December Edition
Holding on to Hope | HS Only
December 3rd
There is a unique opportunity for our HS students to join a local youth group that is hosting a seminar dedicated to the important topics of suicide and depression. This is a heavy topic but a necessary one in the cultural climate that our students live in today. Four experts are going to come and give us an overview on how to handle depression, spot signs, what to do when a loved one is suffering and more. This will be followed up by a breakout group dedicated to talking about our teenage population.

High school students should come to GCC at  6pm  and we will head over as a group to Joy Lutheran around  6:45pm  with youth leader's driving. We will then return for pick up around  9pm . Middle school students will have normal youth group at GCC from 6-8pm.

Parents or other adults that are interested can sign up separately on Joy Lutheran's  website . I have already reserved spots for out students. 
Winter Retreat | MS & HS
January 6-8th
Every winter we have a great opportunity for students to bond together over a weekend with lots of fun winter activities planned. This January we will be going to Camp Timber-lee in East Troy, WI. The cost is $131 and students need to be  registered by Dec. 10th. Health Forms for registering can be downloaded here. Scholarships will be made available for students who need financial assistance. 
Veritas Christmas Party
Dec. 17th  6-8:30pm @ GCC
Our last youth group of 2017 we will be having our annual Christmas party. Students should bring a wrapped white elephant gift to exchange that is $5 or less in value. We will have plenty of snacks and games planned for a fun night!
Panama Missions Trip | HS Only
July 26- August 3rd - Trip Dates
Jan. 21 - Informational Meeting (12-1:30pm)
Jan. 28 - Applications Due
We are starting to gear up for this summer's mission trip to Panama. If you are interested in participating as a student or adult volunteer you can fill out the application HERE and get it turned in to me at any time before Jan. 28th. We will have a more detailed informational meeting on Jan. 21st that all volunteers and parents need to attend. This meeting is designed to answer any questions for parents and students  as well as outline all commitments. Don't wait until the informational meeting to discuss this together as a family and to be in prayer about participating.   
Upcoming Schedule
December 3rd
Youth Group  | 6:00-8:00pm @ GCC
*HS attending seminar @ Joy Lutheran
December 10th
Youth Group  | 6:00-8:00pm @ GCC
*Winter Retreat Registration Due
December 17th
Veritas Christmas Party | 6:00-8:30pm @ GCC
*bring $5 white elephant gift
December 24th 
No Youth Group | Christmas Eve
December 31st
No Youth Group | New Years Eve
January 5-7th
Winter Retreat @ Camp Timber-lee | MS & HS
$131 per student | Registration Due  Dec. 10th
January 21st
Panama Informational Meeting
12:00-1:30pm in Community Room
January 28th
Mission Trip Application Due
July 26- August 3
Panama Mission Trip | Save the Dates