February 14, 2019

Thanks to the 13 youth who participated in the Hearting last night. I think the youth had a lot of fun and I have already received a lot of happy/grateful feedback from the recipients of the love.

We missed a few homes last night so Andrew & I will be spending a romantic evening hearting those! ♥️♥️♥️

SUNDAY COFFEE RUN 10:10 a.m.
Due to many families being away this weekend, we will not have Sunday School. For those youth staying in town, we'll go out for coffee/hot chocolate instead. Meet in Fellowship Hall at 10:10 a.m. and bring $5. (Or, get dropped off at the Foothill Starbuck's at 10:25 a.m.)

Have a great holiday weekend!
Dawn

February 11, 2019

SUMMER SUMMER SUMMERTIME

SUMMER RAFTING TRIP
Tuesday, August 6 - Saturday, August 10
National Ability Center (the rafting outfitter) needs a preliminary estimate for our rafting trip on the Colorado River this summer. Can you please send me a text or email if your youth IS or IS NOT thinking about going on the river trip. I do not need a firm answer at this time; just let me know if they are considering it.

We will depart for Moab on the morning of Tuesday, August 6th, spend the night overnight at a local church and spend three nights and four days on the Colorado River. We will return Saturday evening, August 10th! Mark your calendars now for this fun bonding youth adventure. Open to current 6th graders through graduating seniors.

WEDNESDAY

YOUTH HEARTING - All teens needed this Wednesday, February 13th! Meet at the church at 5:30 p.m. (pick up at 8:30 p.m.) and bring $5 for dinner. We will drive around the valley, using our stealth ninja skills to place hearts in the yards of unexpected targets, chosen by congregation members. I need all youth hands for this one. We have lots of houses to decorate! Can your youth help? Please text/email me and let me know.

Additionally, I need four fun but safe adults to help drive for the first hour. Skills needed: ability to not only tolerate but enjoy loud teenagers and loud music while driving safely!

COMING UP

LADIES' BOOK CLUB - Saturday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Dawn's home. We will be discussing Becoming by Michelle Obama. Bring wine or an appetizer to share.

GUYS' NIGHT OUT - Tuesday, February 26 at 8:00 p.m. at Sugarhouse Pub.

MUSEUM OUTING - Saturday, March 2 at 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and lunch will be included. Paul Hewitt is sharing his knowledge of all things Air Force. Join us for this outing with this dedicated and caring man from the congregation who wants to spend time with our youth! (Side note: I am impressed with how many of you read these entire emails! Thank you, thank you! Yes, this outing was originally scheduled to be an ice fishing adventure which I was super excited about. However, due to not catching any fish last year, I sent Paul Hewitt and Don Drew on a preliminary outing to scout out the best fishing options. They came back with a negative report including low ice and no fish. So, we have scratched that fun outing for this year. I personally hope to bring it back in 2020!)

MARDI GRAS PARTY - Tuesday, March 5
This is a family fun activity with masks, beads and black light face paint! Youth host the dance party in the loft.

ESCAPE ROOM CHALLENGE - Saturday, March 9 from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. Mark your calendars for this fun challenge! Bring $15 for challenge + dinner.

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Thanks to Kaila Reynolds for leading us in the Call to Worship and Scripture reading yesterday. And thanks to Samantha, Mira, Aj, Owen, Thomas, Scott, Kaila and Aidan for providing the Minute for Mission, and Alex, Fischer, Samantha, MIra, Owen and Aidan for cutting out hearts for this Wednesday's Hearting!

We also had a fun time at yesterday's family outing to the NInja Warrior Obstacle course. Youth, Noah, Alex, Fischer, and Kaila participated with their families.

Hope your youth can help out on Wednesday! Please let me know!
Dawn

February 4, 2019

SUMMER SAVE THE DATE:
SUMMER RAFTING TRIP DATES!
Tuesday, August 6 - Saturday, August 10
We will depart for Moab on the morning of Tuesday, August 6th, spend the night overnight at a local church and then spend three nights and four days on the Colorado River. We will return Saturday evening, August 10th. Mark your calendars now for this fun bonding youth adventure! Open to current 6th graders through graduating seniors.

TONIGHT:
CONFIRMATION CLASS
Tonight, Monday, February 4 from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Bring $5 for dinner & your folders. See you there!

THIS WEEK:
YOUTH COMMITTEE MEETING
Thursday, February 7 at Dawn’s home. We’ll meet from 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.

