Dear Under1 Community,
It was with a heavy yet peaceful heart that I write to you today, my final community insider update. Students who were in attendance this past Wednesday heard us announce the news that I have submitted my resignation to Pastor Rocky. My final day as the Student Ministries Director of Connection Church will be January 2nd, 2013. Brittany and I will lead worship that night for our final gathering time with the students and I will share some “closing thoughts.”
This comes out of a season of much trial and heartache. I have always been a person who believes that through the trials, through the valleys, God is still in control and still offering to teach us. I have indeed learned and grown much during this season. I know that my time here, without question, has come to an end.
But I’m so blessed by Pastor Rocky who has been the incredible pastor and leader that he always has been as he has been incredibly supportive and kind to us during this season. This, along with the tears I shed alongside some of our students this past Wednesday, are what make me heavy hearted as I will miss the Connection Church Community dearly.
However, we are at peace. As we enter into a new season we are excited to see what God has in store for us and continue to thank Him for His faithfulness. We do not know at this moment what 2013 holds for us. We are currently in the process of moving back home (Macomb County) to be close to family and seek God more than ever. I will be looking for work and we are already viewing homes as we begin the moving process.
During this period of transition, Zac and Christianne Weaks will be the “point people” for all things Under1 related. Pastor Rocky is working diligently to determine the best scenario for the students and church as a whole. Please direct all questions concerning future Under1 events in 2013 to Zac Weaks, who can be reach at (734) 397-1777 ext. 108 or at email@example.com.
I’d like to thank you all for your support for these past two and a half years. I believe God has onl begun working amongst the Under1 community and I am excited to watch what unfolds in 2013. I am leaving with incredible memories and thankfulness for the time spent with the students of the Connection Church Community. Please stay connected with us on Facebook and Twitter!
Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year to you and your loved ones!
All to Him,
Bryan & Brittany Ball
Church is still going tonight! This is actually a great opportunity for students to invite friends!
"Dude, it's too cold to go trick or treating tonight."
"I know and it's raining."
"Ya know, my church is giving out a ton of candy tonight. Wanna go there?"
(PLEASE ASSUME THE LETHARGIC TONE because we know teenage boys don't get pumped up about stuff unless they're sure it's cool.)
We're inviting all 6th - 12th grade students to come out to Under1 tonight! Students can even wear costumes (use good judgement on what to wear). And if you want to donate your candy because you don't think you'll get much traffic tonight, we'll take it! It's going to be an awesome night because regardless of the day, the weather or the candy, we will be gathering in the presence of an awesome God!
All to Him,
As one incredible retreat comes to an end, we make preparations for the next! Check out this highlight video from this past weekend's Fall Retreat "1 Thing Remains."
The 2013 Winter Retreat will be February 8th - 10th. The cost is $115. More information to come soon!