Monday, July 21, 2014

Day 15: Meet Destiny


 We began our fourth and final week of summer camp today. Our friends from the Netherlands are continuing to help as counselors and teachers during their final week in Philadelphia as well. Maranatha, from Tenth Presbyterian, is also assisting for a second week.
Our camper of the day, Destiny, has been a part of our Grace and Peace family since she first started coming to Homework club four years ago! She has attended summer camp every year and loves to greet you with a hug and a big smile!

Age: 11

Group color: Blue
Favorite color: Pink

Favorite Food: Pizza and buffalo wings

Favorite class at camp: "I like art because we get to make things. I liked it when we made portraits of our family."

Favorite pastime: "I like singing. I sing in a choir at school. My favorite songs to sing are from the movie 'Frozen'."

Future occupation: "I'd like to be a hairstylist. I practice by doing my own hair."

Somewhere you want to travel to: "I want to go to New Orleans. My mom said we could go there sometime so that's where I would pick."

Something that makes you happy: "I like kittens, they make me happy. I used to have some kittens."

Something you've learned at camp: "I've learned that Jesus died on the cross for our sins."
Blue group making the human knot

Favorite story or person in the Bible: "I pick Adam and Eve because God created them to be the first people on Earth."

Please pray for Destiny, her counselors, and the rest of the campers in the blue group!
Matthew 18:1-6
Blue group pyramid!




Friday, July 18, 2014

Da 14:Meet Markee

It's the end of the third week! Maranatha and the Netherlands team had a great week working together. The last camper profile for the week is of Markee. Markee is a member of the green group and has attended Grace and Peace summer camp for three years.

Age: 9
Group color: Green
Favorite color: Red
Favorite food: Macaroni

Favorite class at camp: "I like Science because we do fun stuff like experiments with balloons and milk and food dye."

Favorite pastime: "I enjoy playing cards, my favorite card game is called 'Liar'."

Favorite sport or game: "My favorite sport is football and DeSean Jackson is my favorite player."

Future occupation: "I'd like to be a lawyer and help innocent people not go to jail. But I wouldn't mind being a firefighter or doctor either, because then I could save peoples' lives."

Something that makes you happy: "My grandmom makes me happy!"

Somewhere you would like to travel to: "I would want to go to Hollywood so I could meet a bunch of celebrities."

Something you've learned at camp: "Always follow Jesus no matter what happens."


Please pray for Markee, his counselors Liz (Netherlands), Josh and John (Maranatha), and the other campers in the green group. Matthew 18:1-6

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Day 13: Meet Larry

It's always great when siblings can come to camp and share the fun and learning with one another. This is  Larry and his sister Lara's first year at Grace and Peace summer camp and they are having a great time!

Age: 5
Group color: Red
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite food:  "I like broccoli, spinach, and any kind of vegetable really."

Favorite class at camp: "I really like Science because I like doing all the different experiments. My favorite was making the pepper stick to the balloon."
Larry and his sister, Lara, in the pool

Favorite activity: "I love swimming. I like to practice doing cannonballs."
Somewhere you would like to travel to: "I'd like to go to Disneyland or Disney World. I'd never been to either one. My favorite character I'd like to see if I go would be Doc McStuffins."

Future occupation: "I'd like to do the same job as my dad. I don't know exactly what he does, but if I go to work with him on 'take your kid to work day' then I can find out."

Something that makes you happy: "Watching my favorite tv show, Yo Gabba Gabba, makes me happy. The Pink Panther makes me happy though too."

Something you've learned at camp: "I've learned that it's good to help other people. God wants you to love and help people and also to obey him."

Please pray for Larry, his counselors - Margriet and Jacoline (Netherlands), Annamaria (G&P CIT), Ethan, and Grace (Marantha), and the rest of the campers in the red group!  Matthew 18:1-6
Larry and Jacoline

This Week

Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever (Psalm 125.1)

Camp
- Please check the blog daily for wonderful photos and profiles of different campers (a super way to get to know folks).
- We are one day shy of finishing our 3rd of 4 weeks.  Please pray that we finish well.

Service
- This Sunday our sisters from The Netherlands will sing a song in Dutch in our worship service.
- Service details are on the blog.
- Our servants at camp from Tenth Presbyterian Church's youth ministry (Maranatha) will be with us for worship.

Prayer
- Please pray for our brother Brian Patterson who's suffering the pain of the loss of his sister in law.
- Please continue to pray for Gloria's full recovery from knee surgery.
- Please pray for marriages (and those who desire to be married) as we tackle marriage/divorce in the sermon this week.
- Please join others for prayer for the worship service at 9:45am on Sunday.
- Please join others for prayer from 4:00pm-5:00pm on Sunday.

