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This Week in STS {7/26/15 – 8/2/15}

Sunday, July 26:

Donuts served in the cafe at 8:45 am!

5th-6th grade students: after worship in The Loft, Mark will teach in The Den. He is continuing his series “What does it mean to be a Christian?”

We’re excited that Jonathan Youssef will be joining us as our guest speaker. He will be continuing our summer series in the Life of Peter. After his teaching time, students will be divided into prayer groups. Prayer will be facilitated by college students and staff and will be in response to Jonathan’s message and the passage.

Join us from 5:00-7:00 pm in STS for food, games and fun!

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Guys, join David Nicholas for basketball in the gym starting at 4:30 pm

Monday, July 27:

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5th & 6th grade students will be starting their annual Atlanta Mission Project!

Please pray for our group as they serve around Atlanta Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday!

Tuesday, July 28:

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7th-12th grade girls, join us for lunch & dessert at the Marietta Square!

We’ll meet at Pressed Panini Bar at 12, then walk around and find a place to eat dessert!

Pressed Panini Bar {right across from Marietta Pizza Co.}

30 S Park Square NE
Marietta, GA 30060

Wednesday, July 29:

Join us for family dinner in The Commons from 5:00 – 6:00 pm followed by fellowship, games, worship and Bible study in STS from 6:00 – 7:15 pm.

Our summer intern Daniel Lavori will be teaching to 5th-12th grades!

Thursday, July 30:

9th-12th grade girls, come join us for a pool party from 12-3 pm!

We will swim and eat lunch by the Kelley’s neighborhood pool and then go hangout at their home.
What to bring: swim suit, towel, change of clothes, tennis racket (optional)

Please RSVP by July 28th to Caroline Germany (404) 788-8900

1000 Vinings Fall Dr.
Smyrna, GA 30080

Sunday, August 2:

Donuts served in the cafe at 8:45 am!

5th-12th grade students: we’re so excited about GUATEMALA SUNDAY! The team that went to Guatemala in June is going to share testimonies, videos, and pictures from the mission trip. We hope you’ll join us to hear how God worked during the mission trip!

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This Week in STS {7/19/15 – 7/26/15}

Sunday, July 19:

Donuts served in the cafe at 8:45 am!

5th-6th grade students: after worship in The Loft, Mark will teach in The Den. He is continuing his series “What does it mean to be a Christian?”

Zack Carden will be continuing the summer series in the Life of Peter. After his teaching time, our student leaders will lead their peers through in-depth discussion questions.

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Get in the Christmas spirit early at our church-wide Christmas in July event!

12:00 – 2:00 p.m., we will gather in STS where we will…

  • Hear John and Cindy Morris share their experiences delivering Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes in Ecuador
  • Donate supplies for a huge OCC packing party to be held in November
  • Make Christmas cards for prisoners (Heartbound Ministries)

Lunch is available: $5.00 per person, maximum of $15 per family (pay at the door). No registration required!

Wondering what to put into an OCC shoebox? Here’s a complete list of suggested items and things to avoid.

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Guys, join David Nicholas for basketball in the gym starting at 4:30 pm

Monday, July 20:

5th & 6th grade girls, join Anna & Caroline for movie at AMC Parkway Pointe! Please bring personal money for lunch and the movie.

Meet us at Moe’s (Cumberland Pkwy) at 12:00.

Movie TBA – check your email, social media and back here for updates!

Tuesday, July 21:

7th-12th grade girls, join us for a picnic at Piedmont Park from 12:00 – 2:00 pm.

Meet us at the corner of 10th & Monroe near Park Tavern. Bring a sack lunch & dress for recreational activities!

Wednesday, July 22:

Join us for family dinner in The Commons from 5:00 – 6:00 pm followed by fellowship, games, worship and Bible study in STS from 6:00 – 7:15 pm.

Thursday, July 23:

7th-12th grade students, we’re going to Top Golf!

