A few weeks ago, I flew to Chicago because my was graduating from the Course of Study program at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary. Kat and I had spent most of the previous week to figure out a theme for the school year, tossing around ideas that sounded catchy or that would look cool on a postcard design — and it kinda-sorta-almost-not-really worked.
On Thursday night of my trip, my dad and I were sitting out on the balcony overlooking downtown Chicago and talking about life and work, and one of the things I asked him about was our dilemma with our theme for the year. We tossed around a few ideas, including “This Is Us” (has a nice ring to it but there’s probably some copyright issues) and “1 + 1 = Us” (of course the former middle school math teacher came up with an equation).
While I was gone, Kat had nailed down the scripture for our theme idea — Ephesians 4:2b-4 — so when I got back and we sat down to finish what we had started a week earlier, I flipped open my Bible and read the scripture:
“Accept each other with love, and make an effort to preserve the unity of the Spirit with the peace that ties you together. You are one body and one spirit, just as God also called you in one hope.”
One body, one spirit, one hope. Accept, unity, together. You, me, us, we.
Things started to click. For some reason, the idea of using an equation stuck with us so we started playing around with different versions of that.
1 + 1 = Us …
You + Me = We …
But it didn’t quite fit. Everyone knows that when you put two people into a room they become plural, that wasn’t quite the message we wanted to send. We wanted to express that we all have a story to tell, that we each are beautifully and wonderfully made and that we are all unique — but also that we accept each other with love as we are, that we are one body, one spirit, one hope, one family. We live better lives together, we have more fun together, we are made whole by one another, we are more as one that we are on our own.
We > Me
We are so excited to be jumping back into another school year. Parent meeting is this Sunday, August 26th at 9:30am in the Justin Youth Building and we hope to see each and every one of you there. We will be covering all of the important information, details, and dates for the 2018-2019 school year, and talking about all the exciting things to come for our youth family! So please join us — whether you’ve been coming for years or its your first time — because we have so much to share with you and can’t wait to see all your smiling faces!
Associate Director of Youth Ministries