What’s Going On?

In a time of the year that, particularly, would be slow and uneventful, our youth are busy in the kingdom.

We are excited to be a part of some great events in the area. A couple of weeks ago we enjoyed a youth day hosted by the Leanna congregation. This Saturday and another (Feb. 7) are devoted to our young men. This week we are carrying a van to Pulaski for a “Boys to Men” seminar hosted by the Fairview congregation. Three weeks from Saturday we go back to Murfreesboro for a Young Men’s Seminar hosted by the East Main Church of Christ.

If that wasn’t enough, we also have a couple of YOUTH DEVOTIONALS that we are planning. The first of the year will be hosted in the church building this Saturday (the 17th) at 5pm. We are also planning one for February, as well, with more details to come later. We are also planning a surprise event for the quarter.

We are thankful to all our parents for allowing your children to participate in these great programs. Though we are small in number, one thing we can be proud of is that we’re moving along and paying attention to our young people. We are glad you are a part of it all.



We have, not one… not two… but THREE major youth events coming up, hosted by area congregations! Parents, I hope you will consider allowing your teens to participate, as these are great ways for them to grow spiritually and develop friendships along the way.


This is a one day event, beginning at 9am on January 3rd (yes, tomorrow). The theme for this year is: “Behold, All Things Become New”. Lunch is provided. If you would still like your child to participate, just let me know.


This is for our young men, 5th grade through college age. We will plan on making this a one day deal, as well. The date is Saturday, January 17th, and breakfast and lunch will be provided free of charge. It will last from 9am to 3, and we will return that afternoon. Keep in mind, also, that free t-shirts are available if we register by the 7th of January, so let me know ASAP if you would like to go. The theme is: “Boys to Men: Doing it God’s Way”. The key note speaker: Glenn Colley. We have been using the Colley family’s material for both of our teen classes on Sunday mornings.


Again, for young men, 5th-12th grades. This will be, Lord willing, our second year participating in this great event. The speaker is Kyle Butt. This will take place Saturday, February 7th, from 9am to 12pm, with lunch provided.

We love involving our youth in events such as these, and I know that would benefit greatly from being a part of them. Transportation may also be provided, if needed. Feel free to contact me about any of these events that you would like your child to participate in.


2014 Youth Service Project


We must give a BIG THANK YOU to all those who helped in our drive to collect items for the CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL AT VANDERBILT! As you can see, we had a cart full. They were very much surprised and appreciative of the things we gathered.

Many of the items will be used as Christmas gifts given to the children by Santa. They will also be given to help the siblings of the patients there and their families.

It was a wonderful feeling to be a part of something so big for our congregation! We hope to do more projects such as this in the future.



Upcoming Youth Events

I try to post about our youth program at least every other week, just to keep everyone updated, so here’s what’s new with our youth.

First of all, the GIRLS’ CLASS has a new teacher joining the class. Janet Luther has stepped up to the plate to assist in teaching on Sunday mornings. The girls will continue to study from the book: “Everyday Princess: Daughter of the King”. Marissa and Janet will be alternating teaching duties, but both will use the book for each class, regardless of who is teaching. Please, encourage your daughters to read their lessons each and every week, before class time. There is much material in the book to cover, and this helps Janet and Marissa, as well as our girls, to have the best class discussions.

Our next YOUTH DEVOTIONAL is about a month away! This time we will be having a gift exchange (more details at a later date). Jerry and Melinda Maxwell have volunteered to host the event at their home. The date is DECEMBER 14TH. This is a Sunday, so we will meet at the Maxwell’s immediately following evening services. We realize that they will have school the next day, so we will promise to be finished by 8:30pm. We usually try to plan our Sunday events around Mondays off but, due to conflict, this was the best we could do. We apologize ahead of time.

We look forward to our time together in the future!

Oh, and by the way, I’ve noticed that all but a couple of our teens have invited at least one person to one of our Youth Devotionals since we began them regularly back in May. We are so thankful for the enthusiasm! Please, continue to encourage them to encourage others. The best way for our group to grow is by their involvement and invitations to others.


Youth Devotional and Trunk-or-Treat

As we continue to try to keep our youth active, which is a little more difficult when school is in session, we do have some good things coming up, such as…

First of all, a YOUTH DEVOTIONAL will be hosted at the home of Ronald and Janet Luther this Saturday, the 11th. We are thankful for the willingness to be involved with our teens, as both have filled-in on teaching duties from time to time. We will meet at 5:30pm. Parents: you might plan to bring a favorite board game or two. We have several outside activities we can do, but there does seem to be a good chance of rain in the forecast. I think it’s better to be prepared, don’t you?

Aside from our monthly Youth Devotionals, we have another activity coming up at the end of the month. We will have TRUNK-OR-TREAT at the church building on October 26, following our evening worship. Though our teens may be a little old to participate (maybe not!), we would still love to have their help with the younger ones. We are also having a Soup & Sandwich Fellowship, for which you may bring your favorite soup, chili or stew. We look forward to a wonderful opportunity for fellowship with members, as well as visitors from the community that we are hoping for.

One last thing, we are strongly encouraging participation in our BIBLE CLASSES. This quarter, it seems that some of our regulars from the summer are not so regular in the fall. I understand that your teens have many activities they are involved in through school, on top of homework, but is all of that more important than God? I remember hearing a preacher once pose a question: “Do you love your children? Would you do anything to save them if their life was in danger?” I’m sure I know the answer to those questions, but how important is their soul and eternity to you? Are you doing everything to teach them that God is most important to you and them, even more important that school functions and activities? Are you doing everything in your power to encourage the saving of their soul? Just some things to think about… I hope to see YOU in Bible class this Sunday!


