Middle School

BGYM Week of: 5/8/17-5/14/17:

This week @BGYouth: NO BGYM this SUNDAY NIGHT

Enjoy spending Mother’s Day with your families.

Looking ahead:

BGYM Mission Trip: July 1st-8th 2017.

SAVE THE DATE:

  • 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: 4/24/17-4/30/17:

This week @BGYouth:

  • 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:

This Sunday night after BGYM (7:10-7:40 PM) we have a mandatory missions meeting for the mission trip team. Parents are invited.

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: 4/17/17-4/23/17:

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:

MS Boys’ night @ Wings Over Ithaca:

April 25th, 6:30PM

Cost is around $10, Contact Alan or Whitman for rides!

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:

 Middle School Movie night, April 3rd @ 5 PM in the youth room. BYOM(ovie)

Save the dates:

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:

Middle School Movie night: April 3rd, in the youth room.

30 hour famine: May 6th-7th

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Weekly Schedule:

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

Middle School Movie night: April 3rd, in the youth room.

30 hour famine: May 6th-7th

 

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Here’s our game plan kids: 

Join us this week at Youth Group to hear Lincoln Young answer the question: If God loves everyone, why doesn’t he save everyone? Same place, same time, see YOU there! 

 ***All middle school student 13+ aged are invited to our High School Movie night (parental permission is required). Our HS student leadership team invites all age appropriate students to join them in watching “Do You Believe?” (Rated PG-13). The movie is showing in the youth group room on Friday February 19th, 2016 @ 7 PM in the Youth Room, feel free to invite a friend!***

 

*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.

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Weekly Memo:

*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. 

 

All middle school student 13+ aged are invited to our High School Movie night (parental permission is required). Our HS student leadership team invites all age appropriate students to join them in watching “Do You Believe?” (Rated PG-13). The movie is showing in the youth group room on Friday February 19th, 2016 in the Youth Room, feel free to invite a friend!  

*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.


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What’s the hap’s for this week??? 

Sunday School –> same place, same time! 

gametimeSUPER BOWL L: BRONCOS vs. PANTHERS… pick side 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. 

Things to keep on your radar: 

  • No youth group next week! 
  • 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:

Janmshapsuary 31stCome listen to Mandi Frost’s history lesson on if Jesus did actually exist according to history; join us for ‘Birthday Sunday’ we’ll be celebrating birthdays December-January; 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 Alan’s house

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

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

Don’t forget our weekly events including Sunday school and Youth Group every Sunday. Can’t wait to see you all there!!

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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 😉

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:  MS Boys behind the pulpit; MS Girls in the upstairs Family Center- Sunday mornings at 9:00 am.

Youth Group:  4/12 & 4/19.  NOTE: 4/19 HS Only-8th graders welcome if your parents approve it by me!  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 on this webpage for the URL to buy ticket, 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:  9:00 am Middle School girls meet in the Family Center and the MS boys meet behind the pulpit. 

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)

The Haps for February!!

 

Sunday School: Every Sunday in the family center (for girls), and room behind the pulpit (for boys) at 9:00am.

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

The Haps for January!!

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: 

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

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

 

 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

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

Youth Group 11/9:  NO High School YG!  Only Middle School youth group!  The MS students will meet during an extended  regular YG time, 5-8 and go shopping to purchase items for Operation Christmas Child. We will be using the $300 that we raised during the Trunk or Treat, but students can bring additional money if they want to make a contribution to the shoe boxes.  Also, if you have left over back to school supplies, toiletries, hard candy or small toys you want to get rid of (new), send them along as well. Drivers needed, please RSVP to bgyouthmin@gmail.com so we know how many students and drivers we have.

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:  November 9th, NO High School YG!  Only Middle School youth group!  The MS students will meet during an extended  regular YG time, 5-8 and go to the dollar store and maybe one other place to purchase items for Operation Christmas Child. Drivers needed.

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 –

Drop-In! – finally, our first drop-in of the summer. We are meeting this Sunday from 5-8pm at The Deets’ home (128 Pine Tree Road – 342-1556). Each student needs to bring a generous side dish to share. Hot dogs will be provided. Bring a friend along and let’s have some fun!

Youth Director Search – please be praying for the search committee as they continue 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. 

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. 

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 5/4 –

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.

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 but we are on next week at 5pm

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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 – No meeting this week due to all the time you put into the musical. Take the Sunday off and catch up on sleep and homework!

