SUMC YOUTH GROUP NEWSLETTER

FEBRUARY 2013

Changes in the SUMC Youth Group

During the month of February SUMC Youth Group will be changing a few things. SUMC Youth Group will now have a Middle School Youth Group and a High School Youth Group.


Middle School Youth Group will be held Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m., and High School Youth Group will be held on Sundays from 4:30-5:30 p.m.


The splitting of the youth group into high School and middle school is to better meet the needs of those youth attending and their families. By having the high school youth group on Sunday evenings it allow for more youth to attend from Stewartville United Methodist Church and from outside our church community.

THE WAY

SUMC Youth Ministries Mission Statement:

SUMC Youth Ministries will strive to build young disciples by being a light unto the city of Stewartville, surrounding communities, and to the world.


A young disciple of Jesus Christ embraces him as their Lord and Savior and in doing so, is willing to spread Christ Love through their life style. A young disciple will also have a willingness to teach others about Christ and have a desire to spread the Gospel of Jesus Christ.


SUMC Youth Group 7 Core Values

1. Real: Youth should come as they are, not who we think they should be. God made us to be original, not carbon copies.

2. Relevant: One of the main purposes of the bible is to teach people how to live. Its message is about everyday spirituality, not outdated religion.

3. Relational: The Church is a loving and accepting family, a place where you can know and be known, love and be loved, care and be cared for.

4. Reaching: The Church is the hope of the world. We are not called to be exclusive elite. We are called to spread the good news of Jesus Christ to our world.

5. Refreshing: The message of the bible is good news. Therefore, we will have youth services and events that fulfill the spiritual needs of the youth.

6. Respectful: The goal of the church is unity in purpose and principle, not uniformity in personality and preferences!

7. Releasing: We believe in the great commission, and that we are all called to be lights unto a dark world. Thus we will rise truth, protected by the Holy Spirit as followers of Christ Jesus, and send them into the world.


Matthew 5:13-15 (NRSV)

“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled underfoot. 1 “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house.

4-5-6 Club Kick-off

This month was the kick-off of 4-5-6 club, and it was a great success for all those who attended. The goal of 4-5-6 Club is to provide a monthly event for those kids who are not old enough for youth group or are just starting to come to youth group as 6th graders and are not always able to come to some of the events. It is my hope that 4-5-6 Club will help build a community of young believers.


During the month of January 4-5-6 Club bowled at Striker's Corner. The kids bowled, had pizza and pop, and were able to build relationships with one another. We at Stewartville United Methodist Church

Tubing at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch

SUMC Youth Group also had a fun time tubing at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch on January 16. There were 33 youth at this event and 4 parent leaders, making this a very fun and successful youth group outing.


I would like to thank Matt and Nancy Urban, Matt Krapf, and Van Beach for helping make this event possible by helping with transportation and being there for the youth. SUMC Youth Ministries thanks you.


"Katie Finley" Student of the Month

"I am a senior at Stewartville High School, and plan to join the Air Force Reserve for nursing after I graduate. As I am still growing up in this church, I feel that everyone has helped me along with my faith journey in some sort of way. I have a long road ahead of me, and I know that God isn't done with me yet. Thank you all for your support, and I am honored to be the youth of the month!"

UPCOMING EVENTS

SUPER BOWL PARTY

Sunday, Feb. 3rd, 4-8pm

900 John Wesley Avenue Northwest

Stewartville, MN

Stewartville UMC and Evangel UMC Student Ministries will be hosting a youth Super Bowl Party at Stewartville United Methodist Church.

We are asking that each student please bring a snack and beverage to share.

We will be watching the Super Bowl in HD in the youth room!

Before the big game, we will be meeting at Strikers Corner to bowl before the big game. If you plan on bowling please bring $6.00 to pay for bowling and shoe rental.


Come to the game with your best Super Bowl predictions. There will be a prize for the persons with the closest score predictions!!


We will provide transportation for up to 11 students (how many fit on the SUMC van). After this, we will need more drivers or you will need to find transportation on your own:


I am asking that some parents come and be a part of the fun.

Pizza Ranch Fundraiser

Wednesday, Feb. 6th, 5-8pm

1580 2nd Avenue Northwest

Stewartville, MN

SUMC Youth will be holding a fundraiser at Pizza Ranch in Stewartville, 10% of profits + tips will go towards SUMC Youth Group Summer Mission Trip to Wind River Reservation in Wyoming. Please tell you family and friends about this SUMC fundraiser. Stewartville UMC Youth ministries hopes to see you there.

For those students taking part in this fundraiser you will only be charged $4 to eat.

Valentines Dinner

Saturday, Feb. 16th, 6-8pm

900 John Wesley Avenue Northwest

Stewartville, MN

Sponsored By United Methodist Youth


Come and join the SUMC Youth during their annual Valentines Dinner. The cost is $10.00/person and $5.00 for child care and meal in the nursery.


There will be romantic music for those attending.


The menu is as followed: Tossed Salad, Garlic Bread, Traditional Lasagne, Chicken and Spinach Stuffed Shells with Alfredo Sauce, Green Beans, Brownies and Vanilla Ice Cream, Coffee, Milk, and water.


Drive in, Carry out, and Delivery of meals within Stewartville city limits will be available.


All the funds raise for this event will go towards the Youth Summer Mission Trip.