HEART FUNDRAISER TABLE
The Youth will have a table to promote and get sign ups from the congregation for this fun Valentine's tradition of hearting yards. This Sunday (2/10) will be the last opportunity to sign up during Coffee Hour.

COMING UP:
HEARTING FUNDRAISER
We will drive around SLC, using our stealth ninja skills to place hearts in the yards of unexpected targets, chosen by congregation members. We'll stop for dinner, so bring $5. Come and spread some love on Wednesday, February 13 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.!!!

LADIES' BOOK CLUB
This month we will be discussing Becoming by Michelle Obama. Bring wine or an appetizer to share.  We’ll gather at Dawn’s home on Saturday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m.

MUSEUM OUTING
Paul Hewitt is sharing his knowledge of all things Air Force. Join us for an outing with this dedicated and caring man from the congregation who wants to spend time with our youth! Saturday, March 2 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lunch is included.

MARDI GRAS PARTY
Get ready for a dance party, it’s coming up on Tuesday, March 5!

Thanks to the MURPHY family for bringing brunch snacks this past Sunday.

The youth raised almost $700 for the Souper Bowl of Caring on Sunday where 100% of the money collected will be donated to the Utah Food Bank to help combat hunger.

Dawn

January 28, 2019

SUNDAY SCHOOL 10:10 A.M.
This semester, we are looking at a current event and discussing it in context of our faith and beliefs.

This past Sunday, we talked about the government shutdown and discussed relevant questions, such as, "When do you stick to your principles, and when do you compromise?" and "To what degree should concern for the common good guide your decisions about when to compromise versus when to refuse to do so? To what degree does a humility which acknowledges, "Perhaps I'm not totally correct" come to bear?

Also, we need parents to assist in Sunday School so sign up at the link below if you can help out. Sunday School Assistant Sign Up

THIS WEEK:

SERVICE PROJECT
Come help cook, eat and clean up dinner for our Family Promise guests on Tuesday, January 29 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.! It’s always a great time and very appreciated.

TRIENNIUM
The deadline to register for this summer's Presbyterian youth conference, is this Wednesday, January 30. This conference provides a great opportunity to make friends with others in our Presbytery and country, stay in dorms, learn about God, and talk about world issues and how they intersect with our faith and beliefs. The dates are July 14-20, 2019 and will be held at
Purdue University. Contact Dawn for more details. The church and Presbytery contribute substantially (two-thirds of the $1000 cost).

YOUTH-LED FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Families, join us for a fun night of games and dinner in the loft. Youth will lead all the families in fun Minute It To Win It type challenges. Bring a side dish to share and pizza will be provided. This Friday, February 1 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

MORE IN FEBRUARY:

SOUPER BOWL OF CARING
This Sunday, February 3, the Youth will collect donations after worship services for a local nonprofit organization. Watch for their collection bowls!

CONFIRMATION CLASS
Monday, February 4 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

HEARTING FUNDRAISER
Wednesday, February 13 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Have a great week!
Dawn

January 7, 2019

TRIENNIUM: JULY 16-20, 2019

PRESBYTERIAN YOUTH SUMMER CONFERENCE
An amazing opportunity for current 8th graders through graduating seniors to participate in an energetic gathering of thousands of youth from around the country for a five day Presbyterian youth conference.

This event only takes place every three years at Purdue University. Youth will fly to Indiana together with dozens of others from our presbytery and stay in dorms. Throughout the week, they will participate in small groups, large groups, music, games and fun activities. It is an opportunity to connect our youth with our progressive denomination, Presbyterian Church (USA), and provides opportunities to grow in their faith.

COST:
Because our church thinks this is such an important opportunity for our youth, they will provide $500 scholarships to Wasatch Presbyterian Youth participating. Another $150 per person will be gifted from our presbytery.  That leaves the remaining balance to be paid by the family ($350: $100 due January 28 and $250 due by July 1).

COMMITMENT DEADLINE:
The registration deadline is January 28th. At that time we will need a $100 deposit plus permission forms filled out (contact me directly for the forms).

Please discuss this with your youth and check out the website together: https://presbyterianyouthtriennium.org.

Let me know what questions you have.

LOOKING AHEAD:

LOCK-IN
The youth's favorite youth activity is coming up, Saturday, January 12th. We'll meet at the church at 7:00 p.m. for games, pizza, snacks, movies & more. A reminder that this is a cell phone free event (as are other youth events).