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.

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 – don’t miss it this Sunday in the Youth Room from 5-7:30 pm. Good stuff is planned!

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

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

Middle School Bowling – This Sunday the 16th, all 6-8 grade students are invited to join us as we bowl downtown at the Bowl-O-Drome. Cost is $7 for 1 hour of bowling and shoe rentals. We will meet at the bowling alley at 2:45 pm. It is at the corner of Third and Adams off of Route 13 near the DMV. We will bowl until 4:0o pm. Friends are welcome but Eric needs an RSVP by the 13th if you are planning to go.

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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!

Middle School Bowling – On Sunday the 16th, all 6-8 grade students are invited to join us as we bowl downtown at the Bowl-O-Drome. Cost is $7 for 1 hour of bowling and shoe rentals. We will meet at the bowling alley at 2:45 pm. It is at the corner of Third and Adams off of Route 13 near the DMV. We will bowl until 4:0o pm. Friends are welcome but Eric needs an RSVP by the 13th if you are planning to go.

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What’s Happening the week of 3/2 –

 

Sunday School – classes meet this Sunday at 9 am in their usual locations.

Youth Group – Both groups will meet this Sunday in the youth room at the usual time of 5-7:30. Come and join us!

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What’s Happening the week of 2/23 –

Sunday School – classes meet this Sunday at 9 am in their usual locations.

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 Group – we 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! 

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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!

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Sledding 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 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.

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What’s Happening the week of 1/26 –

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!

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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 –

SUNDAY SCHOOL CLASSES!

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

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.

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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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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, via email to Eric, or on Facebook!

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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.

 

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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 regular classrooms at 9 am.

YOUTH GROUP!

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

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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!

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 Middle School will meet this Sunday. We 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!

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 at Newark Valley as the Trumansburg one 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!!!

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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 to begin!

Classes for both Middle School and High School will kick into gear on Sept. 8th. 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

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It is almost here! It all begins 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 M.S. family is asked to bring a generous main dish and side dish 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 the Week of 8/25-

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 7/07-

Middle School Drop-In

We are meeting at Alan Pauling’s place (211 Wood Street) this Sunday from 5-7:30 pm. Each person should bring a generous snack to share, and a main dish and drinks will be provided. You might want to bring a favorite outdoor game to play in the park down the street. Also, invite a friend to join you! See you there!

Taughannock Camp Out Registration

Come camping with us on July 31 at Taughannock State Park. Cost is $10. We will meet at the church at 4pm or at the campground at anytime after 5:pm. Below are links to both a health form and permission form that you will need to bring with you when you come on Wednesday. Dinner and s’mores will be provided on Wednesday and then breakfast on Thursday. Students will need to be picked up from the campsite at 11 am on Thursday or just before noon at the church. Carpooling is encouraged. I will email the actual site numbers on Monday so you can find us.

General Medical Form

Parent Release Form

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.

Middle 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!

Taughannock Camp Out Registration

Come camping with us on July 31 at Taughannock State Park. Cost is $10. We will meet at the church at 4pm or at the campground at anytime after 5:pm. More details to come but you will need to register with Eric by giving him your payment by Sunday, July 28th.

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

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What’s Happening the Week of 6/30-

Moving Up Day

Last Sunday was the day when current 5th graders get to join the Middle School Youth Group and current 8th graders get to move into the High School Group. Eighth graders, you can actually go to any event for both groups all summer long.

No Middle School Drop-In this Week

We are scheduled for a drop-in this Sunday. However, I got a little overwhelmed with all that has gone one this weekend and we have most of our leaders out of town so there will be no drop-in this Sunday. my apologies for the change and any inconvenience. We will resume with the rest of the summer schedule as it is on the calendars. 

Boston 2013 Church Luncheon 

The Boston Team is hosting a luncheon after the service on June 30th. This is a fundraising event for the trip. We would love to have all of the youth ministry families join us in support of this mission event.

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

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What’s Happening the Week of 6/23-

Graduation Sunday

We are recognizing graduates this Sunday, June 23rd. All graduates are invited to join us and we will have cake after the service. It will be a youth Sunday as well so come and be encourage by all the students involved in the worship service.

Moving Up Day

This Sunday is the day when current 5th graders get to join the Middle School Youth Group and current 8th graders get to move into the High School Group. Eighth graders, you can actually go to any event for both groups all summer long.

