There was an error in this gadget

Monday, February 23, 2009

Eastview Parent Weekly, February 22-28

Dear Parents,

SUMMER YOUTH TRIPS

Middle School- Mission: Kansas

Our ministry decided has decided that this trip will be open to all students entering graded 6-9 for the 2009-2010 school year. The registration/permission/information packet is available online at our Parent Website (link below) under the “Forms” section. You can save $50 on this trip by registering before The EARLY BIRD registration date-April 29th.

High School- CIY Summer Conference

Our CIY Summer Conference is in Carbondale Illinois. This trip is for students entering grades 9-12 for the 2009-2010 school year, as well as our 2009 graduates. There is more information available for this trip also on our Parent Website. A $50 deposit is due by April 22. There will be a registration/permission/information packet available within the next few weeks. If you have questions in the meantime, please contact me.

Here is the total summer schedule (with names of Deans) for North East Iowa Christian Service Camp:
(I’ll post cost as soon as it is available)

June 14-19: 6th + 8th Grade #1 (John Mulholland + Hannah Burkle)
June 21-24: 4th + 5th Grade (Bob Dishman + Ray Artrip)
June 26+27: 2nd + 3rd Grade Overnight (Linda Arends + Rob Perry)
June 28-July 1: 3rd + 4th Grade (Tim Platt + James Schmolt)
July 5-11: High School (Hannah Burkle + John Mulholland)
July 12-17: 6th - 8th Grade #2 (Warren Curry + Brad Sheldon)
July 19-23: 5th + 6th Grade (Rocky Wolery + Val Swinton)
August 7-9: Family Camp (Dennis Platt, Rob Perry + Mike Jolly)

As an FYI, I’ll be in Columbus Ohio for the National Youth Ministry Conference from this Thursday to the following Monday. I’ll check email at the end of each day, and will have access to voicemail.

Finally, please be on the lookout for the March parents letter next week after youth group.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Eastview Parent Weekly, February 15-21

Dear Parents,

This is a day later than normal; yesterday I was in Lincoln, Illinois with 4 of our high school seniors visiting Lincoln Christian College and Seminary for a campus visitation day. We had an amazing time. We slept in the dorms, took a campus tour, attended some classes...it was a very good time. We also got in some good laughs and ate at Monical’s Pizza in Peoria. There are some pictures available over here.

Ministry Team Update:
We are looking for a few adults who will compliment our ministry team and help our students on the journey of Christ. We are ever striving for a goal of 1 adult/5students for our Wednesday night small groups. Beginning this week, our current ministry team will be working on a “Sponsor Handbook” for our adult leaders. If you join our ministry team, we’ll work with you to give you the resources you need to minister to our kids. If you are interested in joining our team in September, I urge you to please speak with me soon, so you can be a part of our Fall 2009 planning.

Ministry Team Meeting:
Our ministry team meets monthly. February’s meeting is coming up on the 22nd. At the beginning of the meeting, we’ll be finalizing the details for our upcoming Kansas Mission Trip. If you have some thoughts about it, please come and share. Then, hang around for some discussion. We’ll be done by 1:45.

Upcoming Events: (please check the online calendar on the parent website for ALL dates)
March 28th- 10am-Noon
Parent/Student meeting for Kansas Mission Trip
April 22-
CIY Summer Conference Deposit and Registration Form Due
Upcoming Kernals Fundraiser Dates:
Date Game Starts Time we need to be there
Friday, April 10 6:35 9:30
Saturday, April 11 2:05 5:00
Friday, April 24 6:35 9:30
Friday, May 1 12:05 3:00
Saturday, May 2 6:35 9:30
Friday, May 15 6:35 9:30
Friday, May 22 6:35 9:30
Friday, August 28 6:35 9:30
Saturday, August 29 6:35 9:30

Finally, in next week’s letter I’ll have a list of ALL of the 2009 summer camp dates for North East Iowa Christian Service Camp.

I hope that you have a great week!

