Youth Spiritual Life Retreat – Mark your calendars!

This years Spiritual Life Retreat is going to be the first weekend of October!!! Here’s the plan!

As many of you know, last year we took a Spiritual Life Retreat to the Mountain Camp in Suches. We spent the whole weekend having fun, hanging out, running a-muck, and just enjoying the outdoors for a few days away! This year, we will be doing the same thing again! Here’s the plan!!!!!!!!
Friday October 3rd - Meet at the Church after school to head for camp! We will eat and then have a short devotional time to get our weekend started.  
Saturday October 4th– Fun Day! Canoeing, fishing, hiking, hammocking, devotional times, and whatever else you want to do!
Sunday October 5th– Head for home! - Clean up and head back! 
The cost for the Weekend will be 40$ per Youth. We will be staying in cabins for the weekend, or for those who chose to do so, you may hammock outside. 
I will be needing parent volunteers for the weekend to help drive vans, provide food (snacks, drinks, etc.) and prepare meals, + you will get to spend lots of time relaxing as well! 
Please Email me if you are willing to help- so far I have….
Friday Evening and Saturday Morning - Melinda and Jeff Weldon
Saturday Lunch-
Saturday Dinner-
Sunday Breakfast- Cereal and Easy Stuff for clean-up.

As of right now I have 15-20 spots available for Youth to go on this trip. I can call and arrange for more if needed. PLEASE INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!!!!! 

Have a great week! 


Acolyte Appreciation

Acolyte Appreciation Sunday – this Sunday at the 11:00 Service.  It is our intent to honor all of our past and present Acolytes as they have such a special role within the Church. At this point, I have only heard from one parent as to who will be there. I am hoping that more of our Acolytes will be present so that we can celebrate their service.  I would hate to not have a certificate for someone who comes forward!  If you are planning on attending and will have your child/youth at this service, please, please let me know!  I am finalizing the details this week!
Thank you so much for your help with this special event!


Youth Events for the week

Here is a list of things going on this week at FUMC!!!
CHURCH PICNIC!!!- This Wednesday, August 20th, is our annual picnic. We hope to see all youth and parents there to start off our “End of Summer” and fall cycle. Please bring a side or a dessert. The Church will be providing the Hamburgers and Hotdogs 🙂 There will be a short gathering in the Youth room for Youth and Parents at 6:15!!!!!
CARWASH!- This coming Saturday, August 23rd, will be the Annual Church Yard/ Treasure Sale at the Annex. The Youth will be providing a car wash in the Church parking lot as our first Missions Support Opportunity. We need all youth (and some parents if you would please help,) to wash cars. We will start at 9 a.m. Bring your car washing brushes and buckets! (Please wear appropriate clothing to get wet and dirty) 
Missions Outreach Race!!! – We are currently in a race against the Children’s department here at the Church to fill up a laundry basket with cleaning supplies for those in need in our community. If you are able, please bring in some supplies. (We are winning so far!!!!!) 
We are still in need of:  2 Bath Towels and Two Washcloths, Soap, Shampoo, etc. We have already have bleach, bathroom cleaner, cleaning brushes, sponges, and gloves. Thank you for your donations! Keep ’em coming! 
THIS COMING SUNDAY, AUGUST 24TH!!!- This coming Sunday evening at 6p.m, we will have our Youth and Parent Meeting. We will meet downstairs in the Youth Room. I will try my very best to keep it short, and to the point! If you are aware of any other families who may be new to the Youth group with upcoming 7th graders, please invite them along! 

Please read your previous email in regards to the meeting agenda. Feel free to come with any questions you might have! I will be looking at the School Schedule this week to pin down some dates of possible youth trips. 
Have a wonderful week! 


