RYG News 6/15/17

We are hosting the Shoals Area Youth Series @ Rogersville Thursday, July 6th 630 PM.  We will host other area youth congregations with a meal to follow.  Please plan on coming and supporting this event.  Lonnie Jones will be the speaker.


RYG News 3-29-17

Sunday April 2nd  

 7th and UP Devo @ Windell and Mary Ann Gann’s.  Please brings Snacks and Drinks

April 9th

  •  Lads to Leaders service, after PM Worship the boys will be in the Annex and girls will be in the auditorium. 
  •  6th and down Devo hosted by the Adams at Park or Old Gym according to the weather.

April 14-16

Lads to Leaders Convention Nashville Opryland Hotel.

April 23rd

SAYS at Highland Park church of Christ

April 30th

Lads to Leaders Recognition Service

Please register for upcoming events Work Camp, ICYC @ www.theryg.com.

“We Are Never Alone”

Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth’s rite of passage? His dad takes him into the forest, blindfolded, and leaves him alone.

He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not take off the blindfold until the ray of sun shines through it. He is all by himself. He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the night he is a man. He cannot tell the other boys of this experience. Each lad must come into his own manhood.

The boy was terrified, could hear all kinds of noise. Beasts were all around him. Maybe even some human would hurt him. The wind blew the grass and earth and it shook his stump. But he sat stoically never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could be a man.

Finally, after a horrific night, the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold. It was then that he saw his father, sitting on the stump next to him at watch the entire night.

We are never alone. Even when we do not know it, our Father is protecting us. He is sitting on the stump beside us.

All we have to do is obey Him.  “Don’t be afraid, for I am with you.  Be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you.  Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

RYG News 3-24-17


March 26
Exalt, JR. At 4 PM
March 26
Singing @ Elgin and EXALT Bus Leaves at 4:30, Donnie Lane is driving to Elgin and to EXALT, remember to bring money for food.


  • Please turn in all VBS volunteer forms by Sunday, March 19th. Forms are located on the round table in the foyer.
  • May 26-29: Youth Retreat (Sign up online!)
  • June 18- 23: Send Me Home Campaign
  • Remember to be registering for Indian Creek Youth Camp(July 9-14).

CYC Information


□   A great attitude and an eagerness to learn!

□   Download the CYC app for schedule, speakers, topics, etc.

□   Bibles/Journals (Electronic devices do not count as bibles)

□   Underwear (Don’t Forget!)

□   Pajamas

□   Clothing for the Weekend

o   Check the weather before we leave, could be cold.

□   Shoes (comfortable for walking)

□   Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, deo for your B.O.!, etc.):

·       Girls, you might want to bring your own hair dryer and straightener.

□   Towels

□   Bedding is provided by the cabin. You may bring your own bedding, if you like (pillow, sheets, sleeping bag, etc.)

□   Money for meals (4 total)

o   There will be free time so if you wish to do something that costs money, you will need to bring that with you.

□   Medicine:


□   Medical and Insurance Information Sheet

o If you have not turned this form back in, you will not be allowed on the bus until Andrew has it in his hand.


· You may bring snacks/drinks to help stock the cabin. Remember, whatever you bring is to be shared among the whole group!

· If at any time during the weekend cellphone/ipods/tablets are being used when it should not be, they will be taken up and returned when we arrive at Rogersville on Sunday 


CYC Schedule

Thursday, February 23

5:00pm: Meet at Rogersville CoC

5:30pm: Leave for CYC

*Stop for supper along the way

??: Arrive at Cabin

Friday, February 24

10:00am - Breakfast

11:00am - Devotional

*Free time and lunch on your own in Gatlinburg

6:00pm - Supper at the Cabin

7:15pm - Depart for Leconte Center

8:30pm - First Session (Kyle Butt)

*Return to cabin following session                   

Saturday, February 25

8:30am - Breakfast

9:00am - Devotional

*Free time in Cabin?

11:30am - lunch

12:15p - Depart for Leconte Center

1:00p - 4:00p - Second Session (Ralph Gilmore and David Shannon)

*Stay in Pigeon Forge for free time and Supper?

8:30p - 10:30p - Third Session (Lonnie Jones)

Sunday, February 26

9:30am: Worship (Lonnie Jones)

*Head for Rogerville after worship

*Stop for lunch along the way

TBD: ETA to Rogersville



4 meals on your own

4 meals in the cabin

RYG NEWS (01.30.17)


"Souper" Bowl Devo

February 7
FCA Meeting (LCHS)
February 8
Serve Others Night
February 11
Valentine's Brunch (10am)
February 12
Local Bible Bowl
(Cox Blvd.)

