September 9, 2019

IMPORTANT INFO TO HIGHLIGHT

1) Our fall youth retreat is the first weekend of November. Save the date! It will be in St. George with Presbyterian youth from all over Utah. I would like for as many youth to go as possible as this will be a great fellowship and service event.

2) We had 14 youth in Sunday School yesterday and might have up to 20 youth some Sundays. That brings up the question of whether or not to split our current class into two groups, junior high and high school. I see the advantages to keeping the group as is and also see that it could be good to form two classes. The youth committee will be discussing this at our meeting this Thursday evening, so please email in your thoughts/opinions before then if you would like to contribute to the conversation.

3) Brad Leinberger will again be taking family photos again this fall as a ministry fundraiser. This year, some of the funds will be designated to youth! Dates are still TBD but tentatively will include the last Saturday of October.

4) Thanks to those who filled out the registration/permission forms for the new school year. I will continue to have those available for the next several weeks.

5) I will be out of town Sunday, October 6, so I will need a Sunday School teacher. (Paige Penze is already signed up to assist.) I will provide the curriculum and discussion questions. Please let me know if you would facilitate/lead the class.

6) Thanks to the Rob, Ann, & Andy Murphy for the yummy breakfast casserole during Sunday School! If you would like to sign up to help assist or bring brunch treats, click here.

THIS SATURDAY!

YOUTH LOCK IN
Saturday, September 14 at 7:00 p.m. through Sunday, September 15, 11:00 a.m.

We'll go on a night hike, GO SWIMMING LATE-NIGHT at the Putnam-Netto's house, have night games, pizza, and possibly watch a movie if we are still wide awake. Bring sleeping bags, swimsuit (towels will be provided), pajamas, church clothes, $5 and a snack to share. Please RSVP (yes, no, or maybe!) so I know who to expect.

MORE SEPTEMBER HAPPENINGS!

GUYS' NIGHT OUT
Thursday, September 19 at 8:00 p.m. at Sugarhouse Pub.

LADIES' BOOK CLUB
Saturday, September 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Dawn's house. We’ll be discussing Today Will Be Different by Maria Semple over wine and appetizers.

SERVICE PROJECT: SANDWICH MAKING
Tuesday, September 24 at 7:00 p.m. in the church gym.

SERVICE PROJECT: SERVING DINNER
Wednesday, September 25 at 4:30 p.m. at St Vincent de Paul.

LUNCH OUTING
Sunday, September 29 at 12:30 p.m. We will go to a local restaurant after church so bring $10-15 for lunch.

Hope to see your youth at the Lock In!
Dawn

August 26, 2019

YOUTH SUNDAY!

On Sunday, August 25, the youth led all aspects of the worship service. They read scripture, led an interactive Call to Worship, and gave the charge and benediction. They served as ushers, announced the passing of the peace, and welcomed people into the service and worship. Additionally, they led the time for children, the time of prayer, and a song. It was beautiful to see our church’s youth engaged in these leadership roles. In the sermon slot, seventeen of our youth reflected on their summers of service and connection. Over the summer, they volunteered as a youth group at 13 different local nonprofits, participated in a service trip, Camp Tuttle, Triennium, and a four-day rafting trip. They went out to lunch together, participated in youth fundraisers, spent a day at Lagoon, and invaded the Fleishman’s home for movie and pizza night.

I encourage each reader to go online and listen to the entire series of reflections posted under “sermons.” A few excerpts from their reflections are included below.

"There were a few things that made this year’s mission trip stand out: I loved how there was more of a connection between the giver and the person receiving. There were many stories shared from some that were troubled, and it was hard yet progressive to receive such tough information about how the world can be so unfair at times. When this happens, interactions are already more genuine. Not only did our service projects go well by everyone being so efficient, but also, our group did make all our meals and cleanup which required responsibility and willingness.” -- Mira Mullin

"The Worship Services at Triennium were very impressive. They brought in Pastors from around the world who could make 2 hours services meaningful to teenagers. We also had live music from a broad variety of genres. My personal favorite was the Chicago Soul Choir. It was this amazing mix of sermon and music that made Triennium such a unique and cool experience. For all youth and Children’s Ministry, whenever you next have the chance, I would strongly recommend that you go. Triennium is a great place to grow up, meet new people, and worship in an amazing place.”  -- Alex Sandulli

