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Although we did not attend College Days this year at Heartland Baptist Bible College, the sermon files have been made available online and we wanted to post them here. Bro. Jason Gaddis and Bro. Sam Davison preached phenomenal Bible messages appropriate for all who listen. Enjoy these sermons (also posted on TeensOfFaith.org):
- Wednesday evening – Pastor Jason Gaddis
- Thursday morning – Bro. Sam Davison
- Thursday evening – Pastor Jason Gaddis
- Friday morning – Bro. Sam Davison
Today we had a picture/video scavenger hunt. Teens met at the church, divided into 4 teams, got their lists (below) and headed out on the town to accomplish as many tasks as possible in an hour and a half. The reigning champion team came home with about 650 points! Contratulations team Mrs. Jamie! Enjoy the video slideshows we showed the teens. Below the videos you’ll see the list of tasks they had to accomplish…
(ALL members must be clearly seen. Driver is exempt unless otherwise specified.)
1. Martial Arts demo in public place* (<15s) – 40 pts.
Bonus: 5 pts for large crowd gathered, 10 pts. for spectator acting as a referee
2. Singing in a restaurant* (<15s) – 30 pts.,
Bonus: 5 pts. extra for each patron who joins with you
3. Playing “Duck Duck Goose” in a public place* (10-20s) – 30 pts.
Bonus: 10 pts. for each spectator who joins you
4. Dramatic earthquake scene in public place* (<15s) – 30 pts.
5. Acting part of a football game on the 50 yard line of a football field (10-20s) – 25 points
6. Going down slide at the park (<10s) – 15 pts.
7. Crossing a non-busy street like waddling ducklings (10-20s) – 15 pts.
* Please note that every time it says “public place or restaurant” it must be a different public place or restaurant for each video. You can’t just park at 1 restaurant and do 5 things on this video list.
8. By “Old Temecula Jail” sign – 40 pts.
9. By old, white Pujol school house – 30 pts.
10. Spell out words of a sign using your bodies, next to/under the sign – 20 pts.
11. On a boat – 20 pts
12. Group mimicking mannequins in dept. store – 20 pts.
13. Entire team & employee in Burger King crowns – 20 pts.
14. “Family Picture” on nice furniture at a store – 15 pts.
15. Sitting with unknown family at restaurant – 15 pts.
5 pts. extra for each smiling family member
16. Jumping in the air at same time (everyone must be off the ground) – 15 pts.
17. Sharing a drink (each teammate has their own straw) – 15 pts.
18. Standing under a bus stop sign – 10 pts.
19. Saluting an American flag on a pole (not the one at church) – 10 pts.
20. Everyone making a funny face (including driver/photographer) – 10 pts.
21. Reading books – 10 pts.
22. Off ground at same time (not jumping but can be in a tree, on a hydrant, etc.) – 10 pts. each
(Choose any member. Can’t always be the same people. Everyone MUST do 1 thing.)
23. Give a piggy bag ride to a random person (10-20s) – 30 pts.
24. 2 team members reciting the pledge to the flag with a fireman or policeman. (<20s) – 25 pts.
25. Doing cartwheels on a park lawn (<15s) – 20 pts.
Bonus: 10 pts. spectators score your performance, 5 pts. spectators give you instructions loudly in a Russian accent
26. Asking someone if you can have a fry or other small piece of food from their meal to eat (<15s) – 20 pts.
27. Boy propose to a random girl in a very eloquent way (<15s) – 20 pts.
28. Walk a stranger’s dog (<10s) – 15 pts.
29. Wash someone’s window at a gas station (<10s) – 15 pts.
30. Jumping off a swing (<10s) – 10 pts.
31. Stand on your head in a public place – 20 pts.
32. 2 members in picture but 1 member appears very small – 15 pts.
33. Picture with an unusual animal – 15 pts.
34. Ask an employee at a store to help you find the most expensive item in the store – 15 pts.
Bonus: 5 pts if item is over $500, 10 pts extra if item is most expensive of any team. (must clearly show price, team member, & employee in the picture)
35. Getting smallest dollar value of fuel at a gas pump possible. Must get receipt. (10c, 5c, etc) – 10 pts Bonus: 10 pts for team with smallest amount.
36. 2 team members in a shopping cart – 10 pts.
37. Hanging upside-down on monkey bars – 10 pts.
38. Reflection in something other than a mirror – 10 pts.
39. Shake hands with a bearded man – 10 pts.
(Team members do not have to be visible.)
