The Mix — Youth Group

 
 
 
 
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The Mix is the student ministry of Valley Community Church.  The purpose of The Mix is to provide a place where students are introduced to a real God and be connected with others on their level.
 
The Mix meets on Wednesday evenings at 7:00pm in the Fellowship Hall.  Additionally, special events are planned throughout the year.  Check out the Mix’s facebook page.  Or, if Facebook isn’t your thing, follow us on Instagram @themixsac.
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VCC Youth Update march 1, 2018

Hello everyone,

I hope you’re staying warm today, despite the crazy wind and rain! Matt Lucas Memorial Hume Lake scholarships are due this Sunday! We have only received a handful so far, so the chances are that your student has not turned one in yet. Please encourage them to put forth the effort to get this taken care of sooner rather than later. The other thing we have coming up for the youth is our Hide and Go Seek night on March 16th from 7:00-9:00.

Last night at youth we talked about having confidence in our faith as we walked through Hebrews 10:18-39. It’s easy for us to forget the splendor of what we’ve gained in Christ, and lose sight of the fact that the Bible encourages us to approach God with confidence (10:18-22). The author also encourages us to meet together so that we can spur each other on towards love and good works. Community is important in helping us maintain a steady walk with Christ so that we do not waiver in our faith, but maintain a confidence in the promises of God (10:23-25). As Christians we are cautioned not to turn again from faith back to rebellion, because if we do, we can expect to fall into the hands of the living God (10:26-31). Finally, the author reminds us that Christians face persecution for their faith, but they continue on towards a prize far greater than anything they can lose here. This confidence in a faithful God carries us forward so we do not shrink back from challenge, but instead we persevere and preserve our souls in faith (10:32-39). I closed by talking about how important it is that we continually find confidence in the promises of God, because without hope, our endurance quickly fades.



VCC Youth Update February 23, 2018

Hello everyone!

As a reminder, for those of you with students going to Hume, the Matt Lucas Memorial Hume Lake camp scholarships are due no later than March 4th.  The other event to be aware of is next month, on March 16th we have our hide and go seek night!  We’ll be playing from 7:00-9:00 (a little later than usual, due to the sun setting much later in the day, keeping everything light later).

On Wednesday we continued in our Hebrews series, covering chapter 9 through 10:18.  The theme of the message was, “Don’t put God in a box.”  It’s easy for us to either limit God through a narrow perception of him, or to compartmentalize him into various sections of our lives.  Hebrews 9:14 says our consciences are purified for the purpose of serving God, and when we either “limit” God or attempt to relegate our relationship with him to little more than a genie in a bottle, we fall short of this purpose.  When we have limited obedience or exposure to God, it limits the amount of relationship we enjoy with him.  However, the more we serve God, the more we participate in relationship with him.  To close, I encouraged the students to not settle for a compartmentalized relationship with Christ, but rather obey fully so as to enjoy the presence of God and the life of Christ to the fullest.



VCC Youth Update February 1, 2018

Hello everyone,
 
Short and sweet this week! First date to be aware of going forward is this Sunday, the 4th, because we’ll have the Matt Lucas Memorial Hume Lake Scholarship forms available in the lobby on the information table for all of the students who are regular attenders Sunday or Wednesday of VCC. These forms will be due back promptly on March 4th. The other date to be aware of is February 16th, because we have our youth game night from 6 until 8:30. We’ll have board games, pizza, Italian cream sodas, and potentially a game system or two hooked up. If your student hasn’t been to group in a while, or has friends, this would be the perfect night for them to join us!
 
Last night in our Hebrews series we went through Hebrews 4:8-5:11 and we focused on the truth that We obey from a position of grace, not so that we receive grace. The three main points we touched on were, “The only source of lasting peace, is Jesus”, “By striving to enter God’s rest, we avoid disobedience”, and “Belief changes everything.” My hope with this sermon was to illustrate the freedom that we have in Christ to delve ever deeper into an infinite God, and to remind the students that we are invited into the life of Christ, rather than the other way around.
 
If you have any questions about Hume, the Matt Lucas Memorial Scholarship applications, please let me know!


VCC Youth Update January 25, 2018

Hello everyone,
 
With Hume signups done we are moving on to the next Hume-related item, which is our Matt Lucas Memorial Scholarship applications.  These will be made available to regular attenders of VCC/The Mix starting on February 4th, and will be due March 4th.  The other event of note is our youth movie night is happening tomorrow (Friday the 26th) at 6:00-8:45.  We will vote on Friday to watch either Big Hero 6, Finding Dory, or the first Captain America movie (the only Marvel movie I could think of that doesn’t have reported cursing on imdb).  Pizza and popcorn will be provided.

Last night due to low attendance we took a quick break from our Hebrews series and did a devotional on Ephesians 2:13-17 about peace and freedom in Christ.  I talked about how as Ephesians says, we have been brought near by the blood of Jesus, and this isn’t based on anything we’ve done.  It’s purely based on the blood of Christ being spilled for us.  Our righteous standing before God is unchanged by our action, and nothing we can do will ever make us more righteous in God’s sight (this would be to say that Christ wasn’t enough!).  The focal point I arrived at with the students was that we have peace with God because of what Jesus did, and because of this peace we are able to experience true life lived in daily pursuit of discovering more of our infinite King of Kings.  As we closed, I challenged the students to spend time in prayer with God throughout the rest of the week, specifically concerning coming to know him deeper and more fully than they do now.

As always, if you have questions or concerns about any of the events going on in the group, Hume, or subject matter of the lessons, please let me know!



VCC Youth Update January 18, 2018

Hello everyone!

Couple of events and dates for you all to be aware of.  First and most important: the Hume registration and $75 deposit deadline is coming up this Sunday, January 21.  If your student is looking to go to Hume with us this summer (July 22-28), we need to have the registration and deposit either online at http://www.vccweb.org/hume-lake-registration-opening/ or in person (we have forms on the Information Counter in the lobby) by the 21st.  To help with the cost of Hume ($670), the Matt Lucas Memorial Hume Scholarships will be made available on February 4th, and then due back to us by March 4th.  Other dates to be aware of: we’re having a youth movie night on January 26th at 6:00-8:45, a game night on February 16th at 6:00, and then a hide and seek night come March 16th at 7:00.

Last night we continued in our Hebrews series, working through Hebrews 3:7-4:13.  The main focus of the passage was on the rest that we both have, and will have in God.  The first thing that we talked about was the need to be wary of having a hardened heart towards God, and the importance of encouraging each other toward steadfast faith.  Next, we moved on to the point of becoming aware of the legalism that can rear its ugly head in Christian culture and sidetrack us from accepting the mercy and grace of Jesus and recognizing the rest that is offered to us in Christ through his saving work.  The final point we touched on was how our walk with Jesus is a vulnerable one because it requires us coming before Christ with our sin.  That vulnerability however, is met with grace and forgiveness as we approach the throne of grace with confidence because Jesus is sympathetic to our struggle.

As always, I look forward to any questions you have about what’s going on in the youth group, or any concerns you may have, so please let me know!