I think we can all agree that our Lifegroups for the youth are doing amazing work as they build deep relationships, provide accountability and encouragement, and point our youth to Jesus. I know it’s been a great experience for my own daughter. And now, God is providing even more for them! Maybe some of you remember a few weeks ago, a young couple named Gabe and Corrinne Ulrich visited our church. They had previously been in ministry with Pastor Dale’s son Tim, and were looking for what God had next for them. In conversation with many people, a need was identified for HUMC youth to have an opportunity to come together as one community, not separated by age or gender, for worship, fellowship, learning, and service.
Gabe and Corrinne have answered God’s call to lead our new HUMC youth group, which will meet for the first time on Sunday, October 21 from 6-8 pm. In the meantime, Gabe and Corrinne will be visiting with as many of the Lifegroups as possible to begin meeting the youth and hearing their ideas for what the youth group should look like. One frequently asked question is whether the new youth group is a replacement for Lifegroups. The answer is NO! The way Lifegroups are set up with same-age, same-gender youth creates very valuable space for the youth to go deep in their relationships with each other and with their leaders. The youth group will complement our Lifegroups by providing a more diverse community for our youth to connect with. Many of our Lifegroup leaders have also expressed relief that they can now count on Corrinne and Gabe to take care of snacks and games.
Would you join me in praising God for the new thing He is doing? Would join me in praying for Gabe and Corrinne as they step into this new thing that’s so full of unknowns? God is doing a new thing, and we’ve been privileged to get front-row seats to see it happen. God is so very good to us.
Romans 8:31-32 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
--Pastor Dale Parker