On a snowy evening in February, 80 youth and sponsors from Allegheny Conference converged on the Solarhouse at Laurelville Mennonite Church Center. We were coming together for the annual senior high SnoKamp. The theme for the weekend was “IT MATTERS” and bible teacher Dan Hunsberger, part of the pastoral team at Kaufman Mennonite, lead us in some challenging and encouraging times together.
Friday night he talked about, People Matter, and that all people matter to God, so people should matter to us. Saturday morning, he talked about Peace Matters, and if we are choosing to be one of Jesus disciples we need to take seriously when Jesus says, love your enemy.
Saturday evening we were challenged to remember that ‘it doesn’t matter’ what people think when we are trying to be faithful to Jesus. People might wonder why we act in different ways like showing kindness, or caring for the least of these, or enjoying being in community with other believers, and we need to keep showing the love of God in our everyday lives. Saturday evening we were treated to a concert by KNOWMERCY from the Bellville area.
Dan wrapped up Sunday morning with Jesus Matters. When we choose to go on this journey with Jesus, we need to listen to his words and live them out. On this journey, Jesus is always with us and will be faithful to us. The weekend was also full of great worship music, fun, fellowship, sledding, getting to connect with old friends and making new ones. Joy Cotchen, Conference Minister of Children and Youth