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This Week in Student Ministry: December 2016


I’m excited to partner with you through the holiday season. Our schedule will change a bit and there will be an emphasis on holiday celebration. Please be aware of the schedule below and encourage your child(ren) to participate as much as possible.

Sundays in December

11th – Student Groups (9:00 and 10:30AM)

18th – Student Group Christmas Parties (9:00 and 10:30AM)

25th – Christmas (Worship at 10:30AM) (No Groups)

Wednesdays in December

7th – Student Worship – A Time for Us (6:30-8:00PM)

14th – Joy Dance (6:00-8:00PM)

21st and 28th – No Student Worship


I love being your Student Pastor!

Nathan Schneider

“the LORD be magnified!” Psalm 40:16


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This Week in Student Ministry: Celebrating Christmas!

We’re celebrating Christmas this week at Redemption Students! Encourage your students to participate in BOTH of our end of the year celebrations:

Wednesday, December 16th: The BEST CHRISTMAS EVER

Our last Student Worship service of the year will conclude our series about the Best Christmas Ever. We’re playing games, eating great snacks, giving away prizes, and more. Service begins at 6:30PM!


Thursday, December 17th: The JOY DANCE

Students will volunteer as greeters, servers, hosts, and more for a dance celebrating those with special needs. The dance will begin at 6:00PM, but all of our student volunteers will arrive at 5:00 for placement and direction.

STUDENTS, Register to serve here!


I love being your Student Pastor,

Nathan Schneider

“the LORD be magnified!” Psalm 40:16



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This Week in Student Ministry: The BEST Christmas Ever!


I love serving you in the discipleship of your child(ren). One of the ways I get to do that is by reinforcing key principles being taught in the home.

This Wednesday, we will continue a series on our necessary response to the message of Christmas. We’re looking at Philippians 2:1-18 and calling it the BEST CHRISTMAS EVER.

Here’s how our teaching breaks down in December:

December 17th: JOY DANCE
December 23rd and 30th: NO SERVICE

Look at Philippians 2 and talk to your children about their expectations for Christmas. This month, consider serving somewhere as a family!

Best Christmas Ever Slide

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Merry Christmas

What is Christmas all about? Family? Fun? Presents? Singing Christmas songs? This Christmas season, I’ve heard more than ever before, “That’s what Christmas is all about!” Yesterday, as I was getting ready to watch some football with family, I caught this clip of Terry Bradshaw giving his opinion on today’s significance.

It sounded really good, didn’t it? “Folks, that’s Christmas. That’s the gift we all want, to spend this precious day with our family.” Terry’s comments capture most of what Christmas has become, a time to celebrate with family. However, that can’t be all there is to this day. I love spending time with my family too and Christmas is a special time to do that, but let’s not forget the deeper significance here. Christmas is not just about family, but it’s about the One who can bring us into God’s family. It’s about God Himself, coming to earth and taking on human flesh in order to live, die, and be resurrected that we may be saved.

I found this video yesterday that helps capture the real meaning of Christmas.

This is what Christmas is all about. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.” (John 3:16-17)

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Wish List on Books

I’ve put together a list of books that I’m interested in buying. Each of the books listed is most likely in a category where I need to read more. After you look over the list, feel free to offer any suggestions of books that I should check out, especially in the categories listed.


  • Holman Bible Atlas: A Complete Guide to the Expansive Geography of Biblical History (Broadman & Holman Reference) by Thomas V. Brisco (Author)
  • Holman Book of Biblical Charts, Maps, and Reconstructions by Marsha A. Ellis Smith (Editor)
  • It’s Still Greek to Me: An Easy-to-Understand Guide to Intermediate Greek by David Alan Black
  • New Testament Commentary Set, 12 Volumes by William Hendriksen (Author), Simon J. Kistemaker (Author)


  • Effective Biblical Counseling: A Model for Helping Caring Christians Become Capable Counselors by Larry Crabb
  • Instruments in the Redeemer’s Hands: People in Need of Change Helping People in Need of Change (Resources for Changing Lives) by Paul David Tripp
  • Strategic Pastoral Counseling: A Short-Term Structured Model by David G. Benner


  • Creating Magic: 10 Common Sense Leadership Strategies from a Life at Disney by Lee Cockerell (may seem weird, but I’ve always wanted to read this book)

PASTORAL EPISTLES (I’m going to begin studying 1-2 Timothy and Titus in my quiet times)*

  • Entrusted with the Gospel: Paul’s Theology in the Pastoral Epistles by Ray Van Neste
  • The Pastoral Epistles: A Commentary on the Greek Text (New International Greek Testament Com (Eerdmans)) by George W. Knight
  • Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 46, Pastoral Epistles by Robert H. Mounce


  • Evangelical Dictionary of Theology (Baker Reference Library) by Walter A. Elwell
  • The Gospel According to Jesus: What Is Authentic Faith? by John F. MacArthur
  • Philosophical Foundations for a Christian Worldview by James Porter Moreland, William Lane Craig


  • Christ-Centered Worship: Letting the Gospel Shape Our Practice by Bryan Chapell
  • Worship Matters: Leading Others to Encounter the Greatness of God by Bob Kauflin


  • New American Roget’s College Thesaurus in Dictionary Form (Revised &Updated) (Signet Reference) by Philip D. Morehead (Author)

*Indicates category that I am most interested in reading.

By the way, a big thanks to Danny Akin who prepared “Building a Theological Library,” from where I found multiple, helpful suggestions.