This evening, we are going to have youth group outside! I encourage that everyone brings a lawn chair and dresses appropriately for the weather. There will be folding chairs for students to use if they do not have a lawn chair at home, but they might end up a little chilly without a light jacket or sweatshirt to wear as it gets later in the evening.
DON'T FORGET! This Sunday is our Senior Celebration. The congregation wide drive-thru will take place starting at 4:00PM, and our youth group dinner, devotion and sending will take place starting around 5:00PM.
Wednesday, May 26 will be our end of the year family picnic! I have 2 RSVPs from Sr. Youth Families as of 11:00AM on May 12. Please send me your RSVP if you plan on attending the picnic. Myself and Carol would like to have tentative numbers for the food order as soon as possible.
End of Year Picnic
Our end of the year picnic will be on May 26 starting at 5:30PM. All families involved in education ministries at Mount Olive are invited for this laidback evening of fellowship and community at Mississippi River Community Park (2751 Cutters Grove Cir., Anoka, MN 55303). Getting through this education year deserves celebration unlike any before, so we will be doing things a little differently. Rather than having a potluck style meal, we are ordering box meals from Chick-Fil-A.
Please email myself or Carol (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a RSVP by MAY 19 if your family plans to participate in the meal. Please include your family’s last name, the number of people from your household attending and if you have a strong preference for a chicken sandwich or nuggets. Your RSVP is not an order. Indicating a strong preference lets us know you have animosity toward the other option which will be helpful knowledge in the meal distribution process.
On Wednesday, April 28, we will have a National Youth Gathering 2022 early information meeting. The meeting will start at 6:30PM and take place of our normal youth night festivities.
ALL FAMILIES with students currently in 8th-12th grade are ENCOURAGED to attend. We will have a light meal, brief information session, student testimonials from the 2019 youth gathering and plenty of time for conversations and fellowship. Our goal is to have the meeting outside in the lower parking lot, but will move into the welcome center if there is rain or high winds (since we will be using audio visual equipment that I do not want taking flight).
This meeting is not only a great opportunity for our students and families to be swept away by the excitement of a National Youth Gathering. It offers a chance for all our youth families to mix and mingle for the first time in. . . I don't even know how long.
I personally look forward to meeting the many parents and guardians I do not know yet. Given the state of youth ministry, I know you are raising our young people to be the fine Christian men and women I see them growing into on a week to week basis. It will be a great joy and blessing connecting adult faces and personalities to our students.
This summer, we will be doing something familiar yet different at the same time. We will be having a SUMMER RETREAT rather than a mission trip. The retreat will be held at Wilderness from July 2-5, and our retreat theme will be RE-CONNECT.
This decision was both a difficult and exciting decision to make. While we will not be making up the Idaho Servant Adventure of 2020, we will get a chance to visit Wilderness, which many of our students and leaders love, for the first time in 18 months! I am very excited to give our youth an opportunity to grow together in faith and fellowship.
I will have more schedule and cost information in there very near future, but now that the reservation is made I wanted to get the dates on everyone's schedules.
I would greatly appreciate hearing from any students (or their parents) with their initial interests or inability to attend the retreat. If we do not have more than, 15 yeses or maybes by MAY 2, I will have to cancel our reservation.
Please contact me with any immediate questions you may have. Rather than putting an information meeting on everyone's schedule, I will be available to discuss details with parents and students in need of information beyond what is covered in my emails before and after all three worship services the weekends of April 10/11, 17/18 & 24/25