February 19
SAYS @ Cox Blvd
February 20
Talk About God (1pm)
February 21
FCA Meeting (LCHS)
February 23-26
Challenge Youth Conference

(Pigeon Forge, TN)
February 28
Intergen Game Night


SUNDAYS (7th-12th):
The Lord Has Done This taught by various teachers.

WEDNESDAYS (9th-12th):
#Hashtag Video Series taught by Shane Lee

WEDNESDAYS (7th & 8th):
The Struggle is Real taught by Andrew Thompson


WINTER KICKOFF: Thank you to all who stayed for our Winter Kickoff last night! We had a great turnout with over 100 students and parents in attendance. I enjoyed being able to share with you some new and exciting events that we will be trying this semester to fulfill our commitment to our vision of Seek, Serve, and Go. There were many things I did not cover, so be looking for information about such events like the Miracle League and others! If you were unable to make the Winter Kickoff, please refer to the following items:

  • RYG Winter Calendar
  • Medical and Insurance Information (One per child)
    • If your child is in Kindergarten thru 12th Grade, we will need a medical information sheet for them. This will cover any trips/events that would require an overnight stay or trip on the bus. Your child will not be able to get on the bus if I do not have a sheet for them on file. 

YOUTH WEBSITE: I encourage you to use the website more frequently this year as we move away towards a paperless registration system. You can register for all events online. There is also a password protected directory page where you can find a quick list of phone numbers for parents and students, as well as, forms that you might need. There's a calendar of events and a page full of family devotionals for you to use. Check it out! Use the resources available to you! 

CHALLENGE YOUTH CONFERENCE: If you have not paid for CYC, please do so by SUNDAY.

"SOUPER" BOWL DEVO: We will have an ALL AGES devotional on SUNDAY in the annex. Each family needs to bring a soup or soup sides to share. The Super Bowl will be shown and Shawn Traster from Elgin Church of Christ will be the speaker for our devotional. 

SERVE OTHERS NIGHT (S.O.N.): Our first SON of the year will be Wednesday, February 8th at 7pm. All classes from 2 year olds through 12th Grade will meet in the annex for a Valentine's Brunch service project.

VALENTINE'S BRUNCH: We are need of servers for our Valentine's Brunch on Saturday, February 11 at 10am. If you have a student who is in the 3rd thru 12th Grade and available that morning to help, please let us know online.  

Winter Calendar 2017



5: “Souper” Bowl Devo (ALL Ages)

8: Serve Others Night

11: Valentine’s Brunch @ 10am

12: Local Bible Bowl (Cox Blvd.)

18: Guys Day @ Fairview (Pulaski, TN)

19: Shoals Area Youth Series (Cox Blvd)

20: Talk About God (1pm)

23-26: Challenge Youth Conference

28: Intergenerational Game Night



TBD: 7th - 12th Grade Devotional

TBD: 6th Grade and Down Devotional

8: Serve Others Night

11: FUSION Conference (HCU - Lonnie Jones)

12: Local Bible Bowl (HCU)

14: Tuesday Night Together

19: Shoals Area Youth Series (Sherrod Ave.)

22: Fwednesday (6:15pm)

26: EXALT, Jr. (6th Grade and Down)

26: Singing @ Local Congregation

31: Faulkner University Jamboree



TBD: 7th - 12th Grade Devotional

TBD: GLOW @ Killen

TBD: TNT/Miracle League

7: Maroon and Gold Day @ Freed Hardeman

9: 6th Grade and Down Devotional

12: Serve Others Night

14-16: Lads to Leaders Convention

23: Shoals Area Youth Series (Highland Park)

30: Lads to Leaders Recognition Service

30: Y.O.D.A.S. (5th Grade and Up)




7: Senior Breakfast/Graduate Recognition

10: Serve Others Night

14: Muffins w/ Mom

16: Intergenerational Game Night

20: End of School Devotional (ALL Ages)

21: EXALT, Jr. (6th and Down)

21: Singing @ Local Congregation

24: Fwednesday (6:15pm)

27-30: Mystery Retreat



TBD: 7th - 12th Grade Devotional

TBD: RYG Kids Campout

Tuesdays: Shoals Area Youth Series

Sundays: Songs of Summer

1: Mom’s Morning Off

3-8: West TN Workcamp ($50)

4: 6th Grade and Down Devotional

14: Serve Others Night

15: Mom’s Morning Off

18: Donuts with Dad

18-23: Local Campaign (Rogersville)