Middle School Drop-In

We are on for this Sunday afternoon! We will meet at the church at 5:30 (downstairs in the church building). There is an all church dish-to-pass meal which we will join and then go over to the youth room afterward for our drop-in. This is a night of games and fun so come and join us for a great time hanging out together. We will end between 7:30-8 pm when the church annual meeting gets out. See you then!

Darien Lake 

We have 6 tickets left for this event. It is now open to incoming Freshman and any 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.

Boston 2013 Church Luncheon 

The Boston Team is hosting a luncheon after the service on June 30th. This is a fundraising event for the trip. We would love to have all of the youth ministry families join us in support of this mission event.

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

 

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What’s Happening the Week of 6/16- 

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.

Youth Group Meeting –

No meeting on Sunday so enjoy the time with you family. We are back on for a M.S. drop-in on Sunday the 23rd at church.

Darien Lake 

This is a high school event but we are opening it up to incoming 9th graders. So, if you would like to go, please get me $20 for your spot. I have only 6 tickets left and it is on a first-come first-serve basis. See Eric with your $ ASAP to reserve your spot. We are going on June 25th. We will meet at the church at 8am and return around 11 pm. You will need to bring $ for food during the day.

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 –

No meeting this week but we will have a drop in next week. More details to come so check back here for the latest info!

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 will need some of you to help be an adult presence at this event. Please let me know if you are able to serve in this way. Here is a flyer about the event that you can use to invite a friend.

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 –

No meeting this week but we will have a drop in next week. More details to come so check back here for the latest info!

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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!

You will get an email next week with the final details. Be collecting and asking everyone you see to help support you!

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What’s Happening the Week of 4/7 –

Sunday School –

Classes resume this Sunday at the regular time and place.

Youth Group Meeting!

No meeting this week or next because of the Children’s Musical. So enjoy the next 2 weeks off and we will see you on the 21st!

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. I don’t much about the concert overall 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.

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 Sunday 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!

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. I don’t much about the concert overall 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.

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.

Band Rehearsal – 

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

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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.

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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.

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What’s Happening the Week of 2/17-

Sunday School –

Please join us at 9am sharp in the usual places I hope you can join us!

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!

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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 regular class locations

Middle School Youth Group 

We are on for this Sunday night, 5-7:30 pm in the Youth Room. Let’s do this!

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 2/3-

Sunday School –

Classes resume this Sunday at 9am sharp in the usual locations.

Youth Group

No meeting this week but we are back on next Sunday for our regular youth group meeting in our regular youth group location!

Nerf Wars – 

All middle school students are invited to join us for nerf gun wars. We are doing this on February 2nd from 12:00-5:30pm. You needed to preregister with Alan Pauling and Clark Young to be a part of this event.

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 –

Classes resume this Sunday at 9am sharp in the usual locations.

Youth Group

Come and join us this Sunday evening from 5-7:30 in the youth room for our regular meeting. It will be good to be together again for the first time in this New Year.

Nerf Wars – 

All middle school students are invited to join us for nerf gun wars. We are doing this on February 2nd in the early afternoon so make sure you let Alan Pauling or Clark Young know if you are want to play. The cost will be $5 to cover ammo. You will need to get the money to Eric this Sunday, the 27th and that will serve as your registration. If you do not preregister, then you will not be able to join us on the 2nd.

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What’s Happening the Week of 1/20-

Sunday School –

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

No Youth Group this Week because of the Basketball Game

Cornell Basketball Game and Dinner –

On 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!!! We have 30 tickets so they are on a first-come, first-serve basis. So that means you need to sign up with Eric ASAP! 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.

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!

Nerf Wars – 

All middle school students are invited to join us for nerf gun wars. We are doing this on February 2nd in the early afternoon so make sure you let Eric know if you are want to play. The cost will be $5 to cover ammo. You will need to get the money to Eric before the 26th and that will serve as your registration. If you do not preregister, then you will not be able to join us on the 26th. Check with Alan Pauling or Clark Young for more details.

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What’s Happening the Week of 1/13-

Sunday School –

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

All Youth Group Game Day

Because of the lack of snow, we will have to postpone sledding until Rice Hill fills in. However, we will still meet this Sunday following the service for a couple of hours to play some board games together. So bring your lunch and your favorite group game to church and meet us in the youth room following the second service. We will eat lunch, hang out together and enjoy the afternoon. You can be picked up at 3pm to head home. See you then!

