Fall Events

Dear Parents, Youth & Partners,

This fall youth in Bend we will continue the radical journey of faith. Members of Nativity Lutheran, First Presbyterian and Trinity Episcopal are following the call from God to combine our gifts and skills to be Christ’s hands and feet in the world. We seek to serve our community with energy, passion, thought and a whole lot of fun – together.

* 3 churches > 1 community

* 3 traditions > 1 faith

* 3 histories > 1 future

The team leading this effort consists of Ron Werner, Director of Youth Ministries at Nativity Lutheran; Caitlin Jarvis, Associate Director of Youth Ministries at Nativity Lutheran; Rev. Greg Bolt, Pastor of Youth and Their Families at First Presbyterian Church; Donna Jacobsen, Youth and Family Ministries Leader at Trinity Episcopal Church; and many, many volunteers. We have some big opportunities for growth in community, in faith and in love this fall. We hope you will join us for any or all of them.

Youth (6th-12th Grade) Ministry Fall Sunday Morning Opportunities – Beginning October 7

7th-8th Grade – Using the re:form Traditions curriculum. Traditions gives your youth the tools they need to deeply explore their particular faith tradition with witty videos, engaging individual and group activities and an online forum for sharing what they’ve learned along the way. We will also be testing out a previously unpublished curriculum called “Echo the Story.” “Echo the Story” is an innovative line of resources and events, inspiring churches to discover the art of Bible storying. Storying provides an imaginative experience of the Bible’s overarching narrative that prompts creative and meaningful responses.

9th-10th Grade – Leadership Development – Young people in these ages will have the opportunity to learn and grow through teaching Godly Play.

High School Students (9th-12th Grade) – Fellowship – On the first Sunday of the month we will go out for coffee or breakfast. We could be at a shop, a restaurant or someone’s house. This will be a time to sit and be with one another after worshiping together at First Presbyterian.

Bend Youth Collective – Mid Week Offerings: Middle School (6th-8th Grade)—Wednesdays 5:30-7:30 PM Nativity Lutheran will be the weekly meeting place for the middle school BYC starting our first meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 19; and we will continue to meet there through the end of November. December through February we will meet at First Presbyterian, and in March we will start meeting at Trinity Episcopal, where we will finish out the school year. During this time we will work on service projects, play games, watch some videos, have conversations in small groups and gather together to eat dinner.

In order to cover food costs for this upcoming year, we are asking for $50 per student per semester or $100 for the year. If you are unable to pay this amount, scholarships are available. This year we are giving parents the opportunity to host a meal for one of our weekly meetings. We ask that the meal feed approximately 30 youth, and in return we will reimburse you up to $75 in food costs. If providing a meal is something you are interested in or if you have any questions, please email Sally Brogan at sbrogan56@yahoo.com or give her a call (541-771-8467).

High School (9th-12th Grade)—Mondays 6:00-8:00 PM Looney Bean Coffee will be our new weekly meeting place! This awesome coffee shop with a big back yard located at 961 Northwest Brooks Street in Bend will provide a great place for us to meet, play, eat and learn together. It also affords us an opportunity to be downtown and take advantage of all that downtown has to offer.

In order to cover food costs for this upcoming year, we are asking for $50 per student per semester or $100 for the year. If you are unable to pay this amount, scholarships are available. This year we are giving parents the opportunity to host a meal for one of our weekly meetings. We ask that the meal feed approximately 30 youth, and in return we will reimburse you up to $75 in food costs. If providing a meal is something you are interested in or if you have any questions, please email Greg at gbolt@bendfp.org or call him (541-350-8074)

Other Fall Events;

Middle School Mania – Oct. 26-28, Camp B’NAI B’RITH Lincoln City, OR Using Jeremiah 29:10-14, we will explore the promises of God. We will talk about the realities of Middle School life, including bullies, school, relationships with parents and friends, and peer pressure. We will consider the ways that we hide from God and what it means for us to seek God. Through worship and music, in small group conversations and activities, we will explore these concepts and hear again and again God’s promise: “When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me” (Jeremiah 29:13–14a, NRSV). Look for a registration brochure in the Commons’ Area Kiosk or contact Greg for more details at gbolt@bendfp.org.

CPYA – Nov. 16-18, Aldersgate Camp and Retreat Turner, OR The working theme is “Don’t Tempt Me.” Amazing speakers, Greg and Heidi Bolt, will lead students through discussion of Jesus being tempted in the wilderness and the temptations that we face every day in school, from our peers, and from our families. You know it will be awesome! Look for registration brochures in the Commons Area Kiosk or contact Greg for more details at gbolt@bendfp.org.

Blessings, Rev. Greg Bolt

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Greg is going on Paternity Leave!

