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High-Schoolers Study God's Plan in Human History at Epic

Hundreds of high-schoolers are back, after enjoying a week at Epic camp in Southern Indiana. Camp Director Brian Adams says the topic--God's plan in human history--really struck a cord with many students. He says at least 27 students decided to start a relationship with God! Brian says many others took steps toward a deeper walk with God and closer relationships with their friends.

As in Columbus, it was a very hot week for the campers, which made for some challenges. In spite of it Brian says many took the opportunity to practice Christ-centered love

Xenos to Host Farmers' Market July 15th

Local vendors will be setting up on Sunday, July 15th for a farmers' market hosted by Xenos. You can find summer produce, honey, meat, and more at the market, which will be open after Central Teaching at the Warehouse (600 Oakland Park Dr. 43214) from 11:00 am-1:00 pm.

Anyone from the community is welcome, and it'll be a fun activity for families after CT.

The market will return August 12th and September 9th.

Xenos Summer Institute Starts Next Week

Next week Xenos will host the Xenos Summer Institute, welcoming thousands of guests and guest speakers. This year's theme is "The God Who is There," focusing on the topic of apologetics and paying homage to the 50th anniversary of Francis Schaeffer's book. In addition to 7 plenary (primary) sessions, there will be over 35 breakout sessions on a wide variety of topics.

The conference starts Wednesday, July 11th, with the opening teaching starting at 7:00 pm. It continues all day Thursday and Friday, July 12th and 13th.

Thursday night's session is free for those investigating Christianity, giving you a great opportunity to invite your friends, family, or co-workers. That night Dennis McCallum will be teaching on how the human soul points to the existence of a creator, and cold-case homicide detective J. Warner Wallace will present on looking at the universe as a crime scene, examining the evidence for God's existence. 

If you haven't registered, you can do so online at xenos.org/xsi/register until Monday, July 9th at noon. If you miss that deadline you can still pay at the door. Walk-in registration starts at 5:30 pm, a few hours before the opening plenary session.

Please be a good host to the many guests who are coming in from out of town. Please follow the guidance for attending at satellite locations so our guests have room at the Main Campus. Remember that smoking and vaping is not permitted in the building--use the north deck at Main Campus or the picnic area south of the building.

Read Xenos Elder's Review of XSI Speaker's Book

One of the featured speakers for this year's Xenos Summer Institute is cold-case homicide detective J. Warner Wallace. Xenos Elder James Rochford has reviewed Wallace's book God's Crime Scene and shares his thoughts--you can read his review here.

You can also buy Wallace's books now at all Xenos book stores--Main Campus, Study Center, Warehouse, and 4th Street.

Joke van Opstal to Speak at Evening of Hope Event

Don't miss the Evening of Hope, an event to support the work of Fountain of Hope, a church planting movement Xenos supports in Cambodia. Joke van Opstal with the organization will be speaking, sharing how God is transforming lives through this ministry.

The event is Tuesday, July 10th at the 4th Street Cafe (1934 N. 4th St., 43201) from 7:00-9:00 pm. There will be food and drink, and an auction featuring art work from Cambodia. The cost for all is by donation, and 100% of the proceeds will support Fountain of Hope.

Find event details at its Facebook page: facebook.com/events/330410810823828. You can learn more about Fountain of Hope at fohcambodia.org.

Xenos Preschool has Openings for the Fall

If you've considered sending your child to preschool, there are openings in Xenos' preschool program at both the Calumet (2774 Calumet St., 43202) and North (1390 Community Park, 43229) campuses.

Both locations have openings for their 2 day (Tuesday/Thursday) programs. Students must be 3 years old by September 30th. North Campus also is accepting students for its 3 day (Monday/ Wednesday/Friday) or 5 day programs. For these, students must be 4 years old by September 30th. All programs are half day morning programs.

You can learn more about the programs at xenosschools.org/academics/preschool or by calling 614-261-8136. If you'd like to register your child, go to xenosschools.org/admission.

For additional information, please call the Calumet office at 614-261-8136.

New This Year: Summer Institute App

The Xenos Summer Institute (XSI) is introducing a new way to get conference information and updates to those attending. Instead of relying exclusively on printed papers in folders, you can get all those details as well as up-to-date information on a new phone app

Over the last few years XSI staff has noticed a decline in the use of the conference folders. Last year, about half of the folders were not used. The phone app provides a modern solution that also saves money.

Now instead of receiving (and possibly losing) a folder with conference information, you can get up-to-the minute details through this app. Some folders will still be available for those who prefer a hard copy.

Through the app you can find all the information you are used to finding in the folder--breakout locations, maps, schedules, and how to text in questions for the moderated Q&A sessions. And while the folders have had information on different ministries like India Gospel League and Mercy Medical Center, the app will allow you to interact more thoroughly than a brochure allows, taking you to their websites.

One of the best features is quick access to information about the breakout sessions you have scheduled through Sched. The app also allows organizers to quickly notify people if anything changes during the conference, or if they need to make a major announcement.

To get the app, follow this link: my.yapp.us/XSI18. The app is free. And for more information about XSI go to xenos.org/xsi.

Xenos Hosts Nationally Known Conference in a Few Weeks

It’s a popular conference, bringing in nationally known speakers and equipping hundreds of Christians from around the world during its yearly run. And for folks in Xenos it’s not only convenient—happening at Xenos’ main campus—but is also extremely affordable, with Xenos members paying $20 or less to attend.

It’s the Xenos Summer Institute (XSI), running July 11-13. This year’s title is “The God Who is There,” which honors the 50th anniversary of Francis Schaeffer’s classic book of that title, and captures the conference’s theme of Biblical apologetics.

Xenos Equipping Director Pat Reeder says the elders picked this theme in part because of the availability of the main speakers—J. Warner Wallace and Sean McDowell, both of whom specialize in Biblical apologetics. Wallace is a former homicide detective who went from being an atheist to a committed Christian after investigating Christianity’s claims. McDowell is the son of Josh McDowell, and has taken up his father’s work of investigating and communicating a defense for the Christian faith.

Registration Now Open for Summer Classes

This summer is a great time to further your knowledge of the Bible and your ministry skills. Registration is now open for summer quarter classes, including basic and advanced equipping classes, as well as helpful elective topics.

You can see a full list of classes at xenos.org/classes. Most classes start July 18th, although there's a Saturday morning Christian Growth class that starts June 30th and a Christian Leadership 3 class that starts July 7th (both with childcare).

Included this session are two helpful 5-week classes: Women in Marriage and Men in Marriage. Find a friend and take a class together!

VBS Getting Ready to Roll

In a couple of weeks Xenos will be hosting over 300 kids for a week of fun and meaningful activities—Vacation Bible School (VBS), which runs June 18-22. Sir Finn, the Dude of Pismo Beach returns as this year’s theme, and VBS Director Claire Howard says the focus of the week is God’s character and attributes.

The week is filled with music, skits, art activities, and games. But Claire says the kids also really love the Bible teachings they hear—whether they’ve heard teachings in the past or they’re new to the Bible.

Claire says, “It’s amazing to see the excitement and joy in these kids as they learn about God. For some kids, it’s the first time they’ve heard about God—they hear for the first time that they are deeply loved and cared for by God, who is seeking them out.”

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