"[My boyfriend Dan] already knew that faith was something you took a day at a time, not something you figured out at the start."
- Rachel Held Evans, Searching For Sunday
Chapter 2 - Confession
Nate Note
I said Rally Sunday would be unbelievable and guess what, it was!

We had some great numbers in youth ministry this weekend. Thank you to all of the representatives of 12 families who participated in Confirmation Round-Up (and the at-least 6 more families we know about!) - especially to siblings who came and were patient rock stars. Big thanks to the 25 people at our first-ever Bowling and Pizza Par-Tay at the Park Tavern! And we're excited to be on track for 8-10 teens on the Confirmation Fall Retreat at Koinonia this weekend. Thanks be to God!

While the Confirmation class is away, maybe the SENIOR HIGH TEENS would like to play? Hennepin Avenue is going to Feed My Starving Children in Chanhassen on Saturday, 11:30am-1:30pm . (We're all going again on December 15 as part of our "Force for Change" Star Wars Lock-In, too, save the date!). You know this is a great service opportunity. Reach out to Outreach ( Kristin Zinsmaster ) to get involved.

Don't forget, Sunday night is the launch of evening youth ministry, including Journey and a Parent Meeting, both at 7:00pm following youth fellowship at 5:00pm and Bread Break at 6:00pm. Hope you like pizza. Ever heard of it?

In Christ,
Rev. Nate Melcher
Associate Pastor
NEW: Parent Meeting during Journey rehearsal to discuss Bread Break meals and our brand-new Sunday night class for Parents!
Sunday, September 17
7:00pm-8:00pm, Church of Youth Room

Parents, we have a great shift in ministry and we want you to help craft where it takes us. Alar Choir rehearsal will now run concurrently with Journey on Sunday nights, which means two things:

  1. We have double numbers for Bread Break and we need to figure it out.
  2. We have plenty of parents to kick off a class just for you!

Come this Sunday to meet with Lynne Carroll , Pastor Nate , and your Parent Peers to discern our meal plan of action and help select our opening curriculum together (three options: short videos + workbooks about spiritual practices, documentary series about the history of religion in the US, or follow the sermon series book, Searching for Sunday ).
We hope you can make it!
Confirmation students, let's go to Koinonia on September 15-17!
The registration is live, cost is $150 per person (scholarships available).
Yes, there will be homework time on the retreat, so please make every effort!

No Confirmation class on September 17.
Senior High at FMSC this Saturday?
Feed My Starving Children
18732 Lake Dr E, Chanhassen, MN 55317
Saturday, 11:30am-1:30pm

Attention all parents and teens not on the Confirmation Fall Retreat! Hennepin Avenue is sending a group to Feed My Starving Children on Saturday (Chanhassen location) and needs more volunteers! Hope you can make it.
Upcoming Youth Fellowship Schedule
Game Night
Sept. 17, 5:00pm-6:00pm
Icebreaker Games
Bread Break: Pizza
Bonus: Parent Meeting, 7:00pm

Cache & Sebash Bash
Sept. 24, 5:00pm-6:00pm
We'll go geocaching (BRING YOUR PHONE!) and grab some ice cream at Sebastian Joe's afterward.
Parent Chaperones/Drivers needed!

Blessing of the Animals Worship Service
Oct. 1, 5:00pm-6:30pm
Youth will serve as greeters, ushers, and readers for the annual "Blessing of the Animals" worship service.

Parents and teens, bring your family pet to receive a special blessing this evening! We'll have pizza during LYFE Groups on this evening, too.
Sunday Nights kick off this Sunday!
Sundays are "Can't Miss" nights!
We are excited to return to Sunday evening youth ministry on September 17 with a twist. We've expanded our offerings to better build our community through fun, faith-filled activities intended to get us laughing and thinking, as well as small group time to go deeper and be there for one another.

Our new line-up for Sunday evening has the following starting on September 17:
5:00pm-6:00pm Youth Fellowship
Each week features a new activity aimed at building faith-filled friendships and strengthening our community connections. Come for a night of games, discussions, videos, service projects, faith talk, etc. Most weeks are free and on-site. If there's ever an occasion that involves a field trip with out-of-pocket costs and/or we're meeting at a different time, this email and the new calendar will have the details.

6:00pm-6:30pm Bread Break
Teens gather for a home-cooked meal (or the occasional pizza!) provided by a youth family. Parents and guardians, the sign up is coming soon, thank you!

6:30pm-7:00pm LYFE Groups
We break into small groups for a weekly check-in to share highs and lows, listen to each other's prayer concerns, and practice the art of covenant with our peers.

