BYM RECENT EVENTS

Fall Retreat

How do you identify yourself?

So many times we grasp onto the identity the world assigns to us.  These identities could come from activities we are involved in, people we associate with, either physically or on line. Or we may receive an identity from the styles we wear or the things that interest us.  
 
The title for this years Fall Retreat was “Identify”.  Our kids learned that our true identity comes from Christ.  All other identities are man made and illusions. They focused on the verse in Ephesians 4:22 and 24 which tells us,
 
“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
 
Wow.
 
Part of the weekend was spent in class and active lessons to emphasize who we are in Christ.
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There were also team building activities.  Have you ever tried to put a tent together while only using one hand? You can’t do it alone!
 
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There was also an awesome object lesson involving the different masks we wear and the one we wear when we are
created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. Find a someone that went this weekend and ask them about it.
 
 
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Many things are better together!
 
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Mission Trip: Nashville, TN

This week was amazing!  Our kids were able to remove themselves from their places of comfort and reach out to others in love and in the name of Jesus.  These incredible kids also bonded together in ways that would not have been possible without this adventure.  While serving, they opened up their hearts to new ways of service and to those less privileged than themselves.  
 
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They love riding in the car!

 
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It took a long time to get there.

 
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A VERY long time.

 

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Helping pick and weed the garden at a women’s shelter.

 

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This is a tweet from some very thankful police officers. Our kids handed out snacks and water to some homeless people as well as to the police department.

 
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Our kids noticed this man needed a new pair of shoes, so they bought him some!

 

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Sweet , pretty girls.

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Dramatic, sweet, pretty girls.

 

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Ummm…ok.

 

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And we played.

 

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Devotional time together.

 

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Way to go team!



The Great Outdoors

Have you ever seen snow on the fourth of July?  Well, a group of our kids and adults took a week to pause and get away from the business and noise of everyday life.  While traipsing through nature, they got to see amazing sights like snow in July.  They went backpacking in the mountains of Colorado while carrying everything they needed on their backs.  They had a wonderful time and bonded with God and each other in fantastic ways.  
 
 
 
The Brave Souls
 
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Just hanging around.
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SNOW!!!
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Quiet contemplation.
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Amazing Time at Pine Springs

There is a reason our kids love going to camp.  This year our kids had an amazing week learning and studying about waking up their spiritual life.  They also had great bonding time and a tremendous amount of fun!  For those that didn’t go, here are tons of pictures to give you a glimpse of a week at camp.
 
 
Beautiful Pine Springs
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Flour, syrup and eggs…
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“Supper!”
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Worship Time
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We love arts and Crafts!
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Class Time
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Ummm….OK
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Jason and Travis Preaching
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Everything is better when we’re together.
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Scavenger Hunt
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AWWWWW!
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End of the day.
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WOW What a Summer!!!

This has been a whirlwind of a summer!  Since the last post, our kids have gone to camp, hiked through the mountains of Colorado and took a mission trip to Nashville, TN.  Mixed in with all these activities were weekly game nights, weekly service projects and lots of other spontaneous activities.  These amazing kids grew closer to each other,  but more importantly closer to God.  They were able to be the hands and feet of Jesus and serve in their church, their community and beyond!  Over the next few posts I’ll share specifics about each trip/activity, but I wanted to give you a little taste of what has been happening!


Summer!!!

 Summer is in full swing and LOTS of things are going on. The first big adventure was the Jr./Sr. Road Trip. This was a trip where our outgoing Seniors “passed the torch” of leadership to our upcoming Juniors and Seniors. It was also a time of service and fun! Our kids traveled to Abilene and the Dallas area where they talked with residents of a senior living facility, stayed in a HUGE farm house and attended a Medieval Times dinner theater. A great time was had by all.  Here are a few pics.
 
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Riley and Ginny visiting a new friend in University Place Senior Living.
 
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Group singing for residents.
 
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Gathered in front of Annabell’s Tree.
 
 
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Bumper car and laser tag fun.
 
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And then there was the ride home!
 
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Rose McDonald’s Baptism

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Woo Hoo!!!  We are so proud of rose for making this life long commitment.  If you didn’t get to see it check it out HERE.


LTC 2016

LTC 2016 was a huge success!!!  Our kids were involved in many different activities, some performing and some accomplished before the convention. Before convention we had kids complete teaching requirements, art projects, service projects and leadership requirements.  During convention our kids competed in 3 different choruses, 3 different dramas, song leading, Bible reading and scripture reading.  Way to go kids!
 
Here are a few links to the choruses and dramas.
 
Chorus:
 
Drama:
Quinten leading singing during Sunday morning service

Quentin leading singing during Sunday morning service

HS girls drama

HS girls drama

Boys practicing in the stairwell.

Boys practicing in the stairwell.

Muscle Man Carter

Muscle Man Carter

Chorus practicing in the stairwell.

Chorus practicing in the stairwell.

Youth Group chorus

Youth Group chorus

Dramatic Boys

Dramatic Boys

 


Spring Mend

Over Spring Break around 15 of our kids dedicated part of their week serving others.  To begin the week, the kids participated in a mini workshop about leading through service.  Thank you Gloria Gonzales and your team at the Center for Adolescent Resiliency at Tech.  
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Then, they took 1 1/2 days painting a house for one of our members.  They worked amazingly hard and did an outstanding job.
 
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The last afternoon was used to help clean some of the cottages at the Children’s Home of Lubbock.  
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The kids did fantastic work and had a great time fellowshipping with each other and serving their community.