Monday November 25th, 2013
Thursday: No dinner or program this week. Enjoy your Thanksgiving Round 2 (if you were at Agape last week) and give thanks for the good things God had given you this year.
Sunday: It's a 1st Sunday, and I'm back from maternity leave. We'll be starting our focus on Advent with some time in a labyrinth that we create, and working on some Advent wreaths.
Tuesday November 12th, 2013
Thursday: Nice and normal Thursday night. Meet in BYF room. This will out last regular Thursday night until mid December. Next week is the Agape Meal.
Sunday: Both classes meeting. Start in the BYF room for prayer, sharing, and candy.
Have a great week!
Monday November 4th, 2013
Thursday will be a 1st Thursday Sabbath Night. Enjoy the hour of rest and (and I'm just spitballing here) ping pong and excessive use of the glitter glue.
Sunday will be a thoroughly normal morning with both classes meeting. Start in the BYF room.
Have a great week!
Monday October 28th, 2013
Thursday: No program this week, 'cause it's Halloween. Don't be hooligans!
Sunday: It's a 1st Sunday, so both classes will meet together with Nathan and Jesica. This week you'll be watching a cartoon movie short and working together in small groups to tell some stories. I know that sounds weird, and vaguely non- Sunday school-ish, but it'll be fun and you might even learn something about God, or Jesus, or yourself.
Have a great week!
Monday October 21st, 2013
Thursday: It's the Quarterly business meeting this week, so regular program is cancelled for tonight so that folks can attend. Next week is Halloween, so there won't be program then either. Normal schedule resumes on November 7th.
Sunday: Both Sunday School classes meeting. Start in the BYF room for prayer, sharing, and candy.
Also, for all those in 7th-12th grades, our series on Faith and Sexuality begins on Sunday night. Parents will receive an outline of what we hope to cover in each class sometime this week, as well as a recap after Sunday.
7th & 8th graders meet from 4:30-5:30pm
9th-12th graders meet from 6-7pm
Everyone eats dinner together from 5:30-6pm (dinner provided)
Questions? Send me an email and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.
Have a great week!
Monday October 14th, 2013
Thursday: Normal week, meet (and stay) in the BYF room with Scott and Mark.
Sunday: Both classes meeting. Start in the BYF room for prayer, sharing, and candy.
Have a great week!
Monday October 7th, 2013
Thursday: Normal week, meet in the BYF room with Scott and Mark.
Sunday: Both classes meeting. Start in the BYF room for prayer, sharing, and candy.
Have a great week!
Monday September 30th, 2013
Thursday- It's 1st Thursday so it's a Sabbath night. Come ready to relax without electronics, play games, and just spend an hour being with each other and God.
Sunday- It's also a 1st Sunday so you'll be with Nathan and Jesica and a guest speaker. This month it's...my parents! Be nice to them! They're Buddhists and they're going to teach you a little bit about it, how they practice, and I think there may even be snacks involved.
Have a great week!
Monday September 23rd, 2013
This is the 1st of several updates you'll receive while I'm away on maternity leave.
These updates will be very basic, just what you need to know for the week to come without the usual commentary. While I'll do my best to make sure all the info here is correct before I go, please check in with your Sunday School teachers or Thursday night leaders if you have any questions week to week.
For this week:
Thursday- as usual. Meet in the BYF room.
Sunday- It's a 5th Sunday so you'll be headed down to Augie's to get something to eat/drink if you want it (bring some $$), and to just have a nice stroll if not. You'll return to church after to hang out together, talk, and do prayer.
Monday September 16th, 2013
Thursday: We'll meet as usual in the BYF room, doors open at 6:20pm, program starts at 6:45pm. There's no more furniture to move, so I'm sorry to say that moving cart skateboarding is out for this week. But we'll have fun anyway, so come on out.
Sunday: We continue Sunday school as usual. Both classes will meet.
In the evening, we'll have our first BYF of the year at the Zabaleta's house from 5-7pm. Woohoo! If you need directions or an address, I'll have those in the morning.
Have a great week!
Monday September 9th, 2013
Thanks to the drummers who helped wrap up the service on Sunday. Lots of folks have mentioned how appreciative they were of your contribution.
On to this week:
Thursday is our first Thursday night dinner and program. The BYF room will open at 6:20pm, program starts at 6:45pm.
Sunday we'll have Sunday school for all, splitting into our middle and high school classes. BYF returns on September 22nd.
Finally, medical release forms are here. I'll also be passing these out in Sunday school.
Tuesday September 3rd, 2013
I hope everyone had a nice long weekend doing something fun.
Drummers will rehearse this Saturday September 7th at noon. Lunch provided.
Rally Day is this coming Sunday, September 8th. Woot! We'll all meet out on the patio at 9am to, um, rally, and then head downstairs to the BYF room for a little abbreviated Sunday School. Worship starts at 10:15am.
Thursday night dinner and program resume on the 12th. We'll meet in the BYF room.
Finally, we still have a couple of openings for hosting BYF on Sunday nights. October, December, March, and April are still available. Please let me know if your household is interested in taking any of those.
If you ever have calendar questions, feel free to ask, or check out the calendar page. I try to keep it up to date for you.
Monday August 26th, 2013
Monday August 19th, 2013
I won't be sending weekly updates for you just yet, but there are a few things to let you know about before Rally Day on September 8th.
- Speaking of Rally Day, the drum circle has been requested to play the postlude for the first combined worship service. That doesn't leave us much time to rehearse, so I'd like to propose that all interested youth (old and new drummers) meet this coming Sunday the 25th following the Quarterly Business meeting. We'll drum, eat some burritos (provided), and see where we are after a summer of not playing.
- Also, after a lot of thinking and planning, I'm happy to announce that we'll be having a once monthly study on sexuality for youth in 7th & 8th grades, and 9th-12th grades. I'll have more details on times, days, and topics on Rally Day, but for now, just get the 4th Sunday evening of each month (October- April, not including December) on your calendars.
Have a great week everyone!
Monday June 3rd, 2013
That was the sound of school almost being out for the year.
Now that that's out of the way, here's what you have to look forward to this week:
If you show up on Thursday, you'll be taking a walk to get some ice cream. It will be delicious, and you'll like it.
If you show up on Sunday, there will be even more food (but not ice cream) as we celebrate the last day of Sunday School for the year, and talk about what you'd like to see happen next year.
Also, Six Flags is on the 15th. Bring in $50 for your ticket, lunch, and gas money for drivers if you're hoping to go.
And finally, we're still planning on having a study on sexuality and faith over the summer. You should have already gotten some information about this, but the short and sweet is:
- two groups meeting separately- 7th & 8th graders
- each group will meet 3 times- on Sundays following the service, lunch provided
- it really won't be as awkward as you're imagining
If you have questions, or food requests for Sunday, let me know!
Tuesday May 28th, 2013
Here's what else you can look forward to:
Thursday we explore the wilds of Redlands, by which I mean Market Night. We'll be walking over there with the rest of the families.
Sunday we'll have Sunday School for all. It's our next to last Sunday School of the year.
Six Flags is coming soon, June 15th to be exact. If you're planning on coming and want a ticket, please get your $50 in by June 9th. That will cover your park admission ticket, gas money for drivers, and lunch at the park.
Finally, we're now collecting foil coffee bags, batteries, and CDs in the recycling bins we made earlier in the year, so if you've got any of those sitting around the house collecting dust, bring them in on Sundays.
Have a superb almost last week of school!
Monday May 20th, 2013
Be sure to say thank you when you see them.
I know the summer's-almost-here itchiness is in full swing, so here's your week to come, short and sweet:
Thursday we'll be finalizing plans to raise some money and make someone's dreams come true as they get their car washed by Batman. After talking with a couple of folks, it looks like our best bet may be Saturday June 1st, 9-noon (or whenever during that time period you can make it). If that day doesn't work for you, please let me know soon.
Sunday we have Sunday school as usual in the morning, and our last BYF of the year that evening from 5-7pm at Sky Town. Please make sure you've completed a waiver before then, and let me know when you've done that so I can keep a list. We'll meet at the church at 5pm to eat dinner, then head over to Sky Town, bounce around, and families can pick your youngun's up there at 7pm.
On Sunday we also have some baptisms during the 8:30am service, so please take a minute to say a prayer for those who'll be taking the plunge.
Done and done!
Monday May 13th 2013
Here's what you may want to know about for the next few weeks:
If you show up on Thursday, you'll have dinner and program as usual. We'll be making plans to take the superheroes to the streets
If you show up on Sunday, you'll have Sunday school with more Bible trivia. In the evening, we have BYF at the Barwick's new house. I'll have directions available in Sunday School.
Finally, if you're planning on coming to BYF on May 26th at Sky Town, I need a signed waiver from your folks. Fill it out here, and then please let me know once you have so that I know how many folks we have coming.
Have a great week!
Monday May 6th, 2013
Did you know it's May already? Here's hoping for lots of calm for everyone who still has testing to get through.
Here's what your week at church will look like:
If you show up on Thursday, you'll have dinner and regular, youth-only program time.
If you show up on Sunday morning, we'll have Sunday school, which will be awesome, and I think may just involve some more Bible trivia, because that was unexpectedly hilarious.
We won't have anything in the evening this week, but the next two weeks we'll have:
May 19th- BYF at the Barwick's new house in Calimesa. There will be dinner, snacks, lawn games, and the pool will be open, so bring your suit if you want to get in.
May 26th- Our last BYF of the year will be at Sky Town. Please make sure you've signed up if you want to go so we can have enough rides and adults to go along.
Have a great week everyone!
Monday April 29th, 2013
I hope everyone's enjoying their CSTs just as thoroughly as possible. Good times, right?
Well, if not, here's what you can look forward to this week:
If you come on Thursday, you'll have dinner and then the Quarterly Congregational meeting.
If you come on Sunday, you'll have Sunday school in the morning, and the baptism class in the afternoon (12:30-2:30pm for anyone who's interested.
We will not have BYF this week or next, but we will have BYF on both May 19th and the 26th. We've had sign ups in Sunday school for BYF on the 26th since we're planning on heading to Sky Town (trampoline park). Please make sure you've signed up so we can arrange enough rides for everyone.
Have a lovely week!
Monday April 15th, 2013
Congratulations to everyone who completed the famine this weekend. Well done! Be sure to say thank you to Angel, Robert, Eric, Matt, and Chris when you see them.
And thank you to everyone who had a part in the 8:30am service yesterday. Your good work was very well received and the congregation was blessed by your leadership.
Here's the week ahead:
Thursday is business as usual.
Sunday is Sunday school as usual.
BYF returns next week, April 28th, at the church with some Easter season celebrating.
The schedule for May-July is now on the calendar page. Please take a look and figure out which events you might like to attend and get those dates on your calendars. I'll have sign ups available starting Thursday so we can start planning for drivers and adult volunteers.
Have a great week everybody!
Monday April 8th, 2013
This week goes like this:
Thursday is food and fun times, as usual. Come at 5:45pm for food, 6:45pm for the fun.
Saturday is the 30/24 Hour Famine. Meet at the church at 10am. We'll rehearse for Sunday's service, do some thinking about hunger, watch movies, and make our cardboard tents for sleeping in.
Sunday we're leading the 8:30am service. If you're famine-ing, we'll just wake up and head straight in to get ready for the service. If you're not participating in the famine, please arrive by 7:45am so we can do mic checks, etc.
Next week, look out for information and dates for remaining spring and summer activities.
Monday April 1st, 2013
Thanks so much to all the drummers for Sunday's magnificent work! You were amazing, and very much appreciated by all who had the privilege of hearing you play. Thanks also to everyone who brought something tasty to share for the brunch.
Ok, here's your week (and slightly beyond):
If you come on Thursday you'll get to take part in a youth sabbath night.
If you come on Sunday you'll have Sunday School in the morning. If you're singing on the 14th with the worship team, you'll have a quick rehearsal from 11am-noon.
If you come on Saturday the 13th, you'll be taking part in the 24 Hour Famine! Please get a your consent form turned in before then. We'll be leading the 8:30am service the following morning and breaking the fast in Sunday school. Families, please bring something to share at the fast breaking potluck brunch on the 14th.
Monday March 25th, 2013
First off, drummers, you sounded so good at rehearsal last night (even if all the neighbors weren't exactly fans of our musical stylings)! Easter morning is going to be great.
Here's what you might want to know this week:
Thursday we have our Seder dinner at the church. It will last the entire dinner + program time. Don't worry if you still don't really understand what a Seder meal is; it's fun and you'll be glad you came for it.
Sunday, as you may recall, is Easter. Here's the schedule:
6:15am- drummers arrive in church lounge to warm up. If you tend to run late (e.g., you are me) tell yourself to be there at 6am.
7am- Sunrise service at the Bowl- drummers play prelude
8:30am- Early service
9:30am- Sunday school brunch- please bring something brunch-y to share. Breakfast burritos will be provided. We'll also hide the eggs for the JDs, and end the morning by smashing eggs on each other's heads.
11am- 2nd service
Hope your Holy Week is a peaceful one.
Monday March 18th, 2013
I've got a lot to tell you about this week, so here it all is, color-coded and chronological.
- Thursday we'll be working on a little project to observe Lent since it's only 2 weeks until Easter.
- Saturday is the church clean up and palm hanging day. Show up between 8:30 and noon to help out.
- Sunday is Palm Sunday. Regular Sunday school in the morning, and drum circle in the evening, 5-7pm. Please bring $5 is you plan to eat dinner.
- On Easter Sunday drummers should arrive at church by 6:15am so we can run through what we'll be playing for the Sunrise Service at the Bowl. We'll walk over to the Bowl at 6:40am.
- We will have our traditional Easter Sunday School brunch with breakfast burritos, so please bring some fruit, juice, or breakfast breads to share.
- The 30 Hour Famine will now be a 24 Hour Famine, and will be held on April 13th. Consent forms and a flyer with more details are both here.
- The youth-led service will be the following day, April 14th. We'll do a lot of prep work for this service during the 24 Hour Famine.
Monday March 11th, 2013
Thanks to the Kirklands for hosting BYF last night and all the tasty pizzas and for introducing us to the game washers. Who wants to build one for the BYF room?
Before I get into this week, there have been a few schedule changes for events happening this month:
- The youth-led March 17th service will now be on April 14th. The worship team needed more time to rehearse with the youth singers, so we've bumped it back a month. All of our planning will still work for the new date, we'll just need to change a couple of the readings. So, the new date to get on your calendars is April 14th, 8:30am.
- With the new date for our youth-led worship, some of our youth suggested yesterday that we might want to move the 30 Hour Famine to the weekend of the service. I think it's a marvelous idea, and would give us plenty of time to prepare for the service the next day. If we did it that way, we'd gather on Saturday April 13th at about 10am, spend the night at the church, lead the service at 8:30am the next day, and break our fast in Sunday school right after.
Finally, on to this week, very briefly.
Thursday we'll be starting work on our photo project, and helping stuff some Easter eggs for the young'uns. Sunday we have Sunday school as usual in the morning, but no BYF in the evening.
Please let me know if the Famine date change will not work for you. Otherwise, have a great break everyone!
Tuesday March 5th, 2013
Sorry I'm a day late this week. My laptop was taking an unauthorized internet sabbatical.
But you don't care about that. You want to know what's up for you this week, so here you go:
Thursday we're doing a second installment of youth sabbatical night. We'll be lighting some candles, playing games, lounging around, and generally taking a minute to just be. Next Thursday we're going to try to take pictures of Legos and other toys reenacting Jesus being anointed, so if you've got Legos or another toy that would make a suitable Mary Magdalene/Judas/Jesus/disciple stand in, bring it next week, please. These photos will be used during the scripture reading for the 8:30am service on the 17th.
Sunday we have
regular Sunday school classes in the morning
and BYF in the evening at the Kirkland's house. Text me if you need an address/directions.
Finally, thanks to those who came to BYF last Sunday. I was really impressed by how much progress yall made on the drums. Stupendous work, people, stupendous! This service is really starting to come together, and I for one am pumped to see all of your good ideas come to life in a few weeks.
Have a marvelous week!
Monday February 25th, 2013
Here's what you might want to know for this week:
Thursday we'll fine tune the plan for the March 17th service. I'll be getting in touch with some of you this week about taking on leadership for some of those things (singing, running sound, making a Lego-based Jesus and Mary montage, etc.), so answer my call/text, please!
Sunday we'll be joining the contemplative prayer class for the morning. Don't worry; I'll bring the candy bowl along. Meet on the patio after 1st service so we can all walk up together.
In the evening, we'll meet at the church from 5-7pm to drum, run through some music for the 17th, and talk a little bit about the 30 Hour Famine coming up.
which reminds me...
The 30 Hour Famine is coming up! This year it's March 22nd-23rd, and we'll be hanging mostly here at FBC. We'll be doing some fasting, some study, some fundraising, some napping, some movie watching, and finally, some eating.
- Friends are welcome.
- Consent forms are here.
- Adults, here's a list of some of the opportunities for you to be involved in this year's famine. Please let me know if you might be available/interested in taking part. Either reply to firstname.lastname@example.org, or text/call me. Thanks for helping make this opportunity happen for our youth.
Tuesday February 19th, 2013
I hope all you campers enjoyed getting home for a shower and a good night's sleep. Thanks to Hilary and Matt for coming along on the adventure another year, and to Matt, Kate, Robert, and Luthor for holding down the fort here. Be sure to tell them thanks when you see them.
Here's your week:
Thursday we're going to start working on planning the 8:30am service for March 17th. This is our opportunity to serve and lead the congregation, so please make an effort to be here this week and help plan what our worship will look like on St. Paddy's Day.
Sunday we have Sunday school for all! Also, the battery collection box yall put together a while ago had about 70 pounds of batteries in it when I took it in last week. Whoohoo!
30 Hour Famine is March 22nd-23rd (Palm Sunday weekend). Feel free to invite friends, and get it on your calendars.
Have a great week everyone.
Monday February 11th, 2013
Thanks to the Lingenfelters and their amazing dog and duct tape collection for hosting BYF last night.
Here's what you need to know this week:
If you show up on Wednesday...you can come to the Ash Wednesday service at 7pm in the chapel. It's only about 30 minutes long, and it's a nice way to start Lent. Also, be thinking about what you might want to give up or add to your regular routine for your lenten observance.
If you show up on Thursday... you'll be having Fat Tuesday on Thursday pancakes (delicious), doing some pancake relay racing (awesome), and doing something Valentine's-y (because it's Valentine's Day).
