BLUEPRINT SUMMER CONFERENCE AND CAMP JULY 16-22
Blueprint Ministries partners with volunteers from across the nation and is committed to making San Antonio warmer, safer, and drier for our inner city friends.
Blueprint is a week-long Summer camp service camp for middle school and high school students. We give them the chance to serve inner-city families of San Antonio while training them in servant leadership.
Each summer, over 900 middle school and high school aged students participate in one of Blueprint's week long mission camps. Groups come together from Texas and around the U.S. to serve. These volunteers share the love of Jesus Christ and transform homeowners' lives through their hard work. Blueprint's desire is for students to return home with a passion for living a missional lifestyle and to continue serving those around them. We'd love to serve alongside you.
“When I came, my phone, Instagram, and friends-that’s all that mattered to me. Camp made me realize there’s so much more to life-there’s God [who] I’ve pushed to the side.— Jr. High Female
Teams of youth and adults work at inner-city homes during the day and share in worship together in the evenings. Blueprint provides all lodging, food, tools, materials and programming during camp. One of our goals is for the youth leader and adult volunteers to be able to spend time getting to know their students instead of worrying about the logistics of the trip. Blueprint strives to build up servant leaders through the camp experience. We exist to share Christ’s love through the restoration of homes in urban San Antonio.
Come join us as we serve all summer long!
Bahama's Mission Adventure for True HS
Hurricane Matthew was a monster. The storm caused death and destruction in the Caribbean and southeastern U.S. from September 28 to October 10, 2016. Headlines read Hurricane Matthew Annihilates the Caribbean. In the Caribbean, Hurricane Matthew obliterated Haiti with massive flooding, causing an estimated $2.5 billion in damage to over 200,000 homes and other structures. The hurricane then soaked parts of Cuba, creating devastating floods. Finally, it ravaged the Bahamas with widespread flooding and huge storm surges. The storm destroyed many homes, roads, schools, businesses and government buildings.
True has friends and family in the Bahamas and we believe we are called to learn and serve. We are taking a small team of High school students and leaders to come along side Pastor Ken Lane a Presbyterian currenly serving in the Bahamas. We will be working hard and we will be learning much more as seek to create real relationships with our brothers and sisiters on the island. Currently we are planning a Parkour experience as well as working in a food distribution center.
Our projected cost is between $800-$1000. We would depart Austin on Saturday June 24th and return June 30th
Parents have requested this and True has answered.
Our Intentional Parenting Seminar is now a True One Day Event!
This one day event is packed with laughter, insight, good food and some life changing tips for your parenting style. All for only $30 a family and that includes an amazing lunch too! May 7th 12:15 pm till 4 pm.
Every parent has dreams for their children and a hope filled with the best of intentions. Although, at some point, parents move from DREAMS to DUCT TAPE and simply hope that everything will just stay stuck together and their kids won’t fall apart.
I know some of you are living that way Right Now! Raising kids is a difficult challenge and it requires a plan—without a plan, parents often default to what we call “Quick-Fix Parenting.” Let’s be honest: it’s just a lot easier to try to solve the immediate problems rather than deal with the deeper and more important issues (that’s what “Quick-Fix” parents do). Surviving each day is much easier than taking the time and energy to consider how your current parenting actions are impacting a child’s future. Unfortunately, quick and easy isn’t the same as good and effective.
To be an exceptional parent, you need to be an intentional parent.
Fortunately some great help is available... Pastor Mike Killeen, a 30 year veteran in church and student ministry will be leading along with video help by veteran parents and best-selling authors, Doug and Cathy Fields— -they want to help you move from Quick-Fix Parenting to becoming Intentional Parenting.
They'’ve put together a workbook that provides you with 10 actions that will impact the future of your children. Best of all these 10 actions are really doable! You can get started implementing these ideas into your parenting and you will see immediate results in your child —no matter their age. Change can start right away. It’s NEVER too early to start!
Do you want to see your children display confidence?
Do you want to see your children develop character?
Do you want to see your children have strong convictions?
Do you want to see your children express compassion?
Ultimately, do you want to see your children grow up to be competent young adults?
If you answered yes to even one of those questions, than this ONE DAY event is for you!
It is a doable real life tested plan to reach those results. You will be provided with an amazing workbook for you to work through either individually or as a couple. We will also be providing a yummy Fajita lunch that will knock your socks off. All for only $30 per family. Join us as a Mom, Join us as a Dad or even come as a couple if you can.I believe that every parent could use a few more useful tools to make being at home a better place for you and your family. The WORKBOOK that is provided is a combination book & study guide. Read, reflect, write, practice and change. You and your child will be glad you did!
This event is so much Fun and the information is so powerful to families I want to urge you to invite and bring friends with you. The bigger the crowd the more fun we will all have.
