August 24, 2017

Many of our youth had an excellent adventure in Moab on the raft trip last week. It was a wonderful trip filled with beautiful scenery, lots of laughter, exciting rapids, fun games, new friendships, hiking in red rock country, and even more laughter.  WPC Youth make for seriously good company, be it on the road, in a boat, in a tent, in a restaurant, or while sleeping on a church gym floor.  The verdict is still out on who had more fun.....the Youth or the chaperones!  Click here for some awesome photos of the trip (bonus points if you can spot the groover!) and know that we'll be adding more photos. Kudos to Annalise for organizing and leading such an amazing trip!

Following the raft trip, the Youth bid a fond farewell to Annalise, who is stepping out of her role as interim youth director. As of now, Hilary Lambert is taking over the youth program in an interim capacity. Even though we are still in a transitional period of leadership, we are confident we will have a great group for activities and events, and that the fun and fellowship of WPC Youth will remain strong.

The Florence family is gracious enough to offer their home for a kickoff to the year party this Sunday evening! This will be a chance to welcome new 7th graders, play some get-to-know-you games, watch a movie, and relax after the first week of school. Everyone is invited, details are below!

  • Who?       WPC 7th-12 graders
  • What?      Movie and game night!
  • When?     Sunday, August 27 from 7-9:30pm
  • Where?    The Florence Studio, 817 S 800 E
     

Please send RSVPs and questions to me, hlambert@wpcslc.org or Marian, communications@wpcslc.org
 

Look for another email soon with upcoming events and Sunday School information. Also, you can view and save our youth calendar, with events planned through November, found here: http://www.wpcslc.org/youth-calendar

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.