9th Grade Ski Trip

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January 23-25, we took 36 9th graders to Wolf Ridge Ski Resort in Mars Hill, North Carolina!  The trip was full of a day of skiing and three sessions digging into the story of the woman who was caught in adultery (John 2:1-11).  Adam shared with us that we may be holding a rock in our hand today and Jesus invites us to drop it and practice forgiveness. Or maybe we are feeling surrounded by people or things or pressures or whatever that we feel is ready to stone us, remember that we are not alone, Jesus is there with us, and that some how Jesus invites all of the stones that may be hitting us to be dropped on the ground.

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Passion

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While the Passion Conference in Atlanta is a weekend geared towards college-age students, six FPC seniors attended with staff for a long weekend of worship, sermons, and fellowship.  What can we say, we’re pretty advanced around here.  This year, the conference featured worship led by Chris Tomlin, David Crowder, Kristian Stanfill, and Matt Redman, and sermons by John Piper, Francis Chan, Carl Lentz, and Ben Stuart.  The FPC group joined over 20,000 other students during the large group sessions, and had the opportunity following each session to meet with their “family group” of 8-10 people for reflection and fellowship.  – Scott and Anna

In the words of some of the girls on the trip,

“Passion was unreal.  There’s 20,000 college students worshipping Jesus in one room…how can he not be real?  The theology and beauty that I experienced on this trip has changed my entire outlook on faith.  Jesus got to me this weekend, and he used Passion as a highway for that.  I would go back tomorrow if I could.” ~ Allie Robison

“It was a powerful demonstration of how, quite literally, AWEsome our God is.  Hearing from celebrity pastors was wonderful, but the most memorable moment of the trip was when the band cut out and left us 20,000 kids singing, “oh how I love you Jesus, oh my soul rejoice.” The sound of so many voices being lifted to the Lord gave me goosebumps, and as I looked around the arena, it was so encouraging as a senior about to head off to college to get to see so many college students who have successfully kept their faiths strong.”  ~Madison Shirey

 

“Passion was an amazing experience because I got the opportunity to worship among 20,000 other believers and then also to meet with a family group of 8 other youth from around the country to process the experience and the information being presented to us.”  ~Joslyn Andrews

 

“Attending Passion 2015 gave me a renewed passion for Christ and allowed me to meet and spend a weekend with some amazing Christian role models.” ~ Elise LaGrone

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10th Grade Class Trip

November 8-9 we set out for a hiking/camping trip with our tenth graders. We hiked a great, rocky four and a half miles of Fiery Gizzard to be met at the top by three or four other groups of campers. After setting up tents, sending one group for water and one group for firewood, and making a delicious rice and chicken dinner, we settled around an awesome campfire for s’mores, conversation, and plenty of laughs. There’s just something about time away from technology, homework, even light, that makes for great space to listen. That night we listened to and for things we don’t normally listen to and for: the sound of a fire anyone would be proud of, coyotes singing their night songs (far away from our campsite), a still small voice, and the incredible wonderings of tenth graders taking a breath of fresh air with nowhere to be. We started our journey back the next morning with a thirty minute silent hike. Afterward, the conversation picked back up right where it’d left off- conversations about school, family, work, homework, things to be done when we got back to Nashville. And in listening to that, I was reminded all the more of the importance of taking time away to listen. Otherwise, the busyness of life surely threatens to fill that space with noise. We, as much as our students, need to be reminded that God still speaks, still breathes life anew. It just depends on what we are listening for. – Ashley Higgins

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