Wesley youth are the best!!

Wesley youth are the best!!

Youth Notes

The Wesley UMC Youth program is for any youth middle-school and high-school age. There are many opportunities to get involved.
Bible study Sunday mornings, 9:45 am
Wednesday evenings, 6:00 pm during the school year for mission projects.
Special outings during the year such as Young Christian’s Weekend at Silver Dollar City, music concerts, and Mission Days during school breaks.
Youth Work Camp - Every summer they travel “away” to serve others for a week in July. This year they are headed to El Dorado Springs. Next summer (2020) they are headed to Puerto Rico.

Questions?? - Contact the Director of Youth Ministries, Penny Mueller, 573-893-2556 or pennyatchurch@gmail.com

Penny's Monday Moments 2-18-2019:

DATES FOR WORK CAMP 2019 will be July 14-20.  We have confirmed this with Camp Galilee.  Details on cost, etc are still being worked out.  But PLEASE get this on your calendar for next summer!

This week at Wesley:

Wednesday, 2-20-2019 - 6:00 pm Youth Gathering 

Sunday School, 2-24-2019 - 9:45 am - We are following the Sermon Series on "Un-tied" Methodists and learning more about what we believe.  Encourage your youth to come and be a part of the conversation!   PLEASE NOTE:  Because we did not get to have our movie night and planning for our 50's Fundraiser on Friday, we will meet after 2nd service this Sunday.  We discussed decorations during Sunday School and I will have things ready to work on decorations on Sunday.  In addition, we need to talk about the entertainment for that evening.  I want us to have a plan and follow it through!  Tickets will need to go on sale this Sunday.  I do need a couple youth to sell tickets after both services.  Volunteers?  PLEASE encourage your youth to come Sunday and be a part of this.

Upcoming dates:

February 27 - Buddy Packs - Please encourage your youth to come and help!  More hands make lighter work! 

March 2 - Concession Stand Puerto Rico Fundraiser at YMCA. (For details see fundraiser information below)

March 16 - "Spring Fling 50's Thing" Fundraiser.
  This would be a 50's themed diner with dinner and entertainment by the youth.  In addition, we will need a night for creating the diner. 

March 20 - Buddy Packs - CANCELLED - They had a large group that was wanting to do a community service project so they do not need us this month.

March 28 - Mission Day during Spring Break - The Samaritan Center is closed this week so we will have to rethink our mission.  Plus this is a work day for me.  Please let me know if your youth are available to do this.  We might be able to serve an evening meal at Salvation Army but I don't want to commit to this until I know how many youth can even participate. 

April 5-7 - Young Christian's Weekend at Silver Dollar City - Thank you Ashley Halford for agreeing to go with us!  I have ordered tickets.  Late ones wanting to go will need to pay the $20 extra.  Those going include:  Stella, Katie, Jaden and Brooke.

April 10 - Buddy Packs

April 12 - Sidewalk Prophets Concert
at Marshall, Missouri (?)

April 19-21 - Campfire Vigil after Good Friday Service - I talked with the Church Council and this is the plan.  We will do the fire vigil from end of Good Friday service until sundown on Saturday evening.  This would be what is considered a Jewish Sabbath as in Jesus' time and still practiced today.  Again, this will be a "church-wide" effort to make this happen.  But I am pretty sure the youth will have to take the late night/early morning hours!!  More to follow!!

May 8 - Buddy Packs

May 12 - Graduating Seniors Breakfast

May 30 - End of School Celebration Trip - TBA

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding the above. If you have not signed up for the Remind notices, you can do so by texting to 81010 and entering this message @pmueller.  However if you have Verizon service, they will no longer allow you to receive messages through this texting service.  You can however sign up with your email by sending an email to pmueller@mail.remind.com or by downloading the Remind app and getting them that way.  Or I can add you directly if you let me know how you want to receive the notices!  I use this service to remind you of upcoming events or changes in the schedule.  I don't send out lots of texts!

Do not let cost be a factor in your youth participating!  We have scholarships available! And, I am always in need of parental help.  Please let me know if you are available for any event.

