YOUTH NEWSLETTER

The bi-weekly Youth Newsletter will be posed here and archived for a couple of months at a time.  Maggie will share these posts through email, facebook, and twitter too.

YOUTH NEWSLETTER – Oct. 1, 2017

Hello There!

I hope everyone is staying dry on this dreary rainy day! I have really enjoyed kicking off the youth ministry year again this past month. We have had great discussions at The Vine, The Hub, and had a great time worshiping at The 507 youth rally last week!

I wanted to let you know that I’ve been praying about what to do with Rooted (the high school outreach on Wednesdays at 7:10 PM). I haven’t had much response about it, so instead of having a separate high school program on Wednesdays, we are going to open up The Hub to high school students too. I know it will be difficult for those who are in basketball with late practices to join us, but I feel that this will be a better option for those who are currently looking for a way to connect on Wednesday nights.

Many youth groups in our community are for high school and middle schoolers together. I will try to split the group up at times for smaller group discussions by grades to help foster the age appropriateness of some topics though. Please pray for God to bless us as we transition to a wider age range at The Hub. We are just trying to follow God’s lead.

So again, high schoolers are welcome to join us at The Hub starting this Wednesday!

Love in Christ,
Maggie 🙂

REMINDERS:
*** The Hub Ending at 6:45 PM This Week – Wed., Oct. 4 due to The Skit Guys performance
*** The Skit Guys at Memorial Auditorium – Wed., Oct. 4 @ 7 PM – tickets are all reserved
*** Pack College Care Packages – Sun., Oct. 15 @ 10:50 AM
*** The Hub Will NOT Meet – MEA Break – Wed., Oct. 18
*** Pack Operation Christmas Child Boxes – Sun., Nov. 12 @ 10:50 AM

 

 

YOUTH NEWSLETTER – Sept. 14, 2017

Hello There!

I am excited to get things rolling again with our youth programs this month! We had a great first meeting of The Vine (9th-12th) with parents this past Sunday, and the 6th-8th grade Sunday School started off another year with Pastor Tim. Please make youth ministry opportunities a priority for you this year for you to grow deeper in relationship with God and His church. Pray about who God might be calling you to invite along. I am praying for God’s renewal in our hearts and in our youth ministry this year!

Love in Christ,
Maggie 🙂

REMINDERS:
*** The Vine & 6th-8th Grade Sunday School Began – Sun., Sept. 10 @ 10:50 AM
*** Power Crunch Meal Resumes – Wed., Sept. 20 @ 5:30 PM
*** The Hub 6th-8th Grade Youth Group Begins – Wed., Sept. 20 @ 6 PM
*** Rooted 9th-12th Grade Youth Outreach Starts – Wed., Sept. 20 @ 7:10 PM
*** “See You At The Pole” Prayer Time – Wed., Sept. 27 @ 7:30 AM at WMS & @ 7:50 AM at WHS
*** The 507 Youth Rally at 1st Covenant – Wed., Sept. 27 @ 6:30 PM – carpool from ARC at 6:10 PM
*** “The Skit Guys” Performance at Lakeside Church – Wed., Oct. 4 @ 7 PM – contact Maggie if you would like to go

YOUTH NEWSLETTER – July 11, 2017

Hello There!