Greg will be on paternity leave during the months of February and March, but don’t you worry! Sandy and Scott Hill and Pam Ziegler have agreed to take up his duty for the middle school students on Wednesday night and Bob Brydges has agreed to help out with high school students on Mondays. If you are interested in helping out contact Ron Werner (ron@nativitybend.com) or Donna Jacobsen (dj@trinitybend.org) to jump in. If you have an emergency, please contact Steven at the church office.


Middle School

Middle School will continue to meet at First Presbyterian Church on Wednesday nights from 5:30-7:30 PM through the end of February. Starting in March our meetings will move to Trinity Episcopal Church at 469 NW Wall Street Bend, OR.


High School- Parent’s sign up to provide food for Monday nights! Email Denise Wright at Denise Wright sigley10@gmail.com

High School will continue to meet at Common Table Monday nights from 6:00-8:00 PM.

Click on the picture of the Lincoln Memorial to the left to get a Medical and Permission form for the Washington, DC trip coming up July 5-13. Forms and a deposit of $150 are due to Greg no later than February 6! Scholarships are available but you must talk to Greg before February! You can also click here for the form!


Speaking of Platforms…

There is a new way to “follow” what’s going on with the BendFP Youth. Here’s how it works: You text the phrase “follow bendfpyouth” to 40404, and that’s it! Every time a tweet comes from the bendfpyouth twitter account (which I promise will be less than 5 a week) you will receive a text and have the most up to date info.

If receiving texts isn’t your thing, don’t worry! We have roughly 12 different ways to communicate information about our youth ministry. If you have a facebook account, I would encourage you to “like” BendFPYouth and the Bend Youth Collective pages. If you have a Twitter account I would encourage you to follow BendFPYouth. If those don’t work for you here are some other way that we give out information: Faith Notes, Bulletin (see you Sunday), E-News (sign-up here), BlogWebsiteCalendar, Email list (if you’re getting this you’re on it), Text, Phone Call (make sure I have your current information), and Personal Contact (see you at church). I hope that covers it. If not, we’ll send a carrier pigeon or something.

Blessings,

Greg

 

 

 

 

 

BendFP Youth and Family News

Hey folks!

WOW!!! What a kick off to our year of midweek meetings! There were 35 people at our High School Kick Off at Common Table and 27 at the Middle School Kick Off at Nativity Lutheran!

It was a great week to be a youth pastor…or should I say Youth Mini-STAR!

This Sunday is “Back to Church Sunday” and I hope you will come to church this Sunday. We will start our new Sunday School classes for 7th-8th Graders and High School Students during the Second Service (10:45-11:45)

Here’s a little about what we are doing on Sundays this year:

·      7th-8th Grade– Confirmation- Using an expanded version of the re:form curriculum. re:form is a totally new approach to youth ministry that trusts youth to wrestle with the historic Christian faith and theology.

·      9th-10th Grade– Leadership Development- Young people in these ages will have the opportunity to learn and grow through teaching Godly Play, those interested in this will need to contact Janet Pearson. There are also some other options for learning and service on Sunday mornings, be sure to talk to Greg.

·     9 th-12th Grade– Conversations- Our older youth will have the opportunity to discuss what they have heard in the sermon, through the Scriptures or in their daily lives. This informal time will be open to questions, prayer and anything else we can thing of.

·      High School Students (9th-12th Grade)– Fellowship- Once a month we will go out for coffee or breakfast. We could be at a shop, a restaurant or someone’s house. This will be a time to sit and be with one another after worshiping together at First Presbyterian.

REMINDER for High School Students!!

This Monday, September 18th we will be announcing the 2012 SUMMER TRIP!!!! Be at Common Table at 6:00 PM to hear what exciting locality we will be embarking too AND when we are going! Stay Tuned for more details!

As always here is the link to this month’s Heartfelt Newsletter, this month is all about Reclaiming the Family Dinner and National Family Day. (http://www.thelogosministry.org/heartfelt.html)

PARENTS—PLEASE FILL OUT REGISTRATION FORMS FOR YOUR YOUTH!! WE WANT TO MAKE SURE YOU STAY UP TO DATE WITH ALL THE EXCITING THINGS HAPPENING AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH AND WITH THE BEND YOUTH COLLECTIVE!

Blessings,

Greg Bolt

Pastor for Youth and Their Families

First Presbyterian Church- Bend, OR

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BendFPYouth News

Summer is coming to a close and we are getting ready for another great year at First Presbyterian. I wanted to make sure everyone was aware of some stuff coming up in the life of the youth.

Sundays this fall we will offer several educational and fellowship opportunities for youth. Keep your eyes peeled for updates coming soon! If you’re interested in teaching or subbing for any of these contact Greg!

There will be a Teacher Training, Sunday, August 28 9:20-10:45 AM. If you’d like to attend contact Greg.

Condega Connect! Check out the displays in the Commons Area to learn more about the trip to Nicaragua and the life changing experiences of the participants.

Kits for Kids: Friday, August 26 10:00 AM meet at First Presbyterian to pack the last 10 Kits for Kids and move them all into the Sanctuary for Sunday Worship. We’ll have fun and go out to lunch afterwards. Contact Greg for more details!.

