Crossroads, School of the Week, Youth Ministry

West Seneca East High {School of the Week 17-18}

This week we thank God for and pray for West Seneca East!
Fast Facts:

  • Grades: 9-12
  • Mascot: Trojans
  • Colors: Green and Gold

Prayers:

  • Pray for all the students of West Seneca East High, but especially our First Trinity high school student: Daisy. Ask God to walk with them each day and give them opportunities to live out their faith at school, in extracurricular activities, and in their homes.
  • Pray for their administrators, faculty, and staff.
    Principal: Jason Winnicki
    Assistant Principals: Mary Beth Sweeney and Paul
  • Ask God to give all who lead the students wisdom and grace.
  • Pray for the students who are on sports teams, in music programs, or participate in other extracurricular activities that they would perform to God’s glory, stay safe, and have fun.

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Blessing, Crossroads, Devotional, First Trinity, Youth Ministry

Count the Days…Make them Count

It feels like everywhere I turn lately the same message has been repeated over and over: number the days… get focused… make it all count!

I first realized the theme in a meeting a while back with two of my teammates. One was sharing some new resources she had gotten for families in our congregation through Orange and the Parent Cue app. A tool they suggest for parents is to use a jar filled with marbles to represent the number of weeks left for a child until they finish high school. By taking one marble out at the end of each week and watching the jar empty slowly over time it is a reminder to make the time they have count.

While I am not a parent, I figured out the stats: at that time I had less than 15 weeks left with the seniors in our high school ministry before our Senior Blessing Event around graduation time. Three weeks have already passed since then. Three more marbles gone. We’re down to 12.

A few days after that meeting I found myself listening to a podcast that was titled A Trip Around the Sun. In it Louie Giglio shares the number of days left in this year’s journey as we circle the giant star that lights our days. He challenged those listening to seek God’s wisdom in how to use each moment this year to make it count. As I think about the things I’m already planning for this year I know … it will fly!

This message was echoed in an book by Chip and Joanna Gaines I finished recently and before all of that countless circumstances, conversations, and situations all seem to be echoing the same prayer Moses has in Psalm 90:12…

“Lord, teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom.”

There are only 24 hours in each day. 365 days in a year. I’m guessing your life is something like mine in that there always seems to be more on the to-do list than can fit in the time.

Some may think counting the days only adds stress to that scenario, that numbering the moments is scary. In my own life, though, I have found it to actually reduce anxiety and provide focus. When I really see how much time is left, I become more intentional with how I use it. (Case in point: my college students at UB miraculously become more focused as the deadline for a paper approaches.)

As I realized that the weeks I had left with the seniors in our youth group were so few, I prioritized time with them. With each marble I take out of the jar, I thank God for one more week with them. But my intentionality didn’t stop there; I also prioritized time with my juniors, and sophomores, and freshmen. I found renewed passion to focus on the things that really matter and cut out the fluff. Soon there will only be a handful of marbles in their jars as well. I want to spend the weeks well.

It’s true: numbering the days leads to wisdom. It brings clarity showing what is important and what needs to let go of in order to focus on the important. It gets rid of the clutter and frees me to do the exact things God has created and called me to do.

Lord, forgive me for the days I do not invest well. Help me spend each moment with more focus, more purpose, more passion, and more grace. I still have a lot to learn, and that is why my prayer remains: teach me, Jesus, to number my days. Give me a heart of wisdom! Make my days count. Amen!

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Crossroads, School of the Week, Youth Ministry

Tonawanda High {School of the Week 17-18}

This week we thank God for and pray for Tonawanda High School!
Fast Facts:

  • Founded: 1895
  • Grades 9-12
  • Mascot: Warriors
  • Colors: Maroon and White

Prayers:

  • Pray for all the students of Tonawanda High, but especially our First Trinity high school student: Lizzie. Ask God to walk with them each day and give them opportunities to live out their faith at school, in extracurricular activities, and in their homes.
  • Pray for their administrators, faculty, and staff.
    Principal: Mr. Michael Brown
    Assistant Principal: Mrs. Sarah Infante
  • Ask God to give all who lead the students wisdom and grace.
  • Pray for the students who are on sports teams, in music programs, or participate in other extracurricular activities that they would perform to God’s glory, stay safe, and have fun.

