By Peter Wald
“MIDDLETON – PARTY OF 40!” Patrons at Charles Vergos Rendezvous BBQ restaurant in Memphis, Tennessee, heard this call Friday evening, March 25.
Many of you remember the Middleton family that worshiped with us before moving to Ozark, Missouri, a few years ago. They were able to join us again this year for the Lads to Leaders convention in Memphis this past Easter weekend. They also initiated a now thriving leadership training program for kids at their current home congregation in Sparta, Missouri.
We had a good group from Hillcrest at the convention again this year. And for the third year in a row, we had a couple of our lads lead in the worship service on Sunday morning with nearly two thousand people present! Elijah Boggs was selected to lead a song, and Kaden King was selected to give his speech. This is a special honor given to about 8 or 9 lads selected from all the baptized lads at the convention. Please congratulate Elijah and Kaden the next time you see them.
It is so wonderful to see how our group progresses year after year. Thank you to all the parents and those who volunteer to help. We have an excellent thing going here, thanks to you!
Parents, do you want your children to remain faithful Christians after they graduate and leave home? Then get involved in this wonderful program! Consider these statistics:
● Youth who attend service only: 38% faithful.
● Youth who participate in another program: 54% faithful.
● Youth who participate in Lads-to-Leaders: 85% faithful.
If your kids have not been involved yet, or it’s been a long time, I urge you to commit to being a part of the Lads to Leaders program. I know you won't regret it.
Here are the awards that members of our group won:
Junior Leader: Ellie Collinsworth, Leo Collinsworth, Amelia Cou rtney, Colby Daniels, Jaiden Fisher,
Annie Flint, Johan Flint, Liam Hays, Conner Reiboldt, and Lorelai Yost.
Good Samaritan: Jackson Collinsworth (Silver), Colby Daniels (Bronze), Annie Flint (Bron ze), Kailyn
Daniels (Bronze), Hannah Fehring (Bron ze), Sam Collinsworth (Bronze).
Keepers – Ironing: Kailyn Daniels.
Year-Round Bulletin Board: Kailyn Daniels, Hannah Fehring.
Year-Round Song Leading: Kaden King (Silver), Elijah Boggs (Silver), Timothy Wald (Silver),
Jackson Collinsworth (Bronze), Junior Collinsworth (Bronze).
Year-Round Speech: Kaden King (Silver), Elijah Boggs (Silver), Timothy Wald (Silver), Jackson Collinsworth (Bronze), Junior Collinsworth (Bronze).
Know the Books : Annie Flint (Level 1, Gold).
Oral Bible Reading: Kailyn Daniels, Hannah Fehring.
Bible Bowl High Score: Annie Flint (K-2nd), Elijah Boggs (9th-10th).
Bible Bowl Team - Finalist (9th-10th): Elijah Boggs , Kaden King, Jackson Collinsworth, Timothy Wald.
Article/Editorial: Timothy Wald, 2nd (10th-12th).
Song Leading/Songs of Praise: Kailyn Daniels, Finalist (5th), Brylee King, Finalist (7th), Junior Collinsworth, 3rd (9th), Jackson Collinsworth, 3rd (10th).
Song Leading – Winner's Circle: Kaden King, 1st (7th-9th).
Speech: Brylee King, 2nd (7th), Junior Collinsworth, 2nd (9th), Elijah Boggs, 1st (10th).
Speech – Winner's Circle: Kaden King, 1st (7th-9th).