If you show up on Saturday...it means you're coming to Winter Camp! We meet at the church at 1pm to load cars and drive up to camp. Any electronics you bring with you will be lovingly confiscated once we reach camp and will have a nice nap locked safely away in the cars until Monday. We return on Monday afternoon. Please see here if you need a packing list.
If you show up on Sunday...there will be worship and Sunday School as usual (whoohoo!). No BYF in the evening.
Have a great week everyone!
Monday February 4th, 2013
A couple of things for you to know about this week:
Thursday we're going to be doing a youth-only sabbath hour with all the best elements from our discussions and experiments over the last few weeks. Should be good fun.
Sunday we have Sunday school as usual in the morning, and BYF at the Lingenfelter's in the evening, 5-7pm. I'll have the address available in Sunday school.
Winter Camp is coming! We'll gather at the church at 1pm on Saturday the 16th to load cars and head up the mountain. We return Monday the 18th around 1pm. Please pack what you need to stay warm, but remember, we're only gone a few days.
On Saturday February 23rd at 10:30am, Canon Greg Richards (Episcopal Church) will be giving a lecture on the development of the teenage brain. The talk will be hosted at Smiley Library, is sponsored by Trinity Episcopal Church, and is free and open to the public. I'm planning on attending, and hope to see some of you there.
Monday January 28th, 2013
First off, thanks again to the high school boys for being so helpful yesterday morning, especially for the help with the worship team gear.
Second off, if there are any youth girls who would like to help lead the music (singing primarily) on February 10th during the 8:30am service, please let me know.
here's your week:
Thursday: We have dinner and program as usual. This will be our last week of sabbath focus and we'll have a guest speaker.
Sunday: We have Sunday School in the morning (woot!), and no BYF in the evening. We'll resume next week with BYF at the Lingenfelter's house.
Please get your Winter Camp forms in asap if you still want to go. Parents, if you are able to drive a carload of kids up and back, please let me know. We have 14 youth and 3 adults registered, and we still need at least one more car to get everyone up there and back. Thanks!
Tuesday January 22nd, 2013
and on to this week:
Thursday we'll have some sabbath time together. Don't worry; it's not going to be cold and dark and boring. In fact, there are snacks and (controlled) fire!
Saturday we have the Race to Nowhere screening and discussion groups, 9-noon. All are invited, as are friends. There will be snacks between the screening and discussions. More information about the movie is here.
Sunday we have Sunday school for all in the morning, and BYF at church in the evening, 5-7pm. Please bring $5 of you plan on eating (it's lasagna this week). We'll be opening a temporary free store on the church lawn. If you have anything you're looking to part with, bring it on down, as long as it's in decent condition. We'll also be giving out cookies.
have a great week all!
Monday January 14th 2013
Thanks to the Estey family for hosting BYF last night and for making about 84,000 tacos for us all!
Here's your week:
Thursday- Dinner and program as usual. We're talking sabbath, and it will be good stuff.
Sunday- Sunday school for all in the morning. The Annual Meeting will be at noon, with tasty chili and some good discussion after. We'll also be talking about a movie screening you're invited to next Saturday the 26th.
BYF resumes next Sunday the 27th.
Winter Camp forms are here. Please get those in asap, or by the 23rd.
Monday January 7th 2013
I'm going to be sending these out on Mondays from now on, just so you know when to get all excited about checking your inbox.
Thursday we resume Thursday night program and dinner. It's a family night, so we'll be gathering with the larger group to do a short project, and then we'll spend a little time talking about what you'd like to see happen this year. So, this is the night to pitch that snow-machine-for-the-BYF-room idea.
Sunday we have Sunday school for all, middle and high school classes. In the evening we have BYF at the Estey's house, 5-7pm. Text me for the address if you need it.
Finally, Winter Camp forms are here! I'll have more copies on Sunday if you missed it this week. Please get those in asap along with your money so we can get the early rate and start planning for transportation.
Aaaaaaaand that's it for this week. Hope everyone has an excellent one!
Wednesday January 2nd 2013
We're still on a little holiday schedule here, so there's no Thursday night dinner or BYF this week.
But, we will have Sunday School, meeting all together, and then splitting into Middle and High School classes.
I will have the sign ups for Winter Camp available on Sunday, so please grab one so we can start planning for that.
Have a superb week all!
Tuesday December 18th 2012
Hang in there all you Yucaipans making it through the last few days of school.
Here's the week we're looking at:
Thursday will be our last one until after the new year. We'll be taking a little walk through the neighborhood distributing holiday cheer in the form of St. Nicholas gifts.
Sunday we'll have cantatas in both services, and our Sunday school brunch. Breakfast burritos will be provided; please bring something else to share.
The Christmas Eve service will be on Monday December 24th at 7pm in the sanctuary.
And the sign ups for Winter Camp are here! I'll have them posted online next week, but I'll also have printed copies on Sunday if you want to grab one early.
Tuesday December 11th 2012
First off, thanks to everyone who helped lead worship this past Sunday. It was a really wonderful way to celebrate the season, and the congregation was very much blessed by your efforts and by the way you took on leadership roles so gracefully.
Now on to your week:
Thursday we'll be doing our interviews, which should be a lot of fun. We'll also take pictures of every interviewing team, so this may not be the week to try out a new hair color, unless you want that to end up in the church archive. Although, a festive Christmas red and green look could be nice...
Saturday is Las Posadas. The pilgrimage begins at Bethany Reformed Church at 3:30pm, gets to FBC around 4:45pm, and ends at Trinity Episcopal not long after with a (free!) tamale dinner. As long as it doesn't rain, there will be a big outdoor area for the pinatas and space to sit and eat, as well as the indoor seating area. Also, did I mention tamales, delicious pork and chile and cheese tamales?
Sunday we have Sunday school as usual in the morning, and BYF in the evening, 5-7pm. This is our last BYF until the new year, so come on out to the Goddard home for food and games and a goofy gift exchange (no need to bring anything- we've got the goofy gifts covered).
see yall soon!
Tuesday December 4th 2012
Here's the skinny, in exciting paragraph format!
This Thursday is Dinner followed by Hanging of the Greens in the sanctuary. It will be awesome and yout will want to be there, if only to see the gold camels. What gold camels?. Come and see. Also, Saturday will be the Big Rehearsal for Sunday's Service. Be in the sanctuary at 9am. Everyone (both behind and in front of the scenes) is needed this day. And finally, on Sunday, please arrive by 8:45am so that any last minute needs can be taken care of well in advance. It's going to be a really great morning, so thanks to everyone who's participating and making it such a nice way to spend worship.
Las Posadas will ne next Saturday the 15th. We'll receive the pilgrims here at FBC at about 4:15pm, then join the processional and finally end up at Trinity Epsicopal for the tamale fiesta. Were working on having a nice outdoor area this year so those with lots of energy to burn can move around while you feast.
BYF next Sunday the 16th will be at the Goddard home. It will be our last Sunday evening gathering until after the new year.
Wednesday November 28th 2012
Here's what you want to know about this week:
Thursday there will be no turkey. But there will be dinner and then regularly scheduled program. We only have 2 more regular Thursday night program nights before the end of the year, so we're going to spend them doing a little interview project. It's going to be a lot of fun, so be there or be a rhombus (and, yes, I will keep telling that joke until yall laugh at it, because, come on, that's funny stuff).
Sunday the pageant orchestra will practice at the start of Sunday school again, and then we'll have regular class time. We will have drum circle in the evening, so if you want to play for the pageant, please be here at 5pm to practice. We will have dinner, but you can keep your $5 this time since we have a dinner benefactor this week. Yay!
All of the other pageant rehearsal times can be found here. We do need everybody (up in front people and behind the scenes people) here on December 8th for the big rehearsal, so get that one of your calendar, please!
and finally, here's something just for fun since Advent starts this Sunday.
Tuesday November 13th 2012
First off, thanks to all the drummers for all your good work on Sunday. Everyone who's said something to me complimented your excellent playing, and said it made them want to dance in the aisles, and I can't think of a nicer way to spend a church service than with people dancing in the aisles.
Thanks also to Mark and Barbi Carpenter for hosting BYF with their superb new fire pit. Be sure to tell them thanks when you see them.
On to this week:
Thursday is the Agape Meal, and the decision has been made not to have the food served from the buffet line, so you're all free to just come and enjoy and feast away. Woot!
Sunday we're back on our 2 services and Sunday school schedule. All those who signed up for the Christmas Pageant orchestra will mete with Jonathan Peske at the start of Sunday school to get your music and go over it once or twice. Bring instruments. No BYF or Drum Circle in the evening.
And that's it. Have an excellent week!
Tuesday November 6th 2012
Here's what you may want to know for this week:
Thursday we'll be participating in family night making a Thanksgiving board for your family (or just you, if you're so inclined) to use this season. And if your family doesn't tend to do Thursday night but you want to come, no sweat. There will be plenty of materials, and plenty of fun to be had.
On Sunday morning drummers will need to arrive by 8:30am so we have time to run through what we're playing. We'll play our part near the beginning of the service, and then sneak back out into the congregation for the rest of the service. Service starts at 9:30am, banquet on the lawn to follow.
Sunday evening we will have BYF at the Carpenter's house, 5-7pm, dinner provided. I'll have an address for you on Sunday morning.
The Agape Meal will be next Thursday the 15th.Instead of serving people at tables, we need a handful of youth who would be willing to just serve people scoops and slices of food as they come through the serving line. It's a much smaller time commitment than usual Agape Meals, and would really help out the Worship Commission. Please let me know if you can help serve that day.
have a great week all!
Tuesday, October 30th 2012
Here's the deal for this week:
Thursday will be All Saint's Day and we'll be setting up stations on the patio for folks to come and take part of. We'll set it all up towards the end of dinner.
Sunday is Sunday School as usual in the morning, and Drum Circle in the evening, 5-7pm. We're getting ready to play for the anniversary service on the 11th.
And, if you've signed up to take part in the Christmas pageant more information on your role will be coming soon.
And, just in case you haven't yet.
And that's it for this week. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy, mac and cheesy, my it's breezy. Ok, enough.
See yall soon!
Tuesday, October 23rd 2012
Thanks to all the drummers who met on Sunday. The November 11th service is going to be a lot more fun with drum invasion 2012 in full swing.
Here's your week:
Thursday: We have dinner as usual, and the Quarterly Congregational Meeting to follow. We'll be back on the normal schedule next week for the All Saint's Day stations. Any requests for what kind of cookie we use for the communion?
Friday: The gentlemen will have their overnight in Mt. Baldy. Please let me know if you're coming so I can make sure everyone has a ride up there.
Sunday: We're back on for Sunday School as usual in the morning, and BYF at the church in the evening, 5-7pm. Bring $5 for dinner if you plan on eating.
Here's some stuff you might want to get on your calendar:
Christmas Pageant: December 9th, 9:30am. There's a place for everyone, so let me know what you want to do. I'll have the sign ups on Sunday again.
Blood Drive table: We need a couple of volunteers to stand by the blood drive table for the next couple of Sundays. You just need to stand there and get people (over age 15) to sign up to donate blood at the drive we're holding at the church next year.
Agape Meal: We need some folks to help serve food at the Agape Meal this year, November 15th. It'll be much simpler than past Agape Meals- no clearing tables, no setting tables, just standing in the serving line and scooping out mounds of mashed potatoes as people come through the line.
Wednesday October 17th 2012
Thursday: After the salmon or chicken dinner, we'll be working some more on what we're going to offer up for the congregation on November 1st. Come on out and be a part of the planning.
Sunday: We're back on for regular Sunday school in the morning. We will have drum circle in the evening to start getting ready to play for the November 11th celebration service. There's plenty of drums for all, some if you've got a hankering to wail on something in a musical fashion, come out at 5pm for dinner and drumming.
see yall soon!
Wednesday October 10th 2012
Here's what you need to know for this week:
Thursday: Dinner as usual, and then family night. Youth will be joining in with the rest of the under 18 department for some fun times. We'll be back down in the BYF room next week to plan our All Saints Day offering to the congregation.
Sunday: It's a single service celebration Sunday, so we will not have Sunday School. I know, you're disappointed. Don't worry, we'll be back on track for the 21st. There will be a brunch following the service just like last time. Youth will be joining in the Q&A sessions with the adults this time around, so once you get your food, see who's speaking and decide who you'd like to go hear.
In the evening, we'll be gathering at the Kishimoto's house for BYF, 5-7pm. A little birdie told me we're having burritos. I'll have the address available Sunday morning for any who need it.
And finally, let's talk drum circle, shall we?
The glorious and melodious presence of the drum circle has been requested for the following worship services:
Sunday November 11th (this is our final anniversary celebration day)
Sunday December 9th (this is the Christmas pageant)
Both will be at 9:30am in the sanctuary. Please get these dates on your calendars. You know how during the offering time we talk about all the different ways we can make our offerings? Well, this is one way the youth can make an offering of worship and praise, and do something nice for the congregation to boot. Once we have a good idea of who will be available, Scott can start planning some new patterns for us to learn that will be the right amount of challenging and exciting to play.
ok, over and out.
Tuesday, October 2nd 2012
Here's your week:
Thursday- We'll get started on a new focus for the month of October: All Saints Day & Dia de los Muertos. Also, there will be sugar skulls. Meet in the halfway re-done, former Jr High room (aka the HRFJH room, which has a nice ring to it, I think)
Sunday: Regular Sunday School for all! Ladies will be in the HRFJH room, guys will be in the BYF room. And maybe we'll also do some brainstorming for a better name for the HRFJH room.
Keep an eye on the calendar to see what's coming up later this month.
And finally, we're in the market for some adults to go to Winter Camp and the 30 Hour Famine this Spring. If you're an adult and are interested, please let me know. And if you're a youth and there's someone you'd like to have along, let me know that too.
Have a great week everyone!
Tuesday September 25th, 2012
Ready for the fastest update yet? Here we go:
Thursday: Jr High room continues going from sad and boring to 100% more Christmas tree covered and fun. Come on out, or you'll just have to be happy with whatever color we choose for the walls.
Sunday: Sunday school for all, no BYF in the evening.
Have fun if you're going on the retreat! See you all soon.
Tuesday, September 18th, 2012
Thanks to everyone who carried a flag for the service in Sunday, and for helping make it a good day.
Also, here's Deborah House's fb page, for those who want to take another look. We'll be talking more about them and how we want to be a part of their part of God's mission.
for this week:
Thursday: We'll get to work making the Jr High room a better place to be, and thinking about a new name since the one we have is misleading. Good news: with almost no effort expended and no money spent, I found a super awesome 7 foot Christmas tree for the room. Woot!
Friday: Pool Party at the Zabaleta's house, 6pm. We'll have dinner, so please send a reply email or a text asap and let me know if you're coming. Also, please bring something snacky to share.
Sunday: Sunday school in the morning, BYF in the evening. We'll have students from the U of R visiting for BYF to tell us about campus life and maintaining and growing your faith in college. Also, there will be cookie baking. For the morning and the evening, meet in the BYF room.
have a great week
Tuesday September 11th 2012
This might be a good day to take a minute to say a prayer for someone who lost someone they loved on 9-11, and for peace in our world among all people.
For the rest of your week:
Thursday: We start Thursday night program this week!! Dinner is at 5:45pm, and at 6:45pm we'll gather to share about our weeks, pray, and get started on overhauling the Jr High room and make it a more useful and fun space for everybody (Jr and High schoolers).
Sunday: We have a Single Service Celebration Sunday at 9:30am, which I dare you now to say 3 times fast. Go ahead, I'll wait.
Done? Ok. We will not have Sunday school this Sunday, but we will have a brunch following the service. After you get brunch, come one down to the BYF room where Ray and Adalia Schellinger will be talking with us about the work they do with Deborah House in Tijuana and how we might be able to support their work. If you signed up to carry a flag
(or haven't yet and want to, in which case just let me know) in the service, please arrive at church by 8:45am to run through the process.
We will have Drum Circle in the evening! Meet at 5pm to hang for a while, then drum, then have dinner. We'll be done at 7pm.
And that's it for this week. Please remember your medical and media release forms, and check out the calendar page for special dates, like our pool party on the 21st.
Tuesday September 4th 2012
For this week:
The boys will still have a video game night this Friday the 7th at 6:30pm. Games, snacks, hanging out, good times. Friends welcome.
The girls will meet in the BYF room at 6:30pm to watch a little Hunger Games and eat tasty snacks, which should provide all the juxtaposition we need for the week.
Rally Day!! That means services at 8:30am & 11am, rally at 9:30am, and Super Sundae Sunday at 6pm.
Thursday night dinner and program resume next week at 5:45pm and 6:45pm, respectively. Youth will meet in the BYF room.
Whew! As always, all the dates and times are listed on the youth calendar.
All the forms you'll need are here.
Immerse 2012 pictures needed!
I'd like to put together some picture galleries and scrapbooks from our trip. if you have some good pictures you took that you'd like to be included, please get in touch with me so I can get those from you.
Thanks! And Mr Lincoln thanks you too.
Tuesday August 28th 2012
Congrats to our newly baptized youth! I was really glad to see yall take that step.
For this week's exciting news: Fellowship events!
The Zabaletas have offered to host a pool party on Friday September 21st. Please let me know if this date works for you. We'll do pizza and dessert, and of course, lots of swimming.
On Friday September 7th at 6:30pm we have 2 old school, boys and girls offerings:
- Girls: Hunger Games movie night- BYF room
- Boys: video games night- chapel
also, please turn in those medical and media release forms!!
Wednesday August 22nd
Just a few reminders for this coming week:
- We will be having a baptism service as a part of our regular worship this Sunday, and 2 of our youth will be be baptized. This is a big moment, so please make an effort to be present this Sunday to support and witness this step in faith.
- Rally Day is September 9th. We will begin our Sunday school classes that day, and have our Super Sundae Sunday celebration out on the church lawn that evening.
- Thursday night program resumes September 13th.
- Please get your medical and media release forms filled out and turned in as soon as you can. These have to be done every year, even if your information hasn't changed.
Have a great week, and see you Sunday.
Look who's back again- Thursday August 16th
I hope your summers were lots of fun, and that no one's melted at school yet. My 6 year old informs me that that's a real possibility. So, you know, be safe out there.
As we get ready for the start of Fall programming, here's some things for you to know and do:
- I need new medical and media release forms from everyone. I know these aren't the most glamorous thing in the world, but we need new ones every year. They're posted here, and there's also a stack in the church office for you to grab on Sundays.
