Author Archives: Tom

Cookies and Coco

Hi friends,

I want to invite you to check into Specialty Bakery next Thursday, December 21st from 2 to 4 pm to redeem your “post finals” cookie and coco on me 🙂  Come share your highs and lows of your last week of the fall semester and touch base one last time before Christmas.

Also, a reminder that we moved the San Francisco Walking Tour to Wednesday, December 27th from 8:30am to 6:30pm.  See the post below.

All alumni are invited to cookies and SF.  Looking forward to seeing you 🙂

Peace, Tom

End of Summer Picnic

Hi all you Sr High Youth!

This coming Wednesday, August 30th, we will meet at Bethel at 5:30pm to head out for a picnic at Shoreline.  We’ll be stopping to pick up food so bring some $’s or pack something and then spend a bit at Shoreline reflecting on the summer and looking forward to the coming year.  We’ll stop at Yogurtland on our way back so definitely bring some money for a cold treat.

As will all youth events, friends are totally welcome.  So, bring some 🙂  See ya in three days!

Peace, Tom

Youth Ministry Kickoff BBQ

Hi Friends of Bethel Youth,

If you haven’t heard yet, tomorrow night, August 232rd from 6:30pm to 8:30pm is our Annual Youth Ministry Kickoff BBQ.  It is geared for Upper Elementary School through Sr High so if you are one of them or a parent/friend, you are welcome to join us.  We will start with and awesome Hamburger/Hot Dog BBQ with Pastor Ben grilling it up.  Then we’ll do a few mixers and break into groups and talk about events for each group this coming school year.  In the Sr High Department, we’ll especially talk about the National Youth Gathering in Houston next summer.  Then we’ll put a cherry on top and finish with Ice Cream Sundaes.

There is no cost for this event so please come and be our guest.  If possible, please let me know how many of you will be joining us so I can plan ahead for food.  You can call/text me at 408-309-9975 or email me at  See ya tomorrow 🙂

Peace, Tom

Fun Night @ Fuji Film and Golfing next week

Hi Friends,

A special thanks to Jules Kurtz for hosting us at Fuji Film tonight and showing us a bunch of the cool stuff technology is bringing to us now and down the road.  We had a great time!!!

Next Week:

All Middle School – Sr High School Youth are invited to join us on Wednesday, August 2nd for a night of Mini Golf, Food and Fun!  We will meet at Bethel at 5:30, head to dinner, Golf and finish up at Cream for some yummy ice cream sandwiches.  Bring $20 for the night and make sure to invite your friends too. Please let me know if you are coming by emailing me at or texting me at 408-309-9975.

Also, make sure to put August 9th on your calendar for the Annual River Float Trip.  See the previous post for details.

Peace, Tom


Bethel Youth Summer Fun!

Hi Friends,

Hope you’ve been having a great summer!  Here’s the scoop on the upcoming Wednesday night events sponsored by the Bethel Youth Department.  Please try and let me know which events you can make it on so we can plan ahead and save you a spot.  Go ahead and email be at or text me at 408-309-9975.  For the River Float, click on the link below and sign up via  All events are open to friends as well so we’d love to see you and them 🙂

Peace, Tom

Wednesday, July 19th from 6:30pm – 9:00pm:  BBQ at Tom’s House  (Yummy Chicken, Sausages, Salads, Drinks, Chips, Desserts, and time to hang out at chat).  Bring $5 if you’ve got it 🙂

Wednesday, July 26th from 5:30pm – 9:00pm:  A super cool Tech Night at Fuji Film hosted by Jules Kurtz (Cameron’s Dad).  We’ll leave Bethel at 5:30 to grab some food on our way the Fuji Factory where we will have a chance to experience first hand some of the coolest tech advances anywhere.  If you have any interested in Tech or just how things work, this is definitely the night for you.  Just bring $ for dinner on the way.

Wednesday, August 2nd:  We will plan this day this coming Wednesday at the BBQ 🙂

Wednesday, August 9th from 7:00am – 7:00pm:  Our 33rd annual River Float to the American River is on and the River is Awesome!  The cost is only $40 and I would love for you to sign up on the page at   I’m attaching a pdf of the info sheet for you as well

So, lot’s of things to do and memories to build.  Come join us as we celebrate the summer 🙂

2017 River Float Fact Sheet (234.0 KiB)
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Youth Assistant Application :-)

Hi Friends,
So, for the past 33 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 🙂

I would like to have the applications in by next Sunday, June 23rd. Go ahead and print them off an find me next Sunday am. This is going to be a great year!!

Peace, Tom

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Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Outing

Beach Boardwalk Outing 🙂

 This event is for youth in Middle School and up.  We will meet at Bethel at noon and then head over to Santa Cruz where we will spend the afternoon at the Beach and Boardwalk.  Unlimited ride wrist bands are $36 or you can pay per ride.  My suggestion is that you bring $25 – $30 for food and a few rides.  Please make sure to sign up through the sign app to save your spot.  Just go to the following link:       All friends are welcome!

Peace, Tom

May 15th Common Ground Announcements

Hi Friends,

Tonight is our Tour Mtg for all Common Ground Parents!  Please try and make it if you possibly can.  I’m attaching a pdf of tonight’s CG Announcements will all the cool stuff for the coming weeks.  Please call me at 408-309-9975 or email me at with questions or comments.  See ya in a few hours 🙂

Peace, Tom

May 15th CG Annoucements (26.8 KiB)