JUST A NOTE | Thoughts from Pastor Scott Owens

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Posted by Chris Grev on OA10er @ 10:41 AM

We’re back! We really never left, but you get the idea.

It is really easy to hit coast mode for these next two weeks but instead we are getting things set a great winter and spring upcoming. First off we have a Winter Summit for Middle school students. I’d love to encourage parents to look at this as an option because it’s a great chance to see your students step away for a weekend and seek Him more and what middle schooler doesn’t need that.

Also upcoming, is a Broomball Tournament on Monday, February 19th at the Packer Arena from 10am-12pm for all students and friends. We are raising money for the organization Hope for Haiti and so the more students the better.

We maybe doing some quick random things in the next couple months, like tubing and service projects, but we will let you know.

The important thing is that we want to give your students chances to use this time to connect not only with God, but his people and have a mission for others. When we look to grow we always want to do it together and towards a goal. I am hopeful that the next two months we can see our group grow in how we interact and being a family of believers. What does that look like for your family?

  • Do you have time to ask your student how school is?
  • Their time with God?
  • What their mission is?
  • How they want to change the world?

I will be changing our Parent Question emails that we send out on Wednesdays and I encourage you to seek faith building conversations with your kids.

 Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends, our community and the world for His glory.  

Scott Owens

WNL.12+

Posted by Chris Grev on OA10er @ 10:33 AM

Christmas Party Recap… FUN!

When we planned the Christmas Party WNL into the schedule I was looking forward to it. Let me ask you a question, how many Christmas Parties do you attend…how many do you celebrate? I was talking to one guy and their family had 7! Yeah…7!

I think that is too many but we have work parties and extended family celebrations and our own family Christmas celebrations and so it just made sense for Faith Students to have one as well. We wanted it to be focused around a Family Christmas for deliberate reasons.

We see Faith Students as a big family with weird uncles, caring aunts and annoying nephews who all show God’s grace and tremendous love for all of us. We wanted the party to be filled with our personalities and His giving hope, so hopefully we did that. This is why we planned the night to have so many different things and tons of community.

Just in case your student didn’t tell you what we did here it is; we filled up Hot Cocoa Mason Jars and then went caroling around the East building and handed them out to houses we sang at, it was a ton of fun. We also sang Christmas songs together and had Grandma Josie come to read us a couple of Christmas stories while we ate candy canes. We ended the night with an ugly sweater competition - senior Bobbie Thoma being the grand prize winner with the ugliest of ugly sweaters (she was very honored)!

Lastly, we had a small gift exchange for all the students and everybody walked away with a gift, but only about 25% of them liked the gift that they received. My favorite was Isaac Stromlund trying to give away his lasagne meal to ANYONE!

All of the Alongsiders love your students and enjoy them very much. We look forward to seeing what God will do in their lives and enjoy the moments we have to pour into them His great Spirit of hope and love.

Have a Merry Christmas!

Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends, our community and the world for His glory. 

Scott Owens

 

OFF THEN WE’RE BACK

We will be off for two weeks; Dec 20th and Dec 27th.  Then back on Jan 3rd with a pizza party at Steve’s Pizza from 6:33-8:30pm

We have started our preparations for our mission trip to Haiti to work alongside Dan and Holly Ravenhorst (missionaries of our church). We will be there in July of this summer, please look up their ministry and find out more about what they are doing. heartlineministries.org

Every WNL we take an offering for Moumita our FAITHstudents sponsor child in Kolkata, India. Check out what the Global Fingerprints does as a whole.

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Posted by Chris Grev on OA8er @ 8:55 AM

Christmas means joy, celebration, baby Jesus, snacking, caroling etc, etc and all the good stuff in life. So this is what we will be doing on Wednesday, celebrating all the good stuff together. 

6:33-8:30 at the East Building is when we will start. We will be making cookies starting at 5:30 if you would like to come early. We talked about Caroling from 5-6pm but it doesn’t look like we have enough numbers to pull that off. 

We will be…

  • Having an Ugly Sweater Contest
  • Christmas Cookies
  • White Elephant Gifts**
  • The Christmas Story
  • Singing Christmas Carols
  • And More

    **A White Elephant Gift is where you wrap up something you have at home that you don't want or use.  Don't put a name on it.  We will play a game with everyone's gifts.  It can be anything: socks, candy, old game...you name it.

It is our chance to celebrate as a family and share the love of the season. Please make sure your student can come and wears their bestest, ugliest sweater.  Friends are always welcome.