- The calendar for the year is here, and also the church website, and the Tapestry, and I'll also be resuming these weekly updates, and also occasional phone call reminders and letters home. Basically, there are lots of ways to find out what's going on, but always feel free to email or call for the latest. I will do my best to keep everything updated and easy to find.
- Rally day this year is September 9th. This is the start of Sunday school, the day we resume our 2 service Sunday schedule, and also Super Sundae Sunday. However, since this is also our 125th anniversary year, there are some changes to the schedule, which you've hopefully seen and heard about. Again, all the dates can be found on the youth or church calendar, or in the Tapestry
Finally, many of you have been ardent and hardworking supporters of the youth ministry, and you are deeply appreciated. This would not be possible without your input and work. And we still need you. There are always opportunities to work with of for our youth in a variety of capacities. If you'd like to be more involved, or have thoughts on someone who might be a good fit to be a part of this youth ministry experience, please let me know, and we'll find a way for you to be involved.
See you all soon!
Tuesday June 5th 2012
Here's what you might want to know this week:
Thursday: After dinner we'll be walking down to a la Minute for some end of school year treats and spend some time appreciating the community in which God has placed us all. Just bring yourself; we've got the tasty treats covered for this one.
Sunday: This is our last Sunday School of this year and , once again, we'll be taking a stroll down to Smiley Park (the one by the library) to enjoy some more tasty treats from the Olive Market. Please bring $5 if you want something to eat and we'll get orders before we head out.
Have a great last (or almost last) week of school!
Tuesday May 29th 2012
Here's what's the what this week:
Thursday: We have dinner as usual, and then program. We'll be delivering seed bombs (to the ground), and talking about next year. Also, there will be leftover Oreos, so there's that.
Sunday: Sunday school as usual in the morning, and BYF in the evening, 5-7pm. We'll be outside and there will be water balloons and the like, so bring sunscreen and clothes that you won't mind having a water balloon chucked at.
Enjoy the school year home stretch!
Tuesday May 22nd 2012
Here's what you might like to know this week:
Thursday: Pentecost is this coming Sunday, so on Thursday we're going to have a little Holy Spirit birthday celebration. Prepare for party hats!
Drummers, we are playing during the offering for the 1st service. Please arrive a little early so we can run through it a couple of times.
Sunday school as usual.
NO BYF in the evening, but stay tuned for a last BYF before summer celebration on June 3rd.
Also, for those of you coming (or wanting to come, but not yet signed up) to Catalina (June 15-17), we have two opportunities for small-scale, single day fundraisers if you'd like to have some help paying for part of the trip. Please let me know if you'd like to participate in one of these and if we have a couple of folks who want to, I'll set them up. Both are doing work for church members at their homes.
Have a great week all!
Tuesday May 15th 2012
Thanks for all the hard work on the Goodwill truck on Saturday. We should be making enough from for this to have been our last fundraiser. Woot!
So, for this, fundraiser-free week:
Thursday: Dinner and program as usual. Be there or be a...let's go with trapezoid
Sunday: We've got Sunday school for all (maybe even haikus) in the morning, and Drum Circle in the evening, 5-7pm. We'll be rehearsing for the 8:30am service on May 27th, so please come if you're planing on playing.
Thanks for all your hard work these past several weeks. Happy Spring yall!
Wednesday May 9 2012
Here's all the information you've just been on pins and needles waiting to get:
Thursday: Dinner and program, usual times. We're going to be outside this week with badminton, volleyball, and sidewalk chalk art. Spring has, in fact, sprung.
Saturday: Goodwill truck! The truck arrives at 8am and leaves at 2pm. We need as many helpers as possible for this one. If you're attending the NYG, I'll see you at 8am. For any other who might be able to lend an hour our two (or three or four) we'll be pleased to see you whenever. Please remember sunscreen and water bottles. We'll have a water cooler out and bring in lunch in the afternoon. And if lunch isn't incentive enough, one of the donated boxes contains a Colonel Sanders (of KFC fame) Christmas album. So, you know, there's that.
Sunday: Sunday school as usual in the morning, but no BYF in the evening, because I don't know about you, but I plan to be tired out and ready to lounge around a little after moving all that stuff on Saturday. Enjoy spending time remembering, celebrating, and honoring all the women in your life (mothers and lots of others) who have shown you love and made you change your dirty socks.
Monday April 30 2012
We have a pretty average week this time around: regular Thursday night program, Sunday School, and drum circle Sunday evening, 5-7pm (bring $5 if you want some dinner).
Also, those of you attending the National Youth Gathering should have gotten or will soon be getting a packet with information for writing thank you cards. Please get those done this week if at all possible so we can get them mailed out before too much time goes by.
And, the Goodwill Truck comes Saturday May 12th. We need all available hands on deck for this one (mandatory for those going to the national youth gathering). So, get those closets cleaned out, drop flyers by yard sales for their leftovers, and we'll be on our way.
see yall soon!
Wednesday April 25th 2012
First off, thankyouthankyouthankyou to everyone who had a part in the lunch and silent auction. It was a big success, and a lot of fun, and it's over now. So, yay, on all accounts! We made over $3500, which means we're right on track to get all that we need for the National Youth Gathering in July. We've just got the Goodwill truck drive left in a few weeks, and, of course, about 84,000 thank you notes to write.
here's your week:
Thursday: dinner as usual, then we have the Quarterly Business meeting instead of the usual program.
Sunday: We have Sunday school as usual in the morning, both classes. The middle schoolers are using glitter, which, to me, is awesome, and should be more regularly encouraged. We will not have BYF this week.
Please remember: Bring in stuff for the Goodwill truck. We need all the youth who are attending to participate in this, getting stuff for the truck, helping get the word out to yard sales, and being there the day of (May 12) to get everything in the truck. Please make sure this date is on your calendar. This is our last big effort to make the money we need to get everyone to DC/NYC.
Wednesday April 18th 2012
Sorry this is a day late, but we're still getting things ready for the lunch and auction on Sunday. Speaking of which:
Thursday: We'll do our usual sharing and prayer time, and then bury our letters from Winter Camp and do some set up for the auction on Sunday
Saturday: all youth who are attending the Gathering, please make plans to be at the church at 2pm to help with food prep work. Donnie will be there doling out tasks to get everything prepped for Sunday. We'll be done around 5pm, but if you need to leave before then, that's ok too. But please try to be there for at least part of it. Many workers= less work for all.
Sunday: We'll have Sunday school as usual.
Everyone who's helping at the auction (that includes you if you're going to the Gathering) please stay downstairs during 2nd service to do any last minute set up that needs to be done. Everyone will get assignments for the actual event, and we should be all ready to go by the time folks start coming down after 2nd service ends.
Tuesday April 10th 2012
The Easter bunny won't be back for another year yet, but we do still have 48 days left in this season of Easter, so I hope you're celebrating the time well.
Thanks to all those who were a part of the 30 Hour Famine a few weeks ago and all those who were a part of the services on Easter morning, especially those very early rising drummers. Your hard work and dedication are appreciated.
and on to this week!
Thursday: things are back to usual for a bit. Dinner and program. We will also be selling tickets for the lunch and silent auction starting Thursday night.
Sunday: Sunday school for all, and BYF at the Barwick's (finally!) in the evening, 5-7pm.
And that's it for this week.
Wednesday April 4 2012
If your schedule so far hasn't allowed for much observation of this time, here's what's coming to help you get in the moment:
Thursday: dinner as usual, then the Maundy Thursday service. For those drumming, please be in the sanctuary to warm up by 6:15pm. For all others, just come up by 6:45pm. This is a very solemn, but very important and moving service, so please come prepared.
Friday: is Good Friday, which is the day we observe Jesus' death. All are welcome to come in the sanctuary in the afternoon for communion and meditation.
Saturday: there will be a Holy Saturday Taize service. This one has lots of candles and singing as we prepare for Jesus' resurrection.
Sunday: the Sunrise service at the Bowl begins at 7am. Drummers, please be at the church in the lounge by 6:15am to warm up. We'll walk over to the Bowl together, stay for the service after we play, and return to church around 8am.
Both the 8:30 and 11am services at FBC will run as usual, just more festively.
Please remember to bring some brunch-y food to share for our Sunday School brunch. I'll bring the breakfast burritos. After we eat we'll hide eggs in the Fellowship Hall for the JD's egg hunt.
NO BYF in the evening.
And then we're in the season of Easter. There's a lot going on over the next few days, so if you have questions, feel free to get in touch. Otherwise, hope to see you all sometime this week. Hope you all get a chance to take some time and appreciate this season of Lent before it's over.
Monday March 26th 2012
Here we go:
Thursday night: Dinner and program as usual. Be there or (continue to) be a rhombus.
Friday: Be at church at 7pm for the Famine. If you haven't already turned this in, I need consent forms by then as well. The fast starts after your lunch period on Friday and goes until 5pm on Saturday when we break the fast together. Families, we're breaking the fast at 5pm on Saturday the 31st at the Methodist Church with a potluck meal. Please bring some (preferably non-greasy) food to share with our fasters.
Sunday: Sunday school as usual in the morning. We have Drum Circle Rehearsal at 5pm. Please plan on being here for that if you want to play for the Maundy Thursday and Easter services. Don't forget your $5 if you plan on eating.
And finally, for those attending the National Youth Gathering, please remember to send me the names of any individuals or businesses you'd like to get in touch with for donating items for the silent auction. I'll have more information for you all and your jobs on Sunday.
Tuesday March 20th 2012
We had an exceptionally good drum circle practice on Sunday and I think Maundy Thursday and Easter are going to be fantastic, drum and otherwise. Thanks for all your hard work drummers!
Here's your week:
Thursday: dinner and program, as usual.
Sunday: Both classes in the morning. BYF at the Barwick's house in the evening, 5-7pm. Those attending the National Youth Gathering need to arrive by 4:20pm so we can have a short meeting about our upcoming fundraisers. Please do not miss this meeting if you are coming to D.C. We need everyone who's coming to participate in the fundraisers.
the 30 Hour Famine with First Methodist Church is coming up March 30-31. Please get your consent form turned in before then.
Tuesday March 13th 2012
Here's this week:
- Thursday: we continue to re-create
- Sunday: Sunday school classes for all. Drum Circle in the evening, 5-7pm, preparing for the Easter Sunrise Service
Here's what's coming:
- 30 Hour Famine- March 30-31. We could still use some adult volunteers for Friday and Saturday. Consent forms here.
- National Youth Gathering deposits due tomorrow. Please let me know if you need more time. We need to get out reservations in very soon!
- And speaking of the NYG, we're having a meeting for all youth attending the gathering on Sunday March 25th at 4:15pm to talk fundraisers, dates, and other info you need to know. Please make plans to attend this meeting if you are coming to the Gathering. Not to be overly nautical, but we need all hands on deck for this one, mateys.
And a hilarious joke for you:
Why did the man put a clock under his chair?
He wanted to work overtime.
Tuesday March 6th 2012
Here's what's pertinent for you this week:
Thursday: We continue talking about recreation and the spirit. Woot!
Sunday: Sunday school classes for all, and BYF in the evening. We're making a little change in the schedule, and instead of meeting at the Barwick's, we're meeting at Goddard Estates (by which I mean, my house), and we'll head to the Barwick's on the 26th of this month. So, if you're not off spring breaking somewhere, come on over to our house on Sunday evening (5-7) for some food and games and maybe a little flashlight tag.
Also, 30 hour Famine is coming up at the end of this month. Consent forms are here.
And, for those of you coming to the National Youth Gathering, the $350 deposit is due on the 15th of this month. Our first group fundraiser is in April, and we'll be talking about that starting this week. Also, look at your calendars to see when you can help with the Goodwill drive in May. I'll have the sign ups again this Thursday and Sunday.
have a great week all!
Thursday (eeek, so late!) March 1st 2012
Here's what you need to know:
Thursday Night Dinner and Program tonight!
Sunday School as usual, and Drum Circle in the evening 5-7pm. Again, we are playing for the Easter Sunrise (7am) Service at the Bowl, so if you have any interest in playing for that, please come to these rehearsals over the next month. There are enough drums for all, and we want to see your pretty faces there!
and now for all the alsos:
Also, consent forms for the 30 Hour Famine went home last week.Please fill out and return. We're staying in town this year, but going all over it.
Also, there will be sign ups going around this week and next for some fundraisers, and the food drive for the Famine.
Also, please remember that worship services are for everyone, including you. So, don't skip out on them, and if they're not helping you connect to God, then let someone know for Pete's sake so that we can talk about ways to change that!
over and out
Wednesday February 22nd 2012
I hope you Winter campers have recovered from all the uphill walking and vegetarian food. Thanks to all who went to camp, and all who helped get people to and from camp. It was a great weekend, and I am grateful to you all.
Thursday: We have dinner and program as usual. We'll be finishing up our time on telling our stories this week.
Sunday: We're back to our usual Sunday school schedule this week with classes for all!
In the evening (5-7pm) we'll have drum circle. Please come on out for this one. We have an opportunity to play again for the Easter Sunrise service, but we need to get some good practice in before that. Even if you haven't been lately, come out and get back in the swing of things. There will be enough drums for all.
Coming up: 30 hour Famine & fundraisers for the National Youth Gathering. More soon!
Tuesday February 14th 2012
This probably goes without saying, but Winter Camp is almost here. Meet at the church at 1:30pm on Saturday the 18th to load cars. Please refer to your handout, or click here for the packing list.
We will have regular Thursday night program this week, with some special guests who are going to let us interview them about their faith. So, in addition to your smarty pants, please also don your thinking caps (ok, end of super geeky clothing references).
There will also be Sunday School on Sunday for those who are still in town. Same time, same place, same awesomeness.
Have a great week all, and see you soon!
Wednesday February 8th 2012
Here's your week:
- Thursday: After last week's amazing tales of mysteries and a shocking number of appearances by Darth Vader, we're going to continue the storytelling theme with some interviews. Please remember to wear your smartypants.
- Sunday we have Sunday School for everybody, and BYF at the Kirkland's house in the evening, 5-7pm. There will be an address and directions in Sunday School.
Winter Camp will be here soon. You should have gotten a little piece of paper with a packing list and times last week, but in case you missed it, you can get it here.
After camp is over, you'll be getting more info about the 30 Hour Famine and the National Youth Gathering.
Tuesday January 31st 2012
- Thursday: Dinner and program as usual. We'll start a new emphasis this week. In your future: a viking helmet
- Sunday: Sunday school for all. We were scheduled for Drum Circle this week, but we took a vote last week, and the people have spoken- they want to watch the Super Bowl. So, enjoy some wings and dip and we'll resume normal Sunday evening activities next week, the 12th.
Winter Camp forms and payments ($95) are due this week, please. They're here.
Also, those of you who want to go to the National Youth Gathering need to get this form in to me as soon as possible. We'll start our fundraising efforts soon.
Tuesday January 24th 2012
Here's your week:
Thursday we have the usual dinner and program. We'll be finishing up our work with textiles, so if you took your spindle home and want to do some more spinning, please remember to bring it with you.
Sunday we have Sunday school for everybody, and no BYF in the evening. We're scheduled to start up with Drum Circle again on February 5th, 5-7pm.
Winter Camp registrations are due soon! If you've already turned in money and a registration form, you're all set. Thank you.
For everyone else, the early bird cutoff date is tomorrow. If you're planning on coming but haven't yet turned anything in, please get in touch with me today or tomorrow so I can register everyone in time for the early bird pricing. Then you can bring forms and checks to church on Thursday or Sunday. If you're planning on doing this, please make checks out to "FBC Redlands."
If you're still thinking, the final deadline for registrations is February 8th and the price goes up $10. Please turn in all forms and money (checks made out to FBC Redlands) to me before the 8th to guarantee your registration.
*We will probably need 3-4 cars and drivers to make it to camp this year. Some of you have already volunteered to drive or loan a vehicle. Thank you! If you have not yet and would like to help out with that, please let me know asap so we can make arrangements*
Tuesday January 3rd 2012
Here's your week, and all you need to know:
Thursday we resume Thursday night dinner (5:45) and program (6:45).
Sunday morning we resume Sunday School for all. The correct response to this, of course, is "woot!"
Sunday evening, 5-7pm in the BYF room, we have an informational meeting for the National Youth Gathering. The website for the Gathering is here. This meeting is open for all youth and families to learn more about the gathering this summer and start talking about fundraising ideas. Only youth ages 14-19 are eligible for this year's gathering, but please come on out regardless of age to learn more and get ready for your chance to attend in a few years.
You should be getting some mail soon with information about the Gathering (for those who will be eligible for this year's gathering), and a medical release form for Winter Camp. Please disregard the payment instructions on the Winter Camp form. Return all forms and payments to me, and I will register us as a group once everyone's information is turned in. Also, please don't let finances be a barrier to attendance at any youth retreat or gathering. There is money available to help offset costs, as well as fundrasiers throughout the year..
Finally, the calendar page has been updated, so plase refer to it for all your date and time needs.
Thursday December 29th 2011
Hope everyone is well and enjoying the time off from school.
There are a lot of very exciting things coming up that you need to be aware of. So, here goes:
- Sunday is new year's day, and we'll have one service, 10am. No Sunday School or BYF.
- We resume regular Thursday night dinner and program on January 5th.
- Next Sunday the 8th in place of our usual BYF time, we will have an informational meeting for the National Youth Gathering in Washington D.C. The meeting will be during the regular BYF time, 5-7pm in the BYF room. This meeting is for all youth and families to learn more about the gathering and the fundraising efforts we'll be undertaking this Spring to help pay for it all. The gathering is for youth ages 14-19, but all youth and families are welcome to this meeting to learn about what's going on. Please let me know if you're coming by Thursday the 5th so we can have enough materials and food for everyone.
- We have the sign ups for the Winter Youth Retreat on February 18-20. I'll have those available starting Sunday, or you can print them off here. Please be sure to get one and get it filled out and returned asap. The early bird cut off date ins in late January.
- We also have a date for the 30 Hour famine. It will be March 30-31. More information coming soon.
So, mark those calendars, have a fantastic new year's celebration, and see you all soon!
Wednesday December 14th 2011
- Thanks to everyone who was a part of the pageant. It was a rousing success, and the congregation was pleased to see all you youth as a part of it this year.
- Hope everyone's staying as calm as possible during this finals week.
Here's your week at church:
Thursday: Is tamale and pinata night! Woot! After feasting and smashing, we'll spend some time together doing a little Christmas service project in the BYF room.
