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College Groups Gather to Serve

"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and  glorify your Father who is in heaven." Matt. 5:16

Folks in college home churches have been proving themselves a friend to their community, with an increased focus on involvement in service projects--supporting existing ones and organizing new ones. It’s a concerted effort to be a good friend to the neighborhoods where many members of the college ministry meet. And it's igniting others to do the same.

This month 14 people from the college ministry joined in on an existing community event--the Old North Litter Cleanup. The organizer of the event said she had never had so many join in her effort and that it was so great to have the additional help. The college group members shared about their motivation-that folks from Xenos care about being involved in the community.

Earlier this year 30 people from the college ministry worked in the SoHud neighborhood near campus, doing clean-up work and making some repairs. Organizers say folks in the neighborhood really appreciated their work.
 
Kevin McCormac, who worked with others from his ministry house to clean an alley in their neighborhood said, "It was enjoyable to serve together and build into the community like that. We're considering making this a monthly thing."

The college ministry is planning more service projects, especially in campus-area neigborhoods.
 

Huge Game Night to Benefit Medical Missions Trip

Enjoy a night of games--over 70 to choose from--while you support a medical missions trip to Ecuador. The event ¡Ayúdanos a ayudar! Ecuador 2018 (Help Us Help Ecuador 2018) will have board games, party games, card games, and family-friendly games set up, as well as snacks. It’s a great idea for date night or for a group activity, and families are welcome as well.

It’s May 12th, from 3:00-10:00 pm at the Main Office Auditorium (1340 Community Park Dr., 43229). The suggested donation is $5 for admission, with an additional donation for a dinner served at 6:00 pm. Adult beverages are welcome but the event is BYOB.

You can play any of the dozens of games available including Carcassonne, Pandemic, and Ticket To Ride, and more obscure titles like Nuns on the Run and Hanamikoji. There’ll also be Jackbox Games on a giant projector so you can play with a group, and a Magic the Gathering Tournament.

VBS Looking for Volunteers

If you've been considering volunteering for VBS, there's still a need for workers. It's June 18-22th, and volunteers generally work from 8:00 am-noon. There's a wide variety of roles, so you can find something that fits your skills and interests.

Contact Kelsey Shannon (vbs@xenos.org) to find out more. There is a mandatory meeting for all volunteers April 30th at 7:00 pm in the Main Campus Cafe (1394 Community Park Dr., 43229).

New Main Campus Play Areas Coming Soon

Soon parents at Main Campus Central Teachings will have improved play areas for their kids. The idea behind the improvements is to help families enjoy more time together after the teaching.

The renovations will improve 3 play areas. The downstairs cafe will have safe play activities for infant through 3 years old. The upstairs cafe, for older kids, will have a basketball hoop, large play structure, a Wii, and a space for reading and board games. Also there'll also be an improved outdoor space with a secure fence.

Volunteers will be on hand to supervise after central teachings so parents can enjoy some conversation time. The renovated areas will open May 6th.

Parenting Meeting to Focus on Kids' Relationships

Healthy relationships are critical to our well-being. How do we help our kids develop them? That's the topic for the next Xenos Parenting Meeting. It'll be Wednesday, May 2nd at 9:30 am at the Warehouse (600 Oakland Park Ave, 43202).

The speaker will be Beth Himsworth, and while the presentation will be from a Biblical perspective, it'll be relevant for all parents so consider bringing a guest.

Free childcare is provided! This will be the last Parenting Meeting before the summer break.

Include Xenos Camps in Your Summer Plans

Can summer camp be more than just fun? Can it be meaningful, and even serve as a spiritual turning point in a young person’s life?

Leaders with Xenos Student Ministries say YES, and encourage you to consider sending your child to one of the summer camps Xenos will be offering this summer.

Student Ministries Director Joe Botti says getting kids away from distractions helps them turn their focus more completely on God and consider His role in their life. As kids hear challenging Bible teachings, there’s time for them to think and respond, and they’re given the chance to trust their lives to God.

Joe says the camps also become a great opportunity to build healthy relationships with their peers. Because they spend a lot of time together, new friendships have a chance to start and existing friendships have a chance to deepen. Sometimes the time together creates conflicts, and kids learn to work these conflicts out.

Parenting Help for the Tween Years

If you have a son or daughter in the "tween" years--ages 8-12--get some parenting insight at a one-night forum. It'll be led by Megan Kavinsky and will be at Xenos' Main Campus (1390 Community Park Dr., 43229).

The event is Wednesday, April 25th at 7:00 pm. You can register by emailing Sherri Fojas at fojass@xenos.org.

Learn More about Reaching Urban Youth

Leaders from Xenos' urban ministry will be sharing their vision for their work in an upcoming 2 night class, "Urban Ministry 101." Patty Young, Michael Larson and Brandon Grant will take you through the history of Xenos' urban work, and share how they hope to bring young people of all ages to a faithful walk with Christ.

If you've served in urban ministry before, this will be an encouraging refresher. And if it's new to you, you can learn more about this exciting work, and how you might get involved.

Urban Ministry 101 will be at Harambee Christian School (1000 Bonham Ave., 43211) on Wednesday, April 18th and 25th. It'll run from 7:00-8:30 pm and it's free to attend!

To register, email your name, address and cell phone number to Kim Phillips (PhillipsK@Xenos.org) with "Urban Ministry 101" in the subject line.

Find Great Deals While You Support Short-Term Missions

The annual spring garage sale at Xenos is coming up this month. The sale is April 14th from 8:00 am-2:00 pm at Building X (1290 Community Park Dr., 43229).

You can find gently-used treasures at great prices while supporting missions.  Money raised from the sale will help send folks from Xenos to Cambodia for a short-term missions trip later this year.

If you have items to donate, you can drop them off at Building X on April 13th from 9:00 am-7:00 pm. 

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