Summer 2017

This June, the Wasatch Youth give a fond farewell to our two seniors, Gabby and Ethan, and an exciting welcome to six upcoming 7th graders!  We kicked off summer by joining our WPC community in beautifying the grounds here at church on June 3rd. 

In July, the Youth are invited to fun and games at our annual all-church July 3rd BBQ at Sugarhouse Park (Parley’s Creek Pavilion) at 6pm.  And then happy trails to Will Leinberger, Paul Florence, Alex Sandulli and Lauren Sutherland as they head up the canyon the third week of July for a week of worship and fun at Camp Tuttle!

Later this summer, we’ll embark on outings around town and, best of all, the river trip!  We’ll be caravanning down to Moab in August for a three-day trip of hiking, sightseeing, and river rafting on the Colorado River.  Stay tuned for pictures and stories from our river trip adventures at Fisher Towers!

 

 

February 27, 2017

Sunday School:

This week, two of our youth participated in the first round of WPC Interviews!  Abby and Mira each got to interview two longstanding members of the Wasatach community (Loyda Kyremes, Sue Marquardt, Paul Hewitt, and Leora Hewitt), asking questions about their involvement at the church over the years and their fondest memories of WPC.

Stay tuned for information on our next round of interviews!

Announcements:

  • The church Mardi Gras party is THIS TUESDAY from 6:00pm-7:30pm.  The youth will be hosting a dance party from 6:30-7pm in the Loft after a pancake and bacon dinner.  Hope to see you there!
  • Next Sunday, we will be starting a Lenten Sunday school unit on wilderness.  Be sure to check the blog for updates on each week's theme.

February 20, 2017

The youth had a phenomenal Night Games last Friday with a whopping turnout of 15 youth and friends!  We watched E.T. and played Ghosts in the Graveyard and Sardines.

Sunday School:

Matthew 5:38-48You have heard that it was said, ‘Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.’ But I tell you, do not resist an evil person. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt, hand over your coat as well. If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.  Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you. “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[i] and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

This week in Sunday school we talked about how hard it can be to show love toward your "enemies" or those who have wronged you.  It's very easy to slip into satisfying daydreams of revenge and that *one snarky or cutting thing you could've said* when someone embarrassed you or hurt you.  Rather than feeding into that instinct, we practiced acts of love and grace by writing letters -- of forgiveness, of prayers, and of love -- to people who have hurt us in the past, or to those we have hurt.

Stay tuned this week for the WPC Youth's big Interview Project!  We have a handful of long-time WPC members who are excited to meet and greet with the youth and tell their stories.

Reminders/Announcements:

  • This Sunday, February 26th is our big interview event.  Please be sure that your youth is in the loft promptly at 10:10am so we can get started!  We will be providing a special treat for this event.
  • The Mardi Gras party is finally upon us!  Youth can join Annalise in the Loft at 5:30 if you're there early to help set up for the youth-sponsored dance party!  Please send song requests / ideas to aford@wpcslc.org
  • If you haven't had this discussion with your youth already, please talk with them about cell phone usage and usage of other distracting items at youth events.  During youth events phones are to be placed in the "phone bowl" and stay there for the duration of the event, unless there is an emergency.  This applies to friends that they bring to youth events as well!

Can't wait to see everyone this week as we prepare for the season of Lent.

Blessings,

Annalise

February 6, 2017

Happy February, youth and families!  Spring is so close I can almost taste it :)

Sunday School:

Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment.  And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' -- Matthew 22:37-39

The youth had a very eventful Sunday school this week.  In keeping with our discussions about love, we made valentines for the WPC deacons to distribute to members of our community who don't get out much these days (see below).  If any of you would like to help distribute, email me at aford@wpcslc.org.

Reminders/Announcements:

  • Please remember to RSVP for a special Sunday school event February 19th at 10am!  Youth will be doing one-on-one interviews with members of the church, and we need a headcount so our interviewees all have a match.
  • Friday, February 17th we will have our second Night Games of the year!
  • Tuesday, February 28th the youth will be hosting a short dance part in the loft for the culmination of the all-church Mardi Gras Party!  We would love your help to decorate the Loft beforehand.

 

 

January 30, 2017

Sunday School:

Hebrews 10:24-25And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

This week in Sunday school, the youth began preparations for one of our spring projects, interviewing long-time members of Wasatch Presbyterian Church!  We discussed how enriching it is to connect with people from other generations and to celebrate the roles they’ve played in the history of this community.  Our interview date is February 19th during the Sunday school hour.  Because we are recruiting members for one-on-one interviews, please RSVP for this special Sunday school event so we know how many youth we’ll have to do the interviews!

Announcements:

-       The current google calendar on the main church website has some incorrect information re: youth events (e.g., we will not be having a youth night this Wednesday, February 1).  I will be sending out a revised calendar shortly to straighten out any confusion, and will be working on updating the main calendar as well as the calendar on the youth page.

-       Mark you calendars!  Our upcoming February events are Night Games (Friday, February 17th), and the youth-hosted dance party for the all-church Mardi Gras Party, Tuesday February 28th.  If you would like to help out with either event (e.g., provide dinner for night games, help with set-up for the dance party), please call Annalise at 404-395-4651.

-       Please keep an eye out for the Doodle poll on this summer’s Raft Trip dates.  We need to start getting a head count and dates in place so we can reserve the campsites.  More info to follow.