Winter White Wash – 2016 Info


WWW16-PosterHey!  We want to invite you to join us for Winter White Wash 2016!  This is a 7th-12th grade weened trip to Laramie, WY.  This weekend includes a day of skiing/snowboarding at Snowy Range Ski Area, worship and messages and tons more! We encourage everyone to try to attend this event!

This event will be January 22-24, 2016 (we leave at 10am on the 22nd, so you’ll need to get out of school!), held at Whitewater Christian Church and Snowy Range Ski Area in Laramie, WY.  Cost for this weekend is $125 IF you are registered by 12/2.  After that date, the price goes up to $155. This cost includes 2 nights at a hotel, ski/board rental, lift ticket, 5 meals, activities at the rec center in Laramie, and all sessions through the weekend.

This weekend is an awesome opportunity to have tons of fun and grow in your relationship with Jesus.  We encourage everyone to try to bring a friend along as well.

Please download and print off (or pick up at the church) a registration packet.  This includes all the forms that need filled out as well as a letter that further explains what is happening this weekend.

Please feel free to contact Matt at the church if you have any questions or concerns. We hope you are able to join us!!

Winter White Wash Registration Packet


Uncontrollable Outcomes

photoOne of the longest afternoons that I can remember was caused by one little bird…can you believe that?

When I was in high school I helped my grandfather on his farm during the summers.  One day right after lunch I remember someone looking out the window towards the neighbors house and yelling ‘FIRE!’.  We had been taking a little after lunch siesta and so it took a minute for everything to catch up before it registered that there was smoke billowing from the neighbors property. Several hours later, with the help of dozens of neighbors and fire departments, that one fire ate up thousands of acres of pasture land.

It was decided that a bird got itself into an electrical transformer, caught on fire and fell to the ground then starting the surrounding weeds and grass on fire. One bird, in one bad place, had one uncontrollable and unforeseeable outcome. 

Read 2 Samuel 11:2-15 sometime. You probably know the story…it’s the one that got King David forever labeled with Bathsheba. He’s up on his roof at night and realizes that there’s this beautiful woman bathing a couple houses down. He sends for her, probably many times over the course of time, and sleeps with her. All the while her husband, Uriah, is off fighting a war for this King who is now laying with his wife.

This goes on, no one really knows how long. Bathsheba sends word back to the King…’I’m pregnant.’ What was a normal day in the life of David has now turned into a bit of a situation…The King is having a child with the wife of one of his soldiers. So, David thinks he can control the outcome of this.

David calls home Uriah.  They make small talk and then David sends him home to his wife, hoping they would be together and take care of this little problem of David’s for him.  But Uriah is a stand-up guy. He knows there are many men still out fighting, not spending the night with their wives. So Uriah camps out by the palace gates with the guards.

Round 2.  David tries again the next night, only this time gets Uriah drunk so he wouldn’t think straight.  But once again, Uriah does the right thing and bunks up with the guards.

Round 3…David has to control this. Verse 14 & 15 tells that David sends a note to Joab, the leader of David’s army, commanding Uriah to be put on the front lines of battle and the rest of the men to pull back securing Uriah’s death once and for all.

Outcome Controlled

David, like you and me, had one thing happen after another that led to a much bigger outcome that he tried to control. We get into places in our lives where we need to control the outcome of situations because they have gotten so bad. See, we get into places we shouldn’t because we refuse to allow people into our lives.  We put up walls or push back when asked because we don’t like ‘getting close’ or revealing too much about ourselves.  And then when crap hits the fan, we find ourselves trying to control situations by ourselves because we have isolated ourselves from everyone around us…we tried to live independently from everyone else.

We are made to be in relationship.  Read the Bible…You can’t read in there that someone following Jesus wholeheartedly is doing so solo. Nearly everything that Jesus talked about in the Gospels is about our relationships with either God or each other.  The 10 Commandments, about our relationships with God or each other. The fruit of the Spirit…evidence of the Spirit in us towards each other

But somewhere, sometime, someone put this idea in our heads that our relationship with Jesus was to be lived alone. We buy that idea all the time.  David did too.

