Volume 3, Issue 8 - September 2018
There's a lot of stuff that goes on every summer. Kids and students pack a ton of activity into a short span of a few weeks. Ask any student from Eastridge who attended summer camp at North Georgia Christian Camp or the Christ in Youth (CIY) Move Conference, and they'll tell you that they're some of the best things a student can do all summer long.
The CIY Move conference took place in July, right at the end of summer break, at Lee University in Cleveland, TN. A group of 93 high schoolers from Eastridge attended, along with a dedicated crew of volunteer adult leaders.
Five of those students were baptized at or after CIY, and according to Kurt Petersheim, Director of Student Ministry, all of them received their first introduction to Jesus at House Church - a midweek service for high school students - or through the Newton County Christian Learning Center, one of the local mission partners that Eastridge supports.
In the photo below, Jackson Watts (L) and Luke Gregory (R) put their faith in Jesus and were baptized at CIY.
Around 50 students attended North Georgia Christian Camp's weeks for middle and high school students. At those weeks of camp, five students accepted Christ and were baptized.
The theme of those weeks of camp was "Upside Down," and the theme examined the idea of seeing one's self from a Kingdom perspective.
"This world feels like home, but really it's upside down," said Petersheim. "Christ has come to make everything right side up again."
The camp experience doesn't always benefit just the students. Sometimes the adult volunteers walk away growing in their faith as well.
"I think just the coolest thing from this summer was seeing many of our college and high school students come to middle school camp as counselors," said Petersheim. "Seeing them pour into the middle school students was really great! Makenzie Skelton and Maggie Malcolm even got to lead students to Christ and baptize them!"
Check out some photos from middle and high school weeks at North Georgia Christian Camp:
Earlier this month, Hurricane Florence devastated the East Coast, wreaking havoc on the Carolinas. Thousands suffered damage to property, including those still dealing with the effects of flooding.
In times like these, people wonder the best ways to give. Eastridge is partnering with two reputable organizations providing relief to those affected by Florence. Here's how you can help:
And as always, the people of North and South Carolina could use your prayers. Thanks for being so generous and faithful to give in times of need.
Thomas & Robyn Hirsch
Robert & Gini Thompson
Keith & Brenda Tally
Brian & Jenny Oxford
David & Suzanne Murphy
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