Unite – Social Club Misfits Concert

The New Braunfels Youth Network is kicking off the school year with a FREE CONCERT SATURDAY, AUGUST 24 @ Tree Of Life Church.

6:30pm Doors Open

7pm we begin with Student Leaders praying for the new school year.

Then a group that sounds like Marshmello will rock the night with honest lyrics and life changing stories that point to Jesus.

Who Are the Social Club Misfits???

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Marty and Fern are the Christian hip hop duo Social Club Misfits from Miami, Florida. Their music centers around bringing the message of the Gospel and the love of Jesus Christ to ‘misfits’ all over the world. They each had individual music projects in process when they decided to collaborate on a song together in 2011. From there they released several projects and went on to form the band Social Club – earning loyal followers along the way. Their US album was featured in YLO100.  

Calling himself a “broken vessel for the Lord” Fern brings a vulnerability and transparency to the music they create. He is a man with a past and admits God saved him from himself. “I just love God for bringing me where he brought me to – from where I was at. You know definitely like, in a pit. So, I just give thanks for that,” Fern says.

Drawing from that history and the realities of life now, Fern has a way of finding just the right words and crafting them so they reach the hurting parts of each person who listens to their personal stories and songs. When he speaks his words flow with a unique rhythm, reminiscent of the poetry found in the Psalms.

Marty grew up “playing the church game” until he was eighteen when God rescued him, not just once but over and over again. “There’s this idea in the church that things are okay. But there are people in the church who are broken… my journey stemmed from people who broke my trust and hurt me – cut me deep. And so, it put me on this long path of depression and sadness. And now I can honestly say I don’t even know how I felt that way because God rescued me and I don’t know who that person was,” Marty says.

And, that’s where Social Club Misfits direct their attention. They reach out to people, young and old, who’ve been hurt – whether by the church, family, someone, or something else. “People who feel like an outcast and feel as though they don’t belong because they don’t fit in. They aren’t a ‘popular.’”

“Our heart is to help you understand that if you are weird, God made you like that – and it’s okay. Embrace who God created you to be,” encourages Marty.

Promotion Day is AUGUST 11

WELCOME NEW 6th GRADERS!!!

What is Fusion? Fusion offers a loving and accepting environment geared for middle school students grades 6-8. We have events, weekly meetings, and exist to Intentionally Engage middle school students by leading them to the heart of the Father.

When and Where does Fusion Meet? 6th-8th grades meet in the Pavilion on Sunday and Wednesday nights.

What happens on Fusion Sundays? Beginning at 9:15am, students have a Shipley doughnut or five, worship time with a band, talk time, and then break out in rooms by grade and gender for small group time. 10:30am is dismissal time from break out rooms.

LOCKAPALOOZA!!!!!

2019 Lockapalooza

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Lock-in at Blazer Tag in Austin  August 16-17  |  7pm – 7am    

$65 | Early Bird Closes August 4 (Payment in full)

$70 | Regular Registration closes August 11 ($25 locks in rate)

$75 | Late Registration beginning August 12

Bryan Drake is Kicking Off LOCKLAPALOOZA!!!!!!!

Following check-in at 7pm there will be entertainment, games, and pizza in the Oakwood Pavilion. Bryan Drake Kicks Off the Night and we make a quick stop to D-Bat for Dodgeball and Kickball before heading to Blazer Tag in Austin.

Then at 11pm we travel to Blazer Tag to take over the facility from MIDNIGHT to 6AM! 

Pick up from Oakwood at 7am on August 17

Snacks and drinks will be provided throughout the night.

Pray for MS Mission Trip @ Arms of Hope next week!

MS Mission Trip June 24-28

SUNDAY JUNE 23 – MS Mission Trip Parent Meeting is after 10:45 Service in Student Pavilion

Our Middle School Students are Intentionally Engaging the Medina Children’s Home location with Arms of Hope Ministries. We will be serving on campus in the mornings, doing yard work, and helping with various tasks to make the place better. In the afternoon, our students will run a Vacation Bible School with the theme: WALK THIS WAY. Pray that God protects us and strengthens us in the heat, unifies our team to serve, and pours out His LOVE in our midst.

MONDAY JUNE 24 – Meet @ Oakwood Monday at 10:30am to check in, gather and get on the BUS!

FRIDAY JUNE 28 – We arrive back at Oakwood around 3pm Friday.

Two Updated Packing Notes:

  1. Bring all your own toiletries and bedding
  2. Work Project Dress – shorts and t-shirt are fine, pack one pair of jeans/pants. Most of us will be helping with some renovation clean up during the week.

