Join in the Summer Fun!

There is no time of the year I look forward to more than summer. In the youth and family ministry, summer is a season of fun trips, camps and activities. In our personal lives summer is a time for picnics, BBQs, pool parties and beach days. In the life of our church, summer is a great time to invite people into community, fun, service and relationships. As a church we have lots of events throughout the year that are designed for this type of easy invitation and there are a few coming up soon.

These events are designed to engage in relationship with one another, to connect in community as a body and to invite people who may not normally step foot into our church doors on a Sunday, to come and feel welcomed in a fun and relational environment. One of the phrases we often use in youth ministry is that we believe the best way to reach students for Christ is by “experiencing the gospel through the context of relationship.”

So, as you read the list of events and activities below, would you join us and participate in community? Would you be willing to invest by serving to make the events happen? Would you pray for the courage and intentionality to invite people who need this type of community in their lives, one filled with people who love Jesus and want to make Him known?

Adventure Week 2017
Join us for Adventure Week, July 10–14. Be part of the International Spy Academy, becoming agents for the one true God! Adventure week is for kids entering into 1st–6th grade in the fall and it’s free! Register here. (We still need more volunteers willing to serve. Sign up via the EvFree App or here.)

Take Me Out to the Ball Game
Thursday, August 3, 7:05pm, Angel Stadium. $10. Angels vs Philadelphia Phillies. We’ve got seats in section 400–500 (along the 3rd baseline) and we’d love for you, your family, friends and neighbors to fill them. Purchase tickets through your community group starting July 5. (Any remaining seats will be available for purchase at Guest Central starting July 16.)

Summer Lunch Bunch
Sundays, July 30, August 27, September 24, 12:00–1:45pm, on the plaza. Summer is for eating outdoors and enjoying the company of friends and family. Join us for a relaxed and fun lunch together! Open to all. Summer Lunch Bunch tickets are $3 each and available during the week in the Modular Office and at Guest Central on Sundays. Contact Martha Moffett at for more info.

In Your Own Neighborhoods
Consider having a movie night in your front yard for all the neighborhood kids. Plan a root beer float party with neighbors and invite them into your home. Host a women’s Bunco night once a week for the summer. Pray about how God might use your family in practical ways to engage with your neighbors and community where you live.

Also coming this fall and winter . . .

Fall Family Picnic
Date and location TBD. As a church we will have a Fall Family BBQ early this fall. We will gather at a local park, enjoy food and community and play all sorts of fun park games like kickball, softball, corn hole, etc. Join us for the family fun!

Christmas Blvd with A Walk Through Bethlehem
December 14–17. We will need lots of hands to make this a true gift to our community. Be thinking and praying about how you can contribute and serve with us to make this a great weekend. Please consider working a shift or two, and begin to pray now about who you can invite to come with you.

Can’t wait to participate in these great events with you!

Scott Belon
Pastor to Students & Families



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