Life, Refuel Conferences

Twenty – Eighteen

January 19, 2018

180 – 24/7

Real change. Every day. That’s what this year is about for us.

Too often change is a product of emotion. While it comes from a moment of true surrender and brokenness before God, the intended transformation disappears along with the moment.

Outside of that emotional moment, we snap right back from the 180 turn and quickly arrive right back at 0.

Somewhere between the feeling and the execution, the change is lost.

That’s because real change is not achieved in a moment. It comes through a million little moments compiled together to create a lifestyle. In short, your daily decisions determine your destiny.

This year, we want change that lasts. We want change that is achieved through process, not simply emotion. We want change that we must work for each and every day. Above all, we want change that catapults us into our destiny in Christ.

Embrk Young Adults is hosting 4 progressive Refuel nights in 2018 centered around this theme. Check out more info here.

February 16 – May 25 – August 12 – October 26

180 – 24/7 is the goal. Let’s go after it together.



January 17, 2018

The Creative Hub

Thursdays at 6:30 pm, Abundant Life Whippany

Leader: Joy Arminio

As the name suggests, this group is for the creatives. Led by Abundant Life’s creative director, it will focus specifically on audio and visual production. If you are a graphic designer, videographer, musician, producer, or just want to learn alongside a group of creatives, check out this group.

Contact Joy at



Saturdays at 6:30 pm

Leader: Derek McGibbon

Spreading the gospel, winning souls, fulfilling the Great Commission – that is the focus of this group. If you have a heart for the lost, and want to learn how to be an effective evangelist, this group is for you.

Contact Derek at 973-713-1536


Coffee Talk


Leaders: Megan Laughlin & Deanna Rosa

What’s better than sipping on a cup of joe and getting into the Word? This group is for all the coffee lovers among us, as it will be a fun mix of exploring local coffee shops and experimenting with home brews, and of course, studying the Bible together.

Contact Meg at 973-738-0449 or Dee at 908-391-8811


Mondays at 5:30 pm, Roc House Fitness Center

Leader: Kristin Arminio

Fun and fitness is the focus of this group. If you need a healthy activity to let off some steam after a long Monday at work or school, Zumba might be great group for you!

Contact Kristin at


Body Builders

Saturdays at 8:30 am, Roc House Fitness Center

Leader: Derek McGibbon

This group is here to help you keep those New Year’s resolutions. Trying to get fit in the new year, but need some friends to keep you accountable? This group is for you.

Contact Derek at 973-713-1536



What We’re Listening To

September 25, 2017


Looking for some more diverse Christian music to add to your playlist?

Embrk’s resident worship leader, music major, and songwriter Robert Witherby compiled a list of new and little-known songs in a variety of genres for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!

1. Indie Worship

Sisterbrother portrays their interesting and unique take on worship music with this song: “We Are Redeemed.” It’s a really cool combination of genres that I’ve never heard before.

2. Heavy (Metal-ish) Worship

Speaking of mixing genres, My Epic is another great example. In this song, “Hail,” My Epic displays honesty in a really simple and poetic way, while maintaining the band’s heavy sound and adding a worshipful touch.

3. New Worship Music

Anthony LaBruno is a local music teacher and the worship pastor at ALWC Springfield. This homegrown artist just released a new single, which is a great reminder that God is “Still God” no matter what’s happening in our lives.

4. Acoustic

This song is about the process of handing control over to God, and making him the “Captain” of our lives. The Northern uses really meaningful melodies to convey this relatable message.

5. Alternative

Growing up with Relient K, they’ve always been at the forefront of the Christian music scene. But this album reveals a new style and showcases a different perspective than we’ve heard from them before.



September 15, 2017

Catchy phrase…even catchier song…

Unfortunately, blame is often a catchy theme in our lives, especially as young adults.

With the many things going on in a young adult’s life—achieving various levels of education, finding the right job and career, discovering God’s call on your life, and of course, finding Mr. or Mrs. Right—there are numerous decisions that have to be made in this season of life. With these many decisions, there are also many opportunities for mistakes, and with that also comes the opportunity for passing blame.

Check out what Paul says in Galatians 6:4-5:

“But each one must carefully scrutinize his own work [examining his actions, attitudes, and behavior], and then he can have the personal satisfaction and inner joy of doing something commendable without comparing himself to another. For every person will have to bear [with patience] his own burden [of faults and shortcomings for which he alone is responsible].” (AMP)

 Paul is clearly admonishing Christians to accept responsibility, act maturely in response to our shortcomings by “bearing our own burdens” or, in other words, take the blame.

Life is FULL of shortcomings, which is a nice way of saying “we’re going to flat out blow it” numerous times. As I look back and reflect on some of those shortcomings in my own life, I can’t help but see the irony in some of those situations. The motive (at least when I think of my own life) in shifting the blame off one’s self is to prohibit a delay or penalty of some sort. But by doing this, blaming someone else or something else, you’re actually causing the exact delay you wished to avoid.

Did a grandparent or parent ever tell you when you were young, “two wrongs don’t make a right”? So true. Making an error and dropping the ball isn’t so bad, that is, when you pick it back up right away and don’t make the same error twice. But passing the blame elsewhere after that error is making a second wrong.

It just doesn’t make a right; it just makes it worse.

When you respond to mistakes, failures, sin, or any problem by passing the blame or refusing to take the responsibility, you put a stop sign on God’s divine process and progress.

