Last night I was able to go to our churches first PB&J (Pizza, Bible & Just fun) of the summer. I had no clue what to expect because I had moved there in September.
We started the night off with some fun games, volleyball, some boys long boarded, and others had a Frisbee. Our Youth Ministers were away on a retreat so there were some Core-Team Members in charge for the night. “PIZZA TIME EVERYONE!!” yelled Mr. Dave. As we were standing around waiting for all the teens to gather around for the prayer before everyone ate, Mr. Dave passed around “pope money”, all it was, was kinda like monopoly money and instead of the president in the middle it was Pope Francis. Everybody who came got 5 dollars, Mr. Dave had asked everyone to ( if they had one ) bring their Bible. Everyone who brought their Bible got an extra 5 dollars.
Finally when everyone was gathered around we said Grace and everybody got their dinner and sat around with their friends, ate and socialized. After everyone was finished, it had started sprinkling but we thought it would stop. We went to Lyke Hall thinking that once we got to Lyke Hall the rain would have stopped and we could go outside and do what the Core-Team had planned. But the rain got heavier and heavier. Some people went out in the rain to pick up all the outside equipment they had, and others just went out to play in the rain. “Alright Everybody inside!!” one of the Core-Members shouted.
As everybody was piling inside, all the adults had brought tables in and a bunch of water bottles, straws, soda cans, and pasta. We stood there wondering what was gonna happen next. Mr. Dave went to the front of the room and got our attention and said we were gonna do some Minute to Win it games. We got into groups of about 6 or 7 and he announced the first game. I’m not sure what the first game was called but each individual in each group had to run up the table in front of them and drink a whole bottle of water without touching the bottle of water and drink it out of 2 straws. Everybody was like “Oh this is so easy.” As I was the last person in my group I watched as each individual came back out of breath, some people’s eyes were even blood shot. I ran up there and our captain was standing in front of my cheering me on. My team won first place. Everyone got “Pope Money” when they won, 1st place got a certain amount, 2nd place got a smaller amount, and 3rd got an even smaller amount.
Then they had an auction. Mr. Dave came in with a Amazon box, went to the front of the room and explained how the auction went, and then he started the bid off at $10. I think the price went up to $25. All the people who were willing to paying ( with their “Pope Money” ) went up and paid, Mr.Dave opened the box and pulled out 3 boxes of Ice Pops.
We played some other games and then it was time to settle down and have some Bible Study time. Everybody got their Bibles ( everyone who brought it ), sat around Mr. Dave and everyone got quiet. Mr. Dave explained that we ( The Catholic Church ) have 73 books in the Bible. He asked all who had their Bibles to turn to Matthew 19:16-24 about the Rich man. “And someone came to Him and said, “Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may obtain eternal life?” And He said to him, “Why are you asking Me about what is good? There is only One who is good; but if you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.” Then he *said to Him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not commit murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; Honor your father and mother; and You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The young man *said to Him, “All these things I have kept; what am I still lacking?” Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be [a]complete, go andsell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will havetreasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” But when the young man heard this statement, he went away grieving; for he was one who owned much property. And Jesus said to His disciples, “Truly I say to you, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.Again I say to you,it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” Mr. Dave then express how some people tonight spent their money and got a prize, while others held their money until the end just to win more money. Mr. Dave also explained how God says money is good, just some people use money for the wrong things.
People in this world always want money and really don’t appreciate what they already have, they always want something Bigger and Better. I kind of think that’s what they were going for, for the theme tonight. A lot of people thought that the last prize was the biggest and best prize tonight and all it was, was more money. My prayer this week is that I may see all the Beautiful things God gives me and really appreciate them.