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For all the former 8th grade students that are still following this blog, I want to wish you a happy new school year! I miss all of you, and in some ways, I wish that I could still be at ICS. However, I thought you should know that my new job at Island ECC is going quite well! The ministry is great, and I hope to see some of you at youth group. Remember, you’re all invited to both the Friday night small groups and the Sunday morning youth services. Info found here.

A couple of reminders:

  • There’s a bus that takes you directly to Island Church from City One. It’s the 682.
  • The first Resound of the school year is on Friday, September 23rd. Location is TBD.
Peace and joy!
Grant

polling stationphoto © 2009 secretlondon123 | more info (via: Wylio)
It’s time to cast your vote for the students in your grade that stand out in specific ways. Be fair, be honest, and don’t just vote for your friends. Remember, not everyone in 8th grade will win an award, and some students might even win more than one. Thanks for the time, and enjoy the 3-part survey!

NOTE: When answering, please use the student’s FULL name to differentiate between students with similar names. Examples: Wesley Ma, Wesley Chung, Grace Lawson, Grace Chong
NOTE 2: Please capitalize the first letter of each name. Example: Joe Dirt vs. joe dirt

  1. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3T3VVLX
  2. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3XDMGHV
  3. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3X352JS
Once you have completed all 3 surveys, please do NOT vote again. Each student may only vote one time. Thank you, and we’re looking forward to the results!
 
UPDATE: As of 10am on May 27th, the polls have been closed.

Happy Heartphoto © 2009 Deb | more info (via: Wylio)
Bonjour my bodacious and beloved Bible believing beings!

You’ve done it!
You’ve read Matthew.
You’ve reflected on his gospel.
You’re written at least 28 posts.
Well done. Well done indeed.

There’s another assignment in store for you before we depart for the summer. I want you to do a reflection post about your reflections. In other words, please blog about your blogging. Think about your experiences over this past semester, and then draw some conclusions. If you need a start, here are some questions you might want to ask yourself:

  • What did you like or dislike while making and maintaining a blog?
  • What did you learn while reading, reflecting, and writing?
  • Did you give this your full effort? Why or why not?
  • How were your comments? How were your peers’ comments?
  • What were some of your favorite experiences while journaling?
  • How did you struggle? What were some challenges you faced?

Before you start typing, please answer my survey so I can gain and use your feedback. Thanks!

One final thing. If you have some advice (about the blogs) for me or the teacher taking over 8th grade, please leave your advice in the comments below. If you think it’s too private, you can send me an email or fb message or speak with me in person. Thanks again! I love each of you!

Racing Terriersphoto © 2008 Garry Knight | more info (via: Wylio)

This weekend I’m getting excited for the Amazing Race.

It’s not the traditional Amazing Race that’s televised worldwide. Although, they did actually come through Hong Kong about a year ago. Instead, this is the Union Church Hong Kong version. Each year, groups of youth group students form small teams and set out on a quest to find various locations and accomplish a wide range of tasks. It’s going to be especially awesome this year because the youth are venturing away from HK Island onto the Dark Side (aka Kowloon). I’m excited to see how the kids do and if they’ll be able to live up to the challenges.

By the way, my wife (Kristin), is amazing as well, and I hope other youth groups are inspired by this. If you’re church doesn’t have one, pester your youth leader into creating one! If they ask where you came up with this idea or why you’re asking them, you can blame it on me. :)

One last note, if you want more information or if you possibly want to join Union U’th this weekend, check out the facebook event post: http://on.fb.me/jHxhkA

Cheesecake and Osakaphoto © 2009 Chris Gladis | more info (via: Wylio)
Many students have significantly dropped off in commenting on blogs. I want to see the conversation get started again on one anothers’ posts in the commentary sections. Therefore, I’m issuing a prize: A slice of Franke Cheesecake. From Thursday afternoon, May 12 until your class on Monday, May 16 or Tuesday, May 17 you have to comment on as many blog posts as possible.

  • You can comment on any blog from our three Bible classes.
  • Your comment should be useful and insightful.
  • Comments such as: “Great post!” or “I like your photo.” or “Spam Spam Spam” Do NOT Count.
  • The top three students in each class will receive a hearty slice of my homemade cheesecake.

stream of consciousnessphoto © 2008 Chicago Art Department | more info (via: Wylio)
There’s no way for me to monitor each and every comment you make.
That’s why you need to KEEP TRACK OF HOW MANY BLOG POSTS YOU COMMENT ON.
At the beginning of class we’ll go check the top three students to see if they’re telling the truth.

Get started!
Happy conversation-making!

In class we’re currently watching a sermon given by Francis Chan. He gave this at the 2009 BigStuf conference, which is an annual camp/outreach in Florida. (If you want to know more about the organization, you can visit their Who We Are page, where there’s a mission statement, list of beliefs, etc.)

Anyway, Francis Chan puts forth some big ideas to get us to think about the poor and how we can help them. Much of his sermon is based on visits he made to Uganda and the other ways he’s seen poverty firsthand. One of the points he makes is about how lavishly we’ve been blessed. To emphasize this point, he wants us to go home and actually count how many shirts we have. Take a timeout from reading and go count!

(Go to your room and count your shirts – your t-shirts, dress shirts, school shirts, winter shirts, and any other top)

Okay. Welcome back.

So how many?
25?
50?
100?
More!?

Here’s the kicker: At the time of Francis Chan’s first visit to Uganda, the ministry organization’s four-year plan was to get every kid a total of two t-shirts. TWO!! That’s how poor they are. It’s going to take four years to get every kid two t-shirts. Doesn’t this shock you? Break your heart? Spur you into some sort of action?

How many shirts do you actually need? What might you do? Let me know the answers to these questions in the comments.

HW: For those that haven’t counted already. Here’s when you need to do this by: Monday, May 16th (PE) and Tuesday, May 17th (SC and EB)

Relevant Magazine

If you ever need a good website or magazine to read, I highly recommend Relevant Magazine. It’s full of meaningful stories, discussions of how to shine your light in the world around you, and generally insightful reviews of noteworty books, movies, and music. On top of that, there is a lot of media to explore: videos, internet radio, links, twitter updates, etc.

Image taken from http://www.kamenlee.com/page/104/?s

Read it though. I guarantee you’ll find something to love!

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/

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