High School

BGYM Week of: 4/17/17-4/23/17:

This week @BGYouth:

  • 4:00-5:15 PM – SLT
  • 4:00-5:15 PM – MS Youth Group
  • 5:00-6:00 PM – Combined: Announcements/Worship
  • 6:00-7:00 PM – HS Youth Group

Looking ahead:

Get Air Trampoline Park this Saturday April 22nd, 2017 from 2pm-7pm. Contact Pastor Jeff for all the details.

30 Hr. Famine and Mission Trip Fundraising: If you would like to go door-to-door with Jeff as a group then sign up to attend the group fundraising event on 4/29/17. We will be meeting at the BG upper parking lot where the van is parked at 9 AM. Contact Pastor Jeff for all the details.

30 Hr. Famine May 5th-6th-Teens at this point you should be going door-to-door for donations.

SAVE THE DATE:

  • BGYouth Mission Trip July 1st-8th
  • DAKS 2017 Trip will be August 2nd-6th. The cost is $100 per student. $25 reserves your spot! (please make checks payable to Bethel Grove Bible Church with the memo line: DAKS trip 2017)
  • MS Camping Trip will be August 25th-27th. The cost is $25 per student. (please make checks payable to Bethel Grove Bible Church with the memo line: MS Camping trip 2017)

BGYM Week of: 4/10/17-4/16/17:

All BGYM Events (Bible Study/Sunday school/Youth Group) are cancelled for Holy Week. Have a Happy Resurrection Sunday!

BGYM Week of: 4/3/17-4/9/17:

This week @BGYouth:

  • 4:00-5:15 PM – SLT
  • 4:00-5:15 PM – MS Youth Group
  • 5:00-6:00 PM – Combined: Announcements/Worship
  • 6:00-7:00 PM – HS Youth Group

Looking ahead:

30 Hr. Famine and Mission Trip Fundraising: If you would like to go door-to-door with Jeff as a group then sign up to attend the group fundraising event on 4/29/17. We will be meeting at the BG upper parking lot where the van is parked. Contact Pastor Jeff for all the details.

30 Hr. Famine May 5th-6th-Teens at this point you should be going door-to-door for donations.

BGYM Missions Trip July 1st-8th

SAVE THE DATE:

  • BGYouth Mission Trip July 1st-8th
  • DAKS 2017 Trip will be August 2nd-6th. The cost is $100 per student. $25 reserves your spot! (please make checks payable to Bethel Grove Bible Church with the memo line: DAKS trip 2017)
  • MS Camping Trip will be August 25th-27th. The cost is $25 per student. (please make checks payable to Bethel Grove Bible Church with the memo line: MS Camping trip 2017)

BGYM Week of: 3/27/17-4/2/17:

This week @BGYouth:

  • 4:00-5:15 PM – SLT
  • 4:00-5:15 PM – MS Youth Group
  • 5:00-6:00 PM – Combined: Announcements/Worship
  • 6:00-7:00 PM – HS Youth Group

Looking ahead:

30 Hr. Famine May 5th-6th-Teens at this point you should be going door-to-door for donations.

BGYM Missions Trip July 1st-8th

SAVE THE DATE:

  • BGYouth Mission Trip July 1st-8th
  • DAKS 2017 Trip will be August 2nd-6th. The cost is $100 per student. $25 reserves your spot! (please make checks payable to Bethel Grove Bible Church with the memo line: DAKS trip 2017)
  • MS Camping Trip will be August 25th-27th. The cost is $25 per student. (please make checks payable to Bethel Grove Bible Church with the memo line: MS Camping trip 2017)

BGYM Week of: 3/20/17-3/26/17:

This week @BGYouth:

  • 4:00-5:15 PM – SLT
  • 4:00-5:15 PM – MS Youth Group
  • 5:00-6:00 PM – Combined: Announcements/Snack/Worship
  • 6:00-7:00 PM – HS Youth Group

Looking ahead:

30 Hr. Famine May 5th-6th

If you want to go on the Mission Trip you must have your $89 deposit in to Pastor Jeff by 3/27/17. Please make checks payable to Bethel Grove Bible Church with the memo line: Youth Mission Trip 2017.

SAVE THE DATE:

BGYouth Mission Trip–>Parents that could not make it to the Mission Trip Organizational meeting: to receive the informational packet contact Pastor Jeff at jeff@bg.org

DAKS 2017 Trip will be August 2nd-6th. The cost is $100 per student. $25 reserves your spot! (please make checks payable to Bethel Grove Bible Church with the memo line: DAKS trip 2017)

MS Camping Trip will be August 25th-27th. The cost is $25 per student. (please make checks payable to Bethel Grove Bible Church with the memo line: MS Camping trip 2017) 

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No Youth Group May 1st or May 8th!

 30 Hour Famine THIS weekend. May 6th – May 7th. You MUST sign up to attend, we’re meeting at BG at 6 PM. 

 

Upcoming: 

May 15th: Combined Youth Group at Christ Chapel

Please sign up to attend

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Back to normal activity! 

~After a busy week of events and musicals we are back to regular youth group schedule~

We are continuing our question series (all questions were submitted by all of you!). Caroline Moore is answering the question: If God is good, then why do bad things happen? We’re starting Youth Group at 5:30PM, see you all there!

 

Bible Study: 

Join Mandi and Phil Frost this Wednesday from 4:15-5:30 in the youth room for a time of study and prayer. The topic through April is “The Life of Jesus.” If you have questions or need a ride from IHS Contact Mandi Frost at: mandifrostzw@me.com

Next week:

 Pastor Santosh will answer the question: Why am I a Christian?

Save the dates:

30 hour famine: May 6th-7th – Please do not forget to raise funds for World Vision!!!

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Weekly Game Plan:

ALL Youth related Sunday events are canceled. Happy Holy Week!!! 

Bible Study: Join Mandi and Phil Frost this Wednesday from 4:15-5:30 in the youth room for a time of study and prayer. The topic through April is “The Life of Jesus.” If you have questions or need a ride from IHS Contact Mandi Frost at: mandifrostzw@me.com

Next week:

 Dick Baer will be continuing his two series lessons on Faith and Science at youth

Save the dates:

High School Shut In: April 8th-9th, 7 pm – 7 am in the youth room.

30 hour famine: May 6th-7th

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This week in the life of youth group…

Bible Study: Join Mandi and Phil Frost this Wednesday from 4:15-5:30 in the youth room for a time of study and prayer. The topic through April is “The Life of Jesus.” If you have questions or need a ride from IHS Contact Mandi Frost at: mandifrostzw@me.com

Youth Group: Nick Masser is talking about: “The Will of God.” 

This Sunday we will say our farewells to our long time Youth Leader Nick Masser. Feel free to bring a favorite memory with Nick, a card, a gift, or even a yummy treat as we celebrate Nick and all his years in youth group. Come hear where God is calling Nick next at youth group!  

Next week:

Hockey and Faith night: March 11th, cost $12 pre-ordered tickets, $25 at the door.

No Youth Group on March 13th, 2016

Save the dates:

High School Shut In: April 8th-9th, 7 pm – 7 am in the youth room.

30 hour famine: May 6th-7th

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Bible Study: Join Mandi and Phil Frost this Wednesday from 4:15-5:30 in the youth room for a time of study and prayer. The topic through April is “The Life of Jesus.” If you have questions or need a ride from IHS Contact Mandi Frost at: mandifrostzw@me.com

Youth Group: Alan Pauling will be answering the question: “How do you choose what to give financially and otherwise?” 

SUMMER MISSION TRIP: Please be in prayer about whether or not you want to take part in our summer trip. An information session will be held THIS Sunday at 7 pm for all students and parents interested. The meeting will be in the upper level on the Ministry Building. This trip is open to all incoming freshmen through our graduating seniors.

Our summer mission trip will led by Center for Student Missions, check out their website here

 

 

Save the dates:

Hockey and Faith night: March 11th, cost $12 pre-ordered tickets, $25 at the door.

No Youth Group March 13th

High School Shut In: April 8th-9th, 7 pm – 7 am in the youth room.

30 hour famine: May 6th-7th

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Weekly Schedule:

Student Leadership Team (SLT) is putting on their first ever event… HS Movie Night. (SLT is to arrive early for set up).

  • Who? High school students (bring a friend!)

  • What? The movie: Do You Believe? (Rated PG-13) 

  • When? February 19th, 7PM  

  • Where? Youth Group Room  

*Popcorn will be provided, feel free to bring your own movie snacks.

 

Join us this week at Youth Group and hear Lincoln Young answer the question: “If God loves everyone, why doesn’t he save everyone?”

 

Bible Study: Join Mandi & Phil Frost this Wednesday from 4:15-5:30 in the youth room for a time of study and prayer.  The topic through April will be The Life of Jesus”. If you have questions or need a ride from IHS. Contact Mandi Frost at mandifrostzw@me.com.

SLT Meeting Dates: February 21st, March 6th (in the Ministry Center)

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Alright folks, here’s our Game Plan:

*No Youth Group this week, be in prayer for our student going on the Winter Retreat!* 

**Sunday School is still happening! 

For those attending the Winter Retreat please meet at BG at 1 PM on Saturday afternoon. Check the packing list for what to bring. 

Student Leadership Team (SLT) is putting on their first ever event… HS Movie Night. (SLT is to arrive early for set up).  

  • Who? High school students (bring a friend!)

  • What? The movie: Do You Believe? (Rated PG-13) 

  • When? February 19th, 7PM  

  • Where? Youth Group Room  

*Popcorn will be provided, feel free to bring your own movie snacks.

 

Bible Study: Join Mandi & Phil Frost this Wednesday from 4:15-5:30 in the youth room for a time of study and prayer.  The topic through April will be “The Life of Jesus”. If you have questions or need a ride from IHS. Contact Mandi Frost at mandifrostzw@me.com.

SLT Meeting Dates: February 21st, March 6th

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What’s the plan this week?? superbowl

Sunday School –> same place, same time! 

SUPER BOWL L: BRONCOS vs. PANTHERS… pick a side!!   

Don’t forget “BYOW!’ Bring your own wings.  Whether you’re coming for the real game, half time show or some awesome fellowship we want to see you there! It’ll be a night of intense yelling, loud laughs, WINGS, and much more! Check the calendar for details and location. 

Bible Study: Join Mandi & Phil Frost this Wednesday from 4:15-5:30 in the youth room for a time of study and prayer.  The topic through April will be “The Life of Jesus”. If you have questions or need a ride from IHS. Contact Mandi Frost at mandifrostzw@me.com.

Things to keep on your radar: 

  • Student Leadership Team puts on movie event, check back here next week for the details or see calendar! 
  • Winter Retreat, February 13th-15th (Interested? Email us at bgyouthmin@gmail.com)

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So here’s the ‘haps’ for January 28-February 15….

So mark your calendar or be sure to check out the calendar page and even subscribe for events directly on your phone/personal calendar (Hassle free and quick updates!)

Upcoming Events to keep on your radar/calendar: 

January 31st: Mandi Frost Youth Group lesson; LAST DAY to sign up for the Winter Retreat – Join Alan, Sandy, and Tiera plus a bunch of kids for some great fellowship and time away (see below for dates) 

February 7th: Superbowl party – BYOW — bring your own wings! at Cory and Lisa Baclawski’s house

February 13-15th: MS/HS Winter Retreat!!! Get excited and sign up ASAP!

— ICSD is off that Monday so don’t worry about homework, there’ll be time

Leadership Team Meeting Dates: January 31st, February 21st, March 6th 

Don’t forget our weekly events including MS/HS Sunday school, HS Bible Study on Wednesday and Youth Group every Sunday. Can’t wait to see you all there!!

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November/December Haps 2015

Be sure to check out the calendar page and even subscribe to it if you want the events to update right into your phone/personal calendar.

 

Upcoming Events to keep in mind and save the date for:

November 29th:  All Youth Ministry Thanksgiving Dinner 5-7:30pm (regular youth group time/night) make sure you sign up in the youth room or send an RSVP to me bgyouthmin@gmail.com

December 13th: Christmas Party

December 18th:  Babysitting Night

December 19th:  Ring & Sing

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Fall 2015

The best way to get updated on Fall events for the Youth Ministry is through the Calendar page.  If you desire there is a button at the bottom of the calendar that allows you to subscribe to the calendar.  This will cause your personal calendar to update with YM events as they are created.

Upcoming Events to check out:

All Church Harvest Party:  October 18th

Corn Maze (RSVP required): October 30th

Pleaes note on the Calendar page the days and times of  Regular Youth groups and which group is meeting.  Extra middle school events scheduled for the “off weeks” will start to pop up on the Calendar as they are scheduled.  

 

 

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Summer 2015

Baltimore Summer Trip: July 4th-July 11th:    Please pray for the team.

Drop in Schedule:  Check back, I will add new drop ins to this list as they come in.

Remember always bring a side dish and drink to share to each drop in!!!

5/24:   Stewart park, meet by tennis courts, hosted by the Richards (607-347-4293) 5-7:30

6/19:  Stauffer’s house, 275 Burns Road, Ithaca.  hosted by the Stauffers  (607-273-5051) 5-7:30

7/18:  Deet’s house, 128 Pine Tree Rd, Ithaca hosted by the Deets ( 607-342-1556) 5-7:30

unscheduled drop ins (check back) 

Phil Larson, 19 Besemer Road Ithaca, NY (607-200-4080)

O’Dowd , 802 Coddington Rd Ithaca, NY (607-319-4932)

Ives, 24 Marshall Road Ithaca/Enfield (607-882-9036)

Hornibrook, 2 Sharon Drive Lansing, NY

 

 

June Happenings

GATHERINGS:

Bible Study:  Last meeting  is June 3rd.

Youth Group: Last YG is June 7th.  Please bring a”potluck snack”

Events: 

June 7th:  Baltimore Fundraising Lunch:  Join us directly after the service for lunch!

June 13th:  Drop in at the church!  see above drop in schedule for details

June 14:  All Church Picnic (this takes the place of youth group, so if you don’t attend BG you are still invited to join.)  Lower Treman 12:45 ish, food is usually at 1:00.  Bring a dish to pass.

June 19th:  Drop in at the Stuaffer’s.  See above drop in schedule for details.

June 21st: High School Graduation Sunday!! Our grads will be recognized during the church service and will be sharing some cake after.

 

 

May!  We finally have daffodils and blue skies!!

GATHERINGS:

Sunday School:  May 10th is the last Sunday School Class!!!  Come at 9:00 am for one last early am ride and see who shows up to teach!  (or not 😉

Bible Study:  Wednesdays all through May; 7:00-8:30 in the youth room.  The Frosts will be out of town, but Alan has graciously offered to guide you through.  I may even pop in to see what’s going on!

Youth Group:  NOTE: 5/17 & 5/31   No Youth group on 5/10 (Happy Mother’s Day) and No Youth group on May 24th (Happy Memorial Day).  Check your emails though…..we may have a spontaneous drop in on the 24th at a local park for those in town.

EVENTS:

5/24:  5-7:30 Maybe a spontaneous drop in at a local park.  Check your email’s that weekend!

5/31:  Ministry Group Led Youth group night!  Be in contact with your groups to plan out your part.  sneak peek…the snack  ministry and events/games ministry combined forces to plan food games for the night….

SPRING FLING:   I HAD A STUDENT SIGN UP THAT IS WILLING TO HELP PLAN, ANY PARENTS WANT TO WORK WITH HER ?!?!

PRAYING FOR:

1. Be praying for the Baltimore team as they gear up to work hard doing Youth Serve jobs to raise money for their trip.

2. Be praying for the Baltimore leaders as they gather in Philly May 8th and 9th for some team building and get to know you kind of stuff.

3. Be praying for the students as they finish up their school year, something that gets increasingly more challenging as the weather gets nicer and the end gets closer.

4.  Be praying for Matt & Emily as they get ready to make their move from Ithaca.

 

SUMMER SCHEDULE: 

Drop ins:  An opportunity for students to gather, hang outside, share some hotdogs and chips and fellowship.  If you would like to host a drop in this summer please email bgyouthmin@gmail.com with a date and location.  The host provides the space, a happy heart, and a warm smile.  The kids bring the food!  Usually the evenings work best.

 

 

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Here’s what’s happening in April!

….April bring the primrose sweet, scatters daisies at our feet….(In Ithaca???, we did not get our March daffodils yet!)

GATHERINGS:

Sunday School:  Join Jeff and Nick in the youth room Sunday mornings at 9:00 am.

Bible Study:  04/08- Meets at normal time 4-5:30

4/15 and on…NOTE: TIME CHANGE  For all of you sports folk that have missed out on bible study and would like to join the time will be  7:00-8:30  starting 4/15!  There will be a vehicle to pick up students at IHS at 6:30, but we need to know if you need a ride so we choose a vehicle large enough.  Contact me at bgyouthmin@gmail.com if you plan to join the crowd.

Youth Group:  4/12 & 4/19.  NOTE: 4/19 HS Only!  No Youth group on 4/26 (famine weekend)!

