Wednesday, August 31: Teen Feed
5:00pm – 8:00pm
Teen Feed is an amazing ministry offering a warm meal to youth and young adults in the community. Youth, their families, and friends are invited to help cook and serve the meal at Teen Feed! Mike Zevenbergen is our amazing team leader and will purchase ingredients. Families can plan to come at around 5pm and be done around 8/8:30pm. It’s truly an important way to serve and we hope you’ll be a part of it. Students can count this towards their service hours. Sign up to help by emailing Margaret at email@example.com
Sunday, September 11: 9am Youth Group Starts!
Youth Group begins again for youth in grades 6 – 12. Youth are invited to join in-person (masked) at church or online via zoom. It will be so wonderful to connect and see everyone! We had a wonderful summer and I know you all had adventures! We are excited to hear all about what you’ve been up to! We are still finalizing our leadership and will be in touch via the weekly Youth Ministry emails with more details.
Other Fall Save the dates:
• October 1: Family Pizza Night
• October 23: Bible Sunday
• October 30: Trunk or Treat
2022 – 2023 Planning:
Retreats – We are looking at planning retreats for fall and spring. More details to come.
Confirmation – This is a Confirmation Class year. Students in 8th & 9th grade should mark their calendars for a retreat January 6 – 8, 2023 and for class to run from January – April/May.
H.S. OWL Class – This is a HS OWL Class year. Students in 10th – 12th grade should mark their calendars for a retreat January 6 – 8, 2023 and for class to run from January – April/May.
NEW ministry for 4th & 5th grade youth starting this fall – “B.L.A.S.T. “
This fall our 4th and 5th graders will have a B.L.A.S.T. with some new opportunities in Christian Formation. B.L.A.S.T. stands for Build, Learn, And Serve Together – and meets the needs of these upper elementary tweens. Our Sunday morning time will have some new lessons giving them a good faith foundation. Then on 4th Sundays from 4-5pm we will meet for special activities and programming.
• September 25
• October 23
• November 27 (attend advent workshop)
• December – off
• January 22
• February 26
• March 26
• April 23
• May 5-6th – Overnight at the church
Friends are always welcome! If you have questions about B.L.A.S.T. and 4th and 5th grade programming, reach out to Pastor Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Middle School Summer Trip
We’ve continued to learn how to be flexible and make the best of each situation and the MS Service Trip was a perfect example of that. After completely changing plans when our leaders had to cancel, we came up with a mini trip that consisted of two days of service without the overnights. Wednesday afternoon we met at the church and spent time together deepening relationships, learning about food insecurity, and having a bit of fun. That evening we worked together to cook a meal with Teen Feed for 60 young people. We served half of the meals and packed up the rest for Roots. Chili, Baked Potatoes, Cornbread, Salad, Brownies – it was delicious, and the youth did a great job working as a team. Thursday morning, we met bright and early in the church parking lot and drove up to Edmonds to catch the ferry. Our day was spent in Kingston at The Giving Garden where our team built a raised bed for herbs! These plants will be harvested and donated to the Food Bank to add extra flavor to the client’s food. It was physical work in the hot sun and these kids had great attitudes the entire time. We look a quick trip to Point No Point to cool off and play at the beach. We got stuck at the ferry terminal on our way home for 3.5 hours because of mechanical issues, but smiles continued, and the relationships grew. It was amazing to see the youth inviting other kids who were waiting to join in on games. These middle schoolers are wonderful!
Youth: Roy, Issac, Abe, Cordelia, Clara, Elliot
Leaders: Jennifer Butner, Adrien Andre, Sarah Marshall
High School Summer Trip: Keep Holden On! – The Village Voice from one of our Youthies
Last month me and 4 other youth (and our leaders) took a pilgrimage to Holden Village. Here’s a brief overview of Holden’s past: it was built as a copper mine last century. When it closed it was turned into a retreat center. The original buildings (hotel, worker dorms, meeting hall with bowling alley and ice cream parlor and others) are all still there. We went to a daily bible study led by Austen Harktke about the Bible and the lives of Transgender Christians. We also went to evening prayer every night, learned about the remediation of pollution from the mine, helped with dishes and “Garbo” (recycling, trash, and compost in the village), ate ice cream and hung out together. I got to know the youth better and got to learn more about Holden and caring for creation. Thank you for all the youth leaders that came on the trip and all the ways the congregation helped us get to Holden!
Peace, Eleanor Jerbi