Youth Notes

Youth Work Camp 2017
The 2017 Work Camp Mission trip to San Marcos, Texas was a HUGE success!! 

Penny's Monday Moments:
9/19/2017
Good afternoon.  Hope you and your family had a great weekend!  I know they are all busy but I hope you were able to relax a little!

A special thanks to Kim Gier and Jenny Wunderlich for going along to help with buddy packs.  We had a good group of young ladies and got done quickly!!  In fact we even had time for a Sonic treat for their hard work!

This week at Wesley:

Wednesday - As I stated last week, there will not be anything formally planned but I will be here and whoever else is here, we will hang out and do something!  

Sunday - Sunday School is at 9:45.  We had a great group this past Sunday and hope that continues.  This is a time that they can grow spiritually in their walk with God so encourage them to come!

Upcoming:

October 8 - Go Karts at the Gier's - Art and Barb have once again invited us to come out and enjoy an evening of riding go-karts, fishing, and just enjoying the country air!  So mark your calendars!!  Rain date will be October 29.  Times will be announced later.

October 20-21 - YouthFest-Festival of Sharing - I have posted a sign-up sheet for this.  Thank you Michelle for agreeing to go!  Cost to the youth is $15 with a deadline of September 24. Here is who I have signed up so far:  Stella, Grace, Jaden, Judy and Brooke.

October 25 - We will once again host the Special Learning Center Fall Party.  I need ALL youth and as many parents to be a part of this fun evening as we host these families.  We will decorate on Sunday, October 22.  So we will need all hands on deck for that as well!

X-treme Winter Opportunity - It looks like this conference is a go!  I have adults and youth that want to go!  This is a conference in Branson, MO December 27-29.  Some of the big names are Newsboys and Chris Tomlin along with Sadie Robertson (from Duck Dynasty).  I will need to send in a down payment if this is something we want to do by October 1.  The cost for the conference including housing is $139 per person.  We would use funds from the Peggy Tucker Memorial account to help pay for this so the cost to the youth would be $50 with the remainder paid.  This does not include meals either so we would need to have extra money for those.  Please let me know if this is something that your youth would like to do as well as if it fits in their schedule! We would leave Wednesday afternoon and be back Friday afternoon.  Those that signed up are:  Grace, Jaden, Alexis and Brooke.  Just me know for sure about your youth!

CONFIRMATION CLASSES - Pastor Tom and I talked and we will have several youth now in grades 6-8 that we will be holding Confirmation classes.  Confirmation classes journey together toward their commitment and profession to live as a faithful disciples of Jesus Christ and become a member of the church.  For some it is also a time to get baptized while for others it is a reaffirmation of their baptism.  We are looking at doing this during the Sunday School time starting in January.  Talk to your youth and please let me know if this is something they are interested in being a part of this class.

I think that's it for this week!  Please let me know if you have questions or if your youth wants to sign up for any of these events!  Have a great week!

In His Service,
Penny Mueller, Director of Youth Ministries
Wesley United Methodist Church
2727 Wesley Street, Jefferson City, MO 65109  (573) 893-2556 

9/6/2017
Good afternoon.  I'm sure you realized (or maybe you didn't!) that you did not get your Monday Moments.  Monday and Tuesday came and went!  So this will catch you up for this week!

Tonight we will gather.  There have only been 2-3 here each week so on Sunday during our planning meeting, we will talk about Wednesdays and make a decision.

This Sunday we will gather after 2nd service and plan out our school calendar year.  We may be looking at doing "The Gospel According to Disney" (request from youth) and this would be on Friday or Saturday evenings so that we could watch the movie and then have discussion afterwards. If you have dates that just will not work with your youth, please make sure they bring those along.  Do I have a volunteer to hang out with us?  Also do I have a couple of volunteers to bring cookies or brownies?

NEXT WEDNESDAY - BUDDY PACKS at 5:45 - Regardless of what we decide about Wednesdays, we will continue to do Buddy Packs on the 2nd Wednesday of the month.  PLEASE encourage your youth to be a part of this community outreach mission!