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Crossroads, School of the Week, Youth Ministry

Sweet Home Senior High {School of the Week 17-18}

This week we thank God for and pray for Sweet Home High School!
Fast Facts:

  • Founded: 1956
  • Grades 9-12
  • Mascot: Panthers
  • Colors: Blue and Gold

Prayers:

  • Pray for all the students of Sweet Home Senior High, but especially our First Trinity high school students: Matthew, Ian, Katie, Paige, Mike, and Nikki. Ask God to walk with them each day and give them opportunities to live out their faith at school, in extracurricular activities, and in their homes.
  • Pray for their administrators, faculty, and staff.
    Principal: Mr. Scott Martin
    Assistant Principals: Dr. Keli-Koran Luchey and Mr. Joseph Zwack
  • Ask God to give all who lead the students wisdom and grace.
  • Pray for the students who are on sports teams, in music programs, or participate in other extracurricular activities that they would perform to God’s glory, stay safe, and have fun.

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Crossroads, School of the Week, Youth Ministry

St. Joseph Collegiate Institute {School of the Week 17-18}

This week we thank God for and pray for St. Joseph Collegiate Institute!

Fast Facts:

  • Founded: 1861
  • Enrollment: 764 students
  • Grades 9-12
  • Mascot: Marauders
  • Colors: Maroon, Silver, White

Prayers:

  • Pray for all the students of St. Joseph Collegiate Institute, but especially our First Trinity high school students: Jacob, Adam, and Patrick. Ask God to walk with them each day and give them opportunities to live out their faith at school, in extracurricular activities, and in their homes.
  • Pray for their administrators, faculty, and staff.
    President: Robert Scott
    Ask God to give all who lead the students wisdom and grace.
  • Pray for the students who are on sports teams, in music programs, or participate in other extracurricular activities that they would perform to God’s glory, stay safe, and have fun.

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Crossroads, School of the Week, Youth Ministry

North Tonawanda {School of the Week 17-18}

This week we thank God for and pray for North Tonawanda!

Fast Facts:

  • Grades 9-12
  • Mascot: Lumberjacks
  • Colors: Red and Blue

Prayers:

  • Pray for all the students of North Tonawanda, but especially our First Trinity high school students: Jaxon, Teddy, and Nadya. Ask God to walk with them each day and give them opportunities to live out their faith at school, in extracurricular activities, and in their homes.
  • Pray for their administrators, faculty, and staff.
    James Fisher, Principal
    Kristopher Clester, Assistant Principal
    Bradley Rowles, Assistant Principal
    Rachel Wagner, Assistant Principal
    Ask God to give all who lead the students wisdom and grace.
  • Pray for the students who are sports teams or in music programs that they would perform to God’s glory, stay safe, and have fun.

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Crossroads, School of the Week, Youth Ministry

Niagara Wheatfield High School {School of the Week 17-18}

This week we thank God for and pray for Niagara Wheatfield!

Fast Facts:

  • School Opened in 1958
  • Grades 9-12
  • Mascot: Falcons
  • Colors: Black, Red, and White

Prayers:

  • Pray for all the students of Niagara Wheatfield, but especially our First Trinity high school students: Jake, Michael, and Lovelie. Ask God to walk with them each day and give them opportunities to live out their faith at school, in extracurricular activities, and in their homes.
  • Pray for their administrators, faculty, and staff.
    Principal: Michael Mann
    Assistant Principals: Paul Galgovich and Jeffrey White
    Ask God to give all who lead the students wisdom and grace.
  • Pray for the students who are sports teams or in music programs that they would perform to God’s glory, stay safe, and have fun.

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