Inclement Weather Change for August 14th from Swim/Cookout to Pizza/Game Night…

Due to the rain forecasted off and on for the rest of today, we’re changing our swim/cookout for this evening to a pizza/game night. There’s also a change of location. It’s all happening for high school students from 5-7p at the Wilkes’s Home located at 8595 Sunningdale Blvd. Indianapolis, IN 46234. Originally transportation was going to be provided to Avon, but since the Wilkes live close to the church, we’re just asking students to meet there. No need to bring anything, unless you have a favorite board game. We’ve got it all covered. Hope to see you there.

 

High School Back 2 School Swim & Cookout Nights

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This Sunday night, August 14th, is the first of 3 summer fun nights scheduled for high school students (grades 9-12). Students are welcome to meet at Rick & Chrissa Belcher’s house at 7193 Hidden Valley Dr. Plainfield, IN 46168, or if you are in need of transportation the church bus will be leaving Chapel Rock at 4:30p and returning around 7:30p. Meet at door 1 for departure. Food will be provided. No need to bring anything. For questions call or text Nick Wilkes at 317-946-7113.

Fall Kick Off

Fall-kickoff

Middle School & High School Students and Parents: join us for our student ministry Fall Kickoff August 7th from 5-7p at Camp Dellwood. Parking is limited at the camp so a shuttle service will be available from Door 1 at Chapel Rock every 5 minutes starting at 4:30p. Dinner will be provided so come hungry.

Merida: Day One/Two

We arrived safely last night in Merida after a day of flights and a 4 hour can ride from Cancun. The temperature is pretty hot, but the breeze brought some relief. We got settled in at Craig Gates home in Merida, and after orientation, got a crash course on hammocking Yucatan style. 

This morning started early, as it’s too hot to do much by about 2p. Our team worked on two different projects at two churches. One project involves moving a massive amount of fill dirt and helping clear out a stone wall to make way for the foundation of a church being built. The other project consisted of setting heavy concrete beams that will be used as roof supports, which we’ll all be working on tomorrow. 

This afternoon we, have had a little down time to eat a late lunch, check out the local tienda known as Bambi, and get cleaned up before our evening activities. 

We met a few of the local pastors at the work sites, who jumped right in and helped us get our work done for the day. Craig really encouraged the students to think about the eternal ways that we are investing in the work of Christ here Merida. “Buildings are great, but they are only tools. The eternal things are the ways that people see Christ in his people, through a smile, through a conversation, through the ways that you acknowledge them and make efforts to engage,” was the challenge he gave us. 

We’re excited for the Lords continued work in all that’s ahead. 

Nick

Merida: Day One/Two

  
We arrived safely last night in Merida after a day of flights and a 4 hour can ride from Cancun. The temperature is pretty hot, but the breeze brought some relief. We got settled in at Craig Gates home in Merida, and after orientation, got a crash course on hammocking Yucatan style. 

This morning started early, as it’s too hot to do much by about 2p. Our team worked on two different projects at two churches. One project involves moving a massive amount of fill dirt and helping clear out a stone wall to make way for the foundation of a church being built. The other project consisted of setting heavy concrete beams that will be used as roof supports, which we’ll all be working on tomorrow. 

This afternoon we, have had a little down time to eat a late lunch, check out the local tienda known as Bambi, and get cleaned up before our evening activities. 

We met a few of the local pastors at the work sites, who jumped right in and helped us get our work done for the day. Craig really encouraged the students to think about the eternal ways that we are investing in the work of Christ here Merida. “Buildings are great, but they are only tools. The eternal things are the ways that people see Christ in his people, through a smile, through a conversation, through the ways that you acknowledge them and make efforts to engage,” was the challenge he gave us. 

We’re excited for the Lords continued work in all that’s ahead. 

Nick

Merida: Day 3

  

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

‭‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:1-3‬ ‭NIV‬‬

Our first evening devotional focus came from the above passage in Hebrews 12:1-3. The challenge that Erin and Kierstin brought our group was to fix our eyes on Jesus in all that we do this week. Today we had the opportunity to do just that and have seen him at work in many ways. We joined with our brothers and sisters from the a church in Muna, Mexico to help do some work with them on their village church property. It’s a beautifully simple stick structure with a tin roof, with a concrete structure behind it that is being built as restrooms. Several of the area pastors gladly jumped in to help with the concrete roof that we mixed and poured for the bathrooms. It was neat to see God’s amazing provision of giftedness within in the body of Christ. We were reminded of the ways that God has put us together and each part (1 Corinthians 12) does its work. Our students quickly found a rhythm, and despite the heat and the challenge of the job, we all worked together to hand mix, and lift over 140 buckets of cement to pour the roof that was over 12 feet off the ground. 

After the job was finished we had a late afternoon lunch at one of the church members homes that consisted of homemade chicken, rice and tortillas along with some of the hottest and best habanero pepper salsa ever. After lunch we visited the Pastor Raul’s home where we had some time to play a few games as a group and relax for a few minutes before the afternoon church service. 

