Grilled Cheese & Golfing!

Greetings youth!

This Wednesday we are planning a fun trip out.  Now that we have a temporary mode of transportation (Tom rented a van), we will go out to dinner to The Melt (grilled cheese place)  and then go to mini golf at Golfland in Sunnyvale.

Bring around $20 for dinner and golf (golf $8.99 food around $10).

Next week, we would love to see you at our BBQ kick off for all youth from 3rd grade to 12th grade (see Tom’s post below.). We can’t wait to see you guys!


Amelia, Cam, Nick, and Laura  👻

2015 Youth Kickoff BBQ

Calling all Bethel 4th – 12th Graders and Parents Thereof!

You are invited to a Bratwurst BBQ and Info Night lifting up our upper elementary, Middle School, Confirmation and Sr High Programs.  Be our guest on Wednesday, October 7th from 6:30 – 8:30pm as we enjoy each others company and learn about what Bethel has planned in the youth department this coming year.  

Just bring yourselves, your appetite, and a desire to have a good time to Torvend Hall.  We will spend time eating, playing and learning about what is going on.  We will also give you a heads up with plans for a new bus :-)  Then, we’ll finish off the night with Ice Cream Sundaes.

Please RSVP to me at or text me at 408-309-9975 to save spots for you and your peeps.

Peace, Tom Hoegel

Pizza and Paving

Hey guys! This Wednesday, we will be meeting at Bethel at 5:30 for some exciting work. We will be helping the church by paving the ground for a new fountain. The work will be very light, so don’t worry about wearing work clothing. Afterwards, we will have a discussion about the “foundations” in our lives while eating some delicious Pizza my Heart (Shoutout to Skyler for getting us an employee discount). No money is needed, and we hope to see you there!

Much Love, 

the youth assistants 

Netflix This Wednesday


Hey peoples! This wednesday evening at 5:30 we invite all high schoolers to meet us in the youth room for a fun evening of T.V. and relaxing. You will help us pick out your favorite T.V. shows on Netflix and we will enjoy them with snacks.  Bring some more snacks if you want anything specific and also bring yourself some dinner. We can’t wait to see you there!

Please contact us if you have any questions or suggestions.


Amelia, Cameron, Laura, and Nick

Shoreline this Wednesday

Hey high schoolers!

We invite you all to come to Bethel this Wednesday at 5:30 for a fun evening. We are planning to take a journey to the wonderful shores of Shoreline with a stop at Togo’s on the way. We will enjoy our delicious sandwiches as we have a brief discussion which will be led by us and Tom. We can’t wait to see you there! Please bring around $10 for dinner as well as a picnic blanket if you have one. We will be back at church around 8:30. See you soon!

Much Love,

Your Wonderful Assistants of the Youth   ⛪ 🌄 🌊 👊 👾 💒

Pizza & Profiles

Hi freshmen, sophomores, juniors & seniors!!!

This Wednesday night in Torvend Hall at 5:30 we invite you to join us along with Pr. Ben to make our very own pizzas (with lots of cheese) and work on our profile….what’s a profile, you ask? Come on Wednesday and we’ll help you figure it out! It’s pretty much where we see ourselves as a church/ youth group. You don’t need to bring any dough (ha!), but we would love it if you could bring some toppings and drinks to share with the group. Hope to see you soon and please contact us if you have any questions.

Lots of Love,

Your lovely youth assistants :)



Wednesday Night Brainstorming

Hi youths! We are very excited to start this year with a exciting night of ideas.  Meet us at Bethel at 5:30 for a fun picnic at the park.  Bring yourself a nice picnic dinner (basket optional) and we will hang out at the park while we think up some plans for this year.

In other news, the four of us (Amelia, Cameron, Laura, and Nick) are very excited to announce that we will be your youth assistants for this school year! We can’t wait to spend our senior year serving our community as well as the youth of our church. We’ll see you (hopefully) this Wednesday!


Laura, Nick, Cam, & Amelia 🌵

Sr High Fellowship Potluck this Wednesday

Hi Friends,

Join us this Wednesday, August 19th for a Potluck and Discussion starting at 6:30pm in the Youth Room.  Bring some food to share, some thoughts to share, and a few $’s to walk over to Cream for a cool down snack.  We will be all wrapped up by 8:45pm.  Oh yea, bring friends too :-)

If you’ve got questions, reel free to text me at 408-309-9975 or email me at

See ya in two :-)

Peace, Tom

Bonfire @ Tom’s House

Well my friends,

This whole dead bus thing is getting pretty old :-(  But, as all good flexible Bethel Youth do, we flex and work with what we’ve got.  So, we are moving the beach bonfire event to my house this coming Wednesday, August 12th @ 6:30pm.

Downside:  No crashing waves, no sand in your food, no big roaring fire, no glass to cut your foot on, no killer sunset, no going potty in questionable cubicles.

Upside:  Same great group of peeps, more options for food, still a chance to hang out and  share stories, Smores still abound, more peeps can join us, a bonfire in the back yard.

Just bring yourself, some friends, some meat or meat substitute to grill, and $5 to my house at 6:30.  We’ll have a great bbq, chat it up and finish with ice cream sundaes.  We’ll be all wrapped up by 9:00pm. 

Please let me know if you can come by texting me at 408-309-9975 or emailing me at  See ya in a couple :-)

Peace, Tom


River Float this Thursday :-)

Hi there Water Lovers,

In this time of drought, I know that I am searching for some water.  Well, come join me this coming Thursday, August 6th as we embark at our 42nd annual River Float Trip.  We’ll meet at Bethel at 7:00am and be back around 7pm.

Our trip is on the American River in Sacramento and you’ll join 5 other peeps in a raft as we float the day away.  Bring a sack lunch and money for snacks on the way up and dinner on the way back home.  Also, bring a $40 check made out to Bethel Lutheran Church.

Want to go?  This trip is open to all Jr Highers, Sr Highers, College Age peeps, and friends.  Make sure to email me at or call/text me by Tuesday at 408-309-9975 to save your spot.

Peace, Tom