Saturday: is Las Posadas, aka tamales and pinatas part two! Start at Bethany Reformed Church at 3:30pm if you want to process the whole way, or just start at our church at about 4pm. We'll sing, process down the street, sing some more, then eat tamales and smash pinatas(again). So, Mary and Joseph searching for room at the inn + walking and singing + good food= a pretty good way to spend a Saturday evening.
Sunday: We have our Sunday School brunch so please bring something brunch-y to share. We'll provide breakfast burritos, you bring whatever else you'd like to eat that morning. Also, if you want to be a part of the gift exchange, bring a $5 or less wrapped gift.
Sunday evening the Rafters will be hosting us for BYF from 5-7pm. Directions and the address will be available in Sunday School.
Have as calm a week as possible, and if you have any questions, please let me know.
Wednesday, December 7th 2011
Thursday: Dinner, and then Hanging of the Greens at normal program time
Saturday: Christmas Pageant Rehearsal, 9am-noon in the Fellowship Hall. This rehearsal is for everyone, those who have signed up for specific parts in the pageant, and also for those who have not, but who are going to be behind the scenes folks. We need all hands on deck for this, so please come on out and be a part of the awesome wackiness that is the Christmas Pageant.
Sunday: Regular Sunday School for all in the morning, normal time and place.
Sunday evening, please arrive at the church by 4:30pm to get ready for the pageant. Drummers, please arrive by 4pm so we can run through things a few more times and provide prelude jams, eh, music. When it's all over, we can feast on cookies and cocoa and laugh about that time when we rolled the Christmas tree through the Fellowship hall on a furniture dolly. The pageant starts at 5pm and should last just about an hour or so.
So, please come on out for what you can, and enjoy the season. It only comes once a year.
Tuesday, November 29th 2011
Thursday we have church dinner as usual. Then, those who are singing or dancing for the pageant will have rehearsals with Hilary and Ellie. You'll sing first, and then learn the next part of the dance.
Those of us not singing and dancing (ok, those of us not singing or dancing in a choreographed way) will head upstairs to help the children make ornaments for the pageant, and then we'll be in charge of setting up the Fellowship Hall Christmas tree.
Sunday: Sunday school for all in the morning, and Drum Circle in the evening, 5-7pm.
Pageant!- December 11
Las Posadas!- December 17
over and out
Tuesday, November 22nd 2011
First, thanks to Mark and Barbi Carpenter for hosting BYF this past Sunday. Now our youth not only know how to gamble (or maybe just learned about probability), but they also have some delightful Christmas accessories (Rudolph noses, Flarp canisters). Be sure to say thanks to them for opening their home to us and for being so hospitable and kind.
NO Thursday night. This might have been obvious, but, you never know.
Sunday, we have regular Sunday School for all!
Sunday evening we have BYF at the church. We'll be getting into the Advent/Christmas spirit with some seasonal activities and dinner, 5-7pm. Be there or be.....a rhombus.
And, those of you who've signed up for the pageant should have gotten word about your rehearsals.
Those of you who haven't signed up for something specific will meet with everyone on the morning of the 10th for the group rehearsal.
We really do need all hands on deck for this one, so even if you're not an out front kind of person, there's plenty to do behind the scenes to make this pageant come together.
And finally, just a head's up that Las Posadas is coming up, December 17th. We're not hosting this year, so we just get to show up and have fun, so please get this on your calendar. It's not a youth specific event, but it will be a lot of fun, and a good time to just hang out together and enjoy.
Wednesday November 16th 2011
What you need to know this week falls into two categories: this week, and the Christmas Pageant.
Thursday is the Agape Dinner. This is our big all-church Thanksgiving meal. If you're coming, please show up a little early to help serve the meal. You'll be paired up with a loaded food cart, and then go through the Fellowship hall placing all the food on the tables. It's an easy way to say thanks to the congregation, so if you can help, please do!
Sunday morning the Sunday school classes will combine and meet in the Mezzanine classroom so we can use the internet connection.
Sunday evening we'll meet in Yucaipa at Mark and Barbi Carpenter's house for BYF. We'll have directions in Sunday School.
Those of you who have signed up to perform in some way for the pageant should have already (or will soon be receiving) received an email about rehearsal times for your group.
Those of you who have not signed up to perform and still want to, there's time, but you should let me know soon how you want to be involved- reading, singing, dancing, or playing an instrument.
Those of you who do not want to peform are still needed! We need as many people as possible to help with behind the scenes stuff. That way you can still be a part, but you won't have to get up in front of everyone. Please take a look at the needs list and let me know.
And that's all. See yall Thursday!
Tuesday November 8th 2011
I've got a lot for this week, so it's all broken down into handy-dandy categories below. I've tried to be as brief as possible, so please read through everything to make sure you've got all the most up to date info on what's going on.
For this week:
This Thursday night we'll be headed over to the Grove at Plymouth Village to deliver the birdhouses we made and spend some time with the residents there. It's a Family night, so if your family is going, please ride with them. If your responsible adults will not be attending, please (please, please) get your medical release form in so we can still get you there and back.
Sunday School will be business as usual
Sunday evening we will have Drum Circle at the church, 5-7pm. This is a switch from our usual schedule, but we had to make a few changes, so please come to church this Sunday evening instead of to Yucaipa. We'll plan on heading up to the Carpenter's for BYF the following Sunday the 20th.
For this season:
This year's Christmas pageant will feature both children and youth. There are lots of opportunities (both behind the scenes and out front) for you to participate in the celebration. An email should be arriving to you all soon with a sign up sheet attached. There are 3 main categories: Helping put up Decorations, Performances/Readings, and Behind the Scenes. So, please take a look and fill in your name for the spots you're interested in. We'll pass around sign ups in Sunday school too.
There's also a volunteer sign up for the rest of the season coming your way via email. I'll try to resend an updated version of this monthly so that you can sign up for times that work for your schedule.
For your information:
Medical Release forms are here, one more time, just in case.
Dates for things coming up this season and into the New Year are on the calendar, so check it out.
Finally, we have a very exciting new Youth Task Force going. There will be some excellent stuff coming from this group, so be on the lookout for some new opportunities to be a part of the work of making this youth ministry happen.
Wednesday November 2nd 2011
Hope everyone had a great Halloween & All Saints Day & Dia de los Muertos.
For this week:
Thursday is the make up day. We'll have time to finish the days of creation clay tiles, and also put finishing touches/walls on the birdhouses.
Please remember, we'll be at Plymouth Village next Thursday the 10th. There will be more details on that come (this) Thursday, but please (please, please!) turn in a current medical release form if you haven't yet this year.
Sunday we have normal Sunday School for all, and Drum Circle in the evening, 5-7pm. Please bring $5 for dinner if you plan to eat.
Remember to take a look at the calendar page if you need a reminder about dates for upcoming events.
tuesday, october 25th 2011
First off, thanks to all those who picked up extra slack this weekend, in Sunday school and In BYF. You are appreciated/awesome.
Here's your week:
- Thursday we have the Quarterly Business Meeting. Now, I know that it doesn't have the snappiest name ever (I tried to rename it a while ago to the Quarterly Review of Our Pursuit of Attaining Awesomeness Get Together, but it didn't stick), but it's important. As youth, we will all be participating in that meeting, learning about how the church works, and remembering that your voice in how the congregation operates and makes decisions is just as important as everyone else's. Truly, so show up and get enlightened.
- Sunday we have Sunday School in the morning, both classes running full steam. We will not, however, have BYF in the evening. Drum Circle returns on November 6th.
And finally, they've chosen the dates for the Regional Winter Youth Retreat, February 18-20th, so please make a note on your calendars!
tuesday, october 18th 2011
Here's your week this time around:
- Thursday we continue making a joyful, hammering noise unto the Lord while we continue our birdhouses. In November, we'll be heading over to the Grove at Plymouth Village to deliver them to the residents there.
- Sunday we have Sunday School for all, and then BYF at the church in the evening (5-7pm). This week's scripture reading wraps up the Moses story.
Medical release forms! Please!
tuesday, october 11th 2011
First off, thanks to the Kishimotos for hosting BYF this past week. Who knew kickball would bring the neighborhood out like that? So fun.
So, here's this week for you:
- Thursday we start woodworking with Scott. So, bring your inner, um, lumberjack, and we'll learn how to turn some tree pieces into something else lovely and useful, all while pondering what it means to be known.
- Sunday we have Sunday school for both classes in the morning, and drum circle in the evening (5-7pm). If you're planning on eating dinner at drum circle, please bring $5 for the meal.
And a little reminder or two:
tuesday October 4th 2011
Drum Circle this week was a lot of fun. We had a dozen youth, 6 adults, and some pretty good sounding rhythms bouncing around the church lawn.
Here's what's what this week:
- Thursday: We'll continue with the photography theme, this time trying some action shots around the idea of injustice in our community. I'm still working on getting the pictures from last week up, so look for that soon.
- Sunday: Sunday school for all (including idol smashing for you middle schoolers), and BYF at the Kishimotos in the evening. We'll meet there, so don't show up at the church because no one will be there. If you haven't already put your name on the sign up sheet, please do so this week so we know how many folks to expect.
The calendar is updated, with another Thursday night in November for finishing the clay tiles. So, those of you who like closure can rest easy; you'll get to put the finishing touches on your masterpiece in a little while.
tuesday September 27th 2011
First off, thanks to all those who came out for the ABW breakfast drumming on Saturday. It was our first time playing together without Scott's leadership, and I think it went really well. Well done team!
This week you've got...
- Thursday night: We start with a new medium this week: photography. After a little discussion on the 10 commandments, Robert will give us a little tutorial on taking interesting pictures, and then you'll break off into small groups to find/create and take some photos related to the theme. maybe we can even put some of them up here on this page so everyone can take a gander.
- Sunday School for all at 9:45am. This will be our first week diving into the Seasons of the Spirit curriculum and should be interesting. We'll gather together in the BYF room for some community time, and then split into Middle and High classes for the lesson.
- Sunday night is drum circle. Woot!
And because I know there's not enough texting in your life right now...
At this point you should have received some call-em-all messages from me. This service also allows us to do text messages, but you have to subscribe to fbcryouth to receive them.
Fortunately, it's easy to do: just send a text to 292929. You should receive a reply message from call-em-all letting you know it worked. Then all you have to do is make sure I have your cell number so you can be included on any future text broadcasts we may put out.
Have a superb week! See yall soon!
tuesday september 20th 2011
What's what this week (in chronological order, no less)?
- Thursday will be our last day for working on the bas relief clay tiles on creation. Since you all know what to do now, you should have more time this week to actually get your hands in the clay and create. Also, come early to pop the balloons from 2 weeks ago. Woot!
- Saturday is the ABW breakfast with Drum Circle accompaniment. Drummers, please let me know if you can come (arrive at 9am to warm up and sort ourselves out, play at 9:30am, done by 10am). It's an easy peasy way to make the ABW ladies very happy, do your good deed for the day, and score a doughnut.
- Sunday we have Sunday School for all at 9:45am, and then BYF at church in the evening from 5-7pm. For BYF we'll be screenprinting, eating, and hanging out (not necessarily in that order), so please remember to bring something fabric you want to print on (shirt, hat, scarf, banner, etc.) Also, any adults who want to come help out with the screenprinting, please let me know. We could use the extra hands.
So, here's the quick run down:
- bring back your medical release form
- sign up to drum for the ABW breakfast on saturday
- any adults who want to come hang out on Sunday evening and help screenprint, let me know
Have a great week everyone!
tuesday september 13th 2011
Here's your week this time around:
- Thursday we'll talk about the Genesis account of creation, and start working with clay as we think about formations (of the universe, and also of ourselves). Things shouldn't get too messy, but this probably isn't the night to wear your taffeta ball gown, in case you were thinking about it. Also, the string globes from last week are looking good, so if you come early Thursday we can pop them and see how they hold up, and talk about what happens next with them.
- Sunday we'll dive into some new church year orientation in the morning, and then do some drumming in the evening for BYF. Drum Circle will begin at 5pm, and all youth are welcome to come and check it out. Please give me a head's up if you can come so we can get enough food (we'll eat after we finish drumming), and make sure we have something for everyone to play.
Speaking of drumming, we have the opportunity to play a few songs for the American Baptist Women's breakfast on Saturday, September 24th at 9:30am. There will be sign ups on Thursday and Sunday for anybody who can make it that day. It's a super low pressure audience, won't take long at all, and will absolutely make the day of the ABW ladies who are putting this event together, so if you've been drumming and can make it, please put this day on your calendar.
tuesday september 6th 2011
Here's the breakdown:
Thursday night dinner and program resume this week. Have some dinner (5:45), and when you're done, you can meander on over to the the BYF room for our first Thursday night program night of the year.
Rally Day is this Sunday the 11th. This means that there are two services (8:30 and 11) with the Rally (9:45 on the patio) in between. Youth will go down to the BYF room together after our turn being clapped at/for.
Super Sundae Sunday is also on the 11th. The ice cream social starts at 4pm, and there will be some slightly more substantial finger food available for youth since we'll be walking over to the Bowl for the 9/11 observance at about 5:30 and won't have time for a full meal. Parents, you're welcome to tag along for this one, but if you choose not to come, you can pick up your youth at the church following the service.
Finally, the calendar page has been updated, so please take note of what's coming up. I'll do my best to make sure this page stays current and useful, so if there's something you notice missing, please do tell.
Calling all drummers!
For those youth who have been a part of the drum circle this past year:
We will be drumming this Sunday evening the 4th from 5-7. We'll drum for a while, and then have some pizza and talk about what drum circle will be this year. So, just a nice low-key rev up back into Fall programming and a new school year.
Who: Old drummers (no worries new youth, you'll be welcome at the next drum circle later this month)
When: Sunday September 4th, 5-7pm
Where: FBCR lawn
See yall soon!
Wednesday August 24th 2011
Thanks for all those who came out to the pool party at the Dillows on Sunday, and for all that tasty food. Be sure to say thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Dillow the next time you see them please.
A few reminders:
- Two of our very own youth are going to be baptized this Sunday, so please pray for them as they prepare to take this next step, and for everyone else who is still considering baptism and what it means for them.
- Rally Day is September 11th. We'll have our usual all-church ice cream social at 4pm at the church, then youth will have a dinner at the church, and walk over to the Bowl together to take part in the community Remembrance Ceremony (flier available here). Parents, you may pick your youth up at the church following the service.
- And finally (for now), everybody's favorite fall paperwork, the new Medical Release Form is available here, along with its new best friend, the Media Release Form. Please print and complete these, or grab one on Sunday and return as soon as possible.
tuesday, august 16th 2011
Thanks to all who came out for the baptism class, and the candle making adventure in crafting on Sunday.
This Sunday the 21st we will have a 2nd pool party for all youth at the Dillow residence from 5-7pm. A main course item and drinks will be provided, so please bring a little something tasty to share to round out the meal.
And Rally Day is on its way, Sunday, September 11th. Be on the lookout for some more information coming up about that day (it'll be a full one- stuff for the morning, opportunities in the afternoon, and an evening youth gathering)
See you all soon!
tuesday, august 9th 2011
A couple of newsy news reminder tidbits for you:
- Baptism class this Sunday the 14th- lunch for all right after the service, and then baptism class for those who haven't taken the holy dip, and a little candle making/hanging out for those who have
- We have a location for the pool party next sunday the 21st! The Dillows have graciously opened their pool and patio to us from 5-7pm for a couple hours of swimming and eating. Please bring something to share, just like last time. If you need directions, let me know.
Redlands folks: have a super great first day back at school!
Everyone else: Enjoy the last of the summer!
wednesday july 27th
We still have a couple of weeks before we start gearing up for the fall here at church, so today I just have a few reminders about things coming up:
- Catalina is on its way,! I'm bummed not to be there this year, but there's fun afoot for the youth, so have no fear!
- August 14th: Baptism class for anyone who hasn't been baptized and is interested in learning more. We'll also have a separate shindig happening simultaneously for all youth who have already been baptized.
- August 21st: Pool Party for all youth!
- August 28th: baptisms during the Sunday service
Hope everyon'e having a superb summer. Can't wait to hear about all your adventures!
tuesday july 19th 2011
The date and location for the American Baptist National Youth Gathering have been set!
So, from July 24-28, 2012 youth from all over the country will be descending on Washington D.C. for five days of worship, activities, and learing opportunities.
More information to come, but those of you who will be in High School by next July can start getting this on your calendars and thinking about ways to get our group there. The website has all the information available so far, http://www.abhms-immerse2012.org/#!
tuesday, july 12th 2011
Here are some nuggets of information for you all to think over and get on your schedules:
- On Sunday the 31st of this month we need some special altar decoration. If you'd like to help contribute, just show up early that morning and we'll make it happen.
- Our Baptism Information class will be Sunday August 14th after the service. Lunch is provided, and we'll aim to be done before 3pm. The actual baptisms will happen 2 weeks later on the 28th. You don't need to make a decision to be baptized or not on the 14th, just fyi.
- And finally, we have another Youth Pool Party Potluck on Sunday August 21st. Place tbd, but please get the date on your calendar now.
Hope everyone's enjoying the summer. Get in touch if you have any questions or thoughts.
tuesday, june 28th 2011
This Thursday we have a Potluck Pool Party for all youth, parents/guardians, and youth leaders at the Zabaleta's house from 4pm-7pm. Please bring: a side dish or dessert to share (hot dogs will be provided) and a swimsuit and towel if you want to get in the water. We'll welcome our new 6th graders, eat, swim, and just spend some time together. If you have any questions, haven't yet rsvp'ed, or need directions, please let me know.
Parents, we also have a workshop coming up this Saturday from 9am-1pm about children's and youth ministries, so please come if you can.
see yall soon!
This pic, by the way, is from a fast food chain from North Carolina called Cook Out where you can get things like corndogs as side dishes. Once the youth do that big fundraiser and get a private jet I'll fly you all back there to give it a try.
A Summer Update
Click here for some info for the coming weeks (it's a word doc). And if you missed it on Sunday, there's also a mailing that should be coming to you soon with all of this information as well:
Please take a look and rsvp to me (email@example.com, or call the church office) for the Pool Party on June 30th.
