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Good Morning!

It’s Mark here sending out this week’s edition of “Get Connected” on behalf of Pastor Josh. Please pray for Josh as he’s been sick for the last few days, and so this is why I am sending out this week’s newsletter. I hope that you all are doing well, and that this week’s email will help you as we move into the fall season of our student ministry. We had a very successful mission trip this past weekend as many of you participated in “Love Our City” and we would just like to say thank you to those who participated, your service made a difference in someone’s life! We were able to minister to those both inside and outside of the church, and show people that we love them and show them we take the mission of Jesus very seriously. Here’s what’s coming up:

Our Featured Event: This week’s featured event is this week’s Word of Life service. The next two weeks (September 27th & October 3rd) will be our Teens Involved Emphasis nights. We believe that students are not simply a part of the church of tomorrow, but they are a part of the church today! Because we believe this, we want our students to be actively serving Christ and His church right now. Teens Involved is a program in which students are able to sign-up in various categories of ministry including preaching, music, and drama just to name a few. They are then given the chance to compete against students from other churches in the same categories. Competition is not the goal, but ministry experience and the exaltation of Jesus is. I was able to participate in Teens Involved as a student, and it was very beneficial for me and helped me see that God was leading me into student ministry as a vocation.

Our Upcoming Events:
· September 26 – Word of Life – Our weekly Wednesday night services meet in the gymnasium from 6-8 P.M. We serve food from 6-6:30, and will then have a time of worship, games, teaching, and small group discussion. We encourage your student to be a part of this on a weekly basis, and would love for any parents interested in visiting our services to come join us one night! The next two weeks will be our Teens Involved Emphasis Nights. Teens Involved is something we participate in each year as a ministry that gives students opportunities to exercise their spiritual gifts primarily in a church setting.
· October 6 – Service Opportunity: The Miracle League. This is a high school (10-12 grade) only event! The Miracle League is a baseball league for handicap kids. Their desire is for every kid to be able to play baseball so the Miracle League has given them a chance! Our high school ministry will have the opportunity to go and encourage these kids and be a buddy to them. We will meet at the church at 8:15 am and return at 1:30 pm. Bring money for lunch at CiCi’s.
· October 7 – Parent/Leader Luncheon – This is for all parents of students in the Grove. Come out as we seek to partner with you, and build stronger relationships with parents and leaders of our students. This is a pot luck meal, and we will have sign ups going around next week of what to bring! We had to move the date of this event due to a scheduling conflict, but we’re looking forward to seeing you there on the 7th!
· October 10 – The Price is Right At The Grove – This will be a special themed Wednesday night around the TV game show “The Price is Right.” We will have an assortment of games that are on the show, giveaway prizes, and also present the gospel of Jesus Christ who paid the ultimate price with His blood by dying on the cross, and rising again to give us eternal life. We encourage you to begin praying for this night, and to invite students you know who do not know Jesus.
· October 27 – A’MAZE’INGLY SCARY NIGHT – This is an outreach event for the entire community that the Grove hosts. We decorate and create a haunted house right here on our campus for the community to come to. We share the Gospel through it and after it, and give them a chance to respond to the Gospel! It is a great opportunity, and we are going to need you guys involved.
· November 2-3 – Word of Life Superbowl – The Word of Life Superbowl is returning to Charlotte, NC this year. This is an all-night event that will feature a Charlotte Bobcats game, several different activities in various sports arenas, and a gospel presentation about Jesus Christ. An estimated cost for this event is $45, and we will give further details when they are made known to us.

We are trying to keep you as informed as possible and keep the cost as low as possible. If you ever have questions or want quick information regarding the Grove, check out our facebook page or check out the website here. You can also follow us on twitter (@ugbcgrove) for instant information regarding the Grove. We love and appreciate you. We count it a privilege to partner with you this year. If you have any questions about our student ministry, please contact Pastor Josh anytime with the info provided below.

In His Service,

Josh Evans
Student Pastor, Union Grove Baptist Church
Web: ugbconline.com Blog: joshhevans.wordpress.com
W: 336-764-2103 C: 336-953-6427 F: 336-764-8657

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