Hello hello dear readers! Tis Kelsey, and I am back! Eye sensitivity is doing much better, thanks for asking! (Seriously, people have been asking all week. Not entirely sure what the urgency was- Alex did really well with announcements in my absence! He even had a joke* at the end! (*that I wrote, but that’s beside the point…)) In addition to well-wishes, roughly the entire student AND faculty body at seminary have been taking every opportunity to gleefully ask if I need an intervention for all the wild partying I’m apparently doing that warranted me wearing sunglasses indoors.
Anyhoo, let’s celebrate my mostly-recovery by reading the *dun-dun-dun* ANNOUNCEMENTS!
We don’t have youth group until the overnight at the end of the month.
But this Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week!
Palm Sunday, April 10, 9am & 11am: ALEX IS PREACHING!
Not only is Alex Preaching, but there’s going to be a dramatic Gospel reading and we may see a familiar face or two from the youth group!
Wednesday, April 13, 7-8pm
Venite-Led Compline AT HEINZ CHAPEL
Our college ministry, Venite, will be leading compline Wednesday evening! All are welcome!
When: Wednesday, April 13,
Where: NOT ASCENSION
Actually where: Heinz Chapel (Pitt Campus)
S Bellefield Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213
(A 15 minute walk from Ascension.)
Confession- 1 More Week
I get the feeling there’s someone reading this who has been wondering if they should give this a try. So here is your sign from above (from your phone or screen which is actually at eye-level): Shoot Alex an email. Schedule a time to meet. Give God your shame, fear, sin, or burden. Enter Easter having heard the words “You are forgiven.”
Leaders Overnight & Training Sign-Up
Leaders! Sign-up has passed for the youth, but it is not too late for YOU to sign up for the Marathon overnight! Follow the link, let us know, please please pretty please because I am very old and the youth are vivacious and young and I need fellow grown-ups chugging coffee beside me in solidarity.
YOU MAY ASK! May 15 & 22
WHAT do you do when you have a few awkward weeks between series’ that are too short for a proper Bible study but also too long to justify not having a plan? YOU MAY ASK! No really, “You may ask”! This is the time for youth to shoot Alex their burning questions about anything and everything and see how Alex performs under pressure by coming up with an evening dedicated to it! Start thinking up your questions now, there will be an opportunity to submit closer to the dates. There are no Christian questions that are off limits! (And if YOU don’t ask questions, he’ll open the floor for the leaders to ask things, and you’ll probably have better questions than we will.)
THANKS FOR HELPING WITH THE TENT!
Shout-out to the 10+ youth and leaders who showed up Saturday morning to put the giant tent up! There was a moment we almost outnumbered the generic volunteers! Well done well done!
Because we had plenty of advance notice, this past week Alex, Leah, Leah’s Fiancé (ḉh℟iṣ?), Bryan, Natalie and I, and SEVERAL CAYG youth got to cheer on one of our very talented ladies in CINDERELLA!
Keep ‘em coming! We would love to know about big games, art shows, hospital stays (that last one might not be featured in the newsletter, but we’d still like to know…)…
The upcoming schedule (That WE know about):
Matilda: Trinity Christian School
SEVERAL of our youth are in the cast AND crew!
April 28, 29, 30, May 5, 6, 7
Pittsburgh Symphony Student Side-by-Side concert: Heinz Hall
One of our talented musicians will be playing cello!
Tuesday, May 10, 7pm
For more info click here.
And with that dear readers, I must away away. But on the topic of shows I shall leave you with a small, uplifting story: Each year around October/November I give Alex a 5+month warning that I will be absent from CAYG one Sunday in April. After several years of this, he no longer asks “Why?” Instead he simply politely asks what he already knows: “For King & Country is in town, are they?”
Yes they were.
It was excellent.
Kelsey Nienna ❤