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 –

On 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!!! We have 30 tickets so they are on a first-come, first-serve basis. So that means you need to sign up with Eric ASAP! 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.

Nerf Wars – 

All middle school students are invited to join us on the 26th for nerf gun wars. You will get more info about details but we need to get an idea of who is interested. The cost will be $5 to cover ammo. You will need to get the money to Eric before the 26th and that will serve as your registration. If you do not preregister, then you will not be able to join us on the 26th. Check with Alan Pauling or Clark Young for more details.

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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!

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 this  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!

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. Don’t miss it!

Christmas Party –

Be sure to check the calendar page for information regarding the M.S. party on the 9th. Be sure to bring 3 quality canned food items and a wrapped gift for the gift exchange. It is a dress up event so put on the festive duds!

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.

Christmas Party –

Be sure to check the calendar page for information regarding the M.S. party on the 9th. 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! I just heard that there is a Lego competition that same day involving a few students from BG. You are welcome to join us anytime during the evening so even if you are going to be late, we’d love to have you!

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!

Youth Group –

No meeting this Sunday. We will be on next week for our regular meeting at 5pm in the youth room.

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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. Middle School girls, you will meet upstairs in the Family Center with Stacey Ives and boys will meet behind the pulpit area with Bill and Jerry. We start at 9am so do your best to be on time!

Candy Gathering 2012 – 

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. Middle School girls, you will meet upstairs in the Family Center with Stacey Ives and boys will meet behind the pulpit area with Bill and Jerry. We start at 9am so do your best to be on time!

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 for 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.

Candy Gathering 2012 – 

All 6-8 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 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. Middle School girls, you will meet upstairs in the Family Center with Stacey Ives and boys will meet behind the pulpit area with Bill and Jerry. We start at 9am so do your best to be on time!

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 discussing 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 –

Classes are back on for this Sunday. Middle School girls, you will meet upstairs in the Family Center with Stacey Ives and boys will meet behind the pulpit area with Bill and Jerry. We start at 9am so do your best to be on time!

Youth Group Meeting this Sunday!

This Sunday is our first youth group meeting of the year so don’t miss it! We will start at 5 pm down in the youth room and then it all ends up at 7:30 upstairs in the Family Center. We will play some games, sings some songs, meet some new friends and new Youth Staff. It will be a great time had by all so I hope to see you all there!

Kick-Off Photos are Up!

You can check them out 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.

Youth Group Meeting this Sunday!

This Sunday is our first youth group meeting of the year so don’t miss it! We will start at 5 pm down in the youth room and then it all ends up at 7:30 upstairs in the Family Center. We will play some games, sings some songs, meet some new friends and new Youth Staff. It will be a great time had by all so I hope to see you all there!

Kick-Off Photos are Up!

You can check them out here.

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What’s Happening the Week of 9/30 –

Sunday School –

Classes continue this week at 9 am. Middle School boys (grades 6-8)  meeting in the room behind the stage in the church. Middle School girls (grades 6-8) you will meet in the Family Center upstairs in the small room to the right of the main room as you go in through the front door.

Classes begin at 9 AM so please make every effort to make it there on time.

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. 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 9/16 –

Sunday School –

Classes continue this week at 9 am. Middle School boys (grades 6-8) you will be meeting in the room behind the stage in the church. You can take the spiral staircase to make your way up there. Bill Schlobohm and Jerry Sincock will be teaching that class again this year so look for them. Middle School girls (grades 6-8) will be meeting in the Family Center upstairs in the small room to the right of the main room as you go in through the front door. Stacey Ives is teaching your class.

Classes begin 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 youth 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. Middle School boys (grades 6-8) you will be meeting in the room behind the stage in the church. You can take the spiral staircase to make your way up there. Bill Schlobohm and Jerry Sincock will be teaching that class again this year so look for them. Middle School girls (grades 6-8) will be meeting in the Family Center upstairs in the small room to the right of the main room as you go in through the front door. Stacey Ives is teaching your class.

Classes begin at 9 AM so please make every effort to make it there on time.

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 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

 

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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 this week –

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

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What’s Happening the Week of 7/08 –

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

Middle School Bike Ride

This Saturday, July 7, we will meet at the church at 8:45 am to travel together to take a ride on the Keuka Outlet Trail in Dresden, NY.  The trail is a an easy, scenic ride through the countryside along a canal and river.  All 6-8 grade students, their friends and families are invited.  Bring a bike to ride and either lunch or money for lunch at the snack shop at the end of the trail.  Parents who are willing to participate and help haul bikes and riders would be appreciated.  We should return to the church by 2:30pm.  Contact Alan Pauling (277-5056, akp3@cornell.edu) for details.

