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Welcome to the Student Ministry of New Charlotte Church!  We want to be filled with the new life of Jesus, and we want to take that new life to our city.

The Hub is our Middle School Ministry and meets Sunday mornings at 11am.  Students will eat donuts, play four-square, worship together, listen to a message, and dig deep with each other in small group conversation.

The Foundry is our High School Ministry and meets Wednesday evenings at 7:00-8:30.  Real good food and real good conversation about life and God will take place with real awesome leaders.  See locations below:

gals: 6522 Bentridge Drive Charlotte, NC 28226
(contact Julie Fox – fox.julie.m@gmail.com)
guys: 8707 Cahill Drive Charlotte, NC 28277
(contact Grant Haun – granthaun@gmail.com)

Be sure to visit our Student Ministry table in the Worship Center for more information.  You can also email Student Pastor Heath Krueger at heathkrueger@newcharlotte.org.  Check us out on Facebook too!

UPCOMING CALENDAR

The Hub
Dec. 7|14
Dec. 21|28 (no Hub)
Jan. 4 (no Hub)
Jan. 11 (first Hub of ’15)

The Foundry
Dec. 3|10|17
Dec. 24|31 (no Foundry)
Jan. 7 (no Foundry)
Jan. 14 (first Foundry of ’15)

SUMMER 2015 EXPERIENCES

The Hub
June 15-19 (The Journey Camp)
*rising 7th-9th grade

The Foundry
July 18-25 (The Pittsburgh Project)
*rising 10th-college freshmen

 

The Laws of the Harvest

My Sermon on Galatians 6:7-10 (in 12 tweets)

#1. We give & not get, plant & not produce, work & not win, invest & not get returns, sow & not reap. We become weary in doing good.

#2. What we become tomorrow is largely dependent upon what we sow today.  Our choices matter.

#3. We reap what we sow, more than we sow, later than we sow.  This law of the harvest is irrevocable and unstoppable.

#4. Living a life of sin and expecting to inherit heaven is like planting cockle burrs and waiting for roses.

#5. The value of the harvest is always greater than the cost of the seed.  Delayed gratification creates deepened transformation.

#6. There are two buckets we draw from each day: seeds to please ourselves & seeds to please God.  Which harvest will we choose?

#7. When we focus on the harvest and who we want to be tomorrow, God gives us clarity on what actions to take today.

#8. We reap the right others sow, and we reap the wrong others sow.  Does the company we keep grow us or slow us?

#9. Sow a thought, reap an act.  Sow an act, reap a habit.  Sow a habit, reap a character.  Sow a character, reap a destiny.

#10. When we do good to BE good, we become weary.  When we do good because HE is good, we find strength.

#11. God created a divine loophole in the law of the harvest – Jesus reaped what we sowed, so we could reap what He sowed.

#12. See a need, plant a seed.  Do good to the person beside you & in front of you & just wait, the harvest will come.

Listen here: http://newcharlotte.org/media/current-sermon/

 

Comparison Trap (parent cue)

We’re Teaching This:

On a scale of one to ten, how do you measure up? Are you tall enough? Pretty enough? Smart enough? Funny enough? And on that scale, which number represents enough? Do you have to score a ten or will a solid seven do? How about a five? It’s better than average, right? Most of us measure how we’re doing by how everyone else is doing. Not a day goes by that we’re not tempted to glance to our left and to our right to see how we measure up to the people around us. This is especially true at school. We see everyone else’s grades, clothes, athletic ability, talent, and popularity. And it’s easy to feel like we don’t measure up.  So we adjust course, try harder, spend more, and then compare again. It’s exhausting. In this 3-part series, Andy Stanley explores the difficult—but not impossible—challenge of escaping The Comparison Trap.

Think About This:

Parenting is hard. We probably knew going in that it wouldn’t always be a walk in the park. But, as a parent, have you noticed there are some curve balls that you just don’t know how to handle?

Chances are, you knew your kids were going to be different from one another. But it’s also likely you had no idea just how different they could be until you started raising them—until they hit a certain age and suddenly what you assumed would be true of one of your kids because it was true of an older one—just isn’t. Sometimes it feels like you have to learn how to parent all over again with each child. And sometimes not just with each child, but through each life-stage your children experience.

