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 :-)
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 :-)
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 :-)

Mid July Sr High Check In

Happy July Friends,

I want to invite you to join us for a create your own night event this coming Wednesday, July 16th.  We’ll meet at our usual 5:30 pm time in the youth room and then head out to grab some dinner, and then make it back to Bethel to chat (you pick the topics).  To finish off, we’ll jump in the bus again and roll over to Yogurtland.  So, bring $’s for food stuff.  Should be fun :-)  Try and let me know via text (408-309-9975) or email ( if you can make it.

Peace, Tom

Santa Cruz Boardwalk Day – Today!!

Hi Friends,

Yes, you heard correctly:  We are off to the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk today.  Both the middle school and high school groups, plus our college youth will be taking the Bethel Bus to the Boardwalk on Thursday, July 10th after Vacation Bible School (around 12pm) to hang out on the beach and ride some rides. It’s Pepsi Can Night so we’ll remind everyone to bring a Pepsi can or bottle to get an all-ride-pass for $13. Youth can bring a lunch and/or dinner to go, or buy food at the Boardwalk.

Bring a towel, sunscreen, sweatshirt, beach chair and money $20 – $30 depending on what you want to do today.  Questions, call or text me at 408-309-9975.  We be back at Bethel around 9pm.

See ya soon,  Tom

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 – Friday, 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

Practice makes perfect!

Hello friends,
A quick reminder that we have the mandatory Common Ground Work Weekend this Friday at 7:15pm to 4pm on Saturday, make sure to be there! Please bring $25, a sleeping bag, a change of clothes, a toothbrush, and anything you need to study.
This Wednesday we will have another Common Ground practice starting at 7:15pm, we’re getting close to tour so attendance is important! Next week is practice as well, see the May/June Common Ground schedule for details.
Also, make sure to remember that we do NOT have Sunday School.
Love you all very much,
Rachel, Charlotte, Mel