“As we got to work, I realized just how many items the homeless wouldn’t have access to if not for places like the Road Home. . . It was incredible to see where all the donations go to and to understand how beneficial all of these items are to the homeless.”  -- Will Leinberger

“Overall I thought it was cool to realize how lucky I am and how grateful I should be, and not think about what I want, but what I have.” -- Lauren Penze

"I was really glad I got to be there for “Bags to Beds”. It impacted me a lot, by creating a safe environment for me to get to know the other youth, and making me feel like I was a part of something bigger than myself. Also, that same day there was a TV crew there, doing an interview. The next day, my friend texted me, telling me she had seen me on TV, doing a service project. It really made me feel proud and I hope I can volunteer there again. All in all, I thought it was a really creative way to reduce plastic waste and provide beds for the homeless." -- Elena Sandulli

“I learned the difference of equality and equity.”  -- Elena Owens

“Walking around [at Triennium] and seeing so many people around me that were my age and knowing that they were part of the same Christian faith as I was was very exciting and something I wasn’t used to.”  -- Paige Cooper

“For the Ulster Project, there were 12 American teens and 12 Northern Irish teens, 6 catholic, 6 protestant chosen. We got together every day for a month and did fun activities and service projects together to promote peace. You might be as surprised as we were to learn that the struggle there between Protestants and Catholics is still going... I felt really powerful making an impact on peace in the world and I became really good friends with Robbie who came to stay with us for the month.”  -- Paul Florence

“Meeting this lady showed me the human side to homelessness and that it can happen to anyone and that each homeless person has a unique story. She seemed happy to have someone to share her own story with and I am grateful for the opportunity to listen and learn.”  -- Sam Kiburtz

“The service trip made me more aware of other people’s needs. I hope my eyes stay open to them.”  -- Owen Fleishman

August 5, 2019

All rafting trip Good Humans, I will see you tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. for our departure. Wear your Good Human T!

Remember, we are requiring each participant to have a wide brimmed hat, river shoes (no velcro/no sneakers), and a rash guard (long-sleeve preferred). Please review the packing list for complete details. If you need to be sent the other documents handed out at the parent meeting, just let me know.

Additionally, please note our chaperones have changed by one. Ethan, Sunya, Nathan, and I are still chaperoning and Ed Owens is now joining us! (Kristen Kiburtz may still come for the very last day.)

GET THINKING ABOUT YOUTH SUNDAY (AUG 25) 1- 3 minute WRITTEN REFLECTION:

For those youth not going on the rafting trip, they can start thinking about and writing their 1 - 3 minute reflection on youth service summer opportunities, a family summer service volunteer experience, or a reflection on one of many youth trips this summer.

I would like for most youth to talk about something different from their summer, so this is what I am thinking (these are my ideas, but can be changed if your youth really doesn't want to reflect on this area):

Dylan - Pride Festival Volunteering
Alex - Triennium
Paige - Triennium
Elena S - Plarn-A-Thon with Bags to Beds
Sam Kl. - Camp Tuttle
Andy - Rafting
Katie - Car wash fundraiser
Aidan - The Rescue Mission of Salt Lake service project
Aj - family volunteer opportunity?
Lucas - family volunteer opportunity/service project?
Kaila - family volunteer opportunity/service project?
Scott - Jewish Community Center?
Thomas - family volunteer opportunity/service project or initiating new 7th graders?
Sam B. - summer in middle east?

Each of the youth listed below will be assigned to talk about a service project or learning component from the Service Trip. During the rafting trip, we will talk about who wants to reflect on what. Here are the choices: Utah Community Action, The Road Home, Mobile Food Pantry, Water Outreach, Royal Family Kids, World Refugee Festival learning component, Lunch on a dollar learning component, United Way Day of Action, Community Garden, South Valley Domestic Abuse Shelter.

Maddie
Fischer
Mira
Will
Lauren
Noah
Elena O
Owen
Paul
Sam Ki.

Mark your calendars: we will have Youth Sunday rehearsal on Saturday evening, August 24th.

Unfortunately, I have not heard back from Todd yet regarding good music/songs for the youth to join in on with the band on Youth Sunday. We will practice a few songs during the rafting trip so maybe one of those work or if we have a musical parent that would like to take the lead on this, please let me know.

