Second Harvest this Wednesday!

Hey everyone,

This Wednesday (October 19th) we’re meeting at Bethel at 5:15 to go to Second Harvest and do some community service! Bring money for dinner, and make sure to wear CLOSED-TOE SHOES, LONG SLEEVES AND LONG PANTS!!! I promise it’ll be fun, and this is also a good way to partially fulfill a community service hour requirement if you have one. We’ll be back at the church by 9:15 :)

Sunday, we’ll keep watching Luther.

Hope to see you all on Wednesday!


Movie and Pizza Night!!!

Hey everyone,

This Wednesday the 12th we’ll be watching a movie and eating pizza at Bethel at 5:30! I’m bringing the pizza, so don’t worry about money for dinner but maybe bring a drink if you want. If you have a movie you want to watch, bring it and we’ll vote on one!! I’ll also bring a few DVDs so we’ll have a bunch to choose from. Also, people expressed interest in making blankets (the kind where you tie knots around the edges and they’re very soft n nice) so you’ll have the option to do that!! If you want to make a blanket, stop by Joann Fabrics and check out the fleece, which is SUPER SOFT! It’s not too expensive but try to print out some coupons before you go, you can almost always find coupons online. I would suggest one patterned sheet for the top and a solid for the bottom, but you can make it one layer or do something else if you want. Dimension-wise, I would also suggest 2 yards of each fabric you want to use, just make sure your two pieces are the same size and that the width is the same (it’ll say on the cardboard piece the fabric is on). Bring your own fabric and maybe a pair of scissors, and we’ll make our blankets together!!! If you don’t want to make a blanket that’s totally fine, come hang out with us anyway :) I hope you’re as excited as I am!!!

Sunday, the Luther movie continues.

Next Wednesday, we’ll be going to dinner (so bring $) and to Second Harvest to volunteer. Make sure to wear long pants and sleeves, as well as closed-toe shoes. Come to Bethel at 5:15, and we’ll be back by 9 pm! Hope to see you there!!!

Skyler (the  youth assistant)

Share Your Story (Wednesday, October 5th)

Hey everyone!

This Wednesday, October 5th, we’ll be meeting up at Bethel and heading to Pieology for dinner around 5:30. We’ll most likely stop at Cream for dessert, so bring as much money as you think you’ll need (no more than $20). When we come back to the church, we’ll be doing something Tom calls “Share Your Story.” Each of us will bring some form of media, like a song, picture, video, app or something else you feel represents an important aspect of yourself. We’ll spend some time catching up, and then share about ourselves and our lives through whatever media we brought.

Hope to see you all there :)

Skyler (the spiciest youth assistant)


WSYG Info and Dinner This Wednesday!! (the 28th)

Hey everyone! Hope you’re having a good week so far.

At 5:30 this Wednesday, September 28th, we’ll be taking the Bethel Bus to the El Paseo shopping center in Saratoga for dinner. After dinner, we’ll come back to bethel around 7:15 to talk about the Western States Youth Gathering (bring parents at 7:15 if possible!) WSYG is a super fun event during which Lutheran high schoolers from different churches around the west coast and pacific northwest will come together for about five days at Cal Lutheran and hang out. There will be guest speakers, probably concerts and other live performances, and more stuff we’ll talk about on Wednesday! It’s awesome and if you’re available to attend, I would HIGHLY recommend it :)

Next Wednesday, on October 5th at 5:30, we’ll be getting dinner at Pieology and then going to Cream for dessert, around Main Street Cupertino. That night, we’ll be doing a “Share Your Story” thing, where you can bring any form of media (a song, a picture or painting, a video, etc) to share something meaningful about yourself or your life.

On Saturday October 8th, Bethel Out and About is going to the Fleet Week event in San Francisco. You can hang out at the pier, see the Blue Angels fly and have fun in the city for a day! If you’re interested in going, let Tom know so he can save you a spot.

Hope to see you guys soon!!

