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Evergreen Connection Blog

October 18, 2018

In brief review of last night, we spent some time in worship together, and then got back into the parables. This time, we tackled two parables in Matthew 21 – the Parable of the Two Sons, and the Parable of the Wicked Tenants. We walked through the chapter, identifying the context of the parables, and […]

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October 4, 2018

Last night we dove back into our study of the parables, focusing on Matthew 20:1-16 in which Jesus tells the Parable of the Laborers in the vineyard. Every week, we’ve been going through the text in small study groups, trying to figure out the context of the parables, and trying to parse through the elements […]

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September 27, 2018

First, a big thank you for everyone who came last night to attend our annual parent meeting. I sincerely appreciate your time, your comments, your encouragements, and your desire for investment in our youth group! For those of you that couldn’t make it last night, here’s a little recap on what we talked about: We […]

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September 20, 2018

We spent our time in Luke 14 last night, tackling three of the parables that Jesus told around the table of a prominent Pharisee’s house. I had the students break up into different groups to study different sections of the text, focusing on: the setting, characters, Jesus’ actions, and, of course, the parables. The students […]

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September 13, 2018

Last night we spent our time focusing on the The Parable of the Sower in Matthew 13. It’s the very first parable that we see Jesus teaching with in the gospels. First, we were amazed with the fact that Jesus creates an amphitheater our of the sea bank, getting in a boat so that his […]

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September 6, 2018

Last night we spent some time chowing down on pizza, connecting with each other, and talking about the year ahead in youth group. We had quite a few 6th graders join us, which is very exciting! We also had a good deal of 9th graders with us who’ve now joined the High School fold! Much […]

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A Beautiful, Flourishing Palm Tree

Psalm 92 was the appointed reading for the day and I smiled as I read the last verses. Gloria Staley went home to Jesus in the wee hours last Saturday morning and I testify that these words fit her well. The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon; […]

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New Difference Makers

Hi friends! I’m back from several weeks of summer travels. With Fall schedule right around the corner, I returned to discover I was wrong. For some time, I have been saying that if every parent helps either in Awana or once a month in weekend Nursery or Children’s Ministry that all our help needs will be […]

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Committing to Prayer

Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in […]

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The Purpose of Beautiful Art

As is probably the case for some of you, I at least dabbled in art classes throughout my college years. Frustratedly, I worked my way through a photography class (I certainly didn’t know that photography would be so hard), and a drawing class without much success in either. It seemed that, despite my focus and efforts, I […]

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