Upcoming:

October 20-21 - YouthFest-Festival of Sharing - I will post a sign-up sheet for this.  I do need a second adult to go or we won't be able to stay overnight.  Cost to the youth is $15 if they sign up before September 8 and then $20 after the 8th.

October 25 - We will once again host the Special Learning Center Fall Party.  I need ALL youth and as many parents to be a part of this fun evening as we host these families.

X-treme Winter Opportunity - We talked about this conference in Sunday School yesterday.  This is a conference in Branson on December 27-29.  Some of the big names are Newsboys and Chris Tomlin along with Sadie Robertson (from Duck Dynasty).  There was a lot of interest in this.  I will need to send in a down payment if this is something we want to do by October 1.  The cost for the conference including housing is $139 per person.  We would use funds from the Peggy Tucker Memorial account to help pay for this so the cost to the youth would be $50 with the remainder paid.  This does not include meals either so we would need to have extra money for those.  Please let me know if this is something that your youth would like to do as well as if it fits in their schedule!  I would need at least one adult to make this even happen.  We would leave Wednesday afternoon and be back Friday afternoon.

CHILDREN'S SUNDAY SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS - I am attaching the schedule from Angie Vogel of the girls that have volunteered to assist during the Children's Sunday School hour.  IF you are not able to be there on the Sunday you are listed, PLEASE trade with one of the others.  If you are not listed but this is something you would like to help in, please let me know and I will give your information to Angie.

Have a great rest of the week!!

Penny Mueller, Director of Youth Ministries
Wesley United Methodist Church
2727 Wesley Street, Jefferson City, MO 65109  (573) 893-2556 

8/28/2017
Good morning.  What beautiful weather we are enjoying right now.  But many are not that fortunate - please keep all the people affected by the hurricane in Texas in your prayers.  Libby's friend, Corbin and his family were living in Port Arkansas and they will get to go today to see what damage they have experienced.

This week at Wesley:

Wednesday - Youth Gathering at 6:00 - I know many of the youth have practices/games etc. right now so for those able to come, we will continue to meet.  I especially need all youth to make an effort to be there on the 2nd Wednesdays for Buddy Packs.  The youth committed to doing buddy packs again this year and they need to be there!

Sunday - September 10 - Planning/Visioning Meeting after 2nd service - Lunch will be served and we will be done by 2:00.  I need another adult to be a part of this.

Upcoming:

October 20-21 - YouthFest-Festival of Sharing - I will post a sign-up sheet for this.  I do need a second adult to go or we won't be able to stay overnight.  Cost to the youth is $15 if they sign up before September 8 and then $20 after the 8th.

October 25 - We will once again host the Special Learning Center Fall Party.  I need ALL youth and as many parents to be a part of this fun evening as we host these families.

X-treme Winter Opportunity - We talked about this conference in Sunday School yesterday.  This is a conference in Branson on December 27-29.  Some of the big names are Newsboys and Chris Tomlin along with Sadie Robertson (from Duck Dynasty).  There was a lot of interest in this.  I will need to send in a down payment if this is something we want to do by October 1.  The cost for the conference including housing is $139 per person.  We would use funds from the Peggy Tucker Memorial account to help pay for this so the cost to the youth would be $50 with the remainder paid.  This does not include meals either so we would need to have extra money for those.  Please let me know if this is something that your youth would like to do as well as if it fits in their schedule!  I would need at least one adult to make this even happen.  We would leave Wednesday afternoon and be back Friday afternoon.

As always, please do not hesitate to ask any questions  you have!

Penny Mueller, Director of Youth Ministries
Wesley United Methodist Church
2727 Wesley Street, Jefferson City, MO 65109  (573) 893-2556 

8/7/2017
This day almost got away from me without getting this sent out. Lots of things to do today to wrap up work camp (like pay bills!) Just wanted to say again how proud I was of ALL the youth yesterday and the AWESOME job they did at both worship services. As Pastor Tom always says - the 8:30 is sort of like dress rehearsal. But they still went with the flow and did great. The 11:00 service was just Spirit lead!! 

