Preached on: November 23, 2014
Preached by: The Rev. Dr. Augustus E. Succop, III
Scripture lesson: Psalm 100
Won By One To Jamaica is located in the rural, mountainous community of Harmons in South Central Jamaica. The ministry has strategically intended to have a big impact on this small place by working to meet the physical and spiritual needs of the people in this community. After 20 years of ministry here, they have seen many, many lives changed.
Won By One To Jamaica is a partnership, a collaboration of people at various places within a life-long journey of discovery of who they are in Christ. Our ministry engages in a process of sharing and receiving, of teaching and learning, of serving and loving. Therefore, we are Changing Lives By Changing Lives.
Quail Holla believes that mission trips are a fantastic tool for spiritual formation in young people. Among our ministry’s activities, nothing else comes close in terms of impact. On these trips believers are active participants in the presence of God in our world by spending time in tight-knit community united in purpose and service to the poor and oppressed. This is a transformative experience that should not be taken lightly; these are not just service trips, nor are they vacations. We do enjoy ourselves immensely, but this is a unique enjoyment rooted in Christ’s work among the group and the individuals.
On this trip we will be helping to build houses, working in a greenhouse, visiting a nursing home, and living in a poor, rural Jamaican community. We’ll wind up the trip with a day and night at a beach resort.
Dates: July 5-12, 2015
Cost: $1500 per person but QHPC members and active youth are eligible to have half of their trip paid for by the Global Mission Fund, thus bringing the total cost to $750; this covers transportation, food, and activities. Receiving GMF funds is contingent on completing all pre-trip preparation (see requirements below). This is an expensive trip, but we don’t think that should keep anyone from going. If you are committed to going and are willing to work, we will make sure you can go!
Who is eligible: Anyone who has completed the 9th through 12th grades at the end of the 2014-2015 school year.
Requirements: Past experience with mission trips has determined that pre-trip preparation makes an enormous difference for youth, leaders, the organization we partner with, and the people we encounter. For that reason, we require the following preparation:
Active participation in Quail Holla
Spiritual preparation through a provided devotional or Bible reading plan combined with prayer
10 hours of local service
Commitment to participation in monthly pre-trip meetings and research project.
Next Step: Bring in a $100 deposit and meet with Matt by January 4th.
Winter Quarter arrives at Quail Holla on December 1st! Find out now what we’ll be doing from December 2014 to February 2015!
Wednesdays at Quail Holla
After School: Head on over to QHPC any time after school to do your homework, hang out with friends, play games, catch up on that week’s TV shows, and more!
Oasis Dinner: We eat dinner together with the rest of QHPC at 6 pm (cost is $5). It’s always something new and always delicious!
Small Groups: This winter we’ll be taking a look at the lives of the saints: not just miracle-workers but ordinary Christians who did and do amazing things. We’re going to start off with Olympian and WWII veteran Louie Zamperini who has a movie coming out called Unbroken, an amazing tale of suffering and forgiveness. From there we’ll cover leader and youth picks for interesting Christians whose stories will inspire our own!
Our winter theme in Youth Group is going to be Evangephobia. Let’s be honest, for a lot of us sharing our faith (evangelism) is the eating your vegetables of the Christian faith. It’s something we’re more likely to do because we know we’re supposed to do rather than because we want to. That’s why we’re going to be taking a look at evangelism from that perspective and thinking about how we get around that to the good parts: the life-giving and encouraging part of evangelism. We’ll start off with the reasons why we need to share our faith and then move into some practical ways to make it natural, comfortable, and effective. Join us for that and lots of fun on most Sundays from 4 to 6 pm.
We’re going into some new territory in Church School this winter as we join with the adult classes in January and February to discuss 8 Reasons Why I’m Not a Christian. Through conversations with other QHPC members we’ll get into some of the top objections to Christianity and hear the myths and misconceptions behind them. Then we’ll talk about how we can counter those arguments and share the answers we receive with those who are in need of them. This will be a great opportunity to get some wisdom from folks who have been there and done that while sharing our own enthusiasm and youthful perspective. In December we’ll take a look at some other tough objections on our own. Church school is every Sunday from 9:45 to 10:45 am.
Live Nativity: Our favorite Christmas tradition! Rehearsal is December 7th from 4 to 5 pm and then the presentations are December 13th and 14th.
Christmas Party: Our party this year will be part of our Wednesday activities on December 17th. Come on over for After School, join us for dinner at the church, and the party will go from 6:45 to 7:45 pm.
Unbroken: As mentioned above, Louie’s story is going to be coming out as a movie and we’ll be going to see it together the afternoon of January 4th.