Reflections on Crossings Camp

Euan Dunn

For those of you who I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting, my name is Euan Dunn and I have been a part of the youth now for about 4 years, and I’m going on my 5th. Except for my first year in the youth, I have been to camp every summer and it’s easily one of my favorite times of the year. As many of you know, this past June, we went to Crossings and this took place at their Cedarmore campus. If I’m being honest with you, I was very hesitant about going to Crossings this year. I didn’t believe that this place was somewhere that would provide our youth group with a proper experience that would I also wasn’t prepared to go to my first summer camp without our former Youth Pastor Matt Joiner, who is one of my mentors and one of the most powerful influences that I’ve ever had in my life. To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect, my brain was just oddly wired to the point, where it was only telling me that this wouldn’t be a healthy experience. Boy was I wrong.

As soon as we arrived, I felt so welcomed and so wanted. It’s a feeling I’ll never forget, people were greeting us and praying for our week and it was so genuine. I wasn’t completely ready to swallow my pride but then we arrived at the opening night/ celebration, where I would be introduced to our speaker, Pastor John Nix. He stole my attention right off the bat with his substantial enthusiasm and passion for the gospel. The whole week, he tackled so many difficult questions and guided us through our theme for the week, which was what’s it’s like to be an outsider, and a citizen of Heaven, not the world. He inspired me to form better habits in my spiritual life and it’s really been awesome learning to enjoy all these different blessings that God has bestowed upon us, such as prayer, reading our bibles, worshiping, fellowship, all of which were highly put into practice at Crossings.

One of the many high points of each day was the time where we would come together as a Church and discuss a variety of things, from how our day was going to how God was working in us throughout the week. This allowed us to get closer as a youth group and want to spend time together outside of Fusion on Sunday Nights. It was also really awesome to see different age groups constantly mingling whether we were eating a meal, having free time, or were in our rooms in the evening.

At Crossings, I also witnessed some of the most powerful worship that I’ve ever seen. The band was so talented and they were so excited to worship which is something that the youth as a whole started to do as the week progressed. It got to the point where some people lost their voice! This will forever stand in my eyes as one of the most amazing experiences that a group of kids like us can go to. A place where we can be ourselves, feel loved, accepted, and build friendships that will last forever. Glory be to God for allowing us to be apart of Crossings 2017 and I could not be more excited for what the future holds in this youth group.

Grace & Peace,

Euan

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Renown will replace Reborn this year as our In town Retreat. Here is what the event promo says about it:

Have you ever asked the question: What is the purpose of the Christian life? Jesus described this life in Matthew 5:13-16 as represented by two elements: Salt & Light.

Salt represents usefulness, healing, and the ability to change things for the better, while light speaks to prevailing over darkness as a shining beacon of truth for the gospel. But in the same passage Jesus warns that salt can become tasteless and light can be hidden. When these things happen, both elements are useless.

How can a Christian remain useful to Jesus Christ the king? Renown: Salt & Light is a conference designed to help middle school and high school students understand their purpose as Christians in serving as useful elements in the service of God. Join us as our speakers Albert Mohler, Dan Dumas and Eric Geiger help guide students toward the Scriptures in order to gain an understanding for their life’s highest calling; Bringing the light and changing power of the gospel to men and women in need of reconciliation to God.

The students will still stay at group homes (Members of Springdale Community Church) across the city both Friday and Saturday Nights. The event will conclude Sunday Morning at Springdale after the 11am service (approx. 12:15pm).
Dates: March 17-19
Cost: $89
Register: HERE Deadline to Register is March 3rd.
Questions? Email Joel Oates at Joel@springdalechurch.com

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Fusion Student Ministry is headed to Cuba in summer 2017! We are partnering with Youth Ministry International for the 3rd time to ensure a quality missions trip. More information coming soon.

Matthew 28:18-20 18And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  19Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  20teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Contact: Jeremy White at Jeremy@springdalechurch.com for more information or questions.

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We are headed back to Crossings Camps Cedarmore in Summer 2017! It is going to be a great time of worship, fellowship, fun, and making memories that last a lifetime. This event is for both middle and high school students.

Date: June 18th-22nd

Cost: Early Bird Special $300. The price of camp will rise to $325 after February 10th. $75 deposit is due February 10th.

Registration & Payment: Do both HERE.

Contact: Matt Joiner  mattj@springdalechurch.com

7th Annual Perfect North Trip

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Our 7th annual Perfect North trip is here and it is for the entire family! It is a perfect excuse to break away with your loved ones for a fun filled day of skiing and snow tubing. I hope to see you and your entire family on the slopes soon!

Date: January 28th

Cost: Lift Ticket only (required for skiing and tubing) $39. Rentals $17. Helmet $5

Travel Details: Please arrive at Springdale Community Church at 6:45am to check in, eat breakfast (probably donuts and fruit), and for final instructions about the day. We will depart from Springdale promptly at 7:15am. We will Ski until 5:30pm and depart from Perfect North at 6pm. Please bring money for lunch and dinner. They have a cafeteria on site or you can pack your food to save money. I recommend you bring $20-25 for food. We will also stop on the way home for dinner (fast food). We will get home around 8:30-9pm. If you are not on the trip we will have your child text you an updated time when we are in route.

**Please let me know if you plan on driving separately. In the past I have rented too many vans (which are very expensive) for the group. So please let me know your travel plans as soon as you make them.

Registration: The last day to register for this event is January 24th. Register and pay HERE.

Contact: Matt Joiner mattj@springdalechurch.com. (C) 815.651.7367