Belmont Youth

Something From Sarah November 2017

It’s that time of year when everyone gets busy buying gifts, decorating, and planning feasts. It’s also that time of year to be grateful for the life you have.

The kids have learned a lot about other countries and how they celebrate holidays. They have also learned what others have to go without.

Make sure to thank God for everything and see each bad or good experience as a blessing. Keep God part of your holiday, and make as many good memories as possible.

Many blessings to everyone!

Ms. Sarah

Remember to come to the Fall Festival on Sunday, Oct. 29, at 5 p.m. Food, candy, and a bounce house!

 

Something From Sarah Jones July 2017

July will be a busy month. We have started a new study guide called “Team Kid: Going Vertical.” Going vertical is the next step to helping kids grow closer to God.

VBS will be July 16th through the 19th. It will be a great time to fellowship and get closer in our relationship with God.

The last event of the month will be the Youth Swim Party on July 22nd at Dale & Yasuko’s house, 3534 Daisy Court, from   5:30-7:30 p.m.

I hope every one is having a blessed and fun summer!

Ms. Sarah

 

September 2016

A habit that I have developed is to constantly say the Lord’s Prayer, either out loud, under my breath, or in my head, whenever I see, read, experience, or think about something going on in the world. Whether that be a car accident on the side of the road, walking into a meeting with someone, hearing about a tragedy, or meeting new people. This habit has helped me try to maintain a Christian mindset in all that I do and acts as a simple way to  remember that God is in control. This was a habit I tried to teach the kids this summer. We spent three weeks learning the Lord’s Prayer, and they almost all got it all down! It took so much of the anxiety of praying for them during our lesson times that they often all wanted to pray. It has been such a great experience this past summer ministering to the kids and people of Belmont Baptist Church. However, with the school year starting back up, I have to return to my main job and can no longer maintain the hours and time needed to be at Belmont any longer. Know that this summer has been the greatest ministry experience of my life thus far, and that this church has taught me so much and means so much to me. My life has forever changed due to all of the people I have met, talked to, and ministered to during my tenure here. Know that I will often be thinking about you all when I say the Lord’s Prayer, and I hope that you will think of me as you pray as well.

With much love,

Brody Ratto

 

August 2016

One of my favorite passages in Scripture is II Corinthians 4:16-18. “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporal, but what is unseen is eternal.” This passage speaks about how our current trials, though troublesome, are only of this world. Once we depart from this world, our troubles will fade away as we come face to face with Jesus.

However, one need not wait until death to find  relief from trials. As we live our life through Christ and “fix our eyes…on what is unseen,” we move our focus and our cares away from this world and onto the next. You see, a life lived for and through Christ is a life that finds joy from trials (James 1:2) and one that looks past the troubles and ways of the world and looks towards the Kingdom of God.

Practical ways we can take our eyes and focus off of the temporal and fix them upon the eternal are many. Some of them include:

– Pray through the news instead of simply watching and worrying. As you see or read the news, pause and pray for those affected, including those who are often causing the horrors.

– Read Scripture throughout the day, specifically the passages directly relating to your life. If you have a smart phone, Google “Bible verses about______” or if you do not, grab a cheap Bible Promise Book or pocket guide. Share these verses with others on social media or in person! You never know how what you say can impact others!

– Take Jesus’ command to love our enemies (Luke 6:27-31) literally. Pray for them, spend time with them, talk with them, learn about them and their life. One thing most people overlook is that loving our enemies includes searching for the reason they are our enemies to begin with (which is often our own fault) and try to reconcile that. This may mean admitting your faults (even if they refuse to).

– Take time to slow your life down and search for who God is. I recommend a good daily devotional or daily reading plan. Use these to guide your day, study, and share with others.

– Finally take time to talk to others about how much they mean to you. A simple greeting, blessing, thanking, or prayer can mean a lot to someone who is suffering. Take some time to call or message  someone you have not spoken to in a while, or give a random stranger a compliment and a blessing, or tell a co-worker how great a job they are doing and encourage them. Maybe even share your daily verse or devotional thought and/or offer to pray with these people.