Sunday's Service

Welcome To Worship & Praying For God's Blessing
*God Calls Us To Worship – Psalm 30.1-5; 11-12 (page 461)
*Worshipping God In Song
-       Glorify Thy Name
-       I Will Glorify The Lord
-       Hallelujah (You Love Is Amazing)
-       My Jesus I Love Thee
-       Let Your Kingdom Come

* Prayer & Greeting (kids 3 & under may leave for nursery care)
Announcements Of Church Life & Congregational Prayer
Scripture Reading – Mark 10.1-12 (pages 845-846)
Response To Scripture Reading
-       Leader: The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God will stand forever! (Isaiah 40.8 – page 599 in the black Church Bible)
-       All: Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
Sermon – Jesus' Teaching On Divorce
*Receiving Holy Communion
Prayer
Collecting Tithe/Offerings
*Worshipping God In Song
-       Hallelujah (Your Love Is Amazing)

*Benediction (God's Blessing) – II Corinthians 13.14 (page 971)

Christian Nanny Needed

A Christian family is looking for a Christian nanny (in the city) for their 8-month old son. They need childcare 5 days/week, and they are willing to pay roughly what day-care would cost. Their need begins in September. If you or someone you know might be interested, please contact Nermine Tawadrous at nana91982@gmail.com.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Day 12: Meet Naasir

Naasir is one of our veteran campers who has attended summer camp for all four years. He and his brothers are regular Grace and Peace attenders. They have been a part of our family since first coming to Homework Club back when it started on 18th and Alter st.!

Age: 9
Group color: Green
Favorite color: Red
Favorite food: pizza

Favorite class at camp: "I really like Art because you get to make a lot of
crafts. My favorite was wrapping the yard around the sticks, it was called 'The eye of God'."

Favorite activity: "I like playing basketball in my free time. My favorite team is the Knicks."

Future occupation: "I'd like to be a cop, then I can get the bad guys."

Something that makes you happy: "Liz, one of my counselors, makes me happy!"

Somewhere you would like to travel to: "I'd like to go to Dorney Park. I went there one time, a long time ago. I like the water slides and the roller coasters best."

Something you've learned at camp: "To respect other people. Also Jesus died for us and that he can take bad things and use them for good."

Please pray for Naasir, his counselors - Liz (Netherlands), Josh and John (Maranatha), and the other campers in the green group!  Matthew 18:1-6

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Day 11: Meet Makailah


Today's camper is Makailah who has been coming to summer camp for two years. She said she loves coming to Grace and Peace summer camp because it's fun and she gets to learn so many things!

Age:7
Group color: orange
Favorite color: purple
Favorite food: lasagna
Favorite class at camp: "I like art because I love all the activities. My favorite was making the lanterns."

Favorite activity: "I really like going to the pool because I like swimming when it's hot."

Somewhere you would like to travel to: "I want to go to the beach because I love the waves and listening to the ocean."

Future occupation: "I want to be a doctor because I want to help people."

Something that makes you happy: "Watching movies! My favorite movie is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2."

Something you've learned at camp: "That Jesus died on the cross for our sins"

Something you are looking forward to at camp: "I look forward to seeing the Bible skits."


Please pray for Makailah, her counselors Nienke (Netherlands), Gabby (City School), and Carissa (Maranatha), and the other campers in the orange group!
Matthew 18:1-6

Monday, July 14, 2014

Day 10: Meet Ty

It is a bittersweet beginning of the third week of camp as we welcoms the Maranatha team from Tenth Presbyterian and also say good bye to our N. Irish family. We are so thankful for the two weeks they were able to spend here and for the continuing relationships that were built with the campers and families at Grace and Peace. Please continue to pray for them as they return home!

This year, in addition to the regular program for the campers, we added a program for counselors in training called  Discipleship Week. Seven  12-15 year olds participated in the program the first week of camp. The last three weeks they will be helping with various camper groups and activities.  The group studied Mark 12:29-31, led by Griff, and they were encouraged to think about how this passage applies to their identity, how they relate to others, and their life's ambitions. Some members from Grace and Peace came in to teach some of the lessons, give testimonies and lead team building activities. They also did a neighborhood walk where they were able to pray over the communities near Grace and Peace.
 All the activities during Discipleship Week connected back to the passage in Mark about loving God and loving your neighbor.
Ty is one of the counselors in training. He and his mom and sister attend Grace and Peace regularly and are also involved in a home group. He also attends high school at the City School here in Philadelphia.

Age:14
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite food: Mashed potatoes
Favorite person in the Bible: Job
Favorite book of the Bible: "Revelation, because I like reading about the end times when Jesus will come back."
Favorite pastime: Baseball
Future occupation: Professional baseball player
Favorite game: "I like Monopoly because it's a challenge."
Somewhere you would like to travel to: "I'd like to go to Hawaii to see the beaches."
Something that makes you happy: "There are so many things that make me happy it would be hard to choose one!"
Something that you know about Jesus: "He loved us so much that he died on the cross for our sins."
Something that you are looking forward to during Discipleship Week: "I'm looking forward to building relationships and having fun with everyone here."

