The annual RIVER FLOAT!!!!!

BETHEL YOUTH RIVER FLOAT (Out & About Certified)
What?  The annual River Float Trip
When?  Wednesday, August 6th from 7 am to 7pm
Where?  The floaty part of the American River in Sacramento (Ranco Cordova)
Who Should Go?  This has traditionally been a Youth event but we are opening it up to the entire congregation :-)
How Much Does It Cost?  This event costs $30 per person which includes bus transportation, a shuttle bus ride, parking fee in Sacramento, and the cost of the raft.
What Do I Bring?   The $30 (cash or check made out to Bethel Lutheran), a sack lunch to eat along the way on the river, plus $ for snacks on the way up and way back.  Also, bring clothes that can get wet during the day, some river shoes or sandals (Teva’s are really good), a towel to use at the end of the float, a medical release (if you are under 18 and don’t already have one on file with Tom), and a great attitude and smile :-)
When Do I Need To Let Tom Know That I’m Going? Sunday, August 3rd at church or via email at" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">
This has been a really fun tradition and I look forward to having you all join me :-)

Mid July Sr High Check In

Happy July Friends,

I want to invite you to join us for a create your own night event this coming Wednesday, July 16th.  We’ll meet at our usual 5:30 pm time in the youth room and then head out to grab some dinner, and then make it back to Bethel to chat (you pick the topics).  To finish off, we’ll jump in the bus again and roll over to Yogurtland.  So, bring $’s for food stuff.  Should be fun :-)  Try and let me know via text (408-309-9975) or email ( if you can make it.

Peace, Tom

Santa Cruz Boardwalk Day – Today!!

Hi Friends,

Yes, you heard correctly:  We are off to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk today.  Both the middle school and high school groups, plus our college youth will be taking the Bethel Bus to the Boardwalk on Thursday, July 10th after Vacation Bible School (around 12pm) to hang out on the beach and ride some rides. It’s Pepsi Can Night so we’ll remind everyone to bring a Pepsi can or bottle to get an all-ride-pass for $13. Youth can bring a lunch and/or dinner to go, or buy food at the Boardwalk.

Bring a towel, sunscreen, sweatshirt, beach chair and money $20 – $30 depending on what you want to do today.  Questions, call or text me at 408-309-9975.  We be back at Bethel around 9pm.

See ya soon,  Tom

Special Middle School – Sr High Special Summer Events :-)

Hello Parents and Friends,

I’m excited to tell you all of some Bethel Youth Activities this coming summer.  To start it off, I want to include an email from Tyler Freckmann who will be helping lead six events this summer:  3 for Middle Schoolers and 3 that will include Sr High youth as well.  Here’s info about the event tomorrow:

Just some info and a reminder about our Middle School-High School Beach Bonfire Night tomorrow from 4pm-9pm:
We’ll be meeting at Bethel at 4pm, and we’ll head down to Santa Cruz soon afterward (Molly Schrey, Chris Freckmann, and I are the drivers).
We’ll grab dinner at Togo’s so bring $$ for that. Then we’ll head down to the beach and hang out around a bonfire, making s’mores and doing some fun activities.
Looking forward to it - 
- Tyler
Here is an excerpt from Robyn’s email yesterday with general info for the other events:
We at Bethel want to support you and your Confirmation age youth with some summer opportunities to help with community building.

Tyler Freckmann, college student at University of California at Berkeley and Bethel Youth and Mt Cross alum and amazing leader will be spending dedicated time this summer with your 7th and 8th graders -  (I will too because I go through serious kid withdrawal during our break from “classes”).

Here is what is happening – and some are coming up very quickly …

Sunday activities for 7th and 8th Graders – Friends ARE
Welcome - we will meet at Bethel at noon and include lunch.

