Many young people are without direction, lacking the necessary motivation to move forward in life. But God is calling his people out of apathy and into action. The theme of this year’s summer camp is Momentum: The Righteous Move Forward. As Job 17:9 says, we’re able to press on and advance, despite our circumstances and the world around us: “The righteous keep moving forward, and those with clean hands become stronger and stronger.”
There will be encouraging and challenging teaching from God’s Word and music from special guest artists Stellar Kart, as well as the Activate Worship Band. In addition to powerful worship services, this weekend in the mountains will be a great opportunity to meet new friends and have fun on the lake. You can sign up online, on the patio Sunday morning, or at any of our Activate services. Don’t miss out!
When: August 29 – September 1, 2014
Where: Calvary Chapel Christian Camp (32355 Green Valley Lake Rd. Green Valley Lake, CA 92341)
Registration: You can register at any of our services, on the Patio on Sunday mornings and nights, or online by clicking here.
Fundraising Opportunities: We have several ways that you can raise money for camp. You can do drink sales on Sunday morning and sell car wash tickets. Please see us at the info booth after one of our services.
Not sure what camp is like? Check out pictures from last summer camp by clicking here!
If you haven’t noticed, guys and girls are different. But, there has never been a time in history when the culture was more confused about those differences. Although the world has redefined what it means to be a man or a woman, God has clearly revealed His perfect design for us. Starting May 28th, Activate High School ministry will be launching a series called “Staches and Lashes,” to define manhood and womanhood as God designed them to be. Also, our community groups will be reading through books this summer that cover similar topics. Join us on Wednesday nights at 7 P.M. in the Loft and visit activatehighschool.com for more information!
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Young people desire community. They join sports teams, clubs, and social networks and form friendships based on common interests. At Activate, we want students to be in community with one another based on the greatest of interests: knowing God and making Him known. Every Wednesday before Bible study, students meet in Community Groups from 6:15P.M. to 6:45 P.M. for the purpose of discipleship, fellowship, and accountability. Each group is gender-specific and is led by a college-aged counselor. These groups provide a great environment to develop and deepen godly friendships.
In order to take advantage of the free time that the summer season offers, the High School Community Groups will read through a book as a ministry! This summer, we are going to focus on the topic of biblical manhood and biblical womanhood—what does it mean to be a man or woman of God? We’re really excited about the reading and the topics, and they will produce a lot of helpful discussion. If you would like to join a community group, please contact us at 951.687.6902 or email us at email@example.com
Here are the books we are going to read:
- Guys: The Dude’s Guide to Manhood: Finding true manliness in a World of Counterfeits by Darrin Patrick.
- Girls: A Young Woman After God’s Own Heart: A Teen’s Guide to Friends, Faith, Family, and the Future by Elizabeth George.
Pick up your book at Activate for a discounted price of $10.
- May 21 – 28: Ch. 1 – A Heart Devoted to God
- May 29 – June 4: Ch. 2 – A Heart That Loves God’s Word
- June 5 – 11: Chs. 3, 4 – A Heart Committed to Prayer, Part 1&2
- June 12 – 18: Ch. 5 – A Heart That Obeys
- June 19 – 25: Chs. 6, 7 – A Heart That Submits, Part 1&2
- June 26 – July 2: Ch. 8 – A Heart That Loves
- July 3 – 9: Ch. 9 – A Heart That Cares
- July 10 – 16: Ch. 10 – A Heart That Chooses Wisely
- July 17 – 23: Ch. 11 – A Heart That Is Loyal
- July 24 – 30: Ch. 12 – A Heart That Grows
- July 31 – August 6: Ch. 13 – A Heart That Serves
- August 7 – 13: Ch. 14 – A Heart Marked by Purity
- August 14 – 20: Ch. 15 – A Heart That Belongs to God
- May 21 – 28: Ch. 1 – Get It Done: Become a Determined Man
- May 29 – June 4: Ch. 2 – Pay Attention and Learn Something: Become a Coachable Man
- June 5 – 11: Ch. 3 – Train, Just Don’t Try: Become a Disciplined Man
- June 12 – 18: Ch. 4 – Love Your Work: Become a Working Man
- June 19 – 25: Ch. 5 – Get Satisfaction: Become a Content Man
- June 26 – July 2: Ch. 6 – Love a Woman: Become a Devoted Man
- July 3 – 9: Ch. 7 – Love Kids: Become a Family Man
- July 10 – 16: Ch. 8 – Say, “I Love You, Man”: The Connected Man
- July 17 – 23: Ch. 9 – Feel Something Without Crying at Everything: The Emotional Man
- July 24 – 30: Ch. 10 – Find the Right Arena: The Fighting Man
- July 31 – August 6: Ch. 11 – Get What You Want: The Heroic Man
- August 7 – 13: Ch. 12 – Living as the Forgiven Man
Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 15:17-18, ”And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied.” Why does he say that? What significance does the resurrection of Jesus have?