EVENTS:

4/11:  Bethel Grove Bible Church Work Day:  8:00 am – noon.  It would be awesome to have a large number of youth show up to help  complete some spring projects around the church including internet in the YR!!  Woo Hoo!  Hope to see you there!

4/17:  Newsboys Concert:  OK, these guys might be a bit old…but, how fun is it to pile in the van with 11 of your best friends and go to a music concert?!  Check out the event listing for the URL, get online, buy your ticket and let me know your coming so I can pick you up.  I got my ticket!

4/24-4/25:   Famine:  More details on the event tab and in your famine packet.  If you did not get a packet, come to YG this Sunday and get one!   Fund raise! Fund raise!  Fundraise!  Our goal is $4000 and based on last weeks show of hands we are at about $350.  Hum…   Please know that you can join us for all or some of the famine event, just let me know if you will not be there for parts of it!

 

***May sneak peek for your planning enjoyment:  There will be no youth group on May 10th (mother’s day) or May 24th (Memorial Day weekend).  Please use these nights to bless your mom and hang with your family.

 

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The Haps for March!!

…March brings breezes cool and shrill, stirs the dancing daffodil….  Ooo the thought of daffodils!!!

Sunday School:  Join Jeff and Nick in the youth room Sunday mornings at 9:00 am.

Bible Study:  March 4, 11, 18 & 25:  4:00-5:30 in the Family Center.  White Van will be at IHS between 3:30 and 3:50 for students needing a ride.

Sledding take 2!: 03/01/2015  Rice Hill, Rice Road, Trumansburg, NY.  We will meet in the youth room between 12:15 and 12:45 for a bagged lunch (that you will bring with you)  and then head up to the Hill.  If you are able to drive please let me know.  You are also welcome to meet us there at 1:00 pm.  Bring Snacks, SLEDS, and dress warmly!!!!  We will return to the church at 3:45.  Should sledding not happen we will meet in the youth room during regular youth group time.

Youth Group:  March 8, 15, 22, 29:   MS and HS 5:00-7:30

Friday the 13th DARK Game night:  March 13, 2015 7pm-9pm meet in the sanctuary foyer.  (note there is still YG on Sunday)

TRIP DEPOSITS DUE:  March 15th!

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The Haps for February!!

 

Sunday School: Every Sunday in the youth room at 9:00am.

Bible Study:  4:00-5:30 in the upper level of the Family Center.  White Van will be at IHS between 3:30 and 3:50 for students needing a ride. ***There will no no bible study on Wed, 2/18 due to winter break.  

Sledding2/15/2015  Rice Hill, Rice Road, Trumansburg, NY.  We will meet in the youth room between 12:15 and 12:45 for a bagged lunch (that you will bring with you)  and then head up to the Hill.  If you are able to drive please let me know.  You are also welcome to meet us there at 1:00 pm.  Bring Snacks, SLEDS, and dress warmly!!!!  We will return to the church at 3:45.

Youth Group MS/HS: 2/22/2015   5-7:30 Regular youth group for MS and HS.

Baltimore 2015!  If you missed the information meeting and would like more information  on this summer’s short-term missions trip to Baltimore MD, please email me at bgyouthmin@gmail.com.  Trip deposit is due by March 15th to secure your spot.

 

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Note:  there will be no bible study on 1/28/2015 due to Regents week exams.

The Haps for January!!

YES: 01/14/2015, 01/21/2015 NO: 01/28/2015  Bible Study:  4:00-5:30 in the upper level of the Family Center.  White Van will be at IHS between 3:30 and 3:50 for students needing a ride.

01/18/2015 and 01/25/2015 Youth Group MS/HS: 5-7:30 Regular youth group.

****HS and MS students are invited and encouraged to attend the following 24th Annual Institute of Biblical Studies events and talks. The Institute of Biblical Studies is sponsored by Bethel Grove Bible Church, Chesterton House and New Life Presbyterian Church.  All are welcome to attend and the event are free.  The topic this year is:  “Can We Still Believe The Bible?” With guest speaker Craig L. Blomberg. 

01/30/2015-02/01/2015  Instutute of Blblical Studies:

01/30/2014: Friday, 7:30 pm, at Kennedy Hall, Call Auditorium at Cornell University, Politics, Oppression or Providence:  Where Did the Canon of Scripture Come From?

01/31/2014: Saturday, at Bethel Grove Bible Church,  8:30 am Continental Breakfast, 9:00 and 10:45 am: Were the New Testament Documents Corrupted? and Whose Bible? Which Translation?

01/31/2015 Movie Night:  A Saturday Evening Arts Event sponsored by The Instuitie of Biblical Studies AND The Syracuse Rescue Mission:  From the director of Hoosiers…The Little Red Wagon movie will be shown.  Statler Auditorium, Statler Hall   7:00 pm BEST PART OF ALL:  The real Zach Bonner (and the producers) will be joining to lead a short discussion about the film and about homelessness after.

http://chestertonhouse.org/programs/events-calendar/little-red-wagon

Dates to make note of: 

Super Bowl Sunday 02/01/2015:   Superbowl Party at the Baclawskis more details on event page.

Sledding: 02/15/2015:  Pending snow to sled on; non snowy, plan B date is 02/22/2015/

24 Hour Famine: 04/24-04/25

HS Summer Trip (for current 9th graders through 12th graders)  pencil in 07/03-07/12  More details to follow as available.

Early January!!!

 New Year’s Eve Day: Here is an event that Blythe sent to me that you all are welcome to join in on.  Please if you do go,  bring a snack to share!

Time to say goodbye to 2014 with the 3rd annual new year’s eve sledding party at Rice Hill! (and yes, I have been thinking about this all year. :D)  Bring the family and come join us for sledding, snacks, more sledding, and an all around great time!
 
When: New Years Eve (Dec. 31), from 12 to 3 pm
Where: Rice Hill, Ithaca, NY (past Taughannock Falls)
What to bring: Sleds/tubes, warm clothing, and a snack to share! Hot cocoa will be provided 🙂
Why: Because Blythe just likes to do this every year.
If there’s no snow, we’ll plan another time soon!
Hope to see you there!
-The Freshwaters

New Year’s Eve:Phil will be having a New Year’s Eve party as in years past.  If you are in the HS youth group you are welcome to join in the fun.  8:00pm-1:00am ish, 19 Besemer Rd. on December 31st/January 1st, 2014/2015.  Bring a snack to share, wear whatever you would like.  RSVP to Phil at philiplarson@ymail.com (not gmail, ymail) or 716-319-8080. 

January 4th, 2014:  Youth group, game night/hang time.   Middle and High School.  Bring a snack to share, come during regular youth group time 5:00-7:30.  Bring games to play!!  If you do not want to play games it is ok to huddle and chat as well.   You guys have worked hard this fall and this is just a no agenda opportunity to share in fellowship with one another.   

 

 

The Happenings for the rest of the year!!!

 Bible Study: 12/10 & 12/17- then off until 1/7   White Van will be at IHS to pick up students between 3:30 and 3:45.  Study is at the Family Center at Bethel Grove from 4-5:30. 

Sunday School off until 1/25; stay tuned for potential, mini parent/student Sunday School study in January.

12/14 Youth Group:  CHRISTMAPARTY!!!  

12/20: BG YG Bell Ringing with….”The Hause.” 

12/21 BG Youth Group Sponsored “Parent’s Night InReach!”

12/24 Christmas Eve Services:  Please join us for for one or both of the Christmas Eve Services.  4:00 Families with young Children Service (Youth band performing), 6:30 Candlelight Service

MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES:

1. 12/12 Community Outreach “Parent’s Night Out”.  Consider volunteering to help out (note this is not the BG youth sponsored event on 12/21

2 For Parents:  12/14 Helping out with the Christmas Party

The Happenings for the week ending 12/7

 

Bible Study: 12/03    Bible Study.  White Van will be at IHS to pick up students between 3:30 and 3:45.  Study is at the Family Center at Bethel Grove from 4-5:30. 

Sunday School 12/07:  Sunday School meets at 9:00 am.  Note this will be the last Sunday School for 2014.

12/07 Youth Group:  5-7:30 Regular youth group.

Coming up: see event section for more detials

12/14 Christmas Party

12/20 BG Youth Bell Ringing with….”The Hause”.

12/21 BG Youth Group Sponsored “Parent’s Night Out!”

MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES:

1. Promiseland is in need of teen volunteers for the 10:45 service to work with children in K-3

2. 12/12 Community Outreach “Parent’s Night Out”.  Consider volunteering to help out (note this is not the BG youth sponsored event on 12/21

3 For Parents:  12/14 Helping out with the Christmas Party

The Happenings for the week ending 11/30

 

Bible Study: 11/26    No Bible Study.  Happy Thanksgiving!

Sunday School 11/30:  No Sunday School.   One Church Service.  Be sure to come for 10:00 coffee hour.

11/30Youth Group:  5-7:30 Movie Night with Matt & Stacey.  HS/MS separated.  We will watch a movie which is followed up by a short discussion/question session with Matt (HS) or Stacey (MS).  If you would like to know in advance which movies we will be viewing please email me (bgyouthmin@gmail.com).  It would be ok if you would rather your 9th grader watch the MS movie. We would just prefer that the students don’t know ahead of time.

MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES: 

1. Promiseland is in need of teen volunteers for the 10:45 service to work with children in K-3

2. Bell Ringing is coming up December 20th!  Reserve the date! The youth will be in the early evening.

3.  Community Parent’s Night Out event.  Check out the website for details.

4.  Decorate the Youth Room for Christmas (email me if you want to be involved)

The Happenings for the week ending 11/23

 

Bible Study: 11/19    .4:00-5:30 in the upper level of the Family Center.  White Van will be at IHS between 3:30 and 3:50 for students needing a ride

Shopping for Homelessness: 11/21   The Rescue Mission is having a sleep out on Friday 11/21 at Cass Park to raise awareness of homelessness.  While we will not be joining on the sleep out as a group, we will be making a donation towards their care packages.  Students in the Hands and Feet Ministry Group (and anyone else that would like to join) will be going on a shopping venture to purchase items.  Items can also be dropped off at 218  Hudson St. (my house) and will be included in the donation. White Van will be at IHS between 3:30 and 3:50 for students needing a ride from  Boynton or IHS.  Other students will be picked up by Meghan Mapes please contact her for a ride 607-342-6977.  Bring money to purchase items. A list of needed items can be found on the website for the Rescue Mission at:   http://ithacahomelesschallenge.com/challenge-5/  

Sunday School 11/23:  Regular Sunday School, regular locations.

11/23 Youth Group:  5-7:30 meet in the Sanctuary for a special worship night.  Families invited to stay.

MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES: 

1. Promiseland is in need of teen volunteers for the 10:45 service to work with children in K-3

2. Bell Ringing is coming up!  Keep your eye out and sign up for a time to sip cocoa and ring the bell with your friends/family.

3. Sharing Thanks service:  Consider hopping up at the microphone and sharing thanks for what God has done in your life, a way that he has touched you.  Teens hardly ever get up!!!  What’s up with that?!?!  I know you all are thankful!

The Happenings for the week ending 11/16

Bible Study: 11/12 4-5:30  Meet in the Family Center or catch a ride from the  IHS parking lot in the white church van.  Be to the va by 3:50

Ultimate Firsbee: 11/15    10:30am-12:00pm.  Come join us snow or rain or sun for a pick up game of Ultimate Frisbee.  We will be meeting at Cass Park near the tennis courts (behind the ice-skating rink and swimming pool)  Bring  your own water bottle and snacks (if you desire a snack). Contact Alan Pauling akp3@cornell.edu or 607-279-9916 for more information or if you need a ride

Sunday School 11/16:  Regular Sunday School, regular locations.

11/16 Youth Group:  5-7:30 in the Youth Room

The Happenings for the week ending 11/9

HS Shut In: 11/8-11/9  7:00pm -8:00am in the youth room. Light dinner, snacks and breakfast provided.  See event details for more information.

Sunday School 11/9:  Sunday School students will be joining Bob Faye for the adult education class.  Those that attended the shut in all night are welcome to hang/slouch in the youth room with me until 10:45.

11/9 NO YOUTH GROUP FOR HS

The Happenings for the week ending 11/2

Trunk or Treat:  Friday night, October 31st from 6-7 in the BG parking lot.  Please arrive between 5:30 and 5:45 to get your car parked, set up and ready.  If you are dropping off a car please let Whit know at whitmanives@gmail.com.  We will have youth available to help give out candy.  If you signed up to help cook burgers and dogs please meet at the church at 4:30.

Trunk or Treat After Party:  7-9pm.  Stay after the Trunk or Treat to hang with friends, have a bonfire and eat some burgers.

Youth Group MS/HS: Sunday night, November 2nd from 5:00-7:30 in the youth room.

Coming up: HS shut in November 8th, check the event details on the event page, these will be updated as more planning happens. November 9th, NO HS YG!

If you have any questions, concerns, comments, suggestions please send them along to Sandy at  bgyouthmin@gmail.com.

The Happenings for the week of 9/28

It was great to see all of you at the kick off!!  What a way to start the year.

October 5th: The Youth will join the All Church Harvest Party.  Here is the annoucement

Come out to Ed & Eileen Scheffler’s Farm (643 Cobb Street, Groton) for a great fall event and outreach to your friends and neighbors!

Hay rides (3:00pm)

Square dancing (4:30pm)

Meal and Bonfire (5:30pm) Hotdogs provided

Please bring: A dish to pass and at least one guest

Weather? – No worries – If it rains we will have a barn dance!

Can you transport students interested in attending the Harvest Party? If so, please contact the church office, 277-3333 or bg@bg.org.

Students: Let the church office know if you need transportation! This is a family – friendly event. Everyone is encouraged to attend!

October 12th:  Regualar Youth group meetings will start

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The Happenings for the week of 7/06 –

No events this week – please be praying for the group on the Eastern Tour that God would keep them safe and that they would be encouraged in the Spirit during the trip.

Youth Director Search - be in prayer for the search committee as they continue to work through the search process.

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The Happenings for the week of 6/01 –

Spring Fling –  This is our last event of the school year so come and join us! We will meet at the Community Center for dinner beginning at 5 pm. All families with students in grades 6-8 please bring a main dish and salad to share. All families with a student in grades 9-12 please bring a main dish and dessert to share. Table service and drinks will be provided. Following dinner, we will make our way out to the lawn to enjoy a great time of contra-dancing. We will have a caller and a band and more fun than you can imagine so be sure to dress up in your best square-dance style garb. Please consider bringing a few dollars to help pay for the band.Â

Friends are more than welcome, the more the merrier. Be sure to check out the BG Youth Ministry Facebook page for photos from last year. I hope to see you all there!

Youth Director Search – please be praying for the search committee as they begin to talk with possible candidates this coming week.

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The Happenings for the week of 5/25 –

Spring Fling –  This is our last event of the school year so come and join us! We will meet at the Community Center for dinner beginning at 5 pm. All families with students in grades 6-8 please bring a main dish and salad to share. All families with a student in grades 9-12 please bring a main dish and dessert to share. Table service and drinks will be provided. Following dinner, we will make our way out to the lawn to enjoy a great time of contra-dancing. We will have a caller and a band and more fun than you can imagine so be sure to dress up in your best square-dance style garb. Please consider bringing a few dollars to help pay for the band.Â

Friends are more than welcome, the more the merrier. Be sure to check out the BG Youth Ministry Facebook page for photos from last year. I hope to see you all there!

Youth Director Search – please be praying for the search committee as they begin to talk with possible candidates this coming week.

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The Happenings for the week of 5/18 –

Sunday School – Last week was the last class of the year, no more meetings until the Fall.

Youth Group - This Sunday is the last regular meeting of the year. Come and spend the time with us!

Bible Study - We are on this week. Eric will pick students up at IHS at 3:45 or you can meet him at his house at 4:00 pm. See you there!

30 Hour Famine – Because Eric as sick last week, all packets will be due this Sunday so please bring them to church or youth group.

Spring Fling – We have reserved Sunday June 1 for our end of the year event. We will be once again meeting down at the Brooktondale Community Center for a potluck meal and then some contra dancing. More details to come as to what to bring and all so be checking back here each week!

Youth Director Search – please be praying for the search committee as they begin to talk with possible candidates this coming week.

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The Happenings for the week of 5/4 –

Sunday School – Classes meet this Sunday in their usual locations. It all begins at 9 am!

Youth Group – We are meeting this week so plan to meet us in the Youth Room from 5-7:30 pm.

Bible Study - We are on this week. Eric will pick students up at IHS at 3:45 or you can meet him at his house at 4:00 pm. See you there!

Summer Trip Deposits – This summer, we are taking an Eastern Tour from July 2-12. This Sunday is the FINAL DAY to turn in your $50 deposit. You really don’t want to miss out on this one!

30 Hour Famine – Please be aware that all Famine donations are due on Mother’s Day – May 5th. The sooner we get it in, the sooner kids get the help so don’t delay!