Summer is slipping by so quickly!  I want to encourage all of you to come to Arnold’s Park next Monday for a fun day trip to enjoy the amusement park, beach, and shops.  The youth fund will cover the cost for the park pass for youth group students, and family & friends can get the discounted group rate of $25.  Contact me ASAP if you plan to come, so I can get things lined up for the trip.  It should be a great day to relax and hang out together!  Don’t miss out!
Also I’ve been attempting to meet students at the Beach Nook for a quick time to catch up with a devo, treat, and short walk.  Hopefully you can make it to the next ones.  I’m always willing to give rides too even if you live out of town.  In August, I will be offering the Talkin’ Tuesdays again, so plan ahead for that too. Summer is such a wonderful opportunity to connect more in a relaxed setting.  Hoping to get a chance to spend some time with you before it is gone!  🙂
REMINDERS:
*** Rocky Mt. High Prayer Time – Sun., July 16 @ 9:30 AM – participants come at 9:10 AM
*** Last Rocky Mt. High Meeting – Sun., July 16 @ 11 AM
*** Arnold’s Park Day Trip – Mon., July 17 from 9 AM – 5 PM – contact Maggie if you plan to come or need a ride
*** Beach Nook Walk – Tues., July 18 @ 1 PM (6th-8th grades) – contact Maggie if you plan to come or need a ride
*** Rocky Mt. High Send Off – Fri., July 21 @ 10:25 PM
*** Rocky Mt. High Youth Conference – July 22-26
*** “Better Together” Meal Packing Event @ ARC – Tues., July 25 – http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e48acae2ca6fe3-mobile
*** Beach Nook Walk – Mon., July 31 @ 1 PM (9th-12th grades) – contact Maggie if you plan to come or need a ride
*** Talkin’ Tuesday @ McDonald’s – Tues., Aug. 1 @ 5:30 PM (6th-8th grades)
*** Church Camp Out in Adrian – Fri., Aug. 4

*** Rocky Mt. High Report – Sun., Aug. 6 @ 9:30 AM

*** Talkin’ Tuesday @ McDonald’s – Tues., Aug. 8 @ 5:30 PM (9th-12th grades)

YOUTH NEWSLETTER – June 13, 2017

Hello There!

Thanks to all of you who helped out with Vacation Bible School last week!  What a great time of serving God and sharing His love with the children of our community!
This summer will be a tricky one for me to make plans with Lily’s upcoming eye surgeries, so I am asking youth group families to consider hosting a youth event (middle school or high school or for both).  If you would like to put on an event (bonfire, beach day, frisbee golf, canoeing, Sioux Falls trip, etc.), let me know.  I will help you get the word out and purchase necessary supplies.
I’m hoping to get a better idea of how available I will be after Lily’s surgery this week, but I know it might be kind of hard to make definite plans because I don’t know how her recovery will go, when her follow up appointments will be, and when her next surgeries will be scheduled.
We will be working on the church newsletter next week, so if you have an idea for an event, let me know by next Wednesday, so we can promote it in the newsletter.  Looking forward to seeing what God helps you come up with!
REMINDERS:
*** Lily’s 1st Surgery – Fri., June 16 – please pray for God’s protection & peace
*** TEC Retreat – June 23-25 – www.crossroadstec.com – the youth fund will cover the registration fee for anyone who wants to go from our church for the 1st time!
*** TEC Closing Program – Sun., June 25 @ 3:30 PM
*** Rocky Mt. High Meeting – Sun., July 9 @ 11 AM
*** Rocky Mt. High Prayer Partners Pray – Sun., July 16 @ 9:30 AM
*** Rocky Mt. High Meeting – Sun., July 16 @ 11 AM
*** Rocky Mt. High – July 22-26
*** Church Camp Out – Fri., Aug. 4 at Adrian Campground
*** Worship by the Water – Sun., Aug. 13 @ 10 AM
*** ARC Serves at The Banquet in Sioux Falls- Mon, Aug. 21 @ 5:15 PM

YOUTH NEWSLETTER – May 25, 2017

Hey There!

School is almost out for the summer!  It’s an exciting time with graduations and warmer weather creeping up again.  I would love to encourage all of you (parents included) to volunteer to help out with VBS!  We still need more hands to help out especially as crew guides or with kitchen help, scripture memory, or little kids crafts.  Let me know if you can help in anyway.  It is always such a fun week serving together!
I highly encourage our high schoolers to sign up for the Teens Encounter Christ retreat that will be at our church June 23-25.  This is a life-changing experience full of laughter, fun, sharing, and faith.  The youth fund will cover the cost of anyone who wants to go for the first time.  Applications can be found online or at the Welcome Center at church.  Let me know if you have any questions or would like to go.
REMINDERS:
*** WHS Baccalaureate Service @ WHS – Wed., May 31 @ 7 PM (seniors arrive at 6:45 PM with gowns & stoles, but no caps or cords) – everyone is invited to come!
*** VBS Meeting & Set Up – Sun., June 4 @ 10:30 AM
*** VBS – June 4-8 @ 5:15-7:30 PM
*** Rocky Mt. High Meeting – Sun., June 11 @ 11 AM
*** TEC Retreat – June 23-25 – https://www.facebook.com/events/266865387113213/

