Category Archives: Jr. High

Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk Outing

Beach Boardwalk Outing ūüôā

 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 Р$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

Summer Events!

Hey everyone!!! This is your list of fun events that you can attend for the next few weeks! ūüŹĄ ¬†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‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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 ‚ÄúReconciling Works‚ÄĚ (formerly ‚ÄúLutherans 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!!!!¬† ‚ėļ ‚úƬ† ūüéÜ ‚õ™

Myriad of Events

Hi all!

This Wednesday, December 10, Bethel will be hosting a Scandinavian Dance at 6pm, however, you should here by 5:30 and bring your own dinner.

Congratulations to Bethel on electing a new lead pastor!

On Saturday, December 13, the a capella group, Grace Notes, will have a concert starting at 7pm. (Junior High welcome)

On Sunday, December 14, Bethel will be having its Christmas Concert at 6pm. (Junior High welcome)

On Sunday the 21st, we will be ice skating, having pizza, and caroling starting at 2pm until 6pm. (Junior High welcome)

The 23rd is the San Francisco walking tour.

If you have any questions please contact us at these phone numbers:

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



Cinema & Pumpkin Patch

Hello all of you people, this Wednesday 10/8 we will be meeting at Bethel at 5:30 to go watch the movie “God is Not Dead”.¬† ūüé• Tom will have pizza for us upon arriving at his home so make sure to bring $5.¬† ūüćē¬† ūüíĶ Hope to see all of you there!¬† ‚ėļ

Also on Sunday 10/19 we will be heading to Livermore for a pumpkin patch and corn maze! We will be leaving at noon (after the second service) and we will be heading out to lunch. Admission is $10 and bring an extra $10-15 for food. We will be back at Bethel around 6:00 Hope to see all of you there!¬†Feel free to invite all of your friends! ūüéÉ

If you have any questions contact us!

Tom 408-309-9975¬† ūüĎď Emilie 408-781-7386¬† ūüźĮ Spencer 408-206-2343¬† ūüé∂


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 ūüôā
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 ūüôā
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 ūüôā

Special Middle School – Sr High Special Summer Events :-)

Hello Parents and Friends,

I’m excited to tell you all of some Bethel Youth Activities this coming summer.  To start it off, I want to include an email from Tyler Freckmann who will be helping lead six events this summer:  3 for Middle Schoolers and 3 that will include Sr High youth as well.  Here’s info about the event tomorrow:

Just some info and a reminder about our Middle School-High School Beach Bonfire Night tomorrow from 4pm-9pm:
We’ll be meeting at Bethel at 4pm, and we’ll head down to Santa Cruz soon afterward (Molly Schrey, Chris Freckmann, and I are the drivers).
We’ll grab dinner at Togo’s so bring $$ for that. Then we’ll head down to the beach and hang out around a bonfire, making s’mores and doing some fun activities.
Looking forward to it –¬†
– Tyler
Here is an excerpt from Robyn’s email yesterday with general info for the other events:
We at Bethel want to support you and your Confirmation age youth with some summer opportunities to help with community building.

Tyler Freckmann, college student at University of California¬†at Berkeley¬†and Bethel Youth and Mt Cross alum and amazing leader will¬†be spending¬†dedicated time this summer with your 7th and 8th graders –¬†¬†(I will too because I go through serious kid¬†withdrawal¬†during our break from “classes”).

Here is what is happening – and some are coming up very¬†quickly …

Sunday activities for 7th and 8th Graders – Friends ARE
Welcome –¬†we will meet at Bethel at noon and include lunch.

