Hello all and Happy August!
In July, we had a wonderful time at Christmount camp volunteering at different organizations around Asheville. We got to work in a community garden, serve food and commune with Asheville’s underserved populations, and help on a farm in West Asheville.
We also shared ice cream, scripture, and music with our FCC family at our youth-led worship service on July 25th.
August 23rd, we will head to Carowinds for a time of fellowship and fun.
On Wednesday nights, we will be exploring the theme of Suffering Servitude. The Gospel of Mark presents Jesus as the Suffering Servant, and we will look at four stories from Isaiah and Mark in which God reveals how we should react to suffering.
We will explore how the image of suffering servitude from Isaiah 53 was an image of hope for the People of Israel. Then, stories of The Gerasene
Demoniac (Mark 5), Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14), and Jesus’ death on the cross (Mark 15) give us stark
images of suffering that encourage us to address suffering and injustice in our own contexts.
We will also be doing a back to school celebration at the end of August!
The Youth did a wonderful Job helping to lead VBS this year!! Thank you!
Throughout the school year the Youth participate in a few community outreach programs, such as the Crop Hunger Walk, Samaritan Ministries, Christmas caroling for homebound church members, etc. The Youth also take an annual Summer Mission Trip to Christmount Work Camp, which is located in Black Mountain, NC.
Each May a particular Sunday is designated as “Youth Sunday” and all of the children and Youth are involved in worship, serving as leaders for the entire service. They present a skit or play, serve as elders and deacons, read scripture and usually provide the sermon itself. The event is well-attended and helps to connect the congregation with the Youth and children of the church. This year the youth have decided to have a “Youth Wednesday night” July 25th at 6pm. There will be an ice-cream social immediately following the service.