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

Summer BBQ this Wednesday

Hi Friends,

Come to Bethel this coming Wednesday, July 29th at 6:30pm for a “BYOMOMS,AD” BBQ.  Yes, that means “bring your own meat or meat substitute, and drinks” and we’ll grill it up.  I’ll get chips and some salad things as well.

After dinner, we’ll spend some time catching up on life this summer and then head out on a little walk to Yogurtland for some evening “cool”.  All you need to bring is your meat, drinks, money for yogurt and a friend or two.  Should be fun!

Yes, you guessed it:  The Bus is still in the Shop :-)

Next week, if all goes well, we’ll be out on our Annual River Float.  I hope to be able to give a definitive “yes” this Wednesday.  Please text me at 408-309-9975 and let me know if you can make it :-)

Peace, Tom

Change of plan for tomorrow

Hi Friends,

Well, the bus is having another tantrum and doesn’t want to start again.  I will be towing it to the Ford Dealer again and hope to have it fixed for good :-)

This does mess up our Boardwalk outing, so we will postpone that until we have transportation again.  In the meantime, we will gather at my house at 6:30pm for a good old fashioned hot dog and hamburger bbq.  Bring $5 and you won’t go away hungry.  We’ll spend some time eating, chatting, hanging out and trying to stay cool.  Oh yea, I think ice cream sundaes are in order too.

I’ll also give out our summer event schedule tomorrow night as well.  Please text or email me by tomorrow noon if you think you can make it.  Let me know if you need directions too :-)

Peace, Tom

SF Pride Parade

Hi Friends,

I want to remind and invite you to join Pastor Gabi as Bethel joins the Lutheran contingent at the Pride Parade in San Francisco.  Below is Gabi’s invitation and info on the event.  I encourage you to attend this event with a parent, or for sure with parent’s permission.  Should be a powerful day.  Let me know if you are interested in going and Pastor Gabi if you have any questions :-)

Peace, Tom


Love GodLove PeopleShare Jesus.

Proclaim your faith and experience walking in the 2015 SF Pride Parade together with other people of faith.

Hop on the Bethel Bus on Sunday, June 28 at 10:30am. 

Then we will take BART between the Daly City and Embarcadero BART stations

(bring $ for train fare for 2 BART rides – Daly City to Embarcadero stations).

The day will include scripture lesson, reflection, communion, coffee, and pastries on the bus.

We will join other Lutheran congregations as part of the “Reconciling Works” (formerly “Lutherans Concerned) contingent at Beale Street.

After the event, the bus will pick us up at Daly City BART and take us back to Bethel.

For more information, contact Pr. Gabi at">

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Youth Assistant Application Time :-)

Hi Friends,
So, for the past 31 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

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Change for tomorrow:

Hi Friends,

Well, the bus finally made it home and seems to be running well.  The bummer is that my body hasn’t been running that well.  I had a pretty good adventure with Vertigo last weekend and while I’m doing quite a bit better, I’m still a bit too dizzy to take the bus out.

So, we will postpone our “Create your own Outing” to a future date :-(

We will still have our Detroit Gathering Mtg tomorrow, June 24th at 7:15pm in the Youth Room.  Make sure to come for final details and to figure out how much you still owe.

Next week, July 1st at noon, we’ll head to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk.  Bring $ for food and rides.  We’ll return at 7:30pm.  Make sure to sign up outside the youth room to save your spot :-)

Peace, Tom

Summer Events!

Hey everyone!!! This is your list of fun events that you can attend for the next few weeks! 🏄  Also, congrats Common Ground on a fantastic Tour!!!

On Sunday, June 21st will be the outdoor worship kick off starting at 10:45 A.M. with a BBQ afterwards, hope to see all of you out there!

On Wednesday, June 24th the high school and college kids will be attending an event where you will create your own outing and dinner from 2-7 and you will meet in the youth room. You can decide where you want to go and where you want to eat dinner, bring around $20. At 7:15 P.M. there will be the final detroit meeting with your parents, meet in the youth room.

On Sunday, June 28th is the Gay Pride Parade in SanFrancisco. Here is a note from pastor Gabi about the parade: If you believe that God’s love extends to everyone, proclaim your faith and experience walking in the 2015 SF Pride Parade together with other people of faith. This is an opportunity to show God’s love to those who sadly associate Christians with hatred and prejudice. How? Hop on the Bethel Bus on Sunday, June 28 at 7:30am. We then will take BART between the Daly City and Embarcadero BART stations (bring around $25 for train fare and food with you). The day will include Scripture lesson, reflection, communion, coffee, and pastries on the bus. Around 10am, we will join other Lutheran congregations as part of the “Reconciling Works” (formerly “Lutherans Concerned) contingent at Beale Street. The bus will pick us up around 1pm and take us back to Bethel. For more information, contact Pr. Gabi. Also at 6:00 P.M. there will be a labor day retreat meeting! Contact Tom if you want to help!

On Wednesday, July 1st the junior high, high school, and college kids will be at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk from 12-7:30. Bring money for food and attractions. Sign up outside of the youth room to save your spot!

As a reminder: from now until July 5th will be a diaper drive, where we will be collecting diapers to go and take to detroit. Please donate if you are able to!

On Sunday, July 5th at the 10:45 service will be the commissioning for the detroit youth gathering.

SEE ALL OF YOU LATER!!!!  ☺ ✌  🎆 ⛪