Spring Fling – We have reserved Sunday June 1 for our end of the year event. We will be once again meeting down at the Brooktondale Community Center for a potluck meal and then some contra dancing. More details to come as to what to bring and all so be checking back here each week!

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The Happenings for the week of 4/27 –

Sunday School – Classes meet this Sunday in their usual locations. It all begins at 9 am! Youth Group – No meeting this week because of the Famine. We will be on for next Sunday at 5 pm. Bible Study - We are on this week. Eric will pick students up at IHS at 3:45 or you can meet him at his house at 4:00 pm. See you there! Summer Trip Deposits – This summer, we are taking an Eastern Tour from July 2-12. Your $50 deposit is due to Eric this Sunday to reserve your spot. *******************************************************************

The Happenings for the week of 4/6 –

Sunday School – Classes meet this Sunday in their usual locations. It all begins at 9 am! Youth Group – This week is High School only in the youth room from 5-7:30 pm. Come and kick it with us for a while and let’s consider some important things together. Bible Study - We are on this week for Bible Study. Eric will pick students up at IHS at 3:45 or you can meet him at his house at 4:00 pm. See you there! Summer Trip Meeting – All parents and current 9th -12th grade students are invited to join us for an informational meeting this Sunday April 6th following our youth group meeting 7:45-8:15. This summer, we are taking an Eastern Tour from July 2-12. The Famine – The dates for this awesome event are April 25-26. Packets are available right now from Eric so see him on Sunday to get yours. There will be more info regarding the actual event coming your way soon but you should begin collecting donations right away!

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The Happenings for the week of 3/30 –

Sunday School – Classes meet this Sunday in their usual locations. It all begins at 9 am! Youth Group - We meet this week in the youth room from 5-7:30 pm. Come and kick it with us for a while and let’s consider some important things together. Bible Study - We are on this week for Bible Study. Eric will pick students up at IHS at 3:45 or you can meet him at his house at 4:00 pm. See you there! Summer Trip Meeting – All parents and current 9th -12th grade students are invited to join us for an informational meeting on Sunday April 6th following our youth group meeting 7:45-8:15. This summer, we are taking an Eastern Tour from July 2-12. The Famine - The dates for this awesome event are April 25-26. Packets are available right now from Eric so see him on Sunday to get yours. There will be more info regarding the actual event coming your way soon but you should begin collecting donations right away!

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The Happenings for the week of 3/23 –

Sunday School – Classes meet this Sunday in their usual locations. It all begins at 9 am! Youth Group – We meet this week in the youth room from 5-7:30 pm. Come and kick it with us for a while and let’s consider some important things together. Bible Study - We are on this week for Bible Study. Eric will pick students up at IHS at 3:45 or you can meet him at his house at 4:00 pm. See you there! The Famine – The dates for this awesome event are April 25-26. Packets are available right now from Eric so see him on Sunday to get yours. There will be more info regarding the actual event coming your way soon but you should begin collecting donations right away!

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The Happenings for the week of 3/9 –

H.S. Girl’s Night Out - We will meet at the church at 6:00 pm (if you want to join us after that you can text me 503-459-9154 and I’ll let you know where we are at). Join us for a girl’s night of thrifty fun! There will be scavenger hunting, thrifty shopping, and an indoor picnic dinner. Bring as much money as you want for shopping and $5-$10 to contribute to the food. Please RSVP so we have a head count for driving. Friends welcome. H.S. Guys Night Out – Guys, we are meeting on the 14th as well and headed up to Destiny in Syracuse. Plan to bring $25 which will cover dinner and get you into a few different activities up at the mall. We will leave from the church at 6pm and arrive back around 10:30 p.m. Sunday School – Classes meet this Sunday in their usual locations. It all begins at 9 am!

Bible Study – We are on this week for Bible Study. Eric will pick students up at IHS at 3:45 or you can meet him at his house at 4:00 pm. See you there! *******************************************************************

The Happenings for the week of 3/9 –

Sunday School – Classes meet this Sunday in their usual locations. It all begins at 9 am! FNH – Friday Night Hangout – This week, you are invited to join us at the church to play Capture-The-Flag from 7-9pm. Friends are welcome so come and join us. Contact Mattie Hause for more info – 607-256-1424. Youth Group - Both groups will meet this Sunday in the youth room at the usual time of 5-7:30. Come and join us! Bible Study – We are on this week for Bible Study. Eric will pick students up at IHS at 3:45 or you can meet him at his house at 4:00 pm. See you there! H.S. Girl’s Night Out – On Friday the 14th, all ladies are invited to join in on some fun together. More details to come soon but keep the date free! H.S. Guys Night Out – Guys, we are meeting on the 14th as well and headed up to Destiny in Syracuse. Plan to bring $25 which will cover dinner and get you into a few different activities up at the mall. We will leave from the church at 6pm and arrive back around 10:30. Friends are welcome but You MUST RSVP to Eric by the 12th or you will not be able to join us. *******************************************************************

What’s Happening the week of 3/2/ –

Sunday School – Classes meet this Sunday in their usual locations. It all begins at 9 am! Youth Group – Both groups will meet this Sunday in the youth room at the usual time of 5-7:30. Come and join us! Bible Study – We are on this week for Bible Study. Eric will pick students up at IHS at 3:45 or you can meet him at his house at 4:00 pm. See you there!

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What’s Happening the week of 2/23 –

Sunday School – Classes meet this Sunday in their usual locations. It all begins at 9 am! Youth Group - Both groups will meet this Sunday in the youth room at the usual time of 5-7:30. Come and join us!  Bible Study – We are on this week for Bible Study. Eric will pick students up at IHS at 3:45 or you can meet him at his house at 4:00 pm. See you there!

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What’s Happening the week of 2/16 –

Sunday School-  Sunday School classes meet this Sunday morning. Middle School boys are behind the stage area and Middle School girls are in the small room upstairs in the Family Center. All high school students are downstairs in the Youth Room. Classes begin at 9 am!

NO Youth Groupwe will not be meeting this Sunday as it is break for the public school students. We will be back on next week at the usual time in the usual place!  Bible Study – No bible study this week because of break. See you next week! *******************************************************************

What’s Happening the week of 2/9 –

Sunday School-  We are back to our regular class locations this week. Middle School boys are behind the stage area and Middle School girls are in the small room upstairs in the Family Center. All high school students are downstairs in the Youth Room. Classes begin at 9 am!

Super Bowl Party – A big thanks to Cory and Lisa for hosting the party! It was a boring game but a blast to be together with all of you. See you next year! 1902sledSledding this Sunday - We are taking the youth group sledding this Sunday (2/9) following the second service. You should bring a lunch with you and meet us Sledding crowd 12-8 over in the Family Center to eat it after church is out. We will leave from the church around 1:15 to arrive over at Rice Hill near Taughannock State Park. You are also welcome to meet us over there around 1:45 or so. We will sled until 3:30 and then head back to church. Pick up is at 4pm. Bring something to sled on, warm clothes, and lots of energy! Parents, I will likely need some help with transportation so please let me know if you can drive. Check out our last sledding video here     Bible Study – Eric will be at IHS to pick up students at 3:45 on Wednesday or you can meet him at his house. We will finish at 5:30 and will be back at church for pickup at 5:50pm. eventAcquire the Fire Deadline is looming! – The High School group is attending this youth conference on April 11-13. It is down at the IZOD Center in NJ. Cost is $125 plus $ for a few meals. This will be a great event where you will be challenged and encouraged in your faith. A $50 deposit due by Feb. 13th reserves your spot. After that, the cost goes up another $20 so don’t be late! Click HERE to go to the ATF website for videos and info about the event itself. A new development is that Bethel Grove will provide a $50 scholarship for all those who attend with us. Get off the fence and let Eric know today!

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What’s Happening the week of 2/2 –

Sunday School-  We are back to our regular class locations this week. Middle School boys are behind the stage area and Middle School girls are in the small room upstairs in the Family Center. All high school students are downstairs in the Youth Room. Classes begin at 9 am! Super Bowl Party – All high school students and friends are invited to watch the Super Bowl with us this afternoon at Cory and Lisa’s home (2086 West Danby Road, Newfield). It is important that each person attending bring a generous dish of food to share. Drinks and table service will be provided. We will begin at 6pm and will end when the games is over or whenever you need to leave. Plan to carpool with some other students. Click HERE for a map to their house and give Cory a call at (607)-280-3992. Bible Study – Eric will be at IHS to pick up students at 3:45 on Wednesday or you can meet him at his house. We will finish at 5:30 and will be back at church for pickup at 5:50pm. Sledding Next Sunday - We are taking the youth group sledding next Sunday (2/9) following the second service on Sunday. You should bring a lunch with you and meet us over in the Family Center to eat it after church is out. We will leave from the church around 1:15 to arrive over at Rice Hill near Taughannock State Park. You are also welcome to meet us over there around 1:45 or so. We will sled until 3:30 and then head back to church. Pick up is at 4pm. Bring something to sled on, warm clothes, and lots of energy! Parents, I will likely need some help with transportation so please let me know if you can drive. Acquire the Fire – The High School group is attending this youth conference on April 11-13. It is down at the IZOD Center in NJ. Cost is $125 plus $ for a few meals. This will be a great event where you will be challenged and encouraged in your faith. A $50 deposit due by Feb. 13th reserves your spot. After that, the cost goes up another $20 so don’t be late! Click HERE to go to the ATF website for videos and info about the event itself.

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What’s Happening the week of 1/19 –

Sunday School-  We are back to our regular class locations this week. Middle School boys are behind the stage area and Middle School girls are in the small room upstairs in the Family Center. All high school students are downstairs in the Youth Room. Classes begin at 9 am!

Youth Group – We are on tonight! All 6-12th grade students are welcome to join us in the youth room from 5:00-7:30pm. We are back in Ephesians tonight so come and join us! Bible Study – Eric will be at IHS to pick up students at 3:45 on Wednesday or you can meet him at his house. We will finish at 5:30 and will be back at church for pickup at 5:50pm. Super Bowl Party – All high school students and friends are invited to watch the Super Bowl with us on Feb. 2nd at Cory and Lisa’s home (2086 West Danby Road, Newfield). It is important that each person attending bring a generous dish of food to share. Drinks and table service will be provided. We will begin at 6pm and will end when the games is over or whenever you need to leave. Plan to carpool with some other students. Click HERE for a map to their house and give Cory a call at (607)-280-3992. Acquire the Fire – The High School group is attending this youth conference on April 11-13. It is down at the IZOD Center in NJ. Cost is $125 plus $ for a few meals. This will be a great event where you will be challenged and encouraged in your faith. A $50 deposit due by Feb. 13th reserves your spot. After that, the cost goes up another $20 so don’t be late! Click HERE to go to the ATF website for videos and info about the event itself.

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What’s Happening the week of 1/19 –

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

All 6-12 grade students will meet in the youth room for a special three week class. We will begin promptly at 9 am and will get out at 10:20.

PARENTING CLASS - 

All parents are invited to attend a special class on Jan. 5, 12, and 19. We will meet upstairs in the Family Center at 9 am each week. Here is a description of our time together. I hope to see there! THE UPS AND DOWNS OF PARENTING TEENAGERS – If you are the parent of a teenager or pre-teen then this title probably resonates with you. It is no secret that good parenting is hard work. Sometimes, it can feel like we are doing this major life work alone as moms and dads. We struggle to gain an understanding of how to work through issues that we are worried may reflect poorly on us or on our kids and so we strive without much support. Our goal in this three week class is to discuss some of the main issues that we as parents are facing and how we can work through them in a healthy way. Much of our time will be spent talking about real-life situations that we can share in, grow though, and in the midst of, learn to lean on Christ. Each week, we will examine a topic that most, if not all parents of teenagers, will likely have to work through. The goal is to use these topics as catalysts toward helpful and meaningful discussion. If you have a teenager or will soon, this is for you! Let’s learn together and from each other about this important and challenging stage of life.

YOUTH GROUP - 

We are on this week. come and hang out with us in the Youth Room on Sunday night from 5-7:30 pm. We will have a special guest speaker so be prepared to take an adventure! See you there!

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What’s Happening the week of 1/5 –

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASS

All 6-12 grade students will meet in the youth room for a special three week class. We will begin promptly at 9 am and will get out at 10:20.

PARENTING CLASS - 

All parents are invited to attend a special class on Jan. 5, 12, and 19. We will meet upstairs in the Family Center at 9 am each week. Here is a description of our time together. I hope to see there! THE UPS AND DOWNS OF PARENTING TEENAGERS – If you are the parent of a teenager or pre-teen then this title probably resonates with you. It is no secret that good parenting is hard work. Sometimes, it can feel like we are doing this major life work alone as moms and dads. We struggle to gain an understanding of how to work through issues that we are worried may reflect poorly on us or on our kids and so we strive without much support. Our goal in this three week class is to discuss some of the main issues that we as parents are facing and how we can work through them in a healthy way. Much of our time will be spent talking about real-life situations that we can share in, grow though, and in the midst of, learn to lean on Christ. Each week, we will examine a topic that most, if not all parents of teenagers, will likely have to work through. The goal is to use these topics as catalysts toward helpful and meaningful discussion. If you have a teenager or will soon, this is for you! Let’s learn together and from each other about this important and challenging stage of life.

YOUTH GROUP - 

No meetings this week but we will be back next week on the 12th from 5-7:30. See you there!

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What’s Happening the week of 12/15 –

RINGING AND SINGING

We are ringing the Salvation Army Kettle bell on Friday December 13th outside of Target and Old Navy in the Mall. We will begin promptly at 5pm and end promptly at 6 pm. All 6-12 grade students and families are invited to join us as we sing carols. This really is an amazing opportunity to proclaim Christ’s birth and Kingship openly in the mall so come out and sing with us. The more the merrier. See you there!

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES!

Classes this week for all ages from 9-10:20 am. Come and join us for our guest teacher this week!

YOUTH MINISTRY CHRISTMAS PARTY

We are combining our groups this year for one big family party! It will all happen in the Family Center on December 15th. RSVP will be required so please email Eric, reply on Facebook, or sign up in the youth room no later than this Wednesday! Here are the details you need to know:

  • Time: 5-8pm
  • Cost: $4.00 -(includes a delicious dinner) and 2 canned foods (top shelf, no 5 year old ochre from the back please!)
  • Dress: Festive and Fancy (No jeans or t-shirts!)
  • What to bring: a wrapped gift for the gifts exchange of no more than $5.

HIGH SCHOOL BIBLE STUDY

We will meet this Wednesday, the 4th so look for Eric in the van at IHS at 3:45 pm or meet up at his house at 4:00 pm. We are done at 5:30. Eric will drive people back to the church afterwards! ****************************************************************************

What’s Happening the week of 12/08 –

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES!

Classes this week for all ages from 9-10:20 am. Come and join us for our guest teacher this week!

HIGH SCHOOL BIBLE STUDY

We will meet this Wednesday, the 4th so look for Eric in the van at IHS at 3:45 pm or meet up at his house at 4:00 pm. We are done at 5:30. Eric will drive people back to the church afterwards!

PARENT NIGHT AT YOUTH GROUP

This Sunday, all parents are invited to join us for a somewhat typical youth group meeting. This is to give you an idea of what your kids experience any given week and an evening when you can experience it with them! So, please plan to join us upstairs in the Family Center from 5-7:30 pm.

HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER TRIP INFO MEETING

This Sunday evening, we will have a brief informational meeting on a  possible summer trip to Uganda this year. I would like to get an interest level from all interested families with students currently in 11th and 12 grade. We will meet at 7:45,  following youth group, and will go for about 20 minutes. Please join us for this important meeting if you are able.

RINGING AND SINGING

We are ringing the Salvation Army Kettle bell on Friday December 13th outside of Target and Old Navy in the Mall. We will begin promptly at 5pm and end promptly at 6 pm. All 6-12 grade students and families are invited to join us as we sing carols. This really is an amazing opportunity to proclaim Christ’s birth and Kingship openly in the mall so come out and sing with us. The more the merrier. See you there!

YOUTH MINISTRY CHRISTMAS PARTY

We are combining our groups this year for one big family party! It will all happen in the Family Center on December 15th. RSVP will be required so please email Eric, reply on Facebook, or sign up in the youth room no later than this Wednesday! Here are the details you need to know:

  • Time: 5-8pm
  • Cost: $4.00 – includes a delicious dinner and 2 canned foods (top shelf, no 5 year old ochre from the back please!)
  • Dress: Festive and Fancy (No jeans or t-shirts!)
  • What to bring: a wrapped gift for the gifts exchange of no more than $5.
  • Friends are always welcome but I need to know by the 11th.

 

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What’s Happening the week of 11/24 –

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES!

No classes this Sunday. There is a fellowship hour at church at 10 am and then one service at 10:45. We are back on Dec. 8th.

HIGH SCHOOL BIBLE STUDY

We will meet this Wednesday, the 4th so look for Eric in the van at IHS at 3:45 pm or meet up at his house at 4:00 pm. We are done at 5:30!

