Tuesday, December 29, 2009

UMYF holiday break

UMYF will not be meeting on December 27 or January 3. Our first meeting of the new year will be January 10. Middle School meets from 4:30-6:00 and the High School meets from 6:30-8:00.

Have a blessed holiday season!

See you in 2010!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Christmas party this Sunday

The Youth Group Christmas Party will be this Sunday December 20!

When - 4:30-6:30pm

Where - the church

Bring - your favorite Christmas treat and a gift (under $10) for the white elephant gift exchange.

We'll have a Christmas potluck and gift exchange and then we'll watch the greatest Christmas movie ever - Elf - in JC's Showplace.

See you all there!!

Friday, November 20, 2009

High School ASP Information

Our week at ASP will be July 18-24, 2010! We won't know until April where we are going, so we may be leaving on July 17 and getting back on July 26. In the meantime, there are a few important dates you need to know.

Sunday December 20 - Participation Covenant and $50 must be turned in to the church office in order to reserve your spot on the trip

Sunday February 21 - $75 must be turned in to the church office

You can download the information you need for ASP here.

If you have any questions about the mission trip, or if you want information about a scholarship, email me.

Hanging of the Greens

It's that time again...
Advent is coming and we're getting the church ready. This Sunday (November 22) join us for a potluck after second service at noon. After lunch we'll get the church all festive - decorating trees, putting up wreaths, etc. Someone especially daring is needed to get on the 30 foot ladder to put the wreath over the choir loft.
We'll be doing Hanging of the Greens instead of meeting for UMYF at our regular time. UMYF won't meet on November 27 either, so take that time to hang out with your family and eat turkey sandwiches. We'll be back to our regular schedule starting on December 6.
See you Sunday!

Saturday, November 7, 2009

High School UMYF Sunday meetings

High school UMYF will begin meeting on Sunday nights from 6:30-8:00 starting Sunday November 15.

We'll see you there!

High School Mission Trip Dates!

Our Summer 2010 high school mission trip will take place during the week of July 18, 2010! We will be doing ASP (Appalachia Service Project) again this year. No word yet on the county in Appalachia where we will be going, but that information will be coming soon! In the meantime, if you would like to come on the trip as a youth or as an adult chaperone, or if you would like more information about the trip, please email Sarah.

For more information about ASP, visit their website, http://www.asphome.org/.

Friday, October 2, 2009

ASP updates!

This summer, the high school youth went to Mingo County, West Virginia on ASP. Here's what's going on with the families that they served.

Ruth Branham
Ruth and Scott live in a hollow with the rest of their family. They live in half of their house with only one room which triples as their kitchen, living room and bedroom. They use an outhouse for their bathroom and get their water from a spring. During their week at Ruth and Scott's home, the youth began to dig and fill the foundations for the piers to support the foundation. They also took measurements of the joists. Because of the support all those who helped on Ruth and Scott's house, ASP was able to double the size of the house they were living in. Instead of living in just a 12x24 section of their house, they are now living in the back half of their hosue we were able to finish. To give them the beginnings of a master bedroom and bathroom. They now no longer have to worry about their roof leaking or the siding on the house becoming rotten because it was unfinished.

Cinderella Howard
Cinderella is a very sweet elderly woman who is 86 years old and unable to move around without a wheelchair and the help of her daughter-in-law. Her family had built a wheelchair ramp, but the slope was so steep that Cinderella almost fell out of her chair every time she used it. While they were at her home, the youth set up the posts for the ramp and the porch framing for Cinderella. They removed the decking from her existing porch and revealed the problems under the door. Because of the youth's help, Cinderella will now be able to get out of her home without having to lean back in her wheelchair and try not to fall out.

Donna Canterbury
Donna was raising three grandkids in a run-down trailer next to where her house caught on fire a year ago. There were between 2 and 6 people living in this trailer at any given time. The fire ruined her basement where her two granddaughters slept and caused major damage to the first floor of the house. When the youth arrived her house was not habitable. During the week that the youth were at Donna's home, they replaced the basement floor, ran electrical wire through the room installing 5 outlets and a light. They then insulated and studded out the walks in preparation for finishing touches in the room. With all of the hard work and efforts of all the volunteers throughout the summer, the electricity was fully restored to Donna's house by the end of the eight weeks. Volunteers also finished two rooms for the family. Now instead of living in the run-down trailer next to their home, the family was able to move back into their house again.

Thanks to all of the youth who went to ASP!

On Sunday November 8 everyone who went on ASP will be gathering at the Stoltz's house for a reunion party. Bring your pictures from the trip. Girls bring chips, guys bring soda. The fun starts at 5:30! If you need more info or directions to the Stoltz's send an email to Sarah at sbeck@charlestonwesley.org.

UMYF this Sunday

Last Sunday in UMYF we made this mural.

This week we're talking about what it means to act globally as the church. John Wesley once said "the whole world is my parish." What does that mean? How does the United Methodist Church carry on John Wesley's call to minister to the whole world? What are we doing? What can we do?

We'll talk about these questions and more this Sunday at 4:30. See you there!

October Events

These are the special events coming up in October -

Pumpkin Works - Sunday October 11
drop off at noon, pick up at 7:30 in Fellowship Hall
RSVP to Sarah by Monday October 5!
Get into the Halloween spirit with a trip to the pumpkin patch. There are corn mazes, games and hayrides for you to enjoy and we'll end the evening with a bonfire. Cost is $25 for 11 tickets - additional tickets are $2.50 each.

Charleston Food Pantry Service Project - Sunday October 18
rop off at 4:30, pick up at 6:30 in Fellowship Hall
We'll spend our UMYF time distributing Food Pantry calendars to homes in Charleston.