It’s July already? What? So, 2017 is half over, and the high pace it is flying by shows no sign of slowing. We are still reeling from June here at USM and praising God for all that he did at youth Camp. Our AG national youth director Heath Adamson spoke this year and God poured out his spirit on over 600 young people from across southern Missouri. There were several salvations, students who rededicated their lives to Jesus, physical and emotional healings, baptisms in the Holy Spirit, and numerous students called into full time ministry. All in all, camp was an enormous success!
July promises to be full of activities and summer fun also. We will kick off the month with a Speed the Light fund raiser at Freedom Fest in the Park on the 4th of July. We will be selling hamburgers, hot dogs, turkey legs, nachos, and more, so come support these hard-working students as the labor to meet their 2017 Speed the Light goal of $10,000. This year to assist with said goal at Freedom Fest we will be hosting a dunk tank and you will have the opportunity to try out your best pitch and (possibly) dunk yours truly. You know you want to!
July 22nd at 6:30 we will hold our summer sectional youth rally right here at Steelville First AG. Students from all over the Sullivan section will gather to have some fun, worship and of course hear the Word. Immediately following the rally there will be a dodgeball tournament in our gymnasium, to raise funds for our sectional youth department. Snacks and beverages will also be offered.
On Wednesdays, we will be going through a series of teachings called “Summer Seven.” These seven lessons will assist with building our students’ walk with God throughout the high paced and unpredictable weeks of the summer. Our services are held each Wednesday night at 6:30.
Here at Unite, we very much appreciate your prayer and support for our students, grades 7-12. So thank you for praying, and encouraging, and all the ways you help mentor and disciple these special young men and women. I would like to ask that you also continue to be in prayer for our post-grad young adults. I believe that 18-25 is a critical age for most and what happens during these foundational years will shape who a person becomes. So often this is the age group that falls between the cracks and their faith is challenged by the outside pressures of a dark and hostile world. Many, during this transition period, walk away from the church and from God entirely. It’s vital that we show our students that there is a way to serve Jesus on this side of their 20s. As the church let’s do what we can to build a culture that transcends the infamous “age-gap” and welcomes young adults into our walk of life with enthusiasm and love. After all these young men and women are not the church of tomorrow, but the church of today. Let’s show them how it’s done.
Thank you for your love and support of our Students. We couldn’t do what we do without you!