Also, those of you who have been in Sunday School this past year got to spend some time with the Green Lantern in Robert and Matt's class. Since the movie is out in theaters now, they're going to take a little trip to the Krikorian to see it this Sunday the 26th after the church picnic. If you'd also like to see the Lantern in action, you can join them there, but you'll be responsible for your own way there and home, and for getting a movie ticket. The theater doesn't have the showtimes out yet for Sunday, so you'll get an update with the time later this week after they release that info. If you plan on coming, please shoot an email or a text my way so they know who to be on the look out for. (Parents, here's a link to the IMDB parent advisory if you're looking for more info.)
And that's it for now. As always, if you have any questions, concerns, comments, etc., please let me know:
A Taco Full of Grace
- This is our last week of Thursday night dinner and program and Sunday School for the year. Starting next Sunday the 19th we have just one service, at 9:30am.
- Thursday we're building a big structure that, if we finish, can be something the church uses throughout the summer for hanging prayers on. We'll also finally go dig up those letters buried outside from last Spring.
- Sunday, we're going to do some spiritual doodling, as in with markers and whatnot. Come and see (that the Lord is good, and that gel pens are amazing)!
That's the week! More info for the next few months coming soon! Until then, enjoy some graceful tacos, and see you soon!
tuesday, may 31st 2011
A few reminders for you (as you revel in these last few days of school and prepare for the deep mourning you'll be in once you can no longer wake up every morning and go learn):
- Wear something non-embarrassing on Sunday, please. Or wear something super embarrassing. Whatever makes you happy, just remember that you're going to be photographed in it.
- No youth lunch or stuff after church this week. There'll be some summer opportunities to get together, so hang tight, and I'll get that info out to you soon.
- Please be thinking about how you want to use the little stash of money we have available to do.....something great. We'll talk about your ideas over the next couple of weeks and try to put a plan together.
As for this week, we're all normal, all around. We've got two more weeks of regular schedule (2 worship services, Sunday school, Thursday night) and then we move into summer schedule, and there'll be some opportunities to participate in worship and other "extracurriculars".
any thoughts or questions you just have to get out? just let me know...
tuesday, may 24th 2011
First off, thanks to everyone who helped out with the outdoor service this week. It was so super helpful to have all the extra help getting everything put away. Yay for you!
For this week:
Thursday: Supper as per usual for all, and then we'll be making found object art like the one above, and if all goes well, putting it up for folks to see and ponder.
Sunday: Sunday School for all! We won't have anything after church this week, so go do something lovely and be nice to each other.
Tuesday May 17th 2011
Now that that's settled, here's your week:
Thursday: Supper for all, and then we will have the usual meeting of the minds/wackiness in the BYF room.
Sunday: Sunday school for all, including some photo taking, so don't wear something you're going to be bummed out to see yourself in later (see above photo).
And now for a very important poll:
This is a regularly scheduled BYF week from 12:30-2pm, but I also know that this time of year is a festival of crazy busy-ness for everyone, so:
Are yall wanting BYF this Sunday, and if you are, would you like
to have an evening (5-7pm) pizza and Kinect night?
Please think about it and let me know either way what your thoughts are, and once I've heard from some folks I'll let everyone know what the plans are.
Tuesday May 10th 2011
For this week:
Thursday: Supper as usual, then see above image. We'll make some to give away to others, and s'more for ourselves (harhar). Oh, and you'll also find out why smore making is a good spiritual discipline. Really.
Sunday: Sunday School for all (yay!), and then youth lunch (bring some money please), and drum circle (wahoo!)! It's going to be a good day.
An abbreviated retelling (by our super awesome youth) of the story of the walk to Emmaus (original here):
Jesus: What were you discussing with each other while you walk along?
Cleopas: Are you kidding me? You weren't there? You don't know what's going on? The things he was doing were so crazy. He was doing all these acts of God, then they killed him.
The one with Cleopas: A few of the women were in the cave. They didn't see him, but they saw a vision of angels.
Jesus: You dummy! How could you be so foolish and slow? How do you not understand what the prophets told you? (Jesus explains what it was exactly that the prophets told him)
Narrator: As they came near the village, he walked ahead as if he were going on.
Cleopas: Dude, it's nighttime. We got some creepers out there, homie.
Narrator: Jesus went in the house with them and broke the bread and poured the cup.
The One with Cleopas: Didn't we have heartburn while he was talking to and teaching us?
Narrator: The returned to Jerusalem and found the rest of their companions there, and told them other disciples how slow they were not to recognize Jesus before he shared the meal.
see yall soon!
Tuesday May 3rd 2011
(Also, an extra piece of candy for whoever can tell me on Sunday what story this super cheesy picture is portraying.)
And for us:
Thursday: We have supper as usual, and then a little celebration of life and living. And popcorn. Come and you'll see.
Sunday: Sunday school for all! We will not have anything after the 2nd service this week, so instead you should go and tell someone you love that you love them. They'll like it. Drum circle returns next Sunday the 15th.
Short and sweet, and more info for you next week about some upcoming events and such.
Tuesday April 26th 2011
Well, at any rate, here's your week:
On Thursday, we have the Quarterly Business meeting, which sounds distinctly un-fun, so I'm going to call it the Quarterly Review of Our Pursuit of Attaining Awesomeness Get Together.
Anyway, there's dinner and then we have the QROPAAGT. I know renaming it doesn't actually make it more interesting, but this is importnat for getting to know about what the church that you're a part of is doing. So, come expecting good things, and good things will happen. Deal?
On Sunday we have Sunday School back to usual. There will not be any afternoon activities this week or next. This week we're taking a little breather from the busybusy of Easter, so go home and eat that last Cadbury egg.
Then on the 15th we're back to normal.
Have a good one everybody!
Tuesday April 19th 2011
On Thursday, those who can be here to drum for the Maundy Thursday service should arrive as close to 5:45pm as possible, grab your food, and be upstairs in the sanctuary by 6:15pm so we can run through our part a couple of times.
On Sunday, all drummers need to be at church by 6:20am. This is early, yes, but we need time to run through everything a couple of times and then head over to the bowl to play the prelude for the service. If you're the kind that runs late, tell yourself you need to be there by 6:00am. Also, if you find yourself feeling cranky about being up early, just remember these two things:
- Jesus is already up
- The first sound lots of folks in the neighborhood surrounding the Bowl will hear on Easter Sunday is our drums, which is fairly awesome.
After the Bowl service, we'll head back to FBC and get the drums in place for the 8:30 service (we're playing the benediction).
Then we have our traditional Sunday School brunch with tasty breakfast burritos and rice crispy treats and whatnot to reward everyone for all their hard work and early rising.
Also, for those who are interested, the sanctuary is open on Friday afternoon from 3-6pm for communion and meditation, and there will be an Easter Vigil service on Saturday at 7pm in the chapel.
If you have any questions, let me know, and otherwise, see yall soon!
Tuesday April 12th 2011
Thursday we'll be helping out around the church preparing for Palm Sunday and Easter. Wear something you can move around in (no tutus, please).
Sunday we have classes for all (including spoiler alert! cookies!), and then drum circle in the afternoon, from 12:30-2pm. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is to show up for Drum Circle this week! We have a couple of very exciting opportunities just around the corner to play these drums for people other than the birds who usually hear them on Sunday afternoons on the church lawn. It's all going to be a lot of fun (I promise), and it will be even more fun if we're well rehearsed and sound nice. More info here.
oh, and this is also your gentle reminder about the Lenten commitment you might have made to give something up or add something helpful to your daily routine.
And that's all. See yall soon!
Tuesday April 5th 2011
Thursday: Food, then we've got conflict, donkeys, and world peace
Sunday: Regular morning for all, then University of Redlands Lunch and Tour at 12:30pm.. Please arrange for your own way there and home again. Or if you need some assistance on that front, give me a call. We'll work it out.
done and done!
see yall soon!
Tuesday March 29th 2011
This is your week, short and sweet since some of you may still be in shock at being back in school:
Thursday- Supper for all the hungry people, and then we're going to be talking about donkeys, conflict, and live reenactments
Sunday- We'll have the usual share time and then head up to hear the missionaries from Haiti.
There's also lunch for those who come to 1st service (and bring their money), and then drumming after until 2pm. Woot!
University of Redlands lunch and tour: April 10th 12:30pm-2:30pm. Please arrange for your own ride there and back. Info here.
Tuesday March 22nd 2011
First off, we had a drum circle practice this past Sunday, and it is going to be super exciting to have the big, echoing sound of drums be the first thing that lots of people hear on Easter Sunday. Welcome back, Jesus, indeed!
For this week:
Thursday: We finish up with the natural disasters discussion, and work on the pinatas if we have time
Sunday: Sunday School for all as usual. Then at 11am Hilary will lead a session on getting ready for High school and college. If you want to come but haven't said so yet, no worries. Just let me know if you plan on staying for it so we have enough food for everyone.
And after that, those who want can head on the snow tubing trip. Parents and Guardians, there will be a permission slip for you to sign on Thursday or Sunday so we're all on the up and up.
And don't forget:
April 10th- University of Redlands lunch and tour. Please sign up so we can get enough food vouchers to eat on campus
April 3rd, 17th, and 21st- Drum Circle. On the 21st the drummers will be a part of the Maundy Thursday service, representing the heartbeat of Jesus.
April 24th- Easter Sunday! Drummer will play at the 7am service at the Bowl, and also for the 8:30a, service at FBC. And then, Easter Brunch! Woohoo!
Wednesday March 16th 2011
Thursday we'll talk about St. Patrick, natural disasters, and God's response to it all.
Sunday we have Sunday School for all, then lunch (bring $$), and then drum circle.
Sunday, March 27th we have two special events for youth:
From 11am-1pmish our very own HIlary Craw will be leading a conversation on preparing for high school and college. She'll give you information about classes, SATs, settling into a new environment, and lots more. And you can ask all those burning questions you have but didn't know who to ask. Food will be brought in to the church so everyone can eat before we get started. Friends are welcome to this, so please pass on the info if you know someone who might want to come.
After that (1:30pm-5:30pmish), those who want can load up and go on a last-snow-of-the-season-hurrah snow tubing trip in Running Springs. More info on that here. Please sign up asap if you're interested in going so we can arrange drivers, etc.
Sunday April 10th: Trip to the University of Redlands, 12:30-2:30pm: We'll have lunch on campus, a tour led by current U of R students, and the chance to get a feel for college life. Friends are invited to this one too, so please pass the info along if you know someone who might be interested. More info here.
Easter Sunday, April 24th: The drum circle will be playing for the Community Easter Sunrise service, and for our very own 8:30am service at the church. More info here.
Whew! So, check those calendars, and see yall soon!
Wednesday March 9th 2011
Here's this week:
Thursday: Mardi Gras supper (just two days late) at 5:45pm, and then program at 6:45pm
Sunday: Sunday School for all, and then some lunch (bring money, please), and then a good old BYF. We'll have a project (pinatas!), a field trip (for ice cream), and then some gaming (of the non-electronic variety).
In other news, our very own youth drum circle has the opportunity to play for the Redlands Community Easter Sunrise Service! It's an early day, but also a really great chanced to serve our community. And, you'll get doughnuts. More info here.
Tuesday March 1st 2011
First off, the 30 Hour Famine is this Friday and Saturday! Woot!
We meet at the church parking lot at 6:30 to load up the cars and head over to 1st Presbyterian San Bernardino. We'll sleep there and then spend the day around San Bernardino doing some fun activities, and end at 5pm with a fast breaking potluck (meaning you get to eat again).
Here's what to pack: sleeping bag and blanket, warm clothes (it'll be chilly Friday night), toothbrush/paste, comfy shoes you can walk in, pillow, flashlight, notebook, Bible
Consent forms are here, or give me a call and I'll get one to you.
And as usual, we have Thursday Night dinner and program (paper airplanes do over), and Sunday School on Sunday morning.
For the drummers out there, I need to know if you want to resume drum circle this Sunday the 6th, or take a break after the Famine and start again on the 20th.
Think about what you want to do,
and drop me a line,
or a call,
or a carrier pigeon.
Tuesday February 22nd 2011
It's a totally normal sauce kind of week, so here goes:
Thursday: supper, and then you get to bombard each other with paper airplanes. No, really, you do
Sunday: Sunday School as per usual, and then BYF in the afternoon. Lunch for those who want to stay, but bring some cash.
And the 30 Hour Famine will be here soon, March 4-5. Forms here. Any parents or others who would like to volunteer for patrolling at night, or to do the whole famine, please let me know.
Wednesday February 16, 2011
Thursday will be business as usual. Come, eat, be merry, learn something useful, have fun, etc, etc, etc.
On Friday, those of you going to winter camp should be at the church by 6:00 to load cars. To save time, we'll bring in some Gourmet Pizza to eat at church before we head out. Then it's off to Cedar Falls. Please be as on time as possible so we can get packed and get out in good time. And remember: it's just a weekend trip. That means one bag per person, and cell phones will be locked up in the cars once we get to camp.
We get back to town between noon and 1pm on Sunday, and parents will get a call before we make our way back down the mountain.
For those not coming to Winter Camp, there will still be Sunday School for you, so don't dismay.
Finally, remember, 30 Hour Famine is coming up. If you haven't gotten a flier/consent form yet, let me know.
And that seems like enough for one week. See everyone soon!
Tuesday February 8th 2011
Thursday: See's sales for Youth Hope continue during supper. Then it's time to be global citizens and solve world hunger/peace. Or maybe just learn more about finding God's calling for you in the world.
Sunday: More See's on the patio (the candy will be in my office) between services and after Sunday School and Sunday School for all (with St. Valentine this week!). Barbara and Scott will be taking the BYF reins this week with a special evening game night at the church. Check the yellow flier you got in Sunday School for the time.
Also, Winter Camp is on its way! Remember, we're not taking an alpaca team to camp, so pack with car trunk space in mind. One suitcase per person, please.
And finally, the 30 Hour Famine is also on its way! You should have gotten a flier and consent form in Sunday School, but if you didn't, it's also here, and some will also be in the mail.
Tuesday February 1st 2011
There are some important things happening in the next couple weeks so here's a rundown:
- We're selling See's Candy bars to benefit Youth Hope (they work with homeless teens in our area and came to visit us last Spring) starting Sunday and gong through the 17th. We'll set up a table on the patio and sell as a group.
- As a part of the discernment process the church is going through, the youth (that's you) will be helping with a video project to find out about the history of youth ministry at our church. So this Sunday, we'll start asking folks to participate. More info in Sunday School.
- Winter Camp is coming!!!!! If you have not yet given me a registration form, get it in soon. There's still time to sign up if you want to go.
- And finally, the 30 Hour Almost Famine is coming soon as well, March 4-6. What's an almost famine, you ask? Find out Sunday.
Also, we're taking a week off from BYF and Drum Circle for one more week. There will also be no youth lunch this week. BYF and youth lunch return next Sunday the 13th.
Otherwise it's a standard week, Thursday night supper and program (fair trade style this week!) and Sunday School for all. Woot!
Tuesday January 25th 2011
This is a very exciting week. Here's why:
On Thursday we'll learn why fair trade chocolate is worth looking into. Supper at 5:45pm, program at 6:45pm.
On Sunday, drummers should arrive at the church by 7:45am. I know it's early but we need to rehearse and let folks who are reading in the service run through their lines. And, as a reward for being there nice and early, we'll have breakfast burritos during the beginning of Sunday School. We're playing in both services, Sunday School will be as usual, and there will be no BYF or youth lunch.
So to recap:
arrive at 7:45am if you're drumming
drummers playing in both services
breakfast burritos and regular Sunday School
NO Youth Lunch or BYF this week
and finally: Winter Camp registration forms are due soon! Please email or call if you need more info, or if you lost your form (they're also here).
Tuesday January 18th 2011
Here's your digest for the week:
Thursday we continue with supper and program, including solving world poverty (or at least talking about what we can do about it)
Sunday we'll have Sunday School as usual, Middle Schoolers moving through the lectionary and HIgh Schoolers moving through some modern art (aka comics and faith).
Also, Sunday is the Annual Business Meeting after the 2nd service. This means we will not have youth lunch or BYF. Youth attendance at this meeting is highly, deeply, fervently recommended, but it's up to parents and guardians as to whether or not you come. However, since all of the adults who work with youth are church members, they will likley also all be in attendance at the meeting.
And finally,next Sunday the 30th the Drum Circle will be playing in both services. Everyone participating will need to arrive at church at 7:45am that morning. We'll do breakfast burritos during Sunday School to feed the musicians. Also, since we're getting there early and working hard all morning, we will not have BYF or Drum Circle after.
Whew! Any questions, let me know. Oh, and get those Winter Camp forms in!
Tuesday January 4th 2011
Here's what you can look forward to this week:
Thursday Night supper and program resumes this week. Wahoo! We'll undecorate and have a little 12th night celebration (meaning, the last night of the Christmas feast)
Sunday School continues with Middle Schoolers in the Lectionary class and High Schoolers looking at comics (and other pithy, theological subjects).
Those who come to 1st service and who are staying for drum circle can find Eric and go for a walk and food, provided you bring some moolah.
Speaking of which, we will have Drum Circle from 12:30-2pm on Sunday.
Winter Camp!!! will be February 18-20 at Camp Cedar Falls. The flier is here, and there will be registration forms being handed out on Sunday
and, an updated interesting new thing item!
Tuesday December 28th 2010
It's a quiet week here, so here's your fast update, and then something new!
- No Thursday night supper. Dinner and programs resume on January 6th, with a brand new study for the youth on becoming global citizens. Woot!
- Sunday is a regular day: Sunday School (with flip flopped classes), and then drum circle after 2nd service.
And finally, I'm adding a new page to this site to talk about all the things you're paying attention to anyway, so we might as well address them theologically. I don't have a snappy title yet, so if after you read it you get an idea, feel free to send it my way. Pop over here (or use the tab at the top) to read the first entry.
Wednesday December 22nd 2010
- No Thursday dinner.
- Christmas Eve service on Friday at 7:00pm. Very pretty, lots of Christmas songs, and candles!
- Sunday is a regular day: Sunday School (with secret santa exchange, $5 limit, don't worry if you weren't here last week to get a name- we've got you covered), and a BYF Boxing Day extravaganza at my house. Anyone who needs the address can get it Sunday morning.
And that's it for now. Hope everyone has a lovely, warm, happy Christmas!
Tuesday December 14th 2010
That also means it is a super full week, so here goes:
Thursday: Supper and program. On the agenda: Mexican Christmas dinner (tamales!), plagues, stuffing pinatas, and x-mas lights.
Friday: Las Posadas Set Up, 6pm in the fellowship hall. On the agenda: tables, pizza, sandwich boards, more pinatas.