In walks Nathan…

So the Lord sent Nathan to David. When he arrived, he said to him:

There were two men in a certain city, one rich and the other poor. The rich man had a large number of sheep and cattle, but the poor man had nothing except one small ewe lamb that he had bought. He raised it, and it grew up, living with him and his children. It shared his meager food and drank from his cup; it slept in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him. Now a traveler came to the rich man, but the rich man could not bring himself to take one of his own sheep or cattle to prepare for the traveler who had come to him. Instead, he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for his guest.[a]

David was infuriated with the man and said to Nathan: “As the Lord lives, the man who did this deserves to die! Because he has done this thing and shown no pity, he must pay four lambs for that lamb.”

Nathan replied to David, “You are the man!… (2 Samuel 12:1-7a)

David is mad…should be mad at himself. He had to have known that this was all about him and what he tried to control by himself.

Nathan goes on to tell about the chaos that will be consequence for what David did.  Bathsheba’s baby dies, David’s sons go to war with each other and David jumps in there too, one son kills the other. David’s family and life are altered because of this.

This isn’t one of those things that just happens to people in the Bible.  We all, every one of us, have the potential to get ourselves into a similar situation. Maybe not this specific situation, but a situation that will bring life-long consequences for ourselves and others.  We all have that potential.

But here’s the twist…it could have, SHOULD HAVE, been avoided.

Verse 1 of 2 Samuel 11 (where we started this story at).

In the spring when kings march out to war

In this time of history it was normal for Kings to march in war with their men.  (It’s what William Wallace wanted to see from Robert the Bruce in Braveheart.) So it was not normal for kings to stay home during this season…

…David sent Joab with his officers and all Israel…but David remained in Jerusalem.

David’s problem didn’t start on the rooftop that night…it started when he removed himself from the community he should have been with in the first place. When Kings would go off to war, just like when our men go off to war now, relationships are built with each other.  Guys learn things about you that they wouldn’t normally know.  Kings would become more assessable, more transparent, more dependent than ever…

And David chose to stay home.

I don’t care who you are, how long you have been a Christian or what church you pastor.  When we remove ourselves from real community around us, we run the much higher risk of getting into situations we should never have been in to begin with. Allowing people into our lives allows them the opportunity to speak truth into what they see happening in our lives.

You don’t know what will happen this year, this month or this week…

This is most important.  As you are settling into your routine of school and family and jobs and everything else going on, its really going to be tempting to just say no to this.  You will have every reason to not do this. But what I know is that we are not that different from each other and from David…we need people in our lives that are intentional about asking how we are really doing, being there when we need support and being other eyes into our lives when we dont see something wrong happening. David needed this.  I need this.  We all need this.

Are you willing to give people access to  you? 

How To Encourage Apathy In Your Kids

Note: I didn’t write this article, but connect with it throughout. Being able to do what God allows me to lets me see many families struggle through these very points. Please read completely though to the end and be encouraged about the opportunity to lead our kids in a loving and growing relationship with Jesus and other believers. Feel free to view the original article in it’s entirety here

Your kid’s an All Star? Wow! Someday he’ll be average like the rest of us.

The church in America is puzzled. Young adults are leaving in droves. Magazines, books and blogs are wagging the finger of blame to point out who is responsible. Some say it is a failure of youth ministry, some point to church budgets and some nail the blame on outdated, unhip worship services. We parents are shocked that our kids just really aren’t all that into Jesus.

When I look for someone to blame I head into the restroom and look into a mirror. Yupp, there he is. I blame him. That parent looking back at me is where I have to start.

If you’re a parent, I’m might tick you off in this post. But, hear me out. I think that we, as parents are guilty of some things that make it easy for our kids to put faith low on their priority list.

Keys to Making Your Kids Apathetic About Faith

1) Put academic pursuits above faith-building activities. Encourage your child to put everything else aside for academic gain. Afterall, when they are 24 and not interested in faith and following Christ, you’ll still be thrilled that they got an A in pre-calculus, right? Instead of teaching them balance, teach them that all else comes second to academics. Quick … who graduated in the top 5 of your high school class? Unless you were one of them, I bet you have no idea. I don’t.