40. Unknown couple telling how they met (<20s) – 20 pts.
41. Small child singing “Mary Had a Little Lamb” (<20s) – 20 pts.
(Talk to their parents & explain what you’re doing before approaching the child)
42. 10 strangers telling you their shoe size throughout the day (<5s ea.) – 15 pts. (0 points if not 10 people)
43. A stranger willing to show you how many pushups he/she can do in 15 sec. (<20s) – 15 pts.
44. A dancing dog (<10s) – 10 pts
45. Stranger to recite short poem (<15s) – 10 pts.
Bonus: 5 pts. for dramatic interpretation
46. Using found objects to build a monument (ie Eiffel Tower, Statue of Liberty, etc.) – 30 points
47. Something that begins with the letter “Z” – 15 pts.
48. 1 photo with all 4 of these colors (red, green, yellow, blue) – 15 pts.
49. Oldest grave in cemetery – 10 pts.,
Bonus: 10 pts. if before 1900, 10 pts. if oldest of all teams
50. Stranger blowing a spit bubble – 10 pts.
51. Funniest/weirdest thing you find – 10 pts.
52. Fire truck – 10 pts.
53. Cloud that looks like an animal – 10 pts. (has to be easily seen)
54. 5 green things in 1 picture – 10 pts.
55. Chuck Norris…the real one – 5,000 pts.
The 2013 Preaching Rally was last Saturday. We hosted about 350 people (including about 80 of our church members) and focused the entire day on our theme: Timeless. The sermons and pictures have already been posted at preachingrally.com.
Also, read the booklets that were handed out to our guests:
The overwhelming message from the Alaska church planters at the Heartland National Church Planting Conference was that God’s people 1) Pray for Alaska and 2) Go to Alaska. Prayer and laborers are the greatest needs, according to the men who have learned how to live off the land and have raised their families in remote Alaskan villages.
This Summer we are taking a small group of the Teens of Faith up to Unalakleet, Alaska to visit a long-time missionary named Pat McCoy and his wife and son. The McCoys have hosted one or two groups every Summer for several years and are eager and excited to host our group. They and the villagers are often starved for fellowship because of so few connections to the “lower 48.” Our time on the missions trip will be spent ministering as best as we can, and gaining a burden for this needy field. This is not a sight-seeing trip nor is it a vacation, so we are only taking those teens who are serious about going and who will put in the preparation that is asked of them.
Last night in the Teens of Faith we detailed our expectations for them for the next several months. The requirements include much of what they have already been faithful at already – daily devotions, weekly Wednesday night meetings and monthly Saturation Saturdays. Requirement sheets will be filled out weekly as we track their progress on a points-based system. As long as they maintain a certain average, they will be able to go at a dramatically reduced rate (rate depends on how many people go). A more firm decision will be made mid-March as we see who is committed, and a final decision will be made early April.
The most important areas to earn points are as follows:
- Daily devotions
- Weekly Wednesday night meetings
- Monthly Saturation Saturday
Smaller point totals and bonus points are given for bringing guests, bringing your Bible to church, and additional Saturday door-knocking, but the easiest way to maintain the average points will be just to stay faithful in devotions and church.
The following are the meeting notes that we handed out:
We leave Monday, July 29 and return Tuesday, August 6. We will most likely stay the first night in a church in Anchorage, Alaska, and then head into our missionary on Tuesday, July 30.
Unalakleet, AK. A large village (compared to others) of about 700 people—mostly native Inuit people.
All Teens of Faith. We will be staying with Missionary Pat McCoy and his family. The men will stay in separate bunk-rooms from the ladies.
This is a missions trip. We will be helping a veteran missionary as we minister through Bible School for the village kids, outreach, and church services on Sunday. The people and the missionaries love to have guests from “the lower 48,” and a lot of what we will do is simply fellowship and help them reach their village.
We don’t know the full schedule yet, but according to Bro. McCoy, here’s what typical church groups have done before:
- Day 1 – settle in
- Day 2 – visits, flyers
- Day 3-5 – Kids Bible School program
- Day 6 – Church
Depending on the travel dates, these events might change a little, but this is basically what we’ll be doing. We will probably be exposed to families wrecked by alcohol addictions, drugs, suicides, and more.
See weekly sheets. Daily BIBS, weekly sheets, and monthly door-knocking will be required in order to go. By April we will know the final numbers of those who are committed to going (based on the weekly checkup sheets.)
For those who are not able to maintain the minimum average number of points, you will be able to purchase your trip for about $1,400. More firm numbers will be given mid-March after we have had several weeks (after tonight) to determine how many will be committing to the weekly assignments.
Parents going will need to pay the full $1,400 before April 1. Teens who meet the daily, weekly and monthly requirements will most likely go for free, depending on our mid-March numbers. Costs mentioned are all-inclusive, including food, lodging and airfare.
Bro. Ryan and Mrs. Jamie
The following is the requirement sheet that the teens will fill out weekly. The sheet on the last Wednesday of each month will include their involvement in Saturation Saturday (or one Saturday door-knocking per month), as well.