Dawn

July 1, 2019

JULY YOUTH HAPPENINGS:

JULY 3rd BBQ

This Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. @ Parley's Creek Pavilion in Sugarhouse Park.
Wear your red, white, & blue and bring a side dish to share. Andrew and I will set up a game of kick ball for intergenerational fun!

BLESSING FOR FOSTER CARE KIDS

During this upcoming Sunday's service (July 7), youth will be participating by bringing forward the 52 backpacks they have filled with all the school supply donations (provided by youth families). We will have a time of prayer and blessing over the backpacks and the 52 kids in foster care whom will soon receive them. Please plan for your youth to participate. We do still need 52 sets of colored pencils and 52 pencil boxes so if you would still like to contribute to this important service project for these foster kids, please let me know.

CAR WASH FUNDRAISER

Saturday, July 13 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Please wear your GOOD HUMAN t-shirt if you have one. They will be available for purchase for $10 for kids & youth and $20 for adults. Bring a refillable water bottle and a snack to share. Every youth (who is in town) who is participating in the rafting trip should plan to be at this fundraiser as the church is contributing $250 per person to the rafting trip.

LUNCH OUTING

Sunday, July 21 from 11:15 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Youth will go out to lunch together for fellowship & hunger maintenance.

SERVICE PROJECT

Monday, July 29 from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
We will cook, serve, and clean up dinner for shelter guests at the Rescue Mission of Salt Lake.

FOR PARENTS:

MANDATORY PARENT & YOUTH MEETING (RAFTING TRIP)

Sunday, July 14 at 11:30 a.m. in the Loft.
This is a mandatory meeting for all youth participants and their parents. If you are not able to attend, please contact Dawn right away.

GUYS' NIGHT OUT

Tuesday, July 16 at 8:00 p.m. @ Sugarhouse Pub.

LADIES' BOOK CLUB

Friday, July 19 at 7:00 p.m. @ Dawn's house.
If you plan to join in this month, cast your vote today by 5pm between these two book choices:
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi or I'm Fine & Neither are You by Camille Pagan.

MUSICAL YOUTH:

OFFERTORY MUSIC: If your youth plays an instrument or sings, would they consider playing a song for the offertory this summer? Our music director, Ken Udy, has specifically asked for youth involvement and I think it is a great idea!

YOUTH BAND: Youth Sunday is August 25 and the youth are responsible for the music as well as the other components. Does your youth play an instrument or sing? Would they be willing to practice two songs at home and then come together as a group to rehearse? Let me know!

Hope to see you the 3rd of July!
Dawn

May 6, 2019

PANCAKE THANK YOU BREAKFAST
Calling all youth & dads to meet at the church at 8:55 a.m. this Sunday, May 12th. Dads will flip pancakes while youth will get ready to serve breakfast in Fellowship Hall. Moms, please plan to join the moms' table (or other table) at 10:10 a.m. and enjoy breakfast served to you. A change this year will be that dads will be done flipping pancakes by 10:10 a.m. so they can join in breakfast and fellowship! I will be reaching out to all the youth dads via text.

MORE THIS WEEK:
BALLET
High schooler, Maren Florence, is dancing the lead in Sleeping Beauty Thursday evening, May 9 and 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 11 at the University of Utah dance department stage.  Click on the link for tickets: https://boxoffice.balletwest.org/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=23092.

MINUTE FOR MISSION
Youth will be presenting the Minute for Mission during both Worship services again this Sunday, May 12th!  The youth did a fantastic job yesterday for our Minute for Mission. We had 14 youth participate and collected 59 signatures of persons in the congregation pledging to forgo single-use products, specifically plastic straws, for 30 days (or more)! We will continue collecting signatures this Sunday and pass out a few more re-usable straws.

NEXT WEEK:
CONFIRMATION CELEBRATION DINNER
Confirmation students and mentors will go out to dinner to celebrate these students ongoing journeys of faith on Wednesday, May 15!

HOMEWORK BURN & NIGHT GAMES
We’ll be celebrating high school graduates, Meredith and Abi, and the end of the school year on Friday, May 17th from 7:00-10:00 p.m. Bring all homework to throw into the fire pit as we roast hot dogs, marshmallows, and then go into the park for night games.

LADIES' BOOK CLUB
On Saturday, May 18th at 7:00 p.m. we’ll discuss Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens over casual conversation, wine and appetizers at Dawn's home.

