In the last 72 Hours, we’ve had the chance to interact with about 164 people over three different days and while it seems like it could be a little overwhelming, in all reality, it’s just been pretty awesome.

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We started on Wednesday, with my absolutely favorite midweek program for K-6th grade kids, Hangtime.

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We had 60 kids and about 26 teen helpers and adult leaders and all together it made for a wonderfully big group of fun.  I had the opportunity during workshop time to walk around and catch a few pictures.  The one below was of our Craft Workshop.  After finishing their project, they put together some gifts for our Operation Christmas Child Shoe Boxes.  These boxes will go to help children all over the world and in my mind, nothing is better than kids helping kids.

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At Hangtime this week, we were blessed with having a special guest speaker, David Balsamo.  David is a Senior at our High School and he shared about how he was letting his light shine for Jesus (our theme for the year) by running a Bible Club at his school.  He did an incredible job of sharing with the kids at Hangtime and we were so thankful to have him join us.

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Then on Thursday night, we met up with about 50 of our best students and leaders for Youth Group.

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Each week, we spend our game time at Tuttle Avenue’s gym, usually playing some form of dodgeball.  Because that is a game that the kids all love.

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After games, we gathered together for some worship time and then Jeremy did a great job teaching the lesson.  Our theme is the Year of Awesome and our topics have been about how God is Awesome.  We focused in on Grace last night and it was powerful.

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We’ve been working this year to empower our students to step up and serve in leadership roles.  We are so proud of them and know that they are doing great things for Jesus.

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Last night, we also revealed this year’s Breakaway theme, which is not “pajamas” as some guessed (because Jeremy walked out wearing these crazy Christmas pajamas).  Our theme this year is Christmas and we could not be more excited for our upcoming Youth Group Retreat to Pennsylvania in February.

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And then the final event of our last 72 hours was a First and Third field trip to Chick-fil-A.  Because who wouldn’t want to drive 45 minutes to take 28 teenagers to eat delicious chicken?

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In a fun turn of events, it was Chick-fil-A’s birthday we think.  Because there were festive balloons and then the Chick-fil-A cow came out and gave everyone free cookies.  We also found out it was our friend Mario’s birthday (technically in a few days) so we sang a nice loud “Happy Birthday” to him and Chick-fil-A.

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And that sums up the story of how in the past 72 hours we’ve hung out with so many amazing people.  And I write these things for a few reasons.  First off, if you have a child (or children) who is in Kindergarten all the way up through 12th grade, we pretty much have great groups for them to check out at Eastport Bible Church.  Jeremy and I and our teams of leaders and helpers, will lovingly and willingly spend quality time with your kids and do our best to encourage them as much as we can.  And secondly, let’s be honest.  Life isn’t easy.  But we were never meant to do it alone.  Finding people to become “your people” and who will be there for you… well it’s a huge blessing for sure.  And again, we have a great family and community at Eastport Bible Church and we would love for you to come and join us!  For more details check out:

www.eastportbiblechurch.com

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Happy Weekend to you!

Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

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