Meet us at the North Point Mall food court at 12:00. From there we’ll drive together to Top Golf to start playing at 1:00. Parents, pick up at Top Golf at 3:00 pm.

Cost: approximately $20 / person (not including lunch)

Top Golf:

10900 Westside Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30009

Sunday, July 26:

Donuts served in the cafe at 8:45 am!

5th-6th grade students: after worship in The Loft, Mark will teach in The Den. He is continuing his series “What does it mean to be a Christian?”

We’re excited that Jonathan Youssef will be joining us as our guest speaker. He will be continuing our summer series in the Life of Peter. After his teaching time, students will be divided into prayer groups. Prayer will be facilitated by college students and staff and will be in response to Jonathan’s message and the passage.

Join us from 5:00-7:00 pm in STS for food, games and fun!


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Christmas In July!

Get in the Christmas spirit early at our church-wide Christmas in July event! On Sunday, July 19, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m., we will gather in the STS gym where we will…

  • Hear John and Cindy Morris share their experiences delivering Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes in Ecuador
  • Donate supplies for a huge OCC packing party to be held in November
  • Make Christmas cards for prisoners (Heartbound Ministries)

Lunch is available: $5.00 per person, maximum of $15 per family (pay at the door). No registration required!

Wondering what to put into an OCC shoebox? Here’s a complete list of suggested items and things to avoid.


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This Week in STS {7/12/15 – 7/19/15}

Sunday, July 12:

Donuts served in the cafe at 8:45 am!

5th-6th grade students: after worship in The Loft, Mark will teach in The Den. He is continuing his series “What does it mean to be a Christian?”

7th-12th grade students: join us for our “Text Me” panel after worship in The Loft. This is when you can anonymously text questions, about anything, to the panel. We’ll do our best to answer your questions!

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Guys, join David Nicholas for basketball in the gym starting at 4:30 pm

Monday, July 13:

5th & 6th grade girls, meet Anna & Caroline for lunch at Willy’s (W. Paces). After lunch, we’ll walk over to Yogurtland for dessert.

Parents, please plan to drop off at 12:00 and pick up at 2:00.

Bring personal money for lunch and fro-yo.

Wednesday, July 15:

Join us for family dinner in The Commons from 5:00 – 6:00 pm followed by fellowship, games, worship and Bible study in STS from 6:00 – 7:15 pm.

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Thursday, July 16:

7th-12th grade students, we’re going to lunch and then a movie at AMC!

Meet us at Moe’s (Cobb Pkwy & Cumberland Blvd) for lunch at noon then for MINIONS at AMC Parkway Pointe!

*Please plan to bring personal money for lunch and the movie.

Sunday, July 19:

Donuts served in the cafe at 8:45 am!

5th-6th grade students: after worship in The Loft, Mark will teach in The Den. He is continuing his series “What does it mean to be a Christian?”

Zack Carden will be continuing the summer series in the Life of Peter. After his teaching time, our student leaders will lead their peers through in-depth discussion questions.


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Serving in Atlanta – Annual 5-6 grade Mission Project

2015 5th & 6th Grade Atlanta Mission Project

Monday, July 27 – Thursday, July 30

Join Mark, Anna, volunteers and your friends for a wonderful opportunity to live out your faith as you serve and love others in our city in the name of Jesus! We will partner with two Atlanta-based ministries (Resource Service Ministries and Atlanta Mission) for day service projects and we will enjoy a time of fellowship at Stone Mountain Park on Wednesday evening.

Important Information
Resource Service Ministries is a ministry that works with elderly widows. The Atlanta Mission Thrift Stores help to fund the ministries and programs of the Mission. Participants will be involved in scraping & painting a home, doing yard work with RSM and they will assist in sorting donations for Atlanta Mission. Students will need to wear work clothes each day. (*Please know that your children will never be asked to do anything that is beyond their skill level or that is dangerous.)
On Wednesday morning students need to bring a change of clothes, toiletries, sleeping bag, and pillow. After the service project on Wednesday we will return to the Church for dinner and STS Wednesday activities. Immediately after STS we will depart to Stone Mountain to attend the Laser show.
We will arrive back at COTA around 11:00 p.m. and stay overnight at COTA.
*If your child will not stay the night at COTA, please make arrangements to pick them up when we return from the Laser show.