They always say that one of the #1 fears is public speaking and just look at all the youth that did exactly that yesterday! I appreciate how the youth that did a mini-message really thought out their message and it showed. Stella and Isabel did a great 


 job singing as well as Isabel and Oscar at 
the Children's Message. Chayce did a great job as her "first" time and helping with Communion. Libby and Katie did great praying.
A HUGE thanks to the adults that helped in the kitchen either cooking (Karen and Steve) or helping during Sunday School time getting things ready and then during 2nd service finishing it all up! For all the families that brought desserts - thank you! For those that helped clean up - thank you! Just an all around great day of worship and fellowship!! God is good!!

Also for those that asked for the recipe for the pasta salad, its actually in our cookbook from last year on page 101! Forgot I put it in there!!

This week at Wesley - NOTHING! (Except Sunday School on Sunday!)

Upcoming - August 20 - Pool party at the Harper's after the Church Picnic

August 26 - Event at First United Methodist Church 

We will also be getting back in the swing of things on Wednesday evenings soon. I think the first WOW is the 16th but that is the day before school starts and so we WILL NOT be having anything.

Hope you have a great week. Keith, Libby and I are flying to Pensacola with some of his family this Thursday through Monday. So keep us in your prayers!! Going to be interesting getting on a plane with him!

Penny Mueller, Director of Youth Ministries
Wesley United Methodist Church
2727 Wesley Street, Jefferson City, MO 65109  (573) 893-2556 

8/1/2017
Good morning.  It's hard to believe August 1 is tomorrow!!  We are gearing up for Youth Sunday this Sunday, as well as the Stockholder's Luncheon!

Schedule for this week:
Wednesday - We will go ahead and meet on Wednesday from 6:00-8:00 to decorate a little for the luncheon and work out any last minute things for Sunday.  We will also make an ice cream run since we didn't get to do this last week.  Do I have an adult that can hang out with us?

Sunday - Youth Sunday - ALL YOUTH NEED TO BE HERE AT 8:00 SHARP!!  We need to run through the worship service for 8:30.  I am attaching a detailed Order of Worship for the youth to look at and see what their part is.  I have also included what to say but BY NO MEANS does this mean they cannot do their own thing and let God lead them!   So it's there for a guide if they want to use it or do their own thing!  ALL YOUTH NEED TO BE AT BOTH SERVICES.  If this is going to be a problem please let me know so I can find someone to fill in for them.  ALL youth will also act as greeters/ushers as needed.  

If your youth has one of the "Fruits of the Spirit" mini  messages, or the Children's Message encourage them throughout the week as they prepare.  Encourage them to prepare!!  Do not just "wing" it unless they hear strongly from God to do that!!   Each one should choose a verse of Scripture that goes along with their "fruit" and then share how they saw that "fruit" at work camp or during the Mission Mondays/Faithful Fridays!  Each one should talk about 2 minutes.  Adam and Ayden can talk a little longer since they were youth leaders.


ALL youth and families are invited to be a part of the luncheon.  I just need a head count for your family if I don't already have it from you.  This helps the youth get a feel for work camp that were not able to go this year.  Each family should provide a dessert.

We will set up for the luncheon between services.

Upcoming:
August 20 - Tentative Date for a Swim Party at the Harpers!  We will eat at the church picnic and then head over to swim.  More details next week.  Rain date would be the following Sunday.  

Saturday - August 26 - We have been invited for a "Life Thirst Conference" sponsored by First UMC.  This is open to any middle or high school student.  It beings at 3:30 with a workshop and then a concert at 6:30.  I need to register our group so please let me know if your youth can attend.  I also need at least one other adult.  No cost to the youth or adults.  This is a wonderful opportunity to interact with other youth in our community!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact  me.  Please get me a count for your family for Sunday's lunch!

 
Penny Mueller, Director of Youth Ministries
Wesley United Methodist Church
2727 Wesley Street, Jefferson City, MO 65109  (573) 893-2556 


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