Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Verve Haps

August at Verve started off with a bang this past weekend:
  • The Crapper is a wrap! We concluded this series by talking about the third chapter of a book in the Bible named Habakkuk. Habakkuk was a guy who loved God but had to endure a painful situation that lasted years. We've been looking at his life as a model for how we can interact with God in the midst of sucky circumstances that don't make sense. 
  • This weekend was all about how we can help move out of the crapper. Sometimes all we can do is wait, but there are things we can do to keep ourselves healthy as we prepare to emerge from the darkness and pain we feel stuck in. One of the most important things we can do is remember the good things that God has done for us in the past. This can reinforce the truth that God ultimately wants the best for us and help us stay spiritually focused. Maybe one time you went to church and heard just what you needed to hear, or had a "random" conversation with a stranger that ended up speaking directly to something you were experiencing. Those are all ways God can work, and remembering those kinds of events can help keep you grounded in God during crazy times.
  • A group of elementary school Ververs spent last week at a summer camp in Arizona (the same one our middle schoolers went to a couple of weeks ago). They got to spend five straight days hanging out with each other and growing closer in a setting that was designed to grow them closer to God. Everyone who went loved it and is already stoked about next year. At Verve we love kids, and it's awesome to give them these kinds of opportunities to explore their faith in fun and unique ways.
  • Our offering included a winning ticket from a casino's sports book for Saturday night's UFC fight. We've previously had poker chips put in the offering, but this is the first appearance of a sports wager. Only in Vegas!
  • We're still collecting boatloads of school supplies for Dean Petersen Elementary! See this Facebook post for full details, and get to shoppin'.