September 15, 2008

Learn from them

Posted in Weekly thought tagged , , at 3:02 pm by Jeremy Blount

A couple opportunities for you to learn from.

  1. Vertical Festival Session with Justin Lookadoo.  If you are going to be at Vertical Festival this Saturday come to the Youth Pastor Lounge (Click on the Picture to learn where the Lounge is located)
    @ 3:00 PM for a special time with Justin.  Following this session we will talk about the Alter Call and follow-up process. September 20th.
  2. Reach, Teach, Unleash 08-with Kathy Gunnaway @ Chambersburg First Church of God. September 27th, 2008.
  3. Presence-Centered Youth Ministry Conference with Mike King @ Lancaster Bible College.   October 18th.    Find out more here.
  4. Deep & Wide Youth Ministry Seminar online.  Listen to sessions here.

March 4, 2008

Monthly meeting

Posted in Monthly Meetings tagged , , at 9:40 pm by Jeremy Blount

Our Monthly meeting is coming up quickly.  Next Thursday March 13th we will be meeting at Calvary Church in Fayetteville.  The meeting time is 8:30.  Hope to see you there.  Jared Mitterling will be our host.

Calvary Church
150 Norlo Dr
Fayetteville PA 17222

February 11, 2008

New Calendar Update

Posted in Community Events tagged , , , at 3:55 pm by Jeremy Blount

Because request are often made for things to be promoted I have made a FCYN google Calendar.  To the right you should see the google calendar button.  If you click on that button it will take you to an updated calendar. On this calendar you will begin to see FCYN Meeting dates and locations, and major YOUTH oriented events.   In the next month or two I will let you know who you can contact to get your YOUTH oriented community event listed there.   For now contact me.  Thank You.  

February 8, 2008

So how do we make this a reality

Posted in General Thoughts tagged , , , at 3:10 pm by Jeremy Blount

Once a week I try to encourage you with some kind of thought.  This one however has me stumped.  The article that you are about to read is about getting parents involved in teaching kids about the Bible.    To be honest besides my parents that are youth workers, the rest of the parents are not involved.  Read the article here.  And then leave your feedback below where it says comments. 

 So what are your thoughts for getting parents involved in their kids spiritual lives?  I think this ties in with the whole Dr. Paddasik Conversation.  

January 4, 2008

January 9th- FCYN Meeting

Posted in Monthly Meetings tagged , , at 4:40 pm by Jeremy Blount

FCYN Meeting
Wednesday, Jan. 9th from 8:30 – 10:00
Chambersburg First Church of God
2230  Grandpoint Road, Chambersburg

Today there were five of us in attendance.   Gene shared a devotional thought that challenged us all to keep focused on what we are called to do.  We had a time of prayer and then we talked about our last meeting with Dr. Padasak.   Gene is hoping to launch an after school program for students at Faust sometime in February.  He has been in contact with Dr. Padasak as well as Mr. Shank.  The school is going to be providing transportation.   

 We also talked a lot about Discipleship/Mentoring and how our ministry need to focus more on this. We could get into the schools, do after school programs, but our students are with other students daily.   We need to teach them how to mentor and make a difference in their schools.  

Our next meeting is February 13th @ 8:00 am and we will once again be meeting at Chambersburg First Church of God.   PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND.    

December 12, 2007

FYCN December 12th- Dr. Padasak

Posted in Monthly Meetings tagged , , , at 5:17 pm by Jeremy Blount

This morning Brain Kramer lead our meeting.  We had a Scripture Feast and then heard from our guest Dr. Padasak.   It was great hearing some of the things that he had to say.   Dr. Padasak not only wants to help improve our schools but our community.  Dr. Padasak gave us a lot to think about and this is my brief summary.   

Issues we Currently Face
Drop out rate.  9%

Starts in 6th grade. 

Signs to look for.

Miss more than 1 day per month.

They should have B’s or better in 6th grade.

No more than 1-2 referrals per month.  

½ of drop outs are White, Female, Straight A Students. 
“We lost our current generation of parents.”

40% of kids live in non traditional homes.  

More strife in the homes.  

Families lack money

40% of students to receive reduced lunches.   

Homelessness up among schools. 

Each area of Chambersburg has a different dynamic.

Down Town- Black and Latino Population

Latino population is up to 10%.

20% Latino population in Elementary.

Fayetteville- Highest population of Sexual abuse.

Megan’s Law Offenders High.  

     Alternative Schools.
400 kids at Alternative Schools.  
                       Property at Letterkenny
                                    Out of school Suspensions
                                    1-60 days.   
Step School- Kids that don’t like crowds.
                       McKinley Street.  -100 students

Time to make a difference. 
“My Desire is to open up the issues so they can be addressed.”

After School programs.
Internet Café’s
                                 Academic Help
                                 Career Help
50% of Employees in Chambersburg will retire in the next 5 years.    
Have different Career people share.
                                 Teach these students how to be good parents.  

“We just need to provide parenting from 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM.  
Role Models is the biggest need.  

Adult Mentors- Talk to a child once per month. 

Take them out to eat, bowling, play sports, help them with homework.   


Good kids mentoring the Future Generations.  

Youth Pastor should be involved with the schools.         
         Substitute via Emergency Certification.  
         Volunteer at programs and events.  


So our question is “What can FYCN and the local Ministries do to help?” 
What are you currently doing?  After school programs.  
Where could you use help?
What ideas do you have?