OFF
We will be off for two weeks - Dec 20th and Dec 27th.

WE’RE BACK
We will be back on the 3rd with a pizza party at Steve’s Pizza from 6:33-8:30

Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends and our community for His glory. Wishing  you all a Blessed and Merry Christmas.

Scott Owens

WNL.11

Posted by Chris Grev on OP12er @ 12:12 PM

What can Christmas mean to your family?

For many of us, Christmas time is a mixture of our traditions of what we have done in the past (what we did as a family growing up) and the true meaning of Christmas (the gift of hope that we received in Christ). Hopefully these two have tremendous overlap, but sometimes we do things because they are just tradition and they don’t point to Christ.

How do we balance those two in a healthy way for our students?
Is your family 70% tradition and 30% celebrate the gift of Jesus?

Of course, it is silly to make it into a percentage. It will not accomplish anything if we try to calculate our tradition from our beliefs and passion. The only thing it will do is make another standard for us to strive for. However, it is a balancing act of how we celebrate Christmas and I say from the perspective of a father, and a family man.

The next two weeks at WNL we are looking at two different parts of scripture: John 14:5-7 & John 14:15-17. We are calling this series ETHOS. It is a Greek word meaning the ‘spirited belief’ or ‘its very nature’. When looking at these two very impacted pieces of scripture in John we want to drive home Jesus’ place in the world and what it shows us about our place in this world

I challenge you to talk with your student(s) about what Jesus’ coming means to us. Not necessarily His death, but more about His coming. It leads us to attempt to grasp that we are valued by God immensely and we are worthy to have Him come. What does it say of God that He sent Jesus? We have the struggle of seeing traditions and the lights, tree, gifts, etc., and missing the ethos of God’s.

The best way to praise God and the giver of the most amazing gift EVER is to breathe deeply the reason why Jesus came. So we are going to talk about the message that Jesus spoke and the reason why this is our belief that we are to share in a ‘Spirited’ way.

Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends and our community for His glory. 

Scott Owens

WNL.10

Posted by Chris Grev on OA9er @ 9:27 AM

How was your thanksgiving? Yep, I’m stuffed too. Isn’t it interesting that we sometimes make the same mistake over and over (overeating) and yet we are okay because they aren’t that bad of mistakes (traditions)?

This coming WNL (Nov 29) we are doing something different and something very cool. We will begin earlier then normal this Wednesday night (6-8pm) because we are going serve in our community by bell ringing for the Salvation Army. You know the people that stand and ring the bells?

Yeah, that will be us and we will be doing that in Austin from 6-8pm at 5 different locations. We will be ringing at Runnings, Sterling Main Street, Hy-Vee, Jim's Marketplace, Walmart and Shopko

I also need a couple of students (2-3) to do bell ringing from 4-6pm at Sterling Main Street.

Make sure your students dress warm please.

We do this every so often when we decide to serve during a WNL. It is a chance to give and make an impact in our community and in our students life. We want to make memories of students serving and being used together so that they find value in living for others.

I would encourage you to ask your student why we are doing this and are they excited to serve. Giving to others is something we do because we desire to show Christ’s love, does your student desire to serve? Is there a way we can encourage that? These are great conversations to have with your student.

CHRISTMAS PARTY

Christmas Carol singing, Ugly Sweater Competition, Christmas Cookies, the Christmas Story and more. Make sure they come and are decked out in the season.

Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends and our community for His glory. 

Scott Owens

WNL. 9 1/2

Posted by Chris Grev on OA10er @ 10:40 AM

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

We wish you all a Happy Turkey Day and I pray that your family has wonderful family time throughout this week/weekend (and the vikings win). I would like to encourage you with some conversation starters that you can have with your students that hopefully will help spark up spiritually discussions this Thanksgiving break. It is our desire at FaithStudents to help provide moments for parents to be the main faith builders in your students life, so here we go:

  • Northwestern University came to WNL last week, do you think college is in your future…what are the pros and cons of a christian college v. a public university?
  • Why did Jesus tell stories (parables)?
  • FaithStudents is going to Haiti this summer, have you ever thought of going on mission trip?
  • Why do Christians go on mission trips?
  • Do miracles still happen? How do you know they happen?
  • How do you worship at WNL? Would you worship differently if Jesus was in the room?
  • What is the most powerful thing Jesus has ever said?
  • What is your prayer life like?
  • Why do you think some people are not letting Jesus penetrate their hearts (Mark 6:52)?
  • How can I encourage and pray for you?

