Youth Ministry Update: For the Trail (CTYG Student Ministries)

Midweek update: Thursday, Jan. 27, 2011


A word from the Word: Isaiah 1

18 “Come now, let us settle the matter,”
says the LORD.
“Though your sins are like scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they are red as crimson,
they shall be like wool.” (Isaiah 1:18)

Food for thought:

Snow. A word that is normally in our vocabulary much in Southwest Oklahoma! However, over the last two years we have seen a lot more than normal. Snow is pretty, pristine. Kids love to play in it. I remember growing up in Southwest Ohio, it seemed in the winter it snowed all the time. My friends and I would have snowball fights, build snow forts, make snowmen, you name it we did it! However, the older I have gotten, snow means something different to me nowadays. Maybe, Jesus has something to do with this! Look at the verse again from Isaiah 1:18, “though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow…”

What an awesome reminder about what Jesus has done for our sin problem. Let’s be honest, we were a mess and God loves too much to leave us that way. Even after our baptisms, we still make messes, don’t we? God loves us so much that the blood of Jesus continues to cover our every sin (cf. 1 John 1:7).  So, tonight as it snows and as you look outside tomorrow at the abundance of the white stuff, remember that you are seeing a reminder of the grace and mercy of our God!

P.S. there are 86,400 seconds in a day how will you spend them! Choose wisely, because what you with what you have been given matters!


February Calendar: Happenings

Two Sundays ago, I tried to have a Senior Reception planning committee meeting after Bible classes. I will need lots of help from the Junior parents on down. So, please be aware of a couple of things: A theme has already been chosen, “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” We will be sporting a classic Disney Theme, and  Our theme Scripture will be from Matthew 5:13-16, “13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.”

There are three seniors (Megan Reed, Kierick Parrish, and Victoria Haggard). At this brief Sunday meeting, we need to highlight our timeline, and begin planning decorations, etc! This meeting is open for junior parents on down.

FEBRUARY 10 is the LTC registration deadline!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thu. Feb 10 — MHS Lunch @ the Morrow’s. Bring $3 and you can catch a ride with Jason!

Thu Feb 10 — Service Project tonight @ the C.C. from 5-7pm!

Fri. Feb 11 – 7pm-midnight Game/ Movie Night in the West Annex. Invite your friends, and bring $5 for a night for fun in a safe Christian environment!! (Weather permitting)

Sun. Feb 13 – Marriage Workshop Sunday am, for worship, pot-luck lunch and afternoon session.

Sun. Feb 13 – We need to have parent/teen meeting Sunday after the marriage workshop. We won’t meet long. I need to pass out calendars, 2011 permission slips, and recruit workers for a variety of activities!!!!!!

Thu Feb 17 — MHS Lunch @ the Morrow’s. Bring $3 and you can catch a ride with Jason!

Sat. Feb 19 – Donuts w/ Dad 9am-10:30!!

Sun. Feb 20 — YLG from 5-7pm in the West Annex. I will be at Legacy Bank by 4:30, and leaving by 4:45 if you need a ride! Please remember your $$$!

Thu. Feb 24 — MHS Lunch @ the Morrow’s. Bring $3 and you can catch a ride with Jason!

Sat. Feb. 26 — Great Southwest Bible Bowl @ Chisholm Trail!

Sun. Feb 27 — YLG from 5-7pm in the West Annex. I will be at Legacy Bank by 4:30, and leaving by 4:45 if you need a ride! Please remember your $$$!


January Birthdays:

Vincent Sabedra – 1/1

Alyssa Tipton – 1/1

Ty Custer – 1/12

Brandon Tipton – 1/13

Jonathan Shufeldt – 1/20

Maci Rich – 1/27

February Birthdays:

Rebecca Whiteman – 2/3

Spencer Morrow – 2/9

Ashley O’Dell –2/15

Jackson Huddleston – 2/22

Sarah Reed – 2/26

Victoria Haggard – 2/28

Please let me know if I have missed someone!!


Family Focus: Tips, tools, and interesting articles

“…God is not nearly as interested in putting a picture in front of us as much as He is trying to tell a story through us” (Joiner, 44, Parenting Beyond Your Capacity)

·  Faith begins @ Home:

·  News from the World of Youth Culture, from CPYU.ORG:

· Check out, a great place for articles, resources and youth culture:, and Check out their monthly newsletter:



Project # 1

Please help with this new project! I need letters in by Sunday! Leave opening line blank, but boys will write to boys and girls to girls!I was asked recently to help out the Tipton’s Children’s Home. The woman from the community knew that they were affiliated with the Church of Christ, and knew that we have a loving and active church family. She has asked our teens to write letters to the kids there. Often times these young people get overlooked and left out, and we have been given an opportunity to share our lives with these special kids. I am reminded of what Paul wrote in 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8, “Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, 8 so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well. So, I am asking you this Christmas to share your life with these young people. I will be sending an e-mail later this week to get the names of these young people, and how to contact them. Please join me in writing letters. I’d like to have some letters to send to the Tipton Children Home kids as soon as possible!! Adults can participate too!

Project # 2: Give a Goat (

I want to share some information directly from the Give a Goat webpage:

“Give a Goat is a 501(c)3 pending nonprofit based out of Oklahoma. We believe that poverty can only be eradicated through development and sustainable growth. We believe in empowering individuals and communities to help themselves. Women and children are our key focus because they are our future. One Goat. One Goal. To end poverty by addressing the center of the problem.

Over 30% of people in the Philippines live below the national poverty line of less than $1 a day. Give a Goat was started by Salvador Cariaga, a native to the Philippines, in an effort to combat this severe epidemic of poverty. By providing goats to impoverished families we are able to create sustainability, self-sufficiency, and longevity. Family after family, community after community, we have seen our program change lives, and our efforts don’t stop with the goats. We teach goat raisers to use the goats as a centerpiece for more change. Goat manure goes to create organic farms. Goats milk provides nutrition as well as the key ingredient in self-manufactured goats milk soap. And we didn’t stop there. We have expanded to build orphanages, feeding stations, medical services, clean water wells, and jewelry and craft making. It is our goal to keep growing, while remaining faithful to our values of sustainability and benevolence.”

This organization was started by a couple of OC students who wanted to make a tangible difference. So, by raising $50.00 we can purchase a goat for a family overseas, and this goat will help them become self-sufficient. So, our youth group is collecting change to give a goat to a family in need. Please consider joining us!

About Jason Retherford

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