2) Chase the gold ball first and foremost. Afterall, your child is a star. Drive 400 miles so your child can play hockey but refuse to take them to a home group bible study because it’s 20 minutes away.

2b) Buy into the “select,” “elite,” “premier” titles for leagues that play outside of the school season and take pride in your kid wearing the label. Hey now, he’s an All-Star! No one would pay $1000 for their kid to join, “Bunch-of-kids-paying-to-play Team.” But, “Elite?!?” Boy, howdy! That’s the big time!

2c) Believe the school coach who tells you that your kid won’t play if he doesn’t play in the offseason. The truth is, if your kid really is a star, he could go to Disney for the first week of the season and come back and start for his school team. The determined coach might make him sit a whole game to teach him a lesson. But, trust me, if Julie can shoot the rock for 20 points a game, she’s in the lineup. I remember a stellar soccer athlete who played with my son in high school. Chris missed the entire preseason because of winning a national baseball championship. With no workouts, no double sessions, his first day back with the soccer team, he started and scored two goals. Several hard-working “premier” players sat on the bench and watched him do it. (Chris never played soccer outside the school season but was a perpetual district all-star selection.) The hard reality is, if your kid is not a star, an average of 3 new stars a year will play varsity as freshmen. That means there’s always 12 kids who are the top prospects. Swallow hard and encourage your kid to improve but be careful what you sacrifice to make him a star at little Podunk High here in Maine.

2d) By the way, just because your kid got a letter inviting him to attend a baseball camp in West Virginia does not mean he is being recruited. You’ll know when recruiting happens. Coaches start calling as regularly as telemarketers, they send your kid handwritten notes and they often bypass you to talk to your kid. A letter with a printed label from an athletic department is not recruitment. When a coach shows up to watch your kid play and then talks to you and your kid, that’s recruiting.

3) Teach your kid that the dollar is almighty. I see it all the time. Faith activities fly out the window when students say, “I’d like to, but I have to work.” Parents think jobs teach responsibility when, in reality, most students are merely accumulating wealth to buy the things they want. Our kids learn that faith activities should be put aside for the “responsibility” of holding a job. They will never again get to spend 100% of their paychecks on the stuff they want.

3b) Make them pay outright for faith activities like youth retreats and faith community activities while you support their sports, music, drama and endeavors with checks for camps and “select” groups and expensive equipment. This sends a loud and clear message of what you really want to see them involved in and what you value most. Complain loudly about how expensive a three-day youth event is but then don’t bat an eye when you pay four times that for a three-day sports camp.

4) Refuse to acknowledge that the primary motivating force in kids’ lives is relationship. Connections with others is what drives kids to be involved. It’s the reason that peer pressure is such a big deal in adolescence. Sending kids to bible classes and lectures is almost entirely ineffective apart from relationship and friendships that help them process what they learn. As kids share faith experiences like retreats, mission trips and student ministry fun, they build common bonds with one another that work as a glue to Christian community. In fact, a strong argument can be made that faith is designed to be lived in community with other believers. By doing all you can to keep your kids from experiencing the bonds of love in a Christian community, you help insure that they can easily walk away without feeling like they are missing anything. Kids build friendships with the kids they spend time with.

5) Model apathy in your own life. If following Jesus is only about sitting in a church service once a week and going to meetings, young adults opt out. Teenagers and young adults are looking for things that are worth their time. Authentic, genuine, relevant relationships where people are growing in relationship with Jesus is appealing. Meaningless duty and ritual holds no attraction.

There are no guarantees that your children will follow Christ even if you have a vibrant, purposeful relationship with Him. But, on the other hand, if we, as parents do not do all we can to help our children develop meaningful relationships in Jesus, we miss a major opportunity to lead them and show them the path worth walking.

I want my kids to see that their dad follows Jesus with everything. I want them to know that my greatest hope for them is that they follow Him too.

