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Shades Mountain Student Minstries

Welcome to the blog of the youth group of Shades Mountain Independent Church. You'll find photos, info, videos, recipes, witty comments, scriptural edification, satirical meanderings and so much more. Stand with your back to the sun and stare into the future, arms cocked to the side ready to take on anything that comes your way. Blah, blah, blah.

Winter Retreat

Thursday, October 28, 2010

This coming January we will be headed to the beautiful Smokey Mountains for our yearly Winter Retreat. We’ve rented two beautiful cabins for middle school and high school located in the mountains of Tennessee. Each cabin has a beautiful view of the mountains with a big hot tub on the back porch. The cabins also have a game room with big TV’s and at night we’ve got plenty of sleeping with a bunch of queen-sized bunk beds to crash on.

Check out the cabins here:

We’ll be leaving Saturday, January 15 and will spend three days together as we worship, study and play together. Our speaker for Middle School is Joel Busby (Joel is still tentative). He’s spoken at many of our past retreats and continues to impact our students with his heart for the Lord and the Word of God. Our High School speaker is Todd Hampton who grew up with Jonathan and is the Student Pastor at The People’s Church in Springhill, TN. Each winter our retreat proves to be a fun and impactful weekend for our students and their friends.

  • The cost is $145 if you sign up by or on Wednesday, December 1st.
  • After December 1st the price is $155
  • After January 1st the price is $165.
So sign up soon and get a good deal. All meals are included in the price except for lunch on the way to and from Gatlinburg. The cost also includes a t-shirt.  Students may also need spending money. To register contact Jaci at or call her at 978-6011.


Bowling Tomorrow Night

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

We've been e-mailing James Spann and rain looks highly likely tomorrow and possibly into the day. So it might not rain but the bonfire would  be touch and go right up until it starts. So we've decided to go bowling instead. We're trying to figure out a way to do the bonfire but right now we're not quite sure when that is. Obviously we'd love to have a bonfire but it's just not going to work.

So here are the details for the bowling.

Meet at Vestavia Bowling at 7:00 and bowl from 7:30-8:30. The cost is $7.50. After we're done we're gonna run to Bruster's for ice cream if it's not raining.

So, tomorrow night at 7:00, meet us there and we'll be done bowling at 8:30 then ice cream afterward. Bring $7.50.

See you there.

533-4130 if you have questions.

Fall 2010 Newsletter

Friday, October 22, 2010

Once a quarter we will be publishing a newsletter that will contain all the information you need to know about upcoming events in student ministries. We'll be mailing them out,  you can download it here or pick one up at the church.

Here is this quarter's newsletter.

Click HERE to download.

If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me at

One Big Happy Family

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Wesley Slappey, one of our Life Group leaders and former students, said that he always thought of me (Jonathan) as his dad, John as his brother and Devin as his sister in law. Perhaps Aaron is their son. Either way, knowing that Wes plays imaginary "house" in his head doesn't seem to make John happy.

SMIC Retro Moment #1

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

hWe were going through out offices this week and came across a little gem call the "SMIC 2001 Church Directory." It's like a time capsule of families. They way we were. Here are a few of the favorites.

This has been an SMIC Retro Moment.

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