Saturday, June 30, 2012
Welcome to our Biblestudy blog! For the rest of the summer, we are challenging you guys to read one chapter out of 1st Kings, a book that tells the story of Elijah, per week; we as a staff will be sharing our thoughts and questions on the verses you all are reading. Cant wait to hear your thoughts on Elijah!
I Kings: Elijah
Setting- Elijah is one hardcore prophet in the ancient country of Israel, and he’s against this equally hardcore yet totally evil king named Ahab. This ranks right up there with the strongest nemesis of all time; Think Harry Potter/Voldermort, Batman/the Joker, Texas/Oklahoma- they are both huge, and larger than life, and sold out to destroying each other. The size of their opponent just drives them to even greater heights.
The books of 1 & 2 Kings are both historical and didactic – that means they not only tell us what has happened in the past, but also teach us something about the present and the future; by teaching us about what has happened, they tell us what will happen and what we can expect from God as well.
Eijah is a prophet- means that he has the tremendous power and responsibility to speak for God. This gets him into trouble when he lives in a country run by a very evil king- a king who wants to do just about everything except follow God. Ahab is doing everything he can to draw the people of Israel away from god, and Eijah is doing all he can to draw them to god- its an epic tug-of-war match for the heart and soul of the entire nation.
In the process, Elijah ends up in a few truly epic moments- at one point he has a showdown with 450 false prophets - and he defeats (read: kills in an epic divine grudge match) all of them.
In spite of all his highlights, Eijah is also a real person- he does absolutely huge things, but he has very real emotions. He trusts God, but sometimes he gets scared. He believes in God, but sometimes doubts arise. He follows God, but sometimes he gets tired and wants to quit (and even asks for God to kill him). He definitely lives it out, but he definitely expresses genuine, raw emotion at times, and that gives me a little hope that ordinary humans can live extraordinary lives through god.
Friday, March 9, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
While we are in San Antonio we want to keep you as updated and informed as possible. We’ve designed several avenues for you to access that information as easily as possible while we are away; Twitter, HPUMC Youth website, our Blog, and our Facebook page. Please read below for more information.
Twitter- If you are on twitter, please follow @HPUMCYouth. If you want to get an account, head to twitter.com, signup for an account, and choose to follow us. Twitter is essentially a mini-blog or mini message board. This is where in 140 characters/letters or less you can say whatever you want. We will use this to post thoughts from the day, photos, and videos. You can access this from both your computer or if you have a smart phone. The youth staff is all on twitter, so if you would like to follow us we are;
Stephen Lohoefer- @StephenLohoefer
Phil Dieke- @PhilDieke
Bill Gepford- @BillGepford
Andrew Beard- @Hasabeard
Hillary Barnard- @HillBarnard
If you have no interest in getting a twitter account, our twitter feed/posts will be on our website, our facebook, and our blog. You can also just go to twitter.com/hpumcyouth and see our twitter feed without logging in or getting an account. When we do twitter updates, we will tag our tweets with #HPFearFactor. So if you tweet something about the trip, please tag it with #HPFearFactor as well.
HPUMC Youth website- HPUMCYouth.org. You can access this by using the URL or you can navigate there through the HPUMC.org website. On the homepage we have a twitter feed that will update every time we tweet something. As well on the youth page you can access the HPUMC Youth Blog. We will probably be having youth updating this throughout the trip.
Blog- hpumcstudents.blogspot.com. This is the website that you are currently on...so somehow you got here before, but here is what we'll be putting on this site. We’ll have youth post thoughts from the day and possibly photos and videos. With inconsistent Internet connection, this will potentially be the least updated form of communication. The blog can be accessed from a computer or a smart phone. There are several ways to access the blog; type in the URL listed above, go to the youth website and click “the blog” link under the video on the right side of the homepage, or scan the QR code below for quick access to a mobile version for your smart phone.
Facebook- www.facebook.com/hpumcstudents. Our facebook page will have our twitter feed as well as photos and videos from our trip. You can access this by going to the URL listed above, from our website, or just typing in “hpumc students” in the facebook search. You will need to “like” our page to have it show on your news feed.
We hope you will take advantage of these opportunities to see what we are up to while we are gone. Please let us know if you have any questions and feel free to pass this information to family and friends so they can stay updated on our trip as well.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Dear HPUMC Youth Families and Friends!
We are excited to announce our upcoming Swishin' for
Mission basketball tournament. It is a great event we host annually and this year we need your help!
is a basketball tournament that raises funds for HPUMC’s local and international youth missions – it is our only fundraiser for the year, which enables our youth to serve both our local community and the world at large. With your help, last year we were able to send over 400 youth on our mission trips! Whether you can donate $5 or $50,000 – we need your help! Below you will find listed the donation levels and their corresponding recognition for you or your business. Mission
Silver Sponsors $500 - $1,000 Names/company listed on t-shirts.
Gold Sponsors $1,001 - $2,500 Names and Logo on t-shirts.
Platinum Sponsors $2,501 + All of the above and a banner in the gym.
Here are some of the things our youth have to say about these experiences:
Mission trips are life changing in unspeakable ways…you are constantly building upon your relationship with God, and the people around you. Giving back to the people that are less fortunate than we are really allows you to grow as a person and a Christian. Without mission trips, I have no clue where my faith would be.” - Blakely Lott
“God doesn't call us to be comfortable he calls us to love and be loved. When you get outside your comfort zone to love a stranger you truly witness God's kingdom” – Lauren Bagwell
The impact these mission opportunities have in the lives of our youth is undeniable, but we want all youth to have access to these same experiences and your financial gift allows us to make that possible.
We need individuals, families, organizations, or companies that will support our youth in this endeavor by donating to Swishin' for
Your support is vital and can be made out to
3300 Highland Park United Methodist Church Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, Texas 75205Attn: Lucy McDaniel, or you can donate online - http://www.hpumc.org/pages/youth-donate-hpumc-students
We sincerely appreciate your consideration and we thank you for helping these youth serve those in need.
Director of Youth Ministries
Monday, January 23, 2012
Time to Register for . . .
24th Annual 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament
Thursday – Sunday, February 23-26
The Youth Department’s 24th annual Swishin’ for
Mission is a 3 on 3 basketball tournament for 3rd through 8thgraders which is held at the . Teams are gender and grade specific. This event is an outreach into the community and fundraiser for our youth. The proceeds from this event help underwrite our spring break and summer mission trips. Biggers Building
$120 per team
Contact Lucy McDaniel with questions
To get more information and team registration:
Thursday, January 12, 2012
The Youth department is so excited to announce that for our Summer Mission Trip we are headed to............
! Pensacola, Florida
We are fired up about going to Pensacola, as it is going to be a great trip – West Pensacola has twice the poverty rate of the rest of Florida, so we will stay busy fixing houses and rebuilding lives. On our free days, we will head to the beautiful beaches for some fun in the sun!
Here’s a snapshot of the details:
Dates: June 10-16
Cost: January 1 - March 27: $749; March 28 - May 3: $799; May 4 - June 1: $850
Who: Anyone is welcome! Grades 6 - 12 (that does include graduating seniors) – non-members are always welcome, so bring your friends!
Parent Meeting Dates: Mandatory parent meetings will be on Tuesday, May 8 at , and Monday, May 14 at in the Youth Basement
– A parent or legal guardian must attend one meeting!
Don’t forget! This is a great trip to invite your friends on, especially if they have never been on a mission trip before!
Your invitation could be the difference in their life!
Register today! http://www.hpumc.org/pages/youth-pensacola