OSL 4:12 Lounge Grand Re-Opening
The OSL 4:12 remodel is complete! Though the generous contributions of our members and the sweat equity put in by our 4:12 members, the newly remodeled youth room will be unveiled on September 8th. This will mark the kickoff of our new schedule of monthly senior youth meetings and Bible study. Going forward the 4:12 will meet every first Sunday of the month for devotions, games, and fellowship, from 4:30-6:30 pm. We will meet to plan upcoming events and service projects, have Bible studies and enjoy the blessings God has given us in this new gathering place.
So if your are in high school, make plans to join us on Sunday, September 8th, from 4:30-6:30 pm for the grand reopening of the 4:12 Lounge! Come enjoy food, drinks, games, and devotions! Come enjoy your new space
Upcoming Fusion Events
Thinking about the future can be intimidating for anyone. Young people especially may feel anxiety as they attempt to "escape" the pressures of growing up. They face many life decisions about dating, college, family, and their future. Our Fall Fusion meeting will focus on how God's plan is always to bless, to give the best possible results. And though we sin when we replace His goals for us with our own and when we seek to accomplish His goals though our own efforts, God still promises complete forgiveness for these failures through faith in Jesus' sacrifice. By the Holy Spirit working through Word and Sacraments' God enables our plans to be rooted in Him.
Join us at our next Fusion gathering on Sunday, September 15, from 4:30 – 6:30 pm, in the new youth room. We will have food and drinks, devotions, and games. To go along with our devotion them of "escaping" the students will work together to find the clues to free themselves from an Escape Room!
Higher Things 2019
The Higher Things conference took place July 30 – August 2 in Irvine, California. Twenty-one youth from OSL 4:12 and four chaperones flew from Houston to Concordia University - Irvine to join with 400 Lutheran youth from all over the United States. The conference theme was “Concordia” which is Latin for “with one heart.” The sessions and Bible studies focused on being unified around the confession of Jesus as our Lord and Savior and that true concord isn’t just a feeling of being one but always being centered around the confession of Christ and Him crucified. We learned about defending our faith and how to stand up against the influences of the world. Before the conference began, we were able to spend a day exploring Los Angeles and Hollywood as well as enjoying time at Huntington Beach. The experience was full of fun and learning for everyone. The youth group would like to thank the congregation for their continued support of this type of special event.
President, OSL 4:12
Youth Room Demo Day!
On March 9th, 2019 members of the congregation and The 4:12 demolished the youth room after reaching our goal of $10,000. We moved items from the storage to create room to knock down the wall. We ripped the carpet out of both the youth room and the closet’s floors then started to put a primer coat on the walls. Lastly, we knocked out the walls of the youth room and the closet. We want to hire a plumber and electrician to move pipes and wires for the new room.
Our next step is to finish the plumbing and electrical problems and to put new drywall on the walls. Then we will move on to painting the walls and getting new flooring. We want to buy new couches for seating and will get some shelves to store our Bibles and journals on. We want to get a ping pong or Foosball table for entertainment. We are very excited for this new project to be completed and can’t wait for everyone to see the finished product!
Vice President of The 4:12
2019 Texas Rally for Life
A small group of OSL 4:12 members were able to take advantage of the opportunity to attend the Texas Rally for Life held in Austin on Saturday, January 26th. We were able to ride the charter bus and experience a Houston Lutherans for Life meeting held on the bus along the way as well as a couple of Buccee’s stops. Once in Austin, we joined with thousands of other pro-life Texans by holding up signs and walking to the Capitol steps. There we heard a number of people speak on the progress of pro-life efforts both in Texas and in the U.S. in general. The speakers encouraged us to keep working hard and even asked us to keep recruiting more young people to focus on this important issue. It was an uplifting day, and it was great to see other people who feel so strongly about being pro-life joined together in a peaceful demonstration. We pray that our generation will put an end to abortion!