Mom"s Dad's and Grandparents are all welcomed to join us.
True's Church Invasion on May 7th
You are invited to invade our church. We want EVERY TRUE STUDENT AND FAMILY at Church this Sunday. The church needs you more than you know. Come and bring your friends and family members. Everybody is welcome. Come at 9:30 for a rocking good time or at 11:00 for a more traditional feel.
The Grad Event 2017
It is time once again to celebrate all that God has done in the lives of the students of True Shepherd of the Hills. On this night May 6th we gather with friends and family to laugh, smile pray and even cry a bit. On this night we talk about all that God has done to bring you to this point. We share videos and parents lift their student up in prayer.
Pine Cove Spring Escape Camps
Middle and High School student are our passion and not just during the summer. This Pine Cove Escape camp is designed to push your faith to the next level. Youth groups from all over Texas and beyond for a fun-packed, worshipful weekend. We bring in speakers who can relate to young students through a powerful gospel messages as well as having energetic and intimate worship provided by the Pine Cove praise team. The Pine Cove Middle School and High School Spring Escape Conference gives our True Student Ministry Volunteers a chance to spend quality time with your kids to build and develop deeper relationships that go super deep. Camp cost is $150 .
Late Registration after March 24th is $200
Middle School Dates at Pine Cove Out Back 4/21- 4/23
High School Dates at Pine Cove Shores 28th-30th
We hope to see you and your friends at this amazing camp.
Click the link below and begin your registration process.
Join us on Holy Saturday as take part in a multimedia experience of the story 3 Characters in the Easter story often overlooked.
We will celebrate communion and then move into the darkness that was the cross and the days following.
Can I really ask that....
Can I ask that & What do you think?
As our amazing team of volunteer youth leader work with with our students here at Shepherd of the Hills it has become increasing clear that although student culture and student values are constantly changing the questions that they are asking about faith are not. Do you really believe that? Did Jesus really do that? What about those people, does God really love those people too? Ultimately, I believe that they are are asking. Can I ask that? The questions they asking the leader are honestly about them and for them. They ask “Am I really allowed to doubt”. How big is God’s love and is there room for my faith and my doubt to exist at the same time?
Parents call me pretty regularly to let me know that their little Timmy is doubting God and what should they do? It often goes like this their son/daughter comes home from a friends house (whose family practice a different brand Christianity) and so Timmy starts asking Mom and Dad some pretty pointed questions about what you believe (hopefully someday they will believe too) but Timmy’s parents do not feel they have strong answer for these “dangerous questions” you need to talk to Pastor Mike. I love talking and listening to students as they grow into and develop a lasting faith. Timmy’s parents send them to me to “answer their questions”. In reality all I do is to help them make room in their faith for doubts and questions that may never get satisfactory answers. I say I don’t know a lot and often reflect the questions back to student with a playful What do you think?
As adults I want you to remember that you also have had seasons of doubt growing up too and still have portions of those doubt with you. Doubt is not a threat to faith. I know too many people feel that if they ever expressed their doubts they would excommunicated from the church of their family. I want to let you know that honest doubt is often a sign post along the path to a much deeper faith. Scripture is full of stories about doubt Look at the Psalm 88, Look at James 1, look at the story of Thomas. All struggled with with questions. Doubt is real but doubt does not always need answers to be satisfied. Doubt often just wants presence. Doubt often just needs to know that they are not alone. People doubting want to know that you are with them and that you still love them even if you do not have the “right theological answer” to the questions they are asking.
I remember Mark and Cheryl Eschof who spoke into my life during a particularly doubty (is that even a word?) and violent patch in my upbringing. I asked them how could a God of “Love” allow so many awful things to be happening in my home... Now Mark and Cheryl are two of the most Christ centered and biblicaly literate people I have ever been blessed enough to know as a teen. I thank God for them and the true love of Christ they brought into my life. As I poured out my heart and doubts to them hoping for an answer that would make it all make sense and be better..... the answer they gave me was oddly comforting.
They said “I don’t know” and I’m glad you asked.... They did not give me some new theology, they did not give me lecture on God’s design for suffering in our world. Their answer was honest and allowed them to enter into my world of doubt and concern and journey with me. It was like like they knew that doubt does not always need an answer but needs companion who has traveled that road before.
So when your students start asking you the harder questions of faith ( and they will ask you harder questions of faith soon) be confident with your “I do not know” and ask them "what do they think" and begin a journey with them. You will be glad you took this trip with them.
World Vision's 30 Hour Famine
What is World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine?
It’s students around the world loving God and fighting hunger. Every year, hundreds of thousands of students in the U.S. (and more around the world) unite to do the Famine. They learn about hunger, raise funds to help hungry kids, and experience hunger for themselves.
Learn more about the Famine.
Why should I do the Famine?