Bible Classes, Devos and Gospel Meetings

We hope you will be joining us tonight for Bible Study! I know that with school starting your children probably have a lot of activities going on – things that, I’m sure, keep them, and you, very busy. One of the most important things we can do for our children is teach them the Bible. Tonight, as all other Bible studies, is a great opportunity to teach them. School activities and homework are important for the day, but studying God’s word affects their eternity. Teach them today that God is the most important priority in your family’s lives.

Last week the Maxwells began the Fall Quarter teaching the Wednesday class. The teens seemed to have a good study period with them (or were they paid to say that???). We are so appreciative of the Maxwells for taking on such a great challenge. I hope you will share your appreciation with them with your presence.

At the beginning of the quarter I challenged the teens to a 90 Day Challenge, reading through the New Testament in 90 days by the end of the Fall Quarter. I believe most of them began reading, but have not been as faithful to continue. My goal was to encourage them to read their Bibles daily. I hope you will encourage them to read, as well, as you spend more time with them than I do.

Two big things are coming up this weekend. Saturday, Bob and Amelia Hayes have offered us use of their home for our monthly Youth Devotional, beginning at 5:30pm. Also, our Gospel Meeting begins Sunday morning and continues through Wednesday evening, with speaker “Buddy” Neal. Please, plan to be present for both and invite friends! These are two wonderful opportunities and, we pray, your family will take advantage of them.



It being the first Sunday of September, we officially begin a new quarter of classes. For some, there will be changes in teachers or lesson material and, for others, there will be no change at all. Some of these things have been outlined before, but here they are, as a reminder…

  • The Teen Boys’ class will have a new book. We will begin the first chapter of “Headed to the Office”, based on the qualifications of an elder or bishop. The goal of this study is to prepare them to be the leaders in the church of the future.
  • The Teen Girls’ class will continue, much as it has for the last few months. Sandy Sole will be absent for an extended period of time. Marissa Webb will teach while she and Gary are away. Marissa’s classes will continue studying “Daughters of the King”.
  • The Wednesday class will continue the Horizons book, published by Gospel Advocate. However, there will be a shuffling of teachers, as Jerry and Melinda Maxwell have agreed to take the class for awhile. We look forward to our teens building a relationship with the Maxwells through this quarter.

We have three Youth Devotionals coming up for the Fall Quarter. You can check our event calendar for the dates and times. The next devotional will be held at the home of Bob and Amelia Hayes on Saturday, September 20.

Also, we thank those who allowed their children to participate in the Youth Movie Night on Sunday. We apologize to the parents for finishing later than intended, but we appreciate you allowing your children to stay, anyway. It was not our plan to keep you waiting so long. We will try to plan events such as this better in the future.

Thank you for being a part of the lives our youth.

Youth Movie Night

We will be having a Youth Movie Night at the Gilroy church building on August 31, following evening services. Since schools are out for Labor Day, there should be little conflict for all of our young people. The movie we have chosen is LITTLE RED WAGON (rated PG, Dove.org Family Approved).

We will also use this opportunity to put together Magi boxes. Mary Ellen is providing the material for the boxes. We will be sending them to one boy and one girl, both in the 8 to 9-year-old range. It is a wonderful way to continue encouraging the teachings from our recent lesson on the “Good Samaritan”.

Parents, we hope you will plan for your child(ren) to join us August 31, and, of course, parents are welcome to stay as well.

Youth Day and Classes

THIS COMING SATURDAY, there will be a Youth Day hosted by the Blackman Church of Christ (1353 Brinkley Road, Murfreesboro, TN). The day will begin at 9am, ending at 2pm. If any of our young people would like to go, please let me know ASAP. This is a wonderful way for our teens to get to know others their own age from other congregations.

Also, we will soon begin a new quarter. Our classes will continue much like they did in the Summer Quarter, with a change of teachers for the Wednesday classes.

  • I will continue teaching the Boys’ Class on Sunday morning. We will be studying a new book starting in September. The new book is titled, “Headed to the Office”, and written by Glenn Colley. This material is aimed at preparing our young men to be leaders in the church.
  • The Girls’ Class on Sunday will continue to be co-taught by Marissa Webb and Sandy Sole. Marissa has already begun using the book, “Everyday Princess: Daughter of the King”, written by Sheila Butt. This series of lessons covers subjects such as dating and relationships, as well as making God their first love.
  • The Wednesday night class will continue to be a combined class for all teens. We will also continue using the “Horizons” book, published by Gospel Advocate. The Fall Quarter will have a change in teachers, however, as Jerry and Melinda Maxwell have volunteered to take the class for awhile. We feel it is a wonderful opportunity for our young people to be better acquainted with our pulpit minister, and we appreciate the Maxwells for the willingness to be involved with our teens.

We look forward to your participation in all of our teen activities, especially as we enter the Fall Quarter. We are excited about everything that is to come!


Youth Devos

We have many great things happening within our youth group lately. A big thank you to Gary and Sandy Sole for hosting the most recent devotional last Saturday. We are so thankful for all those who attended and, especially, those who helped. We all had a great time, and we look forward to September.

Our next devotionals will be hosted by the following: September – Bob and Amelia Hayes; October – Ronald and Janet Luther; November – Willie and Brenda Hughes. We will share those exact dates with you as we decide on them. We thank all of these for taking an interest in our young people.