Project 61 Sports and Arts Camp will be Tuesday, July 26th – Friday, July 29th, from 10:30-2:00, at the Rose Bowl, an all-sports facility on the north side of 11th street between Memorial and Sheridan. Camp is free for students in the 1st – 9th grade.
Project 61 Youth Camp will be Monday, July 25th- Friday, July 29th. Every morning the youth will help local coaches staff the sports and arts camp at the Rose Bowl as a way of expressing love to kids and communicating to them the life-giving hope of the Gospel. In the afternoon and evenings youth participate in exciting games, awesome worship, and Christ-exalting teaching. Campers stay in cabins at Keystone State Park and commute to sports camp. The cost for youth attendees is $195. Scholarships are available upon request, contact Jared Tabor at 918-208-2222 with questions. Because youth attending Project 61 have the opportunity to staff morning sports camp for kids, all youth must apply and be accepted in order to attend.
Applications are now open for our summer urban ministry internship! This an opportunity for college-aged guys and girls to serve the community, study the Bible and urban ministry, and share in the life of an inner city church for the summer.
Applications are due Monday, April 11th, 2016.
The internship is a 9 week program from Sunday, June 5th, 2016, through Sunday, August 7th, 2016.
What can I say about this summer? Well, from the previous year of volunteering at FCA Project 61, and then Project 61 later that year, I had a strong feeling that I should return. I met a lot of fantastic people that were either members of Springs of Grace, interns, and even campers. Such joy came to my heart from the first to last day of camp.
With that said, I had just as, if not a better experience this time around as an intern. I was delighted to see so many kids return that I met last year, and how some have a growing desire for the Lord.
One 8th grader, Elijah, continued to amaze me with his genuine heart for God, and to excel in whatever he did. A verse that has been on my heart is James 2:14-17, What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
Simply stating what I’d like accomplish is meaningless, unless I am out there actively working. This summer has been nonstop faith in action. I’m truly thankful to be around the members of the church and my fellow interns with a desire to help build God’s Kingdom.
Pastor Joe reached out to me about the internship and said, “It will be the best summer of your life!” The term best would be a dramatic understatement as to how meaningful, powerful and joyful the summer has been.
I can only imagine what God has in store for me and the rest of these wonderful interns.
Project 61 Sports Camp
- Tuesday, July 22nd – Friday, July 25th
- 10 AM – 1:30 PM
- For kids entering 1st – 9th grade
- Register online here!
By Mat Levenson
Well, where do I start? There’s quite a lot that I could write about; intern retreat, FCA P61, VBS, get-AHEAD, Sunday morning service, college Bible study, Day Center Bible study, Real Talk, Secret Church, even just living at the church. The learning curve is challenging and “the struggle is real” (as the youth would put it.) This being my second year of interning with the church brings a lot of familiarity, but when you are dealing with intercity ministry, you often times also step into uncharted territory- with not a clue what do or sometimes what to even say.
This learning curve is a curve that seems so perpetually endless, and so very steep at times, that it seems you are sliding down towards where you just came from until that Hand of the Lord grabs you. He then refreshes you with His strength and a reassurance that you are walking in the center of His will for your life- sometimes through some hard lessons. These hard lessons this summer have taught me that first: it isn’t about me at all, though I will indeed partake of the reward of Heaven and behold the Lamb with the multitude whose names are written in the Book of Life. In all actuality, it is about bringing glory to Christ by loving the orphan, alien, fatherless, and others. Furthermore, learning my own imperfections has pushed me to cherish Christ’s perfection much more, and to really marvel at the most evil act ever committed in history- the cross of Christ. This seemingly ugly, but actually beautiful cross is the reason that I have decided to come to Springs of Grace and serve alongside others who are going hard after God for another year (and however so long that the Lord permits.)
Probably some of the biggest things that the Lord has been teaching and showing me are to see Him in everything, even the smallest of things which seem insignificant; to talk to myself out loud about the Gospel (which is healthy); to love others despite their imperfections and my awkwardness; to pray fervently for others and for myself; to rest in Christ more often; to not pass judgment on others in the body; and to serve the Lord with a glad heart. I have much more to add, but I’ll save you the reading and scrolling. Seeing the little things this summer so far has enabled me to cherish and rejoice more fully in the grace of our great Savior.