Mt. 6:33 Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. (The Message)

On a personal note: I know the struggle. My wife and I have lived the struggle firsthand. My son was recruited by a few D1 NCAA schools for baseball and opted instead to attend a small D3 school. My daughter was recruited to play field hockey by a couple D2 programs and ended up playing D3 when the scholarship offer was not enough to make her top school affordable. Both played in “premier” leagues. Both got A’s in high school though we often told them not to stress out too much over it. Both are in honor societies in college and my son now has offers from UNC, Univ. of Wisconsin, Johns Hopkins and Weil Cornell for a Phd in Pharmacology. Neither ever missed a youth group retreat, conference or mission trip because of their sports or academic commitments. Both missed a game or two to attend faith-based activities. Both missed school for family vacations. Both held down part-time jobs in high school and learned to give employers advance notice for upcoming retreats. My son often changed into his baseball uniform at church to arrive in the third inning of Sunday games. Robin and I did all we could to make sure they connected in student ministry even when it meant driving straight from a tournament to a music festival at midnight so that they would not miss out. It was that important to us. My youngest, a culinary student, lost a restaurant job because he went on a mission trip. That’s fine. Thankfully, all 3 have strong faith walks today. That is due only to God’s grace. But, I do believe that our efforts and example helped them long for a community-based faith.

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I have problems, so do you…We have problems, so do they.

It’s confession time…

I have problems.  I have issues. I have struggles. I have shortcomings. 

Here’s a bigger confession…

My church has problems.  She has issues. She has struggles. Her people and leaders and ministries have shortcomings.

As I sit here, I can name dozens of people that I know that have ‘moved on’ from one church to another because of one reason or another. We aren’t getting fed…The leadership doesn’t care about me…(other church) does things this way…______ministry is too shallow…______ ministry is too irrelevant…People don’t love me there…

We all could add more….we have heard these and more so many times.

At the core of these and others, we believe that…

Church can’t have problems. Church can’t have struggles. Church can’t have shortcomings. Church needs to be perfect.

I read the Bible.  When I do, I don’t get done, close my Bible and think ‘Man, they all were perfect!’ When I read the Old Testament, I read story after story telling about person after person who, sometimes more than we would care to admit, they screwed up…a lot! (I could give examples but you know already know them)

I read the New Testament and hear Jesus time after time lining out his closest followers.  I hear Paul writing to churches that have struggled with the basics of Christianity over and over.

We have been trained to seek after the next best thing. When things get tough, when we struggle, when problems arise, when things don’t go our way, we cut it loose and move on.  When organizations, friends, family, marriages, cellphones and jobs no longer completely meet our needs and there’s another ‘better’ option, society validates  our ditching the old and bringing in the new. Everything around us promotes a me-centered approach to our lives. What do i get out of it, that meets my needs, with as little of my involvement and input. We have been conditioned to not ever work thru struggle.

I have struggle in my life and family. Divorce…not an option. Ditching my kids…not even considered. Why? Because of my commitment to them before God, because of my relationship to each one of them, because I’ve committed my life to them.

Paul talked about these evidences that can be seen when the Spirit of God is working and growing in you.  He called them the fruit of the Spirit. One of them is faithfulness.

A friend of mine spoke wisdom about this to me a few weeks ago. Following Gods leading in our lives to stay, remaining faithful even through the struggle, tension, frustration, shortcomings…problems…is a sign of God working through and in you.

Does it mean you have to stay forever? No. Gods leading takes people to different places for different reasons, but it’s HIS LEADING, NOT OUR PERSONAL WANT.

Too often, when churches and people don’t meet our expectations, we just move on.  Justifying it in our minds that it’s a good move for us when in reality, we move on because we don’t want to try to be  a part of change.

My heart breaks every time I hear this. I believe we cut short Gods blessing for us because we don’t stick it out long enough to see the result of our faithfulness and work.

It’s not too much to ask for you to commit to your family, your spouse and your kids (even with their problems, struggles, and issues). People have committed to you, and we even expect it, even with our personal problems, struggles, and issues.

