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Salt fall 2013 application

  1. 1. San Diego First Church of the Nazarene & The Naz Youth Group Student Action Leadership Team SALT Fall Semester 2013 Application Application Summary: Read & understand this app. Fill it out. Have parent/guardian read application, confirm all mandatory dates, & sign. Parent/guardian schedule coffee or dinner with Jared, Charlie, or Youth Staff. Turn in completed application & do interview. Q: What does it mean to be salty?
  2. 2. A: Well, if you are described as a “salty old lady” it means that you are weathered by time and experience. You have a good wit or humor about you. You probably say things out loud that shouldn’t be said out loud, but everyone appreciates it. You are down to earth in a coarse or almost brackish* sort of way. [*if there are any words that you don’t understand in this application, you should be looking them up, understanding them, and rereading the sentence they were in.] If you get out of the ocean then salty describes the feeling of having the salt water dry on your body. When you move the thin layer of crystalized salt makes your skin crusty and joints squeak. Salty as in tasting like salt, the white substance that we eat and use on food. In the bible, well, look up this website, then read the first 11 passages of scripture: (it is attached on the back page of this app) Just as we have a couple of uses for the word now, so are there a couple of different uses of the word in scripture. We call ourselves the Student Action Leadership Team because that is what we want to be. We are a group of students from the PL/OB/greater San Diego area. We want to take action. Being a leader requires it. Leaders don’t sit still, they pray, plan, and move. We are a team, in the most cliché and wonderful sense of the word, like how the gang of toys in Toy Story were strangers, then become a group of friends and overcome the adversity they face in each film. So shall we move from a group of individuals into a group with a unique and interesting purpose…haha. Well, sort of. Our goal is to be filled with and follow Jesus Christ. We want to perpetuate the growth of the Kingdom here on earth. We want to be filled with the Holy Spirit, which produces the good fruit of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control. This is what it means to be the Church. If we are truly living that way, then a small group could make a large difference; hence the salt metaphor. Salt preserves, it enhances, it brings out the flavors that were already there and makes them better. God is already at work, we are the salt. Our call is to be salt to the earth, to be a city on a hill welcoming people in. It’s to be a light that is not hid under a basket, but put high for everyone to see. Our goal for this Fall semester is to love our neighbors radically. Let me explain… Our scripture of the year is Matthew 22:37-40: “Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally
  3. 3. important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.” This means we are called to radically love 1) God 2) Ourselves 3) Others 4) Creation. God: of course. But, we need to be careful of putting God in a box. We use a little three-letter word to try and describe the all-powerful, all-loving, beginning and the end, indescribable, just, I AM G_d. This is a big God who has commanded us not to place anything before God in our lives (Exodus 20:3). We need to take that command seriously. The next focus area might surprise you. The scripture says to love our neighbors, but to do that as we love ourselves. What does that mean? It doesn’t mean we should pamper ourselves as an excuse to be extravagant to our neighbors. It means that if we are going to reach out and actually offer anyone anything, it has to come from a place of wholeness. We aim to “be holy as your Father in heaven is holy” (Matt 5:48), but if you wait to activate your faith until you have all your questions answered or all your faults erased then you will never act. That is why God’s grace exists. We get to continually offer up our shortcomings with joy, because we offer them to one who forgives completely (Ephesians 4:32). We need to recognize that we walk redeemed, forgiven, and cherished (Romans 8:14-16). We are called God’s family. Understanding this new identity and claiming it in every moment is definitely radically loving ourselves. Then, we move forward to share that love. We want to radically love our neighbors. This will be a focus of the retreat. Who is our neighbor? How can we love them? How can we love the creation God has entrusted us with? I want these questions and their answers to shape the next year of our youth group. Why do we need a team? You cannot follow Jesus by yourself. “Faith without deeds is worthless” (James 2:14-26). Great, but how do we handle the Church being so messy and broken? Saint Augustine said, “The Church is a whore, but she is still my mother.” That beautifully states the tension we have with loving something that is broken, but worth loving. We love the Church because God has chosen the Church to fill up and pour out for the world. What’s your role? Know people who are different than you. Engage. Forgive. Confess & Repent. Love & Encourage.
