December 7, 2017

R E C A P :

We had a great weekend filled with youth activities. Thank you to all youth and parents who participated. We raised over $600 during the Bake Sale! A handful of wreaths and greenery remain to be sold but we are projected to make an additional $800+ from our Greenery Fundraiser. All money raised will go toward our summer mission trip.

To see photos from this weekend, and future events,
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C O M I N G    U P :

This Saturday, December 9:
YOUTH LOCK-IN (OVERNIGHT) 7PM:
We will play games, eat, and watch movies (and possibly get some sleep!). This is a great event to invite a friend to that may want to become part of our youth group. Bring sleeping bags, clothes for church, pajamas, and a snack to share. Please RSVP if your youth is attending! 

Thursday, December 7:
YOUTH COMMITTEE MEETING
5PM at my house

Saturday evening, December 16:
We will attend the symphony as a group (for those who are not attending with their own family). Nathan Florence is narrating and Marian is playing in the symphony. Please RSVP by Friday, December 8 so I can request the right amount of tickets from Marian.
 

January:

CONFIRMATION:
We will have confirmation classes for youth, 9th grade & older, beginning in late January. Confirmation will be held for a series of ten sessions in a casual conversational format. We will explore the Christian faith, Presbyterian denomination, the role religion plays in society and our individual lives, and where we are at (and want to be) in our faith journeys. This is an open and accepting class where youth can ask questions without cliche answers. At the end of the ten sessions, participants will write their own faith statements and decide how they want to move forward in their individual faith journey. Contact me for more details or to sign up.

November 28, 2017

RECAP:

We had a great turn out (11 youth) and a lot of fun jumping at Get Air!
and completing the progressive fast food dinner challenge.

To see photos from this event, and future events,
please "like" and "follow" www.facebook.com/somecoolyouth

Sunday:
Youth gave the Minute for Mission for the Bake Sale Fundraiser. Please let me know ASAP if your youth can help out during either service.
Instead of Sunday School, the youth helped prepare the rooms for Family Promise guests.

 

COMING UP:

Friday, December 1, 6pm - 8pm
Family Fun Night
Families with children and youth gather together for a casual time
of fellowship, pizza, and watching the movie, Elf. Wear your pajamas
and bring a side dish or snack to share. 

Saturday, December 2, 3pm - 8pm
Greenery & Bake Sale Prep + Cooking Dinner for Family Promise  
Bring your bake sale items with you and a topping for the baked potato bar
(let me know what topping you are bringing).
We appreciate ALL parents who can also help out,
whether it be the entire time or just an hour.

Sunday, December 3
Greenery Pick-Up & Bake Sale, in-between & after services
Advent Festival, 5-7pm

Saturday, December 9
Youth Lock-In
Youth will attend the symphony and head back to the church for games, pizza, and movies (and hopefully some sleep). This is a great event to invite a friend to that may want to be part of youth group. 

Please RSVP for the events above so I can have an accurate head count.

As always, I welcome individual meetings with parents and/or youth
at a coffee shop near you. I am also in the church office Monday,
Tuesday, and Thursday mornings.


Dawn Fleishman

November 16, 2017

We have a lot of fun things coming up for the youth! Please read the entire way through so you can mark your calendars.

COMING UP...

Youth Outing this Sunday: 

Get Air! Trampoline Park followed by Progressive Fast Food Dinner Challenge

Please RSVP NOW if your youth will attend!

Sunday, November 19, 3:30 - 7:30pm (meet at the church)  

Some FAQ you might have about this event:

  • Q: What should we bring?
  • A: Bring grip socks and $10 (the church is paying $15 per youth to attend) and an extra $3 if you do not have grip socks. Parents should also fill out this Get Air! waiver.
  • Q: What is a progressive fast food dinner challenge? 
  • A: This is a fun take on Thanksgiving dinner. Each youth purchases one fast food item (appetizer, main, and dessert) at three different fast food restaurants. The goal is to do so with $5 or less (hello, dollar menu!).
  • Q: Do you need some super fun parents to help drive (a.k.a jump and eat junk food with the youth)?
  • A: I do! Depending on the turn out, I will need 1 or 2 parents to drive. Let me know if you can.

Wreath Fundraiser

Can you collect pre-orders for Advent wreaths and greenery this Sunday (November 19th) either between services or after the late service?

Youth 1:1s

An important part of youth ministry is nurturing a safe space for your youth to talk and process their lives. As a master's level counselor, I would like to think this is a strength of mine.

Please let me know a few good times and dates that your youth and I could meet up for a coffee, smoothie, hot chocolate somewhere near your home. It may feel awkward for your youth to think about meeting one on one with me, but I promise, I will make it comfortable for them.  A gentle nudge from you the parent is appreciated! 

COMING UP IN DECEMBER...

Start baking NOW for our Youth Bake Sale Fundraiser, Sunday December 3rd!

Friday, December 1Family Fun Night, Youth Loft

  • casual gathering (dinner and hanging out) for families with children and/or youth. Bring a side dish to share.

Saturday, December 2, 3pm-8pm

- Youth Fundraiser Prep & Cook Dinner for Family Promise, Main WPC Kitchen.  (We will get our 75+ wreath orders ready for pick up, bag up baked goods for the sale, make sugar cookies, and cook dinner for family promise.)

