Weekend Teaching Series: Stories Weekend (1-off)
Series in a sentence: Testimonies of life change.
Service Length: 70 minutes

Understandable Message: This weekend was ran by AC (yoacblog.com) as our pastoral care guy. He gathered up 4 students and one of our staff for a powerful weekend of sharing their testimonies of how God has moved in their lives. Alyssa (junior) shared how she grew up in the church but it wasn’t until this year that moved her to move forward in Him. Ian (senior) shared about how he was bullied and kicked out of sumer camp for fighting and how sports and girls were his main priority until he met Jesus. Catherine (senior) talked about how her relationship with Christ far out ways any romanic relationship or abusive relationship, that God is bigger than any of them. Paula (senior) talked about how coming to this country from Argentina and growing up in a pastor’s family and how when God calls us to do something we need to do it no matter what out of love and obedience. And Dillon (our graphics guy at HSM) shared about his family life and how when he met God, God gave him all these new passions and abilities that he didn’t know he had that could be used to bring God glory. Very diverse stories with tons of different take aways.

Element of Fun/Positive Environment: Being that is was a pretty serious weekend with students telling their life stories there was no games or funny videos, but the atmosphere after they shared was very open and friendly. We played a reflective song (Your Beloved) between the half the testimonies to have the student sit back and reflect on the words and how God is moving in their lives.

Music Play List: We Can Change the World, Divine and Holy, Your Beloved, What Would I Have Done, The Stand, Tear Down the Walls, God Above All

Up Next: Worship Together Weekend

(post written by Justin Knowles, I was on a student mission trip to Rwanda)

Hilarious video from this weekend in HSM promoting … uh, nothing! Just for fun.


Fun little video created for Promotion Weekend to help our incoming freshman know the HSM team as we kick off summer. Easy style to rip off!


Really enjoyed an illustration that Justin Knowles did in his workshop this weekend – he used this video to illustrate how to devil wants to devour us, but God and His Word defend us. That God is in absolute control. Really had the students at that moment.

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 (NLT)


Awesome new video from HSM this weekend to help introduce the new guys on the team. So fun!


I’m excited to announce that Justin Knowles joined the HSM team here at Saddleback this week! Justin comes to us from Christ Church of the Valley up north and graduated from APU. He’s got a big heart for students and is going to help us knock weekend services and Life Groups out of the park … maybe even bring back Dinner for a Dozen to help us get new students
connected. Pumped to serve alongside him!