PARENT NIGHT AT YOUTH GROUP

On Sunday the 8th, all parents are invited to join us for a somewhat typical youth group meeting. This is to give you an idea of what your kids experience any given week and an evening when you can experience it with them! So, please plan to join us upstairs in the Family Center from 5-7:30 pm.

HIGH SCHOOL SUMMER TRIP INFO MEETING

on Dec. 8th, we will have a brief informational meeting on a possible summer trip to Uganda this year. I would like to get an interest level from all families with students currently in 11th and 12 grade. We will meet immediately following youth group and will go for about 20 minutes. Please join us for this important meeting if you are able.

YOUTH MINISTRY CHRISTMAS PARTY

We are combining our groups this year for one big family party! It will all happen in the Family Center on December 15th. RSVP will be required so please email Eric, reply on Facebook, or sign up in the youth room. More details to come but be sure not to miss this one. A main thrust of this event is outreach to please consider bringing a friend or two!

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What’s Happening the week of 11/24 –

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES!

All 9-12 grade students are invited to join us in the youth room beginning at 9 am for our study of Amos.

WORSHIP NIGHT

On Sunday, all are invited to join us in the church Sanctuary for a night of worship. We will begin at 5pm. This is a multi-sensory worship experience. It will be a more contemplative time of worship than youth group so please come with that in mind. We will end at 7:30 pm and will enjoy snacks in the foyer. HIGH SCHOOL BIBLE STUDY No bible study this week. We will be back on the 4th.

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What’s Happening the week of 11/17 –

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES!

All 9-12 grade students are invited to join us in the youth room beginning at 9 am for our study of Amos.

HIGH SCHOOL BIBLE STUDY

We will meet at Eric’s house (409 Hook Place on West Hill) from 4-5:30 pm on Wednesday after school. I will be down at IHS at 3:45 to pick anyone who would like a ride!

HARVEST PARTY

All 6-12 grade students and friends are invited to join us, on November 17th, at Faith Crispell’s house (47 Hamilton Road in Brooktondale) for a bonfire, food, hayride, and just plain old BG Youth Group hanging out fun! We will meet at the Crispell’s house at 5pm and wrap it all up at 8pm. PLEASE bring a generous side dish of food to share with the group. This is very important so do not forget. You can call the Crispell’s at 539-6646 if you have any questions. If weather seems iffy, check back here at 3pm for the final plan. Please sign up with Eric at Youth Group, or with Eric via email, or on the Facebook page.

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What’s Happening the week of 11/10 –

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES!

All 9-12 grade students are invited to join us in the youth room beginning at 9 am for our study of Amos.

YOUTH GROUP!

We are back on this week. Come and be a part of it in the youth room from 5-7:30 pm.

HIGH SCHOOL BIBLE STUDY

We will meet at Eric’s house (409 Hook Place on West Hill) from 4-5:30 pm. I will be down at IHS at 3:45 to pick anyone who would like a ride!

HARVEST PARTY

All 6-12 grade students and friends are invited to join us, on November 17th, at Faith Crispell’s house (47 Hamilton Road in Brooktondale) for a bonfire, food, hayride, and just plain old BG Youth Group hanging out fun! We will meet at the Crispell’s house at 5pm and wrap it all up at 8pm. PLEASE bring a generous side dish of food to share with the group. This is very important so do not forget. You can call the Crispell’s at 539-6646 if you have any questions. If weather seems iffy, check back here at 3pm for the final plan. Please sign up with Eric at Youth Group, or with Eric via email, or on the Facebook page.

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What’s Happening the week of 11/03-

WE ARE A GO FOR CANDY GATHERING – 6-8:30 pm!!!

 

CANDY GATHERING

It looks like there is a good chance of rain all day on Thursday. If it is raining, then don’t bother coming. Check back here around 4pm for the final word on if we are meeting or not. If it’s on, bring some food to share, hot dogs and drinks provided. Bring a chair to sit on around the fire and a bag to gather candy in! We will meet from 6-8:30.

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES!

All 9-12 grade students are invited to join us in the youth room beginning at 9 am for our study of Amos.

YOUTH GROUP!

We are back on this week. Come and be a part of it in the youth room from 5-7:30 pm.

HIGH SCHOOL BIBLE STUDY

No meeting this week but we are on for next week. We will meet at Eric’s house (409 Hook Place on West Hill) from 4-5:30 pm. I will be down at IHS at 3:45 to pick anyone who would like a ride!

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What’s Happening the week of 10/27-

SIMPLY CORN-MAZING

We will meet at 5:00 on Saturday the 26th of October at the church to head down for a great time in the HUGE maze. Cost is $6 but you might want to bring a few extra $ for the snack shop. You should also bring a flashlight as it is dark out there and dress in weather appropriate clothing. (it’s gonna be muddy most likely!) Here is a link to Stoughton Farm where you can check out what it’s like. Today, the 23rd, is the last day to sign up. Also, each participant MUST bring a signed parent release form which can be downloaded:

Parent Information and Release Form – Corn Maze 

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES!

All 9-12 grade students are invited to join us in the youth room beginning at 9 am for our study of Amos.

YOUTH GROUP!

No meeting this week because we did the Corn Maze on Saturday. See you next week at our regular time and place!

HIGH SCHOOL BIBLE STUDY

We will meet at Eric’s house (409 Hook Place on West Hill) from 4-5:30 pm. I will be down at IHS at 3:45 to pick anyone who would like a ride!

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What’s Happening this week 10/20-

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES!

We are back on this week. All 9-12 grade students are invited to join us in the youth room beginning at 9 am for our study of Amos.

YOUTH GROUP!

We meet this Sunday in the youth room from 5-7:30 pm. This will be our regular meeting so come and join us! We have some great activities planned and I know you are gonna have a blast! Invite someone whom you haven’t see at Youth Group for a while!

HIGH SCHOOL BIBLE STUDY

We will meet at Eric’s house (409 Hook Place on West Hill) from 4-5:30 pm. I will be down at IHS at 3:45 to pick anyone who would like a ride!

SIMPLY CORN-MAZING

We are doing a corn-maze event again this year. However, we will be going down to the maze in Newark Valley as the one in Trumansburg closed down. We will meet at 5:00 on Saturday the 26th of October to head down for a great time in a HUGE maze. Cost is $6 but you might want to bring a few extra $ for the snack shop. You should also bring a flashlight as it is dark out there and dress in weather appropriate clothing. Here is a link to Stoughton Farm where you can check out what it’s like. Invite a friend to join you and let’s pack the place!!! You and your friends must sign up with Eric or on the BG Youth Ministry Facebook page by the 23rd or you will not be able to join us!

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What’s Happening this week 10/6-

NO SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES!

No class this week! But, you are all invited to join us for a continental breakfast on Sunday at 9 am in the Family Center. Class will resume next week at the regular time and location.

YOUTH GROUP!

We meet this Sunday in the youth room from 5-7:30 pm. This will be our regular meeting so come and join us! We have some great activities planned and I know you are gonna have a blast! Invite someone whom you haven’t see at Youth Group for a while!

SIMPLY CORN-MAZING

We are doing a corn-maze event again this year. However, we will be going down to the maze in Newark Valley as the one in Trumansburg closed down. We will meet at 5:00 on Saturday the 26th of October to head down for a great time in a HUGE maze. Cost is $6 but you might want to bring a few extra $ for the snack shop. You should also bring a flashlight as it is dark out there and dress in weather appropriate clothing. Here is a link to Stoughton Farm where you can check out what it’s like. Invite a friend to join you and let’s pack the place!!! You and your friends must sign up with Eric or on the BG Youth Ministry Facebook page by the 23rd or you will not be able to join us!

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What’s Happening this week 10/6-

Sunday School Classes!

Classes for High School will meet this week as we continue our study in Amos. Class begins promptly at 9 am. We are down in the Youth Room. See you there!

YOUTH GROUP!

We had a GREAT turnout for youth group last week. Way to start the year off! We will meet again this Sunday in the youth room from 5-8:00 pm. We are going just a little longer this time because of the Renewal Prayer meetings. They are supposed to end at 8 pm so we will be in the youth room hanging with students until parents can come and get them. We will be doing a combined time of prayer at the Family Center beginning at 6:30 pm so any and all of you parents are welcome to come and pray with your kids.

Corn Maze

We are doing a simply cornmazing event again this year. However, we will be going down to the maze in Newark Valley as the one in Trumansburg closed down. More details to come but we will meet around 5:30 on Saturday the 26th of October to head down for a great time in a HUGE maze. Invite a friend to join you and let’s pack the place!!! ****************************************************************************

What’s Happening this week 9/29-

Sunday School Classes!

Classes for both Middle School and High School will meet this week. Classes begin promptly at 9 am. Middle School girls will meet upstairs in the Family Center in the small room to the right after you enter the building. Middle School Boys will meet in the room behind the stage are at the top of the spiral staircase.

YOUTH GROUP!

I hope those of you who were able to make it had a fun time at the Kick-Off! I had a blast and it was great to see so many of you dressed up and into the evening. It was great to meet some new students and parents as well. Thank you to all of you who attended and to the Youth Staff for all of their hard work in putting it together. And so now that the Kick-Off is over, youth group begins! That’s right, we will meet for the first time this Sunday in the Youth Room from 5-7:30 pm. So plan to join us around the back of the Ministry Center and let’s start this year off right!

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What’s Happening this week 9/22-

Sunday School Classes!

Classes for both Middle School and High School will meet this week. Classes begin promptly at 9 am. Middle School girls will meet upstairs in the Family Center in the small room to the right after you enter the building. Middle School Boys will meet in the room behind the stage are at the top of the spiral staircase.

The BG Youth Ministry Fall Family Kick-Off                           

ren 4It is almost here and happening this Sunday, September 22nd from 5-8 pm. All students in 6-12 grades and their families are invited to join us as we begin the new youth ministry year. Our theme this year is “Knights of the Lord’s Table” and is a medieval theme.  So begin now to prepare to come as a noble, a night, a princess or a prince.

We have some great events and activities planned for this night so be sure not to miss it!

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Each H.S. family is asked to bring a generous main dish and dessert to share. Drinks and plates will be provided. In keeping with our theme, we are planning to eat without utensils so take that into consideration as you prepare your dishes. Also, consider bringing either chicken or turkey drumsticks as your main dish prepared anyway that you would like. That will be sure to make for an interesting selection of these. Be sure to invite a friend or family who you think might be interested in the youth ministry. This is a great first exposure event.

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What’s Happening until 9/22- We are in a bit of a summer lull for a few weeks. There will not be much going on between now and our Fall Kick-Off on September 22. However, check back here and on the BG Youth Ministry Facebook page for events that might come up. This will be update over the coming weeks to keep you informed!

 Summer Photos

If you are on Facebook, then consider liking the BG Youth Ministry page so you can keep up to date with all of the comings and goings of the youth ministry. You can also see all the latest photos from recent trips and events. If you are not on Facebook and wan to keep it that way but still want to see the photos, then go to the Media Page where you can see all the photos from this summer. There are some great picks so check them out!

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What’s Happening the Week of 7/28-

High School Drop-In

We are meeting at the Ives’ home (24 Marshall, Ithaca – out near T-Burg) at 5pm this Sunday from 5-8 pm. We will hang, play some games, eat some food, possibly sing around the campfire, as well as other splendid activities. Each person should bring a generous snack to share – main dish and drinks will be provided. If you think of it, bring a friend along as well!

Worship and Discussion

We will be meeting in the youth room for a time of worship and discussion on Tuesday the 30th. It starts at 6pm and we will wrap it up at 8pm. Come and spend some time with us in worship.

Summer Calendars 2013 are here so click the link to download the pdf

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What’s Happening the Week of 7/07-

B-Mets Game - 

All 6-12 grade students are welcome to go see some double A baseball down in Binghamton. The cost is $8 per ticket if you let Eric know you would like to go by Friday the 5th at 4pm. After that, the cost is $10. We will meet at the church at 5:30 pm on Friday the 12th to head down to the game. After the game, we will stay to watch a great fireworks display and then return to the church around 11 pm. Friends are welcome. I may need some help driving so if any parents would like to join us, I will be happy to cover your ticket. High School Drop-In We are meeting at the swimming hole in the creek right across from the Psiaki’s house (570 Valley Road in Brooktondale) at 5pm on Sunday. We will swim for awhile and then head back to the church for some hot dogs. Each person should bring a generous snack to share, a swim suit, and a towel. We will be done around 7:30 pm. Let’s cool off on Sunday – see you there!

Worship and Discussion

We will be meeting in the youth room for a time of worship and discussion on Tuesday the 9th. It starts at 6pm and we will wrap it up at 8pm. Come and spend some time with us in worship.

DAKS Registration

Our DAKS trip is August 7-11 this year. Cost for this trip is $120 and covers everything. You will need to get a $50 deposit to Eric no later than July 21st. After that date, the cost will go up to $170. Friends are welcome but they need to get their deposit in as well. See Eric for any details or to give him your deposit. Checks should be made out to Bethel Grove. Summer Calendars 2013 are here so click the link to download the pdf *********************************************

 

What’s Happening the Week of 6/16- 

Youth Group Meeting –

No meeting this Sunday so enjoy the time with you family. We will meet on the 23rd in the youth room so plan to join us then.

STORM – June 14th

Storm is an outreach event designed to introduce your friends to Jesus. It will take place at Belle Sherman school this Friday, June 14th. We will meet at the school at 6 pm. There will be games, giveaway prizes, a message, and a giant 50 foot Ice Cream Sundae for you to chow on. This is open to all 6-12 grade students so being to pray about which friends you might ask to come. Parents, I am need of a few of adults to help by just being there as an adult presence. Please let me know if you are willing to serve in this way. Here is a flyer about the event that you can use to invite a friend.

Graduation Sunday

We are recognizing graduates on Sunday, June 23rd and this is going to be a youth service. There are all kinds of ways that you can be involved that Sunday. If you are interested, please let Eric know that you’d like to participate in some way that morning. Let’s put on a service that truly honors God in worship.

Darien Lake 

We have 6 tickets left for this event. It is now open to incoming Freshman. We are planning to spend all day there on Tuesday, June 25th. We will leave from the church at 8am and stay until 8 that evening. Tickets are $20. Summer Calendars 2013 are here so click the link to download the pdf

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What’s Happening the Week of 6/09- 

Youth Group Meeting –

What do you know about Relationships? This is the second in a 3 part series on dating and relationships. Come and find out what the Bible has to say about it and how we should think and act in a relationship. It doesn’t matter if you are currently in a relationship or not, good discussions will happen and you will want to be a part of them. So join us in the youth room this Sunday from 5-7:30 pm.

STORM – June 14th

Storm is an outreach event designed to introduce your friends to Jesus. It will take place at Belle Sherman school on Friday, June 14th. We will meet at the school at 6 pm. There will be games, giveaway prizes, a message, and a giant 50 foot Ice Cream Sundae for you to chow on. This is open to all 6-12 grade students so being to pray about which friends you might ask to come. Parents, I am need of a few of adults to help by just being there as an adult presence. Please let me know if you are willing to serve in this way. Here is a flyer about the event that you can use to invite a friend.

Graduation Sunday

We are recognizing graduates on Sunday, June 23rd and this is going to be a youth service. There are all kinds of ways that you can be involved that Sunday. If you are interested, please let Eric know that you’d like to participate in some way that morning. Let’s put on a service that truly honors God in worship.

Darien Lake 

We have 12 tickets left for this event. After June 9th I am opening it up to incoming Freshman and friends. We are planning to spend all day there on Tuesday, June 25th. We will leave from the church at 8am and stay until 8 that evening. Tickets are $20. Summer Calendars 2013 are here so click the link to download the pdf

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What’s Happening the Week of 6/02- 

Youth Group Meeting –

What do you know about Relationships? This is the first in a 3 part series on dating and relationships. Come and find out what the Bible has to say about it and how we should think and act in a relationship. It doesn’t matter if you are currently in a relationship or not, good discussions will happen and you will want to be a part of them. So join us in the youth room this Sunday from 5-7:30 pm.

High School Bible Study

We will meet this Wednesday. Look for the van at IHS at 3:40 pm. We will be at Eric’s place from 4-5:30 p.m. Come and join us!

STORM – June 14th

Storm is an outreach event designed to introduce your friends to Jesus. It will take place at Belle Sherman school on Friday, June 14th. We will meet at the school at 6 pm. There will be games, giveaway prizes, a message, and a giant 50 foot Ice Cream Sundae for you to chow on. This is open to all 6-12 grade students so being to pray about which friends you might ask to come.

Graduation Sunday

We are recognizing graduates on Sunday, June 23rd and this is going to be a youth service. There are all kinds of ways that you can be involved that Sunday. If you are interested, please let Eric know that you’d like to participate in some way that morning. Let’s put on a service that truly honors God in worship.

