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February 14, 2020

Hey Church!
On Wednesday this week I was working late, so I spontaneously decided to pop in on our student ministry. If you haven’t visited recently, it’s a pretty amazing group! Imagine this: 30-40 awesome teenagers running around, heroic adults providing food every week, and countless interesting smells filling the hallways... 
Well, believe it or not I feel right at home in settings like this. I may not speak the hip lingo anymore (if ever), or know what’s cool in the world of video games or TV shows (or Tik Tok), but I feel at home because I understand the impact an adult can have when they show up and care. I don’t need to be cool to make a difference. I just have to care. 
And it’s easy to care... when you think about what home life is like for a lot of these students. A few of them have well-balanced healthy parents in their lives. But just as many might be coming from a home where things are a lot rougher. However well-intentioned they might be, the decisions parents make in their own lives can create shockwaves in the lives of these young people. 
l share this because we’re continuing our series on “Love, Heartbreak, and Trainwrecks” this weekend, and we’re talking about the trainwrecks part! But when it comes to train wrecks, sometimes we think that what happens in our relationships only impacts the two people involved. Maybe it’s a breakup, a divorce, a fight, a betrayal. Some of us can even use the narrative, “well, it didn’t hurt anyone.” But the reality is that what happens in our relationships doesn’t just affect us… It affects all the cars attached to the train as well. Kids, parents, brothers and sisters, friends, church, and sometimes even work.
It turns out, we’re all connected. And when one car goes off the rails… there are often others that come with it. 
So I want to invite you to come to church this weekend as we explore some Bible stories that you may not ever have known… and trainwrecks that happened 5,000 years ago that have something to teach us today. 
Oh, and Happy Valentine’s Day! 
P.S. If you're ready to join the ranks of the angels who provide meals for our student ministry, sign up here! Oh, and prepare yourselves for a youth-led service next weekend! Excited to hear what they have to teach us :)
Posted by Chris Abel