A Long Winter’s Nap
Each year, we try to take our senior teens away for a weekend retreat. This year we again traveled down to Penn-York, outside of Ulysses, PA. It is a well-equipped, comfortable retreat facility that includes a large gym and a sledding hill. The weekend involved some late night tubing, hours of basketball, and numerous board games interspersed with some teaching on the history and need for Sabbath observance. It was a great opportunity for our students to step out of their very busy schedules and to reconnect to their spiritual Father through rest and recreation. On Saturday afternoon, some of us took part in “nap-time”, an activity that many of us had not participated in for a long time. The weekend was a great reminder to us that God created the Sabbath for us and that if He, the creator of the world, took Sabbath, then how much more so should we.
Junior teens, our overnight is March 28-29.
Beautiful You, Wonderfully Made
This month, my wife Jackie hosted a gathering for our 8th grade girls. They came to our house for lunch and some time to gab, and then were treated to some advice and lessons on applying makeup. According to Jackie, the idea was that “God creates us all different and unique. We aren’t to hide under makeup but we do need to care for the temple God has given us.” Each of the girls went home with a hand mirror with a reminder that they are beautiful because they are the daughters of a king. As the father of an 8th grade girl, I can attest that the struggle these young ladies face with regard to self-esteem is very real, and this afternoon provided a fantastic avenue to remind these girls that they are loved and that they are wonderfully made. Boys, stay tuned for our upcoming seminar on applying camouflage face paint.
Pearce Plays Gracious Host
Each month, the Pearce Quiz team studies and memorizes its assigned scripture passages, and then once a month, they travel together to other Conference churches to compete. This month was Pearce’s turn to host. Saturday, March 1, saw nearly 80 students from around western New York gather for worship, fellowship, and of course competition. This group of folks work so hard, and have a great time competing. Quizzing has also proven to be a wonderful way for students to hide God’s word in their hearts. We frequently hear of students that say scriptures they memorized for quizzing came to mind when they were in difficult circumstances. If you get a chance, come out and support our team; their next tournament is April 5.