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My favorite Broadway musical is The Phantom of the Opera. I cannot help but think of the message of the Gospel when I watch a performance of it. In the story, I see the power of love and how it makes us all more compassionate and how coming to understand love causes us to change in an instant. The thought of my favorite musical also brings to mind an interesting concept when considering our spiritual life: masks. In the musical, the Phantom wears a mask to hide a physical deformity on his face. He mentions across the lyrics of the song that he was rejected by everyone even his own mother because of his hideous face. It is not until the end (spoiler alert for a thirty year old musical ahead) when the Phantom’s mask is ripped off and Christine, the female lead, proves to him that he is capable of being loved despite his outside appearance. 

Yet the moment and metaphor go even further. Christine tells the Phantom that it is not his exterior physical deformity that keeps her from truly loving him. She says “this haunted face holds no horror for me now, it’s in your soul that the true distortion lies.” It turns out that the thing the Phantom was trying to cover up did not turn her away, but instead the hate and bitterness in his heart. 

So what does this have to do with us? Perhaps you are wearing a mask. We all have done it before. We feel like we have to put on a front in order to survive. 
What are the things you are trying to portray to other people? 
Or what are you trying to hide from others? 
Is it possible you’re using a mask to cover things in your life while the “true distortion” lies in another area of your heart? 

Peace,
Eddie
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Events in the Fall

The YOUTH Event is the National Gathering for United Methodist Youth (6-12th grades) with discipleship, worship, Bible study, service opportunities, and life-changing fun! Expect inspiration, support, and challenges to grow authentically as a world-changing disciple of Jesus Christ.  

If you've registered your group and are planning on traveling with the Conference, Make sure you reserve and pay for your spots HERE by Wednesday, May 8. 

U.M. ARMY mission programs are an opportunity for youth, young adults, and adult leaders to experience Christian growth through mission, worship, and fellowship. Individual participants and church groups combine their strengths with those of other groups to meet home repair and maintenance needs of those unable to help themselves.  More information HERE
Transforming lives by the experience of God’s love in a unique environment as we inspire the heart and mind, nurture the soul, and celebrate life.  Summer camp information HERE
Project Transformation's mission is to engage young adults in purposeful leadership and ministry, support children in holistic development, and connect churches with communities.  
Cohorts are starting to form for the Fall of 2019! If you're interested in being a part of one, email Eddie
Save the Dates
  • May 17-18 - Foundations in Youth Ministry
  • May 25-29 - Annual Conference
  • June 2-10 - Roots - Young Adult Pilgrimage
  • June 17-29 - Texas Youth Academy
  • July 9-14 - Youth 2019
  • September 8 & 9 - Ichthus - 9th grade retreat
  • September 16-21 - Spiritual Formation Cruise
  • November 1-3 - The BIG Event - 6th grade retreat
  • January 6-9 - Perkins School of Youth Ministry
  • February 21-23 - Ignite
  • February 28 - March 1 - Ignite
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