As always, please feel free to email or text me with any questions you have.  I do need to hear from you especially about the March 28 Mission Day so I can get something scheduled if there is enough interest.  Thank you! 

Penny Mueller,
Director of Youth Ministries, Wesley United Methodist Church
2727 Wesley Street, Jefferson City, MO

Puerto Rico 2020 Mission Trip and Fundraisers

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Plans are underway for a return mission trip to Puerto Rico in July of 2020.  This trip will be for youth going into the 9th grade in school year 2020/21, college age as well as the adults who have been a part of past work camps.  If your youth is younger than that and will have finished the sixth grade in 2019/20, they will need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian on the trip.  If this sounds like something your youth/college age will be interested in then let me know so I can include you in all upcoming emails and the Remind-texts!

Rather than waiting until later to begin fundraising, we are starting now.  The fundraising this time will look a little different and will be divided among those that work the various fundraisers.  This will include college age and adults as well.  For the college age, if they cannot participate, they can have someone work in their place.  It is too soon to even begin to figure how much it will cost each person, but I'm going to say the total trip will cost between $1,300-$1,500 per person.   So the more your youth or self are able to participate in the fundraisers, the less it will cost you.  Ideally, I would like to be able to raise two thirds of the cost of the trip with the other third being paid by the participant but this could fluctuate depending on the participation in the fundraisers.   At the same time, I would encourage everyone wanting to go to begin saving now!  If you want to make monthly deposits into your account we can do that as well!  That money could be refunded if for some reason needed be.

FUNDRAISER #1:  Our first fundraiser will be serving concessions at a Martial Arts Tournament on Saturday, March 2 at the YMCA on Ellis.  I had enough respond last week to my text that I committed us to this.  This will be an easy way to earn money as we will just serve concessions that day.  The following will be the shifts available.  I will be there from start to finish but I do need at least one other (or more) adult per shift and at least three youth per shift.  This will be first come, first pick.  If you are flexible that day let me know that as well if we need to make some adjustments.  Again, parents if your youth/college age cannot be there, you can work in their place to earn money into their account.  In addition, does anyone have one of those portable grills (like a George Forman) we could use for hot dogs?

7:30-10:30  (This will include setting up.)
Youth - Grace M.
Youth - Christian K.
Youth - Aslyn M.
Adults - Don Barnett, Bob Adams
Adult - Penny & Keith Mueller

10:30-1:30 - (Busiest Time)
Youth - Brooke H.
Youth -Ashley H.
Youth - Stella V.
Youth - Judy V.
Adults - Tom Vansant, Joe Walker
Adult - Penny Mueller, Ed Bybee

1:30-4:30 - (This will include clean up.)
Youth - Jaden H.
Youth - Michelle H.
Youth - Angie V.
Adult - Terri Lane
Adult - Penny Mueller

FUNDRAISER #2 - "Spring Fling 50's Thing" Dinner - March 16 - We will be hosting a dinner with entertainment!  If your youth/college age or you have a talent, please encourage them to work something up with a 50's feel.  We will be serving hamburgers, cheeseburgers, chips, milk shakes & brownies.  More details will be coming on this one but keep this date open!  We will also be making decorations prior to this date. It is never too early to start working on your 50’s themed outfit. This is going to be fun.
Update - We will meet this Sunday, Feb. 24, right after 2nd service to begin working on decorations for this and planning for the entertainment.   We will have lunch and begin working!  Please make sure your youth is there!  We will also begin selling tickets this Sunday.  I need youth to step up to sell them after each service. 

I realize there are two fundraisers in March but the first one was just dropped in our laps and we need to take advantage of it!  If it turns out well, we can do it next year.  The dinner date is about the only one we had open over the next three months!  So again, we have to take advantage of those open dates with most of the participants! We will also be working on a few things for this summer so the college age can participate. Please get back with me on the concession stand time you want me to put your youth or you down for!

And, we're off.....!

Penny Mueller
Director of Youth Ministries

Wesley United Methodist Church
2727 Wesley Street
Jefferson City, MO 65109
(573)893-2556 pennyatchurch@gmail.com