Coronation Wednesday

Hey Youth,

Join us this Wednesday for a very special event! Meet us at church at around 7 (eat some dinner beforehand) for two very important events. First, we’ll have a pie-eating contest with the rest of the congregation. Bring a pie if you feel like it, but there will be plenty to go around. Then, we will attend a special Thanksgiving Eve service. In the service, the church will be formally accepting Pastor Ben as the lead pastor for our church. We’ll be going up and adding our own twist to it, so make sure you can show up and play a part in that. We hope to see you all there!

Lots of Love,

Laura, Amelia, Nick, and Cam  🌽 🍠 💒 🍂

Pizza, Pastor, Preach

Hello high school youth this is your two favorite blondes speaking. We are posting to inform you that this Wednesday night at 5:30 pm we will be hosting a get-together at church. We will drive to Mod Pizza (possibly in our brand new bus) and then return to church and have a discussion with Pastor Ben. Bring $20 for food and refreshments. Also be ready to listen and add to the discussion, (the topic is a surprise).

Your Favorite Blondes (and the other ones too),


🍕 Cameron and Nick  🍕

Togo’s & Laser Quest

Hello youths,

this Wednesday we cordially invite you to an evening full of fun! We will head over to Togo’s Sandwiches for dinner and then go for a few rounds of Laser Quest. Meet at Bethel at 5:30 with closed toed shoes and about $20 for food and the game. (one round of laser quest is $9.50). WARNING: this is a mildly aerobic activity. :) Hope to see you there!

Lots of love,

your youth assistants 🏃 🍞 👟

Laura’s Lecture

Howdy Youths!

Join us this Wednesday at 5:30 for Chipotle and to hear about Laura’s awesome trip to Tanzania at 7:15 in the Youth Room :) We hope to see all you guys there!  Bring about $10 for dinner.

Next Wednesday we will go to LASER QUEST!!! So get pumped and stay tuned for details :)




your youth assistants

Bethel Bus Campaign Update

Hi to all who care about Bethel’s Youth Ministry!

Here is an update on the fundraising towards a new Bethel Bus:  We have raised $67,299.44 and have less than $20K to go to order our new one :-)

If you have been involved with Bethel’s Youth Ministry anytime in the past 31 years, you know how important our Vans and Bus have been.  It has been a challenging set of months since our bus went dead and we need to get that fixed.

The last 2 vans and Bus were funded by youth families and alumni and this time I have put out the challenge to the entire congregation and they are responding with open hearts and pocket books :-)

We’ve got two weeks left to raise the funds and I ask you to join us as we prepare to welcome a new ministry tool into the Bethel tool box.  We hope to have the bus by the beginning of December so we can do all of our Christmas events.

If you have been gone for awhile but live in the area, make sure to check out our “Out & About” events (basically, youth group for adults).  We do monthly events ranging from Monterey, to Marin County, and a handful of micro-brewery tours in between.  It is a great way to invite your friends.

Please feel free to make checks payable to Bethel Lutheran Church with “Bus” in the memo and send them my way.  I will make sure they get to the right place and that you get the right documentation to make Uncle Sam happy too.  Keep checking the Bethel Website at for updates.

Let’s get it done so we can continue to “Love Like Jesus” throughout the land!

Peace and Love to you all!     Tom Hoegel

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Fall Festival!


This Wednesday, the Bethel Youth will be attending Bethel’s fall festival. Show up at around 6 and we will head over to the festival. Bring a $5 donation for some fall comfort food, and then we’ll participate in apple cider tasting, a cake walk, bingo, more games, and pumpkin decorating (pumpkins will be provided!). Wear your Halloween costume if you want to show it off! We can’t wait to see you there!

This Sunday, the New Life Band, a traveling group visiting from Tanzania, will be having a concert from 5 to 6 PM in the sanctuary. Read more about the band at We’ll be there, and we hope that you come, too! (P.S. it’s also Laura’s birthday!)

Looking ahead, on the fourth of November, in two Wednesdays, Laura will be speaking about her trip to Tanzania and her experience with the New Life Band. We’ll go out to eat and come back to have her show us some pictures and tell stories about what she did when she was there.

Please text or call us if you have any questions!

Lots of Love,

The Assistants of the Youth
enjoy fall comfort food, apple cider tasting, cake walk, bingo, more games, and pumpkin decorating (pumpkins will be provided!)

Challenge Night!

Hey high schoolers!

This Wednesday night, we will be having a “challenge night” in the youth room. We’ll eat dinner with fun with faith, so come on over at around 5:30 and bring a $3 donation for the food. For challenge night, we’re planning on an evening full of exciting challenges, from watermelon-eating contests to marshmallow races. We really hope you can make it!  🍉

On Friday night, Bethel School is hosting a “Trunk or Treat” event from 5:30 to 7:30 and they’re looking for some volunteers to help with concessions, decorating, and cleanup. Let Tom or one of us know if you want to help (and we can sign for volunteer hours, too!).  💀  🍬  🎃

Next Wednesday, our youth group will be participating in Bethel’s fall festival from 6:15 to 8:30, so mark your calendars. More info on that to follow!  🍃

Lots of Love,

the youth assistants

Halloween Haunt

Hello Youths……If you haven’t noticed, it is October. AND THAT MEANS HAUNT TIME AT GREAT AMERICA!!!!!! :) Tickets are $40 and we will buy them when we get there. We will leave Bethel at 6:15pm on Friday so be here before then! We will try to be back at Bethel by 11:30pm. We hope to see you there for a Frightening Friday! 👻 💀 🎃

Lots of love,

The youth assistants <3

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