  4. 4. ACTIONS:: Be involved in Church. We are having a SALT dinner with the church board at San Diego First Church of the Nazarene on Thursday night Sept 19th. We want to sit with the voted leaders of our church and eat together, ask them questions, and share the stories from our youth group. We want to know your family! This semester your parent, parents, or guardian get to have a coffee or meal with Jared, Charlie, or your youth staff. We will pay for the coffee or meal. Even better yet, we would love to bring an item to a family dinner at your house! By being on SALT you are allowing us to support both you in your journey and your family, in any way that means and no matter what they believe. RETREAT SCHEDULE:: Friday Evening 6:00 - Meet at church, be on time (eat dinner before you arrive) 6:07 – Introduction Meeting & Expectations (3 Levels of Introduction) 7:30 – Meeting #1 (Radically loving) 8:30 – Substantial Snack & Break 9:00 – Meeting #2 (Make a Plan) 10:30 – Play Smashball (wiffleball but fun for everyone, athletic ability not required) Saturday 9:00 – Breakfast 9:30 – Service Day. There are 2 options. OPTION 1) If you have a passport and parent permission we are going to Eunime, the orphanage in Tijuana that we have a relationship with. Watch the commercial on our “thenazyouth” YouTube page or church website (parents are welcome to join) We will drive the church van and bring sack lunches. We will play with the orphans and come back to San Diego. *passports required OPTION 2) Sorting SDFC Free Market, taking donation to Ocean Beach, washing clothes to distribute, setting up Free Market on beach lawn. Give away tons of stuff, interact with people in OB. We will put posters up around PL & OB the week before to make it a community event. Parents welcome to this as well. 5:00 – Families Potluck at SDFC!! Not mandatory, but you are all invited even if you don’t attend the service day. Bring a dish to share. Children welcome. 7:00 – Meeting #3 (Review the day & Current God Questions) 8:30 – Break 9:00 – Meeting #4 (Fall, Spring, & Next Summer Calendar) 10:30 – Evening Activity Sunday: 8:00 – Breakfast 8:15 – Mini-meeting 8:30 – Spread out around SDFC 10:15 – Spread out around SDFC round 2 12:00 – Lunch 1:00 – Meeting #5 (Any remaining business) 2:30 – Closing Communion
  5. 5. 3:00 – Get picked up [Optional: Help set up for all church Beach, BBQ, & Baptism at Crown Point] Everyone: Try to attend Beach, BBQ, & Baptism. Families Welcome. PACKING LIST & NOTES:: Eat dinner before you come to the SALT Retreat Sleeping bag & pillow Clothes for 2 days Bathroom gear Bible & Journal Honesty Sense of Adventure Strengths Top 5 (talk to us about getting the test if you haven’t taken it before) We will have two meetings during the semester. They will be on Sunday afternoons (possibly early evenings. If you have to miss that is not the end of the world, the retreat is most important) FILL THIS OUT: Please provide all of the info requested & return this portion. Name: Birthday: _____________________ School attending: Grade during ‘13-‘14 (circle one): Freshmen Soph Junior Senior Address: City State: _ Zip: Cell phone: Home phone: Email address: (write clearly!) Parents’ or Guardians names: Parent Email: Parent cell number: _____________________________ (Circle) Facebook Y or N Twitter N or ___________ Instagram N or ________________ Do you have a passport? N Y Expiration Year:_____________ Top 5 Strengths in order: 1) ____________________ 2) _______________________ 3) ______________________ 4) _____________________ 5) ___________________ RETURNING SALT: Come into the office for a 30-minute convo about the summer and your faith. Schedule with Jared or Charlie. Please do these in August.
  6. 6. NEW SALT: (Welcome! We are excited to have you) All info filled out, application turned in, and schedule a 30-minute interview. Read Matthew 5-7. Take notes. Write out words/passages that challenge you, write out questions, & be prepared to discuss it in the interview. Answer these questions with no less than 100 words each: 1) Why do you want to participate in SALT? Why now if you have never done it before? 2) Who is Jesus? Explain Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit. (research a little) 3) What’s God been doing in your life this summer? READ CAREFULLY AND SIGN: STUDENTS: I understand all of the requirements for the 2013 Fall Student Action Leadership Team. I acknowledge that all of my answers are true and my own work. I understand SALT and choose to make it a priority in my life for the next semester. Print Student Name _______ Student Signature Date _________ PARENTS: Thanks for getting this far in this application. We are excited your child takes his or her faith seriously. We exist to be a resource for you. We would love to meet with you in this upcoming semester. The goal of that time is just to know each other better. You can honestly set the agenda for that meet-up if you have things you’d like to discuss or ask. At all times, everything we do is open to you. We have a weekly e-blast that sends out up-to-date information. Also, our office, personnel, and resources are all yours. Jared’s Masters Degree is in Spiritual Formation, and he has 13 years of youth ministry experience, use that! We also have parents groups that meet up to discuss the current issues facing teens. This is great to realize you are not alone on a lot of these issues. We have run technology training for parents to help keep you up to speed on the current ways teenagers are using tech. We also have three parent meetings a year. The Fall Parent’s Meeting is September 16th at 7:00pm. You are invited and please invite your peers. By signing this you are saying “I have read this entire application, including my child’s essays. I understand the commitment my child is making by joining the SALT. I support his/her complete participation in the team and its objectives for the Fall semester. I will make sure that I help them learn responsibility through communicating when family events pull them away from youth group/church/SALT. I know Jared’s (619-228-3485) and Charlie’s (209-304-8303) cell phone numbers and will call them when I have questions, comments, concerns, or for any other reason I see fit. I do not have any unasked questions about this team or the retreat on Friday September 6th at 6:00pm - Sunday September 8th at 3:00pm. I know I am invited to the service elements on Saturday, and to the Sunday night baptism” (Call before you sign this if you need to) Print Parent Name _____ Parent Signature Date _____
  7. 7. Salt Scriptures: Matthew 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.” Colossians 4:6 “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person. Matthew 5:13-16 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. Mark 9:50 “Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” Luke 14:34-35 “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Mark 9:49 “For everyone will be salted with fire.” Numbers 18:19 “All the holy contributions that the people of Israel present to the Lord I give to you, and to your sons and daughters with you, as a perpetual due. It is a covenant of salt forever before the Lord for you and for your offspring with you.” Leviticus 2:13 “You shall season all your grain offerings with salt. You shall not let the salt of the covenant with your God be missing from your grain offering; with all your offerings you shall offer salt. Mark 9:49-50 “For everyone will be salted with fire. Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.” Ezekiel 43:24 “You shall present them before the Lord, and the priests shall sprinkle salt on them and offer them up as a burnt offering to the Lord. Luke 14:34 “Salt is good, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?