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Welcome to FUEL and New Charlotte Church’s student ministry. We want to be fueled with the faith, hope, and love of Jesus! He is what drives us. He is our lifeblood.

We (6th-12th grade) are fueled with faith through solid Biblical teaching, fueled with hope through small group communities, and overflow with love when we serve here, near, and far!

Join us Sunday Nights from 5:30-7:15 for dinner, four-square, Wii, worship, teaching, and small groups.

Sunday location:
11011 Monroe Road
Matthews, NC 28105
Map and Directions

Be sure to visit our new FUEL table in the Connection Corner for more information.  Email Pastor Heath Krueger at heathkrueger@newcharlotte.org.  Check us out on Facebook too!

UPCOMING EVENTS!!

Greenway Park Elementary School
New Charlotte students are passionate about impacting their city for Christ.  Consider joining us every Thursday from 3:45-5:00 as we tutor kindergarten-3rd graders at Greenway Park Elementary School.  You can register online as a volunteer at https://www.cmsvolunteers.com.

 

 

 

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)

Want to engage life now, not later? Start here…

Scriptures ask a very important question: “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.”

The older I get the more I agree with this.  Life is flying by at warp speed isn’t it?  I turned 35 the other day and someone said, “Well, congrats. You’re halfway to 70.“  Wow.  Thanks for that.  Appreciate the well wishes…

Statements like that cause me to yearn for yesteryear.  The way things used to be.  And I can get sad.  You’re with a group of old friends and you find yourself sharing stories of ‘Remember when..‘  And you say something like, “Wow, where did all the years go?”

My friend Andy from The Office said, “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.”

What a great quote.  He’s onto something.  In fact, the Scriptures urge us to “count our days so we can gain a heart of wisdom.”  My friend Reggie said, “When you realize how much time you have left, you get more serious about the time you have now.”

Of course, we need to plan and prepare and set goals and dream for the future. Of course we need to reflect and evaluate and remember and celebrate the past.  But in all the past reflections and future projections, may we not neglect present actions…

I want the glory years to be now.  I want the good old days to be now.  I want to seize the moment now.  The future begins now.

And the closer to 70 I get, the closer to others I want to be.  People over projects. Conversations over checklists.  Acts of compassion over acts of promotion. Personal hearts over corporate ladders.

I want to visit my friend in the hospital who just had a baby.  I want to close my computer and go home early.  I want to buy flowers for my wife when it’s not even our anniversary.  I want to stop doing the dishes and start pushing my daughter on her swing.  I want to turn off my phone and read a book to my son.  I want to roll down my window and ask my neighbor how her ailing mother is doing.

I want to text my friend a Bible verse to encourage him.  I want to call an old friend, apologize, and ask for forgiveness.  I want to not just give a homeless neighbor food, but ask him if he needs a friend.  I want to schedule a family meeting and pray together.  I want to call my Mom and tell her I love her.

I want to have lunch with a friend who just lost his Mom to cancer.  I want to give money and time to a local ministry.  I want to ask the cashier how she’s doing and mean it.  I want to pay for my friend’s meal when I know I can’t afford it.

In the Scriptures, Jesus went to a wedding.  The hosts ran out of wine.  Jesus’ mother came to Him and said, “They have no more wine.”  Jesus answered, “Why do you involve me?  My hour has not yet come.”

Then, something happened.  Maybe He had a few minutes to really think about it.  Maybe He counted His days.  Maybe He realized His time on earth was like a vapor.  Maybe He heard that still, small, subtle whisper of His Father, “Your time is now.  Show them My glory.

You know the rest of the story.  He turned nasty, stinky, dirty foot water into the finest wine ever tasted…

The point is this:  Our time is now.  Our hour is now.  There are needs all around us.  God, our Father is waiting for us to step in.  To breathe life into a dead situation.  To give light to a friend in the dark.  To not put off any longer giving others the best wine.

Jesus.

 

To Let Go or Not To Let Go (that is the question)

FLIPPED: Parent CUE

 

We’re Teaching This:

Have you ever had a moment that made you stop and think, “Wow, this changes everything”? Maybe it was finding out you didn’t make the team or that your parents were splitting. Maybe it was finding out you’re good at something or bad at something you didn’t expect. In these moments our lives change direction quickly. The funny thing is nearly everyone who met Jesus had one of those moments. They came in with a plan, a direction, an identity. And as soon as they spent any time with Jesus, those ideas were turned upside down. And, as we look at four of these stories, we find that an encounter with Jesus has the power to flip our lives as well.

Think About This:

I think most people would agree that one of the more terrifying parts of parenting teenagers is the risk factor. They grow up and the stakes are raised. Their freedom increases but so does the potential fallout from bad choices. Parents are regularly faced with decisions on when to allow their students to forge their freedom and when not to. Unfortunately, we can tend to be overprotective in situations that they may not really need our protection from—and in the name of safety we may be inhibiting them in a way we never intended.

In his blog post, How to Help Your Kids, Live Out Their Story, author, speaker, and dad, Carey Nieuwhoff explains the benefits of letting go of control and trusting God with their story.

My grandfather and grandmother did something amazing. They let my dad live his story, not theirs. They gave up control, protection, and let God write a story in my dad’s life that was independent of their own.

My dad is one of my heroes. He actually did build a new life (in another country), not just for him, but for many others. He was not only a great father, but he ran a company for years, served his entire life in the local church and has left a great legacy of character for his kids and grandkids.

I’m so glad my grandparents swallowed hard and let their son pursue his vision. So, now the question.   

Would you?

In an era of overprotective, slightly controlling parenting, I wonder how many stories like my dad’s aren’t being written. Not because kids aren’t ready to write a story of their own choosing, but because parents are too afraid or unwilling to let them go or take risks.

Great plot lines invite things like drama, risk, mission, and calling. All the things that make parents gulp (and gasp).

And by the way, my dad did see his parents again. He eventually had enough money to go back more than a few times. I even went to Holland with my dad to meet them before they passed away.

As you think about how you might help your kids connect with their own story, here are three things to remember:

1.     Prepare yourself now to release them one day.

2.     Understand that God has your kids on a journey from dependence to independence.

3.     Let them lead (without rescuing them) today to prepare them for tomorrow.

Is there anything you need to let go of today to help create a better future for your child?

From How to Help Your Kids Live Out Their Story, http://orangeparents.org/author/careynieuwhof/


Try This

Sometimes the best two words you can hear are “me too”. No matter what situation you’re in with your teenager, chances are someone around you is in the same place and asking the same questions. Do you know who those people are? Are there other parents that you can connect with on a regular basis in your community?

This month try taking two steps toward connecting with other parents around you.

 1.     Find Them. If you’re not sure where to find other parents like you, start by asking the student pastor at your church (or where your teen attends). They can direct you to small groups or environments where you can meet other parents just like you.

2.     Talk to them. Sometimes starting a conversation with someone new can feel awkward. If you’re unsure what to talk about, start with this parentCUE. Say something like, “Hey, did you get that article in the parentCUE? What did you think about it?”  Knowing you already have something in common can open the door to more conversation. If not that, try opening up first. Vulnerability breeds vulnerability. So think of some of things you may have a hard time with when it comes to your student’s independence. And then share it. You may be surprised at what someone shares with you in return.

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