Youth Ministry (Grade 4/Age 9 and Older)

Lisa Martinson, DCE

April 2024 Youth Newsletter

Challenge for Youth:  Memorize Bible Verses – we changed things up a little bit and will be learning verses alphabetically:

March 31-April 6 (M): My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him (Psalm 62:1).

April 7-13 (N): Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1).

April 14-20: (O): O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you (Psalm 63:1).

April 21-27 (P): Praise the LORD, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name (Psalm 103:1).

April 28-May 4 (Q): A quiet spirit is of great worth in God’s sight. (1 Peter 3:4).

Signing up for Youth Events: If there is a signup deadline for youth events, the signup sheet will be on the youth bulletin board in the main entrance hallway.  It’s always helpful to have people sign up ahead of time so that we can plan for any transportation, food, or supply needs.

Youth Sunday School Schedule – for students in grades 5 and up.  We are discussing our way through the book of Genesis - its content, context, and mostly about the message it conveys to us today.  Bring a beverage and treat from downstairs… and don’t forget your Bible.  We are currently meeting at the table in the office.

Youth Teaching Children’s Sunday School Our last Sunday to teach the Children’s Sunday School class is Sunday, April 14.

Rochester Servant Event (RSE) Interest/Informational Meeting will be on Thursday April 4 from 6:30-7:00pm.  I will meet with those who want information about RSE and/or those who are interested in attending.  If you are interested but cannot make this meeting, please let me know.  RSE will be from Sunday, June 9-Thursday, June 13.  We are adding an extra night at the end to enjoy time with our hostess and spend some prayer/devotional/sharing time before heading home on Thursday morning.  This is for youth who will be 11 and older by June 9.

First Responders Event – We will again be packing gifts for our Northfield Area First Responders (Police, Fire, Ambulance).  In addition to collecting items from you and our church members, we will again shop for items at the Dollar Store.  Shopping will take place on Wednesday, April 10 from 6:30-7:30pm.   (Adult drivers will be needed.) Packing will take place on Sunday, April 14 from 5:30-7:00pm.  We will have a pizza supper during packing time.  This is for all youth age 9-18.

Northfield Women’s Center Spring Gala is coming up on Thursday, April 18.  We had several youth serve last year and we will do the same again this year.  I will not be available to help again, so it would be very helpful if a few adults would consider going to the event and watching the youth.  Youth servers are asked to arrive before 5:15pm and are also asked to wear a white top and black pants.  Please let me know if you can help so the Women’s Center can plan for you.

SKY ZONE DATE IS SET 😊   We will travel to Sky Zone in Eagan on Friday, May 3 for a 90 minute jump time starting at 7:30.  The cost for Sky Zone is $30 and includes 90 minutes of jump time plus the necessary Sky Zone socks.  If you already have specific Sky Zone Socks, your cost is $26.  We will leave church at 5:30pm and stop on the way for supper (location TBA).  I will pay for all youth age 18 and younger for supper and all drivers.  All non-driver participants over 18 will need to purchase their own meal.  Please RSVP by April 15 to reserve your spot.  When you RSVP please let me know how many jumpers and also what size socks are needed (Toddler -5-9; Child -10-13; Small - 1-4; Medium - 5-6; Large - 7-9; Extra Large - 10-14).

Service Project at the Northfield Women’s Center on Sunday, May 19 from 5:30-7:00pm.  This time was set by the Women’s Center and I will be out of town so adults are definitely needed to help.  We will meet at the Women’s Center at 5:30 and help with cleaning, sorting, and organizing.  Also, this is the height of their annual Diaper Drive so in addition to asking you to bring a pack of diapers for them, I’m sure we’ll be sorting diapers too.  This is for all youth age 9-18.

Mission Trip Notes:

For all Costa Rica and Idaho participants. 

  • Fundraising events (Mile of Pennies, Serving Fellowship Hour Treats on April 14; Sponsor-A-Day Fundraiser in May; Serving Fellowship Hour Treats on May 5; Scooping for Tips (June Date TBA).

  • Send out your sponsor letters (optional).

  • I will be meeting with Julie and Ruthie about a Service Fundraiser – details will be sent soon.

  • I will be meeting with Julianna about a Pizza Fundraiser – also, details will be sent out soon.

Costa Rica Specific: 

  • *April 7–$300 per person (Zero if you personally purchased your airline tickets)

  • April 31 - $300 per person

  • May 26 - $300 per person – or less if balance with fundraisers and sponsor money is below that

  • June 30 – Balance remaining after fundraisers and sponsor money deposits

Idaho Specific:

  • *April 7 – 10:30am Meeting and $125 per person.

  • April 31 – 10:30am Meeting and $125 per person

  • May 26 - $100 per person – or less if balance with fundraisers and sponsor money is below that

  • June 30 – Balance remaining after fundraisers and sponsor money deposits.

Calendar of Events (in addition to Sunday School):

April 4; 6:30pm – Rochester Servant Event Informational Meeting

April 5; 5:30pm – Women’s Mystery Dinner in the Fellowship Hall at Church

April 7: 10:30am – Idaho Mission Trip Meeting

April 10; 6:30-7:30pm – Youth Night – Shopping for First Responders

April 14: 10:30am – Youth Teach Children’s Sunday School

April 14: 5:30-7:00 – First Responders Thank You Service Project

April 18: 5:15 -?? – Northfield Women’s Center Spring Gala Serving

May 3: 5:30-9:30pm – SkyZone Youth Night

May 19: 5:30-7:00pm – Youth Serving at the Northfield Women’s Center