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St. Peter Lutheran Blog

February 2017

Ministry Spotlight: Fellowship

One of the many blessings of belonging to a church family is the community you become a part of. Friendships and relationships formed within the congregation are a wonderful way to experience and share Christ’s love among us. Sometimes, however, the busyness of life makes it tough to have a chance to get to know your church community outside of Sunday services, Bible classes or groups. That’s why we have a Fellowship Ministry team dedicated to providing opportunities for our members and friends to connect!

 We’ve got several events planned throughout the year – there’s something for everyone! We’ll head to the mountains for Clay Pigeon Shooting in June, and make a more joyful noise while caroling through the halls of nursing homes in December. We’ll have a family service project cleaning up a section of the Spring Creek Trail with a picnic to follow (May), and coordinate a Family Scavenger Hunt in Old Town in April. Also, beginning next Wednesday and continuing until Holy Week, you’ll have a chance to sit down to a “family” dinner before our midweek Lent services, when our Manna Ministry team provides dinner from 5:45-6:30pm.

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Little Lambs Sing in Church

On Sunday, February 12th, Little Lambs Preschool sang in our late (10:30 am) worship service. Watching little hand and hearing big voices praise Jesus warms your heart! The kiddos have been practicing their songs for the past 8 weeks to try and hit every note just right.

After worship, the parents and St. Peter members were invited to stay and visit for awhile. What a great opportunity for the congregation to get to know the preshool families! Some of the children that come to Little Lambs come with no knowledge of Jesus or church backgroud. The Holy Spirit works in them and through them as they come home to tell their parents what they learn every day: Jesus died for the sins of the whole world! Keep Little Lambs Preschool and its staff in your prayers-- for God's continual work to bring all of His lambs to know and love Him. 

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Youth Group Kickoff!

On Friday night, several of our 5th-8th grade youth (as well as a few friends!) met a church for a night of fun, food, games, and time in God's Word!

We started the night off making personal pizzas- would you believe we almost went through 5 lbs of cheese?!? After an icebreaker game and some fresh homemade pizza, we sat down to discuss peer pressure and how to handle it. Using the life of Joseph as an example, and a video devotion from "Your Time of Grace", we discussed three steps to deal with peer pressure:
1) Guard your heart and mind. Paul tells us in Romans 12:1-2 that we shouldn't conform to the patterns of this world, but rather be transformed by the renewing of our minds - that is, through the gospel and focusing on our relationship with God through Jesus.
2) Watch your environment - be aware of potential situations where you may be faced with peer pressure, or groups of people who are into things you know are wrong. Joseph refused to even be around Potiphar's wife, because he knew she was trouble. Maybe it is best to keep your distance from people and situations who may be trouble, so there is not a temptation to join in with them. 
3) Instead of maximizing the benefit of the sin (like our friends might do), focus on the potential consequence of offending God - like Joseph did when he said "How then could I do such a wicked thing and sin against God?" 
And finally, standing up to peer pressure can be hard. We may not always respond to it the way God wants us to. But thank God he sent us Jesus, who perfectly stood up to every instance of peer pressure in our place, and paid the punishment for the times we fail. That gives us the motivation to keep trying - out of thankfulness for the love and forgiveness God freely gives!

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