Feb 6, 2019

Are Students Doubting Reality?

Many of the world’s agendas are targeted toward young people. And (if they're Christians) their values are being mocked in the culture around them. 

Many objections against faith, and origins, used to exist only in the realms of higher education and philosophy that someone would probably require a PHD just to understand, have now been distilled down to more simple forms that anyone can understand, yet they still contain all of the same venom of a philosophy that is designed to destroy their childlike faith.  

There was a research scientist who trained his laboratory animals about 100 years ago. His last name was Pavlov. He found out that if he trained dogs when they were young. (Because you can’t teach an old dog new tricks)

Over a period of time, given the proper stimulus, they will respond exactly the way that you’ve pre-programmed them to. I will give you an example of this at work in a moment.

Right now, students are being plagued with metaphysical philosophies in the classroom (nearly 7 hours a day) and media (nearly 9 hours a day)

Metaphysics a division of philosophy that is concerned with the fundamental nature of reality and being and that includes ontology, cosmology, and often epistemology.

Metaphysics … analyzes the generic traits manifested by existences of any kind.

-Ontology- is the philosophical study of the nature of being, becoming, existence, or reality ontologies of nature, mathematics, mind, culture, and religion.
-Cosmology is the study of the origin, evolution, and eventual fate of the universe.
-Epistemology is the branch of philosophy concerned with the theory of knowledge. Epistemology studies the nature of knowledge, justification, and the rationality of belief.

Back to stimulus and response. A few months, our middle school Sunday school class was finishing up a series on Truth and the Bible. And we were talking about the fact that truth is something that lines up with reality. I asked them, if they had ever been encouraged to doubt reality? Some shook their heads yes, and I received a couple of examples of teachers trying to indoctrinate them with the idea that there is no truth. The response was minimal. 

Then I put this question on the screen:

Is water wet?

Within 6 seconds I had students calling out from all over the class statements and questions of Ontology, Epistemology, and Cosmology.

A conscious question our students are grappling with is, "Why does anything even matter?" and "Why Try?" Subconsciously those questions are anchored with, "Why does anything even matter... if we don't actually exist?"

If you don't believe me, just ask them a simplified metaphysical question like "Is water wet?" See what they say. Then ask, "What other interesting questions are out there?" 

You will see quickly, that there is a specific system of thought they are being exposed to, and I believe that it is full on assault on the faith of this generation.

We’ve often heard that the truth will set you free. If the truth can set you free, how much more will a lie keep you in bondage.

There was a famous person who once said, 
“If you tell a big enough lie for a long enough period of time, the masses will begin to believe it is the truth.” –Hitler

We live in an era of distractions with ubiquitous proliferation of technology. There are so many things are calling out to us. Many families spend almost no quality time together, but it is still extremely important to spend time in conversation with your students. They still need you. You have something valuable to share with them, and it’s the truth and the reality of a risen Savior. Don’t let technology raise your children. Do the hard work of interaction and leading them through shared experiences as a family, don't just zone out with technology. Children will not be ignored. So if they are not busting down the door to connect with you, that means that something is wrong. Something else is instructing them. Invest in your relationship with them and talk with them about the reality of God's kingdom, because they only have you for a short time. 

"Raise them up in the way they should go, and when they are old, they will not depart from it." Prov. 22:6

Nov 19, 2018

Upcoming Event Schedule

Middle School Scholarship Work Day | December 16 | 12:30 PM – 3:00 PM | On-Campus (bring sack lunch, Must attend church ahead of time)

Middle School Christmas Party | December 19 | 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM | Middle School Room
-Bring a $5 gift (for the gift exchange) that you would want to receive (no white elephant).

Christmas Eve Service | December 24 | 3:00 PM OR 5:00 PM | Sanctuary (students sit with their families)

Church Closed | December 26 |

Middle School New Year’s Eve Party | December 31 – January 1 | 9:30 PM – 8:00 AM | Drop off/Pick up at PCC (RSVP Required) $35 ea.

Sunday School | 9:00 AM – 10:15 AM | December 2, 16, 23, 30 | Middle School Room

All Youth Winter Camp | January 25-27 | Washington Family Ranch

Late Registration (by January 2nd or until full): $185 All Inclusive
($25 deposit due by January 2th or until full)
Bring Extra Money for two meals

Sep 5, 2018

OYC Parent Letter 2018

September 2018

Dear Parents,

I am writing you today to urge you to consider sending your teen to the upcoming Youth Convention taking place October 11 (5pm) – 13 (3:30pm). This is a one of a kind event in the state of Oregon that we are excited to offer you.