These are all small things which, when added  together with your own personal practices, can change your mindset and lifestyle. When you spend more time focusing on doing these things (and more!) you may begin seeing the world the way God does instead of the way the world wishes you to. I would love to hear how any of y’all incorporate these into your life or what practices keep your eyes on the eternal! Email me at brodys93@gmail.com and let me know how God is working in your life and how you are working for God!

In Christ,

Brody Ratto

 

July 2016

It is with great pleasure and thankfulness that I begin to serve here at Belmont Baptist Church. I look forward to seeing what God has in store for me, you, and the youth and children’s ministry.

In times of change, it is always beneficial to look towards God for guidance and wisdom. In reading the Scriptures recently, I have found over and over that God is always present. He was with the Israelites when they were in the desert as He guided them into the promised land. He was with His prophets as they spoke God’s word. He was with Jesus on the cross. He was with Paul and the rest of the apostles as they suffered for Christ in order to advance the Kingdom. Just as God was present in all of those great situations, He has been present in every situation in your life. He was with you before you were born. He was with you when you born into this world. He was with you as you grew up and developed in this world. He was with you when you found salvation. He was with you during all the great moments of your life. He was with you in all the dark moments as well. He was with you yesterday. He is with you today. He will be with you tomorrow. He will be with you for all eternity.

Not only is God present, but He also provides. One of my favorite Hebrew names for God is Jehovah-Jireh, which means “God who provides.” God has provided me with a wonderful family who raised me with upstanding  morals and ethics. God has provided me with a beautiful and wonderful woman who I shall soon marry. God has provided me with work in which I have found meaning. God has provided me with salvation and hope. God has provided me with you all as well.

As we go through this summer, it is my prayer that we all seek to see how God is with us and how He provides, even when it does not always seem like it. I look forward to seeing and hearing how God is present and providing for you, the church, and this ministry, and sharing how God is present and providing for us all.

In Christ, Brody Ratto

 

June 2016

Farewell from Dylan Price

Church family, Shelby and I have loved working and serving with you in my time here at Belmont. You all have no idea how much you mean to us, and how your sweet words have encouraged us. We cannot thank you enough. I want to extend a personal “thank you” to the deacons and our pastor for giving me such a wonderful experience in youth ministry and expanding my experience in preaching. Those are valuable experiences I will cherish for the rest of my life.

Coming up, we have Vacation Bible School, and I am continually praying that you are asking the Lord how you will serve during this time. In our world, it is paramount that the local church body train up young men and women who are sound in the Word of God and prepared for all our culture will present to them. You have the opportunity to play a vital role  in  the spiritual formation of these kids. I hope you take this opportunity.

I will be praying for this church family as they search for the next Youth Minister. I pray he/she emulates the Spirit of God in service to you and the Kingdom. May God bless this church family beyond all measure.

For the Glory of God,

Dylan Price & Shelby Knox

 

May 2016

It is always a pleasure to be welcomed and loved by our church family each time I am asked to preach. It is truly an honor. We are thankful for each one of you who came to the shower, and for your kind, heartfelt words. They mean more to us than we’ll ever be able to express. I hope you’ll be excited to serve in the upcoming Vacation Bible School. Firm, faithful adults are needed to guide young ones in the way of God. Thank you for all that you do. To God be the Glory!

In Christ, Dylan Price (& Shelby)

 

April, 2016

I tell you, God could not have picked a  better church for Shelby and me to start our ministry experience together. What a joy this has been! April is here and the summer is quickly approaching. That means Vacation Bible School is coming. I ask that you prayerfully consider what role you will serve in this year. VBS is a time for us not only to impact kids’ lives, but also their parents’ lives. The time will be here before we know it, and I have faith you will respond however the Lord leads. Thank you for all that you do, and I pray for strength and courage for us  all as we serve in God’s kingdom work together.

In Christ, Dylan Price

 

 

March, 2016

The semester is finally under way and it is going to be an exciting time. I’m so thankful for our supportive church family here at Belmont Baptist Church—especially as a college student. I pray  everyone had a beautiful and fulfilling Christmas season, and are prepared to dive into service in God’s Kingdom through Belmont Baptist Church.

In Christ, Dylan Price

January, 2016

Christmas has come and gone once more. It is the beginning of the new year with fresh resolutions to be fulfilled, and another year of life to be enjoyed. I challenge you this year to participate with God every day through  the reading of His Word. I challenge all students to be the light of Christ in school, and for us all to be the light of Christ wherever we go.