Commencement speaker pays student debt for graduating class

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There are more than four thousand colleges and universities in the United States. I’m guessing that none of them heard a commencement address quite like the one delivered at Morehouse College yesterday.
Robert F. Smith, a billionaire investor known as the wealthiest black man in America, told the crowd that he and his family would pay off the entire graduating class’s student debt. David A. Thomas, president of Morehouse, called Mr. Smith’s generosity “a liberation gift, meaning this frees these young men from having to make their career decisions based on their debt. This allows them to pursue what they are passionate about.” Mr. Smith’s gift may be worth about $40 million, according to Morehouse officials.

“I have loved you with an everlasting love”
Imagine that you were one of the 396 young men graduating from Morehouse yesterday. I can think of three reasons you might decline Mr. Smith’s remarkable generosity.

You could do so out of a self-reliant determination to pay your debts yourself. You could refuse to feel indebted to Mr. Smith. Or you could consider yourself unworthy of such grace.
Now let’s consider Robert Smith’s gift to the Morehouse graduates as a parable.
The Creator of the universe considers our eternal life worth the death of his Son: “For our sake [God] made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21).
Our Father loves us unconditionally: “Neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:37–39).
God’s love for us is unwavering: “His steadfast love endures forever” (Psalm 136:26). It “surpasses knowledge” (Ephesians 3:19). It is inclusive: “See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God” (1 John 3:1).
In short, God says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3).

Anything God has ever done, he can still do.
However, for most of my life, I have struggled to accept God’s grace. It’s not that I think I can pay my spiritual debts myself and earn my way into heaven, or that I don’t want to be indebted to God. Rather, it’s hard for me to see myself as worthy of such love.
I know my sins and failures, my guilt and shortcomings and weaknesses. I know how unlovable I truly am. You may feel the same way about yourself.
It helps to remember that God’s love for us is not based on our character but on his: “God is love” (1 John 4:8). As a result, we can do nothing to deserve or to lose his love.
But there’s another reason our Father values us so highly, one that has gripped me in recent days.
Because God knows us better than we know ourselves, he knows what we could be if we were fully dependent on him. He knows the impact we could make on our culture if we were fully led by his omniscience and empowered by his omnipotence.
He knows that what he did with his first followers, he can do with us. And he knows that what he is doing around the world, he can do in our culture as well.
I’ve witnessed physical healings in Cuba. I’ve met people in Bangladesh who experienced dreams and visions. I’ve worshiped with believers in China who are risking their futures and even their lives to serve Jesus.
Anything God has ever done, he can still do. What he is doing in one part of the world, he can do anywhere in the world. The difference is not in him but in us.

“When I am weak, then I am strong.”
I wonder if the way many of us devalue ourselves is limiting God’s ability to use us. Our performance-based culture teaches us that we are what we do. But nothing we do is good enough to earn the approval of a perfect God.
So, we settle for what we have rather than seeking all that God wants for us. And we wonder why our churches are not more effective in reaching the lost and impacting our culture.
It’s not that our God is too small, as J. B. Phillips warned in his classic book by that title. It’s that we are.
The fact is, we’re right. You and I are too fallen and finite, too frail and flawed to change our broken world. The good news is that admitting our weakness is the key to experiencing our Father’s transformational strength.
God cannot do for us what we try to do for ourselves. But when we admit how desperately we need God, we hear his radical response: “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). Then we can testify: “When I am weak, then I am strong” (v. 10).

Being “poor in spirit” changes everything
Jesus taught us: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). To be “poor in spirit” is to admit how desperately we need God. When we do, we make him our king and experience the “kingdom of heaven.” And we are “blessed” with his best for us and through us.
Would God say that you are truly “poor in spirit” today, that you are utterly dependent on him? If not, would you pray for a vision of what your Lord could do with your life if you were? Would you then give him all you have to receive all he has for you?
If we are not “poor in spirit” today, nothing will change. If we are, nothing will remain the same.

NOTE: God never spoke of the United States in the Bible. But the principles he set down in its pages are timeless and relevant to you today.
If you want to know the Lord’s heart for our country, the best place to start is by looking in his Word, as I have done in my new book, How Does God See America?
Please request your copy when you give today.

Middle School Mission Trip June 24-28

2018 Highlight Video

Monday, June 24 – Friday, June 28, 2019

Website: http://www.armsofhope.org/pages/home

Mission Trip to Medina Children’s Home in Medina, TX~ $115 Early Bird Registration – Must be paid in full by May 8, 2019 | $150 – Regular Registration – Closes on June 12, 2019 | $200 – Late registration – Closes on June 19, 2019

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