I pray that you have moments to ask your student(s) some of these questions or make-up your own. God cares deeply about the identity of your student(s) and so we, as well, need to be very aware of the way we encourage and challenge students to care for that identity He has given us.

Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends and our community.  

Scott Owens

Posted by Chris Grev on OA9er @ 9:28 AM

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Posted by Chris Grev on OA9er @ 9:27 AM

Two weeks ago in our newsletter I talked about getting away from the everyday life (Fall Fling Retreat) and what God can do with our relationship when we spend time reading, seeking and listening to Him. This last WNL we announced  this summer we will be going to Haiti on a mission trip working alongside Dan and Holly Ravenhorst. I desire for your students to not just sign-up but to spend time seeking if God wants them to take part in this trip.

For some students they may assume it is too much for them (financially, distance from home, outside comfort zone, never done a mission trip before…). However, the moments when we are stretched beyond our comfort zone are the exact moments God can work powerfully because it is by His power and not our own ability and that is the life we desire to live. That is what we desire for our children.

We will be leaving around July 7th through July 13th and the trip will cost approximately $1600. The trip is for high school students, including incoming freshman and students graduating this spring. There is an application every student will need to fill out. The application can be found on our website, along with more information on the mission trip or at WNL.  We will also be offering a middle school mission trip this summer, but that will be announced in January.

I encourage you all (parents) to ask how your student needs to step outside of their comfort zone and what will push them toward dependence on Him. These opportunities are not just fun and exciting, but they can push our reliance on Him to where we want it to be.  

Applications are due by December 13th and we will have a mandatory meeting on Sunday, December 17th @ 1pm at Faith Church that is open to parents. I would love to answer any questions or just pray with you for and about your student.

Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends and our community.  

Scott Owens

WNL.8

Posted by Chris Grev on OA9er @ 9:59 AM

Do you struggle to know how to regulate and monitor your students media consumption?
Is there such thing as too much?

When it comes to movies that have come out or the newest social media platform (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat…)?Can I regulate it at all and how do I have that conversation?

I understand that it is a question that many of you struggle with and fighting that is hard to do, maybe even coming up with guidelines is hard enough. Our next ParentLab is going to talk specifically about how you can engage your child in movies they watch and finding a way to make every movie they watch be a teaching moment to a gospel conversation.

Deuteronomy 6 talks about discipling your student as they wake (1), as they eat (2), as they lie down (3), and as they go about their day (4). For most of you three out of the four of those activities are done at home, but what about as they go about their day?

If we look to engage in spiritually stirring conversations with our students during the parts of the day when they are home then we pray that as they go about their day they are in the habit of walking with Him.

The next ParentLab is Sunday, November 19th from 6-7:30pm at Faith Church for all parents (ALL PARENTS).
We pray this can be an informative message and challenge for many of you. We also encourage you to invite other parents you know that struggle with these questions. We pray the table conversations with other parents will help you to engage in movies and turning every movie into a spiritual conversation that could produce fruit.

Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends and our community.  Scott Owens

 

WNL.7

Posted by Chris Grev on OA9er @ 9:16 AM

Let me ask you a question: When were you the closest in your relationship with Christ?

Just like any relationship we have there are high points and low points and they consist on how much time, effort, energy and dependence we have on/with the other person.

When Carrie and I were engaged the pastor who married us REQUIRED (yes it was that emphasized) we go to a marriage conference called ‘Weekend to Remember'.  It was great because we got applicable tools and we were challenged with conversations that got us started in the best way.  I would say it was one of the closest points of our relationship and we weren’t even married at that time.

In our relationship with Christ it is much of the same for us.  When we spend time with God and focus on Him the relationship is that much greater.  It is full of dependent conversation, honest appreciation and we don’t see Him as the wrong character (let’s be honest that is our struggle a lot is that we see God not as He really is). So I will ask again…

When were you the closest in your relationship with Christ?

I am going to guess it is around or attached to a time of focusing on Him. Maybe it was a weekend getaway, conference, mission trip, or sometime when you ‘put off all that hinders’ (Heb 12:1) and just focused on Him.  That is what we had this last weekend.

We had 18 high school students go to Fall Fling and it was awesome.  Great conversations, great worship, great messages …. you know what I mean.  Middle school students will have a retreat in the winter and then we will have another weekend getaway for ALL students in April.  These are important moments to focus on our relationship with the God of all creation and He meets us there.

I encourage all of you (parents) to ask what would weekends away when you were a teenager be worth to you now. 

Scott Owens

Thank you for letting me minister to your students and alongside them in reaching their friends and our community.

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