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What's on Your Wishlist?

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I know that I am not the only one who rushes to make a list of everything that I want for Christmas as soon as December hits. Or November… okay, October. It’s finally the time of year when I can ask all of my loved ones for the things I want without it being weird, and I do not plan to waste it.

It’s times like this when I realize how much time we spend looking for more: more new gadgets, more toys, more clothes, more decorations. And I think that if we’re honest with ourselves, this isn’t just a mentality that’s reserved for the holidays. Whether it’s December or July, we are always after the next big thing. We often let our desire for more consume us.

While this may seem appealing at times, Jesus has a better life to offer us. In Philippians 4 of the New Testament, Paul teaches us that contentment does not come from our situation or the stuff that we have. True joy can only come when God strengthens us to find our joy in Him. So this Christmas, I pray that the “more” that we all seek after is more of God’s presence in our lives. It is when our joy is found in Him that we begin to recognize all of the joys of this time of year for what they are: gifts from a heavenly father who loves us.

Merry Christmas!

Posted by Matt Feria with
in Youth

What's High School Weekend All About?

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High School Weekend is a place for students to come once a month to be together, laugh together, and ask questions about life and God together. High schoolers from our community enter into the front doors of Eastern Hills and are greeted by music and lawn games set up in the lobby. After a short hangout time, they make their way to the youth room where they get to enjoy an amazing, home-cooked meal around circular tables that foster a sense of community. 

The rest of the night is filled with laughter as adult leaders dress up as characters and lead games, a time of fun and intimate worship, and a time of culturally relevant teaching from an adult who invests in the lives of the students. There are themes for each night, and each theme provides students to look forward to different elements of the night.

In a time when social media, brief interactions, and plenty of exterior stressors dominate the lives of our high school students, we are working hard to provide them with a space to come and experience the real and authentic relationships with each other and with Jesus. Students in our community have the opportunity to come hear about the hope and love only Jesus can offer.  They will also hear and experience stories of lives being changed through relationship with Jesus.  If you're in grades 9-12, come and check out our High School Weekend!


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