Saturday: Las Posadas, Las Posadas, Las Posadas! 3:30pm Start at Bethany Reformed, end up at FBCR, help with crowd control, and eat some tamales with Joseph and Mary
Sunday: Sunday School (9:45am) & Drum Circle (12:30pm). On the agenda: Annual Sunday School Brunch (breakfast burritos galore), St. Nicholas, running the streets (in a supervised sort of way), and the last drumming lesson before we fly solo.
Also, we still need a parent to take the drummers to lunch during 2nd service. .
So, any questions, give me a call, or shoot an email. Otherwise, see yall all soon!
Tuesday December 7th 2010
We're still in advent. In case you missed it, this week is peace.
It's a busy season so let's take this one week at a time:
Thursday: We have supper as usual and then hanging of the greens up in the sanctuary.
We've got cantatas in both services, featuring several of our very own youth leaders. Woot!
Sunday School as per usual
BYF after 2nd service. Those who come to first service and are staying for BYF should bring some folding money for lunch.
December 16th: tamale dinner at church
December 17th: Las Posadas set up and pizza dinner
December 18th: Las Posadas
Tuesday November 30th 2010
So, on to this week:
Thursday: Since we only have 2 regular Thursday night dinner/program times this month, we're going to spend our time finishing up some old projects, including that 10 plagues things. So, in conclusion, woot!
Saturday: It's a Family Service Day, 9am-noon. If you come, look for Barbara to check in and then there will be lots of projects to take care of. It's the last one of the year, so if you can come, please come on out and support Family Service during their busy time of year.
Sunday: Regular classes in the morning, then drum circle after 2nd service. We do not currently have someone to hang out with/take to lunch those who come for 1st service and are staying for drum circle. Any takers?
Coming up soon: Next Thursday is hanging of the greens, next Sunday the 12th is BYF, and Friday the 17th is set up and pizza for Las Posadas.
Monday November 23rd
No Thursday Night dinner or program. Enjoy the food, football, and thankfulness with people you love. And maybe also take some time to pray for those who are without any of the above three this holiday.
Sunday we're back on track with Sunday School and BYF.
Calendar Information: Check out the bulletin board at church (the one in the breezeway) for monthly calendar info. I'll work on posting a new set of reminders every month. And the calendar page on this site has everything that's coming up over the next several months, including some stuff on Winter Retreat and 30 Hour Famine.
Happy Thanksgiving all!
Tuesday November 16th 2010
- This Thursday we have the Agape meal. We need folks who are planning on coming to help serve the food and clear tables. It's not a lot of work, and it's a way that the youth can say thanks for all the support the congregation gives us.
- This Sunday we have Sunday School classes, and then Drum Circle after the 2nd service. Also, those of you playing for the children's pageant will have a rehearsal with Jonathan Peske during 2nd service.
- Next Thursday is Thanksgiving. You could come here, but it might be a little bit more of a bummer than you're hoping for.
- Next Sunday the 28th we have BYF. Woot!
- Sundays are fairly standard for the month: Sunday School in the morning, Drum Circle on 1st and 3rd Sundays, and BYF on 2nd and 4th Sundays
- Thursday night dinner and program resumes as per normal on December 2nd.
- We have a service day at Family Service coming up on Saturday December 4th.
- Hanging of the Greens happens on the 9th.
- Set up (help needed!!) for Las Posadas is on Friday the 17th at 6pm (pizza dinner for those who come help- should take about 2hrs)
- Las Posadas is on Saturday the 18th. Meet at the church at 4:30pm, youth help needed for crowd control throughout the evening.
Whew! That's a lot, but just take it color by color, let me know if anyone has questions or wants to volunteer for something, and don't worry, this won't be the last you hear of any of it.
Tuesday, November 9th 2010
Here's what's what party people:
- Thursday: We finish talking about evangelism. This will be our last regular Thursday night meeting until December. Next Thursday the 18th is the Agape Meal, and then it's Thanksgiving.
- The girls sleepover will be this Friday starting at 6pm at my house. If you haven't already rsvp'ed, do it soon so we know how many to plan for. Pick up on Saturday morning is at 8am.
- Sunday: We'll have two super duper exciting classes, followed by youth lunch, and then BYF. We're going to be learning yoga at an actual yoga studio (Breathe Yoga) downtown, so bring clothes you can move easily in.
Don't forget, I will be having office hours at Augie's Coffee shop (the red building on 4th street downtown Redlands) on Tuesdays from 3-5pm through the end of the year (unless otherwise noted), so come on by if you like and have a tasty fall beverage.
Also, thanks to all those who participated in our first drum circle. If you were there this past Sunday, there will be a drum for you at our next circle on the 21st. If you were not there on Sunday but want to participate from here on out, I need to know or there won't be anything for you to play!
And finally, Las Posadas is coming up on December 18th and we need some youth help in setting up the Fellowship Hall for the feast. On Friday December 17th at 6pm we'll have a pizza and set up party with some youth from the other participating churches. Please mark your calendars if you can come out and help!
Tuesday November 2nd 2010
Here's this week:
Thursday: We start a new topic: evangelism. We'll be taking a little trip down to market night to observe the haps and then come back to talk about what we've seen. Be there, or be a rhombus.
Sunday School: Both classes meeting as usual this week. Also, bonus leftover Halloween candy!
Drum Circle: starts this Sunday the 7th from 12:30-2pm! Yipee! If you haven't yet let me know you want to be a part, I need to know asap, or there won't be a drum for you to play.
Also, Las Posadas is coming up on the sooner side of later. More info on its way, and also more info here.
Tuesday, October 26th 2010
*Thursday is the Quarterly Business Meeting. This means that we'll be in the meeting, and I'll be presenting on the kinds of things we do with the youth group. Just like last time, I'm going to show the congregation some of the things we do, so I'll need a little assistance from those of you there.
*In case you've been sticking your fingers in your ears, closing your eyes, and singing lalalalala for the past couple weeks, Halloween is coming up, this Sunday in fact. This means the following:
- We're having the long-anticipated ketchup fight at the end of Sunday School (after, of course, an enlightening and spiritually nourishing lesson). You'll be getting something in the mail about it this week with a list of things to bring with you on Sunday so you can participate.
*Also in your mailing, you'll be getting info about the Youth Drum Circle starting in November. If you want to be a part, I need to know asap so we can make sure there are enough drums for everyone.
*And finally, I'm going to start holding "office hours" on Tuesdays from 3-5pm at Augie's coffeeshop. If you want to come by and hang out, bring a buddy, tell me the plot of your favorite book, whatever, I'd be glad to see you, and I'll buy you a tasty beverage
ok, that's all. see yall soon!
Tuesday, October 19th 2010
Ok, just needed to get that out of my system. Moving along (like a game of ping pong):
- The great thing about Thursday is that it involves working on your (super awesome) notebooks, a game of telephone, and choosing your lifelong career (ok, maybe not lifelong...)
- The great thing about Sunday is that it involves not only Sunday School, but also 2nd service lunch (bring some money if you're planning on going), and BYF. For BYF this week, we're setting up a free store and finding out what kinds of things our neighbors need (no, really, we are). And there will be snacks.
also the following:
Medical Release Forms!!
(This update brought to you by the parenthetical side bar)
Tuesday,October 12th 2010
- Thursday night we'll keep learning about discipleship and work on those pesky notebooks
- BYF returns on the 24th! Yipeee, I think is the appropriate reaction.
- Also, there are lots more updates for things coming up over the next several months on the calendar page, including info about Las Posadas and tamale making activities.
- The drum circle is still in the works. If you haven't signed up yet, here's the skinny: sitting in a circle learning to play hand drums, fun, meditative, getting to know new folks. Interested? Let me know!
That'll be all for this week. More later.
Wednesday October 6th 2010
BYF happens this Sunday! We're still using the 99 Things... book, and this week is #69- watch a different kind of movie. There will be the following: water balloons (well unless the sky is already supplying nature's water balloons, aka, rain), snacks, and Planet Earth. Don't fret- it'll all make sense once you get here.
If you go to 1st service and are staying for BYF, HIlary and Eric will be taking yall to lunch. Bring some folding money.
- medical release forms!
- neon note cards!
Wednesday September 29th
So, first off, I cannot express how deeply I want your 2010-2011 medical release forms. If you give me a completed one, I might even sing a little song for you.
Second: Thursday night and Sunday morning are business as usual. And on Sunday, you'll get to use fire (in a safe, carefully controlled, candle based environment). BYF returns on October 10th.
Third: Remember those dandy little neon notecards from a few weeks ago? You should find yours (if you've lost it) and bring it on Sunday, please.
And finally: perhaps you've heard about the discernment workshop happening this weekend. I'm going to encourage you all to attend for the following reasons:
- there will be food
- the discussions will be hard, but they're going to have an impact on the kind of church you grow up in
- playing a role in the church you grow up in is a right you have, and you should exercise it
Tuesday September 21st 2010
A couple of things to note about this week:
- If you're interested in Sunday School (now with 60% more notebook destruction- come and find out!), Thursday Supper and Program (more skits and statues), lunch out during 2nd service, and the triumphant return of BYF, you're in luck. Those are all happening this week.
- Also, I want your medical release forms! Really, I do. Bring them back and I'll give you a nickel.
- And finally, mosey over to the calendar page for more info about upcoming events and activities coming your way.
Tuesday September 14th 2010
- Thursday:Church supper and Program are back on! On the agenda: identity, ketchup, and where did that pesky disco ball motor go?
- Sunday: Sunday school at 9:45am. On the agenda: preventing forest fires, destruction as means of construction, and we'll start our classes. Woot!
- Next Sunday the 26th: First BYF of the year. Remember to bring lunch money if you're coming to 1st service. On the agenda: pretzels, communion of the saints and sinners, and neighborliness
Tuesday September 7th
Just a few things:
- Thursday night supper and program starts again this week (that's the 9th for those of you looking at a calendar)! Supper at 5:45pm, Program at 6:45pm.
- Rally Day is this Sunday (the 12th), and promises to be entertaining and, dare I say, uplifting. We're back to 2 services, and Sunday School starts, and then in the evening there's ice cream, so really what's not to like?
- Everyone should have a medical release form for me. If you need a new one, you'll find it here, or just ask for a new one, no charge.
See yall soon!
Wednesday, September 1st
So, a couple of things:
- Thanks to everyone who participated in the commissioning service this past Sunday. I know it was a little awkward, but it was important, so thanks for being a part.
- We are no longer having a cookout this Sunday the 5th. I apologize for the cancellation, but your friendly neighborhood associate pastor and her family are a bit more inundated than we intended to be this week. But, never fear! There will be more opportunities in the near-ish future for bonding over food and deep fryers.
- Please check out the calendar page for updates on the schedule.
Monday August 23rd, 2010
So, I don't know if you've heard, but school's back in session.
Which means that here at the church, we're gearing up for a new year. (insert raucous shouts of joy)
Here's the skinny for the next couple of weeks:
- This Saturday, August 28th, is Bless Redlands Day. We're at Family Service, 9-noon with a no-host Gourmet Pizza lunch after. If you want to come, but your family is not, give me a ring so we can arrange a ride for you.
- This Sunday, August 29th we're doing a commissioning service during worship. The youth will be commissioned as a part of this. It's nothing too painful, and definitely less scary than the pencil sculpture up there. It'll just be standing up and saying a few words as a group. In other words, get excited.
- Thursday September 9th is the first Thursday Night supper(5:45pm) and program (6:45pm).
see yall soon!
Tuesday July 6th 2010
Cost for a whole day of merriment- train, lunch, snack= $25. Anything else you might want to buy you'll need to bring some extra cash for.
We'll meet at the church at 9AM in order to catch the 9:40am train out of San Bernardino.
Once we hit Union Station there will be 4 exciting adventure opportunities in the following categories:
- City Views
Tuesday June 22nd 2010
So, I just have a few quick updates and reminders for everyone to mull over:
- The Catalina fundraiser was a rousing success, so thanks to everyone who helped! However, sign ups for Catalina have been a little, erm, slow, so if you've been hoping/planning to come, let me know asap because space is limited!
- The church picnic is this Sunday after the service. We were going to have our ketchup war then, but too many folks will be gone, so we're rescheduling. Bummer, yes, but it also means more time to keep collecting packets for the big day. Keep an eye out for a new KW day.
- We also have a super exciting day out in Los Angeles coming up on July 16th. We'll take the train into the city in the morning and have a choose your own adventure (among a couple different options) style schedule to a couple of different locations in the city, and then head back on the train in early evening. Parents, you'll receive a list of the places we'll go to ahead of time, so no worries about anyone ending up stranded on Venice Beach.
Hope the summer's treating everyone well so far.
Tuesday June 8th 2010- The Last Few Days
It's the last few days of our regular year program, and then it's on to the summer schedule. So here's what's what:
Thursday: Last Thursday Night Supper and Program of the year.
Sunday: Last Sunday School of the year. We'll have our usual end-of-year potluck (so bring something brunch-y to share), and hear about Youth Hope Redlands. Will it be an excellent Sunday School hour? Why, yes, it will.
And following the 2nd service, we'll have our last BYF of the year. For those of you in Sunday School last week, number 66 is the winner, so, stick around to find out what we'll be doing.
Catalina Fundraiser: Saturday June 19th. Volunteers needed that day, and also for a few evenings beforehand. More info here. Also, please remember to turn in your registration and medical release form for Catalina as soon as you decide to go. ( Hint: you should strongly consider going as it will be fun, and there will be cheese!)
Ketchup War:Sunday June 27th at the church picnic. Keep bringing in the packets!
Tuesday, June 1st, 2010
So here's what's doing this week:
Thursday: Supper and program. This week we're looking at Ministry of the Laity. Extra points for anyone who can tell me what "laity" means
Saturday: It's Family Service day, 9am-noon volunteering in the bulk storage and food pantry.
Sunday: Sunday school for all! It's the penultimate one for this school year. Double points for anyone who knows what "penultimate" means.
Also, next week, Sunday the 13th we'll have an end-of-year brunch, and a special guest for Sunday School. Heidi Mayer who runs Youth Hope will be coming to speak to us about the work she does with homeless teens in our city and how we can help. Her story is really great and you will want to hear it. Also, there'll be bagels, so you really can't miss.
and a few reminders:
Catalina Fundraiser: Saturday June 19th. Volunteers needed that day, and also for a few evenings beforehand.
Ketchup War: Sunday June 27th at the church picnic. Keep bringing in the packets!
Wednesday May 19th, 2010
Pentecost Sunday (on which you're encouraged to wear something red) happens this week, which is excellent for the following reasons:
- It's usually called the birthday of the church because it marks a time when the apostles (followers of Jesus) and others were moved by the Holy Spirit and began to understand each other.
- It involves "tongues as of fire" swooping in during a worship service, which you have to admit, would be pretty exciting
as for the schedule this week:
- Thursday is church supper, followed by the youth Co-op. This week we'll put up Pentecost decorations in the sanctuary, and then make some "birthday gifts" for the congregation to give out on Sunday.
- Friday is the premiere of the final Shrek movie. The show starts at 6:20pm at the Krikorian, so let's meet there at 6:00pm. If you plan on coming and would like a ticket, I need $6.50 by Thursday night so I can buy tickets on Friday morning and have them for you when you come that night.
- Sunday: Both Sunday School classes. Those who come to 1st service and are staying for BYF will head out to lunch with Hilary and Eric during 2nd service. Then, BYF for all!
and don't forget:
Catalina Fundraiser, Saturday June 19th. More info here, and also you should be getting something in the mail this week.
If you want to start getting occasional updates via text, text fbcryouth to 292929, and make sure I have your cell number. Then you'll be on the phone list for all future text messages.
Wednesday, May 11th, 2010
The rest of the week's schedule is pretty normal: Thursday night supper and program, and all Sunday school classes meeting.
However, on Saturday, we are still planning on going to the Y Circus. I still have 3 more tickets for folks who want to come. They're $14 and if you want one, I need to know by Friday so the tickets don't go to waste.
other upcoming events:
- Shrek movie night- Saturday May 21st. Tickets are $6.50 if you let me know you're coming and bring in money by the 20th.
- Catalina Fundraiser- Saturday, June 20th. Instead of having a yard sale like last year, we're going to collect donations for Goodwill. If we can collect enough stuff (old furniture, toys, books, clothes, etc.) to fill a 28-foot truck, Goodwill will give us $2,000 which we can then use to pay for anyone who wants to go on the Catalina retreat in August. There will be a flier and sign-up sheet on Sunday for anyone who wants to go to Catalina and use the money from this fundraiser to pay your way.
Also, everyone should have received a copy of some fellowship activities coming up over the next few months. If you didn't, you can download one here. Keep an eye out for some additional service opportunities coming up in the new couple of weeks.
Tuesday, April 27th 2010
here are the things to mark on the calendar, sign up for, or otherwise be aware of:
* On Saturday May 15th some of us will be heading to the YMCA youth circus. Show starts at 5pm and tickets are $14. We're buying a couple of tickets this week in a block, so if you'd like one, call or text my cell and let me know.
* The group calling system we use now allows text messages as well. So, to subscribe to the service and start receiving occasional text updates, text "join fbcryouth" to 292929. That way, when I send a text, you'll automatically receive it. If I don't have your cell number, please send it along, or write it on the list in the BYF room so I can put you on the call list.
* We're planning to go see the last Shrek movie at the Krikorian on Friday, May 21st. If you'd like to go, bring in $6.50 before May 20th and there will be a ticket reserved for you. Show times aren't out yet, so keep an eye out for that.
* Also, the BYF schedule is changing just a bit for May. Instead of meeting on the 2nd and 4th Sundays, we're meeting on the 3rd and 4th Sundays, May 16th and 23rd.
This Thursday is the Quarterly Business Meeting at 6:45pm. After it's over we'll head back to the BYF room for some games
This Saturday May 1st is a Family Service Association volunteer day. We'll be there from 9-noon. Meet there outside the bulk storage area.
And Sunday is business as usual, Middle School on the music video series, and High School on the next episode of Freaks and Geeks . NO BYF this week.
Tuesday, April 20th 2010
So, here we go:
This past Sunday there were 2 sign ups:
- To start receiving text message updates on your cell phone. The group calling system we use now allows text messages as well. So, to subscribe to the service and start receiving occasional text updates, text "join fbcryouth" to 292929. That way, when I send a text, you'll automatically receive it.
