Bendfp Youth and Family News

Hey folks,
As always there’s a lot going on with the youth here at First Presbyterian. Make sure you follow us on twitter, or “LIKE” us on facebook or read the blog. Forward this to your friends or send me their email so they can be put on the email list.
The first Heartfelt issue for 2011 is on talking with your kids about sex.
Heartfelt is an e-newsletter for busy parents with lots of links to other good resources.



Join us for an incredible trip to Los Angeles. We will load up in vans and drive to this unique, diverse city in Southern California. Once there, we will be working with various organizations to learn about the needs and struggles of the city, serving to help fill those needs, and being a part of the active change in the community. Oh, and we’ll have loads of fun along the way!!!

SAVE THE DATE—MARCH 4-5, 2011 FOR SERVE BEND 2011— Bend Youth Collective partners with City Church for a weekend of fun, service and hanging out! Details to follow!
EMBRACE NONVIOLENT LIVING BY “DEEPENING THE VISION OF SOULFORCE”! The Peace and Justice Team of the First Presbyterian Church in Bend, the Peace Center of Central Oregon, and a number of other faith communities and peace groups invite you to participate in a study program for learning, practicing and experimenting with the power of creative nonviolence to transform our lives, our relationships and our world. (“Soulforce” is a translation of Mahatma Gandhi’s satyagraha”, which may be defined as firmly holding to the truth in the midst of conflict while reaching out to the other with nonviolent love.) The two lively, interactive and educational workshops, together entitled “Violent Realities—Nonviolent Responses”, will focus on the structural violence experienced in our society. Enriched by the insights and experience of well-known local facilitators, the sessions will be held Sundays, January 23 and 30, 2011, at the First Presbyterian Church, 230 NE Ninth Street, from 2:00-4:30 p.m. (This stand-alone series complements—without duplicating—two previous units offered last spring and fall.) A $25 donation is requested for the book, for those who do not have the Engage book, or $10, from those who already have it, to help with expenses. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Registration is requested as soon as possible to assure an adequate supply of materials.  Email Meg:, or call 541-382-1283.


DEADLINE FOR CITY CAMP SIGN UPS—MARCH 6, 2011 There are 8 churches attending this event and only 50 spots so get your registration in SOON! City camp has a wonderful focus on community service. Each morning we will divide into small groups and volunteer at different service sites. This is an opportunity to meet people in need, learn a little about the challenges they face, and offer a helping hand. Check the kiosk at the Welcome Center for brochures.

Parents of Sixth Graders- There is an opportunity to learn about an upcoming class for 5th and 6th graders called Our Whole Lives.  Our Whole Lives is series of sexuality curricula.  The class is being sponsored by the local Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and will be lead by Jan Hildreth a Family Nurse Practitioner and Ayla Halberstadt a student at OSU-Cascades.  There will be a Parent Meeting held on Wednesday, February 2nd, from 5:30pm – 7:00pm in The Cottage of The Old Stone Church off of Franklin Avenue.  The Cottage is located in the parking lot of The Old Stone Church. You will also receive a letter soon in the mail with more details.
If you feel this is something that will be of interest to your families, I ask that you relay the above information to them.  As well, you can further explore the OWL program by visiting the following website:
As always if you have questions or want to participate in any youth events contact Greg (
Greg Bolt
Associate Pastor of Youth and Family Ministry
First Presbyterian Church- Bend, OR


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