“My Life, My Love, My All” – Youth Day 2009

This weekend, MetSDA will be having their Youth Day beginning 7pm Friday, and continuing the next day at 9:30am Saturday. We’re inviting everyone around the Houston and surrounding areas to join us as we celebrate and share God’s blessings and love that He continually bestows. Our topic is “My Life, My Love, My All,” and centers around the scripture found in Matthew 22:36-39.

Pulling from discussions a lot of youth are talking about in today’s world, plus some themes found in the popular movie “Fireproof,” we will seek answers to the following questions:

On Friday night, the discussion will center on “How God showed/shows us His love, and His command on how to love,” followed by a sermon wrap-up by our guest speaker for the weekend, Pastor Edrey Santos.

For Sabbath, we continue with our theme of “Love” with Pastor Santos. As usual, potluck will be provided. The fun will continue on 2pm Sunday as we celebrate Mother’s Day, and will be filled with games, food, and fellowship. Come out… be blessed… reunite with old friends and make some new ones as well. Hope to see you guys there!

Faithbook

Not Just a Bible Study!

The newest edition to our youth curriculum is lovingly called Faithbook. Funny enough, the term Faithbook has evolved to mean a handful of things to us. But first – the beginning. Richard introduced to us the concept of a youth Bible study using a prayer journal. The youth leaders take turns providing a passage of scripture as a topic for the night. We utilize the R.E.A.P. method to analyze the passage. Here is the broken down acronym:

RRead and write down the scripture
EExamine the text. What is happening? Who is speaking?
AApply the text to your life.
PPray. Write out a prayer that’s honest and real.

Praying with the people you love is the best way to grow as a person AND as a youth group, as Richard shows us here

Praying with the people you love is the best way to grow as a person AND as a youth group, as Richard shows us

We are given time to write in our journals (Faithbooks) and discuss the topic. However, the option to share your entry is optional. Privacy with the Lord is respected. The purpose of our Faithbooks are to encourage the youth to delve into the Word for guidance in ALL aspects of their lives and to draw closer to Christ and be able to claim a personal relationship with Him.

Today, not only do we call our jounals “Faithbooks,” We also call this youth worship time as “Faithbook.” We also use it as a verb, as in, “What time are we gonna Faithbook?” Use all three in a sentence and you get “Don’t forget to bring your Faithbooks to Faithbook so we can Faithbook.” It’s been a blessing for our youth in so many ways. I look forward to it every week.

- Jennye Baysa

Youth Week of Prayer 2009

It’s another year’s Youth Week of Prayer and it has been a blessing thus far! This year we’re focusing on “letting our lights shine.” We’ve had great topics this week and encourage everyone to come on out and receive a blessing!

Theme: Year of Shining (Matthew 5:16)

Day 1 – Sunday March 15

Topic: What is the Light?  And how do we get it/where do we get it from?

Day 2 – Monday March 16

Topic: How do we let our Light shine?  Part 1 – community service (Matthew 25:31-40)

Day 3 – Tuesday March 17

Topic: How do we let our Light shine?  Part 2 – using our talents to bring people to God (Matthew 25:15-29)

Day 4 – Wednesday March 18

Topic: How do we let our Light shine?

Day 5 – Thursday March 19

Topic: How do we let our Light shine?

Day 6 – Friday March 20

Topic: How do we let our Light shine?

Day 7 – Saturday March 21 (Divine Worship)

Topic: How did you let your Light shine (this week/or other times)?  And did it glorify God?

Hurricane Ike: Michelle’s Experience

There was buzz all around my school about how serious Hurricane Ike was going to be.

I heard that the north was going to get some of the worst of the hurricane, but I brushed this information off. It wasn’t until an announcement was made that school was going to be out the next day due to the hurricane that I decided to take this storm into consideration.

I got home from school that Thursday and my dad was stocking up on food and water. I just told myself that this hurricane is just going to take a turn before it came to us, just like Hurricane Rita. I didn’t believe anything I heard about the storm. Friday passed and my dad and I kept our eyes on the TV the whole day, listening to any signs about when it would hit us.  During the night, all of our neighbors congregated and talked about what we should expect. My friend and I were talking and saying that nothing would happen. I just kept brushing off the situation like it was nothing. As we talked, the wind got stronger and stronger, so by dark, we were all in our homes, ready for anything the storm had to throw at us. Right before my dad and I went to sleep, we prayed. We prayed for our friends and for our own safety that we would make it out of the storm with God’s help.