CELEBRATION SUNDAY
We will celebrate our confirmands, youth elders and high school graduates in worship service on Sunday, May 19th at 10:00 a.m. Afterwards, all confirmation students and their families and mentors are invited to the loft for a potluck lunch.

COMING UP:
GUYS' NIGHT OUT
Tuesday, May 21st at 8:00 p.m. at Sugarhouse Pub.

NEW 7th GRADERS INITIATION
SHH! Youth will pick up our new 7th graders and take them on a scavenger hunt and breakfast at 7:30 a.m. the first Sunday of June (6/2). Shhh, don't tell them!

CAMP TUTTLE REGISTRATION  DEADLINE:
May 15th is the deadline to receive Wasatch Presbyterian subsidy for camp this year. Dates for camp are below:

7th &  8th Grade Camp (July 14 – 19)
High School Adventure Camp (July 21 – 26)

Look for an email later this week about key details and sign up deadlines for our summer plans, including three trip opportunities (service, camp, and rafting), fundraisers, and more!

Dawn

P.S. Thanks to the Murphy family for bringing Einstein bagels for our last Sunday School class!

April 22, 2019

CONFIRMATION & SESSION
Wednesday, April 24th @ 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Confirmands will meet before Session, sharing their individual statements of faith to a small group of elders. Dinner will be provided.

If your confirmand would like to meet one on one (or you would like for them to!) with me this evening or tomorrow evening to talk through confirmation and their thoughts surrounding being (or not being) confirmed, please text me. I am happy to pick them up for a quick coffee or smoothie and conversation.

ESCAPE ROOM CHALLENGE
Friday, April 26th @ 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Needing all youth brains! Meet at church at 6:00 p.m. We'll participate in a challenging escape room and go out for ice cream afterward. Bring $15. I am looking for a couple parents to help chaperone (big brains helpful but not required; we will let the youth do most of the work!)

LADIES' BOOK CLUB
Saturday, April 27th @ 7:00 p.m.
This month we’ll discuss Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier over casual conversation, wine and appetizers. We’ll gather at Dawn's house.

EARTH DAY MINUTE FOR MISSION
Sunday, April 28th
In honor of today's Earth Day, youth will be presenting the Minute for Mission during both Worship services this Sunday. We have been talking all school year about plastic straws and the negative impact they have on our oceans, ocean life and planet. Our minute for mission will be educating the congregation about the ways plastic straws hurt the earth and giving them the option to do something about it (purchase reusable straws).

FAMILIES' PARK PICNIC
Friday, May 3rd @ Wasatch Hollow Park.

SUMMER PLANS:
JUNE SERVICE TRIP
Thursday, June 20th - Sunday, June 23rd
We will stay in Salt Lake, serving at local non-profits, participating in educational modules around cost of living and homelessness, and understanding the needs of our very own city. I will need parents to take four hour volunteer shifts to ensure an appropriate number of adult help.

JULY CAMP TUTTLE
7th &  8th Grade Camp (July 14 – 19)
High School Adventure Camp (July 21 – 26)
Now is the time to let me know if your youth will attend Camp Tuttle this summer. We will subsidize the amount of camp. Please let me know by May 15th.

JULY TRIENNIUM
July 16th - 20th
A couple youth from Wasatch will join youth from our Utah Presbytery to travel to Indiana for this Presbyterian youth conference with thousands of other teenagers.

AUGUST RAFTING TRIP
Tuesday, August 6th - Saturday, August 10th
We will spend four days and three nights on the Colorado River and an additional night in a church in Moab. This is a great opportunity for the youth to bond together, create and grow friendships, and get to know trusted adult chaperones. Ethan Kiburtz, Nathan Florence, and Dawn are confirmed chaperones and at least two more adults will join us.

Hope to see you soon!

Dawn

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March 29, 2019

THIS WEEKEND
LADIES' BOOK CLUB
Tomorrow evening at 7:00 p.m. at Dawn's house.

SUNDAY SCHOOL
10:15 a.m. in the Loft
This Sunday we will be discussing anger, specifically looking at a news report on how the Inuit people, in the arctic seaside town of Iqaluit, Canada, handle anger. The Inuit people consider it demeaning and inappropriate to punish or yell in anger, instead they seek self-control in anger, teaching emotional regulation by example.

