October update

Happy Fall, y'all! 

As I'm writing this, it is cool yet sunny 60 degrees outside. (Thank God). I am very surprised at how quickly the weather has changed, not only that but at how it seems it will stay that way for a while. I hope you are able to enjoy the weather at least a little bit this week, if that's your thing of course.

Student Testimony
As always, I like to start this blog off with our monthly student testimony. A lot of times I know who the student is, but this month I don't. And I say that to emphasize how far the reach of this community is in our vast metroplex! And that's exciting and it's the vision that you are investing in. So, thank you. Please take a moment to read Veronica's testimony.

Prayer Requests:
- Please pray that God would be delivering people from slavery with his truth
- Please pray for Spirit to be welcome and active in people's lives
- Lastly, please pray for God's will to be done here

Fall Camp
Every year we have a mini, 24 hour retreat at Mt. Lebanon Camp in Cedar Hill. One of the reasons I love our student retreats so much is that there isn't another time like it. You don't really get to spend that much consecutive time with people. So it becomes a big slumber party where people get to know each other honestly, and spend time reflecting with God and what he's doing. What a unique opportunity to befriend people.

At Fall Camp this year, Brittany Tydlacka and Kristen Stroud casted a vision for our them for the year: All In. Is this a poker game? No, lol. But I think that's interesting image. Whenever see these images of poker players investing all the money they have, it's costly, dumb even. And that's part of our "all in" theme. We want to be a people who are committed to their fullest to God, and when done it does come at a cost. That's the first part of our theme, and the second? We realize this vision is for ALL God's people. It's also an invitation for inclusivity and diversity. "All people giving their all".
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Erin's core representing NCTC at Fall Camp!
Poor Cassie. Despite the fact that she sprained her ankle literally right before camp started, she and I had a pretty good time watching While You Were Sleeping at Care Now as we waited for x-rays. She is such a good sport. 

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Crystal and Lore's core at Fall Camp!


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