Yep, you read it right.
We are already talking about Summer camp. This Sunday will be our one-month mark that begins the countdown for Registration Sunday. Summer camp is a chance to get away from the world and focus an entire week on preaching. Every year, life-changing decisions are made and strong bonds are formed in our youth department. Praying and thinking through the list of spiritual decisions from last year’s camp has reminded me all over again why we put so much of our time and money into the young people of Calvary Baptist Church.
Plan now to sign up for Summer Camp at Ironwood. Begin saving and check the church calendar for all the teen fund-raisers that we will be doing. The main fund-raiser will be the garage sale, and anyone who is willing to work will be able to make it to camp.
In order to lock in your place at the discounted rate of $269 (which is $30 off), register on March 10 on our Registration Sunday. When you receive your information, we will need:
- $50 Registration Fee
- Parent Permission Form
JR. CAMP DETAILS
- Dates: Mon. – Sat., July 8-13 (Junior 3)
- Grades: Entering 4th – Entering 7th
- Cost: $269 (includes $50 registration fee if signed up by March 10)
- Preacher: Bro. Kristopher Schaal
- Location: Ironwood – Broken I Ranch
- Registration Forms: Coming Soon
SR. CAMP DETAILS
- Dates: Mon. – Sat., July 8-13 (Teen 3)
- Grades: Entering 7th – 2013 graduates
- Cost: $269 (includes $50 registration fee if signed up by March 10) + t-shirt cost (covered by fund-raisers)
- Preacher: Pastor John Goetsch Jr. – Yuma, AZ
- Location: Ironwood – Rivertown
- Registration Forms: Coming Soon
Moving Right Along!
Two weeks from this Saturday is our Preaching Rally. Since our church meeting a couple of weeks ago, dozens of people have been helping decorate, make phone calls, clean things up, prepare for registration, and more! I originally set out to mention a few people by name in this post, but quickly realized that I would definitely not be able to do anyone justice. SO many people have already been involved in the decoration workdays and in many other preparations that I could not list just one or two key people… everyone is “key!”
It is encouraging to everyone, even our future guests, to see a whole church come together and work. One key attribute of the church at Thessalonica was that they were hard workers, and it showed throughout the whole world (read 1 Thes. 1). Over and over in the Bible Christians are encouraged to serve in the context of a church. “All I did was slathered some paint on a canvas” someone might think. Well, in that, you served God and were a testimony to others!
Our decorations this year will be large piles of rocks representing the monument from the story in Joshua 3-4. Outside we will be constructing a large (12′x16′) Bible to show that we are timeless when we obey God’s timeless Word. Because the preaching is from Joshua and relates to Israel crossing the Jordan, the choir loft will be covered by a huge (12′x15′) backdrop of a cool desert scene. We’ve got a good start on all these decorations (see below)!
More Help Needed
Two volunteer jobs need to be done on certain dates, and other jobs (not necessarily on the signup sheets) are listed below. Please let me (Ryan Rench) know if you can help in any of these areas:
Maintenance. Several things, but mainly:
- Washing cobwebs off church exterior
- Repainting black handrails
- Feb. 14 or 15. Pick up t-shirts in Corona.
- Feb. 14 or 15. Post 4′x9′ “Welcome” banner at church entrance.
- Feb. 14 & 15. Decorations setup (Building Bible, carrying rocks, hanging backdrop, etc. See Jamie Rench for details).
Our annual Winter Rendezvous is here again! Parents, please turn in your $50 registration asap to lock in your teen’s place.
Location: Verdugo Pines Bible Camp, Wrightwood, CA Date: Jan. 2-4 Cost: $130 ($50 deposit due asap. Remaining $80 due 12/30)
The Youth Winter Rendezvous is a relaxing time away from it all with challenging preaching, fun activities, a relaxing environment, good food and friendly fellowship. Calvary Baptist Church hosts the event along with Lighthouse Baptist of Moreno Valley and Liberty Baptist of Newport Beach. Youth Pastors Donny Wilson, Eric Johnson and I preach the three main combined sessions and we each preach to our individual youth groups in a split session.
More details to follow.
In case you missed the letter in the mail this week, please see below for camp details. For more information, please contact Ryan Rench at church: (951) 676-8700.
June 26, 2011
Camp is just around the corner, and we wanted to give you some last-minute information. If you have any questions on anything listed below, please give my wife or me a call as soon as possible. Most importantly, please be in prayer for God’s moving and direction in your child(ren). For your information:
$________________________ still owes $ _____________________
Camp money is due this Sunday, July 1.