- We're planning to go see the last Shrek movie at the Krikorian on Friday, May 21st. If you'd like to go, bring in $6.50 before May 20th and there will be a ticket reserved for you. Show times aren't out yet, so keep an eye out for that.
So, on to this week:
- Thursday we'll finish up Religious Liberty and start on Autonomy of the Local Church.
- Sunday both classes are on. And BYF returns with a somewhat secret project. Intrigued? Here's a hint: it will involve (heavily supervised) use of power tools.
Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
Thursday we're wrapping up Religious Liberty, and we'll be taking a look at the Baptist Joint Committee, which, I know, looks a little dull, but it's actually really interesting. No, really, it is.
Sunday school as usual this week. The high school class will finally be finishing "Kim Kelly is my Friend."
BYF returns on April 25th!
Also on Sunday, there will be a sign up for a movie night out on May 21st to go see the last Shrek movie at Krikorian. So check your calendars. Also, more ketchup packets!
Tuesday, April 6th 2010
So for now:
Thursday: After supper we're back to a more regular schedule for a while. Here's a little teaser: what does US currency have to do with Baptist identity?
Sunday: Both Sunday school classes are on!
And BYF is on this week! Hilary and Eric will be escorting 1st service-rs to lunch somewhere nearby (so bring some bucks), and then we're going to be doing a little stencil/paint/fabric project (take a gander at the picture here to get an idea of what we'll be aiming for) to get us thinking about what good things we might want more of in our lives. It won't be too messy, but also maybe don't wear your best suit/dress to church this week.
and don't forget those (legally obtained) ketchup packets!
Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
Thursday: Supper will be as usual, but instead of our regular program time, we'll be joining the entire congregation for the Maundy Thursday Tenebrae service in the sanctuary. In case you're wondering, it will be awesome and dark and a little unsettling (which, by the way, is how Maundy Thursday is supposed to be). Want to know more about what in the world Maundy Thursday or Tenebrae are, click here
Saturday: It's the first Saturday of the month so we'll be headed down to Family Service to help them do some work in the facility, and maybe even some last minute Easter prep. Meet at 9am at Family Service. We'll be done at noon.
Sunday: Is Easter! Those of you who were in Sunday school last week had the chance to sign up for an item to bring to our Sunday School Easter Brunch. If you didn't sign up, just bring something breakfast/lunch-y to share. After we eat we'll hide eggs for the JDs to find in the fellowship hall. Also, you'll be getting some information on upcoming opportunities during the Spring and Summer. In conclusion, it's going to be a good day.
Tuesday, March 16th, 2010
Spring is nearly here which is exciting for two reasons:
1. I get to use images like chocolate bunnies without seeming like a weirdo
2. We can start looking forward to all the fun Spring and Summer fellowship events and study opportunities, so be on the lookout for a calendar in the next few weeks.
In conclusion: Wooohoo!
So, for this week:
Thursday: This will be a little different than usual, but hopefully very fun as well. No details yet except this one: there will be extra dessert.
Sunday school: Both classes are on! I think the Middle School class is finally done with cheetos, for now at least. And the High Schoolers will be starting with a new episode, Kim Kelly is my Friend.
The next BYF will be on March 28th. We'll be doing a special project to be used on Easter Sunday.
And also remember, we're still taking donations for the 30 Hour Famine. The link to our group's online donation page is below in the last post. Tell the folks you know who might be interested in kicking in a few dollars.
3o Hour Famine Donation Page!
30 Hour Famine Donation Page
Every little bit helps!
Tuesday, March 9th, 2010
So with the end of the 30 Hour Famine, we are officially in the quiet season. But wait! Before you start gnashing your teeth, take heart! Since the schedule is pretty calm for a while now, we can do some of those fun things* that yall are always asking to do. So, if you have an idea (movies, hiking trip, broomball), send those my way and we'll see what's possible.
So for this week:
Thursday: It's all communion, all the time. We'll have a quick training for those who want to start helping serve communion, and then we'll continue our discussion of the Priesthood of all Believers and each serve communion to each other.
Sunday School: Both classes!
BYF: This week's BYF is going to be the Discerning God's Call Workshop. I know that the title doesn't sound all that thrilling, but it is so very important that you as youth participate in determining what kind of church we're going to be.
So, Hilary and Eric will take the crew out after Sunday School for some tasty beverages at the Olive Market (which means you should bring some $). Then we'll all meet up for a burrito lunch at church, and then the workshop. Parents, the workshop goes until 3pm, so the pick-up time will be an hour later than usual for those of you who will not be attending the workshop as well.
and that's all folks!
*note: jumping off the balcony into a pile of pillows is not going to be a possibility, just fyi
Tuesday March 2nd, 2010
fasting for thirty,
not even dry ramen packs
greater good? yes, please!
Ok, so all that to remind you that we will be participating in the 30 Hour Famine this weekend. The fast starts at noon (or after your lunch period) on Friday and lasts until 6pm on Saturday. Parents, just like last year, we're asking you to bring some non-greasy potluck food to help us break the fast in the Fellowship Hall.
But before that, we have a whole week ahead of us:
Thursday: We'll be outside doing some sidewalk chalk advertisements for the Famine and alerting people to the problem of world hunger. Also, we can start talking about some fund raising ideas, maybe using some of those delicious oranges from Sunday.
Sunday: Both High school and Middle School classes will meet. Whoohoo!
NO BYF this week. We will, however, be gathering on March 14th for the all-church Discerning God's Call workshop. This is our opportunity to start talking about what direction our church will take, and you as youth will be able to tell others in the congregation what a fulfilling church life would look like for you as the youngest voting-age members. Super exciting!
Wednesday, February 24th, 2010
This week is a pretty straight-and-narrow arrow.
Thursday: Supper and program. This week we start talking about the Priesthood of All Believers
Sunday School: Both classes will be meeting.
BYF: Lunch with Hilary and Eric, then we'll be heading out to a grove in town to pick some oranges. No joking. Bring some clothes you'll be comfortable in. You'll be able to take some home, and we'll decide what to do with the rest later.
and the 30 Hour Famine is coming next weekend, March 5-6!! Consent forms and a schedule for the weekend are available on Thursdays and Sundays, and online by clicking here. We'll meet here at church at 7pm on Friday.
and finally, the diaconate is looking for more youth to help serve communion during 1st service. So, we're offering a short 1st-time server training on March 11th from 6:20-6:45pm in the sanctuary. After finishing the training, you'll be put on the calendar and someone from the diaconate will contact you about when you will be available to serve.
Tuesday, February 16th, 2009
Winter Camp is officially, irrevocably, here.
Lent starts this week, on Wednesday, in fact.
So here's the deal:
Ash Wednesday service, 7pm in the chapel. One hour, imposition of ashes, good way to end the day.
Thursday night supper and Co-op: Shrove Tuesday-on-Thursday pancake races and writing epistles
Friday: 5:30pm gather at church to pack cars, dinner at Gourmet Pizza, then off to camp until Sunday afternoon. Packing list found here.
Sunday: Cindy will be here for anyone who wants to come to Sunday school, but Hilary and I will both be gone at camp, so there will be no High School class.
Oh, and the 30 Hour Famine starts on March 5th. More details next week. If you still need a consent form and fund raising packet, the form can be found here, and I'll give you a packet once it's in.
Tuesday, February 9th, 2010
Things are mostly business as usual this week: Thursday night program, both Sunday school classes, and BYF.
There are, however, two important changes coming to BYF for the rest of this school year:
- We will only be meeting for BYF on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month. The dates can be found on the calendar page, or here in a word document if you'd like to print it off.
- We will no longer have a snack during BYF. Instead, those who come to 1st service and Sunday school will be able to go out to lunch somewhere on Orange or State streets with Hilary and Eric. Those who are not going to 2nd service will meet Hilary and Eric on the patio after Sunday school and the group will walk or drive to their destination, eat, and return in time for BYF. Those planning on coming should bring $5 for lunch.
And for you Winter Camp-ers:
- You have a packing sheet on the top half of the registration form. If you've lost your packing guide and would like a new one, you can take a look here.
- We'll meet in the church parking lot at 5:30pm on Friday the 19th to load the cars up. Then we'll walk over to Gourmet Pizza for a little dinner before heading out of town.
- Youth may bring cell phones, but once we reach camp, all phones will be locked up securely in a car and will not emerge again until Sunday morning when we start making our way back down the hill.
- We should be back at church on Sunday around noon.
Tuesday, February 2nd 2010
wondering what this picture is all about? All in due time (by which I mean 2 more weeks).
- Thursday we continue unlocking the mysteries of the synoptic gospels, and that other weirdo gospel, John.
- Saturday we're at Family Service Association for a day of service from 9am-noon. Instructions for registering at disneyparks.com to get a free ticket to Disney Land are at the bottom of this post.
- Sunday we'll have both classes, but no BYF. BYF resumes next Sunday the 14th.
and coming up:
All remaining Winter Camp registrations and money need to be in asap!
30 Hour Famine consent forms are available in the BYF room, and also here. Fill out and turn in as soon as you can so we can have more accurate numbers to plan with. This is an event with 1st Presbyterian San Bernardino & 1st Methodist Church Redlands.
And finally, The Rock and Worship Road Show is coming to Ontario on April 10th. Cost is $10. Please look over the website and if you think you might be interested in coming, let me know. If there are enough folks interested, I'll start working on recruiting some other adult volunteers to come along.
To register at disneyparks.com: Go to the website, and then to "Search and Sign up" and the "Find an Activity." Type in zip code 92374. If Family Service Association of Redlands does not appear as an option on the first page, scroll to the bottom where it says "Not finding enough opportunities?" Click the link for more HandsOn Network Partner organizations. Family Service should be the third listing that appears. At the bottom of the listing it says click here if you have already confirmed a date and time to volunteer. From there you just follow the directions. It will take you through a Disney sign up and a HandsOn Network sign up. And that should be all you need to do to have your day of service count.
Tuesday, January 26th
Thanks to all the BYF-ers who helped put together hygiene kits on Sunday. Our stack will be sent off to Haiti with some more from the ABW ladies next week.
- Thursday night we learn more about how the Bible came to be. Hint: it was not the product of an ancient book report.
- Sunday school for both classes
- No BYF this week because we'll all be eating chili and going to the Annual Meeting instead. In the eyes of the church, most of the youth are considered full adult members, so this meeting is for you too.
No BYF on February 7th because we'll be at Family Service Association the day before. Also, if you register beforehand at disneyparks.com, you can get a free day at Disneyland in return for your day of service. The next BYF will be February 14th.
The first round of registration for Winter Retreat is over, but you can still come! Download the retreat registration, regional medical release, and church medical release forms here and turn them in along with a check made out to FBC Redlands asap.
30 Hour Famine consent forms are also available here. We're doing the Famine this year March 5-6 with the youth from 1st Presbyterian San Bernardino, and maybe also the group from 1st Methodist. More info coming soon!
Tuesday, January 5th
whizzing ping pong balls
ecclesiastes is what?
watch out for the rats
Hmm, maybe I should keep working on it.
Anyhow, this week looks like this:
Thursday: Church supper and youth co-op return! We're back to The Bible this week, review Hebrew and Old Testament, and then on to the New Testament
Sunday: Both classes will be combined this week. The High school class will resume on the 17th with the next installment of Freaks and Geeks
Winter Camp: February 19-21, theme this year is "You Can't See Me." Registration form, regional medical release, and church medical release forms found here. These will also be mailed to you, but in case that one gets lost, the ones online will be accessible for a while under the forms page.
Tuesday December 29th 2009
No Thursday night supper or program (New Year's Eve), so here's to a good, injury-free (helmets with those bikes, fellas!), and happy start to the new calendar year!
Sunday School for both classes. Next week, January 10th, both classes will be combined for one week only. Just a head's up.
Family Service Day: January 9th (note: this is a different week than our usual service day, so while members of FBC will still be volunteering, this will not be an official youth event. Any youth who come to volunteer that day need to have a parent or guardian come as well since I will not be there)
Winter Camp: February 19-21 at Camp Cedar Falls
30 Hour Famine with 1st Presbyterian San Bernardino (more info soon!)
Tuesday, December 15th 2009
Now, on to this week--Love:
Thursday is the Mexican Christmas Dinner (5:45), Posadas Song Tutorial (6:30), and Pinata Smashing (6:45), followed by more Hebrew. This would be a good time to get super excited.
Saturday is Las Posadas. Be at the church before 4 so we can start on time!
On Sunday we'll have our Christmas party in Sunday School with breakfast burritos and some sides and some games. Other food or drink contributions are welcome, but not required.
Tuesday, December 8th, 2009
This Thursday the 10th is the Hanging of the Greens service. Want to know a little more about the history of tree decorating in Christian history? Go here to find out who traditionally puts a glass pickle on their trees.
Additionally, Sunday begins the 3rd Sunday in Advent, the week of Joy. It's also Cantata Sunday which means that both the Worship Team (1st service) and the Chancel Choir (2nd service) will be doing musical presentations, which is pretty excellent.
And finally, Saturday the 19th at 4pm is the Las Posadas pilgrimage. We'll be rehearsing Thursday the 17th after church supper. Below you'll find a music file with the first verse of the song, in case you want to take a listen.
Tuesday, December 1st
Oh, ok, well just FYI, this week's theme is Hope.
And here we go:
- Thursday will be business as usual, supper and then co-op. We're still working on the Bible (it is an awfully long book, you know). And a free "Get a Seat out of Bruce and/or Ryan's Deadly Glance Range" card for anyone who remembers what Pentateuch means.
- Saturday the 5th we'll be at Family Service Assn. again to volunteer for the morning. Meet again by the bulk storage door at 9am. Pick up time is at noon.
- Sunday school as usual.
and remember, the Posadas pilgrimage will be on December 19th, starting at 4pm here at church. All you need to do to participate is show up on time.
Tuesday November 24th
Not only does that mean that we are officially starting the busy season of church life, but also (and more importantly) that we are now in a season of waiting for Jesus. Which is pretty exciting when you think about it, really.
So here's what's what this week:
- Perhaps it goes without saying, but we will not have Thursday night supper and program this week. Have a good Thanksgiving!
- We will have Sunday school classes for everyone this week, but no BYF. In fact, we won't have BYF again until January 24th.
- This Sunday we'll also start selling coffee again between services. The money that we make during advent will go to Invisible Children
and here are a few things coming up in the next few months to get on your calendar:
December 19th, 4PM: Las Posadas, a walk through the neighborhood with 6 other churches, singing and commemorating Mary and Joseph's search for room at the inn. We'll start here at FBCR and end with a Mexican feast at Holy Name of Jesus (next door)
February 19-21: Winter Retreat at Camp Cedar Falls. The theme this year is "You Can't See Me!" details soon
and dates TBD: Thursday night program on Invisible Children and 30 Hour Famine/Invisible Children lock-in- details also soon
and now, as your reward for making it to the bottom of this post, a little advent video treat
Tuesday November 10th, 2009
So that's why I'm not telling you what we're studying on Thursday night. Here are a few hints: it doesn't have anything to do with squirrels, but it does have something to do with aqueducts and Jesus
Sunday is Sunday school as usual. Then we have the Children Helping Children Carnival starting at 12:15pm and we are in charge of running all the booths. Those of you hanging around during 2nd service can help Betty Jo get everything all set up. If you haven't already been assigned a game to run, we'll take care of that in the morning, so there's still time to sign up.
The calendar has been updated, so check it out. And next week we'll come up with a new coffee selling schedule and introduce Las Posadas.
Wednesday November 4th 2009
Everyone's well again and back on track, so here's the skinny for this week:
- Thursday: Finish believer's baptism
- Saturday: Family Service volunteering day. We'll meet at Family Service at 9am by the bulk storage door (far end of the parking lot), and stay until 11am. I need recent medical release forms for everyone attending. Let me know if you need a new one.
- Sunday School: Both classes meeting, and we'll talk about starting up the coffee sales again. Also, Betty Jo will come by to give us a run down of the Children Helping Children Carnival next Sunday the 15th.
- BYF: We'll finally get back to working on the Invisible Children project. It looks like the December date is going to be too soon to get together with some other youth groups, so we'll look at some late January dates instead.
Wednesday, October 28th 2009
- This Thursday, the acting company of FBCR (that is, the Thursday night crowd) will hold its first and only performance of Acts 8:26-40. If you have not yet read through the passage at least once this week, consider this your reminder.
- Sunday school as usual. Hilary and I will both be back this week, so the High School class will meet.
- No BYF this week. It's a little out of order this month, but our 1st Saturday Family Service volunteering trip will be November 7th, 9-11am, meet at the church at 8:45am. Let me know if you plan to come.
The ladies of the ABW (American Baptist Women) have been extremely supportive of the youth program here and now they need our help. Their Children Helping Children carnival will be on Sunday November 15th from 12:15-2pm. If you haven't yet signed up to help run a booth (skee ball, bean bag toss, etc.) please do it soon. It's a small commitment and they would really appreciate our support.
The worship commission needs our help for the Agape meal on Thursday November 19th. We can help them out by serving parts of the meal. No sign-up needed, just be there on time on the 19th so we can do our part to serve our congregation.
Tuesday October 20th 2009
We're business as usual this week. Be there or be a rhombus.
The response to the Invisible Children presentation was fantastic, so we're tentatively planning on having two big events:
A Thursday night program on December 3rd and a potential lock-in with some other youth groups that weekend.
More details soon, but go ahead and check calendars so I know if these are good dates to move forward with
Tuesday, October 13th, 2009
- This Sunday the 18th some U of Redlands students will be here to talk to us about the Invisible Children organization. We'll watch a video about them in Sunday school, and then they'll stay for BYF and continue the discussion as we think of ways we might want to get involved. See last week's post for more info.
- The dates for Winter Retreat have been announced! We'll be at Camp Cedar Falls again from February 19-21. More info on the way soon!
And it'll be Thursday night Co-op as usual. This week we'll wrap up soul freedom and move into believer's baptism.
So here's some exciting news: A group of students from the University of Redlands will be coming to us for Sunday School and BYF on October 18th to talk to us about the Invisible Children organization. Invisible Children works to spread awareness about the decades long Civil War in Uganda and the young people who have been affected by it, many of them for their entire lives. Invisible Children tells their stories, and helps raise funds to re-build their schools and clinics so they can begin to live nirmal lives again. The U of R students will help us understand the situation in Uganda and then tell us about some ways we can work on being the hands and feet of Christ.