We may not do it on purpose, but there is a tendency to compare that comes so naturally and so easily. We bring attention to the ways our students are different from their siblings, their friends, our friends, and even earlier versions of themselves. It’s so tempting to say, “But why can’t you just be like______?” The problem is, comparison rarely works. It doesn’t make students want to try harder and it can often lead to resentment toward the parents and the sibling with whom they’re compared. Even within the family, there is no win in comparison.

Sameness isn’t even really a goal worth shooting for. Maybe there are traits in one of your children that you’d like the others to take on. That’s great, but you probably don’t want them to be exact replicas. A better goal is to be intentional in learning, studying, and celebrating the personality and wiring of each individual child.

Try This

No one wants to feel like they don’t measure up. Especially not in the place where they want to feel the safest and most secure. Work on making your family and your home the place where who your child is celebrated and not compared.

This week, point out something in your teenager that you appreciate. Find something that you have seen grow and develop in them that is a strength and then tell them how proud of them you are.

Then find something that, at first glance, feels like something you would change—that you would compare to someone else and wish away. And then find a way to leverage it. To see the good in it. For example,

·       “I know I’m often on your case about talking too much in class, but I want you to know that I also love how social you are. You are great at managing a lot of friendships.”

·       “I know that I get upset when you fight with your younger brother, but I also recognize that you’re just trying to get him to act in a way that is more socially acceptable. Thanks for wanting to help him.”

·       “Yesterday we had an argument about playing guitar instead of cleaning your room. While I still want you to have a clean room, I’m also really proud of you for working so hard to learn to play the guitar well.”

Finding a way to celebrate something you had vocally been frustrated over in the past will mean more than you can imagine to your student. Don’t underestimate the value of your affirmation.

Get connected to a wider community of parents at www.orangeparents.org.

Misplaced Anger

What makes you angry?

Is it long lines?  Slow drivers?  Running out of food or coffee?

Last year, a horse pooped all over the front of our brand new van.  That made me angry.

We all get angry.  But the problem isn’t anger.  The problem is we get angry at the wrong things.  Maybe we get angry at things we shouldn’t get angry about and don’t get angry about things we should get angry about.

Are we getting angry about things that won’t matter in 20 years?  Are we not getting angry about things that actually matter for eternity?

More than 1.7 million North Carolina residents are poor, more people than the entire population of New Hampshire.  And more than half a million of those poor are children – one out of every four children in the state.

Charlotte is in the top 10 cities for human trafficking.  Average age?  13 years old.

1278 students dropped out of Charlotte public schools last year.  242 girls dropped out to take care of their babies.  137?  To make $ for their family.

Every night in Charlotte, 7,000 kids live on the street.

1 in 28 children has a parent behind bars.  2 in 5 inmates lack a high school diploma.

10% of adults 65 yrs or older live in poverty.

Does this make you angry?  Does it get your blood pumping?

You see, I think God wants us to have a kind of ‘divine frustration’, or as Bill Hybels says, a ‘holy discontent.’

I think this is what Jesus had when he discovered the temple had been turned into a shopping mall, or a ‘den of robbers.’  He turned over tables and offered a harsh rebuke.  This was not a selfish anger, because selfish anger comes easily, since it’s simply a violation of our personal desire and preferences.  Anyone can have that.  Instead, it was more of a righteous anger, which doesn’t come as easily.  A kind of anger deeply rooted in truth and conviction.  This kind takes awhile to mature and develop.

The more we have righteous anger, the less we have selfish anger.  The more angry we are about homeless kids, the less angry we are at long lines.  The more angry we are about high school dropouts, the less angry we are at slow drivers.  The more angry I am about human trafficking, the less angry I am when a horse poops on my van.

A challenge:
What do we need to stop getting angry about?
What do we need to start getting angry about?
What do we need to keep getting angry about?

If God is nudging you to do something with your righteous anger, I’d recommend partnering with a local ministry below:
Homeless (The Harvest Center @ www.theharvestcenter.org)
Trafficking (Compassion To Act @ www.compassiontoact.org)
Poverty (Matthews Help Center @ www.matthewshelpcenter.org)