Upcoming Youth events

With school back in session, it’s time to get back to our normal routine with the Youth here at FUMC! I am excited to see what all God has in store for us come the end of this Summer into this coming Fall! This email is going to cover the first few things going on with the Youth for the coming weeks, until we can get together for our Parent/Youth Meeting (See Email). 
This Fall, the Youth will be taking on Mission Projects here around the Church. I have introduced a few different ideas to the Youth, and was met with a great response. Therefore, we will start the initiative to move towards getting these projects done!   
This Coming Sunday August 17th– The Youth are in charge of doing the “Lemonade on the Lawn” after the 11 O’clock service. We will be setting up to serve Lemonade and Cookies under the portico outside of the Narthex. After clean up, we will be doing our first SAC Lunch!!! 

Missions Race! - As announced on Sunday, we are currently in a race against the Children’s Ministry here at the Church, to fill a laundry basket with Cleaning Supplies/ Hygiene products. You may drop off any donations in my office 🙂  

The Annual Church Picnic Wednesday August 20th– The Church picnic is always a time of great fun and fellowship! This is also the start of our Youth Wednesday Night services. The Youth will meet for a short time downstairs in the MAC as a “Meet and Greet” for new Youth and Parents as well!!!!!!!! (We will meet in the Youth Room around 6:15 pm
Youth Missions Project Support Opportunity!!!! – Saturday August 23rd the Church will be having the Yard/ Treasure Sale at the Annex Building. There will also be a bake sale going on here at the church. As the Youth Department, we are going to be having a Car Wash! The Car Wash will start here in the Church Parking Lot at 9 a.m. and will go til we can wash no more! In the past, our Church and local community have shown great love and support through this event! Bring your brushes and buckets! 
Sunday School- New Curriculum – In the coming weeks, there are going to be some changes in our Youth Sunday School! We are going to entering into a study on Apologetics (Helping our Youth Learn How to Defend Their Faith). 
Youth and Parent Meeting!!!!! – We will be having our first Youth and Parent meeting on Sunday, August 24th, at 6p.m. If your child is going to be attending Youth this coming Fall, this meeting is going to cover many different planning aspects that you may want to be apart of. 
Topics of Discussion (to name a few)
  • Youth Fall and Winter Trips and Activities 
  • Proposed Youth Mission Projects 
  • Youth Mission Trip (Please be in prayer about where God is leading us to serve!) 
  • Youth Calendar Planning
  • Youth Ministry Plan ($) 
I am always open to any and all suggestions in our Parent/Youth Meetings! I look forward to seeing you all in the coming weeks as we get back into the Fall Schedule. 
Be in Prayer for our Youth!!! 
May you feel God’s Joy, Love, and Peace throughout your week, Camden


SPLASH night for youth

Youth and Parents!!!! Wednesday July 30th, we will be having our first ever SPLASH NIGHT at FUMC!!!!! 

Starting at 6 p.m. we will have a night full of water activities! (no bikinis please!)
This will be an all evening event, so we are asking that parents/youth bring the food for the evening, and Melinda and I will provide the drinks and activities 🙂 
We hope to see you all here! 


Youth Party Wednesday night!

Parents and Youth,

We WILL be having youth activities this Wednesday night. We are going to be having a 4th of July Lake party and Cookout at the Cliffs on Lake Nottely. We will start getting together at the lake around 5:30 and will be eating around 7. Come out for some good food and a fun night out on the lake!!!!! 
Wear your swimsuit and bring a towel or chair! (appropriate swimwear for both men and women, please!)
We will clean up and head out around 8:30- 9ish. 

Transportation Options:

Parents, If you would like to join us tomorrow evening, you are more than welcome to  bring your youth and stay the evening!
Directions: Head North on 129 until you reach the intersection of Ivy Log/ Nottely Dam Rd/ and 129 North (Texaco Station). Take a left and go across Nottely Dam. After crossing the dam, you will pass a pull through rest area. Directly after this, there are two entrances to the Cliffs, directly on the left side of the road. These are two GRAVEL roads leading to the cliffs. We will have a tent set up for the food and such. 
If you would like to drop your youth off at the Church, we will be providing a van for transportation to the Cliffs. The van will be leaving the church at 6!!!! The van will return around 9 o’clock.
Please let me know if you and your child are planning to attend the youth party tomorrow evening so we will know how much food to plan for. 
We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow evening!!!!!!!! 


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