YOUTH NEWSLETTER – April 28, 2017

Hey There!

We have a busy month coming up! Be sure to take advantage of all that is going on. I will announce summer plans/activities soon. Stay motivated as you finish out the school year! Praying for a great transition to summer!

Love in Christ,
Maggie 🙂

REMINDERS:
*** Visit with Japan Missionary – Sun., Apr. 30 @ 10:50 AM in the sanctuary
*** 507 Youth Rally at 1st Methodist Church – Wed., May 3 @ 6:30 PM – carpool from ARC @ 6:15 PM
*** Game Show Sunday School Party – Sun., May 7 @ 10:50 AM (last day of S.S. & The Vine)
*** Graduation Recognition – Sun., May 21 @ 9:30 AM followed by fellowship time in ARC Center
*** WHS Baccalaureate – Wed, May 18 @ 7 PM
*** Rocky Mt. High Prayer Packages Fundraiser – Sold in May after church
*** Vacation Bible School – Sun., June 4 – Thurs., June 8 from 5:15-7:30 PM
*** TEC Retreat – June 23-25 at ARC for 9th-12th grade students – http://www.crossroadstec.com/

YOUTH Newsletter – Mar. 23, 2017

 

Hello There!

Easter will be here before we know it!  I pray that each of us will find ways to reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made for us as we prepare to celebrate His triumph over death on Easter!  I would encourage each of you to come to the Journey to the Cross prayer walk at our church on Wed., Apr. 12 or Thurs., Apr. 13.  It is a powerful time to focus on different aspects of what Jesus experienced during the week before His death on the cross.  Also be sure to pay attention to upcoming events as we have a busy couple of weeks coming up.
Love in Christ,
Maggie 🙂
REMINDERS:
*** The Hub Last Day – Wed., Mar. 29 @ 6 PM – We will finish watching “Son of God” & also play a fun game while enjoying ice cream sundaes.
*** Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack – Fri., Mar. 31 & Sat., Apr. 1 – https://give.fmsc.org/worthington
*** Sub Factory – Wed., Apr. 5 from 4 -7 PM – Bring your family along to help make close to 1500 sub sandwiches.  Pizza will be provided for all who come help.
*** Jelly Bean Giveaway – Sun., Apr. 9 after church for 6th-12th grades – Help make jelly bean packets & distribute the packets in local parking lots as an outreach & random act of kindness.
*** Journey to the Cross – Wed., Apr. 12 from 8 AM – 8 PM & Thurs., Apr. 13 from 8 AM – 11 AM
*** Maundy Thursday Service – Apr. 13 @ 7 PM
*** Sunrise Service @ CRC – Sun., Apr. 16 @ 7 AM
*** Easter Celebration – Sun., Apr. 16 @ 9:30 AM

YOUTH Newsletter – March 1, 2017

Hello There!