I truly believe God wants us blessed, prosperous and thriving in life. That being said, He is also a God of process, and a God who requires us to accept the blame when need be.

If you need some more Scriptural example, check out Romans 2:1, Genesis 3:11-13 and Proverbs 28:13.

The adage, “honesty is the best policy” may be old, but it’s so true. I believe that God smiles when we take a good, hard, honest look at some of the decisions we’ve made and wish we could take back, because through those experiences—and more importantly, how we deal with them—is how we grow.

This is really the whole point of what salvation is. Over the last decade, church and Christianity have changed A LOT. Doctrines, theologies and messages have been changed, for better or worse depending on who you ask, but the foundation of the Christian faith is salvation, and the main message of salvation can’t change:

  1. Salvation is a gift from a God who loves us and sacrificed His Son.
  2. Salvation is available for any man or woman.
  3. Salvation is received through these pre-requisites: confess our sin, believe on Him, and accept the gift of salvation.

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1:9 ESV)

So be encouraged today! The gifts of salvation, forgiveness, and second chances are ALL free! And who knows, maybe taking that responsibility, and even taking the blame at times, could just be the thing that brings you to the next level of growth in your life.

-Joe Arminio, Jr.


Ocean City 2017

June 19, 2017


Ocean City, NJ is the place that everyone wants to go to! This year’s trip starts Sunday morning, August 13th at the church, and ends on Tuesday, August 15th with the option to stay an extra day until Wednesday, August 16th. We’ve got a lot of awesome things planned from volleyball to surfing with a lot of spiritual nourishment to go with it.

What’s Included

-4 meals (all made with love by our dedicated team of foodies)
-A place to sleep that is within walking distance of the beach for those two nights (Butler not included)
-Memories that last forever! (And photos to share with your grandchildren!)


Take a couple of days to be a part of something awesome. It’s one of those things that you’ll miss when it’s gone!

Things To Bring

Bed Sheets
Beach Towel
Cash for lunch and boardwalk


$90 before June 26th
$110 after June 25th
Stay an optional extra day
Extra $45


Refuel Conferences

Look Again

May 1, 2017

May 19th at 7 pm Embrk, Refuel, & Young Adults United collide for a life changing event! “Look Again”

Join Young Adults from all over the Northeast as we have a powerful night of worship and a powerful life changing message. Food and refreshments will be served after.

For more information check out our video below or call us at 973-463-9455


Spring Small Groups

April 20, 2017

Relationship Talk

Last Friday of every month @ 6:30 pm

Couples are welcome to join us as we dive into what a Christian dating/marriage relationship looks like.

Represent Evangelism

1st & 3rd Saturday of each month @ 4:00 pm

A night where we go to various locations to offer to pray for people and to tell and show them how much God loves them

Scaling New Heights (Hiking)

1st & 3rd Saturday of each month @12:00 pm

SCALE- Ascend. Escalate. Take off.

NEW- Radical. Unique. Untrodden.

HEIGHTS- Elevation. Triumph. Prize.

Not for the faint of heart, the comfortable, the quitters, but for those obsessed with moving, winning, rising. This group is about utilizing the power of association, accountability, mutual commitment to SCALE NEW HEIGHTS.

Body Builders (Fitness)

Fridays @ 6:00 am


Join us as we strive to get physically & spiritually fit

Refuel Conferences


February 14, 2017

March 17th at 7pm Embrk + Refuel will host its first conference of 2017, with the theme being REFRESH!

Join Young Adults & Youth from all over the Northeast as we have a powerful night of worship with Dove Award Nominee, Jonathan Lee from Nashville TN. Food and refreshments will be served after.

For more information check out our trailer below or call us at 973-463-9455


21 Day Fast

December 19, 2016

Hey Embrk! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We wanted to let you know and ask for your participation in a 21 day corporate fast for young adults from January 2 – 22. Fasting = breakthrough. Period! The bible gives many examples of prayer and fasting, but one that comes to mind for me is Jesus himself. He was led into the wilderness by the Holy Spirit on a 40 day fast. The Word says that he faced all different kinds of challenges, tests and temptations. Not only did Jesus overcome the tests, he came out of the fast stronger and full of more power! Join myself, the leaders and young adults from Abundant Life Whippany as we fast and pray with EXPECTATION of breakthrough for our church, our country, and our individual lives. We will have a brief meeting after New Year’s service outlining options for the fast and to share with you specific vital needs to keep in prayer during your fast. See below for some general info on fasting and some great scripture references. – Joe Arminio Jr.


There are several types of fasting. The one you choose is between you and God. He will honor your best sacrifice.

Full Fast
Drink only liquids.

The Daniel Fast
Eat no meat, no sweets, and no bread. Drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables.

Learn More

Partial Fast
A typical partial fast is from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm or from sunup to sundown. You can select from three types of fasting —a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.

Scripture References for Fasting:
Matthew 6:16-18Matthew 9:14-15Luke 18:9-14

Relation to Prayer and Reading of the Word:
1 Samuel 1:6-817-18Nehemiah 1:4Daniel 9:3, 20Joel 2:12Luke 2:37Acts 10:30,Acts 13:2

Corporate Fasting:
1 Samuel 7:5-6Ezra 8:21-23Nehemiah 9:1-3Joel 2:15-16Jonah 3:5-10Acts 27:33-37

Remember that it is the attitude of a heart sincerely seeking Him to which God responds with a blessing (Isaiah 58Jeremiah 14:121 Corinthians 8:8).