We will then launch into a discussion on the broader topic of how to handle our own anger, as well as hostility expressed by others and look at the book of Proverbs, containing many wise principles in regard to anger.

Proverbs 15 : 1-2
A soft answer turns away wrath,
    but a harsh word stirs up anger.
The tongue of the wise dispenses knowledge,
    but the mouths of fools pour out folly. 
(No context needed.)

Happy Friday! Have a great weekend.

Dawn

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March 14, 2019

COMING UP
FAMILY BOWLING
Olympus Hills Bowling Lanes this Sunday, March 17 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Youth are welcome to attend with or without their families in tow. Don't forget to wear green!

PARENT OFFERINGS
GUYS' NIGHT OUT
Tuesday, March 19 8:00 p.m. at Sugarhouse Pub. No need to RSVP, just show up!

LADIES' BOOK CLUB
Saturday, March 30 7:00 p.m. at Dawn’s home. We’ll discuss Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline over casual conversation, wine and appetizers. Let me know if you are coming!

MARK YOUR SUMMER CALENDARS NOW
JUNE SERVICE TRIP
Thursday morning, June 20 through Sunday after church, June 23. We will stay in Salt Lake (likely at our church), serving at local non-profits, participating in educational modules around cost of living and homelessness, and understanding the needs of our very own city. Open to current 6th graders through outgoing 12th graders. The cost will be minimal.

SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED
Thanks to Andrew for helping in Sunday School and Ann Murphy for bringing brunch for the youth. If you'd like to help out on a Sunday, sign up below. Assisting is an easy (no prep!) and fun way for you to get to know the youth better and they get a five minute Q&A session with each adult assistant.

I am also in need of a lead teacher for Sundays, April 7 and 14. I will provide the lesson and format. Let me know if you will take the lead one of these days!

See you soon,
Dawn

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March 4, 2019

THIS IS A BUSY WEEK IN THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH> HOPE TO SEE YOU!

THIS WEEK:
MARDI GRAS PARTY
Tuesday, March 5  6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
This is a family fun activity with masks, beads and glitter face paint! Youth host the dance party in the loft. Dinner is pancakes!

ASH WEDNESDAY
Wednesday, March 6 6:00 p.m.
The contrast between the party atmosphere of Mardi Gras and the quiet reflectiveness of Ash Wednesday can impact youth toward better understanding and entering into the season of Lent. Sign up to bring a soup to share if you are able.

YOUTH COMMITTEE MEETING
Thursday, March 7  5:30 - 6:30 p.m. @ Dawn's home.

CAMP TUTTLE RETREAT
Friday, March 8 - Sunday, March 10
Tons of snow and snow activities for 6th - 12th graders! Find out more details and register at camptuttle.org.

ALADDIN @ CLAYTON
Saturday evening, March 9
Would your youth like to see this amazing production put on by the junior highers, including our very own Alex Sandulli? Let me know ASAP... we have a limited number of tickets.

COMING UP:
CONFIRMATION CLASS
Monday, March 11 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Led by our very our Rev. Scott Dalgarno.
*Please note: youth have been tasked with a homework assignment of their Spiritual Gift Test. They have been provided with an additional copy so a parent or other adult can also take their own spiritual gifts test and then discuss together.

FAMILY BOWLING
Sunday, March 17th afternoon

LADIES' BOOK CLUB
Saturday, March 30 7:00 p.m. at Dawn’s home.

ACTION ITEM!**
We will be determining summer service trip dates at our youth committee meeting this week so please fill out the quick survey below.

**JUNE SERVICE/MISSION TRIP
I would like to offer a local summer service trip for our youth while also understanding that summer schedules are tricky. So, first step is to find out your youth's availability for a four day (Thursday - Sunday) weekend in June.

We will stay in Salt Lake (likely at our church), serving at local non-profits, participating in educational modules around cost of living and homelessness, and understanding the needs of our very own city.

What June dates (four day weekends, Thursday - Sunday) would your youth be available?

June 6-9
June 13-16 (we will be done Sunday AM in time to still celebrate Father's Day)
June 20-23
June 27-30

Take 20 seconds to take the quick survey: JUNE AVAILABILITY (2 Question Simple Survey)

Thanks to Tracie Cooper for helping in Sunday School and bringing brunch for the youth. If you'd like to help out on a Sunday, sign up below.