Can you believe that it is March already?   Where did February go?  Today is Ash Wednesday, and it marks the beginning of the season of Lent.  This is always a great time of year to reflect on the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross for you and for me.  Maybe take some time over the next 40 days (plus Sundays) before Easter to read a book of the Bible (maybe John) or start a devotional with your family.
Here are some odd ideas too to engage in unusual ways to celebrate Lent:
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Whatever you do, let’s all do what we can to prepare our hearts to celebrate Easter with joy and thanksgiving!
Love in Christ,
Maggie 🙂
REMINDERS:
*** The Vine Continues “God’s Not Dead 2” series by watching movie – Sun., Mar. 5 @ 10:50 AM
*** Sub Sandwich Sale Fundraiser will begin in Mar. 5
*** Wild Turkey Shootout Concessions Stand Fundraiser – Sat., March 18 (more info soon)
*** Last Day for The Hub – Wed., Mar. 29 – We will have a party!
*** Sub Sale Factory – Wed., Apr. 5 from 4-7 PM
*** Jelly Bean Giveaway – Sun., Apr. 9 after church with 6th-12th grades
*** Journey to the Cross Prayer Walk – Wed., Apr. 12 (more info soon)

YOUTH Newsletter – February 16, 2017

Hey There!

What a fantastic fundraiser last night!  God multiplied 125 donated items with 39 bidding families/couples/individuals into over $9,100 of funds for our youth ministry!  Praise God from whom all blessings flow!  Thanks to all who came out to help last night, donated items, or purchased items.  What a fun way for our church to see God move!
Love in Christ,
Maggie 🙂
REMINDERS:
*** The Vine Begins “God’s Not Dead 2” series by watching movie – Sun., Feb. 19 & 26 @ 10:50 AM
*** Sub Sandwich Sale Fundraiser will begin in March (more info soon)
*** Wild Turkey Shootout Concessions Stand Fundraiser – Sat., March 18 (more info soon)
*** Last Day for The Hub – Wed., Mar. 29 – We will have a party!
*** Sub Sale Factory – Wed., Apr. 5 from 4-7 PM
*** Jelly Bean Giveaway – Sun., Apr. 9 after church with 6th-12th grades
*** Journey to the Cross Prayer Walk – Wed., Apr. 12 (more info soon)

YOUTH Newsletter – January 12, 2017

Hello There!

Exciting things are coming up very soon! The high school youth group is starting to work on the Youth Sunday service this Sunday. Next Saturday is the Great Bear skiing/tubing trip. Donations are starting to be rounded up for the Love Auction Fundraiser. Rocky Mt. High registrations need to be done by the end of the month. Don’t miss out on any of these fun fellowship and growth opportunities!!!

Love in Christ,
Maggie 🙂

REMINDERS:
*** Youth Sunday Prep Day – Sun., Jan. 15 @ 10:50 AM
*** Great Bear Skiing/Tubing Trip – Sat., Jan. 21 from 2-10 PM
*** Youth Sunday Practice – Sun., Jan. 22 @ 10:50 AM
*** Youth Sunday (led by high school students) – Sun., Jan. 29 @ 9:30 AM
*** Rocky Mt. High Registration & Deposit Deadline – Jan. 31 http://apps.synodyouth.org/form/rmh
*** The 507 Youth Rally @ St. Matthew Lutheran – Wed., Feb. 1 from 6:30-8 PM
*** Love Auction Fundraiser – Wed., Feb. 15 with food @ 5:30 PM & auction @ 6 PM

 

YOUTH Newsletter – December 20, 2016

Hello Again!

I wanted to get out another newsletter before the end of the year. Don’t forget about the Christmas Program being rescheduled to Wed., Dec. 21 at 6:30 PM with participants meeting in the choir room by 6:15 PM. I’m excited to see God shine through the students of our church!

I also wanted to let you know that Pastor Tim is organizing a few basketball nights for high school and adults in the next couple of weeks. The first one is tonight at 7 PM until 9 PM and also next Tuesday and Wednesday. Friends are welcome too.

I will be out of the office next week on vacation, but if you need anything, you can always contact me, and I will try to get back to you. Hope everyone has a special time of celebrating Jesus’s birthday!