MOMS' NIGHT
Would someone like to host a casual gathering in their home for children and youth moms' on Saturday, January 12th (or another night in January that is convenient for you)?

CONFIRMATION CLASS
Monday, January 14th 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Dinner provided by a confirmand's family.

MOMS' BOOK CLUB
Saturday, January 26th 7:00 p.m. We will be discussing “The Power” by Naomi Alderman. Bring wine or an appetizer to share and we would love for new faces to join us for 2019! Make it your new year's resolution to read more books for pleasure!

SERVICE PROJECT
Tuesday, January 29th 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Come help cook dinner for the Family Promise guests. We will also eat the dinner and clean up afterward.

YOUTH LED FAMILY FUN NIGHT
Friday, February 1st 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Youth will lead all the children and youth families in fun minute to win it type challenges. Bring a side dish to share.

Thank you to all of your youth for helping to make 2018 a great year for our Wasatch Presbyterian youth group. And parents, thanks for supporting Sunday School and all the events, outings and fundraisers.

See you in the new year!
Dawn

December 28, 2018

I hope your family had a wonderful Christmas, filled with love, joy & family. 

NO SUNDAY SCHOOL
We will not have Sunday School this Sunday, December 30th. There is one Worship service, at 10:00 a.m. Sunday School will resume on January 6th. A new sign-up will go out next week, asking for parents' help as assistant & bringing brunch treats.

1:1 COFFEE with PARENTS/YOUTH
If you are home for the holiday break, I would love to schedule a 1:1 for coffee/hot chocolate with you & your youth (separately) over the holiday break to connect in an informal way. Please let me know if you are interested in meeting up and also if you would like for me to contact your youth to set this up with them.

LOOKING AHEAD TO 2019!

YOUTH COMMITTEE MEETING
Thursday, January 3rd 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at Dawn's house. Note that we will be meeting for 1.5 hours instead of our typical hour meeting.

CONFIRMATION CLASS
Monday, January 14th 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Dinner will be provided by a confirmand's family.

LOCK-IN
The youth's favorite youth activity is coming up, Saturday, January 12th. We'll meet at the church at 7:00 p.m. for games, pizza, snacks, movies & more. A reminder that this is a cell phone free event (as our other youth events).

MOMS' BOOK CLUB
Saturday, January 26th 7:00 p.m. We will be discussing The Power by Naomi Alderman. Bring wine or an appetizer to share. Would love for new faces to join us for 2019!

These are just some of the upcoming highlights. More to share next week!

December 14, 2018

ICE SKATING...
PLEASE RSVP TODAY
Youth & their families are invited to go ice skating this Sunday, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Afterwards, we will go out to dinner at a nearby restaurant. Come for all of it or just part of it! If parents cannot come, drop your youth off at the church at 3:30 p.m. and pick them back up at 8:45 p.m. Please email or text me a quick reply if your family and/or youth plans to come on Sunday so I can make the restaurant reservation.

SUNDAY SCHOOL 10:10 A.M.
We will continue our exploration of the Old Testament, taking it seriously without taking it literally. Thanks in advance to Nathan Florence who is assisting in Sunday School and Tracie Cooper for providing us with brunch treats.

Thanks to Rebecca & Guido Sandulli for last Sunday's brunch treat. And thanks to Bob Jones for helping out in Sunday School last week.

ALSO HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND....
Book Club, Tonight, 7:00 p.m. at Dawn's house.

December 10, 2018

FUNDRAISING SUCCESS!
Thanks to everyone's baking skills, our Youth Bake Sale was a great success. We made $521! A special thanks to parents: Kristen, Ethan, Brad, Courtney, Shannon, Tracie, & Ann for helping out on the Saturday before with fundrasiser prep!

Additionally, we made about $800 in profit from our wreath and greenery fundraiser!

These monies will be used to subsidize our youth summer river rafting trip happening in the beginning of August 2019. We are in talks about spending three nights & four days on the river this year! Details soon to come.

YOUTH OUTING
Ice Skating and dinner on Sunday, December 16th. We’ll also have a white elephant exchange! The fun will be 3:30 - 8:00 p.m.

PARENT OFFERINGS:
Guys' Night Out at Sugarhouse Pub! Plan on Tuesday, December 11 at 8:00 p.m.

Moms' Book Club
We’ll get together on Friday, December 14 at 7:00 p.m. at Dawn's house. Bring wine or an appetizer to share.

