Please check in with Mr. Westphal at the TRACKS door on the Lower Level of the school across from the fellowship hall for drop off. We must have your phone number on file in case of emergency.
Youth Nights Are Back!
September 18th - Youth Night 6PM-8:30PM
October 11th - Outdoor Movie Night (More info Below)
October 23rd - Youth Night 6PM-8:30PM
November 20th - Thanksgiving Meal Youth Night 6PM-8:30PM (More info Below)
December 18th - Christmas Party Youth Night (More info Below)
January 22nd - Youth Night 6PM-8:30PM
February 26th - Youth Night 6PM-8:30PM
March 19th - Youth Night 6PM-8:30PM
April 16th - Youth Night 6PM-8:30PM
Youth Nights - Youth Nights at Good Shepherd are our primary meeting nights to study God's Word, eat food, and do activities together that help grow a sense of community and fun. Food and beverages are always provided at no cost to those attending. Come out and join us!
Outdoor Movie Night - The youth group now has a 20foot inflatable outdoor movie screen! On October 11th we will be using it for the first time. The event will start at 6pm giving everyone plenty of time to get situated. Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on as we will be sitting in the grass by the baseball diamond. Beverages and snacks will be provided. The "cost" for this event is to bring one bag (small or large) of soft goods to add to our "Stuff the Bus" fundraiser. This fundraiser is through Savers in Fairview Heights where they will pay us by the pound for any and all soft goods we can collect by October 12th. Soft goods include donations of clean clothing, shoes, hats, purses, linens, towels, sheets, curtains, and the like.
Thanksgiving Meal - Every year we like to get together and celebrate Thanksgiving as a youth group. However, we do not do this in a traditional sense. There will be no standard Thanksgiving food served. We will decide as a youth group at our youth night in October what type of food we would like to make and eat. It is always interesting to see what the students select.
Christmas Party - With everything from ugly Christmas sweaters to a white elephant gift exchange to decorating Christmas cookies the Christmas party is always a "can't miss" event. If you are not familiar with a white elephant gift exchange they are an anonymous gift exchange wherein the strangest and most random gift you can possibly find is the idea. This is a prime time to get rid of some of the random knick-knacks you have had in a box in the basement for the last 20 years. Wrap the gift leave your name off the gift and see who gets stuck with it. Basic rules for the white elephant gift exchange are: 1. Cash Limit of $5 for anyone who decides to buy something (Thrift stores are great for this). 2. Nothing stolen. (If you do not have permission to give it then do not bring it) 3. No trash. (If it is literal garbage then leave it in the garbage can) 4. No bricks/rocks/sticks/leaves/dirt/mud/etc... The idea is that the gifts are fun or funny. These things are not in the spirit of the exchange. Every year someone brings these and the recipient gets disappointed. Have fun and be creative in your gift giving. If you do not want to participate that is okay simply do not bring a gift and you will not receive one.
In the face of fear, of chaos, anxiety, and uncertainty, you remain a child of God—loved, fought for, protected, covered by God’s mercies.
As the events of the world seem to threaten our security and inner peace, you remain his. Loved. Fought for. Protected. Covered.
God's love is not conditional, not subject to change. His promises are not empty, and his words are not void. He does not give himself in pieces, but wholly, completely, fully, in the midst of our greatest hardships and worry, he remains ever close and ever-present.
He is your Protector. He is fighting for you. He has conquered death for you. He has broken bows and ended wars for you, and you remain his. And yet he still promises himself to us. Near. Close. Present. In his sovereignty and in his grace, he says to us, It is mine to fight, to conquer, to defeat darkness and to reign victorious. It is yours to see and to know that this is all for you. I have pledged myself to you. I am with you. I will be exalted.
We may not have reason, explanation, or certainty of why, but what we do know is God is still good, no matter our circumstances. He remains near with no oversight of our struggles or anxiety. He remains close to the brokenhearted, and you remain his child. Loved. Fought for. Protected.
We're all in this together
God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling.
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
At 5th and 6th grade Youth Group events, a pizza dinner is provided. We have a Bible Study, time for prayer, and sports and games like dodgeball, basketball, volleyball, kickball, board games, and scavenger hunts!
5th and 6th grade is open to church families, school families, and any other 5th and 6th graders who would like to join us!