Two Wednesdays for You!


Hi there youth group!

This upcoming Wednesday, the 27th, we will be meeting at Bethel at 5:30 to have a potluck and brainstorm session. Bring your own food and maybe a little to share as well as your brilliant ideas.  We are going to come up with new things that we can  discuss throughout the year.

 Also, the next Wednesday, September 3rd, we will meet at Bethel to go to Shoreline at 5:30. Bring $10.00 – $15.00 for Togos. Once at Shoreline we will talk about what we have done over the summer and what our plans are for the coming school year.

Please let Spencer, Emilie, or Tom know if you will be attending these events.  See Ya on Wednesday!

Emilie and Spencer

{Emilie: 408 781 7386  -  Spencer: 408 206 2343  -  Tom: 408 309 9975}


Thanks for an amazing year!!!

Hey lovelies,

On behalf of Mel, Charlotte,  and I, we just want to say thank you so much for an amazing year.  Being your youth assistants for the 2013-14 year was such an amazing experience for the three of us. Being able to grow in all of your personal and spiritual relationships was a blessing and we couldn’t be more greatful to have shared those memories with you.  Even though you might not see us every week we will always be here to support you in all aspects of your life. We may go through ups and downs but we’ll always be a family. Remember to never take for granted this group of kids because they will leave a positive, lasting impression on your heart. We love you all sooo much!! Have an amazing year (:

Love your beautiful, graduated youth assistants,

Charlotte, Mel, and Rachel

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Hello there people of bethel youth! As you all know, summer is coming to an end and school is starting up again. To take a break from the stresses of school, your new youth assistants, Emilie and Spencer, have decided to throw a BBQ this coming Wednesday 8/20/14 or all of you! The BBQ will take place at Tom’s house. We will leave Bethel at 5:30pm and take the Bethel Bus to his house. Spencer will be preparing a wonderful tri-tip for all of us and Emilie will be making a superb vegetable dish for all you who do not prefer meat. After your 5 star meal, we will be watching the movie, “I AM”, which is about how we can change the world for the better. We are excited to be your youth assistants this year and to get to know all of you better. All you need to bring is a positive attitude :)

Here are three things about each of your new youth assistants:

Spencer: I was the accompanist for the children’s choir at Bethel, I taught at a cooking academy in Sunnyvale, and I like to cook during my free time.

Emilie: I am an animal lover, I enjoy archery and the outdoors, and I like video games.

Hope to see you all there! :D

~Emilie and Spencer

Fentons – Oh Yea!

Hi there Sr High and College Peeps,

Come join us this coming Wednesday, August 11th at 4pm as we head up to East Bay for a little Fenton’s Fun.  If you have had the opportunity to partake of this legendary Creamery, you know how cool it is.  If not, come and find out.  Bring $20 -$25 to cover dinner and some Ice Cream.

On the way back, we’ll come west across the Bay Bridge (almost one year old now) and head back to Bethel.  Please let me know if you can join us by text (408-309-9975) or email (  We will be back between 9 and 10 pm.

See ya Wednesday, Tom

Angels On Stage Family Picnic

Happy August my friends,

I have a great way for you to start off the last month of summer:  Come help host Angels On Stage (Bailey Freckmann’s performing arts group) as they have their second annual Family Picnic at Bethel.  It is tomorrow, Saturday, August 2nd from 11am – 2pm.  They will have lots of fun activities and your presence really helps make the event a success.  For more questions, go ahead and contact me at 408-309-9975 or  See ya tomorrow!!!

Peace, Tom

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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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