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 We will also be testing out a previously unpublished curriculum called “Echo the Story.”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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The first Heartfelt issue for 2011 is on talking with your kids about sex.  http://www.thelogosministry.org/heartfelt.html
Heartfelt is an e-newsletter for busy parents with lots of links to other good resources.

SENIOR HIGH

DEADLINE FOR DEPOSIT AND SIGN UPS FOR LOS ANGELES TRIP (June 13-21)—MARCH 7 ($100) 

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: megbrook@bendbroadband.com, or call 541-382-1283.

MIDDLE SCHOOL

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: http://www.uua.org/religiouseducation/curricula/ourwhole/index.shtml
As always if you have questions or want to participate in any youth events contact Greg (gbolt@bendfp.org)
Blessings,
Greg Bolt
Associate Pastor of Youth and Family Ministry
First Presbyterian Church- Bend, OR
email:  ggbolt16@gmail.com