Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Current Sunday AM Series: Wild Kingdom

The world did not start out with kings and queens. People understood that God was the creator and ruler over all. Then there came a day, when the people went to God and asked for a king on earth. We all know that crazy stuff can happen when you put people in charge and that is exactly what happened.

During the next six weeks, we will explore the lives of the first kings of Israel. We will discover some of the greats, and some of the not-so-greats.

Come join us this Sunday Morning at 9am or 11am. You won't want to miss it!

Week #1 Israel: They have a King, why can't we?
Week #2 King Saul: It's hard being number one.
Week #3 King David: The humble heart of an imperfect king.
Week #4 'King' Adonijah: Calling dibs doesn't always work.
Week #5 King Uzziah: A great start leads to a crash landing.
Week #6 King Josiah: The teenage king saves the day!

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Traveling Stories

This past Sunday, Emily Moberly came to our middle school group to talk about her non-profit organization called Traveling Stories. It is a volunteer-run organization that donates small libraries to schools and orphanages that have few or no books. Emily Shared her story about how she got the idea to start this organization.

After college I began a great adventure: I moved to Honduras to teach high school English. This was the first time in my life that I lived in a place with almost no access to reading material. I realized how much I need books and I saw how the lack of books was impacting my students. I decided that as their English teacher I would do all I could to make them fall in love with reading.So, for Christmas I went home and when I returned to Honduras I brought with me 40 books which I introduced to my students as "Ms. Moberly's Libary."

The books were a hit. All of my classes used them daily. Even other teachers asked to use the books for their classes. I left Honduras in July but I'm still receiving letters from my students telling me how much the books impacted them.

This is why I started Traveling Stories; to invest in kids' imaginations. To fuel their minds with stories the same way "Ms. Moberly's Library" fueled my students' minds in Honduras. At Traveling Stories we believe that books not only stregthen minds and inspire dreams, but they also help people overcome the obstacles preventing them from becoming the best version of themselves.
So, to help Emily collect more books and make a difference in the lives of children around the world, Riptide is joining Student Ministries by hosting a book drive the month of June. Please look through the shelves in your home and bring in any book you are no longer needing to the Traveling Stories Book Box in the Riptide Room. At the end of this month, Emily will collect all of the books and use the donations to raise money to purchase books in Spanish for her projects in El Salvador. For more information email emily@travelingstories.org or vistit TravelingStories.org.

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Beach Baptism

If your middle schooler is interested in getting baptized, there will be a brief baptism orientation in the Middle School room this Sunday, June 6th, at 10:15am.

If you do not have anyone in your family that is getting baptized, this is still a great opportunity to come hang out while supporting those who are taking this exciting step in their Christian walk. There will be hamburgers, hotdogs, and drinks. All you have to do is come and bring a side dish or dessert to share.

This is definitely a day your family will not want to miss!