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SHARED LUTHERAN

YOUTH MINISTRY It just seems like yesterday that everyone was wearing shorts and flip-flops, vacationing, camping, watching fireworks, swimming, or sitting around the campfire with friends. It is hard to believe that September is already here: sweaters, leaf raking, new homerooms, and m o re a d v a n c e d classes. I thought I should share some scripture with you as you head into a new school year. But which one? It should be no surprise that wise old King Solomon had a thing or two to say about learning: “Keep hold of instruction; do not let go; guard her for she is her life” (Proverbs 4:13). How about “An intelligent mind acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge" (Proverbs 18:15)? Both of these should inspire a positive mindset as you head back into the classroom. But even Solomon had his days. I read in Ecclesiastes 12.12 “Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh." I remember feeling that way sometimes when I was in school, especially during that long stretch from Christmas vacation to Spring Break! A much different king (Agrippa) said something that probably every student thinks at some point during the school year: “You are out of your mind...Too much learning is driving you

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insane!” (Acts 26:24). Now that’s a quote that deserves its own t-shirt! Maybe the best scripture I can share with you this school year is from a letter Saint Paul sent his young friend Timothy: “Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12). T h i s month means a new routine. I hope that you will consider making the Shared L u t h e r a n Yo u t h Ministry (SLYM) part of your routine. Our youth group is about being Christian leaders who care and welcome others every day, everywhere, and in every relationship. Leadership is often equated with holding microphones and serving on committees. Responding to God’s love and grace, EVERY person is called to leadership that invites others to “Go and do likewise” (Luke 10:37). May God bless you this school year as you learn (and maybe go a little crazy, too). IAN EASTMAN, M.A. coordinates SLYM. If you have any questions about youth group, contact him at (716) 720-8584 or via email at ifeastman@yahoo.com.

Come join SLYM in September as we kick off our 4th year of ministry! God has entered into our world with love and grace, claiming us even in the midst of our imperfections, inconsistencies, and selfcentered egos. So how should we respond? Christ illustrates this through a story about a Samaritan no one wanted to use a term like “good” to describe. We’ll examine this story over several weeks and discover how God uses unlikely people (like us) to accomplish his work. Thursdays 6 pm - 8 pm Sept. 20: “Making a Friend” Sept. 27: “W.H.E.A.T” G.A. Learning Center Come celebrate our 4th year Learn how be caring and 200 Gustavus Ave. with open gym, hang out time, welcoming, plus enjoy all the For grades 5 - 12 and worship. regular things like gym, etc.


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PARENT RESOURCE OF THE MONTH... “The next generation of committed Christians are being raised by families who are intentional about their faith and religious practice. They realize that family faith practice is a compass by which they can navigate the troubling waters of contemporary culture and the swift current of their busy lives" --! Leif Kehrwald. Vibrant Faith @ Home is an interactive resource designed to give you!everything you need to foster a stronger, more faith-focused family. The website is chock-full of easy-touse tools, tips, family activities, blogs, forums, and advice for families. The website is free, but requires registration. There’s a free iPad version available, too. http://www.vibrantfaithathome.org/

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