I strongly believe that this event will benefit your teen and their youth group as a whole. This conference will provide them with time to be challenged and inspired by great speakers and musicians. During this conference, students will have the opportunity to sit under some of the best spiritual equipping available anywhere, as we welcome the ministry of Reggie Dabbs and Brian Eno who will both bring a message of hope and encouragement to your teens.

I recognize that participation in this event requires your student to miss a day of school. Again, we strongly believe that this event will be well worth the sacrifice in students’ preparation for life and service. Be assured that this will not be a “day off”, but will be a great time of growth and encouragement. Be advised, as well, that the state of Oregon law had made provision for your teen’s off campus religious instruction, without penalty, called “Release Time.” Please consult with your school officials for details.

Again, we encourage you to make this great event a reality for your teenager. I welcome you to call my office if you have any questions. May God bless you and your family richly!

In Christ,

Aaron McKee
Middle School Pastor
Portland Christian Center
503.245.7735 ext.360

Aug 29, 2018

Summer Finale

It’s here! Our Summer Finale.  Tonight, we will have some amazing balloon games, and spend some time reflecting on the summer and back to school thoughts.

Here’s some more info on our upcoming schedule:  
  • We have a NEW Youth Section in the Sanctuary on Sundays! (HS and MS both sit together)
  • Sept 5 All-church rally 7pm
  • Sept 12 NEW Room Kickoff! 
  • Oct 11-13 Oregon Youth Convention

7:00pm –Students meet at front office entrance of the church.
7:05pm –Balloon Toss – Everett & Alissa 
Students pick a partner and do a traditional egg toss with a water balloon. After each successful throw, one person takes a step back. If their balloon breaks they are out. 

7:10pm – Air Balloon Keep Away- P.A. & Andy 
Students form circles of 5-10 and one of them stands in the middle. To begin, one person begins tossing or handing the balloon around the circle and if it is taken, pops, or is thrown uncatchably and is taken or popped, then the person who touched it last goes to the middle and they get a new balloon.

7:25pm – Water Balloon Stomp – Emma & Austin SC
1 water balloon is tied to each leg of the contestants (near the shoe treds). They will attempt to try to stomp the other contestant’s balloons until one winner remains. (speed round balloon pick up)

7:45pm – Balloon Partner Pop - Everett & Alissa
Bring 4 contestants up to the front. 2 guys 2 girls. They will try to pop a balloon by pressing it against each other (guy team, girl team). The first team to pop it, gets to have snack first!

7:50pm – Snack and Small Groups -Leaders

8:05pm – Balloon Survivor Game – P.A. & Noelle
Students will seek to survive the time (20 min.) with their air balloon unpopped. Leaders can play and should be aware of gameplay situations so that they can help judge as needed. Balloons can be popped by others, but contestants need to stay within the boundaries. 

(speed round balloon pick up)

8:25pm- Clean up
8:30pm- head back to front office entrance for parent pick up.

Aug 16, 2018

Fall Sunday School - TrueU

Middle Schoolers: Join us at 9AM in room 205 for the next several weeks as we unpack TrueU!  

From Focus on the Family and the creators of The Truth Project, TrueU: Does God Exist? helps to separate fact from fiction to prove the existence of God. Dr. Stephen Meyer examines the evidence and provides the tools needed to defend your faith and make it your own.

Find more info at: http://www.TrueU.org

We'll have the donuts and the cocoa waiting for you!

Aug 14, 2018

Tryon Creek Bike Ride

Tryon Creek Bike Ride & Mega Sports Serve Night
Wednesday, August 15 | 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM; 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM Mega Sports @ Church
Wednesday, August 15 is our bike ride through the hills of Tryon Creek. Students who want to attend must RSVP. There are still a few spots left on the shuttles, but it is first come, first serve. Meet at PCC at 1PM and we will ride over to Tryon Creek. Students, please bring a water bottle, a backpack, your bike, helmet, a personal snack, $5 for dinner and a signed permission slip. After the bike ride and dinner, students will return in time to serve for Mega Sports Camp on campus. Parent pick up will be at 8:30PM