M.S. Drop-In –

We meet this Sunday over at Stewart Park from 5-8pm. Please bring a generous side dish to share. Drinks, burgers and hot dogs will be provided. We will meet near the small pavilion which is being renovated so look for us near there!

SeaBreeze Deadline –

If you are planning to join us for our trip on July 27th, then you need to let Eric know by the 11th. Just an RSVP would be fine. Cost is $20 if we get a group of 15 or else it is $25. I will let you know the final cost after the 11th. Friends are welcome but I need to know by the deadline.

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What’s Happening the Week of 6/24 –

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

Taughannock Campout –

This Sunday is the final day to register for the M.S. camp out. Cost is $10 and will include camping and food. We will leave from the church at 4 pm on Friday or you can meet us at the park anytime after 4:30. We are in sites 46,47,48. Bring something to sleep in, sleep on, and a change of clothes for Saturday. If you have a 4 person or larger tent, please bring that with you as well. You can be picked up from the park on Saturday at 10 am or at the church at 11 am. Each of you will need to bring a health form and Parent Release Form which you can get from Zac Adams.

Middle School Bike Ride

On Saturday, July 7, we will meet at the church at 8:45 am to travel together to take a ride on the Keuka Outlet Trail in Dresden, NY.  The trail is a an easy, scenic ride through the countryside along a canal and river.  All 6-8 grade students, their friends and families are invited.  Bring a bike to ride and either lunch or money for lunch at the snack shop at the end of the trail.  Parents who are willing to participate and help haul bikes and riders would be appreciated.  We should return to the church by 2:30pm.  Contact Alan Pauling (277-5056, akp3@cornell.edu) for details.

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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

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 andwe will be back around 8:30 pm.

Taughannock Campout –

Register now for the M.S. camp out. Cost is $10 and will include camping and food. We will leave from the church at 4 pm on Friday or you can meet us at the park anytime after 4:30. We are in sites 46,47,48. Bring something to sleep in, sleep on, and a change of clothes for Saturday. If you have a 4 person or larger tent, please bring that with you as well. You can be picked up from the park on Saturday at 10 am or at the church at 11 am.

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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

FLN Gladiator Games

Check out this event on the 16th and plan to join us over at the T-Burg Fairgrounds. Please click this link for more info on this event. You need to register on their site, not with Eric. However, we will probably take a van full of students over from the church as a group. More info next week but check the website for details. www.fln.org/games

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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!

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 –

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 morning. But we will see you next week at 9 am in the regular locations.

Youth Group

No meeting this week but plan to join us 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 3/25 –

Sunday School –

Classes for all middle school students meet this Sunday from 9-10:20 in the regular locations. 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 –

Classes for all middle school students meet this Sunday from 9-10:20 in the regular locations. 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 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 3/11 –

Sunday School –

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

Bowling This Week!

The M.S. group is going bowling down at the Ithaca Bowl-O-Drome. We will leave from the church at 12:45. You can meet us down there at 1pm or bring your lunch with you on Sunday and eat in the youth room after the 2nd service and then we will head over from there. They do have food available if you’d rather eat there. Friends are welcome to join us BUT — I NEED YOUR RSVP BY Wednesday the 8th! Cost will be $10 for 2 games and shoe rentals. See you then!

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What’s Happening the Week of 3/04 –

Sunday School –

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

BeechTree Visit –

All Middle School students are invited to meet as at the church at 1:40 this Sunday to head to BeechTree Nursing home downtown. We will spend about an hour and a half visiting with residents and joining in a Sunday service that happens there weekly. We will return to the church at 3:30 when students can be picked up. This is a great way to serve and encourage others so plan to be a part of this time!

Bowling Next Week!

The M.S. group is going bowling down at the Ithaca Bowl-O-Drome. We will leave from the church at 12:45. You can meet us down there at 1pm or bring your lunch with you on Sunday and eat in the youth room after the 2nd service and then we will head over from there. They do have food available if you’d rather eat there. Friends are welcome to join us BUT — I NEED YOUR RSVP BY Wednesday the 8th! Cost will be $10 for 2 games and shoe rentals. See you then!

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What’s Happening the Week of 2/19 –

Youth Group –

Middle 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!