TBD: ALL AGES Devotional

Tuesdays: Shoals Area Youth Series

Sundays: Songs of Summer

6: Mom’s Morning Off

9-14: Indian Creek Youth Camp

Camper: $160, Staff: $75, Staff Child: $75

20: Mom’s Morning Off

21-23: AIMCON @ Faulkner ($50)



RYG NEWS (01.10.17)


Monday: You Are No Accident (Genesis 1:27)
Tuesday: The CEO of All Creation (Colossians 1:15-17)
Wednesday: Seeing an Invisible God (Romans 1:20)
Thursday: From Very Good to Only Evil (2 Peter 3:4-7)
Friday: A New Creation (2 Corinthians 5:17)


January 17
TNT (@7pm)
January 21
Banana Box Project
January 22
January 29
Young Men Lead Service
January 29
Winter Kickoff
February 11
Senior Citizens Appreciation Banquet (10am)

February 24-26
Challenge Youth Conference (Pigeon Forge, TN)


TNT @ The Thompson's: There will be a TNT next Tuesday (Jan. 17) at Andrew and Joy's home. We will use this time to discuss our ministry, where we want to go, etc., as well as, other youth related items. We want to hear from the students, so make plans to attend!

BANANA BOX PROJECT: Please bring any clothing you would like to donate by Wednesday, January 18. On Saturday, January 21 at 9am we will come together to place clothing items in boxes to be sent to Africa through Partners 4 Africa

EXALT, JR. (5th Grade and Down): We will meet in the auditorium at 4:15pm to sing together and give opportunity for our younger guys to lead singing, as well. 

WINTER KICKOFF: Mark your calendars for Sunday, January 29. The RYG will be having a Winter Kickoff to discuss everything that will be happening during the spring semester. We will have a meal together. We ask the each family pay $5 to help cover the cost of the meat for dinner, bring a side item, and RSVP online. 

CHALLENGE YOUTH CONFERENCE: If you have not paid for CYC, please do so ASAP. $75 per person or $150 per family. 


  • Pray for each other daily.
  • No one goes unnoticed or sits alone
  • Welcome everyone – call them by name
  • Welcome Visitors
  • Invite people to sit with the group during worship
  • Mentor new members
  • Share extra-curricular calendar with the group
  • Support one another
    • Show up to extra-curricular events 
    • Make posters for games
    • Celebrate Accomplishments
    • Celebrate Birthdays
  • Reach out to missing members
  • Notice when someone needs encouragement
  • Keep up with important issues kids are facing

RYG NEWS (12.13.16)

Thompson's Thoughts

"Seek God. Serve Others. Go into the World."


RYG SHIRTS: If you ordered a youth size, they will be $10. All adult sizes are $15. We were able to get a discount due to the large quantity that was ordered. You may pay on arrival.

ICE SKATING: Girls are invited to go ice skating in the park with Joy on SATURDAY. We will leave around 1pm. Please let us know if you are planning to go by signing up online or on the table. Group rate: $8 per person plus $3 skate rental.

TEACHER WORKDAY PROJECT: The RYG will be collecting the following items to deliver to teachers at Lauderdale County on January 3rd. *Packs of colored and plain paper, boxes of tissue, dry-erase markers, Red/colored ink pens, chapstick, and peppermint chocolate* If you would rather donate money, we can order markers, chapstick, pens, tissue and paper in bulk. We will also take snack trays to the teacher workrooms (enough for 3 work rooms). We will need classroom items by Sunday, December 25 for the kids service project that they will work on during class time. On January 3rd, all kids will meet at 10am to deliver classroom items/snack trays and write encouraging verses/quotes on the sidewalks to welcome our students back to school on January 4th. Let me know if you have any questions. 

RYG KIDS (6th and Under)

*Please refer to information above about Ice Skating on Saturday for girls of all ages!
 On SUNDAY we will meet at 2:30pm to go Christmas Caroling with the youth group. Following evening services all our kids and families are invited to stay for Breakfast with Santa. Breakfast will be provided by Team 1! RSVP online by WEDNESDAY. The kids will get to visit with Santa where he will read a story to them. They will also have a chance to make a homemade ornament as a keepsake from the breakfast. Hope you'll join us!

THE RYG (7th and Up)

EXPOSURE YOUTH CAMP INFO: We will have a brief meeting on SUNDAY to go over packing list, schedule, etc. Feel free to look at the items ahead of time. 

CHRISTMAS CAROLING: On SUNDAY we will meet at 2:30pm to go Christmas Caroling around Rogersville. 

RESCUE MISSION: We will be serving lunch to the homeless community at the Downtown Rescue Mission on Saturday, December 31. We will leave at 9:15am for this opportunity to serve! Please sign up online if you plan to help. We encourage families to serve together!

Have a great week! Remember to pray!