2018 Student Ministry Winter Retreat Recap

I am so thankful for the men and women whom God has called to lead the Student Ministry here at Sound City. It is a joy to serve alongside them and to watch how God uses them to help the students to know, love, and live for Jesus. In an effort to share with you, the church body, some of the many ways in which Jesus is growing his church, please read below to hear from Chris Vaughn, one of our student leaders and a faithful servant of Christ, as he shares a little bit of what took place at the Student Ministry Winter Retreat!

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"Recently, Sound City Students had the opportunity to participate in our first ever Winter Retreat! On the weekend of March 2nd - 4th, 24 Students and 8 leaders headed to Silver Ridge Ranch in Easton, WA. In the weeks leading up to the trip, we’d prayed for snow and for the Spirit to move in our lives as we learned more about how to study Scripture - those prayers were answered abundantly!

With about 8 inches of snow on the ground, we were at no loss for “powder” related activities, including snow forts, sledding, snowshoeing and even snowmobiling! In addition to the snow fun, we also had several teaching sessions in which we talked about topics related to studying Scripture, including what the Bible is and how we got each of the books which make it up, as well as how the Bible can help us to see through the lies which culture tells us about ourselves. Above all, we learned about God’s love for us and how studying his Word can help us to see and appreciate more of God himself!

We’re really encouraged by the Spirit-filled moments which occurred, and although there were a few challenges as well, we’re thanking God for how he moved and pray that he continues to work in the lives of these students!

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We’re thankful, too, for the generous food donations which parents made. These gifts made up the majority of the food used in our meals throughout the weekend and your kindness and support went a long way toward ensuring this trip was a success!"


Leslie Knope and a Former 6’9” Basketball Player

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What do Leslie Knope and a 6'9" former basketball player have in common? Those who have seen my favorite sitcom "Parks and Recreation" know that Leslie Knope and a 6'9" basketball player have obvious physical differences. But this basketball player, named Timo, was my previous mentor and pastor, and he has many commonalities with community-loving Leslie:

  • They’re encouragers and motivators
  • They're incredibly sincere and trustworthy
  • They're giving and intentionally thoughtful
  • They're great friends who seek to bring out the best in others
  • They're loyal
  • They're full of energy
  • They're influencers who are always surrounded by people 

Both Leslie and Timo are two people who put enormous value in relationships and community while running away from isolation like the plague!

What's different?

Yet, below the surface, Timo and Leslie have very different motivations for this type of life. The two words that distinctly separate my former pastor’s life from Leslie’s is fellowship and obedience—fellowship with God and his people and obedience to God and all that He commands. Community is important, and being a good person is important, but it is eternally more important to live lives which bear fruit for the kingdom, marked by fellowship and obedience.

We have the greatest example of this in Jesus Christ. He, in obedience to the will of God the Father (John 6:38), came to seek and save the lost (Luke 19:10). We would have never understood the depth of God's love and the purposes of his commands apart from the gospel message of Jesus' birth, life, death, and resurrection.

What's our motivation?

Because of the gospel, Timo showed me Christ-like fellowship and obdience. I could see this in how he walked in the light (1 John 1:5-9) and lived out the great commission (Matthew 28:16-20). In living this way, my mentor was the most influential person in my life to date. May we all have such an influence on others for His kingdom as we live in fellowship and obedience!

Sound City, as we examine our own lives, let's ask ourselves whether we want relationships and community because of self-fulfillment, or because we are living life in fellowship and obedience out of the overflow of love for Christ. Do we value community because it's merely a good idea or because Christ died to bring us into his family? Do we love people for what we can get from them or because of what Christ has given to us? As we honestly answer these questions, we have an opportunity to experience fruitful relationships that are lived in obedience and love to Jesus!

New Year Financial Update

New Year Financial Update

In December, we shared a brief update to let you know where we were financially as a church, where we see God leading us, and how you can participate in the mission God has given us. We invited Deacon Dale (catchy, huh?) to join us to give an update now that we've crossed over into the new year.

You Will Know Them By Their Fruits

You Will Know Them By Their Fruits

As a church, we seem to have an ongoing theme of ‘fruitfulness’ showing up a lot lately. Fruitfulness is most certainly something to celebrate and pursue—for all of us as individuals as we walk out our faith, and as a church body. Not all fruit is good fruit, however. In fact, Jesus himself tells us to take note of the fruit that people produce, including being cautious of ‘bad fruit’ (Matthew 7:15–20).


Consumerism is the Enemy of Fruitfulness

Consumerism is the Enemy of Fruitfulness

Not only is consumerism everywhere, it’s harmful, both to us and to those we consume from. Even non-Christian sources are readily acknowledging that consumerism has become a real problem. But the good news of the gospel is thatJesus himself died and rose again to forgive us of our selfishness, our taking, and our lack of gratefulness. “The Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”