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Why VBS is more than just a fun event

Posted in Children  |  By Shades Staff  |  Posted on Wed May 20, 2015

Why VBS is more than just a fun event

It takes hundreds of volunteers, months of planning, thousands of man-hours and it takes up nearly every inch of our church for an entire week.

Vacation Bible School is one of the greatest weeks in the life of our church. What other week are there nearly 1,000 kids gracing the halls of our campus?

We have the privilege of sharing the gospel with boys and girls who are eager to have fun and learn some incredible Biblical truths at the same time during the week of VBS. There is something special about an action-packed week at VBS that just builds excitement here at Shades. It’s a great reminder of the excitement we should have for God and His work in our lives every day!

We do have a significant goal, however.

Our goal at VBS is to bring as many children to Christ as possible.

Our VBS program is designed to teach the message of salvation and reach those who may not attend church on a regular basis. This should encourage our families to bring visitors. This should be relatively easy because VBS is FUN! In fact, that’s one of the main reasons I have always loved VBS! I get the opportunity to laugh and be silly with boys and girls of all ages as we transform our church into a pirate-themed landscape. Having fun is important – it shows children that loving God can be fun and exciting!

I want to ask you to pray for VBS.

First, ask God to lay on your heart the names of some individuals you need to invite to VBS at Shades. Then, begin praying for the boys and girls who will be in attendance – that God will prepare their hearts to fully understand how they can connect Biblical truths to their lives. We’re praying for God to show-off in some pretty big ways!

While it can be loud, messy, and it can get a little bit crazy – VBS is so worth it!

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National Day of Prayer

Posted in Uncategorized  |  By Danny Wood  |  Posted on Thu May 7, 2015

National Day of Prayer

Today is National Day of Prayer and is a time for all of us to put aside our busy schedules and spend concentrated time in prayer.

I encourage you to pray for our nation that God would bring about a spiritual awakening. Pray for those in Nepal who are trying to recover from tragedy but, at the same time, may the gospel message reach their ears and hearts. Pray for persecuted Christians around the world ... men, women and children standing strong for our Lord in the midst of perilous times.

As you are praying for the needs of this world, remember the words of Richard Foster and his description of prayer:

“The primary purpose of prayer is to bring us into such a life of communion with the Father that, by the power of the Spirit, we are increasingly conformed to the image of the Son.”

May this be a day where we pray to our Heavenly Father about all that is on our hearts and may we have our hearts and lives conformed to the image of Jesus Christ.

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Crave Weekend 2015

Posted in Students  |  By Shades Staff  |  Posted on Tue Feb 24, 2015

A Heart Restored | Laura Difatta

Posted in Adults  |  By Laura DiFatta  |  Posted on Wed Feb 18, 2015

A Heart Restored | Laura Difatta

"We've just gotten him stable, but he still may die."

Those were the only words the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit head physician spoke to us before she turned around and left the room. She and several other cardiologists and residents had worked on our nine-week-old son, Trent all night long to save his life. Twenty-four hours before, we had been living a normal life. Suddenly our normal had turned into a nightmare.

In May of 2010, we welcomed a healthy, nine pound and 11 ounce Trent— the youngest of three boys— into our family. We took him home and we all began acclimating to life with a newborn. We were exhausted, but happy

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Sandee Mogle Testimony

Posted in Adults  |  By Sandra Mogle  |  Posted on Tue Feb 17, 2015

Sandee Mogle Testimony

Sandee (Stephanson) Mogle grew up on the beaches of San Diego, CA. Her parents offered little moral guidance or love which led to a long string of boyfriends with no direction. Leaving college after a year, and the need to support her cute red convertible, Sandee set out in search of a job.

After graduating 'stewardess' school for the Pacific Southwest Airline, Sandee became an official stewardess. The standard uniform for PSA at that time was hot pants and boots! Life was basically carefree as she flew from one location to another. However her totally self absorbed life was leaving a wake of destruction and feelings of utter emptiness. During one particular flight lay-over, Sandee cried out to God "God, will I ever be happy? Will I ever have a husband who loves me and the family I crave?"

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Kaye Arnold

Posted in Students  |  By Steve Browning  |  Posted on Tue Feb 17, 2015

Kaye Arnold

Kaye had no idea what to expect the first time she walked through the glass front doors of the Christian Life Center at Shades Mountain. This blonde, third grade girl was at the beginning of a journey that would change her forever. Kaye was signed up for three weeks of KidsKamp in the summer of 2010. Beyond the fun and games of each week she found friends, leaders, and adults who really valued her. She enjoyed her experience so much she came back for five weeks of KidsKamp the following summer and her first Vacation Bible School at Shades.


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Seth Graves

Posted in Community Life  |  By Shades Staff  |  Posted on Mon Feb 16, 2015

Seth Graves

Before working at the Christian Life Center at Shades, I would have probably told you that I didn't like working with kids. I now have almost 4 years of experience working with kids and I haven't regretted a single moment. I know that this is where God wanted me to be, which is extremely evident when I think back to how I got the job that first summer in 2011. I had seen the announcement to apply for Kids Kamp in the church bulletin, but I was hoping to get a summer job back home and didn't think twice about applying for camp. The deadline passed, but I eventually got a call from the Camp Coordinator who offered me the job because someone had referred me to her. I didn't think much of it then, but now I can see that God had a plan for me to work with the kids at the CLC because I didn't even apply and I got the job. I thank God for His divine sovereignty in that situation.

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Divinely Designed | VBS Volunteers

Posted in Uncategorized  |  By Shades Staff  |  Posted on Thu Feb 12, 2015

Azores

Posted in Missions  |  By Shades Staff  |  Posted on Wed Feb 11, 2015

Urban Purpose

Posted in Missions  |  By Mark Jenkins  |  Posted on Wed Feb 11, 2015

Urban Purpose

Our lives changed in January 2010 when we met a group of men living around a fire barrel under I-65. We began to spend time with them, eat with them, and learn about their stories. Genuine friendships were developed and we began walking with several of them through the long and messy process of rebuilding their lives.


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