So, make sure you're here, and bring a friend or two along if you want.
Tuesday, October 6th
Regular programs all this week:
Thursday night supper and co-op: We'll finish up "Soul Freedom"
Sunday School: Both classes meeting. Also, the fellowship leadership team will get some new responsibilities
BYF: This week we'll conclude our series on food with a project in food hospitality.
Tuesday, September 29th
Regular programs this week, except for BYF.
Instead of having our regularly scheduled BYF on Sunday, we'll be headed to Family Service on Saturday morning to volunteer from 9-noon. If all goes well, then we'll do the same thing every 1st weekend of the month:
Saturday morning volunteer and no 1st Sunday BYF.
If you plan to come on Saturday and haven't yet let me know, please call or email sometime this week so we can give them a headcount and plan rides.
"Jesus answered, If you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.'" Matthew 19:21
Tuesday, September 22nd
Thursday Night Co-op: Since the Mission Commission is hosting a fundraiser on Saturday , we're going to help them out by making some baked goods to serve at the auction. BYF room opens at 6:20PM, and we'll start baking at 6:45PM.
Sunday School: Classes as usual
BYF: We'll try out the new schedule again (food, play, some prayer, some study, and something new) with a different theme (hint: it's not trash-eating aliens, but it does have something to do with the picture). Folks who go to 1st service and hang around after Sunday school will be hanging out with Alex again.
Tuesday, September 15th
Here's the skinny:
Thursday: Supper (5:45pm) and Youth Creation Cooperative (6:45pm) in the BYF room
we'll start work on our new series, We Are Baptists
Sunday: Sunday School (Middle & High School, 9:45am), BYF room
we'll get together for the first time in our new leadership teams and start the new year of lessons
BYF (12:20pm), in the BYF room and the patio
new process this year, and we'll paint the paper recycling bin (no kidding)
Also, on Sunday everyone will be getting a letter to take home with:
- a new Medical Release form for this year (necessary for everyone who participates in the program)
- information on how to access the two surveys on this website, one for youth and one for a parent/guardian. They're short and painless and will really help me and the youth volunteers stay on top of things
Special Announcement! Monday July 27th 2009
Sandy and Richard Carlson have recently offered to host the youth for a pool party and cookout on either Friday August 14th or Saturday the 15th sometime in the late afternoon/evening. I know this is short notice, but I also know that it is some kind of hot outside and tasty food and drinks by the pool, and maybe some lawn games thrown in, sounds like a good idea to me.
So, if that sounds like a good idea to you as well and you can make it either of those days, please let me know which day is better for you ASAP. If we get enough folks who can come, I'll tell Sandy we're coming and send some more details with times and directions.
Tuesday July 7th 2009
Researchers at Kansas State University have mapped...the Seven Deadly Sins. As with any data like this, it's always a little suspect, but really interesting anyway. Take a look here.
Tuesday June 30th 2009
Tuesday June 23rd 2009
Here's what shaking nowadays:
We had a delightful yard sale on Saturday and made a very respectable (roughly) $950, which means we've got enough to send some folks to Catalina. So if you want to go on the Catalina retreat and haven't signed up yet, do it this week! There are only a few more spots left!
The summer study of Faith and Sexuality starts on Monday the 29th at 6PM in the gathering room. If you have any questions between now and then, or want a list of the topics we're covering, lemme know
Also, the Sunday morning coffee sales are going like crazy, and we need some more volunteers. If you want to help brew, set up, manage money for, or sit at the table on Sundays, lemme know so we can get a rotation going.
Thursday June 4th 2009
Update! Special Update!
So here's how you do it:
- Got to Fotki
- Login on the upper right hand corner (psst: the login info is the same as it was for the other photo site- gimme a call if you need a reminder)
- This will take you to our group page. From here you can click on Photo Albums where you can add pictures to an existing album, or make a new one
- Then you're all done. Give it a try and let me know how it goes. Hopefully this will be something we can all use and share our really attractive pictures with each other.
Tuesday June 2nd, 2009
Thursday: Last Coop of the school year. We'll be doing one small project to get ready for next year, and then it's outside for some games. Will you have fun? Why, yes. You will.
Sunday: Regular Middle school class; no high school class. Hilary and I will both be gone, so high schoolers will be taking a travel trip back to MS class for the week. High school (current and upcoming) Sunday school brunch on June 14th in the mezzanine classroom.
NO BYF this week. Cause I'm still gone. But on the 14th, we'll have our last BYF of the school year at Prospect Park. Parents can pick you up there at 2PM. Friends are welcome, just let me know ahead of time if you want to bring a buddy so we have enough food to go around.
And for your upcoming events:
Ages 14 & up Summer study on Faith and Sexuality, Mondays 6-7:30PM in the gathering room. Study starts June 22nd with a parents meeting. Regular student sessions start on June 29th. Study goes through August 10th.
June 20th Yard Sale Youth who help with the sale (either prep work or working on the day of the sale) can use part of the money to pay for the Catalina Retreat in August. Sale will start at 8:30AM, those heliping should arrive by 7:30AM. Call or email if you can help out
Catalina Retreat, August 7-9 Come enjoy a few days on the beach and learn a little bit more about each other and God. There will be worship time with all ages, special youth sessions, and plenty of free time for napping, playing in the water, and hiking around the camp. Call, email, or return the permission slip if you want to come or have questions.
Tuesday, May 19th, 2009
Thursday Co-op: next to last week to work on your projects. The last Co-op of this school year will be June 4th
Sunday School: as per usual
BYF: We'll be watching the movie Spellbound. Not only is it funny and interesting, but it'll also give us lots to talk about. Also, there will be popcorn.
Finally....on the forms page you'll find a couple of new things, including the fliers that should have been brought home about the yard sale on June 20th, and the Catalina Retreat that the yard sale will be raising money for.
Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
Ok, folks, there's a lot going on, so here goes:
Thursday Co-op: We'll continue work on spiritual autobiographies, AND more experimental prayer time. All in one evening, you ask? Indeed, friends, indeed.
Sunday School: business as usual. also, current and upcoming high schoolers should be receiving an invitation in the mail soon.
BYF: We'll be doing some modified yoga and talk about embodiment. Not sure what that means? Good, then come and find out. Also, wear some clothes you can stretch and move in. Check the calendar page for the rest of the BYF schedule.
Yard Sale Fundraiser: June 20th, 8:30AM-2PM. This one's for the folks planning on going to Catalina. Everyone who helps out will be able to use some of the money we make to help offset the trip costs. More info Sunday.
And a few reminders:
*Dodger Night (June 5th) sign ups and $ are due on Sunday!
*If you are 14 and up and want to be a part of the summer study, let me know soon so we know how many folks to plan for!
(find the letter that you should have gotten at home on the Forms page.)
and below, just for fun, is a little Matisyahu for your Tuesday. Try the 2nd video, "Jerusalem."
Tuesday, May 5th, 2009
What's shakin' eggs and bacon?
For this week:
Co-op: we'll be making some special additions to our spiritual autobiography projects and try some experimental prayer time. Is this something you want to miss? No, it definitely is not.
Friday Broomball: get $ and forms in and we'll make the trek to Ontario. Arrive at church by 10PM so we can go meet up with the Methodists.
Sunday school: Business as usual.
NO BYF: Not only is it Mother's Day, but Deena and Dale are getting married. So go celebrate something with people you love and we'll see you next week!
And remember to get your sign ups in for the rest of the spring and summer activities!
Lost your form? Download and print it from the Forms page.
Tuesday, April 28th, 2009
Hello! Hello! Hello!
- This Thursday (the 30th): We'll be making a trip upstairs to the children's programs to help Cindy teach about Tinikling (Filipino Stick Dance). Delightful video here.
- Since it's the first Sunday, BYF will be service here at church.
- Broomball is coming soon and the time has changed! The date is the same (May 8th), but the 10pm time slot got snatched up (!), so Broomball will now be at 11:50PM. I know this is a lot later than originally planned, so please let me know by Thursday the 30th if this changes your ability to go. $ due by May 7th.
- If you have your upcoming games/meets/performances/recital schedule and want to share it with the group, let me know and it can go up on our group calendar so that we can get together a cheering section.
Tuesday April 21st, 2009
Specials this week in the world of FBCR Youth:
- Saturday: Six Flags Day! Meet at church at 9AM. If you still haven't reserved your ticket, I need to know you're coming today!
- Sunday: To celebrate God's creation and Earth Day, we'll take a (short and delightful) hike and picnic on the San Timoteo Canyon Creek Trail. Wear shoes and clothes you can walk in.
- Want to help with the June fundraiser for the Catalina retreat in August? Let me know so we can start planning!
Tuesday April 14th, 2009
Hope everyone had a delightful Easter Sunday and took time to have a moment of silence for our fallen tent.
This week we're back to our regularly scheduled program, Sunday schools, Thursday Co-op and BYF. If you have anything from home you want to incorporate into your spiritual autobiography project for the Co-op, be sure to bring it Thursday.
Also, remember, money for the Six Flags trip on the 25th is due this coming Sunday the 19th.
and that's all folks
Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
So here's something you might already know: It's Holy Week. This is the week in the life of the Church (that's the whole worldwide church, not just our little congregation) when we remember, mourn, and then celebrate the suffering, passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Needless to say this is an important week, so here's the schedule for the week:
Thursday: Maundy Thursday- After church supper we'll head upstairs to the service led by the 8:30 worship team. If you've never made it out for this service, you should make a point to stay this year. You won't regret it
Friday: Good Friday- The day we commemorate Jesus' death. The sanctuary will be open for communion.
Sunday: Easter! We'll have an all-grades Sunday school brunch, have a little Easter cookie lesson (very exciting), and then hide eggs around the Fellowship Hall and Gathering room for the 3rd-5th graders to find before 2nd service.
Tuesday March 24th
Calling all musicians!
So some of you have been voicing opinions about wanting to change up some of the music that we do at church. Great idea! So here's your chance: All musical youth who are interested in practicing and playing with some of our young adult musicians should let me know (and what instrument you play) so we can see if this is a viable option. This is a great chance to get to know some other folks, get new music happening in church, and hone your chops with some experienced players and singers.
Tuesday, March 17th
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
For this week:
Thursday Co-op: we'll continue work on building our spiritual autobiographies. Hello self-awareness!
Sunday school: as usual (and with new candy!)
BYF: This week we'll be helping plant the Easter flower beds. Bring some clothes you can get messy. Next week is a 5th Sunday, so we'll have a movie afternoon. More info soon.
Also, there are a lot of opportunities coming up with the region that we can attend including:
Six Flags Day: April 25th, tickets $36 (includes all-you-can-eat picnic and entrance into park)
Dodger Night: June 5th, tickets $10
Youth Gathering during the biennial: June 27th, morning gathering with all youth followed by picnic at FBC Pasadena
Serve the City: August 19th-22nd, mission opportunity in LA
Tuesday, February 25th, 2009
Happy Fat & Shrove Tuesday!
For this lovely ole week:
- This Thursday we'll have the Co-op and we'll be continuing some of the things we started talking about at Winter Retreat. Woot!
- Middle and High School Sunday school will be happening this week! Middle School is in the BYF room & High School in the gathering room (that's the small one).
- BYF is back this week! The Warrens are bringing lunch and we'll get back to working on our tent.
- And finally, we need a couple volunteers to help out this Sunday to read a prayer to mark our 30 Hour Famine. Call if you want to participate and I'll get you a reading part set up.
Tuesday, February 17th, 2009
Happening this week!
- Winter Retreat: Arrive at church at 5:30pm this Friday the 20th to load up vehicles. Then we'll go to Gourmet Pizza for some dinner and leave for the mountains around 7pm. Make sure you bring warm clothes and a warm sleeping bag and a flashlight! Everyone should also have a more detailed "what to bring" list already. Let me know if you need another one. We'll return sometime early Sunday afternoon.
- For those of you staying in town this weekend, we will have both Middle and High school Sunday school. High schoolers: Hilary and special guest teacher Eric will be leading you this week. Have fun!
- No BYF this week since most of us will still be in the mountains. We'll start up again on Sunday March 1st and get back to building that tent!
Monday, February 16th, 2009
Mystery Dinner Theater Practice Party! Mark your calendars!
Over the next few weeks, those of you who will be involved in our Mystery Dinner Theater Fundraiser for World Vision (30 Hour Famine) will be receiving your roles as either table actor or servers. Then on Friday, March 6th at 5pm, we'll all gather here at church to eat some pizza, practice parts, work on props and sets, and do a couple of run throughs so we're all set for the event. If you haven't signed up yet, do it soon!
Thursday, february 12th
A few reminders:
- High school sunday school starts this Sunday the 15th! We'll meet with everyone in the BYF room for share/prayer/offering and then move over to the small room for our study
- We will have BYF this Sunday. It's the 3rd Sunday so we'll be helping Dennis with a project here at church. The ladies of the ABW will be bringing lunch
PS: the pic is one of the one's taken by Robert during the famine. More coming soon!
Thursday, January 29th, 2009
Hey all you 30 Hour Famine-ers!
We have time on February 15th in both the 8:30am and 11am services to talk about our famine experience. We'll work on what we want to do during that time during the famine, so go ahead and tell your folks and mark your calendars for the 15th!
Tuesday, January 27th, 2009
A little change folks: For our 30 Hour Famine service project, we'll now be headed to Family Service Association here in town instead of going to San Bernardino. Just sos you know.
Also, get those consent forms and permission slips in soon! We'll be continuing the sidewalk chalking this Thursday to continue promoting for the Famine.
See yall then!
Thursday, January 15th, 2009
Deadlines are approaching!
Be sure to get those 30 Hour Famine & Winter Retreat permission slips in soon! Not only will you have the chance to meet new folks and get closer to those in our group, but both trips will have lots of time for games, service, and learning. And did I mention that you get to wear a superhero costume for Winter Retreat?
Tuesday, January 13th, 2009
Just a quick reminder that this week marks the first 3rd Sunday of the month of the year (what?!). That means that starting Sunday, we will have an emphasis throughout all youth programs on service. We're starting very close to home this time around since instead of having our regular BYF meeting, all youth who stay after 2nd service will be expected to come to the annual meeting. As full members of the congregation, both attending and participating in this meeting is your right and responsibility, and also a good way for you to serve your church family.
I'll also have some crochet hooks and yarn on hand if you want to practice while you listen.
See yall soon!
Thursday, January 8th
You might have noticed on the packets that got sent home a few weeks ago that the date for the 30 Hour Famine schedule sheet is wrong. The dates are February 6th-7th, not the 16th-17th.
Also, a little preview for Sunday school this week can be found below. See yall soon!
Monday, January 5th
Hello New Year!
A few reminders for yall:
- BYF returns this week on the 11th! We'll be doing a little rearranging of the room, so come on out!
- Thursday night Co-op also returns this week on the 8th. We'll finish up our bag of plastic bags tutorial. Don't forget your crochet hooks!
- If you haven't received or returned the various things in your packet, do it soon! I need the surveys and the retreat and 30 Hour Famine permission slips.
Tuesday, December 30th
Just a reminder that we do have Sunday school this coming Sunday the 4th, but we will not have BYF. BYF starts up again on the 11th.
Happy New Year people! Have a good one, see yall Sunday, and here's a little something to tide you over until we meet again.
December 16th, 2008
flyer for the ABCLA winter retreat. Check it out.
December 12th, 2009
Times they are a changin'!
That's right, we've moved the date for the mystery dinner fundraiser to Friday, March 13th. This will give us plenty of time to practice and make sets and props and the like. This also means that there's still time to get involved! So if the January date was coming too soon for you too, relax. We'll check in on Sunday and make sure the new date works for everyone.
In short: whoohooo!
December 11th, 2009
So, this coming Sunday is the 3rd in Lent. Around here, that means we focus on the idea of JOY. Which begs the question: what are you joyful about this advent season? In BYF we'll be having a special advent communion service during which we'll be able to celebrate the ability to be together as we wait for Jesus. As you finish out this week, think about the times you are joyful throughout the day, and then thanks the people and circumstances that make that joy possible for you. Also, check out the video below for a little joyful advent music from Alison Krauss.
see you all tonight!
December 9th, 2008
Mark your calendar!
Thursday. Two days from now. The 11th.
Come for church supper at 5:30pm and then stay for a mystery dinner planning meeting. This is the meeting when we assign roles and other responsibilities, so make sure you can make it to this one! Added bonus: it's birthday night, so there'll be pretty hats and cake galore. What more could you really want from a Thursday?
P.S. why the turkey, you ask? I say, why not the turkey?
November 20th, 2008
Did you know that this Sunday is Christ the King Sunday? Never heard of it? No problem. Click on Jesus for a better idea of what this day is for, and then bring any thoughts you have on that to Sunday School and BYF this week.
November 17th, 2008
Coming soon to a youth room near you: a bulletin tree. That's right, people. Instead of the traditional bulletin board, we are moving to a bulletin tree format for all new notifications, posters, reminders, and volunteer assignments that will be posted in the BYF room. Confused? Good, then come by the room and see what I'm talking about.
November 14th, 2008
Heeeey people! There is now a bag outside my office door for depositing (clean) used plastic shopping bags. We'll be learning to cut them into strips and crochet them to make our own MamaEarth friendly bags (and other things) for the next few weeks during the Thursday Night Co-op. Feel free to drop them off any time, and stay for some Red Vines, if you're so inclined.
November 12th, 2008
Heeeeeeey everybody! Just a reminder- we'll start sign-ups for the Mystery Dinner Theater (January 16th) fundraiser and the ABCLA Winter Retreat (February 20th-22nd) this week! Check your calendars and bring any questions you have on Sunday.
November 10th, 2008
Whooohooo! We now have a Photobucket group account for pictures and video. When new pics are available, a link will appear in the multimedia page. This will take you to the Photobucket website where you can enter the password and view the album. Get those pretty picture smiles ready, people! (Hint: this means you should not be smiling like Eric is in this photo. Eeeeek!) The password will be distributed this week at the Thursday Night Co-op and at Sunday School and BYF.
November 5th, 2008
Just a little reminder to keep up with your World Mission Offering coin boxes. Everyone should have gotten a coin box and an offering calendar. If you don't have one yet, be sure to grab one this Sunday in Sunday school. There will be a stack in the BYF room. Check out their website if you need a little more info or inspiration.
Welcome to the brand spanking new website for the youth group of The First Baptist Church of Redlands, CA. This is a way for us to stay connected during the week and stay updated on all the goings-on around here. Check back often!