Chili Cook Off!

Hey all of you people, this Wednesday night we will be having a Chili cook off so if you have a good recipe for chili, make it and share it with us and we will have “professional” judges score your chili. We will be meeting in Torvend hall at 6:00pm. Make sure to bring your family so that they will be informed of the upcoming events this year and how they can be involved. Also, while the parents are being informed, your youth assistants have planned a variety of fun activities to do.

Also next Wednesday, 9/24, we will be meeting at the youth room to go to El Amigo Burrito make sure to bring $15-20 and we will be leaving at 5:30. If you cannot make it for the dinner, we will be coming back to the youth room at 7:15 for the discussion of Dr. Phil, Jesus, or me.

Finally, This Sunday 9/21, will be the start of Sunday school. We will be meeting in the youth room at 9:45, hope to see all of you there!  ⛪

Tom 408 309-9975 Emilie 408 781-7386 Spencer 408 206 2343

BBQ and Environment

Hi there everybody!

This Wednesday, September 10th, we will meet at Bethel at 5:30pm to go to the Safeway Shopping center over by church to grab dinner. After, we will come back to church to set up recycling and compost bins around Bethel’s campus in order to make Bethel an eco-friendly school. You should bring about $10-15 for dinner.

Next Wednesday, September 17th, we will meet at bethel at 5:30 and we will be hosting a BBQ for you and your parents. Bring your parents so that they can learn about what we do in youth group and why you should be apart of it. While your parents are having a fantastic time, your youth assistants will be leading you in various activities. Hope to see all of you there!

If you have any questions on the upcoming events please contact Spencer, Emilie, or Tom.

Emilie 408-781-7386    Spencer 408-206-2343    Tom 408-309-9975

2014 Adult Mission to Mexico Info

Hi Friends,

Our 2014 Adult Mission to Mexico Trip is right around the corner and we’ve already got 20+ people signed up and ready to join us.  Not on that list yet?  Make sure to change that :-)  The trip dates are Thursday, September 25th – Monday, September 29th with Flight options as well.

I’m attaching pdf’s of all the important documents so please check them out thoroughly and get your papers and donations in to me.  Questions, please let me know and I’ll do my best to give you the scoop.  You can contact me at or call me on my cell at 408-309-9975.

See ya soon!  Tom

14 Adult M to M Fact Sheet (49.7 KiB) 14 Adult M to M Schedule (48.6 KiB) 14 Adult M to M Checklist (26.9 KiB) 14 adult M to M Sponsor Form (57.5 KiB) 14 adult M to M Esperanza Medical (255.0 KiB) 14 Adult M to M Esperanza Waiver (186.8 KiB)

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 :-)