June 29th       Laser Tag

July 20           Lego

August 2        Pool Party

August 31      a special Sunday emphasis time at Mt Cross Labor Day Weekend

Activities with the High School Youth …

June 24th (Tuesday)      Beach Bon Fire: From 4pm-9pm   Cars leave from Bethel

July 10th (Thursday)      Boardwalk:  Noon (after VBS)   Youth Bus leaves from Bethel

August 6 (Wednesday)  River Rafting: All day  Youth Bus leaves from Bethel

Check this website as we get closer to each of these events for details ūüôā

So, as you can see, lots to do and lots of opportunities to become a part of this awesome community.  Feel free to contact Robyn (, Tyler (, or myself ( with any questions or comments.  Encourage your youth to come and catch the excitement.
Tom Hoegel

Four Morsels for You :-)

Happy Summer to all of you!

Here are some tidbits to help get you up to speed as we head into summer (a full summer schedule will be out soon).  Please make sure you respond to secure your spots.

1.) ¬†WSYG Meeting: ¬†Wednesday, June 18th at 6pm in the Fireside Room. ¬†We’ll hand out detailed schedules as well as $’s due as we head into the event.

2.)  Annual Drive In Movie Night:  Wednesday, June 18th meeting at 7:15 pm in the parking lot.  Bring $ for the movie and snack.  We will see a PG13 or lower movie together as a group and there will be students driving.  If you need to ride with an adult, please let us know.

3.) ¬†Beach Bonfire Night: ¬†Tuesday, June 24th meeting at 4pm at Bethel. ¬†This will be a joint Middle School/High School event led by Tyler Freckmann. ¬†Let’s welcome our new Middle Schoolers as we kickoff the summer.

4.) VBS (Vacation Bible School):  Mornings starting Monday, July 7th РFriday, July 11th.  The success of this awesome week depends on volunteers and we definitely need you. Please let me know if you are interested.

Questions or responses?  You can call or text me on my cell at 408-309-9975 or email me at

Peace, Tom

Ice Skating Fun

Hello wonderful people!
Just a reminder that we shall be ice skating, caroling, and pizza tomorrow, 12/22 at 2:00 pm. Hope to see everyone there!
Your lovely youth assistants,
Charlotte, Rachel, Mel

This upcoming week…

Hi Friends!
This next Wednesday, 9/18 at 6:00, we will have a BBQ and ice cream sundaes with the youth and parents, you don’t need to bring any money, it’s our treat! We will discuss this upcoming year, and we will learn critical information for the Western States Youth Gathering. Make sure to come, it will be tons of fun! If anyone is interested in helping make food, that will begin at 5:00.
Next Wednesday, the 25th at 5:30, everyone is invited to bring their own dinner and we will have the Dr. Phil, Jesus, or me discussion. This event is super fun so don’t miss out!
As always, the youth room will be open at 3:00 for anyone who wants to work on homework before youth group!
Lots of Love,
Mel, Charlotte, and Rachel

Wednesday Parental Unit Orientation (9/14)

Hello my beautiful cherubs.

Please accept this cordial invitation to join Tom, Michael, Megan, Hannah, Molly, Marianne, Susan, Robyn, Jeanine, Carol and me as we gear up for this coming year. We will be having dinner at 6. Dinner will be followed by a presentation about all the upcoming events for this year. This includes information about Wildside (6th, 7th and 8th Fellowship), Confirmation (7th and 8th Classes), Affirmation of Baptism (9th grade Confirmation), Wednesday night Fellowship (Sr. High), Ski trip (Sr. High), Common Ground (Sr. High), Mission to Mexico (Sr. High), and the National Youth Gathering (Sr. High). It’s all very confusing, I know, but that is why were are having this meeting. ūüôā To make sure Michael doesn’t end up getting Confirmed again (even if he may need it) and to make sure Erin doesn’t end up having a discussion on the stresses of college apps (even if the saying is the earlier the better).

Anyway, all students (6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th) please bring all parental/other guardian type units (moms, dads, aunts, uncles, grandmothers, fairy godmothers, etc.) and join us for an exciting informational meeting filled with hamburgers, hotdogs, games and a wonderful introduction to NOW.


Your lovely youth assistants,

Tyler, Megan, Michael, Hannah

P.S. RSVP to Tom by calling Bethel at 408-252-8500 X113 or by sending an email to