November 30, 2018

Our big youth bake sale fundraiser is this Sunday. Bring your goodies on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning unwrapped and we will package them up. This is an important fundraiser and we hope all youth and parents will be involved, especially if your youth is planning to go on one of our youth 2019 summer trips.

YOUTH EVENT: BAKING
Saturday, 4 - 8 p.m.
Youth will bake cookies & prepare the bake sale tables and wreath fundraiser tables. Pizza (and broken cookies) provided. Let me know if your youth can be there. (Parents are encouraged to stay and help out, too, if available, for part or all of the time.)

We will also be packaging cookies to be delivered to those Wasatch Presbyterian members who cannot easily get out of the house and can use some Christmas cheer!

SUNDAY MORNING BAKE SALE & WREATH PICK-UP
Bring your goodies (breads, cookies, pies, etc.) and we will package them up for the sale. Youth will be in charge of their tables and collecting donations.

ADVENT FESTIVAL
Sunday, 5 - 7 p.m.
Youth will take 30 minute shifts selling their baked goods & have the rest of the time to participate in festival activities.

BOW MAKERS....
Calling talented bow makers! We would like to sell bows to go with our wreaths, so if you can make some bows for Sunday, that would be wonderful.

Thanks for everyone's help!
Dawn

November 26, 2018

CHANNEL YOUR INNER MARTHA STEWART!
All parents and youth, start up your ovens and get baking! Our big youth bake sale fundraiser is this Sunday morning before and after Worship services and at the evening Advent Festival.

Bring your goodies on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning unwrapped and we will package them up. This is an important fundraiser and we hope all youth and parents will be involved, especially if your youth is planning to go on one of our youth 2019 summer trips.

COOKIE BAKING
On Saturday, December 1st, 4-8 p.m. the Youth will bake cookies for the bake sale the next day and prepare the bake sale and wreath fundraiser pick-up table. Dinner will be provided. We will also be packaging cookies to be delivered to those Wasatch Presbyterian members who cannot easily get out of the house and can use some Christmas cheer!  Let me know if your youth can be there! (Parents are encouraged to stay and help out, too, if able.)

BAKE SALE & WREATH PICK UP
Please contribute lots of items to the bake sale fundraiser this Sunday, December 2nd 10:00 - 11:15 a.m. & 12:15-12:45 p.m. It will help subsidize our summer youth trips. Bring your baked goods (breads, cookies & pies seem to be top sellers) and we will package them up for the sale. The congregation is very generous so even if you aren't the best baker, they are happy to contribute (for example, did you see the frosted cookie "masterpieces" the youth made last year?) :)

ADVENT FESTIVAL
Our family friendly festival with soup, music, crafts, nativity dress up and animals and more will be on Sunday, December 2nd 5-7 p.m. Youth will take shifts selling their baked goods.

CONFIRMATION CLASS
The signed up confirmands will meet on Monday, December 3rd 6-7:30 p.m.

YOUTH COMMITTEE MEETING
Thursday, December 6th 5:30-6:30 p.m.

SERVICE PROJECT
The youth will make, serve and clean up after dinner for Family Promise guests on Friday, December 7th 5-8 p.m.

YOUTH OUTING
Ice Skating and dinner on Sunday, December 16th. Stay tuned for more details.

LASTLY....
Calling talented bow makers! We would like to sell bows to go with our wreaths. Unfortunately, I do not have beautiful-bow-making ability. Can you help make some bows for Sunday? Thanks to all you crafty-parents/youth in advance!

See you this weekend!
Dawn

November 19, 2018

I was impressed with our youth yesterday; they were very welcoming and inclusive to the ten visiting youth from the local Unitarian Universalist congregation. Thanks to Shantel for providing treats, with enough to go around for our visitors, too.

For those of you going out of town for Thanksgiving, safe travels this holiday weekend! For families planning to attend Worship Sunday, please let me know if your youth can help out with the Minute for Mission at either service. I will provide the script but am in need of youth acting skills!

Please take a minute to put the November & December youth happenings on your family calendar.

COFFEE OR BAGEL RUN
Sunday, November 25th, 10:10 - 11:10 A.M.
For those in town, we'll drive over to a local coffee shop or walk over to Einstein's (depending on the weather) in lieu of Sunday School.

MINUTE FOR MISSION
Sunday, November 25th, 9 A.M. & 11:15 A.M.
Youth will be providing the Minute for Mission during both services, talking about our summer trips & wreath fundraiser. Please let me know which service your youth can participate.

