Thanksgiving week is here & its always a wonderful time to reflect on what God has done over the past year! It has been an amazing & eventful year at GU, and we’ve seen God change the lives of so many young people! We are so thankful to be part of what God is doing with young people in our church! And, we are very thankful for the wonderful parents we get to work with in the process!
Here are a few thoughts from the last month…
As a youth ministry we’ve spent the last several weeks preaching & studying the Book of James. We’ve focused on subjects like perseverance, the power of your words, humility & taking action with your faith. It was a great series with very practical tools for young people to use in their lives!
The next series we are beginning after Thanksgiving will be about hope. Our key text is Romans 15:13 “So I pray that God, who gives you hope, will keep you happy and full of peace as you believe in him. May you overflow with hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” We are believing for many young people to truly embrace the hope that comes through Jesus Christ!
Here are a few upcoming dates to put on your calendar…
Nov 24- No GU (for Thanksgiving)- enjoy time with your family!!!
Nov 25- Thanksgiving Day!
Dec 15- GU Christmas party 7pm (at each campus)
Dec 18-19 CBC Candlelight services (at each campus during normal service times)
Dec 22 No GU (for Christmas)- have a wonderful Christmas!!!
Jan 3 Begin fasts (GU will be doing some fasts to join with our church in prayer/ fasting to start out the New Year & to prepare ourselves for the GU conference. We will have a few different ways for young people to participate this year! More details to come…)
Jan 8 9:30am-12 noon GU conference volunteer meeting (RB Chapel)
Jan 23 CBC Mega Prayer Night (end fasts)
Jan 27-29 & Feb 3-5 GU Conference. See the “Conference” tab for information & details, registration, etc. Also, we are still looking for host homes & volunteers. If you would be willing to open your home for young people to stay during the conference, or if you would be willing to volunteer during the conference, please let us know. You can call (503) 382-1783 and speak to Joe Garibay.
GU Wednesday night schedule:
6pm Jr High 222 Groups (on-site at each campus)
6:30pm Pre-service prayer in Sanctuary (at each campus & open to everyone)
6:45-7pm (& after service) Pizza café ($1 per slice of pizza, $1 for drinks, and free for visitors).
7pm-9pm GU service (Dynamic worship, powerful Word, prayer & regular age-distinctive break-out sessions)
Thank you again for everything you do & especially for being great parents! We are so happy to partner with you to see God do great things in the lives of your young people! Call, text, email or Facebook us if you have any questions, thoughts or concerns.
God bless you & your family this wonderful holiday season!
Pastor Poncho & Lora Lowder
Cris serves with His wife Katie as a lay pastor on the Rocky Butte Campus overseeing the Rocky Butte Young Adults ministry. He has a passion to see people connected to the local church, thriving in an honest and personal relationship with God, and continuing to discover their God-given talents and destiny. He graduated from Portland Bible College, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Theology. He loves good books, good music and discovering new things to do around Portland.
Katie grew up in Salem and moved to Portland to go to Portland Bible College where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Theology with an emphasis in Pastoral Counseling. Katie’s passion is mentoring girls in purity, character, and the destiny God has for their lives. She loves to see girls become women of God, understand the Bible, and pursue deep and meaningful relationships with the godly women around them.