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The Art of the Everyday

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When I was little, I was always the creative type: painting, drawing, making friendship bracelets with yarn. I even made my own coloring books when I figured out how to print an outline from Microsoft Word clipart. I was entrepreneurial in spirit, when my grandfather encouraged me to sell them, and I did! Copyright laws weren’t very strict in 1995 for 11 year olds! To this day, I still love all things art and beauty: transforming a blank canvas to a masterpiece, writing encouraging notes to friends struggling, using pens and color to brighten an envelope. There is art all around us, friends, and the God of the universe creates magnificent color every day in ordinary things. May you see the extraordinary beauty in the everyday things!

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That love of art and creativity Jesus instilled in me, led us to some very fun opportunities recently, specifically the Paint Nite NYG Fundraiser! If you were one of the 92 people that joined us for this fun creative explosion, thank you for supporting our students going to Minneapolis for the LCMS Youth Gathering happening this summer.

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We still need to raise approximately $15,000 to support our team of 32 students and 8 adults.

Here are some ways how you can support this year’s team of 40 CGLC students and adults going to the 2019 National Youth Gathering:

  • February 10: Cupcakes and Canvases! Kids Paint Day! $30 for your kiddos to paint a fun picture, eat a yummy cupcake, have the older students help and encourage, and support the NYG! Parents of kids under 10, we are asking that you stay with them, but no additional fee! It’ll be fun!
  • March 30: Trivia Night 2019!!  Look for more info in January and February for ways to reserve your seat! Start building your dream team now! New categories! This is the event previously known as “The Gala”!
  • Sponsorship: If you’re unable to participate at any of our special events, but would like to support the trip and sponsor our students, please don’t hesitate to ask! We would love your support to reach our goal.

We appreciate all of the love, support and prayers that you’ve already given. Please keep praying for our students and that Jesus would continue to make Himself known to them! Teenagers today are craving connection in a world where a false sense of community through social media is king. They need to know that their church family is truly there for them, cares for them, and wants to get to know them. If you see a teenager on a Sunday morning, please go up to them and introduce yourself! Ask them questions and encourage them! Jesus lives in the lives of our youth. They are not the future of the church, but the present, and we need to empower them, raise them up, and lead them well. I cannot wait to see what God does through them in this next generation of business leaders, teachers, missionaries, pastors, DCE’s, chef’s and many more vocations.

So, if you’re not the creative type like me, that’s totally ok! The Kingdom of God uses - and needs- people with all kinds of gifts, talents and passions, to build up the Body of Christ and help reach those that don’t know Jesus. Keep serving Him in all aspects of your life, pointing people to the cross and the miracle of the empty tomb.