Around 4p we were privelaged to join in on the Thursday afternoon church service which was completely in Spanish, except for the occasional hymn number and scripture reference. It was a beautiful opportunity to see God at work in the rich variety of the church cross-culturally. We started with a few hymns, followed by a time of prayer and a few more hymns from the paper hymnal. Craig Gates, the missionary who is leading us from CMY, preached a sermon from Hebrews 11. As our time together wrapped up several of the church members stepped forward to speak a word of testimony and thank our group for partnering with them to accomplish what was done on the concrete roof that day. The customary greeting at the end of a service is to connect with everyone and speak a word of blessing, which is how we ended our time together.

It was a great, and very full day that was capped by a late dinner at a local Cuban/Mexican restaurant, that was amazing. We all had Cuban sandwiches, and flan to top it all off. 

Tomorrow (Friday) will be another work day and a day of preparation for a pastor’s conference that is happening this weekend, so we’re looking forward to seeing how God will use our team in what’s ahead as we continue to fix our eyes on Jesus. 

CIY MOVE 2016: Day 5

CIY 2016

Kingdom Workers are Sent.

This whole week, we have been studying Ephesians. We have learned that Kingdom Workers are Loved, Rescued, United, and Changed. Today, we studied that Kingdom Workers are Sent.

The morning session started with reading Ephesians 6:7 which says “Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men…”.

Our morning session speaker, Mark Christian, talked about what happens when we go back home to our routine life. He said that because we changed here at CIY, we should go home changed and ready to change the world. To change the world, we must allow Christ to go back home with us and work with Him as our changed selves being filled with the Spirit and living by the Spirit.

The evening session focused around Ephesians 6:10-20.

Jayson French, our evening session speaker, talked about the power of God. He used examples like God’s power in raising Jesus from the dead or “…kicking Pharaoh’s butt…” in Egypt as Jayson said it. He said that this same power that did these things lives inside of us, but we have not chosen to be the powerful Christians. Instead, we have chosen to be “…sweet, kind, little Christians…”. Jayson then talked about how that power that lives inside of us can be used to fight against this war with Satan. Jayson warns that Satan is lethal and is trying to attack us. Despite this, we can win this fight through the armor of God found in Ephesians 6:10-20. By putting on the armor of God, praying, and memorizing God’s word, Satan will not be able to get us. After he finished his message, he asked us if we are ready to fight. To symbolize this, we were to go to the front of the stage and take a wrench. Then, we were to drop a knee, paraphrase Ephesians 2:10, and then say a prayer telling God that we are ready to fight for Him and that we are His craftsmanship. Our night continued and was filled with worship and people making decisions about ministry, being a believer for the first time, re-dedication, or living life as a Kingdom Worker. This was powerful to see the changes so many people were making  in their lives. Since our week at Move has ended, please pray that people will return home changed, ready to change the world and that will be ready to fight against Satan.

 

 

 

CIY MOVE 2016: Day 4

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Kingdom Workers are Changed. This is one of many truths that we have been encountered with during our time in Holland Michigan. The themes for the week are coming from Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus.

We started with Ephesians 4:17 which says “So I tell you this, and insist on it in the Lord, that you must no longer live as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking.”

Matt Christian, one of our speakers for the week explained it like this, “Paul doesn’t say you’re wrecked, he says its time to grow up and venture out in the strength that God gave you.” In both the Morning and Evening sessions the illustration of a caterpillar going through metamorphosis was used. Renew, Retrain, Replace. Those words can apply to a caterpillar and the process it goes through. It applies to us as well.
Stickers were passed out among the auditorium, we were called to write on the back casing of the sticker, the things that we no longer wanted to burden us, on the front of the sticker we wrote the exact opposite of the back. We wrote of the things we want Jesus to change. Pieces of plexi- glass was passed around and we put the sticker on it. The MOVE staff then put together a ginormous butterfly from the glass to symbolize the change that Jesus can do within us because Kingdom Workers are changed.
Though our time in Holland is coming to an end soon we still continue to pray for God to use the time to MOVE within the students here. It’s amazing to see the impact of the teachings and time together.

CIY MOVE 2016: Day 1 & 2

CIY 2016

You are loved. You are rescued. These are the first two of many powerful truths that we’ve spent some time wrestling with these past two days at CIY Move 2016 in Holland, MI. The themes of the week come from Paul’s letter to the church in Ephesus.

We started with Ephesians 1:7-8 which says, “In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us.”  

Mark Christian, one of our speakers for the week put it this way, “You are the gift that God wants and He’s been working to get you back from the beginning.” You are loved and you have been rescued through the blood of Jesus.
We’ve stayed dry so far in Holland (which seems to not have been the case in Indianapolis this week), and it’s been really great to see the impact of the teaching and the opportunity to be together, in bringing our group of 23 students from 7 schools closer with Christ and closer with one another (especially as we join with 1800 students from all over the midwest). We’re continuing to anticipate and pray for God to MOVE in the days ahead this week.