Hunger-related causes kill nearly 7,000 children a day, but your son or daughter and their friends can do something to help change this. The funds they raise by doing the Famine will help World Vision care for hungry kids and support sustainable change in communities around the world. Your efforts on this event will actually save lives. Yes, what you will be doing is heroic just by going hungry and getting Famine sponsors.
See more hunger facts.
Will I have fun? The famine is a party on top of a world changing event. We play night games all over the church, we travel for some crazy excitement at Blazer Tag, we server our neigborhood
FOR PARENTS: How can I get involved as a parent?
Pray. Pray for your teen, their youth group, their leaders and volunteers, and the hungry kids whose lives will be changed through their efforts.
Spread the word. Post your child’s online fundraising page across all of your social media sites and email it to all of your friends and family.
Read the student materials (and ask your child if they’ve read ’em!).
Become a fasting buddy. Support your student by fasting alongside them (not necessarily from food). A shared experience can open up new avenues of conversation!
Host a fundraiser. Ask if you can help run and/or support fundraising activities leading up to Famine weekend.
Volunteer. If you’re a youth ministry veteran, you’ll have a blast. And if you’ve never been involved, the Famine is a great, easy way to give it a try.
Just ask your student’s leader! From minivan drivers to event prep to cooking the break-the-fast meal, there’s a huge variety of ways you can help ensure that the Famine is a life-changing experience for participants.
Is fasting for 30 hours safe?For most people, going without food for 30 hours is perfectly safe. There are a few exceptions — like kids under 12, the elderly, pregnant or nursing women, and people with certain medical conditions or eating disorders. The Famine is a juice fast, which means students are provided by their Famine leader with plenty of water and juice throughout the 30 hours.
If you have any questions or concerns about fasting, check with a doctor before your student participates. We’ve also got plenty of alternatives to a traditional food fast if you deem that more appropriate.
Get more facts about fasting.
How will my teen be fundraising?There are lots of ways students can fundraise: online, in person, by text, over the phone, and more. The hands-down best way to fundraise is by combining ALL of these.
Your teen may also be invited to participate in a variety of group fundraisers hosted by their group leader. Learn more about fundraising.
What will my teen be doing during Famine weekend?
Tons of stuff they’ll love! From late night Blazer tag to Wild True Style games and Studies. We will also be serving their community with a rake and run, learning more about God and His heart for the poor, participating in fun and educational activities like Trek Challenges, Bible Study and taking part in the Poverty Simulation, where they’ll face tough decisions and learn about life from a different perspective — all while hanging out with their friends and growing closer to Christ. The Famine will be one experience they’ll always remember!
Students eat their last meal on Saturday at 6 am ( under 12 year old start their fast on at 4pm) for breakfast! They go through their normal Saturday only drinking water and juice. They will be encouraged to spend the day with others who are doing the famine so as to not make a mistake and eat out of habit. It is easier to not eat when you are with friends not eating. All Famine participants will arrive at church at 6 pm for the fastin insanity to begin.
The fast end Sunday morning after church at noon.
Bring rakes and garden bags for leaves.
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Since giving up his job as a grocery truck driver in 2002,
Tim Hawkins has been establishing himself as one of the most in-demand comedians in the country. With 300,000,000 video views online and over 100 sold-out concerts every year, his Jackwagon Crew has grown into a revolution of multi-generational proportions.
Tim’s gut-busting comedy show entertains the entire family while doubling down on the funny, a daunting task in an age where the obscene has become routine. His act is 1 part gifted + 2 parts twisted - the only certainty being his on-the-nose observations that expose the ridiculousness of daily life while marveling in its hilarity. The perils of marriage, homeschooling, and growing up in the Midwest may not exemplify the rock star life, but they make for really good punchlines.
And while his stand-up is riotous, fans are often more amazed at his singing voice and guitar chops. Tim’s hilarious music videos have brought him viral YouTube fame with fan favorites including The Chick-fil-A Song, Yoga Pants, Cletus Take The Reel, and The Government Can.
Still, Tim is no rock star:
"It's not like I have a choice. Comedy is my only life skill."
Above all, Tim reminds us that for life's many trials, laughter is our best medicine - especially when the Prozac runs out. He just finished filming his 9th comedy special, “Just About Enough”, set to be released November 25, 2016. He lives in Missouri with his wife and four crud muffins.
We plan on attending the Jan 28th show at Great Hills Baptist Church in North Austin.
We are also not selling tickets directly. You can order Tickets for the show by clicking this link below.
Show Tickets are $25 online and $30 at the door. I suggest buying online now and arriving at Great Hills by 6 pm to secure your spot in line. This show will fill the church to capacity. If you want to sit close to and with people please arrive early.
I will see you all there! So click that link and join me and my family as we laugh the night away.
True Student Ministries
True exists to help students find and grow in their faith in Jesus Christ