STUDENTS’ NEWS-e-LETTER 008

Rev. Cliff WarnerCliffNotes

STUDENTS’ NEWS-e-LETTER #008

May 28, 2009

Contents
1. Confirmation Classes :: NEXT 5 WEEKS
2. Forgettable Fact
3. Surf Report
4. Potent Quotable
5. If I Could Turn Back Time…

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1. Confirmation classes :: NEXT 5 WEEKS

What is Confirmation class?

Youth Confirmation class is for students from 8th through 12th grade. The program includes 5 Sunday sessions. The purpose is to expose, explain, and familiarize students to the Catechism (“An Outline of the Faith”, BCP 845-862) in an effort to “confirm” their faith which has matured and become their own since baptism. It is also a rite of passage for students to venture on this memorable experience as a cohort of youth growing-up together with-in the Christ Church family. In addition, each student selects and commits themselves to a mentor from Christ Church to journey with them on their spiritual formation as a youth growing-on towards maturity. Those mentors then present the students to the Rector at the Confirmation Vigil (this July 12th). The rite of Confirmation takes place annually with the Bishop’s visitation. Please RSVP if you or your student are planning on being a part of this opportunity for confirmation.

March 31st* – During the “Concert of Prayer” at 6:30pm at Christ Church
Office (1306 E. 7th St.)

June 7th* – 6:30pm at Christ Church Office (1306 E. 7th St.)

June 14th* – During the “Concert of Prayer” at 6:30pm at Christ Church
Office (1306 E. 7th St.)
[St. Cyr’s last Sunday (sniff, sniff)]

June 21st* – 6:30pm at Christ Church Office (1306 E. 7th St.)

June 28th* – 6:30pm at Christ Church Office (1306 E. 7th St.)

July 12th* – Youth Confirmation Sunday
with Bishop Jones; 10:30am at The S.A.C.

*B.Y.O.S. (bring your own sustenance)

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2. Forgettable Fact

The most push-ups ever performed in one day was 46,001.

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3. SURF REPORT

– Terminator Salvation Review
http://www.planetwisdom.com/movies/terminatorsalvation.php

~ Wisdom On…The Future
http://www.planetwisdom.com/marksblog/2009/05/wisdom-on-future.html

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4. POTENT QUOTABLES

“Be not afraid of growing slowly; be afraid only of standing still.”
~ Chinese Proverb

“The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible.”
~ Richard M. DeVoss

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5. If I Could Turn Back Time…

“LORD, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance.” (Psalm 16:5-6)

Your pop culture philosophy teacher for this week is Mr. J.J. Abrams. If you have attended any of his classes — the “Star Trek” movie, the season finale of “Lost,” even a recent episode of “Fringe” — you may have noticed that he wants you to think really hard about time travel.

More specifically, he wants you to wrestle with the age old debates about whether our paths are predetermined or whether we might be able to change our destiny. It’s a fun bone to chew on, but it’s also one that leaves us asking some difficult personal questions.

If could go back and change my past, would I? Is my “present reality” good enough? What is good? Should I accept things as they are or make every effort in my power to change my reality? If I had unlimited free will and unlimited power to change everything, would I make it better — or far worse? And, finally, what does any of this have to do with Psalm 16?

Only this: David said to the one true God: “You are the only source of good things in my life. I will choose to be content with whatever you give me today — to enjoy it, even — and to look forward to all the good things you’ll give me forever.”
Whatever the answer to all those sticky questions, David focused in this psalm on tuning his heart to God’s goodness — and left the past, present, and future up to his powerful, loving, trustworthy Father.

Think: Tell yourself the truth: Are you willing to trust God with how our life turns out today, with the good things you do and don’t end up with? Do you think you are a source of good; do you think you could create more good things in the universe if you could change the past, the present, or the future?

Pray: Thank God for what He has provided for you today, for your lot in life right in this moment. Ask Him to help you to trust Him to provide exactly what you need — and much much more — tomorrow and forever.

Do: Read Hebrews 13:4-6 and think about what sexual purity, contentment, and the love of money have to do with trusting the God of time.

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

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