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 –

Middle 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!

 

 

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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 12/22 –

Middle 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 hear from a special guest share about her work in missions.

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 that evening. 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 some 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 –

No Youth Group Meeting this week but we are on for next week!

 

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 12/18 –

Progressive Dinner –

We will meet at the church on Sunday afternoon at 5 pm sharp and then head out to three different homes to eat dinner. The Deets’ will serve our salad course, the Shelley’s our main dish course, and Alan Pauling the dessert course and where we will have the gift exchange. You can be picked up at Alan’s house (211 Wood Street in Downtown Ithaca) at 8 pm or back at the church at 8:15 pm.

This is a dress-up event please – guys: no t-shirts, shorts, or jeans. Ladies: an appropriate dress would be awesome! 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. We have almost 30 planning to attend so let’s do it up right!

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What’s Happening the Week of 12/6 –

 Youth Group

No meeting this week because we are doing the High School Christmas Party. But, be sure to check out the announcement below for the Middle School party next Sunday and RSVP to Eric by Wednesday. You can just click on the RSVP link below and send a quick email. Be sure to invite a friend!

Christmas Party! 

We are having a progressive dinner this year which means we will meet at the church (at 5 pm) and then head out to three different homes to eat dinner. The first home will serve our salad course, the next our main dish course, and the third will be our dessert course and where we will have the gift exchange. We will arrive back at the church for pick-up at 8pm.

This is a dress-up event please – guys: no t-shirts, shorts, or jeans. Ladies: an appropriate dress would be awesome! 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. 14th! This event is open to all 6th-8th grade students.

 

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What’s Happening the Week of 12/6 –

 Youth Group

We are meeting this week at our regular time of 5pm on Sunday night. We are going to hear about another encounter someone in the Gospels had with Jesus. Come and hear what Danielle has to share with us. In addition, our evening will be filled with games, food, and discussion. We will wrap it up at 7:30 pm – I hope to see all of you there!

Christmas Party! 

We are having a progressive dinner this year which means we will meet at the church (at 5 pm) and then head out to three different homes to eat dinner. The first home will serve our salad course, the next our main dish course, and the third will be our dessert course and where we will have the gift exchange. We will arrive back at the church for pick-up at 8pm.

This is a dress-up event please – guys: no t-shirts, shorts, or jeans. Ladies: an appropriate dress would be awesome! 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. 14th! This event is open to all 6th-8th grade students.

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What’s Happening the Week of 11/13 –

Youth Group

We are meeting this week at our regular time of 5pm on Sunday night. We will continue on in our series on Encounters with Jesus and will hear this week about another Gospel encounter. 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 opportunities 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 –

Middle School Youth Group

We are meeting this week at our regular time of 5pm on Sunday night. We are continuing on in our series on Encounters with Jesus. This week, Taryn is going to share about a Gospel encounter that has had a big impact on her. Come and hear which one it is! 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!

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What’s Happening the Week of 10/23 –

No Middle School Youth Group This Week!

See you next week on the 6th!

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.

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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!

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 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.

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! We 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-

Hands of Christ – Folks are meeting at the Dryden Lake fishing dock from 9:30-12:00 on Saturday the 8th. On the agenda is sealing the dock and the play structure so you should bring clothes you don’t mind getting paint on. Also bring a paint brush with you if you have one along with a water bottle.

bonfire photoYouth 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 on Monday, 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 the the corn maze at T-Burg Mini Golf again this this year. We will leave from the church on the 23rd at 5pm and return by 7:30pm. 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 10/1-

Hands of Christ – We are meeting at the Dryden Lake fishing dock from 9:30-12:00 on Saturday the 1st. We will be sealing the dock and the play structure so you should bring clothes you don’t mind getting paint on them. Also bring a paint brush with you if you have one and a water bottle.

No Youth Group – we are off this week but we will be back on the 9th. See you then!

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 5pm and return by 7:30pm. 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 9/24 –

Youth Group – Our first meeting of the ’11-’12 school year happens this Sunday the 25th. All students in 6th-12th grades 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. Parents, please plan to pick up your middle school student upstairs in the Family Center. See you then!

Hands of Christ Service Day – All Middle School students and parents are invited to join us out at Dryden Lake on Saturday Oct. 1 as we paint a water seal on the dock and the playground there. Please plan to wear clothes that you don’t mind getting a little messy. Bring a water bottle and a paint brush if you can.

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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