Youth Over-Night Hike: August 30 – September 1 – Obsidian Falls and Middle Sister

Youth Day Hike: September 24 – Soda Creek Loop

Youth Day Hike: October 14 – River Rim

Also check out this month’s Heartfelt Newsletter this month’s edition “Nurturing Spiritual Growth in Our Children”. (http://www.thelogosministry.org/heartfelt.html)

Blessings,
Greg Bolt
Pastor for Youth and Their Families
First Presbyterian Church- Bend, OR
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UPCOMING YOUTH EVENTS

We are about half way through the summer and we still have a whole lot more planned:

THIS WEEK FOR HIGH SCHOOL AND MIDDLE SCHOOL

Monday, July 11 7:00 PM-10:00 PM “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1” at Common Table. We will be watching the first installment of HP7 so we can be ready for HP7P2 that comes on July 15. Bring your favorite Harry Potter themed dessert and let’s watch this great film.

Tuesday, July 12 6:15 PM-9:15 PM Bend Elks Game $2 Tuesday. Show up and we’ll reserve some space for the Bend Youth Collective and their families! Carpool if possible – pick up and drop off at the stadium. Game starts 6:35p

NEXT WEEK

Wednesday, July 20 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 at Old Mill Cinemas. Not sure of the time yet, but we’ll meet up for a matinee of HP7P2!

THIS MONTH FOR HIGH SCHOOLERS

Wednesday, July 20-Thursday, July 28 Nicaragua Trip to Condega. Pray for the 13 youth and young adults who will be participating in this life changing trip.

High School Connections and Brainstorming Monday, July 25 7:00 PM-8:30 PM. High School Only! Let’s keep the momentum from our L.A. Urban Immersion Trip. Come ready to do some brainstormin’! We’ll pray for our colleagues as they travel in Nicaragua, too.

NEXT MONTH

Friday, August 5, COSMIC BOWLING for Middle Schoolers 10:30 PM-12:00 AM. Come to Lava Lanes and let’s get Cosmic. $14 per person. RSVP by August 1

Monday, August 8, Get Wok’d for High School 7:00 PM-8:30 PM at Common Table. High School Only. What’s got you all WOK’d lately?

Monday, August 15-Tuesday August 16 Overnight Hike to Tam McArthur Rim (Tenas Lake alternate). Arrive at First Presbyterian Church at 2:00 PM on August 15. MUST RSVP TO BILL BURWELL (bburwell@riousa.com) BY AUGUST 1, ONLY 12 SPOTS AVAILABLE!! MUST BE IN GOOD SHAPE!!!

Wednesday, August 31-Friday, September 2 Overnight Hike to Obsidian Falls (Arrowhead Lake alternate) Arrive at First Presbyterian Church at 1:00 PM on August 31. MUST RSVP TO BILL BURWELL (bburwell@riousa.com) BY AUGUST 1, ONLY 12 SPOTS AVAILABLE!! MUST BE IN GOOD SHAPE!!!

If you have any questions, want more details or want to come and hang out with us feel free to contact Greg any of the ways below.

Blessings,
Greg Bolt
Pastor for Youth and Their Families
First Presbyterian Church- Bend, OR
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ggbolt16@gmail.com

My Trip to Los Angeles

My junior year at Bend High School was less than stellar. After many events concerning my dad which ultimately led up to a double heart and kidney transplant, I was ready for a break from my own life, and the mission trip to Los Angeles seemed like a perfect idea.

When I first arrived at the church for liftoff, I realized I only knew about four of the 37 people going. Throughout the fifteen hour drive there, they repeatedly made us switch vans to meet new people. I am thankful for that because I made some of the greatest friends throughout that trip.

What was cool about this trip in particular was that the leaders, Ron, Greg, Lauren, Donna, and Aisea, decided to not tell the kids what we were doing each day, until right beforehand. I specifically remember coming back to the church we were staying in at about 9:00 one night, and being told, “Everyone, get in the vans, we’re going to go do a scavenger hunt on Hollywood Blvd.” (This ultimately led to a spotting of Jake Gyllenhaal.) The complete spontaneity of the things we did kept us on our toes, and let us live completely in the moment.

                  Some moments I remember in particular are:

·       Going to the Museum of Tolerance and we were able to converse with a survivor of the Holocaust.

·       Visiting the Homegirl Café and taking a tour of the less ritzy side of Los Angeles.

·       Seeing the Watts Towers.

·       The fantastic view from Ronyon Canyon.

·       Going to a Spanish Church service Sunday morning.

·       Going to MOCA to see the Art in the Streets exhibit.

Overall this trip was an amazing experience. I grew close with those around me, and I feel like I came back carrying a great amount of knowledge and love. I am looking forward to spending time with the friends I’ve made this summer, as well as accompanying them on the mission trips to come.

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KT Ainsworth