Love in Christ,
Maggie 🙂

REMINDERS:
*** High School & Adult Basketball – Tues., Dec. 20 from 7-9 PM
*** Christmas Program – Sun., Dec. 21 @ 6:30 PM (students in choir room by 6:15 PM)
*** The Hub will not meet – Wed., Dec. 21 or Dec. 28
*** The Vine & Sunday School will not meet – Sun., Dec. 25 or Jan. 1
*** High School & Adult Basketball – Tues., Dec. 27 & Wed., Dec. 28 from 7-9 PM
*** Dessert by the Decade at The Hub with Pastor Tim – Wed., Jan. 4 @ 6 PM
*** Youth Sunday Prep Day – Sun., Jan. 15 @ 10:50 AM
*** Youth Sunday Practice – Sun., Jan. 21 @ 10:50 AM
*** Youth Sunday (led by high school students) – Sun., Jan. 29 @ 9:30 AM
*** Rocky Mt. High Registration & Deposit Deadline – Jan. 31  http://apps.synodyouth.org/form/rmh
*** The 507 Youth Rally @ St. Matthew Lutheran – Wed., Feb. 1 from 6:30-8 PM
*** Love Auction Fundraiser – Wed., Feb. 15 with food @ 5:30 PM & auction @ 6 PM

 

YOUTH NEWSLETTER – December 13, 2016

Hello There!

So this coming Sunday is our Christmas Program!  I’m always excited to see God shine through the students of our church to share the powerful story of Jesus coming to the earth as a baby boy!  I pray that each of you know that your part is very important!  Our last practice is Wednesday at 6:00 PM.  Please plan to be there!
Love in Christ,
Maggie 🙂

 

REMINDERS:
*** Christmas Program Practice – Wed., Dec. 14 @ 6 PM
*** Christmas Program – Sun., Dec. 18 @ 9:30 AM
*** Candy Cane Give-away Assembly – Sun., Dec. 18 @ 10:30 AM in the chapel
*** All Church Caroling – Sun., Dec. 18 – meet at church at 4:45 PM
*** The Hub will not meet – Wed., Dec. 21 or Dec. 28
*** The Vine will not meet – Sun., Dec. 25
*** Dessert by the Decade at The Hub with Pastor Tim – Wed., Jan. 4 @ 6 PM
*** Youth Sunday (led by high school students) – Sun., Jan. 29 @ 9:30 AM

YOUTH NEWSLETTER – November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

I hope everyone has a fun time celebrating God’s blessings with family and friends!  We are heading to Waterloo today, and I know that our girls can’t wait to see their grandparents and cousins.  I pray that if you have to travel for the holiday that you are safe on the roads.  We will be back on Sunday.
Right after church, there will be a brief meeting for high school students and parents to learn more about Rocky Mt. High.  At 10:50 AM, 3 years old through 12th grade students will begin working on organizing for the Christmas program.  Students should let me know by Sunday if they plan to participate this year.
The next 507 youth rally is at our church on Wed., Dec. 7 at 6:30 PM.  Let me know if you can help with set up, serving food, or cleaning up.  Let’s be great hosts!
Love in Christ,
Maggie 🙂
REMINDERS:
*** Rocky Mt. High Info Meeting – Sun., Nov 27 @ 10:30 AM in the youth room
*** Christmas Program Organizing Day – Sun., Nov. 27 @ 10:50 AM in the sanctuary
*** Christmas Program Practice – Sun., Dec. 4 @ 10:50 AM in the choir room
*** Christmas Program Practice – Wed., Dec. 7 @ 4:30 PM in the sanctuary
*** 507 Youth Rally at American Reformed Church – Wed., Dec. 7 @ 6:30 PM
*** Christmas Program Practice – Sun., Dec. 11 @ 10:50 AM in the sanctuary
*** Christmas Program Practice – Wed., Dec. 14 @ 6 PM in the sanctuary
*** Christmas Program – Sun., Dec. 18 @ 9:30 AM
*** All Church Caroling – Sun., Dec. 18 @ 5 PM

YOUTH NEWSLETTER – November 4, 2016

Hello There!

