A Weekly Newsletter
Thought for the Week
We are close to that time of the semester - or, getting closer to that time - when we are just fed up with everyone around us. We've tried to be good about going to bed and getting up on time so we aren't running late. But the allure of "just one more episode" of our current binge on Netflix means it's suddenly midnight and there's no way we're getting 8 hours of sleep. Some of you have classes that challenge you more than an average class. This piles up anxieties and stresses, on top of those you are already carrying. Seniors are applying for colleges, which is a simultaneously exciting and terrifying experience. Someone out there expects you to have your life planned out enough at 17 or 18 to commit to programs and classes before you're even done high school.
It is a lot for anyone to balance. Unfortunately, these stressors sometimes manifest themselves in grumpiness, short tempers, and listlessness. It is a frustrating experience because we don't always know how to restrain ourselves and we lash out at those we are closest to and spend the most time with. When we do that, we add our baggage to their burdens. And we are, in turn, recipients of the same behavior from those around us.
When we are in this frame of mind, it is important to recognize and own it. We should take steps to channel that frustration away from ourselves and others. Sometimes that is easy as saying "I'm sorry, but I am not in a good mood today" and allowing people to give you a wide berth.
We, as friends, are allowed to call each other on this behavior. We should be sympathetic, but never punching bags: "I can tell you're not feeling yourself, I'll be around when you need to talk." It is hard to say and hard to hear but so incredibly beneficial to experience.
As the days roll on and you are starting to feel the strain, take some time to yourself. Take some time and enjoy the world outside the classroom and the practice field. Don't burn your candle from both ends. Don't burn each other.
- Middle School Sunday School, 9:15 AM in the Youth Room
- High School Sunday School, 9:15 AM in room 103
- Confirmation, 9:15 AM in room 102
- Contemporary Worship, 11:00 AM in the Sanctuary
Sunday Evening Schedule
- Middle School Youth Group, 5:00 - 6:30 PM in the Youth Room
- High School Praise Team, 5:30 - 6:30 PM in the Sanctuary
- Middle School Praise Team, 6:30 - 7:30 in the Sanctuary
- High School Youth Group, 7:00 - 8:30 PM in the Youth Room
Sunday, Oct. 25th, 5-8:30pm
30 East Baltimore Avenue
We will have Halloween themed films, food, and fellowship available from 5:00 PM - 8:30 PM. This is a "come and go" as you can event.
Movie suggestions are welcomed - contact Liz! Costumes are encouraged!
Please note: Praise Team rehearsals will continue at their normal times. You can rejoin the party when your group is finished!
- Youth Halloween Party - Sunday, October 25 from 5:00 - 8:30 PM
- Adopt-a-Highway Clean Up - Saturday, November 7 with times TBA
- Church Fall Clean-Up Day - Saturday, November 14 from 9:00 AM - Noon
- No Youth Group - Sunday, November 15
- No Youth Events (Sunday School, Youth Group) - Sunday, November 29
Follow the directions below to enroll in the program via text OR email. This will allow us to communicate with the group without sharing phone numbers. Even after you sign up, no one can see your phone number and all text messages will come from the same, secure phone number.
High School Youth:
- Text: @mpchsyouth to the number 81010
- OR follow this link
Middle School Youth:
- Text: @mpcmsyouth to the number 81010
- OR follow this link
- Important note: This program recognizes when a student is under the age of 13 and further protects their privacy by requiring an additional verification step
Parents and volunteers:
- Text: @mpcygpar to the number 81010
- OR follow this link
Youth Group Survey
We want to know what you think about the youth group! There is a survey linked below where you will be able to provide anonymous feedback about the program. The more information you provide, the more we can tailor programs to your interests - we can't do that if we don't know what you're interested in.
This is just a formal way of obtaining your input - if you have suggestions, questions, or concerns please feel free to contact Liz!
Click here for the survey.
Youth Program of Media Presbyterian Church
The Youth Ministry programs at MPC has long been a place that welcomes teenagers to embrace their questions and their struggles with faith in a healthy and safe environment.
The Youth Program is led by Ms. Liz Remelius, Director of Youth Ministries. Liz nurtures a deep love of education and believes that there is "a divine beauty in learning." She hopes that anyone who participates in MPC's Youth Ministry will be equipped to ask questions, search for answers, and turn that knowledge into action, both in the Church and the world.