Darien Lake 

We have 16 tickets to the park and we are planning to spend all day there on Tuesday, June 25th. We will leave from the church at 8am and stay until 8 that evening. Tickets are $20. Let’s have BG Youth Group members only and if there are tickets lefts, we will open it to friends.

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What’s Happening the Week of 5/19- 

Sunday School –

This Sunday is the last week of classes for the summer. It all starts at 9am in the usual locations.

BOSTON 2013 Trip Meeting

We will meet this Sunday following the service (12:30) in the youth room to go over some fundraising information so please don’t miss out. It will help you raise money for the trip. Parents and students are asked to attend.

Spring Fling

This is our end of the year event and it all happens from 5-8pm on Sunday, May 19th. It’s gonna be a potluck meal and contra dancing in Brooktondale.  Middle School families, please bring a generous main dish and salad to share and High School families, please bring a generous main dish and dessert to share.  If you have a child in both groups you get to choose! Drinks and table service will be provided. After the meal we will recognize our Youth Staff and then enjoy some dancing for all. This event is for all youth ministry families; friends are invited so bring someone along and come join us for this great end of the year celebration! The event takes place at the Brooktondale Community Center (524 Valley Road, Brooktondale). We will have a band play for the dancing. Please consider bringing a small contribution of $3-$5 per family to offset the cost for the musicians. High School Bible Study We will meet this Wednesday. Look for the van at IHS at 3:40 pm. We will head over to GIAC to do some volunteer work and will finish there around 5:30 p.m.

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What’s Happening the Week of 5/12- 

Sunday School –

Classes are on today and will meet at 9 a.m. in the usual locations. Next week will be our final class before the summer break. Youth Group Meeting! No meeting tonight as it is Mother’s Day. Enjoy the day celebrating with your family!

Famine Funds

Your Famine Funds are due today! Please get them to Eric and be sure to fill out your t-shirt size if you have earned enough for one. High School Bible Study We will meet this Wednesday. Look for the van at IHS at 3:40 pm. We will head over to GIAC to do some volunteer work and will finish there around 5:30 p.m.

BOSTON 2013 Trip Meeting

We will meet following the service (12:30) on the 19th in the youth room to go over some fundraising information so please don’t miss out. It will help you raise money for the trip. Parents and students are asked to attend.

Spring Fling

This is our end of the year event and it all happens from 5-8pm on Sunday, May 19th. It’s gonna be a potluck meal and contra dancing in Brooktondale.  Middle School families, please bring a generous main dish and salad to share and High School families, please bring a generous main dish and dessert to share.  If you have a child in both groups you get to choose! Drinks and table service will be provided. After the meal we will recognize our Youth Staff and then enjoy some dancing for all. This event is for all youth ministry families; friends are invited so bring someone along and come join us for this great end of the year celebration! The event takes place at the Brooktondale Community Center (524 Valley Road, Brooktondale). We will have a band play for the dancing. Please consider bringing a small contribution of $3-$5 per family to offset the cost. *********************************************

What’s Happening the Week of 5/05- 

Sunday School –

No classes this Sunday because of the church breakfast at 9 am. We will see you next week at the regular times and regular locations.

Youth Group Meeting!

We are on tonight for our regular meeting. This will be the last “regular” meeting for some time so come and join us from 5-7:30 pm in the Youth Room.

High School Bible Study

We will meet this Wednesday at Eric’s house. Look for the van at IHS at 3:40 pm.

Spring Fling

This is our end of the year event. More details to come but be sure to set aside 5-8pm on Sunday, May 19th. It’s gonna be a potluck meal and contra dancing in Brooktondale so plan to join us!

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What’s Happening the Week of 4/21- 

Sunday School –

Classes meet this Sunday at our regular time and place.

Youth Group Meeting!

We are on tonight for our regular meeting. This will be the last “regular” meeting for some time so come and join us from 5-7:30 pm in the Youth Room. High School Bible Study We will meet this Wednesday at Eric’s house. Look for the van at IHS at 3:40 pm.

Summer Trip Info

We have filled our initial 11 spots. However, we have a couple of students who are interested in going so we are trying to find a total of 5 ASAP who would like to go. Please let Eric know if one of these spots might be for you! 30 Hour Famine -  We are just over a week away from our 2013 Famine Event! You will need to stop eating at noon on Friday the 26th and then you can plan to join us in the youth room between 6-7pm. Please do not come any earlier as we will be doing much to set up for the event. You should bring with you the following items when you come:

  • something to sleep in (pajamas),
  • something to sleep on(air mattress, etc),
  • a sleeping bag/blankets
  • a pillow
  • a change of clothes for Saturday
  • tooth brush / paste / etc.
  • a coat in case it is cold outside
  • 2 cans of frozen juice or 2 bottles of juice
  • Your Famine Packet – only if you have collected all your money!

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What’s Happening the Week of 4/7- 

Sunday School –

Classes resume this Sunday at our regular time and place.

Youth Group Meeting!

No meeting this week. Plan to join us on the 14th for a Photo Scavenger Hunt. More details to come but we will meet following the 2nd service for a lunch in the youth room (bring your own) and then we will head out into the community for some photo fun!

High School Bible Study

We will meet this Wednesday at Eric’s house. Look for the van at IHS at 3:40 pm.

Band Rehearsal - 

No band rehearsal this week as Eric is in Boston checking out the site for our summer trip.

Summer Trip Info

We have filled our initial 11 spots. However, we have a couple of students who are interested in going so we are trying to find a total of 5 ASAP who would like to go. Please let Eric know if one of these spots might be for you! 30 Hour Famine -  Packets are available this Sunday morning from Sandy Sorenson. If you have not picked yours up, please see her before the 2nd service or after. She will be hanging around to pass them out. Also, remember to read up on setting up an online account. This is a great way to get support from friends and family who are out of the area! Famine dates are April 26-27.

Concert at Cornell - 

The following link will take you to information on a pretty exciting concert taking place at Cornell on April 6th. https://www.facebook.com/events/349997301777322/?fref=ts United Pursuit is an up-and-coming Christian band that has been taking the industry by storm. I don’t much about the concert overall other than what you will find at the link above. Unfortunately  I am out of town on vacation that day or else I would definitely be there. Just wanted to pass it along to you as we don’t get many opportunities like this in Ithaca. It might be a great event to bring a group of friends to.

The Day of Dialogue

Below is a link sent to me by a parent who thought it should be on the screens of parents and students alike. This is an interesting “event” that might be worth talking about and seeing if there is a way to implement. So check out the link and give me your feedback. http://www.citizenlink.com/2013/03/26/citizenlink-report-students-share-christian-worldview/

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What’s Happening the Week of 3/31-

HAPPY EASTER!!!

Sunday School –

No classes this morning for Easter but we will return next week at our regular time and place.

Youth Group Meeting!

No meeting this week or next because of Easter and Spring break. So plan to join us on the 14th for a Photo Scavenger Hunt. More details to come but we will meet following the 2nd service for a lunch in the youth room (you provide) and then we will head out in the community for some photo fun! High School Bible Study No study this week as Eric is away on vacation. We will meet next on April 10th. Band Rehearsal -  There will be no band rehearsal for the next 2 weeks but we will see you on April 11.

Summer Trip Info

We have filled our initial 11 spots. However, we have a couple of students who are interested in going so we are trying to find a total of 5 ASAP who would like to go. Please let Eric know if one of these spots might be for you! 30 Hour Famine -  Packets are available this Sunday morning from Sandy Sorenson. If you have not picked yours up, please see her before the 2nd service or after. She will be hanging around to pass them out. Also, remember to read up on setting up an online account. This is a great way to get support from friends and family who are out of the area! Famine dates are April 26-27. Concert at Cornell -  The following link will take you to information on a pretty exciting concert taking place at Cornell on April 6th. https://www.facebook.com/events/349997301777322/?fref=ts United Pursuit is an up-and-coming Christian band that has been taking the industry by storm. I don’t much about the concert overall other than what you will find at the link above. Unfortunately  I am out of town on vacation that day or else I would definitely be there. Just wanted to pass it along to you as we don’t get many opportunities like this in Ithaca. It might be a great event to bring a group of friends to.

The Day of Dialogue

Below is a link sent to me by a parent who thought it should be on the screens of parents and students alike. This is an interesting “event” that might be worth talking about and seeing if there is a way to implement. So check out the link and give me your feedback. http://www.citizenlink.com/2013/03/26/citizenlink-report-students-share-christian-worldview/

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What’s Happening the Week of 3/17-

Sunday School –

Please join us at 9am sharp in the youth room for our class. We will continue in our study of Hebrews and it would be very helpful for you to read the first 3 chapters of Hebrews.

Youth Group Meeting!

Happy St. Patty’s Day! So plan to join us this Sunday and wear some green to commemorate the day. We will have a variety of things we will do with a green twist on them! It all begins in the Youth Room at 5pm with some awesome interactive activities and then we will move into our lesson/discussion time. Come join and see what’s happening at youth group this week! We will finish at 7:30pm.

High School Bible Study

Eric will be at IHS at 3:45 to pick up anyone interested in coming. We will be meeting over at Eric’s house until 5:30. Many of you live out by the church and so let’s plan to carpool home.

Band Rehearsal - 

There will be no band rehearsal for the next 3 weeks but we will see you on April 11.

Summer Trip Info

There is one spot available for the trip so get your deposit to Eric ASAP if you would like to go! We can still get more spots but we would need an additional 5 students to register for that to happen. Let’s see if we can make it happen!

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What’s Happening the Week of 3/03-

Sunday School –

Please join us at 9am sharp in the youth room for our class. We will continue in our study of Hebrews and it would be very helpful for you to read the first 3 chapters of Hebrews.

Youth Group Meeting!

We are on for our regular youth group meeting this Sunday. It all begins in the Youth Room at 5pm with some awesome interactive activities and then we will move into our lesson/discussion time. Come join and see what’s happening at youth group this week! We will finish at 7:30pm.

High School Bible Study

Eric will be at IHS at 3:45 to pick up anyone interested in coming. We will be meeting over at Eric’s house until 5:30. Many of you live out by the church and so let’s plan to carpool home.

Summer Trip Info Meeting 

This afternoon, all current high school students and their parents who are interested in our summer trip are invited to an information meeting. We will meet from 4-4:45pm in the youth room. You will get a chance to see some video, learn about what we are doing, and ask all the questions you might have. We will be serving with CSM in Boston this summer July 14-20. Spots are limited to 11 and will be available on a first come basis. A non-refundable deposit of $100 secures your spot.

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What’s Happening the Week of 2/24-

Sunday School –

Please join us at 9am sharp in the youth room for our class. We will continue in our study of Hebrews and it would be very helpful for you to read the first 3 chapters of Hebrews.

Youth Group Meeting!

We are on for our regular youth group meeting this Sunday. It all begins in the Youth Room at 5pm with some awesome interactive activities and then we will move into our lesson/discussion time. Come join and see what’s happening at youth group this week! We will finish at 7:30pm. High School Bible Study Eric will be at IHS at 3:45 to pick up anyone interested in coming. We will be meeting over at Eric’s house until 5:30. Many of you live out by the church and so let’s plan to carpool home.

Summer Trip Info Meeting 

On Sunday March 3rd, any current high school students and their parents who are interested in our summer trip are invited to an information meeting on the trip. We will meet from 4-4:45pm. You will get a chance to see some video clips, learn about what we are doing and ask all the questions you might have. We will be serving with CSM in Boston this summer July 14-20. Spots are limited to 11 and will be available on a first come basis. I non-refundable deposit of $100 secures your spot.

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What’s Happening the Week of 2/17-

Sunday School –

Please join us at 9am sharp in the youth room for our class. We will continue in our study of Hebrews and it would be very helpful for you to read the first 3 chapters of Hebrews.

Parent Night at Youth Group – This Sunday!

All 6-12 grade students and parents are invited to join us for a follow-up of the Communication Class we had in January. Attendance of this previous class is not necessary to come and be a part of our time on the 17th. This will be a dish to pass meal followed by some discussion. Please plan to bring a generous main dish or salad. Drinks and table service will be provided. We will meet from 5-7:30 pm that night. We will provide childcare for children under 6th grade. Please RSVP if you are going to use the childcare so we have an idea of how many to expect. See you there!

High School Bible Study

Eric will be at IHS at 3:45 to pick up anyone interested in coming. We will be meeting over at Eric’s house until 5:30. Many of you live out by the church and so let’s plan to carpool home.

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What’s Happening the Week of 2/10-

Sunday School –

Regular classes resume this Sunday. Please join us at 9am sharp in the youth room. We will continue in our study of Hebrews and it would be very helpful for you to read the first 3 chapters of Hebrews.

High School Youth Group

No Meeting this week because of the Super Bowl Party but plan to join us next week during our regular time and in the regular place!

High School Bible Study

Eric will be at IHS at 3:45 to pick up anyone interested in coming. We will be meeting over at Eric’s house until 5:30. Many of you live out by the church and so let’s plan to carpool home.

Parent Night at Youth Group – February 17th

All 6-12 grade students are parents are invited to join us for a follow-up of the Communication Class we had in January. Attendance of this previous class is not necessary to come and be a part of our time on the 17th. This will be a dish to pass meal followed by some discussion. Please plan to bring a generous main dish or salad. Drinks and table service will be provided. We will meet from 5-7:30 pm that night. We will provide childcare for children under 6th grade. See you there!

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What’s Happening the Week of 2/03-

Sunday School –

Regular classes resume this Sunday. Please join us at 9am sharp in the youth room. We will continue in our study of Hebrews and it would be very helpful for you to read the first 3 chapters of Hebrews.

High School Youth Group

No Meeting this week because of the Super Bowl Party but plan to join us next week during our regular time and in the regular place!

Super Bowl Party!

We are getting together at Eric’s place this evening to watch the game on the big screen. All high school students are welcome to join us. The food side of the party is up to everyone who comes so please plan to bring a generous and creative dish of food to share with the group. Drinks and table service will be provided. It all begins at 5:30 and will go until the games ends or you need to be picked up. Please RSVP to Eric by Feb. 1.

High School Bible Study

Eric will be at IHS at 3:45 to pick up anyone interested in coming. We will be heading down to Court Street Place (weather permitting) to do some work so bring some gloves and clothes to school that you don’t mind getting dirty! We will work down there from 4-6pm and your folks can pick you up there – 717 Court Street, Ithaca)

Teen Parent Youth Event – February 17th

All 6-12 grade students are parents are invited to join us for a follow-up of the Communication Class we had in January. This will be a dish to pass meal followed by some discussion. Please plan to bring a generous main dish or salad. Drinks and table service will be provided. We will meet from 5-7:30 pm that night. See you there!

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What’s Happening the Week of 1/27-

Sunday School –

Regular classes resume this Sunday. Please join us at 9am sharp in the youth room. We will continue in our study of Hebrews and it would be very helpful for you to read the first 3 chapters of Hebrews.

High School Youth Group

Come and hang out with us this Sunday from 5-7:30pm in the youth room. We have some great things planned so don’t miss out! High School Bible Study Eric will be at IHS at 3:45 to pick up anyone interested in coming. We will be at Rebekah Stauffer’s home this week and it all wraps up at 5:30 pm.

Super Bowl Party!

We are getting together at Eric’s place this year to watch the game on the big screen on Sunday February 3rd. All high school students are welcome to join us. The food side of the party is up to everyone who comes so please plan to bring a generous and creative dish of food to share with the group. Drinks and table service will be provided. It all begins at 5:30 and will go until the games ends or you need to be picked up. Please RSVP to Eric by Feb. 1.

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What’s Happening the Week of 1/20-

Sunday School –

Plan to join us for the final Teen-Parent class! See the info below.

No Youth Group this week because of the Basketball Game Event

High School Bible Study

We will pick this back up after the New Year, meeting on the 9th and the 16th. Eric will be at IHS at 3:45 to pick up anyone interested in coming. Your parents can get you at Eric’s house at 5:30 pm.

January Teen-Parent Class –

“Can You Here Me Now?”  –   Do you feel at times like you are in a Verizon commercial when talking with your parents? Does it seem that your home is a giant cell hole when trying to connect with your teenager: dropped calls that simply don’t go through? Let’s see if we can’t improve the coverage and thus the communication during this three week course. Our specific target audience is all students in grades 6-12 and their parents, However, if you are the parent of a “‘tween” (ages 9-12) then this could be helpful for you as well; the teenage years are just around the corner! This is going to be a fun, humorous  helpful, and engaging course on family communication so I hope all of you can make it a priority to be there. If you missed the first one, no problem, come and join us this week!

Cornell Basketball Game and Dinner –

This Saturday the 19th, come and hang out with us as we watch the Cornell Basketball game and enjoy a dinner provided by the University. The best part is that it is all FREE!!! At least for the first 28 people to get there. Tickets are on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will meet in the parking lot of the synchrotron at 2:30pm. Alan can show us the short walk to Newman from there. It will be much easier to get in and out as far as parking goes. Email me, Facebook me, call me, or text me to let me know if you are coming.