Who can participate in the Atlanta Missions Project?
Current 5th and 6th grade students (2014-2015 school year)

Total Cost: $80.00

(Includes breakfast, transportation, Wednesday night dinner and Stone Mountain Laser Show)
Lunch is not included on a daily basis. Students will need to pack a lunch for each day.

Questions? Contact :
Mark Johnston 404.591.1972
Anna Witt 404. 564.3149
Jenny Sessoms 404. 591.2470

SIGN ME UP!
After registration you will be emailed a release form, your balance, packing list and arrival/departure times.

SIGN UP EARLY TO SAVE YOUR SPOT!

Deadline: Thursday, July 23rd

*For planning purposes we request that students participate in at least two days.
**If you do not plan on participating in the entire AMP week, but would still like to participate in one or two days, please do not sign up online. Instead, contact one of our staff members who will be happy to assist you in the registration process.  
 
Schedule:
Monday, July 27th & Tuesday, July 28th
9:00 AM Arrive at COTA
10:00 AM Depart for Project
5:00 PM Pick up at COTA

Wednesday, July 29th
9:00 AM Arrive at COTA
10:00 AM Depart for Project
4:00 PM Arrive at COTA
5:00 PM Dinner at COTA
6:15 PM STS Wednesday PM activities
7:30 PM Depart for Stone Mountain
11:00 PM Arrive at COTA—Sleep at COTA

Thursday, July 30th
9:00 AM Pick up at COTA


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This Week in STS {7/5/15 – 7/12/15}

Sunday, July 5:

Donuts served in the cafe at 8:45 am!

Zack Carden will be speaking to 7th-12th grades, continuing in our summer series on the Life of Peter.

5th-6th grade students: after worship in The Loft, Mark will teach in The Den. He is continuing his series “What does it mean to be a Christian?”

Monday, July 6 – Friday, July 10:

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Pray for the STS staff & students as we depart for our Beach Retreat in Panama City Beach, FL.

Wednesday, July 8:

No Wednesday Night activities due to the staff being on the Beach Retreat.

Sunday, July 12:

Donuts served in the cafe at 8:45 am!

5th-6th grade students: after worship in The Loft, Mark will teach in The Den. He is continuing his series “What does it mean to be a Christian?”

7th-12th grade students: join us for our “Text Me” panel after worship in The Loft. This is when you can anonymously text questions, about anything, to the panel. We’ll do our best to answer your questions!


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This Week in STS {6/28/15 – 7/5/15}

Sunday, June 28:

STS Sunday morning: “Text Me” panel for 7th-12th grade students.

5th-6th grade students: after worship in The Loft, Mark will teach in The Den. He is continuing his series “What does it mean to be a Christian?”

Donuts served at 8:45 am in the Cafe!

STS Water Balloon Fight

Lunch: Flying Biscuit!

Monday, June 29:

5th – 6th Grade Girls Pizza Party in STS!
12:00 – 2:00 pm. Please RSVP to awitt@apostles.org
 

Tuesday, June 30:

7th-12th Grade Girls: lunch & rock climbing at Atlanta Rocks: 1019 Collier Rd NW, Ste A, Atlanta, Georgia 30318.
Bring your lunch, we’ll eat from 12:00 – 12:30 then climb from 12:30 – 2:30.
Cost: $20 for climbing.
 

Wednesday, July 1:

Join us for fellowship, games, and dinner from 5:00 – 6:00 pm followed by worship and Bible study.

