, we have a very exciting opportunity to put our faith into action by serving the poor in our own local community through a vital service project at the new Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Rice Lake.

The Barron County ReStore has been relocated to the strip mall across from Gordy’s Market immediately next door to Pet Supplies Plus.  This is the same area that has Cabin Coffee, Little Caesars, and the Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse. The address is 2500B S. Main St., Rice Lake.  It is only 1 minute from the Soul Garage.

Parents, please plan to drop off your youth at the ReStore and pick them up directly from the ReStore as we will not be shuttling youth back and forth.  You may drop them off as early as 5:45pm if you have other children to get to Awana by 6:00pm.

Pizza and water bottles will be provided between 5:45-6:15pm at the ReStore location.  PLEASE plan to arrive as close to 6:00pm as possible to maximize the time we have to serve.

Here are a few details to be aware of:

  • ALL youth MUST have a waiver signed in order to volunteer.  Waivers are attached (one for minors and one for those 18 or older).  Click minor-form for minors.  Click adult-form for those 18 or older.
  • Parents are strongly encouraged to join their teens on this special night and serve together.
  • Community service hours can be gained through this project for school e-portfolio credit or other.
  • Work boots are preferred, but sneakers are acceptable as well. No flip-flops or sandals!
  • Wear clothes you don’t mind getting ruined or dirty – there is a chance they could get ripped or stained.
  • Bring work gloves if you have some.

For more information about Habitat for Humanity, check out this video:

Sermon on the Mount: Part 2



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All youth 6th-12th grade are invited to join us at the Soul Garage Wednesday, January 25th for Part 2 of a new teaching series examining Jesus’ teaching referred to as the Sermon on the Mount recorded in Matthew 5-7.  Come join us as we sit at the feet of Jesus and dig deep into his words about the Kingdom of Heaven.

Youth group runs 7:00pm-9:00pm, but doors open at 6:00pm for those who want to come early to hang out, play games and catch up with friends.

Reminder as well that this Saturday we have a Game Night at the Nords 6:00-9:00pm (610 Haglin Ave., Cameron, WI)



Sermon on the Mount: Part 1



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All youth 6th-12th grade are invited to join us at the Soul Garage Wednesday, January 18th for the start of a new teaching series examining Jesus’ teaching referred to as the Sermon on the Mount recorded in Matthew 5-7.  Come join us as we sit at the feet of Jesus and dig deep into his words about the Kingdom of Heaven.

Youth group runs 7:00pm-9:00pm, but doors open at 6:00pm for those who want to come early to hang out, play games and catch up with friends.

For those who have taken the Bible reading challenge given at Districts, let me encourage you to carve out time each day to follow the plan as we dig into Ephesians together.


Faith That Sticks


Come join us at the Soul Garage on this warm January night (January 4th).  We have a special night planned where we will have a panel of former Soul Garage students sharing about their faith development during and after high school.

Many students walk away from their Christian faith after high school.  What are the factors that help us build a faith that sticks?  What are the challenges and temptations that cause us to walk away from our faith?  Come join us as we wrestle through these questions.

Districts is only 2 days away!  If you have an outstanding balance due or any missing forms, please bring them with tonight.






Game Night @ Nords Dec 21


There will be NO youth group at the Soul Garage on Wednesday, December 21st or 28th for Christmas Break!

HOWEVER, on Wednesday, December 21st, all youth 6th-12th grade are invited to come hang out and play games (indoor and/or outdoor) at the Nord Residence (610 Haglin Ave., Cameron) from 6:00pm-9:00pm.


  • If you want, bring warm winter clothes to play in the snow (bring shovels to help shovel our ENTIRE yard into a big pile of snow for building a snow fort!)
  • If you prefer staying warm, come enjoy hot drinks and yummy food and play board games or card games inside the house
  • Bring a friend
  • If you plan to come, please text Pastor Tony by the end of the day Tuesday, Dec 20th so we can make sure to have enough food and drinks!

If you can’t join us next week, have a very MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Growth Through Suffering Summary & Video

This week at the Soul Garage we wrapped up our 6 week series on Growth Through Suffering: A Biblical Theology of Suffering.  During this series we examined various Scriptures from Genesis through Revelation that address the topic of suffering.

The goal was to build a solid platform upon which we could live out our faith in light of the suffering that exists in this world and the suffering that we will personally experience as followers of Jesus Christ.

Below is a summary of the 6 pillars we examined.  Below the summary is a video of Dr. D.A. Carson lecturing on this topic.  I developed this serious pulling largely from his lecture as well as from a paper I wrote for his Biblical Theology class when I was in seminary.

  1. Part 1: Insights from the Beginning of the Bible Storyline (Gen 1-3)
    • God created the world good, even very good.  In the beginning there was no suffering.
    • In Gen. 3 sin came into the world and from that point forward, suffering has characterized the human experience.
  2. Part 2: Insights from Innocent Suffering (Job)
    • Suffering is not necessarily a sign of God’s judgment.
    • God cares more about our trust than he does about our understanding.
  3. Part 3: Insights from the Mystery of Providence (Joseph)
    • Two seemingly contradictory truths are taught in Scripture:
      • God is absolutely sovereign.
      • Humans are morally responsible.
  4. Part 4: Insights from the Incarnation & the Cross (Isaiah 53)
    • God uses suffering to save us through God the Son taking on flesh, becoming fully human and suffering and dying in our place to pay the penalty for our sin.
    • When we are suffering, we must remember that serve a God who truly understands our suffering.
  5. Part 5: Insights from Taking Up Our Cross (1 Peter)
    • Don’t be surprised by suffering.  Rather, we should expect suffering as a Christians.
    • Know that suffering will not last forever for those who trust in Christ.
    • Remember that God uses suffering to shape us into who He wants us to be.
  6. Part 6: Insights from the End of the Bible Storyline (Rev. 21-22)
    • For those who trust in Christ as Lord and Savior, we can have GREAT HOPE that one day there will be no more suffering, no more crying, no more pain, no more sickness, no more goodbyes
    • For those who have not trusted in Christ, eternal suffering awaits and this reality should compel us to repent and lovingly encourage others to repent as well.

Check out this video of Dr. Carson teaching more fully on this important subject:


Growth Through Suffering – Part 1

Join us for a new series called Growth through Suffering, starting this Wednesday, November 2.  Come a little early and we’ll have campfire donuts, hot chocolate and hot apple cider.


Last week, Andre challenged everyone to see if they could remember the lies we’ve addressed during our series “The Lies We Believe & The Truth That Frees”.  If you can tell him each of the lies, he might have a treat for you!  Here’s a cheat sheet to help prepare you:

  • Sept 28: Pt 1: God is Holding Out on Me (Adam & Eve)
  • Oct 5: Pt 2: My Worth is Determined by my Performance (Psalm 139)
  • Oct 12: Pt 3: I Deserve To Be Treated Fairly/Right to Revenge (Jacob & Esau)
  • Oct 19: Pt 4: I’m Better Off Keeping My Sins a Secret (David & Bathsheba)
  • Oct 26: Pt 5: I Don’t Need God (King Nebuchadnezzar)