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What’s Happening the Week of 12/30-

Sunday School –

No classes this but plan to join us next week for the Teen-Parent class!

No Youth Group This Week! –

We will not be meeting through the Christmas and New Year’s. Our next scheduled meeting is January 13 so we will see you then!

High School Bible Study –

We will pick this back up after the New Year, meeting on the 9th. Eric will be at IHS at 3:45 to pick up anyone interested in coming. Your parents can get you at Eric’s house at 5:30 pm.

January Teen-Parent Class –

“Can You Here Me Now?”  –   Do you feel at times like you are in a Verizon commercial when talking with your parents? Does it seem that your home is a giant cell hole when trying to connect with your teenager: dropped calls that simply don’t go through? Let’s see if we can’t improve the coverage and thus the communication during this three week course. Our specific target audience is all students in grades 6-12 and their parents, However, if you are the parent of a “‘tween” (ages 9-12) then this could be helpful for you as well; the teenage years are just around the corner! This is going to be a fun, humorous  helpful, and engaging course on family communication so I hope all of you can make it a priority to be there.

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What’s Happening the Week of 12/22-

Bell Ringing –

The youth ministry is signed up to ring the Salvation Army Bell in the mall just outside Target on Saturday the 22nd from 5-6pm. All 6-12 grade students are invited to join us. We will have songbooks and spend the hour singing carols and ringing the bell. This is a simple, yet effective way to encourage those passing by as they hear the carols and to help the Salvation Army raise some support so please make it a priority to join us for this. The more the merrier! Parents, we would love to have you join us as well!

Sunday School –

No classes this week or the next so enjoy the later mornings!

No Youth Group This Week! –

We will not be meeting through the Christmas and New Year’s. Our next scheduled meeting is January 13 so we will see you then!

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We will pick this back up after the New Year, meeting on the 9th. Eric will be at IHS at 3:45 to pick up anyone interested in coming. Your parents can get you at Eric’s house at 5:30 pm.

January Teen-Parent Class –

“Can You Here Me Now?”  –   Do you feel at times like you are in a Verizon commercial when talking with your parents? Does it seem that your home is a giant cell hole when trying to connect with your teenager: dropped calls that simply don’t go through? Let’s see if we can’t improve the coverage and thus the communication during this three week course. Our specific target audience is all students in grades 6-12 and their parents, However, if you are the parent of a “‘tween” (ages 9-12) then this could be helpful for you as well; the teenage years are just around the corner! This is going to be a fun, humorous  helpful, and engaging course on family communication so I hope all of you can make it a priority to be there.

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What’s Happening the Week of 12/09-

Sunday School –

We are on for our regular class time beginning at 9am in the youth room. Don’t miss it!

No Youth Group This Week! –

This week is the Middle School Christmas Party. If you’d like to help prepare, serve and clean up then please contact Stacy Ives or Sandy Sorensen.

High School Bible Study –

No study this week as Eric is away. We will be back the following week on the 19th. Eric will be at IHS in the church van to pick students up out by the buses at 3:45. You can be picked up at Eric’s place at 5:30 pm. Come and join us!

Christmas Party

Be sure to check the calendar page for information regarding the H.S. party on the 16th. You will need to RSVP to Sandy Sorensen or on the BG Youth Ministry Facebook page by Thursday the 13th!

Bell Ringing –

The youth ministry is signed up to ring the Salvation Army Bell in the mall just outside Target on Saturday the 22nd from 5-6pm. All 6-12 grade students are invited to join us. We will have songbooks and spend the hour singing carols and ringing the bell. This is a simple, yet effective way to encourage those passing by as they hear the carols and to help the Salvation Army rise some support so please make it a priority to join us for this. The more the merrier!

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What’s Happening the Week of 12/02-

Sunday School –

We are on for our regular class time beginning at 9am in the youth room. Don’t miss it!

Youth Group This Week! –

We will meet from 5-7:30 pm in the youth room this Sunday for our regular meeting. This is a great time of connecting, sharing, singing, learning, and growing so come and see what’s happening at youth group this week!

Shoe Boxes –

We still have about $40 to raise to cover costs for the shoe boxes. If you were not able to contribute but would like to help, please bring $3-$5 to youth group this week to be a part of the effort.

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This Wednesday we are starting up a Bible study that will meet after school each Wednesday. Eric will be at IHS right after school to pick up any of you who are planning to come. We will leave school at 3:50pm so come right out and meet me near the buses. The study will be at Eric’s house and will go from 4-5:30 pm. All H.S. students are welcome to join us. You will need to arrange a ride home there. Let’s spend some time in the Word together in the middle of each week!

Christmas Parties –

Be sure to check the calendar page for information regarding the H.S. party on the 16th. There is an important RSVP date for you to remember and as always, this is an excellent event to bring friends to so step out and invite someone to join you this year!

Bell Ringing –

The youth ministry is signed up to ring the Salvation Army Bell in the mall just outside Target on Saturday the 22nd from 5-6pm. All 6-12 grade students are invited to join us. We will have songbooks and spend the hour singing carols and ringing the bell. This is a simple, yet effective way to encourage those passing by as they hear the carols and to help the Salvation Army rise some support so please make it a priority to join us for this. The more the merrier!

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What’s Happening the Week of 11/18-

Sunday School –

We are on for our regular class time beginning at 9am in the youth room. Don’t miss it!

Youth Group This Week! –

We will meet from 5-7:30 pm in the youth room this Sunday for our regular meeting. This is a great time of connecting, sharing, singing, learning, and growing so come and see what’s happening at youth group this week!

Shoe Boxes –

The Youth Ministry filled 15 boxes last week! Thanks to all of you who were a part of putting that together and making it happen. If you were not able to contribute but would like to help, please bring $3-$5 to youth group this week to be a part of the effort. We have $70 that we would like to collect to cover all of the expenses.

NO Youth Group on the 25th! –

This is the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend so enjoy the Sunday recovering from your Turkey coma and get your homework done from the long weekend. We will see you on the 2nd!

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What’s Happening the Week of 11/11-

Sunday School –

We are on for our regular class time beginning at 9am in the youth room. Don’t miss it!

Serving Sunday This Week!

This Sunday, instead of our regular youth group meeting, we are going to spend a few hours serving our community. All High School students are asked to help us rake the leaves of some folks who are in need of this service. Please bring a lunch with you to church as well as a change of clothes, gloves, a rake or a blower if you have one. We will eat lunch right after the 2nd service and then head out to rake some leaves. We will return to the church by 4pm. See you there!

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What’s Happening the Week of 11/04-

Sunday School –

We are on for our regular class time beginning at 9am in the youth room. Don’t miss it!

Corn Mazing 2012! –

We are heading over to the Corn Maze at T-Burg Mini-Golf this Sunday! This is for all 6-12 grade students and friends. Cost is $6 plus any extra money for snacks or games that you would like to bring. You should dress warmly, bring a flashlight, and wear shoes that you won’t mind getting very muddy. We will meet at the church at 5 pm sharp and return around 7:45. You are welcome to meet us over at the maze at 5:45. Parents, I may need some help with transportation so please let me know if you are available.

Serving Sunday!

Next week, instead of our regular youth group meeting, we are going to spend a few hours serving our community. You will receive final details this coming week but plan on some leaf raking (which will most likely happen after church) and/or some time sorting clothing at Catholic Charities. More info to follow but let’s plan to spend some time serving others in big need!

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What’s Happening the Week of 11/04-

Sunday School –

We are on for our regular class time beginning at 9am in the youth room. Don’t miss it!

Candy Gathering 2012 -Â

Canceled for this year due to all the rain.

Corn Mazing 2012! –

We are still on for this tentatively. We will have to see how muddy the maze is towards the end of the week. Please check back here on Saturday for our final decision.

We are heading over to the Corn Maze at T-Burg Mini-Golf on Sunday Nov. 4th. This is for all 6-12 grade students and friends. You will need to sign up with Eric by the 2nd if you plan to come. Cost is $6 plus any extra money for snacks or games that you would like to bring. You should dress warmly, bring a flashlight, and wear shoes that you won’t mind getting muddy. We will meet at the church at 5 pm sharp and return around 7:45. Parents, I may need some help with transportation so please let me know if you are available.

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What’s Happening the Week of 10/28 –

Sunday School –

We are on for our regular class time beginning at 9am in the youth room. Don’t miss it!

Youth Group this Sunday –

During our regular Youth Group meeting this Sunday we are going to head over to IC to spend some time praying over the city. This is part of the greater church Prayer Walk Week . This may be a new experience for many of you but let’s step out and trust God as we intercede for our community through prayer. We will meet during regular youth group time so join us at 5pm and we will be done at 7:30 pm.

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All 9-12 graders are invited to Mattie and Eric’s house (409 Hook Place) onMonday evening, the 31st, for an awesome night of gathering candy and a bonfire! You should come with something to gather candy in, a costume (this is optional) and warm clothes. If you can bring a camp chair for around the fire, that would be very helpful.Plan to arrive at our place around 5:30 and we will be gathering candy from around 5:45-7:30 and then will get around the fire for hot dogs, hot chocolate, hot cider, and some…well, candy! If you would rather not come for the candy gathering then please feel free to join us around 7:30 for the bonfire! If you would like to bring a snack to share, that would be great! I will supply the dogs, drinks, and fire. If it is raining hard, then we will not meet but if it is only drizzling, then I will put up the tarp and we will still be on. Check out the Facebook event and let us know if you are coming – as always, friends are welcome! Parents, you are welcome to relax around the fire while the kids are out or you can join us hot dogs later in the evening.

Corn Mazing 2012! –

We are heading over to the Corn Maze at T-Burg Mini-Golf on Sunday Nov. 4th. This is for all 6-12 grade students and friends. You will need to sign up with Eric by the 2nd if you plan to come. Cost is $6 plus any extra money for snacks or games that you would like to bring. You should dress warmly, bring a flashlight, and wear shoes that you won’t mind getting muddy. We will meet at the church at 5 pm sharp and return around 7:45. Parents, I may need some help with transportation so please let me know if you are available.

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What’s Happening the Week of 10/21 –

Sunday School –

We are on for our regular class time beginning at 9am in the youth room. Don’t miss it!

Youth Group Meeting!

We are meeting this Sunday evening so come and hang out for a bit. It all begins this Sunday @ 5 pm down in the youth room at church. We are just beginning to discuss our theme for the year – “He Make All Things Glorious.”  We have some great things planned so don’t miss it!

Prayer Walk – Sunday the 28th

During our regular Youth Group meeting on this Sunday we are going to head over to IC to spend some time praying over the city. This is part of the greater church Prayer Walk Week . This may be new to many of you but let’s step out and trust God as we intercede for our community through prayer. We will meet during regular youth group time so join us at 5pm and we will be done at 7:30 pm.

Corn Mazing 2012! –

We are heading over to the Corn Maze at T-Burg Mini-Golf on Sunday Nov. 4th. This is for all 6-12 grade students and friends. You will need to sign up with Eric by the 2nd if you plan to come. Cost is $6 plus any extra money for snacks or games that you would like to bring. You should dress warmly, bring a flashlight, and wear shoes that you won’t mind getting muddy. We will meet at the church at 5 pm sharp and return around 7:45. Parents, I may need some help with transportation so please let me know if you are available.

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What’s Happening the Week of 10/14 –

Sunday School –

We are back to our regular class time beginning at 9am in the youth room. Don’t miss it!

Youth Group Meeting!

We are on for this Sunday evening so come and hang out for a bit. It all begins this Sunday @ 5 pm down in the youth room at church. We are just beginning to discuss our theme for the year – “He Make All Things Glorious.”  We have some great things planned so don’t miss it!

Praying on the Commons – Sunday the 28th

During our regular Youth Group meeting on this Sunday we are going to head down to the Commons and spend some time walking the area and praying. This is part of the great church Prayer Walk Week . This may be new to many of you but let’s step out and trust God as we intercede for our community through prayer. We will meet during regular youth group time so join us at 5pm and we will be done at 7:30 pm.

Kick-Off photos are up!

You can see them here

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What’s Happening the Week of 10/07 –

Sunday School –

No Classes this week as we only have one service at 10:45. See you next week when we are back to our regular schedule.

First Youth Group Meeting of the Year!

All 9-12 grade students are invited to join us for this first youth group meeting of the year! It all begins this Sunday @ 5 pm down in the youth room at church. Come and check out what’s happening, meet the new staff, meet some new friends, and reconnect with some old ones. We will have some great things planned so don’t miss it!

After Youth Group Get Together

Because of the holiday weekend schools are off on Monday. So, Liz and Lydia Psiaki have invited us all over to their place for some food and a movie. We will leave the church in the van around 7:45 or so and we will watch a movie (TBD) and then you can either be picked up there or back at the church around 10:15. Bring a snack to share and let’s have a blast!

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What’s Happening the Week of 9/30 –

Sunday School –

Classes continue this week at 9 am. All high school students (grades 9-12) will meet in the Youth Room which is on the bottom floor of the Family Center. Eric and Matt Farrar will be teaching your class. Class begins at 9 AM so please make every effort to make it there on time!

Fall Family Kick-Off 2012

This Sunday, September 30th, all Youth Ministry families are invited to join us for our annual Kick-Off event. This year’s theme is: Scottish Highland Games! Drinks, and table service will be provided but we are asking each M.S. family to bring a main dish and salad to share and each H.S. family to bring a main dish and dessert to share. We will have lots of games and activities for the whole family! So plan to come dressed accordingly and enjoy a great time with about 100 other folks as we begin the new Youth Ministry year. We will begin right at 4pm and will wrap it up at 7pm followed by a bonfire for those interested in staying around for that.

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What’s Happening the Week of 9/23 –

Sunday School –

Classes continue this week at 9 am. All high school students (grades 9-12) will meet in the Youth Room which is on the bottom floor of the Family Center. Eric and Matt Farrar will be teaching your class. Class begins at 9 AM so please make every effort to make it there on time!

Clean Up in Shindagin

We are planning a clean up date in Shindagin Forest this Saturday, September 22nd. We will meet at the church at 9 am and head into the forest, in the van and other vehicles, where we will clean up trash dumped off the side of the road. Each person should bring gloves that can handle damp/wet material, a water bottle, shoes that can get muddy, and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. This is open to all students and parents in the high school ministry. We will finish at noon and head back to the church where you can be picked up around 12:30. Contact Eric for more info! Parents, I really would like to encourage you to join us. This is a great memory for you and your child to have: working alongside each other. So consider join us!

Fall Family Kick-Off 2012

On September 30th, all Youth Ministry families are invited to join us for our annual Kick-Off event. This year’s theme is: Scottish Highland Games! Drinks, and table service will be provided but we are asking each M.S. family to bring a main dish and salad to share and each H.S. family to bring a main dish and dessert to share. We will have lots of games and activities for the whole family! So plan to come dressed accordingly and enjoy a great time with about 100 other folks as we begin the new Youth Ministry year.

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What’s Happening the Week of 9/16 –

Happy Fall –

I hope you all had a great summer! I know school started this week and that often carries with it both excitement and sadness as you say goodbye to summer. However, there is a season for everything as we read in Ecclesiastes 3. So as we head into the fall season, we are gearing up for a new year in the Youth Ministry and much planning is in the works. We are doing Staff training over the next few weeks so that is why we will not have any youth group meetings until the Kick-Off on September 30th. Check out below what is coming up and we hope to meet you if you are new and reconnect of you’ve been around for a while!

Sunday School –

Classes continue this week at 9 am. All high school students (grades 9-12) will meet in the Youth Room which is on the bottom floor of the Family Center. Eric and Matt Farrar will be teaching your class. Class begins at 9 AM so please make every effort to make it there on time!

Gathering at Emma’s

We are going to get together out at Emma Preston’s camp on Sunday the 16th. Here is what you need to know: we will meet at the church at 4pm and head over to her place from there. This is just like a summer drop-in and so each person should bring a generous side dish to share. Hot dogs, burgers, and drinks will be provided. We will have the net there as well as bocce and a variety of other games.  This is a great event to invite some youth group friends you haven’t seen in a while. We will return to the church at 8pm for pick-up. See you there!

Clean Up in Shindagin

We are planning a clean up date in Shindagin Forest on September 22nd. We will meet at the church at 9 am and head into the forest, in the van and other vehicles, where we will clean up trash dumped off the side of the road. Each person should bring gloves that can handle damp/wet material, a water bottle, shoes that can get muddy, and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. This is open to all students and parents in the high school ministry. We will finish at noon and head back to the church where you can be picked up around 12:30. Contact Eric for more info! Parents, I really would like to encourage you to join us. This is a great memory for you and your child to have: working alongside each other. So consider join us!

Fall Family Kick-Off 2012

On September 30th, all Youth Ministry families are invited to join us for our annual Kick-Off event. This year’s theme is: Scottish Highland Games! Drinks, and table service will be provided but we are asking each M.S. family to bring a main dish and salad to share and each H.S. family to bring a main dish and dessert to share. We will have lots of games and activities for the whole family! So plan to come dressed accordingly and enjoy a great time with about 100 other folks as we begin the new Youth Ministry year.