COOKIE BAKING
Saturday, December 1st, 4-8 P.M.
Youth will bake cookies for the bake sale the next day and prepare the bake sale table and wreath fundraiser pick-up. Dinner provided. We will also be packaging cookies to be delivered to those Wasatch Presbyterian members who cannot easily get out of the house and can use some Christmas cheer!

BAKE SALE
Sunday, December 2nd, 9 A.M. - Noon
All hands on deck! I am asking all parents and youth to contribute items to the bake sale fundraiser for summer trips. Breads, cookies and pies seem to be top sellers.

ADVENT FESTIVAL
Sunday, December 2nd, 5 P.M.
Family friendly festival with soup, music, crafts, nativity dress up, animals and more. Youth will take shifts selling baked goods.

CONFIRMATION CLASS
Monday, December 3rd, 6 - 7:30 P.M.
For signed up confirmands journeying through confirmation this year.

SERVICE PROJECT
Friday, December 7th, 5-8 P.M.
Youth will make, serve and clean up after dinner for Family Promise guests.

YOUTH OUTING
Sunday, December 16th
ICE SKATING & DINNER

WREATH FUNDRAISER
We will continue to collect pre-orders both before & after services throughout November!

SUNDAY SCHOOL:
Sundays, 10:10 A.M. - Loft
We are currently journeying through the Old Testament and learning to take the Bible seriously without taking it literally. Last Sunday, we talked about the book of Ruth which went great with Scott's sermon!

If you are available to bring brunch treats (donuts, bagels, muffins, fruit, etc. for 12 youth - 1 person is gluten free), the hungry teens would appreciate it!  Please sign up for a Sunday that works for you! Sunday Brunch Treat Sign Up

Happy Thanksgiving!
Dawn

October 26, 2018

THIS SUNDAY

HALLOWEEN CELEBRATION
If you have not yet RSVP’d your family with Hilary or me, please do so right away! (Send a quick email) It's important to know who is coming so we have enough food!

SPOOK ALLEY SET UP
12:30 - 3:00 p.m.
The youth will be creating their very own Spook Alley! Bring your scary ideas, props and creativity, lunch will be provided. I am in need of some creative Halloween-loving parents to help with our Spook Alley creation. Let me know if you can help out.

FAMILIES' HALLOWEEN PARTY
5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Bring a soup or side dish to share, wear costumes and be ready to scare and be scared!

SUNDAY SCHOOL
This Sunday, Rebecca or Guido Sandulli will be assisting in Sunday School and Marian  & Nathan Florence will bring treats. Thanks in advance!

We are journeying through the Old Testament in Sunday School, discovering how to take the Bible seriously without taking it literally.  Once a month, we will change things up and discuss a current event in the context of our faith and beliefs.

Please sign up for assisting & bringing treats in November... all dates open!

Sunday Assistant Sign Up Sunday Treat Sign Up

October 19, 2018

SUNDAY COFFEE RUN:
If your youth is around this Sunday for the 10:00 a.m. hour, we will be making a Starbuck’s run for caffeine, sugar & conversation. Bring $5. (This is in lieu of Sunday School since many families are away this weekend for UEA.)

CONFIRMATION PROGRAM:
If your youth is planning to go through the Confirmation program this school year, please send me a quick email to let me know.

MOMS' BOOK CLUB:
This month we will be discussing the thriller, The Woman in the WIndow by AJ Fink at Dawn's home. We’ll gather on Friday, October 26th at 7:00 p.m.

PARENT HELP NEEDED:
On Sunday, October 28th from 12:30 p.m. - 3:00p.m. I am in need of some Halloween-loving parents to help create our Spook Alley. Please let me know if you can help out!

October 15, 2018

8TH & 9TH GRADE CONFIRMATION 
2018-2019 PROGRAM DECISION DEADLINE: Today - MONDAY, OCTOBER 15

We are excited to offer the process of confirmation for 8th and 9th grade youth this year!  I have included the program information to help you and your youth decide if they will participate.  Please talk with your youth about Confirmation and let me know by today - Monday, October 15th, if he or she plans to participate so that I can purchase the right amount of materials.  The decision to go through the Confirmation program can be the parent’s, while the decision to be or not to be Confirmed must be the youth’s.

The GOAL of confirmation is... 
for young people to have a language of faith and be able to articulate and claim their beliefs, even to the extent that they have questions about particular doctrine.