So, not as a pastor, but as a fellow Christ follower, for you and your families spiritual growth…

Commit to a local church. Maybe it’s the one you’re a part of (using that phrase loosely as many of us struggle with being a ‘part’ of any church). Maybe you need to find one.  Commit, long term, to a (1) church.

Commit to being a part of her solutions, not adding more problems.  Be active in helping resolve issues you see, not expecting everyone else (leadership only) to solve all the problems.

Commit to her ministries that are there for you. They were made for you. They have people in them that will benefit from you investing in it. If it’s too deep, shallow, flashy, unloving, unattended, whatever…help fix it.

Commit to her ministries that aren’t for you. They are made for someone else, but they need you. Our selfless serving others in ministry grows us, molds us, and shapes us. We miss out when we don’t serve others I ministry.

Commit to her people. If someone sins against you, do the right thing and deal with it.  If you sin against someone, do the right thing and deal with it. Show love. Show patience. Show acceptance. Don’t just run from it.

Commit to her leadership. They are people. They are struggling just like everyone else. They also need to know people in their church body support them, even in their shortcomings.

Commit to her future. The church needs people who are passionately committed to furthering her work in your community.

Commit to her community. We need…need, community with other Christian people.  We need support. We need to lock arms together and fight the sin and struggle and hardships, and persevere through, because of our relationships with each other.


I have problems. So do you.

My church has problems. So does every single other church.

When dealing with people and churches…perfection, by most standards, doesn’t…cannot exist.

What makes us and our church perfect is when imperfect people commit to making them better.

SPRING THING 2015 – ROOTED (event info)









Spring is around the corner and so is our yearly Spring Thing event! Each year we join up with youth ministries from arounds the area for a weekend of fun and games, awesome worship and speaking, great youth group times and tons more! And this year, we are hosting!

Here’s some details:

– When: April 24-26, 2015

– Where: North Christian Church, Cheyenne, WY

– How Much: $45 if registered by March 11 (see special pricing below for NCC students)

Here’s what to expect:

This weekend is going to be stuffed full of awesome stuff! Taylor Brown from MIX (CIY’s Jr High Conference) will be our speaker. Students will love listening to him and his artistic and unique way of presenting the Word in a tangible way students understand.  Boise Bible College is bringing down a band to lead our worship times also! We are also finishing up a number of other details that will be announced soon.

Forms are available at the office or in the youth room.

*Special Pricing*

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Please contact Matt Snyder with any questions!

MOVE & MIX Summer Conference 2015 Info

THERE IS STILL TIME TO SIGN UP! Each year we attend one conference per age group. MOVE is our entering-9th-grade thru 2015-graduated-seniors event, and MIX is our entering-7th-grade through exiting-8th-grade event. MOVE and MIX are an important part of our programming at NCC because these events come alongside what we do weekly and give us another opportunity to be with students.  EVERY YEAR students are challenged in God’s word to not only let it inform them and tell them who God is, but also to let it change their lives. Students hear relevant teaching from some of the best speakers in the country, lead in worship by amazing bands, and are challenged to grow in their relationship with God and others through the conversations that take place in our small groups.  If you aren’t convinced yet that this is an investment in your child’s spiritual life, give Matt a call, he would love to share with you how his relationship with Jesus started at a week of MOVE! Registration for these events are open now! Here are some specifics for each event:

Image MOVE is a 5-day high school only event held all over the country (we attend in Durango, CO), designed to amplify the call of Christ on students lives to become Kingdom workers. You not only learn and worship together but also spend quality time with your group. MOVE is an experience! it’s an all-inclusive event providing food, lodging, recreational activities and an amazing program! Specifics: WHO: Entering 9th grade thru graduated 2015 Seniors. WHEN: Leaving June 27 – Returning July 3 WHERE: Fort Lewis College – Durango, CO HOW MUCH: $339* registration cost / additional cost for food, activities, etc. Additional cost info to come soon! $50 non-refundable deposit and completion of this form (click here) is needed to hold your spot. Space is limited and fills up quickly!! Don’t hesitate to contact Matt with any questions concerning this event!! mix