Please pray for Ty, the rest of the teens in the Discipleship group and the adults that are mentoring them.
"Jesus answered, "The most important thing is, 'Hear O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.' The second is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."  Mark 12:29-31


Friday, July 11, 2014

Day 9: Meet I-Janai

Gabby and I-Janai
 It's hard to believe we have finished two weeks of camp and are half way through already! Also our Northern Irish friends completed their two weeks with us and will be returning home after the weekend. They will be at Grace and Peace church on Sunday. Thank them and let them know how much we appreciate their hard work. They are such a blessing to us each year and it's always hard to say good-bye! Remember to pray for them!

Our last camper profile for this week is I-Janai. This is her third year at camp with us!

Age: 7
Finding the cookies Joe took in Science
Group color: Orange
Favorite color: Pink
Favorite food: Corn
Favorite class at camp: "I like Science a lot. I like making the instruments
Favorite activity: "I like to play. My favorite game to play is tag."

Future occupation: "I would like to be a chef and cook things. My favorite thing to cook is pizza."
Learning songs
Somewhere you would like to travel to: "I want to go to North Philly because I have a friend that live there and I like to see her."

Something you have learned at camp: "I've learned that God loves us and wants us to love our neighbor as ourselves."

Something that makes you happy: "I'm happy when I'm playing with my friends."

Something you are looking forward to: "I want to bring more of my friends to camp next year so they can have fun learning things too!"

Please pray for I-Janai, her counselors - Gabby (Phila), Ryan (N. Ireland) and Nienke (Netherlands), and the other campers in the orange group!
Matthew 18:1-6

Day 8: Meet Rahmira

Rahmira is our first camper profiled that has been at Grace and Peace summer camp every year! She started four years ago in the red group, the youngest group, and is now in the second oldest group of campers. She loves coming back each year and it is wonderful to see how she has grown.

Age: 9

Group color: Green

Favorite color: Pink
Favorite Food: Pizza

Favorite class at camp: "I like World because we get to learn about all different countries in the world and what is special about them."

Favorite pastime: "I really like playing with my brothers and sisters. We have fun together."

Somewhere you would like to travel to: "I'd like to go to Paris sometime because I have a friend that lives there and she wants me to come visit."

Something that you've learned at camp: "In Science class we learned how to heat up s'mores without using an oven. We just used the sun."

Something that makes you happy: "Having friends makes me happy."

Something that you've learned about Jesus: "He tells us in the Bible to love our neighbor as ourselves."

Why do you like coming to camp each year?: "I have a lot of fun at camp. We do fun activities in the classes and learn about God too."

Please pray for Rahmira, her counselors - Liz and Mariah (Netherlands), Henry (N. Ireland) and Oriana (Philadelphia), and the other campers in the green group!   Matthew 18:1-6




The Goal Is...

...that I may know Him...(Philippians 3.10)

Whatever providences our Lord has ordained; whatever sorrow, fear, distress, joy, or provision, may it be our goal today to know our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ better than the day before!

Sunday
- Is both the Northern Irish and Dutch will be worshipping at Grace and Peace once again
- Jemma from Northern Ireland will bear testimony in the service, and others from N.I. will be leading other parts of the service
- Service details are on the blog
Please come to 9:45am prayer for the service and 4:00pm afternoon prayer

Prayer
- For Gloria's full recovery from knee surgery
- For Coriette from The Netherlands who sprained her ankle
- For the last two weeks of camp (camp updates and prayer requests are on the blog)
- For lonely and downcast in our midst
- For conversion growth
- For our hearts to want to know Jesus more than anything

Sunday's Service

Welcome To Worship & Praying For God's Blessing
*God Calls Us To Worship – Psalm 41.1-3; 11-13 (page 469)
*Worshipping God In Song
-       Before The Throne Of God Above
-       Let Your Kingdom Come
-       One Way
-       Jesus Paid It All
-       Blessed Be Your Name

* Prayer & Greeting (kids 3 & under may leave for nursery care)
Announcements Of Church Life & Congregational Prayer
Scripture Reading – Mark 9.42-50 (page 845)
Response To Scripture Reading
-       Leader: The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God will stand forever! (Isaiah 40.8 – page 599 in the black Church Bible)
-       All: Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!
Sermon – Dealing With Sin
*Receiving Holy Communion
Prayer
Collecting Tithe/Offerings
*Worshipping God In Song
-       Before The Throne Of God Above

*Benediction (God's Blessing) – Ephesians 6.23-24 (page 979)