CONFIRMATION IS NOT:

  • A completion of baptism.

  • A graduation out of the church.

  • An indoctrination into Christianity and/or the PC(USA).

  • About knowing the right information.

CONFIRMATION IS:

  • Asking questions & grappling with ideas.

  • Engaging in what it means to have faith in something beyond ourselves.

  • An act of covenant renewal.

  • Often the first public participation in the liturgical life of the church of their own volition.

  • Exploration, Self-Discovery, & Self-Reflection.

  • A time to engage in their developmental stage of "differentiation" - in this case, developing their own faith identity.

  • An opportunity to explore and think about their faith in new ways. 

THE PROGRAM:
6 CONFIRMATION CLASSES: Mondays, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

  • November 5

  • December 3

  • January 14

  • February 4

  • March 11

  • April 8

These classes will emphasize the foundations of the Christian faith, the Presbyterian Church USA's tradition in the Bible, theology and prayer, while offering young people the opportunity to voice their questions, thoughts and own insights into faith formation. Andrew and Scott will each take a turn leading a class session. Families will take turns bringing dinner for the confirmation class.

FAITH ADVOCATES:
November: Each confirmand will choose an adult advocate in our Wasatch Presbyterian community to come alongside them on their journey of faith.  Parents may help their youth choose an advocate or Dawn is happy to match them with a person she thinks would be a good fit. The confirmand & advocate will meet one on one, two times during the school year to have casual conversations about faith and life. The ideal is for this relationship to continue, intentionally meeting once a year until the youth graduates high school and also being part of the celebration dinner each spring.

STATEMENT OF FAITH:
Spring: Each Confirmand will write their own faith statement, sharing their personal thoughts and beliefs on God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the church and other aspects of their faith identity.  As they develop their faith statement, they will decide whether being Confirmed is right for them.

SESSION MEETING:
Wednesday, April 24th @ 7:00 p.m.: Confirmands will join April's session meeting to share their statements of faith, talk with the Session members and be received for Confirmation.

CELEBRATION DINNER:
Wednesday, May 15th @ 6:00 p.m.: The Confirmands, their Advocates and Dawn will go out to dinner to celebrate their journey through confirmation.  We honor all Confirmands, wherever they are in their journey of faith, and whatever their decision on Confirmation.

SERVICE OF CONFIRMATION:
Sunday, May 19th @ 10:00 a.m.: Confirmands and their Advocates will participate in the service of Confirmation during the Celebration Sunday service.  Confirmands, who desire to, will be confirmed and those who have not been baptized, will also be baptized. They will each receive a token to remember their Confirmation.

CAKE RECEPTION & FAMILIES' LUNCH:
Sunday, May 19th @ 11:00 a.m.: After the church service, the congregation will celebrate the Confirmands with a cake reception in their honor. Directly following this, our Confirmands and their families (and any family guests), will be invited to the Loft for a Potluck lunch where the Confirmands will share their Statements of Faith with their families.

Have a great week!

Dawn

October 8, 2018

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' DAY:
If you want a lively conversation around the dinner table tonight with your teens, click on the link below. Read the New York Times article and then discuss with your teens whether Columbus Day should be renamed Indigenous Peoples' Day.  NY Times Link to Article

YOUTH GROUP:
This Wednesday night, October 10th, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Loft, the Youth will have a chance to relax and take a break from their routine. Dinner will be provided and we will play some silly games and have a short reflection and discussion. Hope your youth can fit this into their busy schedules! RSVP: Let me know if they will be there.

SUMMER YOUTH TRIPS:
Our tentative youth rafting trip will be sometime between August 4-10, 2019. Let me know if you have conflicts ASAP before we secure the dates.

I am a huge fan of Triennium, a Presbyterian Youth Conference that gathers thousands of teens from across the country every three years at Purdue University. One of the developmental milestones for teens is discovering (or creating) their identity and this is a great way for them to identify themselves as being part of the Presbyterian Church USA (PCUSA). As they connect with thousands of other PCUSA teens, they often desire to identify themselves as part of this awesome denomination. The dates for Triennium are July 16-20, 2019. For more information check out the following link Triennium PCUSA Youth Conference Info.

PARENT OFFERINGS :
LADIES' NIGHT IN
This Saturday evening, October 13th at Hilary's home. Contact hlambert@wpcslc.org to RSVP.

BOOK CLUB
This month we will be discussing the thriller, The Woman in the WIndow, by AJ Fink on Friday, October 26th at 7:00 p.m. We’ll gather at Dawn's home for great conversation (may be related to the book) and some nibbles.

