Message from Jeff:
Sunday School Projects 2018! - Middle School Happenings: saws, drills, we're building stuff....
It's nice that we're a church where you can wear pretty much what you want on Sundays. Be cautious what your middle schoolers are wearing as there will be saws, drills, paint, etc. as our youth room will be turned into a construction zone for the month of January while we build an interactive wall for our church and community. The theme of the first wall we're designing is "Before I die..." and is based on a TED talk you can easily google. They've been wanting to do something like this for a while and it will be fun to talk about life while we're designing and building this wall.
Our next project after that will be another of their choosing. We will be doing a survey of various Christian denominations. "What are Baptists? What are Methodists? What do Catholics believe? Why do they all exist?" These questions are being asked by our youth. We'll be spending the months of February and March visiting, talking about, and talking to people who represent the various branches of Christianity. There will most likely be several weeks where we'll be asking for some parents to drive. If you'd like to volunteer yourself upfront, please let me know.
2018 Middle School Snow Trip
After much needed debate about what would best serve our youth during the school year the thought of a snow trip came to the top of the list. Thanks to the generosity of a couple WPC families we have two houses to crash in. All middle schoolers are invited to a weekend with their best friends in the snow. There is skiing and snowboarding of course, but also a long list of other fun things if they're not quite as daring. We also have access to tubing, an indoor pool, hot tubs, game room, ice skating, movie theaters, and more!
We’re hoping not just for growth in friendships but also to take advantage of an opportunity to spur on a spiritual emphasis as we finish the school year. We'll take the opportunity to launch into our Spring project, "What's my story?" which will give our students tools to talk about their faith journeys in inclusive, open, and confident terms. RSVP with an email or http://www.wpctiburon.org/connect/middle-school/
What: 2018 Middle School Snow Trip
When: 3/9 – 3/11 (ski week)
Where: Northstar, CA
Who: All middle schoolers
Why: What better way to establish long-term friendships with leaders and peers than a weekend in the snow?
Cost: $100 + lift tickets (if necessary)
1. What if my teen doesn’t ski or snowboard? Not only will we have access to the club at Northstar but there will be other fun things to do given a couple of our adult leaders (i.e., Jeff Shankle) can’t hit the slopes either. You also don’t have to buy a lift ticket. Also, a couple of our adult leaders and students are already excited to teach you how if you want to try it.
2. We’re already in Tahoe for ski week. Can we drop off and/or pick up somewhere close by? Of course! Let us know and you can meet us at the guys’ or girls’ lodging.
3. Can non-WPC people come? If they’re in middle school yes! We’re an inclusive bunch.
4. How are you getting there? We’re taking 2 carpools on Friday a 1000am and a 600pm. When RSVP’ing we will ask which you prefer.
5. What’s included in the $100? Transportation, food, lodging, custom hoodie, thrills and spills!
If interested, please complete this form to Jeff or contact him at:
Middle School Mission Trip 2017
Each spring we encourage our middle schoolers to participate in a group service project. Last year's trip is highlighted here for you to give you a sense of what it's all about. We'll be providing more information about our 2018 project in the coming weeks.
It's hard to put into written words our experience, if for no other reason that we did different things. While some of us were serving around 100 meals to the homeless alongside our Catholic sisters and brothers, others were working a farm which was run by homeless folks at the Homeless Garden Project. We also worked with seniors and children at other times.
But sometimes our yearning to provide for others lavishly can take on the comical. When the other half of our group arrived at the Boys and Girls Club with 30 pizzas measuring 22" apiece, people asked why so much? Well, if you went to a pizza party in heaven, they're not going to cut you off at one slice?
So while we can't be there everyday for the people we met, we can provide a little slice of abundant life. We live humbly and give lavishly because that's the example Christ left for us. Special thanks to Sharon Terrill and Judi and Mark Sachs for living that life with us for the week. Their example and witness to Santa Cruz and our young people are what make it all possible. Our church is truly grateful for them.
Check out our video from our trip!