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Whitewater Trip – Senior Guys

Senior Guys!

Here are the details in one convenient location.

Ocoee River Rafting

Whitewater Outfit: Ocoee Rafting

Whitewater Waiver: Release Form

Cost: $90

FAQ’s

What should I wear on the Whitewater trip?

  • T-Shirt are required to be worn on all tours. Tank tops are not allowed unless they have a full back. No racerback tanks allowed.
  • Shoes that are secure on your feet are required. No flip-flops are allowed to be worn.
  • We recommend quick dry clothing; it is more comfortable when wet. Jeans and sweat pants are not recommended.
  • We have nice clean changing facilities for your convenience after the trip. We recommend bringing a towel, shower items, a change of clothes and a plastic bag for wet clothes.

Do I need previous whitewater experience?

One of the great things about the Ocoee River is that there is no experience necessary! There will be a trained guide in each raft, and we think we have some great guides. After the trip you will too.

How long are we on the river?

Full Ocoee River: For a real fun-filled, action-packed day we offer the Full River Trip. We start with a trip down the Upper Ocoee River and then we take you on a trip down the Middle Ocoee River. With around 10 miles of whitewater rafting, the Full River Trip takes about 3 – 3 ½ hours on the river. From check-in to check-out, expect this trip to take you around 5 hours.

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Lodging: Celtic Clouds Cabin in Blue Ridge, GA

Schedule

Friday, June 2

4:00pm – Leave from Lone Oak FBC

10:30pm – Arrive at Celtic Clouds Cabin

Saturday, June 3

9:30am – Depart for Blue Ridge

11:30am – Lunch in Blue Ridge

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12:45pm – Depart Blue Ridge for Ocoee Rafting Outfitters

1:30pm – Whitewater!!

7:00pm – Dinner @ Cabin

Sunday, June 4

10:00am – Check out of Cabin

11:30am – Lunch near Chattanooga

12:30pm – Hike/Swim in the Blue Hole

Later – Depart for Home

Packing List

  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat/Sunglasses
  • $$ for travel stops
  • Clothes for the weekend
  • Extra shoes for whitewater
  • Swimming Trunks
  • Linens are provided

Seniors – Important dates and Info

Below are two important dates and deadlines that you want to know about about. Trust me!

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Graduate Banquet

Date: May 14
Deadline: Picture/RSVP deadline due April 30

We (Lone Oak First Baptist Church) will be hosting a special event for  graduates and their family.  On May 14, from 5:00 -6:15pm, we will be having a Graduation Dinner and Recognition Service at the church in the MPR.  We will be presenting a slide show of pictures representing each graduate from birth to present. Please send five pictures of your graduate from different stages in their life including a baby picture and a senior picture or recent picture to hrudy@loneoakfbc.org.

The church is happy to provide this dinner for our graduates.  Family will be charged $10 per person for dinner. The deadline for both payment and pictures is April 30.

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Scholarship applications due April 30

Lone Oak First Baptist Church administers numerous college scholarships available to graduating Seniors. Descriptions and requirements are listed by following the link below. An application must be completed and submitted to the church office by April 30th for high school graduation or June 15th for continuing college applications. Awards are granted based upon the requirements for each scholarship.

Application can be found here: Scholarship Application

Resonate Senior Night

May 17th, 6:00pm – 7:30pm

Join us on Wednesday, May 17 as we celebrate our Seniors. On this special night we will have dinner, worship together, watch the year end video, and hear heart-felt letters from the Junior class. You don’t want to miss this capstone to another great year!

Look Who’s Going to Dnow

Alex Allgood
Bailey Arnett
Abigail Birman
Katelyn Birman
Vince Brannon
Alyssa Brookshire
Dylan Brookshire
Skylar Bundy
Abby Carmen
Caden Cobb
Colton Crowell
Lacey Cruse
Blake Davis
Logan Davis
Makenzie Davis
Olivia Davis
Elizabeth Day
Austin Dennison
Nicholas Dennison
Brady Dietz
Connor Dietz
Evie Dukes
Cade Estes
Jaden Estes
Layton Estes
Micah Estes
Kyle Garner
Dawson Gentry
Katie Goines
Maddie Goode
Casey Green
Izzy Harris
Katherine Harris
Trevor Hayden
Nathan Helmich
Ben Hodges
Elizabeth Housman
Max Hughes
Jacob Kaufman
Rianna Lambert
Jack Massa
Trevor Massa
Riley Massey
Dawson McGill
Brianna McGregor
Coy Merry
Eli Merry
Bailey Michael
Ethan Mitchell
Abbi Moore
Laci Moore
Madeline Muir
Bailey Newman
Cage Newman
Noah Nichols
Ali Richard
Tia Riley
Caleb Rodgers
Alec Rudy
Haden Scruggs
Haley Scruggs
Will Sheffer
Ben Shuffett
Gavin Smith
Madison Smith
Olivia Smith
Gigi Straley
Brayden Stroud
Hadley Thompson
Nathan Tracy
Clay Turner
Lynniah Vandry
Hunter Vick
William Vick
Laura Walker
Wyleigh Watson
Bailey Watts
Karcee Webb
Macy Wessel
Andrew Windhorst
Jordan Windhorst
Cameron Willis
Ian Woodruff
Molly Yates

If you name is not on this list and you want it to be, it’s not too late to register. Register online here: Student Ministry DiscipleNow or print this document Parental Consent Form 2017 and turn it in with $93.