SUNDAY SCHOOL:
Thanks to Shannon Baker for bringing amazing treats and serving as assistant yesterday!  This Sunday, Tracie Cooper will be assisting Andrew in leading Sunday School and Shantel Mullin will bring treats. Thanks in advance!

We are journeying through the Old Testament in Sunday School, discovering how to take the Bible seriously without taking it literally.  Once a month, we will change things up and discuss a current event in the context of our faith and beliefs.

Sunday Assistant Sign Up Sunday Treat Sign Up

COMING UP:

SPOOK ALLEY SET UP
The youth will be creating their very own Spook Alley on Sunday, October 28th 12:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.! Bring your scary ideas, props and creativity. Lunch will be provided. I am in need of some creative Halloween-loving parents to help with our Spook Alley creation. Let me know if you can help out.

FAMILIES' HALLOWEEN PARTY
Sunday, October 28th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. will be the annual Halloween Extravaganza. Bring a soup to share, wear costumes and be ready to be scared by some creepy youth!

Many blessing,

Dawn

October 1, 2018

FALL RETREAT:
The youth fall retreat is this weekend! This will be a great time of fun, games, songs and bonding at Camp Tuttle. If your youth wants to go, but you need help with transportation, I will be driving up and am happy to pick up your youth and bring them there and/or back home. Fall Retreat Sign Up

YOUTH GROUP:
A few parents & youth have requested a traditional youth group midweek gathering. While I don't think it could work every week due to families' busy weekday schedules, I thought we can try it once in fall and once in spring. Dinner will be provided and we will play some silly games and have a short reflection and discussion. Hope your youth can fit this into their busy schedules twice a year! Our first one will be next Wednesday Night, October 10th, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Loft.

OCTOBER YOUTH CALENDAR:
Click here for the calendar.

SUMMER YOUTH TRIPS:
Yes, it is already that time to start thinking about next summer! The youth committee meets on Thursday and one thing on our agenda is to determine the youth 7th-12th grade summer trip dates. Please email me any dates that you know your youth will not be available this summer.

Additionally, I am gauging the interest level for our youth to attend Triennium, July 16-20, 2019, at Purdue University. Triennium is the Presbyterian Youth Conference for high school age youth (current 8th - 12th graders) which gathers thousands of youth from around the country every three years. There are nightly large group meetings with music, singing and faith talks geared specifically for this age group. Each youth gets assigned a small group which they meet with daily and they also get to choose from an assortment of daytime workshops to attend. I am a big fan of this conference as it connects youth with other youth in the Presbyterian Church USA and they learn and grow in their faith in unique ways. I have known this to be the highlight of some youth's entire high school experience! Please check out their website for more information and then let me know if you might consider having your youth attend!

Triennium PCUSA Youth Conference Info

PARENT OFFERINGS:
ANGST Screening: A Film on Teen Anxiety
This Thursday, October 4th, 7:00 p.m. at Olympus HIgh School
Did you know that 60% of teens today could be diagnosed with General Anxiety Disorder according to the requirements listed in the DSM-5? If you want to learn more about the causes, effects and what we can do about it, come to this 56 minute documentary screening followed by a Q&A.  I have a handful of extra tickets to this film screening, so please let me know if you would like to attend.
The filmmakers' goal is to have a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Angst features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they've learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources and tools.

LADIES' NIGHT IN
Saturday, October 13th at Hilary's home.

BOOK CLUB
Friday, October 26th at 7:00 p.m. This month we will be discussing the thriller, The Woman in the WIndow by AJ Fink. Perfect for the month of October! We’ll gather at Dawn's home.

ASSISTANTS & TREATS :
Thanks to Shantel Mullin for helping out as assistant and the Penze and Murphy families for bringing treats these last two Sundays. I appreciate your help and the youth appreciate the yummy food! 

Sunday Assistant Sign Up Sunday Treat Sign Up

September 24, 2018

Thank you to the 8th & 9th grade families who participated in Sunday's Confirmation informational meeting. We have determined a schedule where we will meet once a month on Monday nights beginning November 5th. I will be sending out a detailed email later this week so watch for it.

COMING UP THIS WEEK:

SERVICE PROJECTS:
If you are available for this week's service projects, please sign up via the link below.

Tuesday, from 7-8:00 p.m., we will be making hundreds of sandwiches for St. Vincent de Paul. This is a great opportunity for families.