What if Jesus never really came back from the dead? Would it matter?
20 Devastating Things That Would be a Result of Jesus not Resurrecting From the Grave
1. Jesus is not the Messiah promised in the Old Testament
2. Jesus is a liar and a lunatic
3. We should seriously question all of Jesus’ other teachings
4. The disciples of Jesus were deceived and are proven to be liars
5. Paul the Apostle never saw Jesus on the Road to Damascus and everything he wrote was wrong
6. Everything that the Church has taught for 2000 years has been a lie
7. The only truth that we have about God is found in the Old Testament
8. Gods faithfulness only extends to those under Abraham— Jews
9. The nations outside of Israel are in spiritual darkness without hope
10.You are a sinner with no sacrifice for your sins
11. You are a hopeless slave to the power of sin
12. All of the wrongs committed on the earth will never be set right
13. The result of sin/decay upon on the earth will never be reversed
14. The Holy Spirit would have never come
15. The church/family of God would have never existed
16. Every Christian in time past not only wasted their lives but died with a false hope
17. You will never see any of your loved ones ever again
18. This life will be the best you will ever experience
19. There is no meaning or purpose to your pain
20. Death is the end
Whether you’re the captain who chooses or the neglected last person, we all know the importance of choosing the right team for victory. In a world of credentials and qualifications, the team that Jesus picked seemed like unlikely candidates to build His church and change the world. But they did. God used nobodies to tell everybody about Somebody. And we’ve seen this in our New Testament reading plan in Acts, which tells the story of the “men who have turned the world upside down” (Acts 17:7).
Written by Luke, Acts provides a glimpse into the life of the early church and the ministry of the Apostles. In his gospel, Luke wrote about all that Jesus began to do and to teach, and in Acts, he continues his thought and writes about all that Jesus continued to do and to teach through the Spirit-filled Apostles.
Acts provides an accurate historical record of early Christianity. It gives us a clear picture regarding the growth and persecution of the church, the content and model of apostolic preaching and leadership, and the life of fellowship among Christians in the church. Acts records the spread of early Christianity from AD 30-62. Acts 1:8 is a theme verse and provides an outline for the entire book:
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
- Ministry in Jerusalem: chapters 1-7 (AD 30-33)
- Ministry in Judea and Samaria: chapters 8-12 (AD 33-44)
- Ministry to the end of the earth: chapters 13-28 (AD 44-62)
With this outline we are able to see that the gospel spread through promise, persecution, and passion.
In one of His post-resurrection appearances to the apostles, Jesus gave his disciples a promise:
“Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, and said to them, ‘Thus it is written, that the Christ should suffer and on the third day rise from the dead, and that repentance and forgiveness of sins should be proclaimed in his name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And behold, I am sending the promise of my Father upon you. But stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high’” (Luke 24:45-49).
This promise is repeated in Acts 1 and fulfilled in Acts 2 on the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit came upon the disciples. They received power (the Greek is Dunamis, from which the English word “dynamite” derives) to testify as eye-witnesses of their resurrected Lord and to testify of the gospel, just as Jesus promised. Jesus declared that He would build His church (Matthew 16:18), and we see how this began with the 120 believers (Acts 1:15) and quickly spread to thousands through the preaching of the apostles and the care of the church (Acts 2:41; 4:4). The rise and spread of the church was promised and fulfilled by the head of the church, Jesus Christ. We can be confident in His promises.
This past weekend, 370 students learned that the world doesn’t revolve around them. Rather, as the earth revolves around the sun, so our lives should revolve around the greatest commandments in Scripture, given by the Son:
“Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets” (Matthew 22:37-40).
Valentine’s Day weekend provided the perfect occasion to talk about love. Sure, there were a few roses and valentines, and we even helped the guys out with some godly pickup lines, but this sure wasn’t a couples’ retreat. We were focused on our relationship with the Lord. Our goal was to learn about loving God and loving others.