I went to bed that night and I woke up at around 1 AM that Saturday morning to the flickering lights in our house, and I knew the strong winds would come at any moment. I woke up every hour after that and I heard the wind whistle and that’s when I started to get a little scared. I kept praying that our 2 tall pine trees that are about 60 feet high would not fall on our house.

I woke up at 6 to look outside. To my amazement, no major damage happened. The 2 pine trees were still standing, though a part of our fence wasn’t, but that didn’t matter because God had protected us through the storm. I took a look around and saw pine needles and branches and leaves EVERYWHERE. My mom was in Vancouver at the time, so every so often, we’d get a text to see how  my dad and I were doing.

In the afternoon our neighbors were all outside helping each other clean up. My dad and I looked around the neighborhood and we saw some horrible things. There were trees on top of houses, fires, the streets were a mess, and it was pouring rain. My friend stopped by to see how I was and we went around other neighborhoods to survey all the damage done. And may I say, the street that I live on is BLESSED. No major damaged happened, and everyone is safe.

We still don’t have electricity after almost a week, but that’s ok. God is providing us with food and water.
But now I realize how much I take those things for granted. But I thank God for keeping my family, my home, and my friends safe in the storm. It was quite the experience that I will never forget because God had protected us and blessed us so much.

A Shelter in the Time of Storm

Hurricane Ike hit Houston last Sabbath, early in the morning (or late at night, whatever you want to call it =p). Many Houstonians woke up on Sabbath morning to meet debris, downed power lines, broken fences and other various sorts of damage.

Our church incurred damage, which included the demolition of our outdoor area (the kids will be heartbroken) and water/roof damage along the youth room wing.

However, as you’ll notice by the pictures… the sanctuary made it through pretty much UNTOUCHED!! GOD is so amazing and this proves it. This proves that He is TRULY a shelter in the time of storm. Keep praying for us and we’ll update you soon!

Bible Bowl 2008

Michelle on Bible Bowlby Michelle DeGracia

Bible bowl was quite the experience this year.

When Allison, Christian, and I heard that the Junior Division would be the only team representing our church, we felt a lot of pressure. Not to mention that there were only 3 of us and we had to finish reading about 7 books and comprehend and understand what we were reading. But despite these things, we knew that there was nothing more important than reading the word of God.

It was challenging for me to comprehend and focus on what I was reading, but I still kept trying. Read more

Reflections on “Operation Global Rain” 2008

by Agui Cuaresma

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Operation: Global Rain 360

Operation: Global Rain 360 Seventh Day Adventist

Ely Don Lagazo, Youth Director of the Metropolitan SDA Church Youth Groupby Ely Don Lagazo

This year, the Metropolitan SDA Church is participating in Operation Global Rain 360. Operation Global Rain starts today and ends on May 10, 2008.

What is “Operation Global Rain?”

Operation Global Rain began when a few churches in Central California decided to hold a 10-day prayer event after the model of the early church found in Acts 2. There were no keynote speakers or Conference-wide conventions, but rather a small group of disciples pleading for the outpouring of the Latter Rain. So every night, Bible verses and Spirit of Prophecy quotes were presented, together with prayer in groups or as a congregation. Read more

Graduation 2008: Starting a New Chapter

by Rosalynn Santos

A chapter of my life is coming to an end. For some people, graduation is just this sigh of relief. It’s over, it’s done with, great. For some, it’s this huge fear just pounded on them of “Oh no, what am I going to do with my life now that high school is over?!” And for the rest, they feel both emotions. I consider myself to be in the “in-crowd” of the people who have both emotions. I definitely feel that sigh of relief. As I look back through the years of my grade school career, starting from a small, dependent, lost feeling child who was attached to the hip of her mother, to now, as a grown, mature, and somewhat independent young lady, I can see how much I have changed and how much I’ve been blessed. But then, I look towards the future, and I can’t help but feel fear. Read more

Why Do YOU Like MSDA Lock-Ins?

Why Do YOU Like Youth Lock-Ins?

“The youth lock in was unbelievably fun and a definite success. We had all the essentialsApples to Apples and other board games, girls cooking AMAZING food (Thanks Jill, Jennye, Ellen and all your little helpers), and boys with their video games, but we also did a number of new things. A few of us stayed up till the sun came up, a major feat in itself as our last record of staying up was held at Jennye’s house at the inconceivable time of 5:30. Talking and just learning more about each other, we just didn’t want to go to bed. Read more

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