On Wednesday, we will serve dinner at St. Vincent de Paul from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Volunteers need to be 12 or older and can participate with parents or I am happy to drive them.

Service Project Sign Up

SIGN UP NOW FOR:

Camp Tuttle Youth Retreat
The retreat is October 5-7th up Big Cottonwood Canyon. The cost is $65 (scholarships are available if needed) and you can sign up below:

Camp Tuttle Retreat Sign Up

SUNDAY SCHOOL ASSISTANTS NEEDED:

I think it would be great if a parent from each family took one turn this fall to assist in Sunday School. We have a great group of kids who have lots of insights to share. Please don't be intimidated by this request; I will not have you recite any scriptures by heart or make you perform a solo act of Peter walking on water story!  My biggest need is helping to set out the treat, make lemonade and help if one of the youth cannot sit still (taking them aside quietly and talking to them about the importance of positive group dynamics). And of course if you are helping out and want more responsibility I can give you more (just ask). Please sign up below for the Sunday that works best for you.

Sunday School Assistant Sign Up

September 10, 2018

Families, thanks to all who participated in our Labor Day Retreat! We had a wonderful time and photos will be posted soon.

SIGN UP YOUR YOUTH FOR SUNDAY SCHOOL!
If your youth plans to come to Sunday School every Sunday (gold star) or occasionally (wherever you are in your faith journey, which includes the ski slopes, you are welcome here), please sign up with Dawn. This sign up includes a 2018-2019 event permission form, social media and texting permission form, and our child protection policy. Plan to spend at least ten minutes filling out the paperwork. Additionally, we will have information about Confirmation classes (for our current 8th and 9th grade students) and ways for parents to get involved.

SEPTEMBER YOUTH HAPPENINGS:

FALL KICK-OFF: YOUTH LOCK-IN 
7:00 p.m. Saturday, September 15 - 11:00 a.m. Sunday, September 16 
We will start off the school year with the youth's favorite activity: spending the night at the church! We will have pizza, snacks, night games and lots of fun. Bring $5 and a snack to share. RSVP NOW by texting/emailing Dawn at dfleishman@wpcslc.org.

FIRST DAY OF SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:00 a.m. Sunday, September 16 - The best way to kick off youth Sunday School is with a service project!  We will set up the rooms for the Family Promise guests.

SERVICE PROJECT: FAMILY PROMISE DINNER 
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 18 - We will cook, serve and clean up after a meal for the Family Promise guests staying at our church. Often, we have the opportunity to play with the young children after dinner!

FAMILY SERVICE PROJECT: ST VINCENT SANDWICH MAKING & SERVING
Children & Youth families are tasked with making the sandwiches (7-8 p.m. Tuesday, September 25th) and serving dinner (age 12 and older, 4:00-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 26th) at St. VIncent de Paul.

PARENT OFFERINGS:

DADS' NIGHT OUT
8:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 18th - Casual gathering at Sugarhouse Brew Pub.

MOMS' BOOK CLUB
Saturday, September 22nd 7 p.m. - The Immortalist by Chloe Benjamin

July 31, 2018

THIS WEEK: 
This Friday, August 3 is our Service Project and Packing Party.  Service Project will be 3-5 p.m.: Help set up for Sudanese Rummage Sale (Please let me or Jane know if you will be helping out with this important ministry fundraiser).
Packing Party for the youth trip will be 5-7 p.m.  Bring your rafting packing list.  If you are going on the trip, please let me know if you will or will not be at the packing party.  We will have pizza.

Sunday, August 5 - Saturday, August 11 is our Youth Mission & Rafting Trip!  Meet at the church bright & early Sunday morning at 7 a.m. and we will depart for Denver soon after.  Please pack light, and in small bags that can be stuffed under van seats!

YOUTH LEADING WORSHIP SERVICE:
Saturday, August 18: (7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. *note this time change)  Youth will prepare for leading entire Worship Service. Pizza provided.

Sunday, August 19:  (9:30 a.m.) Youth lead entire 10 a.m. Worship Service with reflections from youth trip (those who did not go on the youth trip can help with other areas of the service such as collecting offering, and leading the call to worship).

MOMS' BOOK CLUB: 
Moms, we will be discussing the book, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith.  This month, we will meet at Shannon Baker's home at 7 p.m., Friday, August 24th.  Bring wine or an appetizer to share.

Hope to see you soon!
Dawn