Flock and Fold News

Hey Youth, Parents and Partners,

The year is coming to a close and so are our weekly meetings. The last Senior High Monday night meeting will be Monday, May 30th, the last Middle School Wednesday night meeting will be Wednesday, May 25th.

Check out this link, the youth blog (bendfpyouth.wordpress.com) or the posters in the Commons area for Summer dates.

Middle School Mid-Week Gathering- Wednesday 5:30-7:30 at Trinity Episcopal Church (downtown) Come for dinner, games, small group and work projects. $3 for dinner.

Senior High Youth Gathering- Monday 6:00-8:00 at Common Table (downtown) Come for dinner, conversation, games and projects this week. $5 for dinner

More information on all gatherings: Pastor Greg Bolt, gbolt@bendfp.org

This Sunday is an opportunity to involve your family in a service project.  Members of the congregation will be picking up trash in our neighborhood.  We will head over to Bend High School after the 9 o’clock service and head down 9th street toward the circle after the 10:45 service.  Doing service together as a family and then talking about why you do it is a great way to do faith formation @ home.

Here is a link to the May edition of Heartfelt http://www.thelogosministry.org/heartfelt.html

This on-line newsletter for parents focuses on teaching honor, courage and bravery this month.

Thought this was a good reminder: http://youtu.be/x4VgObInXHA

Also here is a word from www.fosterORadopt.com on the need for foster parents. Heidi and I are currently starting the process to become certified a foster parents, this is the beginning of our journey. Find out about why here

“As a community who cares for the wellbeing of our children, it is timely that we recognize that May Is National Foster Care Month. This month, and every day, we have an opportunity to support the children and youth who live in our homes, neighborhoods and our great city. There are foster parents in our community who take children in temporarily until they can be reunited with their families. These foster parents do it because they care, because they want to make a difference, and because they know every child deserves a safe and nurturing place to call home.

Many people aren’t aware that one of the State’s greatest needs is to find safe, loving and skilled homes who can care for children and youth with disabilities. Children and youth with disabilities who are also in the foster care system are one of the most vulnerable populations in the United States. Even so, little attention is paid to the unique challenges they face as they negotiate their way through multiple systems to adulthood. One of the best things we can do to serve these children and youth while they are in care is to connect them with families who are adequately prepared to care for them.

The ideal foster parent for a child with special needs has parented before and has experience in the medical, mental health and/or education fields. The traits most important for a foster parent of a child with special needs, however, are patience, understanding of diagnosed disabilities and the willingness and time to learn, make accommodations and access necessary resources.  Could you be this foster parent?

Last year over 14,000 children in Oregon spent at least one day in foster care. You can make a difference for one. Learn more about becoming a foster parent today. Call 1-800- 331-0503 or visit www.fosterORadopt.com.”

Blessings,

Greg Bolt

Pastor for Youth and Their Families

First Presbyterian Church- Bend, OR

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email: ggbolt16@gmail.com

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Flock and Fold News with Videos!-Update

What’s up people?

This month’s Heartfelt Newsletter is out! This month is all about Supporting Critical Thinking, Imagination and Creativity. Check it out here http://www.thelogosministry.org/heartfelt.html.

Heartfelt is designed for busy families who want to grow body, mind and spirit, and who want to support and encouragement.

EASTER PANCAKE BREAKFAST! April 24 from 8:00 AM-12:30 PM in Heritage Hall! Come celebrate with the Youth as the winners of the baskets from the Los Angeles Market are announced. Let us thank you for all the support you have shown the youth and their missions.

I was reading some blogs the other day and came across the video about Facebook and Online Security that geared towards kids. I think it helps kids and adults think about how they interact online and who they interact with. Check it out here

I saw a couple more videos I thought you might find interesting or funny or something. These are really just entertaining more than anything else.

This one is a parody of the song “Friday” by Rebecca Black (if you haven’t heard of it ask your kids, they have) it’s called “Sunday”. Check it out here

Last one, only because I love peeps, you know those AWESOME marshmallow things you get at Easter. This is the story of Jesus told through peeps. Enjoy

Senior High Stuff

NICARAGUA INFORMATION IS HERE!!!! We are excited to announce that the applications for our trip to Nicaragua are here! Please, prayerfully consider joining us on this trip of a lifetime! If you need more information, please contact Greg or Click here for Information and Application

There is still time to sign up for the Los Angeles trip. The trip is from June 13-21! Greg needs your $100 deposit IMMEDIATELY. Scholarships Available. Click here for the form

Don’t forget this Monday we’re meet at Common Table at 6:00PM for dinner then we are headed to do some work for the Boys and Girls Club so wear stuff to work in!

Middle School Stuff

Parent’s Meeting Regarding Confirmation Sunday April 17! We would like to invite all 8th graders and their parents to an informational meeting, Sunday, April 17 in the Youth Center from 10:15-10:45 for a chance to learn more about this fantastic opportunity in the life of our young people. This year we will be meeting on Sunday afternoons from 12:00-2:00 (after the second service), we will begin Sunday, May 1, 2011 and conclude with Rites of Passage Sunday, June 5, 2011.

