Mentored by Jesus

Jesus had many followers and 12 disciples, but three of them, Peter, James, and John, were mentored by Jesus. They had special occasions when Jesus took them aside and showed them things the rest did not see. What was Jesus trying to teach them?

And what can we learn from those special times Jesus mentored them as Jesus mentors us today?

Join me for a closer look at Jesus’ special times of mentoring with Peter, James, and John as we also are MENTORED BY JESUS.

listen here  or download Part 1 of Mentored by Jesus 

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Kids 2 Camp

It has been the Board of Youth’s privilege for a second year to sponsor youth from OSLC to attend summer camp at Shepherd’s Hill at the Crossroads. This program is made possible by the number of hours volunteers put in at the Hostfest and donations by individuals and boards of the congregation. Thank you to all who give to this great program.

Below is the list of who is attending camp (first initial and last names only for privacy reasons). Full list is posted in the church fellowship hall.

KINDER CAMP (6/12-6/13)
G VOTH

DISCOVERY CAMP (6/12-6/14)
T BENNETT
C KNITTEL
M KNITTEL
S POTTS
E THIELE
K THIELE
La VOTH
Li VOTH

BEGINNER HORSE CAMP I (6/12-6/17)
M KLEBE

CREATION CAMP (6/19-6/24)
H ERIE
T JOHNSON
T POTTS
D STARTZ

SADDLE CLUB HORSE CAMP (6/26-7/01)
R MELCHERT
N TOHM
G VOTH

GUITAR CAMP (6/26-7/01)
T OLSON

FAMILY HORSE CAMP/WAGON (7/06-7/09)
DAHLY FAMILY

GRANDPARENT/GRANDCHILD CAMP (7/10-7/13)
L HAUGEN
S HAUGEN
M A FITCHNER
A HAUGEN
K HAUGEN

ADVANCE HORSE CAMP (7/10-7/15)
M DETLAFF

CHRISTIAN ARTIST CAMP (7/10-7/15)
K KOETTER
M TOHM

KIDS CAMP (7/17-7/21)
A HAYHURST
J LAIB
G VOTH
L VOTH

ENCOUNTER CAMP (7/24-7/29)
S HARBAUGH
T POTTS
T HANCE

LEADERSHIP QUEST (7/31-8/06)
A COYLE
M DETLAFF
A ZOLONDEK

WAKOPA CANOE TRAIL ADVENTURE (7/31-8/06)
J JOHNSON
T JOHNSON
J LAIB

CHRISTIAN ARTIST CAMP (8/07-8/12)
J LAIB

If you have any questions, please contact Pastor Dan.  And don’t forget to sign up to help at Hostfest this September 28 to October 1 so that we can offer these scholarships again next summer!

Reflections from Mother’s Day (& Daddy’s too)

so its a cloudy morning after mother’s day. listening to Gavin singing with the David Crowder*Band  – words not matching up which makes it really interesting

so what’s been on my minds lately? i’ve been wonder how to best pass on faith from generation to generation.  this spring i had a discovery sunday called intentional that had positive response from those who attended but we were small in number. part of my wrestling comes from a study of deuteronomy 6 verses 1 to 9. God thru moses is laying out the passing on of God’s Word from generation to generation which is to be done by parents and grandparents. i think the whole community had a piece to play in the whole thing but it really comes down to parents sharing the Word with their children and living it in their own lives.

long about the 16th century the church took over this role of passing on faith with the creation of sunday school. parents were off the hook for faith formation in their children. but study after study says that parents are the ones who have the greatest influence on the faith formation of their children, not the church community.

thinking back on my own life, it was my parents that had a huge influence on my faith formation. we simply did not miss church or sunday school during the school year. my brother and i learned that it was important because it was important for my parents. i can remember having devotions at home. actually, my memory of that is much stronger than reality. my memory says that we had devotions around the evening meal most every night growing up – my mom tells me it was much less frequent and only for a short period of time. this to me is a huge lesson for all parents – you don’t have to have major devotions that last for 30 minutes every night every year to have a major impact on your children. just doing the best you can to have devotions with your children, even if its just 5 minutes a few times a week or month will influence your children. added to that, if you make your faith life a priority and let your children see it, it will be a priority for them. and its never too late to start!

so my encouragement to you is live your faith in your children’s eyes. it will make a difference. spend time reading even just a couple of verses with them whenever you can. yes i would love for you to do it every night, but even in our home we don’t accomplish that. you can’t do everything      but i get you can do a bit more.    so try to read a bible verse each week with them, repeating it several times a week if you would like. ask them about their high and low for the day – you will learn a lot about your child this way. and close with pray with them, as simply as the “now i lay me down to sleep…” or use the Lord’s Prayer with them. 5 minutes, you have made an impression of faith on them that will carry with them into the future.

moms and dads are the key to passing on faith. God designed it this way and placed it in His Word to remind parents and grandparents of their special God-given role of sharing His Word with the next generation.  its not difficult and the eternal benefit is so great.   may you and your family be blessed in this gift of faith formation to His glory by the power of His Spirit!

PD

Spring Has Sprung

First sign that spring has sprung for the Voth household.

Lilly and I were part of a long train – my recumbent, her tag-a-long, and a trailer in case Gavin’s legs got tired and we had to cart his bike back home.  HE DIDN’T but mom did!

It was a fun afternoon on Easter Monday biking the trails of Minot, seeing the Souris River flooding, playing at Oak Park, and back home.