MIX is not designed for hush schoolers or preteens. MIX is specifically designed for 7th and 8th grade students!! You will build relationships with others while being challenged to grow as Kingdom workers through dynamic worship, engaging activities, off-the-chart recreation and small group interaction. At MIX, you can be exactly who you are, while being challenged to embrace Christ’s call on your life!! Specifics: -WHO: Entering 7th grade thru leaving 8th grade students -WHEN: Leaving July 19 -Returning July 24 -WHERE: Western Colorado University – Gunnison, CO -HOW MUCH: $339* registration cost / additional cost for food, extra activities, etc.  Additional cost info to come soon! $50 non-refundable deposit and completion of this form (click here) is needed to hold your spot. Space is limited and fills up quickly!! Don’t hesitate to contact Matt with any questions concerning this event!! *Cost is based on registration (deposit and completed form) received to North Christian Church by two weeks before the event starts.  Registrations received after this date may incur a late fee or be declined.  Please talk to Matt about questions requiring registrations.

Winter White Wash – Metamorphosis (info)

Interested in Winter White Wash or want to know more?  Here’s the details!

Who’s Invited: Any and all 7th-12th grade students.

What’s Happening: Full day of skiing/boarding, tons of games, ice skating, worship and sessions, and more!!

When it’s Happening: We will leave no earlier than 10am on FRIDAY January 23rd. We will be getting back into town no later than 3pm Sunday January 25th.

Where’s it Happening: Skiing/Boarding at Snowy Range Ski and Rec Area, Sessions and games at Gryphon Theatre in Laramie, Housing in a  hotel in Laramie.

Why it’s Happening: We like hitting the slopes, we like hanging out together, we like hearing about Jesus. Why not do it all the same weekend?

Ok, I hear ya. You want more info.  Here’s the specifics.

Registration forms and early bird fee (pricing outlined below) are due to Matt by December 3rd. ANY registrations received after this date will incur a higher cost and will not receive an event hoodie! Registration forms are available at the bottom of this post, on the church website or at the church.

We rent skis/boards locally from Rock On Wheels (900 E Lincolnway) for a couple of reasons. 1) We get fitted before going to the event, ensuring that our equipment fits properly.  2) We get to avoid the long lines at Snowy Range waiting to get rentals. 3) We like George at Rock On Wheels and like supporting his business. These advantages come with an additional $5 cost to the total registration cost (pricing outlined below)**. Matt will let you know when you need to get fitted for your rental, approx 10 days before the event, and Matt will also be sure your rental gets to the mountain and back home safely.

If you wish to rent a helmet or goggles, George at Rock On Wheels would love to help you out. You will be responsible for paying for this gear separately.

We will be leaving for this event on January 23rd no earlier than 10am. This is a Friday which means you will need to plan on being out of school that day. We make our way to Laramie and eat lunch there (you cover this meal). After this, the weekend begins! We head out of Laramie at 12 noon on Sunday January 25th, eating lunch on the way (you cover this meal), and will be back to the church no later than 3 pm.

The theme for this weekend is ‘Metamorphosis’. Mark Scott, professor at Ozark Christian College will be our speaker. The Matt Estrin Collective from Journey Christian Church in Greeley, CO will be leading worship again this year.

Here’s a look at how the financials work for this event:

Early Bird Registration Costs: (All forms and early bird deposit received by Dec 4)

-$125 if early bird deposit ($60) and forms are received by 12/3

-$165 if early bird deposit ($60) and forms are received by 12/3 AND you want a ski/board lesson

Late Registration Costs: (Forms and payment received after Dec 3)

-$155 if registered after 12/3 (no hoodie)

-$195 if registered after 12/3 AND you want a ski/board lesson

*There are additional discounts if you own your own equipment, have your own lift ticket or don’t wish to ski/board

**Our prices are different from you may hear or read other places, because we rent equipment locally.

There is a lot of info in a short amount of space. Please free to get ahold of Matt with any questions about this event. I pray you join us for this awesome weekend.

Attached below is a registration letter and packet.

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Matt Snyder – 307-632-2331 –