Nate Note
Why didn't anyone at Marvel Studios consult me before moving up the date of Avengers: Infinity War by one week? I mean, here I've been planning our latest Service+Cinema Lock-In for May and the bump it up? Glad everything is working out for our trip that night to Feed My Starving Children. Registration opens soon and this time around we'll have a firm window for people to commit so we can order the exact number of tickets we need. Don't delay, be diligent in the face of registration time when it opens.

You know what hasn't changed dates? The mission trip is still July 28-August 4 and LYFE Camp is still June 24-30. Both are excellent experiences and this year we have a special bonus scholarship for teens who do both! Learn more about both experiences at our joint teen AND parent meeting this Sunday at 5:30pm followed by P-I-Z-Z-A.

Finally, we have a few other ministry events coming up you'll want to be part of, from joining the March for Life on March 24 to Good Friday on March 30 and then there's Graduation Sunday arriving on May 20. With each ministry event you will find yourself surrounded by people ready to serve Jesus. Will you join in the fun?

In Christ,
Rev. Nate Melcher
Associate Pastor
Are you part of the March 14 Walk Outs?
We had an amazing conversation about school shootings on Sunday evening. Thank you to all of the teens who participated.
If you're participating in the 17-minute school walkout at 10:00am, I want to hear from you. Let me know you're doing this so I can pray for you and let me know how else I can be helpful to you. Parents, I posted a new article from USA Today at the Church of Youth Facebook Group you might appreciate called "What parents should know about the National School Walkout."
Mission Trip Info Meeting on Sunday Night!
Church of Youth Mission Trip to Motown Mission in Detroit, Michigan
Saturday, July 28, 2018 - Saturday, August 4, 2018
NEW: Open to 8th-12th Graders! Looking for great adult chaperones, too!

Info Meeting on Sunday, March 11 at 5:30pm, Church of Youth Room
Come and get the full scoop on our mission trip to Detroit this summer. You'll learn about the work, the fun, the details, and the scholarship opportunities. We are proud to expand this trip to include our wonderful 8th Grader class this year, too. Pray about whether this ministry is right for you and don't delay, they need our sign ups NOW!

$50 Down Payment due by April 1
Remaining Balance due by May 1

$375 Full Price
$325 If you work the Parking Lot Fundraisers
$275 If you work the Parking Lot Fundraisers AND attend LYFE Camp (that's right, you can attend both amazing summer ministries for a combined cost of only $575 or nearly 30% off!)

03.11.2018 | Mission Trip Info Meeting at 5:30pm
TBA | Pre-Mission Trip Meet-and-Greet and Prep Pot Luck
06.16.2018 | Parking Lot Fundraiser: Rock the Garden
06.23.2018 | Parking Lot Fundraiser: Pride I
06.24.2018 | Parking Lot Fundraiser: Pride II
07.06.2018 | Parking Lot Fundraiser: Basilica Block Party I
07.07.2018 | Parking Lot Fundraiser: Basilica Block Party II
07.22.2018 | Teens receive a special blessing in Worship
08.05.2018 | Teens speak/witness in Worship about our experience
LYFE Camp Info Meeting on Sunday Night!
Sunday, June 24 - Saturday, June 30
Open to 7th-10th Graders

Info Meeting on Sunday, March 11 at 5:30pm, Church of Youth Room
Come and get the full scoop on LYFE Camp and why it's time to join in this amazing week-long experience in the beautiful north woods of Northern Pines Camp. Hear from teens who have gone and learn about scholarship opportunities.

$430 Full Price
$300 All Hennepin teens automatically get $130 scholarship this year!
$275 If you do both LYFE Camp AND the Mission Trip. Bonus scholarship!
Just need 7 more Sunday meal sign-ups!
Friends, let's rally and fill up the Sunday Night Meal schedule for the rest of the spring. The is ready for you, and we just need to fill ten meals. Who can help us out? Thanks to Curtis and Jill Johnson for signing up for tonight's meal!
Sunday, Sunday, Sunday!
Confirmation Class
Bring your Bible to class this week, thanks!
Last Week: How I Preach - learn how Pastor Nate approaches studying scripture to prepare for his next sermon on March 11.

This Week: How I Preach - learn how Pastor Nate approaches studying scripture to prepare for his next sermon on March 11

Next Week: Serving Breakfast as a volunteer crew. Please plan to arrive at our normal time and stay through 12:00pm to serve, thanks.
Church of Youth Sunday Nights
5:30pm-6:30pm, Sundays, with a meal at 6:30pm and Journey at 7:00pm

Last Week: Community Meals (arrive at 4:00pm, thanks!)

This Week: Mission Trip and LYFE Camp Meeting for Teens and Parents

Next Week: Expanded rehearsal for Good Friday worship (ALL teens!)
Service+Cinema Lock-In: Avengers Infinity War!
One of our most-popular traditions returns this spring!
Cinema+Service Lock-In
7:00pm Friday, April 27 start
~12:00pm Saturday, April 28 end
$15, Registration Opens SOON

Limited to a firm deadline (coming up), youth and parents who want to experience the new Avengers movie on opening weekend are encouraged to sign up for a service project with Feed My Starving Children, a viewing of Captain America: Civil War, and then a morning matinee of the latest Marvel movie.

Registration opens soon, save the date!
NEW Video Theology films this month!
Sunday Evenings, 7:00pm-8:00pm, in the Church of Youth Room

Parents! Invite a friend and be a part of this brand-new drop-in group! We watch a documentary episode, short film, or a film in parts and explore its themes and ideas for our faith, our lives, and our God in a casual group discussion. Gatherings are facilitated by Pastor Nate Melcher. Yes, we will have popcorn! Open to all adults, so invite a friend! #livetoinvite
VT for March 11, 18, 25: Hellbound?
March 11, 18, 25 - Hellbound? ( view trailer )
This 2012 documentary features preachers and teachers from all across the theological spectrum speculating on the nature of God, the existence of hell, and what does ultimate reconciliation look like. We'll watch and discuss this documentary in three parts over three nights. From Nate: "This is one of the most powerful films I've ever experienced, in terms of exploring my own faith. I'm proud to share it with you and truly hope we can have some amazing discussion!"
VT for April 8 and 15: A Time for Burning
April 8 and 15 - A Time for Burning ( view trailer )
An Oscar-nominated documentary, this behind-the-scenes look at how one Lutheran church tried to open people's hearts to their black neighbors down the street is a harrowing snapshot of 1960s America. Ultimately, it's hard to watch this film and not think about where we are today as a society. How have we grown? How do we still have such a long way to go? We'll watch and explore this over two nights.
VT for April 22, 29, May 6: Accidental Courtesy
April 18, 25, and May 6: Accidental Courtesy ( view trailer )
This fascinating documentary features Daryl Davis, a black man, befriending white supremacists and KKK members under the banner of a simple premise: "How can you hate me if you don't even know me?" We'll witness Daryl's bewildering journey into the land of racial hate and witness what reconciliation can look like. We'll view and discuss this film over three nights.
Get ready for major events, like...
03.11 Mission Trip + LYFE Camp Info Meeting

03.30 Good Friday Worship

04.27 Service+Cinema Lock-In: Avengers

05.20 Graduation Sunday

06.24-06.30 LYFE Camp 2018

07.28-08.04 Senior High Mission Trip
Church of Youth Ministries of Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church
Rev. Nate Melcher, Associate Pastor 

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