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Parents, the “Coffee Connection” room (229) will be open for you during the 5:00 hour! Coffee will be available. This time will be for you to fellowship together as parents. Also,  you’re invited to join us for dinner ($3/person for adults, free for students).

Thursday, July 2:

7th-12th grade students, we’re going to Main Event Entertainment for lunch, bowling and laser tag/arcade/ropes.
12:00-2:00 pm.
$15/person.
 

Sunday, July 5:

Donuts served in the cafe at 8:45 am!

Zack Carden will be speaking to 7th-12th grade, continuing in our summer series on the Life of Peter.

5th-6th grade students: after worship in The Loft, Mark will teach in The Den. He is continuing his series “What does it mean to be a Christian?”


Highlights from Newsletter

In case you missed our first STS Newsletter, here are a few key events to keep in mind!!!

Use this link for the full May/June edition of the newsletter.


“Guardians”

One of the best parts about what I do is getting to know people, their stories, and what motivates them. Over the past few months, I have had the privilege of really getting to know the STS staff. I began to get a picture of who they were as we worked to hold everything together this spring, have been planning for summer, and sketching out the focus for the fall semester.  However, when I took a look at their personality testing I got a much clearer picture of who they are and discovered something interesting.

Mark Johnston, Anna Witt, Jenny Sessoms, and Caroline Germany (as well as Kristin Waites) all share the same personality core. While there are nuances to their personality that cause them to express that core differently, they share common values and vision.  So, what is this core personality?  They are, by nature, “Guardians”.

“Guardians” are loyal, trustworthy, team players who value tradition and responsibility. They thrive in structure and enjoy working a plan. They take their role as protectors very seriously, working hard to care for those they love.  That translates very well into student ministry. What better group of people to entrust with caring for and assisting in the discipleship of your child than a set of people who value tradition, authority, and security?  As a parent of STS students myself, it is a blessing to know that when my kids are in STS, that they are in the loyal, loving, and capable hands of a team whose core desire is to shepherd their souls through guarding and careful guiding.  Most of you, if you have spent any time around this team, knew that already. For those of you who didn’t know this about our team, I wanted to make you aware of it.  Because the Lord has brought us a group of people who take the Word of God seriously and desire to work with you as parents to see your child grow in grace.

I urge you to continue to pray for Mark, Anna, Jenny, and Caroline as they seek to love and serve our STS families. Pray that the Lord would guide to us a Director of Student Ministries who would perfectly compliment this team and help them utilize their giftedness to and reach this generation of students for Jesus.

For the STS Staff,

Zack Carden


STS Dive 2015

DIVE – STS Beach Retreat

2015 STS Summer Beach Retreat

Monday, July 6 – Friday, July 10

We’re so excited to be going to the beach this summer! We’ll be traveling to Florida on Monday, July 6 and spending Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at the beach then returning Friday, July 10. We are blessed to have our good friend Chad Cannon as our speaker for the week.

Who?: Rising 7th grade students – 2015 graduates

Where?:Laguna Beach Christian Retreat Center
20016 Front Beach Road
Panama City Beach, Florida 32413
 

How Much?: $325.00 / student

*If registering multiple students from same family, multi-child discount applied: 2nd student = $250, 3rd student = $175

**Cost covers lodging, meals, transportation, tshirt, and more!

SIGN ME UP!

*Registration opens Sunday, May 10 and closes 3:30 on Thursday, July 2*

Tentative schedule {subject to change}:

Monday, July 6
11:00 am – Student registration and Lunch in STS
12:00 / 12:15 pm – Depart COTA, dinner on the road
7:30 / 8:00 pm – Arrival at Laguna Beach Christian Retreat Center
 
Tuesday, July 7 – Thursday, July 9
Morning: breakfast, worship, & teaching session
Afternoon: activities at location and on beach
Evening: dinner, worship, & teaching session
 
Friday, July 10
Morning: breakfast, packing, and departure
Lunch on the road
5:00 / 6:00 pm – Parent pickup at COTA