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March 20, 2009

1. An email from Princeton – Last Call for “Pathways”?
2. Soul Food
3. Surf Report
4. Potent Quotables
5. March-ing On

1. An email from Princeton – Last Call (for youth &/OR adults)?

Dear Rusty,

I am looking forward to seeing you at the Pathways youth leader training seminar in Austin on March 28.

We noticed that you were coming to the event on your own and wondered if we might offer an incentive for you to bring a group from your congregation with you. Mark DeVries work on sustainable youth ministry demonstrates the importance of bringing many adults on board with the youth ministry vision, and we’ve observed that it can be very helpful for congregations to have 2 or more members attend a training event together.

As a special incentive, we’d like to offer you a discounted rate of $50 per person for any additional adults you bring from your congregation to the March 28 Pathways event. The discounted rate applies to new registrations only. If you would like to take advantage of this offer, please register the additional people no later than Wednesday, March 25. The website will show that you owe $80 per person, but simply fill in the “Amount paid” on the credit card slip or check at $50 per person and then send an email to Pat Heran at letting her know that I offered you the special rate for additional adults.

Again, I look forward to seeing you soon in Austin.

All the Best,

Dayle G. Rounds

Dayle Gillespie Rounds
Co director
Institute for Youth Ministry
Princeton Theological Seminary
P.O. Box 821
Princeton, NJ 08542-0803


Don’t Waste Your Life

“For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:8)

I remember kind of hating it when I was a student and people would tell me, “You can do anything you want to with your life.” It’s the kind of statement that sounds empowering to adults, especially those who maybe wish they’d done something else with their lives.

To me, though, it sounded like pressure, like an unfinished sentence with a threat on the end: “You can do anything you want with your life . . . so don’t blow it!” Yikes! How was I supposed to know what to do that wouldn’t be a huge waste of my one time around the track before heading to heaven?

Peter offers one good answer to that paralyzing question. Whether you become a microbiologist or a sanitation officer or a Hollywood stunt man, here’s the key to not wasting your life: Use all that freedom and potential to build into you the 8 qualities we’ve been talking about this week.

That’s the only way you as a Christian can keep from wasting all your potential in Christ. Period.

Think: Do you really believe that growing in these 8 areas is more important than where you go to college or who you marry or what you do for a living? Really? If so, how does that belief play out in your every day choices?

Pray: Ask God to help you not to be ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Do: Write down the 8 qualities from verses 5-7 and put them in your Bible or on your forehead or somewhere that you’ll be forced to see and think about them again next week.

** A Daily Devotional from, copyright 2009 Youth Specialties/Zondervan. Used by permission.



~ Did Jesus Really Rise from the Dead?

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~ Race to Witch Mountain Movie Review

~”PATHWAYS” Seminar – Austin, TX (March 28th)

Location: Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church

Directions: Pathways – youth leadership seminar

Saturday, March 28, 2009 – Austin, TX

A day of training with Mark DeVries, long time youth pastor and author of, Sustainable Youth Ministry: Why Most Youth Ministry Doesn’t Last and What your Church Can do About It.

Students, grades 9-12, are invited for a day of leadership development designed just for them. Adults and youth will enjoy a joint worship service at the end of the day and everyone will experience a day of learning that will support their leadership for years to come.

Click here <> for details and registration. Or contact us at 609-497-7914.

Adult Track offered by the Princeton Theological Seminary Institute for Youth Ministry

Youth Track offered by the Office of Ministries with Youth PC(USA) and is open to youth in all denominations.

Friday night pre-event on vocation for Presbyterian youth and adults offered by the Office of Christian Vocation PC(USA).



“I say, If everybody in this house lives where it’s God first, friends and family second and you third, we won’t ever have an argument.”
~ Jeff Foxworthy

“Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion, it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.”
~ Billy Graham


5. March-ing On

March 2009
22 – Urban Plungers keep getting Plungy-wit-it!
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25 –
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28 – “PATHWAYS” Seminar * – for serious Students of Christ AND adults
who care about those Students!
29 – Service-Opportunity! =
1) Student “Take-Down” after worship (12:30-ish)
(no this is neither a self-defense class nor a wrestling
tournament) and immediately followed by…
30 –
31 –

*All “surf report” internet links and “potent quotables” are provided for informational purposes, and do not necessarily imply endorsement by Christ Church of Austin.