Was in Kenya with the newest member of the Simply Youth Ministry Podcast team (Katie Edwards, to replace Jana who is sadly moving away) so Doug Fields, Matt McGill and Jake Rutenbar did the show last week. Enjoy!
Weekend Teaching Series: Step by Step (3-week discipleship series)
Sermon in a Sentence: Studying God’s Word is how God speaks to us, we need to approach it openly and follow its instructions.
Service Length: 80 minutes
Bible: Luke 24:13-35
Understandable Message: This week Jason taught about the experience the two men on the Road to Emmaus had with Jesus. Former summer intern Taylor Ishii also got his first shot at teaching a point of the talk as well – super excited to see him take this big step!
Volunteer/Student Involvement: Students and volunteers were involved in all levels of the weekend – band, greeting, lights, sound, and control room. We still need to concentrate on recruiting more adults for the Saturday night services – I won’t tell you the ratio of student to leader, but it wasn’t pretty!
Element of Fun/Positive Environment: This weekend we kicked off the service with a falling New Year’s ball (made by a volunteer) and an opening cover song from Miley Cyrus – in the background we played the music video where the guy does sign language, too, so great! The energy in the room was great – students obviously loved getting back together the weekend before school was back in session. Packed!
Music Playlist: Party in the USA, His Glory Appears, Came to My Rescue, With Everything
Favorite Moment: Jake Rutenbar did one of his crazy on-stage characters this week – this week he was a special guest that took pop songs (from Taylor Swift and Black-Eyed Peas) and put in lyrics about Bible stories. He was totally brilliant – the story of the Israelites crossing the Red Sea to the tune of You Belong With Me was absolutely priceless.
Up Next: Step by Step (week 2 of 3)
Amazing new Christmas music video from our HSM students for our Christmas celebration weekend. Featuring Jake Rutenbar, too!
Weekend Teaching Series: Why I Need Christmas (Week 1 of 2)
Sermon in a Sentence: I need Christmas because I am broken and I need fixing; but it’s been done for me by Jesus coming to earth and dying for my sins.
Service Length: 80 minutes
Bible: Romans 3:23, Jeremiah 29:11, Ephesians 2:8-9, Romans 5:6-8
Understandable Message: This weekend the action steps for students were to know the cost of our lives and then change our lives accordingly. In the middle of the busyness of the season, we encouraged students to take a moment to look at their current life state and remember the real reasons that they NEED Christmas. Jake Rutenbar filled in for me this weekend, I was enjoying some time off with the family.
Volunteer/Student Involvement: Students made up the band and ran all of the lights, cameras, sound board and control room. Adult volunteers were around to greet and love on students. Student leaders also jumped into to fill some of the gaps for a weekend where a few staff members were away.
Element of Fun/Positive Environment: Everything was centered on Christmas – the stage was decorated, all the slides and backgrounds were Christmas themed, and we showed a couple of funny Christmas videos. We also played “Who Wants to Be a Fifty-onaire” with Christmas trivia.
Music Playlist: We Wish You a Merry Christmas, Solution, Safe, Tear Down the Walls
Favorite Moment: Robby Boyd, playing host of the game, handed his personal cell phone to a student to “phone an elf” as one of the lifelines. In the middle of the fake phone call, the student handed the phone back and told Robby he had a text message from a friend. It threw Robby off for a bit but he recovered by replying to the text while the student took too long to answer the next question.
Up Next: Why I Need Christmas Week 2
(this report was written by our two killer HSM interns Rebekah and Haley – love them so much!)
One of our fantastic HSM volunteers Parker created FACE, a character that turns our screen into a living breathing person. He was voiced by Jake Rutenbar during the service, and is sure to make a appearance again soon. You can now even control him yourself right now for fun!
Mouse – controls eye movement (click and drag to move)
Q through O – controls the eyes
A through G – controls moving mouths (hold to make mouth move)
Z through B – controls static mouths (hold to make them stay on the screen)
Space Bar – controls talking mouth (hold to talk)