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Top 10 Reasons Why 30 Hour Famine Should be on Your Calendar

Hey everyone!  Josh here, I found this great article to share with you all about why we should be participating in this year's 30 Hour Famine!  Check it out and consider joining us, by either participating in the event on Nov 3rd/4th or by donating money to help feed a child in need of food! 

Our event starts at 5:30pm on Friday!  We will be fasting from after lunch on Friday until breakfast on Saturday morning.  Hope to see you there! 


1)      It saves lives. It only takes one dollar to feed a child for a day. Considering the money we spend on coffee, clothes, or iPhones, $1 per day is pocket change to us, right? Why is it so easy to afford all the luxury of a cool electronic or designer pair of shoes, yet so hard to sacrifice some of those things to literally help save the life of another? 30 Hour Famine funds you raise bring life-giving food and care to hungry children and families all around the world. That is money well spent.

2)      You will grow closer to God. By taking time out to learn about hunger and poverty and experience the feeling of being hungry, you open your heart and mind to a new understanding of God’s love for the poor. Throughout the bible He talks about putting our faith in action by caring for people who can’t care for themselves. By doing the Famine, you will come away with a renewed sense of faith and a joy in knowing that you have made a tangible difference in the lives of God’s people.

3)    The Horn of Africa needs us NOW. As you know, the Horn of Africa is currently in the midst of the first real famine of the 21st century – and this one won’t be over in 30 hours. More than 12 million people are affected and already, 30,000 children have lost their lives because they didn’t have enough food to eat. That’s not a reality we can live with. This is our chance to step up and help. You can designate your funds to the Horn of Africa and give life saving food and care to people who desperately need it.  

4)      It takes the focus off of you. For most of us, it’s really easy to lose perspective about what really matters, especially in the midst of the day to day details of school, work, and life in general. The 30 Hour Famine give you the opportunity to see how big this world really is and will offer some great perspective on the things that matter most.

5)      It’s fun. While not eating for 30 hours sounds tough, we guarantee it will be a good time packed full of games, videos, activities, friends, competition, service projects, a sleepover at church, and lots of juice. It’s sure to be a blast. (We just can’t promise you’ll get a ton of sleep.)

6)      It’s something out of the ordinary. You can eat pizza and play video games with your friends any weekend. The Famine is one weekend where you step out of your routine to help feed and care for those who go to bed hungry every night.

7)      We give you everything you need for FREE. When you sign up for the Famine, we give you $50 worth of materials to put together an awesome event- including engaging videos, group games and activities, and more ideas than you’ll know what to do with.

8)      You are impacting people globally and locally.  The Famine funds you raise go to World Vision, who feeds hungry people in almost 100 countries. Plus, Famine weekend is the perfect opportunity for you to roll up your sleeves and feed hungry people in your own community. Serve at your local soup kitchen or homeless shelter. Collect canned goods to donate to a food bank. The Famine is your chance to do something about hunger and poverty it in your own neighborhood, and across the globe.

9)      You will grow closer to people around you.  Something really cool happens when you take time out to learn together and rally around an important cause like fighting world hunger. You will grow closer to your friends, and make new ones along the way. Plus, going without food for 30 hours will be an experience you have with each other that none of you will ever forget.

10)  You get the chance to walk in someone else’s shoes. Every night, one billion people go to bed hungry. That’s a whole lot of people. And we aren’t talking about the “tummy rumble before the noon lunch bell” kind of hunger. Some of those people haven’t eaten in awhile, and don’t know where there next meal will come from. In order to really understand the issue of hunger, we need to experience it for ourselves, and the Famine gives you that chance. (Please note that we don’t want anyone to do the fasting portion of the 30 Hour Famine if it isn’t safe for them to participate. However, if it’s an option, we encourage everyone to consider making this sacrifice as the feeling of hunger is one that will open eyes and hearts to what’s going on in the world.)

Summer !



  Hey Everyone!  We have an awesome summer planned for our Youth Ministry!  All of these events are geared so that we can deepen relationships with each other and with God! 

Summer is a perfect time for our students to invite friends to try out our program!  Make sure to invite a few friends to all these events!  

See you at the beach! 

- Josh 


17 1 16 Winter Retreats

Winter Retreats Jan 16, 2017


It's that time of year again! The Youth Ministry is gearing up to go on our annual Winter Retreats! I have to say, these retreats are one of the best and most impactful thing we do all year. There is just something special about spending a weekend in the snow, hearing God's word, and getting away from it all.


This year we are taking the High School Students back to Camp Barakel. Last year we tried out the camp for the first time and we had an amazing time. Camp Barakel directs you to enjoy the more simple things about the Winter Season. What they lack in heated pools, they gain in quiet snowscapes with the sound of wind rustling the trees. It always seems easier to connect with God when you are disconnected from the internet and find yourself in the wonder of God's Creation.


For the Middle School Students we are trying a new camp this year. It is called Grace Adventure and it is located in Silver Lake, MI. The theme for the Middle School camp is Level Up. I'm excited to try someplace new with our students. We have always loved Spring Hill, but I have just gotten an itch to try some new places and see what other kind of experiences we might be able to have. So far I have heard nothing but great things from a fellow youth pastor who was there a couple weeks ago!


If you could find some time to be praying for our students and leaders as we go to camp that would be such a blessing. These weekends are often pivotal moments for students in their decision to walk with Christ. We are bringing a total of 23 students and 4 adults to camp over the next several weeks and I want nothing more than for us to all come back feeling renewed in our faith and ready to be a light for Christ in 2017!


16 12 7 Josh's First Blog

Josh's First Blog

Merry Christmas everybody! What a amazing time of year it is. After reading a few of Pastor Tom's blogs I started to get jealous and decided I wanted to be Blogger Jr. so here is my first attempt at doing just that.

I want to use this blog to give everyone some personal updates about what is going on in the Youth Ministry here at Highland United Methodist. If you have a student who is joining us on Sunday mornings, they have been experiencing lessons about the life of Jesus Christ. We have embarked on a year long study going in depth on the life of Jesus and what makes his story so amazing. We have been having some great conversations about what it means to be a teenager who follows Christ. Last Sunday in the High School class we talked about how God chose Mary, who was very likely a teenager, to bring the Son of God into the world. I know our teens are capable of some amazing things today as well, so lets encourage them to do so!

In Revive (High School Youth Group) we are starting to look at different worldviews and how we can interact with them in a gracious way. In our last lesson we learned how to Ask, Admire, and Admit. Ask meaning ask lots of questions, admire meaning admire what you appreciate about someone else's worldviews, and admit that you are a follower of Christ and this is why! We will be continuing this for the next several weeks. I'm praying that we becoming stronger in our faith as well as more understanding of other people's faiths.

Rev316 has been doing “hand's on” lessons, such as skits, building their own armor of God, dramatic readings and other things. The students have really enjoyed this different way of teaching! Right now Rev316 is helping with the Sent dinner. They are helping set up tables, chairs, and cleaning up afterwards! They love to help out!

I'm going to be posting monthly, so be prepared for more Jr. Blogging!! Merry Christmas to you!