In Christ,  Dylan Price

 

December, 2015

It’s that time of year—the season of thanks and the approaching season of our Lord’s birth. Take time this month and say thank you to the Lord for all He has done. Remember, encourage students to the home stretch of this semester. We greatly appreciate it!                                                                 Blessings, Dylan Price

 

November 2015

Fall has officially arrived and that means pumpkins, changing colors, and  cooler weather. I hope you enjoyed the rain we got. Fall is a beautiful time of year where God’s majestic nature is on display before our very eyes. Make sure we continue to encourage students and bring more in for Wednesday night Team Kid.

Blessings, Dylan Price

 

October 2015

September was a busy month. Students are in the full swing of classes, football season is back, and summer draws to a close. On a personal note, we remembered 14 years after the attacks on September 11, we celebrated Labor Day (well, some of us), and we enjoyed all of the small blessings God gives us. As the holiday season draws closer, remember in the craze of life to seek God in all that we do. Jesus is recorded in Matthew as saying, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will take care of itself.” Rely on our Lord today. For our students, encourage them as they move through the semester. Even if it is a simple “I believe in you,” it will make a world of difference. Thank you for your prayers for Belmont, and be in special prayer for our Revival. We hope you’ll join us.

In Christ, Dylan Price

 

September, 2015

WELCOME BACK! So thankful students are back in school and learning. What a wonderful year it will be, and I pray blessings and endurance on students, teachers, and especially parents. I hope you’ll plug in here at Belmont. We’d love to have you!

In Christ, Dylan Price

 

August 2015

I would like to thank all those who brought young ones to VBS and especially those who volunteered their time. VBS can be a stressful yet exciting time and I am so thankful for those with a servant’s heart.

We had six come to salvation in the Lord Jesus Christ and I pray we are good role models to them of growing in the Christian faith. Pray for them and all school aged kids as we prepare to return to school. This can be a trying time in someone’s walk with the Lord, but I am confident that we can courageously prepare all for this.

I pray for you all and I hope to see you on Wednesdays and Sundays.

In Christ,

Dylan Price

 

July 2015

Be thinking about who you will bring to VBS coming up, July 19-22. We are excited to see what the Lord is going to do!

A couple of weeks ago when I was at work, a Vietnam vet was talking with me about golf and discovered I am a Christian and vice versa. He then proceeded to recite this from memory:

While struggling with some earthly cares I felt the Master’s hand.

I heard Him sigh and softly say, “My child I understand.”

Come leave this valley, follow Me, together We will climb,

Our journey must begin at once while there is ample time.

He pointed toward a mountain high where strong winds often blow.

It looked too vast for me to scale, I cried “I cannot go.”

But as I sadly turned away, again He spoke to me.

“Remember I once climbed for you a mount called Calvary.

So do not question where I lead, Go forth, and never stop.”

And then He took me in His arms and we were at the top.

 

June 2015

We are looking at some great events coming for the month of June, one of which will be a pizza party where you and your friends will most certainly be welcome. I would like to use that opportunity to reach out into the community and to bring Christ to these neighborhoods.

Please join me in praying for our nation, our leaders, and those in our community who have not heard of Christ. We are praying for you, and we hope to see you on Sunday!

 

May 2015

I am so thankful to be serving here and to serve with such a wonderful church family. I’ll give you a little background on myself: I’m Dylan Price, Junior at Hardin-Simmons University, studying History and Religion, having been called to ministry. I am engaged to Shelby Knox, who is a Senior graduating in May with a degree in Photography. In my first month, I have never felt more welcomed at a church or welcomed by such a loving group of people in my entire life.

Right now there are no events on the calendar, as I have been sorting my way through becoming acclimated to serving. However, be on the look out for at least one community outreach event where we will spread to the neighborhoods around Belmont as well as at least one summer event with all of the church family. I already have enjoyed being called by God to the ministry and Belmont has only furthered my enjoyment in service. Thank you to all of the Belmont family, and be on the look out soon for some events.

My goal in ministry is to lead others to seek to know God in all of His glory, to understand His truths as revealed to us in Scripture, and to love all of those who we come across with the same love Christ has shown us.

~Dylan Price

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