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What’s Happening the Week of 9/09 –

Happy Fall –

I hope you all had a great summer! I know school started this week and that often carries with it both excitement and sadness as you say goodbye to summer. However, there is a season for everything as we read in Ecclesiastes 3. So as we head into the fall season, we are gearing up for a new year in the Youth Ministry and much planning is in the works. We are doing Staff training over the next few weeks so that is why we will not have any youth group meetings until the Kick-Off on September 30th. Check out below what is coming up and we hope to meet you if you are new and reconnect of you’ve been around for a while!

Sunday School –

Classes start this week at 9 am. All high school students (grades 9-12) will meet in the Youth Room which is on the bottom floor of the Family Center. Eric and Matt Farrar will be teaching your class. Class begins at 9 AM so please make every effort to make it there on time!

Gathering at Emma’s

We are going to get together out at Emma Preston’s camp on Sunday the 16th. More details will be coming but plan on spending some time with us for dinner and games and just hanging out. This is a great event to invite some youth group friends you haven’t seen in a while.

Clean Up in Shindagin

We are planning a clean up date in Shindagin Forest on September 22nd. We will meet at the church at 9 am and head into the forest, in the van and other vehicles, where we will clean up trash dumped off the side of the road. Each person should bring gloves that can handle damp/wet material, a water bottle, shoes that can get muddy, and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty. This is open to all students and parents in the high school ministry. We will finish at noon and head back to the church where you can be picked up around 12:30. Contact Eric for more info!

Fall Family Kick-Off 2012

On September 30th, all Youth Ministry families are invited to join us for our annual Kick-Off event. You will get more information next week but our theme this year is Scottish Highland Games! So plan to come dressed accordingly and enjoy a great time with about 100 other folks as we begin the new Youth Ministry year.

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What’s Happening the Week of 7/29 –

Summer Calendars

Below is the link the to the calendars. Please download them and check out all that is going on this summer. Click here…

Summer Newsletter & Calendar 2012

Bible Study this week –

We will meet at Eric’s house (409 Hook Place) this coming Wednesday from 4-6 pm. This is for both girls and guys so bring your Bible and join us!

Drop-In at Stewart Park

All High School students are invited to join us down at Stewart Park this Sunday from 5-8pm for some food, fun, and fellowship. Hot dogs and drinks will be provided. Everyone is asked to bring a generous side dish to share with the group. Friends are welcome so bring someone along!

DAKS Deposit Due

If you are planning to join us for our Lake George Camping trip this year then you will want to get a $50 deposit to me to reserve your spot. If you do not get it to me by this Sunday, then the overall trip cost goes from $120 to $150 so don’t be late! Check the calendar at the link above for more info.

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What’s Happening the Week of 7/15 –

Summer Calendars

Below is the link the to the calendars. Please download them and check out all that is going on this summer. Click here…

Summer Newsletter & Calendar 2012

No Meetings or Bible Studies this week –

Please be praying for the team traveling to and working in Red Lake, MN this week. We will return to Ithaca on the 23rd.

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What’s Happening the Week of 7/8 –

Summer Calendars

Below is the link the to the calendars. Please download them and check out all that is going on this summer. Click here…

Summer Newsletter & Calendar 2012

Red Lake Trip Meeting –

All of you who are going to Red Lake this summer, we will meet this Sunday after the service in the upstairs room of the Ministry Center (brown building). Plan to meet from 11:30 – 2:30 and parents, your attendance is requested as well. Please bring your forms with you and we will see you there!

No Bible Studies this week –

We are off this week and our next meeting won’t be until the 25th! See you then…

Mini-Golf and A&W –

Hey you all, come join us for some golf and food over in Cortland this Monday, July 9th. We will meet at the church at 3:30 pm to head over in the van or you can meet us there around 4 pm. We will golf and then head over to A&W for dinner. Cost for golfing is $6.50 and you should bring money for dinner. We should be back to BG by 7:30 or you can be picked up from A&W by 7 pm. Friends are welcome so see you there!

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What’s Happening the Week of 6/24 –

Graduation Sunday!

Congratulations to all of you who graduated this past week! Way to stick it out and reach your goals. This Sunday is Graduation Sunday at BG and students will be involved in the service in all kinds of ways. Graduates, please plan to join me up in front when I call you up to simply state your name and where you graduated from. See you there!

Summer Calendars

Below is the link the to the calendars. Please download them and check out all that is going on this summer. There are many activities planned, thanks in large part to Zac Adams and Natalie Eckroth being in Ithaca this summer. Having said that, please don’t feel obligated to do it all, just what fits for you. Click here – Summer Newsletter & Calendar 2012

Red Lake Trip Meeting –

All of you who are going to Red Lake this summer, you mus attend a meeting on Monday from 1-4 pm in the youth room.

Girl’s Bible Study –

All H.S. ladies are invited to Natalie’s place (212 Giles Street, Apt.9) on Wednesday 4-6 pm. Bring your book if you have one and a Bible.

Guy’s Bible Study –

All H.S. guys are invited to join us in Center Ithaca next Wednesday from 4-6 pm. Bring a Bible and we will continue on in our discussion.

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What’s Happening the Week of 6/17 –

Summer Calendars

Below is the link the to the calendars. Please download them and check out all that is going on this summer. There are many activities planned, thanks in large part to Zac Adams and Natalie Eckroth being in Ithaca this summer. Having said that, please don’t feel obligated to do it all, just what fits for you. Click here – Summer Newsletter & Calendar 2012

Girl’s Bible Study –

All H.S. ladies are invited to Natalie’s place (212 Giles Street, Apt.9) on Saturday @ 10:30 am. Bring your book if you have one and a Bible.

Guy’s Bible Study –

All H.S. guys are invited to join us in Center Ithaca next Wednesday from 4-6 pm. Bring a Bible and we will continue on in our discussion.

Gladiator Games –

On Saturday the 16th, all M.S. and H.S. students are invited to join us for a great event. Family Life is bringing the Gladiator Games to Trumansburg, NY at the Trumansburg Fair Grounds in partnership with Alive Between the Lakes from 4-8 pm. Come for 4 hours of intense and high adrenaline fun as you compete against other youth groups to become the 2012 Gladiator Games Champion! The games include: air mattress relay, tug of war, tennis ball assault, obstacle courses and much more! We are planning on having more than one team of 10, so come out for the fun. I am willing to take the van from the church but it only holds 12 and most of the other leaders are gone so I will mostly likely need some parents to drive. You can meet at the church at 3:15 on Saturday and we will be back around 8:30 pm.

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What’s Happening the Week of 5/20 –

Summer Calendars

Below is the link the to the calendars. Please download them and check out all that is going on this summer. There are many activities planned, thanks in large part to Zac Adams and Natalie Eckroth being in Ithaca this summer. Having said that, please don’t feel obligated to do it all, just what fits for you. Click here – Summer Newsletter & Calendar 2012

Darien Lake

If you are going with us this Saturday then you need to be at the church at 7:45 am. We will leave at 8 am. Bring with you $20 for your ticket, and $ for food (lunch and dinner) while there. I will have a cooler in which you can put food if you’d like to save yourself some $. We will leave the park at 8 pm and arrive back at the church around 11 pm. If you’d like to go, but have not let me know, then please get in touch with me before Friday eve.

Red Lake Trip Meeting

We have a mandatory meeting this Sunday in the youth room from 2:30-4:30 pm. Please be there on time!

Drop-In at Stewart Park

All H.S. students are invited to join us at Stewart Park down by the small pavilion from 5-8 pm. Please bring a generous snack to share with the group. No hot dogs this time but drinks will be provided.

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What’s Happening the Week of 5/20 –

Sunday School –

Classes are on this week and meet at 9 am in the regular locations. This is the last week before the summer!

Spring Fling

OK folks, here are all the details you should need to join us for the awesome event. Who: All 6-12 grade Youth Ministry students and Families What: Our end-of-the-year shindig/get together/ho down Where: The Brooktondale Community Center right in downtown Brooktondale! See the map below When: May 20th – 5:00 – 8: pm Other details:  This is a dish to-to-pass meal beginning @ 5pm. Middle School families are asked to bring a main dish and salad, per family, to share. High School families are asked to bring a main dish and dessert, per family, to share. Table service and drinks will be provided. Then at around 6:30 pm we will begin some square dancing with a real band and caller. Things will wrap up at 8pm. We really hope that all of the youth ministry families will come and share in this great time together as we wrap up the year! An RSVP would be very helpful as we aren’t sure just how many we need to plan for. You can email me or let me know via Facebook. Speaking of Facebook, the youth ministry has a Facebook page which we use quite often to get info from and to send out evites to events. Please consider searching for BG Youth Ministry and then like the page. You will then get announcements and info from there.

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What’s Happening the Week of 5/13 –

Sunday School –

Classes are on this week and meet at 9 am in the regular locations. Only 1 more week left!

Youth Group –

No meetings this week because it is Mother’s Day! Happy Mother’s Day to all of you moms out there. I pray it is a nice day filled with special things just for you!

Spring Fling

OK folks, here are all the details you should need to join us for the awesome event. Who: All 6-12 grade Youth Ministry students and Families What: Our end-of-the-year shindig/get together/ho down Where: The Brooktondale Community Center right in downtown Brooktondale! See the map below When: May 20th – 5:00 – 8: pm Other details:  This is a dish to-to-pass meal beginning @ 5pm. Middle School families are asked to bring a main dish and salad, per family, to share. High School families are asked to bring a main dish and dessert, per family, to share. Table service and drinks will be provided. Then at around 6:30 pm we will begin some square dancing with a real band and caller. Things will wrap up at 8pm. We really hope that all of the youth ministry families will come and share in this great time together as we wrap up the year! An RSVP would be very helpful as we aren’t sure just how many we need to plan for. You can email me or let me know via Facebook. Speaking of Facebook, the youth ministry has a Facebook page which we use quite often to get info from and to send out evites to events. Please consider searching for BG Youth Ministry and then like the page. You will then get announcements and info from there.

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What’s Happening the Week of 5/6 –

Sunday School –

Classes are on this week and meet at 9 am in the regular locations. Only 2 more weeks left!

Summer Trip Meeting –

On Sunday afternoon, all students and parents of those attending the Red Lake Trip this summer are asked to be at our planning meeting from 3:30-4:45 in the youth room. We will go over some important information regarding the summer trip particularly in the area of finances and fundraising. Please make every effort to be there and we will start right at 3:30!

Youth Group –

We are on this week for our regular meeting so plan to meet us in the youth room from 5-7:30 pm. See you there!

Spring Fling

All youth ministry students and families are invited to join us May 20th for this end of the year party! Location is still being determined but we will begin with a dish-to-pass meal @ 5pm. Middle School families are asked to bring a main dish and salad, per family, to share. High School families are asked to bring a main dish and dessert, per family, to share. Table service and drinks will be provided. Then at around 6:30 pm we will begin some square dancing with a real band and caller. Things will wrap up at 8pm. We really hope that all of the youth ministry families will come and share in this great time together as we wrap up the year!

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What’s Happening the Week of 4/29 –

Sunday School –

Classes are on this week and meet at 9 am in the regular locations.

Youth Group –

We are on this week for our regular meeting so plan to meet us in the youth room from 5-7:30 pm. See you there!

Spring Fling

All youth ministry students and families are invited to join us for this end of the year party! More details next week but this will begin with a dish-to-pass meal @ 5pm. Then around 6:30 pm we will begin some square dancing with a real band and caller. Things will wrap up at 8pm.

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What’s Happening the Week of 4/29 –

Sunday School –

Classes are on this week and meet at 9 am in the regular locations.

Youth Group –

No Meeting because of the Famine – take the time to recover!

The 30 Hour Famine –

We are meeting this Friday between 6-7 pm in the youth room. Be sure to stop eating as close to 12 noon as possible in order get all 30 hours in. Make sure for the Famine that you bring the following with you or you will be bummed!

  • 2 bottles or frozen cans of juice to share
  • WARM WARM WARM sleeping gear (sleeping bag, mattress, pillow)
  • WARM cloths for working outside on Saturday
  • As much cardboard as you can carry!
  • Your donations – only if you have it all collected. (You have until May 13 to turn it in)
  • Some weeding tools for our service project on Saturday.

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What’s Happening the Week of 4/22 –

Sunday School –

Classes are on this week and meet at 9 am in the regular locations.

Youth Group –

We meet this Sunday in the youth room from 5-7:30 pm. Come join us and maybe invite someone to come with you!

30 Hour Famine –

Our Famine event is April 27-28 this year and we have a huge group of folks participating! Remember to keep praying for an amazing weekend but also keep collecting donations! The more we raise, the more kids we help! Don’t forget your cardboard for our Shanty Town huts. Bring all the cardboard you can on the day of the event!

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What’s Happening the Week of 4/08 –

Good Friday Service –

I want to strongly encourage all youth ministry families to be a part of our Good Friday service at 7:30 pm this Friday. If you do not typically come, why not do so this year and watch how much more powerful Easter morning is!

Sunday School –

No classes this week because it is EASTER SUNDAY!  HALLELUJAH!!!

Youth Group –

No Meetings this week – we will see you next week at 5 pm in the youth room!

30 Hour Famine –

Our Famine event is April 27-28 this year. Packets will be available from Eric or at Youth Group this week so see him to sign up. You will be getting more details soon but get your packet today and being collecting donations so we can help out as many kids as possible!

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What’s Happening the Week of 4/01 –

Sunday School –

Class for all high school students meets this Sunday from 9-10:20 in the youth room. See you there! Next week is Easter and classes will NOT meet. Enjoy the Sunday celebrating Jesus’ resurrection with your family!

Youth Group

We are meeting this Sunday from 5-7:30 in the youth room. Come and and encourage others as we talk, pray, sing, and think! See you there!

Good Friday Service

I want to strongly encourage all youth ministry families to be a part of our Good Friday service at 7:30 pm this Friday. If you do not typically come, why not do so this year and watch how much more powerful Easter morning is!

30 Hour Famine –

Our Famine event is April 27-28 this year. Packets will be available from Eric or at Youth Group this week so see him to sign up. You will be getting more details soon but get your packet today and being collecting donations so we can help out as many kids as possible!

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What’s Happening the Week of 3/25 –

Sunday School –

Class for all high school students meets this Sunday from 9-10:20 in the youth room. See you there!

Youth Group

We are meeting this Sunday from 5-7:30 in the youth room. We will be loading up the van and heading over to Ithaca College for the service that BG is putting on there in the chapel. We will be back to the church by 7:30 for pick-up.

30 Hour Famine –

Our Famine event is April 27-28 this year. Packets will be available from Eric or at Youth Group this week so see him to sign up. You will be getting more details soon but get your packet today and being collecting donations so we can help out as many kids as possible!

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What’s Happening the Week of 3/18 –

Sunday School –

Class for all high school students meets this Sunday from 9-10:20 in the youth room. See you there!

Youth Group

We are meeting this Sunday from 5-7:30 in the youth room. Looks like we might even be outside for some of our time together so come and join us!

30 Hour Famine –

Our Famine event is April 27-28 this year. Packets will be available from Eric or at Youth Group thisweek so see him to sign up. You will be getting more details soon but get your packet today and being collecting donations so we can help out as many kids as possible!

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What’s Happening the Week of 3/11 –

Sunday School

Class for grades 9-12 meets from 9-10:20 am in the youth room. See you there!

High School Summer Trip

Deposits for the trip are due to Eric by March 11! There are still a couple of spots left so get your  $75 non-refundable deposit in soon! Cash or checks made out to Bethel Grove.

Karaoke Night This Sunday!

We are having an evening of fun and entertainment. Come and sing or come and laugh at other’s singing as we hang out in the youth room and do Karaoke. We have a huge number of songs to choose from. We will also have some pizza. Don’t like to sing? No problem, there will still be fun galore. Bring $4 for food and we will see you there!

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What’s Happening the Week of 3/04 –

Sunday School

Classes for grades 6-12 meet at from 9-10:20 in the usual places. See you there!

Youth GroupÂ

High School meets tonight in the youth room for our regular youth group meeting. At all starts at 5pm and wraps up at 7:30. High School Summer Trip Deposits for the trip are due to Eric by March 11! There are still a couple of spots left so get your  $75 non-refundable deposit in soon! Cash or checks made out to Bethel Grove.

Karaoke Night Next Week –

We are having an evening of fun and entertainment. Come and sing or come and laugh at other’s singing as we hang out in the youth room and do Karaoke. We have a huge number of songs to choose from. We will also have some pizza. Don’t like to sing? No problem, there will still be fun galore. Bring $4 for food and we will see you there!

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What’s Happening the Week of 2/19 –

Youth Group –

High School meets tonight in the youth room for our regular youth group meeting. At all starts at 5pm and wraps up at 7:30. See you there! Because most of you do not have school on Monday, plan to go out and enjoy some food with all of us after youth group. Bring some money and we will work out rides.