If you name is on this list and it’s not suppose to be…to bad. You’re going! J/K. Let us know ASAP.

Thanks!

House Groups are back!

House Groups are back!

Sunday nights from 5:00pm – 6:15pm.

There will be food, fun, and a short lesson. Come hang out with your friends and build Godly relationships.

Dates/Location

March 5 – The Jett’s

March 12 – The Windhorst’s

March 17 – Off (Dnow)

March 26 – The Jaden Estes’

April 2 – Off (Spring Break)

April 9 – Off (Spring Break)

April 16 – Off (Easter)

April 23 – The Layton/Cade Estes’

April 30 – The Hughes’

May 7 – The Green’s

Dnow Registration with Crossings Ministries

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All participants (students/adults) who will be attending Dnow with us March 17-19, must register online with Crossings.  Here’s what you must have to go to Dnow at Jonathan Creek:

  • Lone Oak FBC Parental Consent form (LOFBC students only. Found here: Lone Oak FBC Parental Consent form)
  • Full payment of $93
  • Online Registration with Crossings Ministries. Follow the link below.

Crossings requires all students and adults complete an online Medical Form prior to arriving on their property.  Below are the instructions to complete the form.

  1. Click on the link http://gocrossings.org/c2c/participants/ (or you can access the Participant Account from the homepage on Crossings’s website by clicking the picture entitled “Attending An Event?
  1. All participants (student and adults) create a 2017 account.
    • If you already have an account from camp or a previous retreat, you will be able to use the same Participant ID to register. (Forgot your 2015-16 Participant ID? No problem! Simply click on the blue hyperlink under the Participant Login titled “Forgot Participant ID?” and follow the prompts to have your ID sent directly to your email address.)
  1. Complete the 2017 Medical Release Form.
    • Each participant will be given the option to complete and sign it electronically, to save it and return later, or to submit it and print. If they are unable to sign the form electronically (due only to no internet access) they will need to submit and print the form, and then turn it in to their Group Leader. It must be signed by a parent if they are under the age of 18 years old. If the form was not signed online, then the Group Leader must bring the hard copy of the form to turn in at camp. We ask that you do all you can to have ALL participants sign the form electronically.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Attention Parents: Be a part of Dnow on Wednesday nights

Dear Parents (and LOFBC members),

Disciple Now (DNow) is one of our most important events of the year in the Student Ministry at Lone Oak First Baptist Church. Traditionally DNow has been a weekend event in the spring when we take our students to Jonathan Creek for a three day action and spirit packed adventure diving into God’s Word together. This year, however, we have decided that such an important event in the lives of our students deserves much more than just the three day weekend of March 17-19  – and we want YOU to be a part of it!

We want to invite YOU to join us beginning Wednesday, March 1
for our
DNow Wednesdays as we dive into our theme – OVERCOME.

Now you might be thinking, “What does DNow have to do with me? I’m not a teenager?”

We believe this would be an outstanding opportunity for all of us to learn and be reminded how to OVERCOME through the power of God who is present in our lives. Our hope is to not only ignite our students to desire to know God and His power to OVERCOME in Christ, but also to ignite the whole family to live in the power available to us through the Holy Spirit.

For four weeks, we will hear testimonies from men and women who have OVERCOME life’s challenges through the power of Christ in their lives. Although they have faced some of life’s toughest storms, their faith in God has remained. Last month, through Dr. Dan’s sermons, God reminded us that we were not only given talents and gifts to be used by him, but also a story. Come join us as we hear the stories of how God refines and strengthens our faith as we OVERCOME in him.

­­Jeff Richard | Wednesday, March 1 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)

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A finger stick test during Jeff and Stacie Richard’s son, Nate’s, five year old wellness checkup revealed that Nate’s hemoglobin was low. Days later, they were called in and given the devastating news that Nate had cancer. Nearly 2 years into the 3 1/2 year treatment schedule to keep his leukemia at bay, Nate became ill with an infection that his body could not withstand and he passed on to heaven June 24, 2009. In the midst of this tragedy, Jeff and Stacie continue to see God’s grace as Nate’s Wish, a foundation started to help children fighting cancer as well as encourage their families, is carried out. It is their hope that Nate’s Wish encourages every child and teaches them that they are one of a kind and they are wonderfully made.

