Saturday service geared toward youth, young adults PDF Print E-mail

Churches across America are facing a question that every generation has to address, “How do you minister to the older generations, while also reaching out to youth and young adults in the community?”

Crossing that great divide is a difficult task and often times churches tend to be focused and geared toward the older crowd.

In an attempt to aleviate that problem, there will be a non-denominational service every Saturday at the Pekin Outreach Center beginning at 5 p.m.

This is a full-blown service with contemporary worship, offering, message and a time of communion.

All age groups are invited, but the service will be geared for families with young children and youth in the community, but this is not a church plant, according to organizers.

In fact, after each service, those in attendance will be encouraged to get plugged in to one of the churches in the community.

If community churches provide information it will be available to attendees as they come or go each Saturday night.

“This is not a new church,” said BJ Anderson, one of the event’s organizers. “This is an attempt to spread the gospel in way that young people will be more willing to receive it. We are not looking for church transfers, but are hoping to make converts for Jesus Christ.”

Small churches in the Pekin community don’t have the resources or staff to make a Saturday contemporary service a reality.

This service will be put on by volunteers, many from outside the community.

The first service on Nov. 22 will feature a praise team from Pfrimmer’s Chapel in Corydon.

The second week praise team members from Salem Assembly of God will lead worship.

There will also be different speakers who volunteer to share a message each week.

“The goal is not to change the word of God, but it is to make it relevant and applicable to young people and young families,” Anderson said.

Cash Hundley, who is youth Pastor at Salem First Christian Church as well as George Browning, who is the youth pastor at Pekin United Methodist, along with others, will also be involved.

“Our fear in starting this ministry is that the churches in the community will fill threatened by what we are doing,” Browning said. “Bottom line is this, if you attend churches in our area a lot of the crowd is over 30 and we (the Body of Christ) have got to come together and find a way to get more young people in the building. They are the future of the church.

“Once we get them in the door, it’s out of our hands because the Bible tells us that faith comes by hearing, but it also says, ‘if they do not hear, how will they know of Jesus?’ And that’s our goal, to provide an avenue for young people to hear the word of God and to be introduced to the risen Savior!”

Worship teams have already been scheduled through the first couple of weeks and whether or not this service is something that continues will be dependent on whether or not the mission of reaching the younger crowd is accomplished.

“I think we will get a clear answer from God if this is something He wants to continue,” Browning said. “If no one shows up, we will trust that we will have to go back to the drawing board on how to reach young people in our community!”

For more information call 812-620-3849.

 
Salem swimmers eye individual records PDF Print E-mail

Swimming is one of those sports that is scored as a team, but also has an individual side.

Salem will be competitive in some of their team meets this year, but the swimmers, when discussing goals, seemed more focused on what they hope to accomplish in the individual events.

“I hope to at least get a couple of more individual records this year,” said Salem Senior Emily Motsinger.

Motsinger is the current SHS record holder in the 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard backstroke, the 100-yard breaststroke and she is part of three record-holding relay teams at Salem.

One of the records she said she is chasing this year is the 100-yard freestyle and she added that she’d like to make a run at the 200-yard Individual medley.

“I am not sure what we can do as a team,” Motsinger said. “We are down a little on numbers, as far as boys and girls, but we will see what we can do.”

Motsinger is one of four seniors on the team.

Abby Bortka is a senior, as is Blanch Warren and Zihao Feng.

“I really want to break my 500 free record,” Bortka said. “As a team, I want us to break as many school records as possible.”

Bortka has broken the record in the 500-yard freestyle several times. The current record is 6:36.

She said she is optimistic about being able to break the record.

Warren is setting the bar high as far as her goals for the Salem swim teams this year.

“I really want us to get a bunch of sectional titles and to beat my own 200-IM record,” she said.

The record for the 200-yard individual medley is 3:07.

“It’s going to be hard to break it again,” Warren said.

Feng said he decided to swim because he don’t want to just stay in this winter and add pounds.

“I did swimming before and remember some of the skills from when I was in the sixth-grade in China,” he said.

Feng said he hasn’t decided what events he is going to do, but he is leaning toward the sprint-type races.

As for his goal for this year is a simple one, “I want to beat one of the girls, especially Emily (Motsinger)!”

There are only two juniors on second-year Head Coach Lindsey Akers’ team. They are, Dara Kaiser and Riley Kalb.

The two teams swam in the seasons’ first co-ed meet of the year Tuesday (results were not available at press time).

The Lady Lion swimmers already opened the season with a 146-33 loss to Jennings County.

The following are the results from that meet: Girls 200-Yard Medley Relay: Salem, third, (Emily Motsinger, Haley Motsinger, Blanch Warren, Abby Bortka); fourth, Salem (Alex Campbell, Rachel Heathcock, Dara Kaiser, Tabitha Sheperd) Girls 200-Yard freestyle: Bortka, fourth, Amanda May fifth, Dara Kaiser, sixth. Girls 200-Yard IM: E. Motsinger, third H. Motsinger, fifth and Warren sixth. Girls 50-Yard Freestyle: Campbell, fourth, Teyha Morrison, fifth and Brooklyn Ault. Girls 100-Yard Butterfly: 4 Warren, fourth and Kaiser, fifth Girls 100-Yard Freestyle: E. Motsinger, second, Campbell, fifth, Sheperd, sixth. Girls 500-Yard Freestyle: 3 Bortka, 5 May, 6 Heathcock Girls 200-Yard Freestyle Relay: Salem, third (May, Warren, Heathcock, Campbell) and fourth (Ault, Kaiser, Sheperd, Morrison). Girls 100-Yard Backstroke: Heathcock, fourth, Sheperd, fifth and Ault, sixth. Girls 100-Yard Breaststroke: H. Motsinger, fourth. Girls 400-Yard Freestyle Relay: Salem, third (Bortka, May, H. Motsinger, E. Motsinger)

 
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