Last week we attended the Ash Wednesday service at GPC and then talked about the school shooting in Florida since it happened earlier that day. It is difficult to put into words the sadness and heartache that events like that bring about in our communities and world. Unfortunately, we cannot just avoid talking about them and pretend that they don't happen because we are not immune to such a tragedy. The theme of almost all of them is that people don't expect something like that to happen in their community and yet it does. Please don't be afraid to talk to your students and your parents about these things.
This week for High School group we are meeting on Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 in the Youth Lounge at GPC. We are going to start a new series on the Life of Jesus. Since we are now in the Lenten season, what better way to remember the season than to look at how Jesus lived?
Middle School group will be Sunday, the 25th from 11-1 in the Youth Lounge. We will be looking at the Life of Jesus during this season.
Our Middle School Lock-In will be this Friday from 6pm through Saturday at 10am. Cost is $10 per person to cover dinner and breakfast. Consent forms are required for anyone staying the night. Please respond by Thursday evening if you or your student will be participating. The Lock-In will be canceled unless we have at least 3 participants.
We have lots of activities planned for this Spring and Summer so look at the calendar and be ready for some fun! I want to point out just a couple of upcoming events:
Sunday, April 22nd is our Annual Time & Talents (TNT) Auction where we raise $ for the youth ministry at GPC. This is an important part of our ministry as it allows us to do the things we want to do. The reality is that our budget has been cut back this year in an effort to streamline GPC's costs of keeping the doors open so we need to raise some extra support as a result.
Saturday, May 12th we are having an All Youth event. It is going to be tons of fun so you won't want to miss out!
Have a great week everyone and I hope to see you soon!
-Ben Eggli, Youth Ministry Director