Sun. July 1 - am service - Camp payment due (a table will be set up at church)
Mon. July 9 - 7:15 – 7:30am - Arrive at church, load bus (31087 Nicolas Rd. Temecula)
8:00am – Leave for camp (one stop on the way)
Sat. July 14 1:00pm Parents pick up kids at church (one stop on the way home. Leaving camp at 9:30am)
Sun. July 15 10:00am Sunday school (Ice Cream Sundae Sunday and Mrs. Jamie’s due date! Possibly Bro. Ken preaching Sunday school.)
5:30pm Meet at church to practice song (Jr. High and Sr. High campers)
6:00pm “Camp Echoes” – Teen Camp testimonies
after service TOF Afterglow – at the Ken Bakers’ house.
- Please bring clothes, bedding, pillow, toiletries, towels, Bible (KJV to follow along with the preacher. Bro. Ryan will give you one free if you do not have one), and spending money.
- Please do not bring cell phones or any electronics. More items are listed on the enclosed brochure.
- Luggage. Please try to limit luggage to one large and one small bag per camper.
- T-Shirts. Each TOF camper will receive a t-shirt on Monday morning at camp (already included in camp cost). We will take group photos on Thursday in our respective camps (Jr. High and Sr. High) in our red TOF t-shirts, so please keep them clean until then.
- Saturday. Final day of camp: have your stuff packed and in its place (will be announced at camp) before breakfast.
Whether or not the camp requires and enforces the dress code for the other campers, our church wants to be a good testimony and “step up” wherever possible.
Please see the enclosed brochure for more details on dress code.
- Morning. Shorts and t-shirts are okay for all morning activities.
- Swimming. T-shirts must be worn to/from the lake but are not required to swim.
- Evening. Please wear khakis (no jeans, please), and a tucked-in collared shirt to dinner and evening services.
- Thursday. Red TOF t-shirt for picture.
- Morning. Shorts touching the knee, loose-fitting pants or capris are allowed for all morning activities.
- Swimming. Clothing must be worn over swimsuits going to/from the lake. Please see brochure or ask a camp counselor for guidelines on swimming clothes.
- Evening. Please wear knee-length (at least) skirts or dresses to dinner and evening services.
- General. (from brochure): Slits must not come above the knee. Tank tops, tight shirts, clothing with low necklines in front or back, or styles leaving the midriff bare should not be worn. (Sleeveless shirts are allowed.)
- Thursday. Red TOF t-shirt for picture.
Every week I try to write a note in our announcement sheets for class, and last week I encouraged them to pray. My desire is that they arrive at camp already open to what God has for them, and that they allow God to work on their hearts from day one. I included the note below:
Ironwood is next, next week!! (July 9-14)
I can’t wait! As long as Abe doesn’t come early, I’ll be there all week with you, and I want it to be the best week of your summer! Every year before camp one of my goals is that you go to camp ready to eat up the preaching.
Know what I mean by that? I mean, eager to get your “toes stepped on” about some areas in your life. I mean, edge-of-your-seat type anticipation of what GOD will do with your future! I fear that sometimes I dream bigger for you than you do! I want you to go to camp this year with totally open hearts, willing to let Him do anything He wants with you.
If you’re not saved, get saved! That’s the biggest thing! If you’re not baptized, tell me! We’ll get you baptized as soon as possible! If you’re holding on to something, let it go! If you’re just floating through life kind of aloof, choose to become a passionate person… for God! He’s worth every bit of passion you have, so choose Him.
How do you go to camp like that? The title says it all: Pray.
Are you praying for camp? I am. I’m praying specifically for all of you, and I have specific things I am hoping God will do, especially in some of your lives. Some of you I don’t know well and I’m just asking God to bless and help you have open hearts. Others of you I’m praying that God will call to Bible college, God will call to preach, or that you’ll finally see certain spiritual needs in your life.
Pray now, and all week, for God to use this week of camp to spiritually strengthen you. He might not need to make huge life-changing decisions in you… then again, maybe He does. Just be open to Him.
I’m super excited that we’ve recently added some, and now we’re taking 43 to camp! That’s awesome. Ranger Rench (my brother Garret) says that Ironwood always says that the spirit of our group is a blessing to the camp, and because we’re one of the biggest groups going this year, we need to always try to enhance the spirit… never detract from it.
Are you excited?! I am!! Couple more weeks, grr. -Bro. Ryan
- Bro. Ryan Rench, youth pastor – (951) 719-7191, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Bro. Ken Baker, youth assistant –
- Mrs. Gina Baker –
- Bro. Ryan (bus), Bro. Ken (truck), Mrs. Gina (truck)
- Bro. Mike Pixomatis (Monday) –
- Mrs. Shelly Wharton (Saturday) – TOF cell: (951) 252-4686
- Backup: Will Burns (bus) –
CAMP INFO: Mrs. Jamie Rench – email@example.com
Enjoy pictures from several different activities…