Christian White, President, 4:12
Fusion Winter Quarter Meeeting
On Sunday January 20, Fusion youth group meet for our winter get together. The topic for discussion was temptations and "the flaming arrows of the evil one" (Eph. 6:16) which are continuously shot at us. We learned how God provides the model (Jesus) and the weapon (His Word) which enables us to effectively fight temptation. After the devotion and hamburgers and hotdogs the group played archery tag on the sports court. Everyone had a great time and are excited about our next meeting this spring!
Fusion Fall Quarter Meeting
On Sunday Oct. 14 our middle school youth group Fusion, had their fall get together. The topic for discussion was anger. What is anger? Is it always bad? and What does the Bible say about anger? The event was well attended and there were a lot of good questions as Pastor Krieg led the group in Bible study. After the Bible study we had hotdogs and hamburgers and a huge amount of sweets!! The it was off to the sports court for a life-sized version of "Angry Birds". Everyone had a great time and can't wait for our next meeting this winter!
40 Days For Life - 2018
On Tuesday, October 9th, a group of 14 students from the 4:12, were able to take a special field trip to the Planned Parenthood location on the Gulf Freeway to participate in Day 14 of the 40 Days for Life event. We joined together with other members from OSL and the community to share in peaceful prayer and devotion time. We were able to lift up those who are faced with an unplanned pregnancy, those who are contemplating abortion, and for many who now live with the consequences of previously choosing an abortion. The youth prayed together and showed their stance that they are committed to God’s plan for life and family, and that they want to see an end to abortion. The youth were even able to tour the inside of the Big Blue Bus that we have heard so much about at church. It was a great experience to join with Christians in our community and to stand for life.
-Christian White, President, OSL 4:12
Camp Lone Star Confirmation Retreat - 2018
Confirmation retreat to Camp Lone Star! It was a great success as we were able to use that time together to get to know one another outside of the classroom. During our time at camp the kids were able to participate in a number of challenge courses which taught them about themselves and each other, and what they could accomplish as a team. During devotions, we focused on 1 Peter 3:15 and what it means to live out our faith in a world which is often hostile or indifferent towards the Word of God. During our classroom time, we discussed the 1st Commandment and how all other Commandments rest on this one.
Higher Things Retreat 2018
The OSL 4:12 Youth Group attended the Higher Things conference July 23-27 in Lawrence, Kansas. Twenty youth and four chaperones flew from Houston to the University of Kansas to join with 1000 Lutheran youth from all over the United States. The conference theme was “Sanctified” which allowed us to focus on the Ten Commandments and guided us to look at both Law and Gospel and how they are both vital to spiritual growth. The days were filled by attending several daily worship services, selecting various breakout sessions that covered common topics for teens, and hearing Pastors preach and teach about how God has called us to be His own. While there was a lot to learn, there was also plenty of fun and free time. Students were able to participate in group sports and activities, rock climbing, swimming, and even exploring a large university campus. The group also spent a day at Schlitterbahn in Kansas City just before the conference began. Everyone had a wonderful time and we want to thank the chaperones for taking time to be with our group, and a special thank you to our congregation for supporting our fundraising efforts that allowed us to attend this event.
Christian White, President, OSL 4:12
4:12’s Astro Excursion
As a fun activity, OSL 4:12’s youth group attended an Astros game between the Astros and the Jays. During the night, there was never a dull moment. There was always something going on such as buying $1 hot dogs, seeing Josh and Sean on the muscle cam, children getting loaded with sugar, and Kaitlyn killing a cockroach that was in Elena’s seat. Even though we didn’t have the best seats of all time we didn’t complain. We were excited just to be there. We still screamed at the top of our lungs at the players and at every home run. We got to experience some interesting blue ice cream, which we weren’t exactly sure the flavor of, but it was still delicious. In my opinion, the trip wasn’t about just going to see a ball game, it was about spending time with my friends and my church community. If I had gone to this game just with my family or by myself I would’ve been bored out of my mind, but it’s the people that you surround yourself with that makes the experience truly special. The 4:12’s first Astro excursion is one to remember and I hope we can go do more things like this to help strengthen and grow our friendships and overall, our 4:12 community.
Madison Lehr, Secretary, OSL4:12