Skyler (the funkiest youth assistant)

Western States Youth Gathering – Sign up Countdown

Hello Bethel Peeps,

I want to let you know that on Wednesday, September 28th we will give the scoop and get the ball rolling for the Western States Youth Gathering.  At 5:30pm we will head to dinner at the El Paseo Shopping Center (can you say, Panda, Rubio’s, Melt, Veggie Grill …).  We will be back at Bethel at 7:15 to talk about this coming year’s Western States Youth Gathering

We will share details about the event, talk about fundraising, and sign you up.  The theme is “Dream Big” which came out of a brainstorm session where I lifted up many of the things we do here at Bethel :-)  Check out the event website at  All 9th – 12th graders are encouraged to attend.  You won’t be sorry :-)

Please bring your parents and a check for $100 to get the ball rolling.  Registration opens on Monday, October 3rd and the earlier we sign up, the better rooming we get.  If you can’t make it that night, please let me know so I can hook you up!  My email is and you can always call/text me at 408-309-9975.

Peace, Tom

In-n-Out This Wednesday!

Hey friends!

This Wednesday, we’re meeting at Bethel at 5:30 to go get food and have a discussion! We’ll be taking the Bethel Bus to In-N-Out Burger and then coming back to the church to talk about current events. We should wrap up around 8:30.

Next week, we’ll be going to the El Paseo shopping center in Saratoga for food and hanging out at Bethel afterward :)

Hope to see you Wednesday,

Skyler (the smartest youth assistant)


Sunday School & Game Night

Hi Friends,

Well, normally Skyler would be writing you, but she is still hitting the big apple (NYC) and will be back tomorrow :-)  Here are some upcoming things for you to check out:

Sunday School kicks off tomorrow, Sunday the 11th at 9:45am in the Youth Room.  We’ll get a glimpse of our plan for this coming year.  Come check in and check it out!  Oh yeah, donut holes too :-)

This coming Wednesday the 14th it is one of our favorites:  Game Night!  Come at 5:30pm with some dinner you snagged from home and a few $’s for a walk over to Cream after we game it up.  We will be all wrapped up by 8:30pm.

Looking forward to seeing you.  Have a super week!!!

Peace, Tom

Shoreline Picnic :)

Hey guys!

THIS WEDNESDAY, August 31st, we are driving the bus to Shoreline, where we’ll go to the park and hang out and discuss goals for this year. Come to Bethel at 5:30 and bring your own dinner. On the way back from Shoreline we’ll stop at Yogurtland, so maybe bring money if you like yogurt. We should be done and back at Bethel around 8:30.

Next week, on September 7th, we’ll go to the shopping center with Safeway, Panda Express, the Sandwich Spot and a bunch of other fabulous dinner options. After, we’ll come back to Bethel and brainstorm some activities and discussion topics for this year.

See you soon!!

Skyler (the funniest youth assistant)

2016 Youth Kickoff!!


I (Skyler) am super excited to serve as your youth assistant this year!! I can’t wait to start Wednesday night events up again, as well as Sunday school and eventually Common Ground! We’ll be focusing our discussions toward topics that are relevant and #relatable, and I look forward to sharing opinions and collaborating with everyone. I’m sure this year will be great :)

Next week we’ll be having a picnic at Shoreline so bring your own food and a super rad attitude. Meet us at Bethel at 5:30 and we’ll take the Bethel Bus to Shoreline!

Hope to see all of you soon,

Skyler (the prettiest youth assistant)

Youth Kickoff BBQ

Hey Friends,

This coming Wednesday night is a “don’t miss” night here at Bethel.  Our Youth Ministry will be hosting a BBQ & Ice Cream Sundae night including some fun mixers and the scoop for the coming year.  We will gather on Wednesday, August 24th at 6:30pm and be all wrapped up at 8:30pm.  All Jr High – Sr High Youth, Parents and friends are invited.  Some info highlights include info on next year’s Western States Youth Gathering, weekly events, our stellar confirmation program, and much more.  Please let me know via email at or text me at 408-309-9975 to let me know how many you are bringing.

See ya in a few,  Tom Hoegel – Youth Director