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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

The Summer Wednesday Schedule

Hi Friends,

Here’s the scoop for the Wednesdays this summer.  Details of each event will be posted a couple of weeks before they happen, but this will help you save the dates 🙂  Make sure to sign up and bring a few friends too 🙂

Peace, Tom

July 17th @ 6:30pm:  Small Group Meeting to give direction for Bethel’s Future (see details in the following post)

July 24th @ 7am:  River Float on the American River

July 31st:  Day on Angel Island (hiking, biking, segways, hanging out 🙂

August 5th – 7th (Mon – Wed):  Lake Tahoe Trip to the Brouillette’s House in Truckee

August 14th @ 6:30pm:  Common Ground Pizza and Video Night

August 21st:  Open for now

August 28th @ 6:30 pm:  BBQ and Brainstorm Event

2012 River Float Details

Hi Friends,
Back by popular demand (after last year’s river closure): The Bethel River Float on the American River. Check out the attachment for all the details. Please text me at 408-309-9975 to let me know if you and your friend(s) are coming. Should be a blast.
Peace, Tom

2012 River Float Info (77.7 KiB)

Upcoming Stuff

Happy Summer Friends,

We were having some web issues so I apologize that the summer events did not show up on the calendar until just a short time ago. Just a little reminder that we’re off to the Boardwalk this coming Wednesday at noon and you need to RSVP to me or sign up on “The Wall” by tomorrow to save your spot. (check the event details or Kristen’s update for specifics).

Next week is the River Float and the following week is The Houseboating Trip. All Sr High youth are invited to join our youth group and two other’s from Southern California as we spend an action filled week together. We’ll start out Saturday night, July 24th with a BBQ at Bethel, spend the night at church, worship outside in the morning, and then head to Lake Don Pedro for 5 days of houseboating, wake boarding, fishing, eating, studying, hanging out FUN! The trip will conclude Friday afternoon, July 30th. The total cost for the trip is $350 and the money is due by Wednesday, July 21st. Signed up as of right now is Michael Schrey, Alex Nadell, Jonathan Stolan, Rachel Gaardsmoe, Emma Rothwein, Trevor Leimer, Andrew Barton, Jessica Cohan, Luke Ferguson, Kevin Biehl, and Lindsay & Kristen Bryson. There is only room available for alternates as of right now.

Keep your eyes and ears open for the rest of the summer events and make sure to check out the website for details.

Peace, Tom

Thursday the 27th!

So sadly our wednesday nights of fun are at an end. This week instead of a wednesday event we will be meeting up on THURSDAY at 5:30 to go to Taco Bell/ Togos/ KFC/ Starbucks and then we will be heading off to Homestead High School to see Rachel and Tyler in the play The Laramie Project. This play is an incredibly moving story about a boy who was killed in Wyoming for being gay. If you can make it then please go to show your support of Rachel and Tyler and to see a great play!
REMINDER: This friday and saturday is the Common Ground work weekend. We will be meeting at church at 7:15 to practice our songs and dramas and start putting our show together!!! If you cannot come make sure to let Tom know. We should be done by 4 on saturday 🙂
See you all soon!
P.S. Bring $6 and your ASB card for the play.

Wednesday the 12th!! :)

Tomorrow we will be attending the forth, and final, class on the ELCA’S Human Sexuality Statement. Come at 5:30 if you would like to get some dinner before, or just come at 7 for the class. We will be done at 8:30. Should be great! Better see all you kids there.

P.S Guess who’s going to Hawaii next year???? I AMMMMMM!!!!! (in case you were wondering)

Hope you’re all having a great week so far 🙂


Wednesday the 28thhhhhhhh

Tomorrow come to church at 5:30. We’ll pick up some dinner (bring $$$$), then be back at church at 7 to listen to the second week of the ELCA’s sexuality social statement. The discussion will be over at 8:30!!!!!

Better see you there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
🙂 Paige

Wednesday the 21st!!!!

Tomorrow head to church at 5:30 to get some din at McDonalds, Quiznos, El Pollo Loco, or anywhere else in that vicinity!! After we’ll head back to the fire side room at around 7 for the ELCA sexuality statement discussion. Hope you all can make it!!! Seeeeeee you thereeeeee 🙂


The youth assistants worked with Chris to create a CG 2010 facebook group. We’re hoping this will spread the word about our concerts and help bring in the crowds!!!! Soooo….please accept the invitation!!!!

If we missed you, you can click on this and join. The group is open to everyone! We will soon be creating events for each of our concerts. Once that is done you can help support CG by inviting all your friends and family to the kick-off/homecoming concerts!!!



Wednesday the 17th..St. Patty’s Day :)!

Tonight we’ll be having a wonderful St. Patty’s Day celebration at the Emmert’s. Leave at 5:30 and be back around 8:30. If you haven’t already signed up make sure to do so, so we know how much food is going to be needed!! DON’T FORGET TO WEAR YOUR GREEN CLOTHING!!!


Mission to Mexico Safety Update

Hi Friends,
I know you are concerned, as I am, about the latest reports of violence in Mexico. We will be researching the facts of what has been happening and determining if the environment is safe for us to travel to the Tijuana area.

Esperanza is also very actively pursuing the safety concerns and I am including an email from the Chair of the Esperanza Board as to her personal commitment to get the accurate facts.

Please contact me with questions and/or concerns. I will keep you posted as to our plans.

Peace, Tom

Here’s Jan’s letter:
March 15, 2010
Dear Esperanza groups,

Yesterday, March 14, 2010, the United States Department of State web site upgraded the Mexico Alert to a Warning. We immediately became aware of this status change and met this morning to determine the course we will take and share that information with you.

As a group leader of 19 consecutive years and board member since 2001, I will be going to Posada this Wednesday to observe, ask questions, and try to assess. We, as a board, remain committed to your safety and take our duty seriously. We pledge a thorough investigation of what impact this might have on our valued groups. We also have a contact with the American Consulate in Tijuana to determine what increase danger might be present. Statistically at this time, Tijuana is increasingly safer with a sizeable reduction of violence during the past 12 months.

Please look for an update later this week.

Jan Kline

Aimee Khuu
Esperanza Registrar