Thursday, September 25, 2008

Weekly Grapple Connection

Hey Middle School parents,
Here is some info about what we talked about last night at Next. hope you find it useful.

September 24, 2008

Grapple Question:
Isn't God Just Mean and Cruel?

Kids Learn:
God Knows What’s Best for Them

Dig Into the Bible:

Life isn't always fair, and when things go bad for junior highers, the pain they experience is amplified. It’s during these trying times that your kids need you more than anything. Whether they accept you or push you away, ultimately your kids will appreciate the fact that you love and care for them. This week let your kids know that you are always there for them, and leave it at that. Telling them that God knows what’s best for them probably won’t help much; just love them and walk alongside them as they discover God’s plan for their lives. Be a sounding board whenever possible. Listen, listen, and listen, before you offer ideas or solutions.

Last week's Ikon

Hey parents,
Pastor Mielke and I were gone last weekend whitewater rafting so Trevor headed up Ikon in our absence. Here is a short summary of last week:

the night focused on how our breath is God given and how we should always be aware of God's presence in our life in all we do - even when we are breathing. this was reinforced in the Nooma video we watched, "Breath".

this week our topic will be "undignified" we will look at Ephesians 5:18-20 and talk about what it means to be filled with the spirit.

Have a great weekend.


Monday, September 15, 2008

Worship Week 2

Hey Ikon Parents,
last night our topic was "pieces" . We looked at Matthew 21:42, 44

42 Jesus said to them, “Have you never read in the Scriptures:
“‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; this was the Lord's doing,and it is marvelous in our eyes’?
44 . . . the one who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces; and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.”

We talked about what it means to be broken before God. To truly be able to worship God we need to be broken before him. As it says in Psalm 51:7:

The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.

We discussed the following questions in small group:

Who is the “stone?” What will the stone do?

Is there a difference between be “broken to pieces” and being “crushed?” Why or why not?

What are some ways we become broken – spiritually, emotionally, physically?

Why is it so hard to let yourself be broken? List ways people resist it.

We ended the night by reflecting on ways each one of us need to be broken and/or put back together by God.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Face Plant

Last night at ikon we began a 4 work series about worship. the first topic was Face Plant. We talked about the difference between humility and humiliation. We read Psalm 46:10a "Be still and Know I am God and talked about why it is so difficult to calm down and be in God's presence. The following questions were discussed in small group:

Is it hard to be still before God? Why or why not?

What distracts you? What helps you concentrate?

How do you react to the words: “Know that I am God.”

After we came back together as a large group kids were encouraged to lay face down on the floor and just spend some time before God. it was cool to see everyone take it seriously. we hope that last night was a good beginning to becoming better worshipers of God.

Have a great week!


Thursday, September 4, 2008


Hey Middle School parents. Next is underway on Wednesday nights and we have been having a great time. Last night our topic was trusting God. We talked about how to trust God with our lives even when it's not easy to do. kids were challenged to start a prayer journal at home to keep track of their prayer requests and how God answers those prayers.

This year we are using the "Grapple" curriculum. there is an online part of this where kids can communicate with each other and the leaders, vote on in class games, play games and more. I sent home a parental consent form for usage of this sight. please fill it out and get it back to me if you want your child to be able to participate in this.

Have a great weekend!