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Finding Your Way Around

Welcome to! To see what events are coming up, click on the Upcoming tab. To find out more information and sign up for upcoming events, click on the Sign-Ups tab. Click on the Forms tab to download the calendar, Medical Release form, and other forms.

Here are a few other great ways to keep up to date with MX Students:

  • Subscribe to our email service by clicking here.
  • Subscribe to our Middle School text message service by texting “@mxmsmin” to “81010” (but don’t type the quotation marks).
  • Subscribe to our High School text message service by texting “@mxhs” to “81010” (but don’t type the quotation marks).
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Our regular meeting times:

  • Sunday Mornings: Life Groups. We meet for small group Bible studies from 11:00-11:45 in the Canteen (third door on the left in the Gym). Life Groups are designed to help students build relationships with other Christians and learn about how God’s Word applies to their lives. Life Groups are organized by gender and age (middle school and high school). Our Life Groups meet after worship services, which take place at 9:30.
  • Wednesday Nights: Multiply. On Wednesday nights from 7:00-8:00, we have discipleship groups for middle school and for high school. These discipleship groups are for students who want to go deeper in their faith and Biblical understanding. We start off together in the Canteen (third door on the left in the Gym).

Swimming, Dinner, and Devotional at the Hamms’ house Sunday, September 4th

Lane & Kim have invited any students who can make it to their house this Sunday, September 4 from 5:00-8:00 for swimming, dinner, and a devo. Students will need to bring a modest swimsuit and towel, as well as dry clothes. Parents will need to drop students off at the Hamms’ house in Kirkwood and pick them up. Contact Michael or the Hamms for the address.


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Elevate Canceled Tonight – 2/4/15

Due to the snow/sleet/freezing rain, we are canceling elevate for tonight. Please be safe out there. In the meantime, reflect on this question: How do I celebrate God?

Elevate Cancelled Tonight (10/15/14)


October Parent Newsletter

Oct Parent NewsletterCheck out this month’s parent newsletter! You will find upcoming events and four great articles just for parents! These articles cover spiritual development, distracted driving, preparing for adolescence, and discussing sex with your teenager. You can pick up a copy in the Canteen or download one by clicking here.

New Elevate Series – Interrogative – Begins Tomorrow Night! (October 1)

INT_seriesSlide1024x768Questions leave a mark on our lives.

The questions we answer help to determine who we are and who we become. The questions we can’t answer can haunt us and keep us from discovering or living out the destiny God has in store for us. Our questions, our interrogatives, surround us and intrigue us and control us in ways deeper than we often realize.

Because questions are so influential, we need to have the courage to ask them. We need to find a way to bring our questions to the One who can lead us to an answer — Jesus. As we let the questions in and live the answer out, we’ll discover that we can drink in His life and pour out our lives. And in the process, we’ll find that the mark our questions for Jesus leave on our lives becomes not just an interrogative but an exclamation pointing others to our God.

Here are the lessons in this series:

Session 1: Can I ask you a question?
Text: Mark 9:30-32
The Point: Let the questions in.

Session 2: Are you the One?
Text: Matthew 11:1-6
The Point: Live the answer out.

Session 3: How can you ask me for a drink?
Text: John 4:5-14
The Point: Drink in His life.

Session 4: Why this waste?
Text: Mark 14:1-9
The Point: Pour out your life.

Life Group Leaders: Accessing Your Lesson Guides

Several of our Life Group leaders had a difficult time accessing their lesson guides, so I thought I would post a little tutorial with pictures (I like pictures!) to help everyone out. So here we go!

After you log in, click on “Upcoming,” which is located under “Dashboard.”



When you go to “Upcoming,” you will see the next three lessons that are coming up with the dates listed for each. Click on the title of the first one to access this week’s lesson.



Here you will be taken to the week’s lesson. You can see several tabs: Leader Preparation, The Before & After, Lesson Guide, Media, and Downloads. It begins with Leader Preparation. Scroll down to view it.




The Leader Preparation gives you a quick look at the lesson. You are given brief Lesson Overview, the Lesson Objectives, Primary Scripture, Secondary Scripture(s), Teaching Prep, and a place to Share Your Thoughts with other leaders. Read through this to get a good idea of what the lesson is about and the main points you will want to communicate to your students.




Click on “The Before & After” to access the texts/tweets (Don’t worry about the Parent Email; Michael will send that out each week.) You can text or tweet these to your students the day before Life Groups. (Just make sure you say “tomorrow” instead of “tonight.”)




Click on “Lesson Guide” to view the actual lesson for the week.




The Lesson Guide is what you will use to lead the small group study and discussion. It has an opening question/activity, the teaching points, extra discussion, some thoughts on how to live out the lesson, and a memory verse for the week. There is no way you will be able to go through the entire lesson in 40 minutes. You will need to pick the questions you feel are most appropriate to your group. Please make sure you communicate the teaching points, but feel free to tweak the questions or add your own. We also want to do our best to give the students a challenge to apply the lesson in their life this week and for the whole group to learn the memory verse.




To print out the lesson guide or save it to your computer/tablet/phone, click on the “Downloads” tab. There you will have access to a Word document version and a PDF version. By downloading the Word document, you can edit the lesson guide on your computer, changing the questions as you need. You can also edit the guide online by clicking on the “Customize This Lesson” button located underneath the lesson title near the top of the page. You can then download your edited PDF version to your computer. You may also use your tablet or phone to go to the LIVE website and access the lesson guide and use it during your small group time.

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You can also access your lessons by going to the Calendar. First, click on the “Menu” button in the upper righthand corner of the screen. Then click on “Calendar.”




On your calendar you will see your lessons and MX Students Events. These will be in different colors to help you differentiate between the two. Just click on the lesson you want in order to access it.



Hope that helps! Let me know if you have any questions!


Movie Night – Saturday, September 13th from 5-9 PM


We will be watching Pirates of the Caribbean and having a Pirate-themed night! We will have food, games, a devotional, and the movie! Don’t want to watch the movie? You can still come and hang out. We will have cards and other games available to play during the movie. This is a great event for inviting friends! Cost is only $5, and the sign-up deadline is Wednesday, September 10th at 11:59 p.m.

Click here to sign up.

September 2014 Parent Newsletter

Check out the Parent Newsletter for this month! Inside you will find information about upcoming activities, as well as some useful articles for parents. Download a copy by clicking on the image below or pick one up at the church building.

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Reminders – June 16, 2014

No youth group this Wednesday (6/18). (Michael, Shelly, and interns are at High School Week of camp.)

This Sunday (6/22) is the deadline to register for the high school mission trip and pay the $75 deposit. For more info and to register, go to the “Missions” tab of the web site.

This Sunday (6/22) is also the deadline to purchase super early bird tickets for SOULLIFT at $18 each.