Don’t forget we are meeting Wednesday nights at 5:30 PM at Trinity Episcopal Church. This week we will be working in small groups and putting together backpacks for the Family Access Network.

Stuff Stuff

There will be a Darkness to Light training, child abuse awareness class, here at the church. 6 to 9 PM Childcare will be provided. The class is an excellent opportunity to learn how to be part of the solution in keeping our children safe.  The Kids Center offers the training for $20 per person or $25 per couple to cover the cost of materials.  Children’s Ministry can provide scholarship dollars as needed.  You can sign-up at the church.

Also the Presbytery of the Cascades has great summer camping opportunities for the whole family. Check it our here campcascades.org

If you have any questions or would like to help out feel free to contact me!

Blessings,

Greg Bolt

Pastor for Youth and Their Families

First Presbyterian Church- Bend, OR

twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ggbolt16

facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/ggbolt16

email: ggbolt16@gmail.com

Flock and Fold News

Hey folks,

This week begins our journey of Lent. Our journey towards Easter morning, to mark this occasion First Presbyterian Church will have an Ash Wednesday Service (Wednesday, March 9 at 6:00 PM) this will be our Middle School Youth meeting this week! I look forward to seeing all of you there for this wonderful service and beginning of the walk towards Jerusalem.

Parents

Here is this month’s Heartfelt Newsletter (http://www.thelogosministry.org/heartfelt.html). This month’s focus “Praying with Children”

People interested in Confirmation

Students in 8th grade and up are invited to join us in this journey. Our hope is to assemble a diverse group of individuals to provide many perspectives on faith and life. This group may include 8th graders, older youth, new members, or those who want to learn and explore their faith. I am sure that God will bless our time together and will walk with us as we journey.

Jill Anderson and Scott Nelson have agreed to shepherd our students along the path towards their own faith. There will be an informational meeting Sunday, April 17 at 10:15 in the Youth Center. Our regular meetings will be on Sundays starting May 1 and finishing on Confirmation Sunday, June 6. We will be using the re:form curriculum as our guide. Feel free to check it out here. http://www.wearesparkhouse.org/reform/

Senior High

Los Angeles Summer Trip June 13-21! DON’T MISS OUT bring in your permission slip and deposit ($100) to the office immediately! Scholarships available. Check out this video

Don’t forget about our meetings Monday Nights at Common Table from 6-8 PM!

Middle School

CITY CAMP in Salem, the Middle School mission opportunity is SOLD OUT! We have 9 students and 2 adults signed up joining 48 students and 12 adults for a week of service, fun and worship. If you’d still like to be a part of this sweet action contact Greg THERE IS A WAITING LIST!

Don’t forget about our meetings Wednesday Nights at Trinity Episcopal from 5:30-7:30 PM!

As always if you would like to help out or have questions feel free to contact me.

Blessings,
Greg Bolt
Associate Pastor of Youth and Family Ministry
First Presbyterian Church- Bend, OR
twitter: http://www.twitter.com/ggbolt16
facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ggbolt16
email: ggbolt16@gmail.com

Mark Your Calendars

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Advent season and I hope that God blesses you and your family with the hope and joy of God bringing God’s light into the world through God’s son, Jesus.

I also know this time of year is extremely hectic for everyone so I wanted to take this opportunity to invite you to mark your calendars for some exciting upcoming events in the life of the youth of First Presbyterian Church.

January 2010

January 10            Informational Meeting for Presbyterian Youth Triennium (Open to all current 8th-12th graders) Between Services in the Youth Center

January 10            Presbyterian Youth Triennium Bake Sale

January 16            The Fold Habitat for Humanity Youth Service Day with youth from Nativity Lutheran and City Church (Open to all youth 14 and older) 9 AM-3 PM Parkway Village

January 24            Deposit, Registration and Scholarship Application due for Presbyterian Youth Triennium (Open to all current 8th-12th graders)

January 24            The Flock Get Together

January 31            Super Bowl Sub Sandwich Fundraiser Ordering Day

February 2010

February 7            Souper Bowl Sunday

February 7            Super Bowl Sunday Sub Sandwich Fundraiser Pick Up Day

February 12-14    The Fold Habitat for Humanity Youth Service Weekend with youth from Nativity Lutheran and City Church (Open to youth 14 and older)

February 24           Final Payment and Late Registration for Presbyterian Youth Triennium (Open to all current 8th-12th graders)

February 21            The Flock Get Together

March 2010           (Greg out of the office for family leave)

Sundays in March  Presbyterian Youth Triennium Quilt Fundraiser

March 14                   The Flock Get Together

March 19-22             The Fold Service Reward Trip

March 21-28             Spring Break

April 2010

April 4                         Easter Pancake Breakfast

April 4                         Presbyterian Youth Triennium Quilt Drawing

April 11                       Confirmation Sunday

April 11                       Presbyterian Youth Triennium Bake Sale

April 18                       Youth Ministry Visioning Conversation (During Second Service)

April 25                        Youth Ministry Visioning Conversation (During Second Service)

If you have any questions about anything listed here and would like to help out don’t hesitate to give me a call (541-350-8074) or email me (ggbolt16@gmail.com)

Blessings,
Greg