See you soon,

Dawn

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February 25, 2019

DISCUSSION AT SUNDAY SCHOOL YESTERDAY

Millennial Christians have four times as many non-Christian friends in their life as do Boomers or Gen X Christians.  During Sunday School, we discussed the role of sharing our faith with others while respecting and appreciating their own understanding of faith and beliefs. What does that look like? How do we best engage in true and authentic sharing and conversation?

TREATS & ASSISTANT

Would you like to bring brunch treats for ten or help out in Sunday School on Sundays? If so, sign up via the link below. Thanks! Sunday School Assistant & Brunch Treat Sign Up

TEEN ONE on ONES
Tracie Cooper let me know that there have been a number of teen suicides around the valley this past week. These are in addition to the existing increase in suicide rates among Utahn teens, particularly young teens. If you think it beneficial, I am always available for one on ones with your teen. If they are struggling in a particular area such as friend connections, school, anxiety, depression, isolation, self-esteem, or other areas you can let me know in a confidential manner so that I can better know how to care about and for them. I think you all know this, but in case you don't, in addition to the role I play as youth director, I am a master's level counselor and can provide counseling and guidance in ways that suit your family and needs.

TOMORROW:

GUYS' NIGHT OUT at Sugarhouse Pub at 8:00 p.m. (2/26). If you have questions, email Ethan at kiburtz@msn.com.

COMING UP:

*ACTION ITEM! Please scroll to the bottom and respond to my request for your youth's June availability for a local service trip.

HILL AEROSPACE MUSEUM OUTING
Saturday, March 2 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 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!

MARDI GRAS PARTY
Tuesday, March 5  6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Join in on this is family fun activity with masks, beads,and glitter face paint! Youth will host the dance party in the loft.

ASH WEDNESDAY
The contrast between the party atmosphere of Mardi Gras and the quiet reflectiveness of Ash Wednesday on March 6th can impact youth toward better understanding and entering into the season of Lent.

CAMP TUTTLE RETREAT
Tons of snow and snow activities for 6th - 12th graders on Friday, March 8 - Sunday, March 10. Find out more details and register at camptuttle.org

ALADDIN @ CLAYTON
Would your youth like to see this amazing production put on by junior highers, including our very own Alex Sandulli? Let me know ASAP... we have a limited number of tickets for Saturday evening, March 9.

CONFIRMATION CLASS
Monday, March 11 at 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. and will be led by our very our Rev. Scott Dalgarno. *Please note: youth have been tasked with a homework assignment of their Spiritual Gift Test. They have been provided with an additional copy so a parent or other adult can also take their own spiritual gifts test and then discuss together.

LADIES' BOOK CLUB
Saturday, March 30 at 7:00 p.m. Save the date. Book choice coming soon!

SAVE THE DATES:

CONFIRMATION & SESSION MEETING - Wednesday, April 24

ESCAPE ROOM CHALLENGE - Stay tuned: date will be changed to a weekend in April.

FAMILIES' PARK/PICNIC - Friday, May 3

THANK YOU PANCAKE BREAKFAST - Sunday, May 12

CONFIRMATION/ADVOCATE DINNER - Wednesday, May 14

CONFIRMATION CELEBRATION - Sunday, May 19

NEW YOUTH INITIATION - Sunday, June 2 (Shh! Don't tell the sixth graders!)

SUMMER DAY OF SERVICE - Friday, June 21

SUMMER RAFTING TRIP - Tuesday, August 6 - Saturday, August 10

*JUNE SERVICE/MISSION TRIP
I would like to offer a local summer service trip for our youth while also understanding that summer schedules are tricky. So, first step is to find out your youth's availability for a four day (Thursday - Sunday) weekend in June.

We will stay in Salt Lake (likely at our church), serving at local non-profits, participating in educational modules around cost of living and homelessness, and understanding the needs of our very own city.

What June dates (four day weekends, Thursday - Sunday) would your youth be available?

June 6-9 June 13-16 (we will be done Sunday AM in time to still celebrate Father's Day)
June 20-23 June 27-30

Take 20 seconds to take the quick survey: JUNE AVAILABILITY (2 Question Simple Survey)

Thanks to Shantel Mullin for helping in Sunday School and bringing a yummy breakfast casserole.

Have a great week!

Dawn

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