Next Wednesday (8/31)

Hi guys!!

This upcoming wednesday we will be brainstorming about ideas for the year!! We’ll be talking about Wednesday night activities, service projects and discussions to Sunday School topics and deciding whether or not we want to do Common Ground again (cuz, you know, its the most boring event of the year *sarcasm*). So please, calling all high schoolers, EVEN OUR NEWEST CHERUBS, the freshmen. But please only come if you have a brain stuffed full of ideas (that comes with a BIG, FAT JK, cuz my brain’s as empty as the US’s bank account and I will most certainly be there).

This is YOUR program and we need YOU GUYS to help shape it, so PLEASE join me as we plan a most wonderful new year :)

More logistical details to come. Stay tuned.


Your lovely youth assistant,


P.S. Make sure to sign up for LABOR DAY RETREAT this weekend, it’ll be a BLAST! Please talk to any of the youth assistants, Tom, or Molly if you have any questions about registration.

Thrill Ride

Thriving Through Life’s Ups and Downs

Labor Day Retreat 2010
September 4, 5 and 6th
Mt. Cross Camp, Felton

Over 130 Bethel members and friends experienced a “thrilling time” at this year’s Labor Day Retreat as Mt. Cross was transformed into a mini amusement park.

Our speaker at this year’s event was Rene Schlaepfer, Sr. Pastor at Twin Lakes Church in Aptos and author of the book “Thrill Ride – Thriving Through Life’s Ups and Downs”.  Throughout the weekend Pastor Rene shared insights from his book highlighting, at times in amusing fashion, his own personal ups and downs.  Using scriptural references of the lives of Moses and David he showed us how God promises to be with us too as we navigate through the rollercoasters of our own lives.

The thrill ride theme was highlighted at worship with a liturgical drama “The Ride of Your Life” which followed riders waiting in line for a thrilling but unknown rafting ride.  Rafters were encouraged to take their faith outside the comfort and security of the “park” where they could experience great fulfillment and joy – as long as they follow their guide.   Worship continued as participants were divided into “boats”, complete with oars and flags. Members of each boat were encouraged to explore how they’ve experienced uncertainty as members of Bethel Church but also hope and joy for the future with Jesus Christ as our guide.

In addition to this year’s dynamic speaker, the usual fun activities were back – this year with an amusement park theme! Favorite events like the opening mixers, campfire, carnival, Olympics, and the variety show allowed for new friends to be made and reconnecting with old ones.  Retreat goers certainly had plenty to do but also had time to kick back, relax, and enjoy the beauty that surrounded them.

If you would like to view Pr. Rene’s sessions from the Labor Day Retreat weekend, videos are available online.  DVDs will also be available in the Bethel Library.

Many thanks to all the committee members who made this weekend possible. If you are interested in helping with next year’s retreat, please contact the church office.