JULY 2022

Hello, Movement students and families.

I have a TON to celebrate! 

We just returned from a highly successful week of THAT THING. What is that, you may be asking? It is a week-long camp in North Webster, IN. 

The Movement took 111 of us to this camp, and we were challenged by a speaker for the week who asked us to be "Anchored In" to Jesus and not to other things of this world. We also connected through worship with the band for the week as well. 

Students enjoyed several free time activities such as the Aqua Rocker, the Sky High swing, water volleyball, canoes, paddle boards, painting, bracelet making, kickball, football, sand volleyball, nuke'em, dodgeball, and so much more! 

Each evening I would facilitate a conversation with just our group from Blackhawk and students were able to come up and share about some hard things in their lives. After that student chose to share, we had students come up and support them and pray for them at that moment. There is great power when students bring hard things out of the dark and into the light. It disarms the enemy, and many found freedom during this week. It was an incredibly moving time and week. 

This was my 15th summer doing this camp, and I truly cannot think of a more impactful week and a better investment into the lives of students than this trip. It is a rare thing to get 100 students together to focus on Jesus and to truly unplug from the pressures of life and just be 14-18 again! 

Our group connected to one another and to Christ Jesus in a mighty way, and this was an incredibly life-changing week for us all. We had several students who accepted Jesus and dozens more who recommitted their lives to Him!! Glory to God.

I also want to thank 14 different adults who shopped, bought, prepared and drove up to camp to serve meals for our crew. Feeding 111 hungry teens for a week is no easy task, but we ate like kings and queens all week. Another family rented a UHaul and drove our luggage up and back. 

Lastly, we had 9 adult leaders who took a week off of work and willingly served students all week. They had little sleep. They stepped into the hard stuff and the mess in students' lives, they laughed, cried and prayed with students. They are the unsung heroes of this week. I do NOT do this alone, and I want to list these leaders here so you can thank them as you see them. Our leaders for That Thing '22 were:
Brandy Patterson
Lori Kramer
Rylee Dwyer
Ryan Neff
Ethan Shaull
Andrew Rarick
Anthony Sorenson
...and Ashleigh Sewell and myself.

Thanks again to those who served, donated, and helped pull off a life-changing week. Together, we fought and will continue to fight for the hearts of the next generation here at Blackhawk! 

IF you would like to help with That Thing next year, please let me know. Also, The Movement is always looking for more adult leaders to jump on board and serve too. I am looking for small group leaders to be present on Wednesday nights from September through May. 

Contact me at if interested. 

-Mark "Weaz" Hammond

Got summer plans?! Join us at The Movement for our final two summer events!! We can't wait to hang out together and just have fun. All of these events will be a blast. Invite your friends and join us for a great time of connection!

These events are for ALL students entering 9th grade through the senior class of 2022!

Details and registration can be found

 Wings with Weaz! 

Hang out with Weaz and others at BDubs on Maysville Road for BOGO Boneless wings from 12-1:30!

We will meet twice more this summer: July 14 and July 21

Contact Weaz ahead of time if you are coming so he can get seats.


Looking for more photos and videos from our week at That Thing?? Click HERE to view all 648 photos and videos from our incredible week!!!

This link will take you to a Dropbox folder where you can view, download, and share the photos that our leaders took during the week. When you open the link, select the first photo and swipe from right to left to view more. For easy downloading from a phone, open the photo and hold down on the screen until you see "Save to Camera Roll." The link should work well on a phone, tablet, or desktop computer! If you are not able to access the file and want to see more photos, reach out to Ashleigh ( for help!

Movement Moments:
(June 2022)
The first half of summer flew by way too fast, but we packed June with tons of awesome things!

Our first summer event was a late-night movie in the North Chapel with popcorn, candy, and popsicles. We voted on a movie and went with Monsters, Inc! A crowd favorite for sure! If you missed our first movie night, be sure to join us this Wednesday, the 13th! If you plan to attend and have a movie suggestion, send your vote to Weaz.

The second event in June was scheduled to be a bonfire night, but the crazy heat got the best of us, so we went with a game night instead. We spent the evening inside with board games, basketball, and volleyball!

On June 22nd, we took a trip over to watch the Tin Caps game and stopped at Zestos at the end of the night for some ice cream. I am not sure if anyone really watched the game, but we certainly had fun being together!

The final week of June was our trip to North Webster, IN, for THAT THING! What. A. Week. Among other things, memories were made, friendships were created, and impactful discussions took place. Students and leaders left on Friday with a renewed spirit and a desire to be anchored in Jesus alone!

If you haven't plugged in yet, this is your invitation! Now is your time. YOU matter, and we would love the chance to get to know you and connect with you THIS SUMMER! 
As a reminder, we gather on Sunday mornings as The Movement from 10-10:30 in room 258 for a short devotional, donuts, and time to connect with each other. We would love to see you there!!


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Mark Hammond          
Student Pastor
Ashleigh Sewell:
Student Ministry Associate

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