7:00pm-8:00pm Journey Rehearsal
Journey is excited to have many new voices join in the singing this year. As the SPRC team continues searching for a permanent Director of Music Ministries (the interim director this year is Sharri Speer), we are excited to announce we also have an interim director for Journey choir, Rev. Stephanie Escher! You may have seen Stephanie around Hennepin this year working with teens and helping lead worship and other ministries.

Plus, 7:00pm-8:00pm Youth Parent Class
Pastor Nate leads a brand-new class aimed at youth parents featuring no homework, just great video-based discussion. Want to join? Let me know!
Volunteer Signups have arrived!
We can't do it without you!
Parents and guardians, we need your help making some of our new and favorite ministry traditions happen this year. Please look over all of these opportunities and commit today!

  1. Bread Break Meals Signup
  2. Youth Ministry Events Signup
  3. Confirmation Co-Leader Signup
  4. Sunday Night Leader Signup
NEW Ways to connect for teens and parents!
Teens! Having a tough week? Want to help a friend? Come to church... online! Our brand-new mid-week Skype group video chat starts in October and runs Wednesday nights this fall from 9:00pm-9:45pm.

Join Pastor Nate and other trusted adult leaders to check in with highs & lows and share prayer concerns.
Parents! Are you interested in either a self-led LYFE Group on Sundays during Confirmation and/or a "Confirmation for Adults" on Sundays during Journey led by Pastor Nate?

Build your faith this year in a group of fellow parents. Is this your year to go deeper? Let me know!
SPECIAL: A Welcome Greeting from Journey Choir Interim Director, Rev. Stephanie Escher
"I am excited to work with you this next year! I know Bill was a very special person in your musical lives and I am honored and blessed to be with you during this transitional year. I look forward to working together with you as we make great music and explore different kinds of genres and styles.

"My hope is to add some instrumentalists at some point and venture into contemporary, gospel, bluegrass/folk and world music as well as continue a solid foundation in exquisite classical works. In efforts to reach out to more youth and enhance the worship experience, we will also be working with creating visuals: videos, etc. to be played during worship on the days we sing. We are privileged to help build a worship experience that truly incorporates the voice of the youth in your own words, images and stories.
"I am a provisional elder (pastor) in the UMC [Nate Note: this was my status until I was ordained in June.] and I am currently working as a hospice chaplain in St. Paul. Pastor Judy is my mentor as I seek ordination this next summer and we both thought it would be a great adventure, privilege and lots of fun to work with you as part of my own journey towards this goal. My background includes 14 years of classical piano study, fulfillment of music degree coursework through University of Colorado and UW Madison, private and college conducting classes, musical direction of various church choirs, contemporary youth bands and the occasional children’s choir in Colorado, Wisconsin and Illinois. I have worked in music ministry in churches as a worship and music arts director with the focus of creating dynamic ancient and future worship through various musical and visual art forms. I also spent some time as a professional musician in an all female R&B band in Atlanta.
"I will be at the Pizza & Bowling Par-Tay on Rally Sunday, September 10 and look forward to getting to know each of you. RSVP for this great event today!"

- Rev. Stephanie Escher
October Events: TOT-Lock & Trunk-or-Treat!
1 part spooky, 1 part sleepy!
Trail of Terror Field Trip + Lock-In
Oct. 13, 6:00pm - Oct. 14, 8:00am, $20
Come for both a trip out to Trail of Terror (6:00pm) or the Lock-In (11:00pm) or both! Registration link coming soon.
Ask dad to borrow the car!
Oct. 29, Time TBA
We hope to return for a third year of fun with our annual Trunk-or-Treat event, pending the parking lot and education wing repair are complete. Stay tuned!
November Event: "The Event" at Craguns!
Old schoolers called it "JUMYs."
The Event at Craguns
Nov. 3-5, Cost TBA

Confirmation Students, you're not going to want to miss this weekend at Craguns resort with games, service projects, a live rock band, workshops, new friends, a pool, nature walks, worship, and one of the most fun road trips ever!
the event jumys
December Event: "Force for Change" Lock-In
Serve God and be a Jedi!
"Force for Change" Lock-In & Field Trip
Dec. 15, 7:00pm - Dec. 16, 12:00pm, Cost TBA, Fundraiser event, too!

Let's be a Force for Change! We'll go to Feed My Starving Children , watch Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens, get some sleep, then wake up early to catch a matinee of Star Wars VIII: The Last Jedi on opening weekend!
Get ready for major events, like...
10.01 Blessing of the Animals Worship
10.13 Trail of Terror Lock-In
10.29 Trunk-or-Treat
11.03-11.05 "The Event"
12.15 "Force for Change Star Wars Lock-In
03.14 Ash Wednesday Worship
03.30 Good Friday Worship
06.24-06.30 LYFE Camp 2018
07.21-07.29 Senior High Mission Trip
Church of Youth Ministries of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
Rev. Nate Melcher, Associate Pastor 

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