Hope everyone had a fun Halloween!  Thanks to all who helped pack the college care packages last week.  I know the college students really enjoy getting those in the mail!  Such a great reminder that God is with them and their church family still thinks about them!  Pray that God would continue to speak into their lives in big and small ways!  This weekend our church will be showing the movie Woodlawn on Sunday night.  I encourage you to come and bring a friend! This is a great way to reach out in our community and to enjoy some good, clean entertainment too!
Love in Christ,
Maggie 🙂
REMINDERS:
*** “Woodlawn” Movie Night – Sun., Nov. 6 @ 6 PM
*** Pack Operation Christmas Child Boxes – Sun., Nov. 13 @ 10:50 AM
*** Harvest Supper – Wed., Nov. 16 @ 6 PM – The Hub will NOT meet
*** Thanksgiving Eve Service – Wed., Nov. 23 @ 7 PM – The Hub will NOT meet
*** 507 Youth Rally at ARC – Wed., Dec. 7 @ 6:30 PM

YOUTH NEWSLETTER – October 10, 2016

Hello There!

This week we will be back to our regular Wednesday night activities.  It was great to see many students attend the special speaker event on Sept. 28 at WHS, and those who attended The 507 youth rally last week too.  It is always good to worship, learn, fellowship, and grow with our fellow believers from the community!
This Wednesday morning, students will participate in “See You At The Pole” student let prayer event at 7:15 AM at WMS and 7:55 AM at WHS.  This is a special opportunity to unite in prayer for our schools, families, nation, and world!
Love in Christ,
Maggie 🙂
REMINDERS:
*** WMS See You At The Pole – Wed., Oct. 12 at 7:15 AM
*** WHS See You At The Pole – Wed., Oct. 12 at 7:55 AM
*** MEA Break – No Regular Wed. Activities – Wed., Oct. 19
*** Pack College Care Packages – Sun., Oct. 30 at 10:50 AM
*** Woodlawn Movie Night at ARC – Sun., Nov. 6 at 6 PM

YOUTH NEWSLETTER – September 27, 2016

Hello There!

This week I am very excited about the “Evening of Hope” being offered at Worthington High School on Wed. at 7 PM by artist and Christian speaker, Eric Samuel Timm.  He has been doing school assemblies in the area the past few days and has really impacted students with the message to speak words of life instead of words of death.  He is leading a faith based event on Wednesday and will share openly about trusting in Jesus.  He is the same type of speaker that our students would hear at Power Connection or Rocky Mt. High.  I would encourage everyone to attend this awesome opportunity in our own community!  The Hub middle school youth group will meet until 6:40 PM, and then we will carpool to the high school.  Parents, contact me if you are willing to help with transportation.  Praying for an awesome movement of God’s Spirit through this “Evening of Hope”!
Love in Christ,
Maggie 🙂
REMINDERS:
*** “Evening of Hope” @ WHS – Wed., Sept. 28 at 7 PM – carpool from church at 6:40 PM (The Hub will meet from 6:00-6:40 PM)
*** 507 Youth Rally at 1st Lutheran Church – Wed., Oct. 5 from 6:30-8:00 PM – carpool from church at 6:15 PM
*** MEA Break – No regular Wed., church activities – Wed., Oct. 19

YOUTH NEWSLETTER – September 15, 2016

Hello There!
This Sunday we kick off our fall programs again!  I’m excited to reconnect with all of you on a regular basis!  It is nice to get back on track and dig into God’s Word together again!  We are starting The Vine & The Hub this year with Parent & Student meetings.  Plan to be there for important information, encouragement, and some fun!  Hoping for a great turnout and start to our ministry year together!
Love in Christ,
Maggie 🙂
REMINDERS:
*** The Vine Parent & Student Meeting – Sun., Sept. 11 @ 10:50 AM
*** Heidelberg Catechism Class with Pastor Tim – Sun., Sept. 11 @ 10:50 AM
*** The Hub Parent & Student Meeting – Wed., Sept. 14 @ 6 PM
*** NEW:  The Connection High School Outreach – Wed., Sept. 14 @ 7:10 PM