Daniel Dunn | Wednesday, March 8 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)

Daniel has no doubt his recovery from a near-fatal fall almost 6 years ago is a miracle. The then 36-year-old Dunn, an avid outdoorsman, was hiking on Memorial Day at Burden Falls in southern Illinois when his life changed forever. In an attempt to rescue a friend who was falling, they both fell 75 to 100 feet over the waterfall. Daniel sustained multiple life threatening injuries including a fractured skull and vertebra. The accident has given him a heightened awareness of the importance of sharing God’s love with others.

Brian Arnett | Wednesday, March 15 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Multi-Purpose Room (MPR)

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Brian’s story is a story of redemption, God’s grace, and faith. After years of struggling with alcoholism in private, God’s circumstances forced Brian to deal with his demons.  Brian entered into rehab. It was here, during one of the hardest challenges of his life, he overcame his addiction through the power of Christ. While Brian still affirms alcohols effects on him today, he overcomes this temptation through the help of family, friends, and most importantly his faith in God.

Missy Jenkins Smith  | Wednesday, March 22 | 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm | Multi-Purpose Room

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On December 1, 1997, a 14-year-old freshman boy who had been bullied for years walked into the Heath High School lobby and randomly fired a .22-caliber semi-automatic pistol. Three students were killed. Five were injured. Missy was one of the critically injured students. She was left paralyzed from the chest down. But just hours after the shooting, Missy did the unthinkable: she forgave the shooter, accepted her disability and reclaimed her life. Missy’s story is one of love, faith, forgiveness, courage, and determination.

But wait, there’s more!

We would also like to invite you to join us for Worship

on Saturday night, March 18

at Jonathan Creek Camp and Conference Center.

Worship will begin at 7:30 pm

in their new Worship Center.
(Directions can be found below or by following the link here: Directions to Jonathan Creek)

Thank you for your commitment to pray and support the high school and middle school students at Lone Oak First Baptist Church. We look forward to all God will do in the month of March, as we all learn that we too can OVERCOME!

In Christ,

Patrick Greer & Joe Yarbrough

Student Ministry Team

Wanted: Host Homes for House Groups

House Groups are returning in March and we need host homes.  We’re seeking 3 homes to host our house groups.

March 5
March 12
March 26

Host Home for House Groups

House Groups meet Sunday nights from 5:00pm – 6:15pm.  The general outline for the night will be games, snack food, and a short lesson. Host homes are responsible for providing the food and the fun. I can help with the fun if you need it. (Cornhole, 9square, other games)

We are looking for three parents to open their homes. Email Patrick @ pgreer@loneoakfbc.org if you are interested in hosting a House Group.

Parents: Check out what we’re learning at Resonate

PARENT CUE

We’re teaching this:

How many hours are you connected to some kind of technology on a normal day? If you were to add up your hours online, your glances at text messages, your streaming music, your perusing social media, your Netflix addiction, how many hours could you count? It’s probably a lot. Our culture is obsessed with technology—and with good reason. Technology keeps us connected to each other and to the world around us. Nearly every device we own transmits signals to something else, somewhere else. Why? Because that’s how they’re wired to function. Our phones, tablets, smart watches, gaming systems—they all are wired to connect to something outside them. And the same is true for us. We are wired for connection. It’s in our design. As we take a closer look at what Jesus called “the greatest commandment”, we discover that we were wired to have three vital relationships: with God, with ourselves, and with others. And when those connections are made, everything else begins to function as it was designed.

Think about this:

Your student is changing fast. Chances are this isn’t a surprise. Their classes are changing. Their friends are changing. Their bodies are definitely changing. But one change you may not see as quickly are the changes that are happening in your student’s brain. As our students approach puberty, their brains are being physically rewired to function less like a child and more like an adult. New connections are forming. Old ones are collapsing. Parts of the brain are being reorganized. And with all of that activity, it’s no surprise that they may experience occasional “outages” or glitches in their judgment, their memory, and their emotional control.

That means…

… your straight-A scholar may suddenly forget their homework.

… your sweet, quiet child may now have teenage emotional outbursts.

… your reasonable, responsible student may have a few mindboggling lapses in judgment.

When that happens, our first reaction may be to panic and wonder, what went wrong here? But, most of the time, nothing is really wrong. Our students’ brains are simply under construction.

In their book, Teen Stages, authors Ken and Elizabeth Mellor describe this as a “cognitive rebirth” beginning around age 13 and continues into young adulthood. That means during middle school and high school, your student may show some behaviors reminding you a lot of their toddler and early elementary years. And…it’s perfectly normal.

While no two children are the same, and development is surely going to look different and take different amounts of time for each one, it may be helpful to look at the stages Mellor outlines to see.

As you check out the table, find which descriptions best match your student and read to see what maybe coming in the next year. No matter what phase of rewiring your student is in, it’s important to remember that it’s only a phase. Enjoy them exactly as they are today and know that you play a key role, even during the later stages, in guiding them toward what’s next.

We hope you will consider, if you are not already, joining us on Wednesday nights as we look at how God has WIRED us.