June 29th       Laser Tag

July 20           Lego

August 2        Pool Party

August 31      a special Sunday emphasis time at Mt Cross Labor Day Weekend

Activities with the High School Youth …

June 24th (Tuesday)      Beach Bon Fire: From 4pm-9pm   Cars leave from Bethel

July 10th (Thursday)      Boardwalk:  Noon (after VBS)   Youth Bus leaves from Bethel

August 6 (Wednesday)  River Rafting: All day  Youth Bus leaves from Bethel

Check this website as we get closer to each of these events for details :-)

So, as you can see, lots to do and lots of opportunities to become a part of this awesome community.  Feel free to contact Robyn (, Tyler (, or myself ( with any questions or comments.  Encourage your youth to come and catch the excitement.
Tom Hoegel

Youth Assistant Application Time :-)

Hi Friends,
So, for the past 29 years, Bethel has hired one to four seniors in high school as Youth Assistants to serve Christ through our youth program. I am excited to tell you that we are taking applications for this position this coming week and hope to have the selection(s) made very soon. If you are a senior and are interested, here is what I need from you:
1. A letter telling me why you would like to serve as a youth assistant, what gifts you would bring to the position, a specific event or activity you would like to see us do, a topic you think we should discuss, and a suggestion as to how we can improve our ministry.
2. I would like to see an example of your creativity. This can be in writing, a video, drawing, song, food, or you tell me :-)
3. A letter from one of your parents saying that they would support you in this position.

No pressure! Remember, you have been applying all along :0

I would like to have the applications in by  Sunday, July 6th. Go ahead and print them off an find me next. This is going to be a great year!!!

Peace, Tom

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Four Morsels for You :-)

Happy Summer to all of you!

Here are some tidbits to help get you up to speed as we head into summer (a full summer schedule will be out soon).  Please make sure you respond to secure your spots.

1.)  WSYG Meeting:  Wednesday, June 18th at 6pm in the Fireside Room.  We’ll hand out detailed schedules as well as $’s due as we head into the event.

2.)  Annual Drive In Movie Night:  Wednesday, June 18th meeting at 7:15 pm in the parking lot.  Bring $ for the movie and snack.  We will see a PG13 or lower movie together as a group and there will be students driving.  If you need to ride with an adult, please let us know.

3.)  Beach Bonfire Night:  Tuesday, June 24th meeting at 4pm at Bethel.  This will be a joint Middle School/High School event led by Tyler Freckmann.  Let’s welcome our new Middle Schoolers as we kickoff the summer.

4.) VBS (Vacation Bible School):  Mornings starting Monday, July 7th – Friday, July 11th.  The success of this awesome week depends on volunteers and we definitely need you. Please let me know if you are interested.

Questions or responses?  You can call or text me on my cell at 408-309-9975 or email me at

Peace, Tom

May 28th Common Ground Update

Hi Friends,

There is no official announcement page, but I have re-attached the May/June CG Schedule for you.  This coming Sunday will be quite special with our Common Ground Commissioning!  We also have the great treat of confirming Laura and Hannah, and being part of Charlotte’s baptism.  Very, very cool!  Make sure you come to the Music and Ed room at 10am at the latest :-)

Also, CG Practices are tonight, Monday, June 2nd, Wednesday, June 4th both at 7:15pm and Friday, June 6th at 1pm.  Lots of cool stuff !  Please let me know if you have any questions.

Peace, Tom

14 Common Ground May/June Schedule (27.4 KiB)


Hey Common Ground kids!
It seems to be that we are struggling with remembering lyrics so make sure to study them! Put the songs on your MP3 player, iPod, car stereo, etc. We will not be looking at lyrics from here on out, and if you ask for lyrics you have to pay $$. So study!
Your loving Youth Assistants

Practice makes perfect!

Hello friends,
A quick reminder that we have the mandatory Common Ground Work Weekend this Friday at 7:15pm to 4pm on Saturday, make sure to be there! Please bring $25, a sleeping bag, a change of clothes, a toothbrush, and anything you need to study.
This Wednesday we will have another Common Ground practice starting at 7:15pm, we’re getting close to tour so attendance is important! Next week is practice as well, see the May/June Common Ground schedule for details.
Also, make sure to remember that we do NOT have Sunday School.
Love you all very much,
Rachel, Charlotte, Mel