Snack Schedule

Parents, there will be a snack sign-up available which covers all the youth group meetings for the reminder of the school year. If you have yet to provide a snack for youth group this year, please plan to sign up for one day this spring. The kids really appreciate it! If you have already provided a snack this year but just can’t wait to do it again, then you are welcome to sign up as well. Thank you for your support!

High School Summer Trip Info Meeting

We are meeting that afternoon before youth group for info out about our summer work trip to Red Lake, Minnesota. That’s right, MINNESOTA!!! This is gonna be an awesome experience for all who go. If you come at 4pm you will hear all the details about what you can expect so I hope to see many of you there!

Sledding Day –

We are supposed to go sledding at Rice Hill on the 26th after church. However, we need something to make that happen. So, next week all the details will be posted here. Obviously if there is no snow then we are not going. However, just to be sure, check back here on Saturday afternoon for the update! If we do not go sledding, then we will have a regular youth group night that evening. PRAY, PRAY, PRAY…

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What’s Happening the Week of 2/12 –

Youth Group –

High School meets tonight in the youth room for our regular youth group meeting. At all starts at 5pm and wraps up at 7:30. See you there!

Snack Schedule

Parents, there will be a snack sign-up available which covers all the youth group meetings for the reminder of the school year. If you have yet to provide a snack for youth group this year, please plan to sign up for one day this spring. The kids really appreciate it! If you have already provided a snack this year but just can’t wait to do it again, then you are welcome to sign up as well. Thank you for your support!

High School Summer Trip Info Meeting

We are meeting before youth group on Feb. 19th to get info out about our summer work trip to Red Lake, Minnesota. That’s right, MINNESOTA!!! This is gonna be an awesome experience for all who go. If you come at 4pm you will hear all the details about what you can expect so I hope to see many of you there!

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What’s Happening the Week of 1/28 –

This Saturday!!! -Alive Between The Lakes Local Youth Outreach Event –

Wacky Winter Games! 2012

See the full flyer a couple of posts back for what you can expect. We have been really praying about this event and I see it as a great opportunity to expose students from all over the Ithaca area to the Gospel. So don’t give up on inviting people to join you – it’s free and there are cash prizes!Are you kidding me? We will have a group meeting at the church and heading over. If you plan to join us, please be at the church before 5pm. The vehicles will leave promptly at that time. I will need to be there very early doing set up so we will have the church van and some leaders driving over. I may very well need parents to drive as well. It looks like we have a potential of 25 kids to go from the BG parking lot. Right now, I have room for 22. That means I will need a parent or 2 to help with transportation. Please let Eric know ASAP if you are able to help in this way. You can come on Saturday and if we don’t need you then you are free for the evening.Vehicles will leave Trumansburg right around 8pm and should be back at the church sometime around 8:30 so they will need to be picked up at that point.

Youth Group –

No meetings this week or next week but we will be back on the 12th in full force!!!

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What’s Happening the Week of 12/11 –

High School Youth Group

We are on this Sunday for a regular youth group meeting from 5-7:30 pm in the youth room. Come and join us as we talk about Losing Our Life in His!

Alive Between The Lakes Local Youth Outreach Event –

Wacky Winter Games! 2012

See the full flyer in last week’s post below. Right below that is a link to a printable pdf. Our goal is to have each us print lots of these and hand them out to all our friends. You will find all the information you should need in last week’s post. We will have a group meeting at the church and heading over. I will need to be there very early doing set up so we will have the church van and some leaders driving over. I may very well need parents to drive as well. Parents, can you let me know if you would be willing to transport students on that day?

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What’s Happening the Week of 12/11 –

High School Youth Group

Happy New Year! We are on this Sunday for a regular youth group meeting from 5-7:30 pm in the youth room. Come and join us as we talk about the new year and you will hear what you can be a part of this summer!!!

Alive Between The Lakes Local Youth Outreach Event –

Wacky Winter Games! 2012

This is our semi-annual area youth outreach event. We are planning to Rock the Trumansburg High gym this year and we are praying for a great showing! Put this event in your phones with reminders so you don’t plan anything else that evening! Below the flyer you will find a link to a pdf to pass out to your friends. Why not print a bunch of them and hand them out? Let God do the work on bringing students, you just get the info into their hands! This is for all 6-12 grade students. Let’s get the word out and being to pray that God would move hearts and lives toward HIM! Wacky Winter Games 2012 Flyer

Print this PDF and hand out to everyone  =>   Wacky Winter Games Flyer

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What’s Happening the Week of 12/11 –

No plans for this week so enjoy your last Sunday before Christmas! Be checking back her after New Year’s to see what’s happening. There are no official meetings planned until the 15th but there might be some fun stuff going on before then.

Merry Christmas!

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 What’s Happening the Week of 12/11 –

Christmas Party!Â

Let’s ring in the season together from 5-8pm on Sunday the 11th! Come and enjoy a fabulous sit down meal served by parents followed by a second-to-none gift exchange. This is a dress-up event please – guys: no t-shirts, shorts, or jeans. Ladies: an appropriate dress would be awesome! Cost for the event is $4. In addition each person will need to bring a wrapped gift of no greater than $5 for the gift exchange as well as 2 canned goods for our food drive. This event is open to all 9th-12th grade students

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Youth Group

We are meeting this week at our regular time of 5pm on Sunday night. Tonight we will talk about what it means to lose our lives in His so bring your Bibles and join us for a great timeof games, food, discussion, and prayer. We will wrap it up at 7:30 pm – I hope to see all of you there!

Christmas Party!Â

Let’s ring in the season together from 5-8pm on Sunday the 11th! Come and enjoy a fabulous sit down meal served by parents followed by a second-to-none gift exchange. This is a dress-up event please – guys: no t-shirts, shorts, or jeans. Ladies: an appropriate dress would be awesome! Cost for the event is $4. In addition each person will need to bring a wrapped gift of no greater than $5 for the gift exchange as well as 2 canned goods for our food drive. Friends are welcome so invite away – the more the merrier! Please RSVP to Eric by Dec. 7th! This event is open to all 9th-12th grade students.

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What’s Happening the Week of 11/13 –

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What’s Happening the Week of 11/13 –

Wings Chow Down!

All High School students are invited to join us at Wings Over Ithaca in the East Hill Plaza this Friday for their glorious buffet! Cost is $9 and covers all the drink, wings, fries, and macaroni salad you can eat! We will meet at noon and the buffet is open until 1:30. Let’s get the chow on!

Youth Group

We are meeting this week at our regular time of 5pm on Sunday night. We are almost finished with our series on Relationships so come and hear Matt and Emily this week as they bring their thoughts to the topic. We will wrap up right around 7:30. See you there!

Losing Our Life In His – A Worship Night

On the 20th of November, we will meet in the church for our first worship night of the year. These are different from our regular meetings and are opportunites for you to do some reflection and listening for the voice of God. They are usually creative events using all of the senses to bring praise and adoration to our Creator. Please plan to join us at 5pm in the foyer of the church. Come prepared to focus on our theme for the year: Losing Our Life In His.

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What’s Happening the Week of 11/06 –

Youth Group

We are meeting this week at our regular time of 5pm on Sunday night. We are almost finished with our series on Relationships so come and hear Matt and Emily this week as they bring their thoughts to the topic. We will wrap up right around 7:30. See you there!

Snacks –

I will have a sign-up sheet for people to bring snacks so if you have not yet done so this year, please consider taking a week and helping out. If you are not going to be there this week but are willing to sign-up, then please drop Eric an email and he will fit you in…Thanks!     ****************************************************************************************************************************

What’s Happening the Week of 10/30 –

High School Youth Group

High School only this week. We will meet at 5pm. Try to get there right at 5 as we will be watching a movie which we need to begin at 5:10. It is an interesting movie that I hope will generate some thoughtful discussion and response. We will wrap up right around 7:30. See you there!

Candy Gathering w/ a Bonfire!

All 6-12 graders are invited to Mattie and Eric’s house (409 Hook Place) on Monday evening the 31st for an awesome night of gathering candy and a bonfire! You should come with something to gather candy in, a costume (this is optional) and warm clothes. If you can bring a camp chair for around the fire, that would be very helpful. Plan to arrive at our place around 5:30 and we will be gathering candy from around 5:45-7:30 and then will get around the fire for hot dogs, hot chocolate, hot cider, and some…well, candy! If you would rather not come for the candy gathering then please join us around 7:30 for the bonfire! If you would like to bring a snack to share, that would be nice. I will supply the dogs, drinks, and fire. If it is raining hard, then we will not plan to meet but if it is only drizzling, then I will put up the tarp and we will still be one. Check out the Facebook event and let us know if you are coming  – as always, friends are welcome! Parents, you are welcome to relax around the fire while the kids are out or you can join us during the food time.

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What’s Happening the Week of 10/23 –

Tackling The Corn Maze

We are heading over to the corn maze at T-Burg Mini Golf again this year.We will leave from the church this Sunday, the 23rd, sharply at 5:15pm and return by 7:45pm. Invite a friend to come along – cost will be $6.00. You are welcome to bring a little extra money for the game room or snacks if you’d like. Consider bringing a flashlight, boots (it may be muddy) and warm clothing. If it is raining pretty good, we will simply have youth group at the church instead! Plan to sign up with Eric by the 20th! Parents, I might need some help with transportation, please contact me via email if you are able to help out!

Candy Gathering and a Bonfire!

All 6-12 graders are invited to Mattie and Eric’s house (409 Hook Place) on Monday evening the 31st for an awesome night of gathering candy and a bonfire! You should come with something to gather candy in, a costume (this is optional) and warm clothes. If you can bring a camp chair for around the fire, that would be very helpful. Plan to arrive at our place around 5:30 and we will be gathering candy from around 5:45-7:30 and then will get around the fire for hot dogs, hot chocolate, hot cider, and some…well, candy! If you would rather not come for the candy gathering then please join us around 7:30 for the bonfire! If you would like to bring a snack to share, that would be nice. I will supply the dogs, drinks, and fire. If it is raining hard, then we will not plan to meet but if it is only drizzling, then I will put up the tarp and we will still be one. Check out the Facebook event and let us know if you are coming  – as always, friends are welcome! Parents, you are welcome to relax around the fire while the kids are out or you can join us during the food time.

Our Time In The Jungle

Monday was a very special day for me as we took our bags of items into the Jungle to encourage the residents there. Here are a few things that I wanted to share with you that touched me and I hope will touch you as well… Carmen (who was our guide) shared a story about a guy who has recently gone into rehab. We heard how he came to be homeless and about his current addiction struggles. Addiction is a powerful thing.  Carmen was clearly touched by this mans’ life and story and some of the kids were as well. I know I was. In each bag we handed out we had placed a note, picture or card of encouragement. Penny, one of the residents, was there today. When she received her bag she was so touched it brought tears of joy to her eyes. When she opened her bag the first thing she grabbed was the letter. It was a poem written by one of the BG youth moms. She was holding it dearly and could not stop talking about how special it was. The title was something about…”For Someone I love whom I have never met.” Penny never looked at another thing in her bag, she just kept looking at her poem. We met another man who is special to Carmen and we had the chance to pray with him. One of the students, Miss Quigley, was brave enough to step up and pray for this man on behalf of the group. All in all we were welcomed with joy and thanksgiving. God has made each of those people for a special reason. They are pretty much cast off from society, but the reality is they too have feelings and desires to belong. They were touched to think that people, teenagers none the less, were thinking about them. Our hope is to figure out a way to be a further encouragement to these people so keep coming back here to see what is in the works! Sandy

 

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What’s Happening the Week of 10/16 –

Into The Jungle!

An BG in Torontoexciting ministry opportunity has come up, especially if you have a bent towards helping the homeless.  From now until October 17th, we will be creating bags to hand out to residents of “The Jungle”, Ithaca’s fine homeless establishment.  Here is what needs to be in each bag:  toilet paper, bottled water, deodorant, disposable propane cylinder(s), pudding (yum!), batteries (AA & C) and a friendly, encouraging card/message. I am working on this with 14 home school teens and we will be going into the Jungle on the 17th to hand these bags out.  If you would like to participate you can either: (1) create a bag with the items above and deliver it to me (2) purchase one or several of the items and give them to me (3) Create cards to put into the bags and give them to me (4) Help create the bags with donated items. Come early to youth group this Sunday, 4 pm, and bring any donated items with you and help us put them together to create bags. This is a real practical way to encourage others in the community.

Sandy Sorensen

Youth Group

Come and kick it with us in the Youth Room this Sunday at BG from 5-7:30pm. Both High School and Middle School are meeting so come and be a part of things! The High School group is in the middle of a series on Dating and Relationships. This week we will be hearing from Andy as he bring us some Biblical reflection on what should shape your thoughts and minds as you consider dating. Middle School just started a series on Encounters with Jesus. We are looking at interactions Jesus had with various people in the Gospels and how they were changed as a result. Come and hear about Jesus in a fresh and new way!

Tackling The Corn Maze

We are heading over to the corn maze at T-Burg Mini Golf again this year.We will leave from the church on the 23rd sharply at 5:15pm and return by 7:45pm. Invite a friend to come along – cost will be $6.00. You are welcome to bring a little extra money for the game room or snacks if you’d like. Consider bringing a flashlight, boots (it may be muddy) and warm clothing. If it is raining pretty good, we will simply have youth group at the church instead! Plan to sign up with Eric by the 20th! Parents, I might need some help with transportation, please contact me via email if you are able to help out!

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What’s Happening the Week of 10/9 –

Youth Group – Come and kick it with us in the Youth Room this Sunday at BG from 5-7:30pm. Because of the day off from school obonfire photon Sunday, we will be having a BONFIRE after youth group. So feel free to join us for hot dogs and s’mores from 7:30-9 pm. It looks like it will be an amazing night for it so come and join us!             Tackling The Corn Maze – We are heading over to the corn maze at T-Burg Mini Golf again this year. We will leave from the church on the 23rd at 5:15pm and return by 7:45pm. Invite a friend to come along – cost will be $6.00. Plan to sign up with Eric by the 20th! Into The Jungle!  -  An exciting ministry opportunity has come up, especially if you have a bent towards helping the homeless.  From now until October 17th, we will be creating bags to hand out to residents of “The Jungle”, Ithaca’s fine homeless establishment.  Here is what needs to be in each bag:  toilet paper, bottled water, deodorant, disposable propane cylinder(s), pudding (yum!), batteries (AA & C) and a friendly, encouraging card/message. I am working on this with 14 home school teens and we will be going into the Jungle on the 17th to hand these bags out.  If you would like to participate you can either: (1) create a bag with the items above and deliver it to me (2) purchase one or several of the items and give them to me (3) Create cards to put into the bags and give them to me (4) Help create the bags with donated items. If there is enough interest in donating items and creating bags as a group we could meet before Youth group (1/2 hour) on the 16th to put the bags together.  Let me know what you want to do! Sandy Sorensen

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What’s Happening the Week of 10/2 –

Youth Group – It’s a high school only youth group. Come and kick it with us in the Youth Room at BG from 5-7:30pm.

Tackling The Corn Maze – We are heading over the the corn maze at T-Burg Mini Golf again this this year. We will leave from the church on the 23rd at 5:15pm and return by 7:45pm. Invite a friend to come along – cost will be $6.00. Plan to sign up with Eric by the 20th! Into The Jungle!  -  An exciting ministry opportunity has come up, especially if you have a bent towards helping the homeless.  From now until October 17th, we will be creating bags to hand out to residents of “The Jungle”, Ithaca’s fine homeless establishment.  Here is what needs to be in each bag:  toilet paper, bottled water, deodorant, disposable propane cylinder(s), pudding (yum!), batteries (AA & C) and a friendly, encouraging card/message. I am working on this with 14 home school teens and we will be going into the Jungle on the 17th to hand these bags out.  If you would like to participate you can either: (1) create a bag with the items above and deliver it to me (2) purchase one or several of the items and give them to me (3) Create cards to put into the bags and give them to me (4) Help create the bags with donated items. If there is enough interest in donating items and creating bags as a group we could meet before Youth group (1/2 hour) on the 16th to put the bags together.  Let me know what you want to do! Sandy Sorensen   *************************************************************************************************************************************************

What’s happening the week of 10/24 –

Youth Group – Our first meeting of the ’11-’12 school year happens this Sunday the 25th. All students in 6-12 grade are invited to meet in the youth room starting at 5pm. The evening will be filled with games, music, discussion, and food so come and join us! It will all wrap up at 7:30 pm. See you then! Hands of Christ service day! We are meeting at church at 9am sharp this Saturday the 24th and then heading into the Shindagin forest to pick up trash. You should bring gloves, good shoes for going up and down banks, and a water bottle. We will return to the church at 12:30. Let’s be the Hands of Christ as we serve our community! Kick-Off Pictures!  Pictures of the Kick-Off are up on the BG Youth Ministry Facebook page – be sure to search for the page, like it, and then check them out or you can see them on the Media page. There are some great photos! **************************************************************************************************************************************************



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