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Name: Amanda
Date registered: March 3, 2012

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  1. Sparta FUMC Youth!: It’s a letter….to you! — October 2, 2014
  2. Sparta FUMC Youth!: Life — September 2, 2014
  3. Sparta FUMC Youth!: Food Forest — July 2, 2014
  4. Sparta FUMC Youth!: Storms! — July 1, 2014
  5. Sparta FUMC Youth!: Contemplation — June 10, 2014

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Oct 02 2014

Sparta FUMC Youth!: It’s a letter….to you!

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Remember when you were 16 with that ridiculous hair?

And how you’d thought that by the time you got to here, to now, it was going to be good? That by now everything would be all good.

That by now you’d know down in the very marrow of your bones, what it’s like to really live loved. That you’d be known. Fully known. And wholly embraced.

That the Big Dream would have happened, that the peace and the purpose and the Big Point would be under your skin, that the awkward would be gone and that you’d finally fit and that your life made a real difference, you’d made a real mark, and that you really mattered.

The letter is called "Dear You" and can be read in it's entirety here....

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Sep 02 2014

Sparta FUMC Youth!: Life

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Have been MIA for a good part of the summer. Life has thrown a few curve balls and made some major changes to my everyday living. Seemed for a while that I had nothing to say that anyone would want to hear. 

But now it seems that God has more words for me to share. 

Looking forward to being back on a regular basis...

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Jul 02 2014

Sparta FUMC Youth!: Food Forest

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What a truly interesting concept...I do believe the last time this worked it was called the "Garden of Eden"!
Information from the Global Coherence Initiative.

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Jul 01 2014

Sparta FUMC Youth!: Storms!

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The sights, the sounds, the electricity in the air! We've all experienced thunderstorms but I must admit this one filmed in Germany makes you feel as if you are in the middle of it...

Follow this link...

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Jun 10 2014

Sparta FUMC Youth!: Contemplation

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Due to circumstances which couldn't be helped, I have been unable to go on retreat so far this year...and I feel it in my soul! Hopefully this is something that can be remedied in the near future...but until then, I am relying on Thomas Merton...

“Let no one hope to find in contemplation an escape from conflict, from anguish or from doubt. On the contrary, the deep, inexpressible certitude of the contemplative experience awakens a tragic anguish and opens many questions in the depths of the heart like wounds that cannot stop bleeding. For every gain in deep certitude there is a corresponding growth of superficial "doubt." This doubt is by no means opposed to genuine faith, but it mercilessly examines and questions the spurious "faith" of everyday life, the human faith which is nothing but the passive acceptance of conventional opinion. This false "faith" which is what we often live by and which we even come to confuse with our "religion" is subjected to inexorable questioning… Hence, is it clear that genuine contemplation is incompatible with complacency and with smug acceptance of prejudiced opinions. It is not mere passive acquiescence in the status quo, as some would like to believe – for this would reduce it to the level of spiritual anesthesia.” 

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Jun 05 2014

Sparta FUMC Youth!: Beauty

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This was filmed over a period of 7 days from the highest mountain in Spain, El Teide. 

Make sure your sound is on....the music is called "Nuvole Bianche" by Ludovico Einaudi (my absolute favorite modern day composer).

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