Friday, August 29, 2008

What's in Your Backpack?

This week we continue our "Back to School" series. Folders, paper, pencils, and maybe even a calculator come to mind when we think of what's in a backpack. But what else do we carry? This series looks at the stuff that a student carries with them that people may not see. We will look at loneliness, fear, anger, and guilt. Those things can weigh us down and make school really difficult. When we are able to give those things to God, he gives us a lighter load of kindness, courage, forgiveness, and freedom. Come join us as we look at how to make this a great school year!

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Walk Their Walk Training

We will be leaving at 6pm sharp because we will be increasing our distance by 10% every week.

Walking homework in between Riptide Tuesday Training: Walk an additional 2 times during the week. Walk safe: don't walk alone! Start carrying 'energy beans' or hard candy in you packet is you plan on walking more than 30 minutes.

Also, don't forget to keep raising money and sign up on our Team Riptide page.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008


This past Sunday we continued our Olympic Series looking at Paul's encouragement to Timothy:

" Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity." 1 Timothy 4:12

We learned that we can teach and encourage others not only by our words, but by our actions as well and so let's live like people are watching. We are not too young to influence the world around us for the better, so let's DO something.

We had some friends come by and share about one of the opportunities the students in Riptide have to do something for people in Zambia, Africa. The leaders of Walk Their Walk shared how Riptide can participate in a fundraiser and walk to raise money for two water wells. Below is information on the walk. Children in Twachiyanda, Zambia walk 12 miles to get to clean water. We are going to help "Walk Their Walk" partnered with World Vision to raise money and buy freshwater wells for that community.

In the next couple of weeks we will provide more information on how we will be raising money. We are also currently taking sign-ups for the actual walk on Saturday, September 13th. If you and your family would like to participate by walking, raising or donating money, or if you have any questions about this event, please let me know by email:

Check out the TEAM RIPTIDE website. There you can read more about this cause, donate directly, and sign up for the walk!