Events & Trips

TWISTS

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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TWISTS

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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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


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

CW Spring Retreat

Annual 5th-6th Grade Spring Retreat

5th-6th Grade Spring Retreat

April 24-26, 2015

Whitewater Express, TN

Join Mark, Anna, and the volunteer team for a very exciting trip this spring!  We are heading to the incredible Whitewater express camp in Ocoee, Tennessee!  We will have a wonderful weekend filled with teaching, worship, and fellowship with friends, a selection of activities to choose from and the wonderful experience of rafting down the Nantahala River!

Students need to arrive at COTA by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 24th.  Students will need to be picked up by 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 26th.  Students need to bring clothes for two days in the outdoors, plus one set of clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty (especially if you choose to play paintball). Please pack lightly (no large suitcases, please). Keep in mind that it will get cold at nights. Also, bring rain gear, sleeping bag or linens, pillow, towel, toiletries, flashlight, Bible and journal!

Cost: $130.00 (Includes food, transportation, activities, materials and a T-shirt)

*Students will need to bring money to purchase lunch on the way back to COTA Sunday afternoon.

Online Registration has closed – please call the STS Office with any questions

After registering you will be e-mailed a release form, your balance, packing list, and arrival/departure time.

Schedule:
Friday
5:00 pm           Arrive at COTA; Eat Dinner at Church
6:15 pm           Depart COTA for Whitewater Express
8:00 pm           Worship/Teaching Sessions
11:00 pm         Lights Out
 
 Saturday
8:30 am           Breakfast
9:00 am           Depart Camp
10:00 am         Student Activities
12:00 pm         Lunch
2:00 pm           Fully Guided Rafting Trip
6:15 pm           Return to Camp/ Dinner
8:00 pm           Worship/ Teaching Session
10:00 pm         Campfire
 
Sunday
8:30 am           Breakfast
9:00 am           Worship Session
11:00 am         Depart Camp; Lunch on the road
3:30 pm           Parent Pick-up at COTA
 
Questions? Contact:

 Mark Johnston: 404-591-1972
Anna Witt: 404-564-3149
Jenny Sessoms (for registration questions): 404- 591-4270
 

Upcoming Events in STS

If you missed our parent meeting, Sunday, March 22nd, don’t worry!

We gave out a lot of information about upcoming events in STS. Below are snapshots of the information we gave out to parents.

If you have any questions, please contact the STS Office: 404-591-2470


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Train Up!

Train Up!

Coaching the Next Generation to Spiritual Maturity
Friday, March 13 & Saturday, March 14
Where?: The Commons, The Church of The Apostles

We’re excited to invite all 5th-12th grade guys and their dads to a special two-day event on Friday, March 13 & Saturday, March 14. The focus of this Father-Son “Stay-treat” (no over-night) will be “Coaching the next generation to spiritual maturity.”

The Friday night session with Matt Brinkley is open to fathers of STS-age daughters &/or children under 5th grade. This session will be only for fathers – nothing will be offered for STS-age girls or children under 5th grade.

Special guest speakers: Matt Brinkley & Ben Pollard

Matt Brinkley. A graduate of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary and Covenant College, Matt has worked in student ministry since 1978 and currently coaches youth ministers through PACT Ministry. He has written numerous student discipleship manuals, student pastor training materials, books for student pastors, and training materials for parents. He has a great heart for youth pastors, students, and parents.

 

Ben Pollard. Ben and his wife are members of The Church of The Apostles. He has two sons, one who is playing college football and the other plays college baseball. Ben is a Master Strength Coach currently working for Georgia State Athletics. His coaching experience has included Sam Houston State, TCU, Alabama, Texas A&M, and Mississippi State. He has a passion for helping and training young men to focus on their character and goals in life.

Schedule:

Friday, 3/13:
7:00 pm – Dinner in The Commons
7:45 – 8:45 pm: Worship & Session 1
  • Matt will speak to fathers
  • Ben will speak to sons (The Loft)
Saturday, 3/14:
9:30 am – Breakfast in The Commons
10:15 – 11:15 am: Worship & Session 2 & 3
  • Matt will speak to fathers & sons (The Commons)
12:00 – 2:00 pm – Activities (STS area) – GameTruck, Bubble Soccer, Laser Tag
1:45 – 2:30 pm – Lunch (STS area)
 

Cost: $30/person (no more than $70/family)

Activities are optional and cost extra.

To sign up for the whole weekend: go here.
To Sign up for the Friday night session ONLY, please use this link. Cost: $10/person

Please contact the STS office  (404) 591-2470 with any questions.


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Asheville here we come… Girl’s Retreat 2015

April 10 – 12, 2015

All 7th-12th grade girls are invited to join the STS staff ladies for a weekend of discipleship, our annual Girl’s Retreat. We are excited to explore God’s Word with you. We are renting a home near Asheville, NC and will be exploring the Biltmore on Saturday. This retreat is such a unique chance for us to encourage each other in faith and to learn more about God. We can’t wait for you to join us!

Sign in: Friday, April 10, in STS, at 5:00 pm
Return: Sunday, April 12, in STS, 5:00 pm

COST: $125.00 / person (includes lodging, meals, transportation, and activities)

Deadline to sign up / cancel: Wednesday, April 8th

If you have questions, please call the STS Office: (404) 591-2470

Online registration for this event has closed

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2015 Guatemala Mission Trip!

4th Annual Mission trip to Guatemala!

June 20 – 27, 2015

For the past 3 summers our group had a phenomenal experience working with a ministry called Impacto. God has provided and moved in tangible ways; so we’re returning again in 2015!

We will be taking a team to the Lake Atitlan region of Guatemala from June 20th to June 27th. Impacto is a ministry that works throughout Central and South America. Guatemala is one of the poorest countries in Central America and provides a great opportunity to serve. Impacto’s mission is: “To bring salvation, hope, healing, and peace of Christ to the Spanish-speaking world.

Our group will be working with Impacto in numerous ways: constructing homes for widows’ families, doing Vacation Bible Schools, feeding programs, as well as many other services provided for the poor and lost of Guatemala.

If you’re interested in details of the trip, feel free to call the STS Office at (404) 591-2470.

You can pick up the application in the STS Office or email jsessoms@apostles.org to request a copy via email.

The cost of the trip is $1,600.00.

This trip is open to current 9th-12th grade students (2014-2015 school year).

If there are spots left, we will open the trip up to rising 9th graders on March 1st.