By speaking on loving God with all of your heart, Pastor Casey Kendall focused our attention to the right place by saying, “It’s not about finding the right one, but it’s about realizing you are found by the right One.” Regarding the soul, Pastor Chuck Lindsey reminded us, “The only thing God wants is you. And that will never change.” And to help us connect our heart with our head, Chad Williams said, “Loving God with all your mind is cultivating a mind that thinks God’s thoughts after Him as revealed in His Word.”
The camp was closed out with Pastor Jason Powell and his wife, Mary Powell, sharing about loving your neighbor—the one neighbor you’ll always be closest too: your future spouse. In a contrasted world of fairy tales and rampant sexual sin, they explained what a godly relationship should look like. By hearing them sing love songs from Tangled, share funny and embarrassing stories, be real about victories and struggles in dating, and express the joys of marriage God’s way, Pastor Jason and Mary Powell taught us that the best way to find and love the right person is to start being the right person now—by waiting and loving the Lord. Despite the pressures and pleasures of sexual sin, when we truly love God the way we should, we’ll be in the right place to pursue the right person, in the right way and at the right time.
Everyone except the weather knew that it was Winter Camp. But even though there wasn’t any snow, we still had a blast on the zip line, leap of faith, and spreading the love in the Zombie Run. As always, we had a ton of fun at Amateur Hour. The girls came in like a wrecking ball and smashed the boys’ proverbial snowman. And as expected, we had great memories as we connected with others in our cabin groups. Not only did we grow in our faith, but we also had a ton of fun!
Student retreats are pivotal in the lives of today’s youth. They provide a time to get away and gain some undistracted perspective; they connect students with their peers; they cultivate an environment for students to draw near to God through multiple Bible studies and intimate worship. They are unlike anything else. Here are a few responses from REVOLVE:
“Church camp has always and will always be the best weekends of my life. I learned so much this weekend, and it’s soooo awesome to be able to just enjoy and fellowship with other teenagers like myself, who have their hearts in the same place as me. Even though I just got back an hour ago, I miss it LIKE CRAZY!” – Sabrina
“I had an awesome weekend at church camp! Nothing greater than getting away from the world and just focusing on the Lord, and getting to know people from all different backgrounds.” – Carlos
“Camp has been such a great experience. I can’t even describe how renewed I feel! I know leaving that mountain and coming back to the real world will be a struggle, but I know I can keep my commitments with the help of my Lord and my friends to keep me accountable. I’m so thankful for this opportunity that was given to me; it’s one that I will never forget!” – Jazmine
We praise God for such a great camp! Would you pray that our youth would continue to grow in their faith? Would you pray that their lives would revolve around loving God and loving others?
Camp is almost here! Here are a few reminders on what to bring, and the times that you need to come to camp and go home!
You are reading this letter because you decided to make a spiritual investment in your life by going to Activate High School Winter Camp! The theme for this camp is REVOLVE, based on Matthew 22:37-40, “You shall love the Lord your God. . . You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets” (NKJV)
Love God. Love others. Everything in life REVOLVES around this. And at this year’s Winter Camp, we’ll learn how to make this commandment the greatest priority of our lives! As we have a great time on the mountain this weekend, we pray that this begins to occur in the lives of everyone at camp!
We have an awesome weekend lined up, with special guest music PRESS PLAY along with worship from the Activate Worship Band. Get ready to hear the Word, because we will hear life-changing messages from Pastors Casey Kendall and Jason Powell. We hope you are ready for an incredible weekend with Jesus! Here are some logistics that you need to know:
• Balances are due on Wednesday, February 12. If you haven’t turned them in, please do so A.S.A.P. and also turn in your release form because you can’t go to camp without it.
• You must provide your own transportation to and from camp! (See the map below). Depending on the weather, please keep in mind that snow chains may be required.
• Check-in: Friday, February 14 from 4pm – 5:30pm. Dinner will start at 6:00pm (you may check in later if necessary).
• Check-out: Sunday, February 16 from 12pm – 1pm.
• A few things you will need for the weekend: a Bible, sleeping bag or bedding, towels for bathing, toiletries, heavy jacket, shoes, flashlight, and cash for the snack bar.
• When choosing your clothes, keep in mind the dress code, and dress modestly.
• Contact phone number FOR EMERGENCIES ONLY: 951.840.0848
Our prayer and desire is to serve you at this camp, and we promise that you are going to have a blast! You are going to meet new people, build stronger friendships, and make lasting memories. But most importantly, you are going learn about the most important thing in life: to love God and to love others! Get ready for REVOLVE at Activate High School Winter Camp 2014!
God bless you,
Pastor Jason Powell and the High School Staff