Sunday, December 3

Youth Bake Sale & Wreath Pick-Up

Advent Festival

Thursday, December 7, 5-6pm  Youth Committee Meeting at my house

Saturday, December 9

YOUTH LOCK-IN  Youth will spend the night at the church: playing games, eating pizza and snacks, and (perhaps!) sleeping a bit. 

COMING UP IN THE NEW YEAR...

Confirmation Class!

We will have confirmation classes for youth, 9th grade & older. Confirmation will be held for a series of ten sessions in a casual conversational format. We will explore the Christian faith, Presbyterian denomination, what role religion plays in society and our individual lives, and where we are at (and want to be) in our faith journeys. This is an open and accepting class where youth can ask questions without cliche answers. At the end of the 10 sessions, participants will write their own faith statements and decide how they want to move forward in their particular faith journey.

Let me know if you have any questions/ideas/concerns.

Thank you! Dawn

November 9, 2017

Recap...

Thanks to the youth who cooked dinner for Family Fun Night last Friday and those who passed out flyers for our Wreath Fundraiser on Sunday morning.

Also, we had a great youth committee meeting and are planning a summer mission trip in addition to our summer 2018 rafting trip. Dates and details to come in the New Year.

Coming Up...

Wreath Fundraiser

The youth will continue to collect pre-orders for Advent wreaths and greenery. Are you and your youth able to tend to the table in Fellowship Hall collecting orders before or after one of the worship services this Sunday (12th) or next Sunday(19th)?

Youth Outing: Get Air! Trampoline Park followed by Progressive Fast Food Dinner Challenge Sunday, November 19, 3:30 - 7:30pm (meet at the church)  Some FAQ you might have about this event:

  • Q: What should we bring?
  • A: Bring grip socks and $25 (for 2 hours of jumping and fast food). You will need an extra $3 if you do not have grip socks. The church is happy to subsidize your cost if you are not prepared to spend $25 on an afternoon outing. Parents should also fill out this Get Air! waiver.
  • Q: What is a progressive fast food dinner challenge? 
  • A: This is a fun take on Thanksgiving dinner. Each youth purchases one fast food item (appetizer, main, and dessert) at three different fast food restaurants. The goal is to do so with $5 or less (hello, dollar menu!).
  • Q: Do you need some super fun parents to help drive (a.k.a jump and eat junk food with the youth)?
  • A: I do! Depending on the turn out, I will need 1 or 2 parents to drive. Let me know if you can.

Coming up in December...

Start baking NOW for our Youth Bake Sale Fundraiser, Sunday December 3rd!

Friday, December 1Family Fun Night, Youth Loft

  • casual gathering (dinner and hanging out) for families with children and/or youth. Bring a side dish to share.

Saturday, December 2, 3pm-8pm

- Youth Fundraiser Prep & Cook Dinner for Family Promise, Main WPC Kitchen.  (We will get our 75+ wreath orders ready for pick up, bag up baked goods for the sale, make sugar cookies, and cook dinner for family promise.)

Sunday, December 3

- Youth Bake Sale & Wreath Pick-Up

- Advent Festival

Thursday, December 7, 5-6pm  Youth Committee Meeting at my house

Saturday, December 9

YOUTH LOCK-IN  Youth will spend the night at the church: playing games, eating pizza and snacks, and (perhaps!) sleeping a bit. 

Coming up in the NEW YEAR...

Confirmation Class!

We will have confirmation classes for youth, 9th grade & older. Confirmation will be held for a series of ten sessions in a casual conversational format. We will explore the Christian faith, Presbyterian denomination, what role religion plays in society and our individual lives, and where we are at (and want to be) in our faith journeys. This is an open and accepting class where youth can ask questions without cliche answers. At the end of the 10 sessions, participants will write their own faith statements and decide how they want to move forward in their particular faith journey.

We would love for you & your youth to drop off a simple meal to our families with new babies. The meals do not have to be anything fancy (or even homemade!). It's a simple way to show that we care about these families in our congregation.  Please contact the office or Dawn for sign up instructions.

I hope your youth can make it to these fun events! Let me know if you have any questions!

Thank you! Dawn

October 20, 2017

Recap... 

We had great fun at Night Games last Saturday. Your kids are full of energy, enthusiasm, and silliness! Thank you all 11 kids who made it.

This Weekend...

Sunday, October 22nd:

Instead of youth Sunday School, we WILL have youth hang out time during the 10:10 hour and a run to Starbuck's for sugary caffeinated beverages. 

So lf your youth will be there this Sunday:

1) please let me know and bring $5

2) I would like their help during either service for the minute for mission Wreath Fundraiser.

3) Do you have any wreaths or greens we can borrow for our minute for mission skit?

This upcoming week...

Tuesday, October 24th:

- Service Project: Sandwich Making for St Vincent de Paul. 7-9pm at the church. Can your family participate? Please let Hilary or me know!

Looking Ahead...

Sunday, October 29th: 

- 10:10am in the Loft, celebrating the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. We will have cake!

- After church (around 12 - 2pm), the youth will be decorating the haunted art room for Spook Alley. Bring Halloween and spooky decorations.

- 5-7pm, Spook Alley, youth will host their haunted art room and lead the younger kids through it.

Thursday, November 2nd:

- 5-6pm, Youth Committee Meeting.

Friday, November 3rd:

- 5-7pm, Kids' Eat Service Project. Youth and parents are invited to participate in packing backpacks with food for kids who need it on the weekends. After the service project, youth will cook mac & cheese for the group (bring a side dish to share).