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Parent Letter, February 9

Dear Parents,

Sorry for the length of this letter. It feels like Spring outside, but I think that we know better! Nevertheless, I hope that you can get outside for a few minutes today and enjoy the weather.

As was communicated last week, our New Sexuality lesson plan is on hold, probably until Fall. We’ll keep you in the loop. Here’s what the balance of the winter/spring looks like for lesson material:

Youth Group:
Beginning this week, we’ll have a 6-7 week study on 1 Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity.” Each week, we’ll be taking a look at one of the aspects of how our young people should be setting an example to one another. We’ll have one of our adults or leaders share during our big group time, and ten follow up with some discussion in our small groups.
After we are finished with 1 Timothy 4:12, we’ll be going through the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible, which will take us to summer.
Like we did last year, we’ll be taking parts of the Summer off, due to our various trips.

D-Group:
We’re currently answering the big questions of life. This week and next, the kids are researching “What is God’s will?”. We are having some amazing conversations, and the kids are really struggling with who God is. It’s great to be a part of it.
Beginning in April, to get us ready for our upcoming 30 Hour Famine Event and our d-group retreat, we’ll be reading the book My 30 Days Under the Overpass by Mike Yankoski. This study will take us to Summer.

Upcoming Events:
February 15-16- Trip to Lincoln Christian College for high school seniors. We’ll leave by 3pm on Sunday, return early evening Monday.
February 26-March 2- National Youth Ministry Convention in Columbus Ohio.

Summer 2009 Schedule:

June 14-19 Middle School Camp @ NEICSC
For kids entering grades 6-8 for the 2009-2010 school year.
Location: North East Iowa Christian Service Camp, Bristow Iowa
Purpose: To connect kids with other Christians in the area in an environment where they can explore the Good News of Jesus Christ and learn how Jesus can transform them.
Music, organized games, small groups, campfire, daily free time, morning large group time and evening worship service.
2009 Theme: Thirst
Camp Deans: Hannah Burkle/John Mulholland
Cost for 2008 Camp: $175

June 28-July 3 Mission: Kansas 2009
We are currently determining the age group that we will target for this trip, and your opinion is greatly needed. Please join us at our February ministry team meeting (February 15-immediately following corporate worship-11:45-ish) to be a part of the conversation. Once the age group is determined, we’ll hold a meeting to cover more specific details of this trip.
Location: Morning Start Ranch, Florence Kansas
Purpose: To introduce kids to acts of service in an environment that they are not used to. While they will connect with other students, our daily devotional times will explore what service looks like in the Bible, and our days will be spent applying these things as we work.
Work and service opportunities, morning and evening group time, campfire, high elements course and the best “knock-out” court Florence Kansas has to offer.
Trip Leader: John Mulholland and other adult sponsors.
Cost for 2009: $150/student

July 5-11 High School Camp @ NEICSC
For kids entering grade for the 2009-2010 school year to 2009 graduates.
Location: North East Iowa Christian Service Camp, Bristow Iowa
Purpose: To connect kids with other Christians in the area with a heavy emphasis on providing opportunity to explore the Good News of Jesus Christ and learn how Jesus can transform them. We’ll be going a little heavy on the explore and transform.
Music, organized games, small groups, campfire, daily free time, morning large group time and evening worship service.
2009 Theme: Thirst, John 4
Camp Deans: Hannah Burkle/John Mulholland
Cost for 2008 Camp: $205

July 27-August 1 CIY Summer Conference-MOVE
For kids entering grade 9 for the 2009-2010 school year to 2009 graduates.
Location: Southern Illinois University, Carbondale Illinois
MOVE is a 5-day event designed to amplify the call of Christ on student lives to become Kingdom workers for the sake of the Gospel. Students will connect to God through song, art, film, and service.
Amazing music, awesome speakers and messages, small group time that will leave a mark. God speaks, you MOVE.
Cost: $269 by July 13, $304 after. $50 deposit due by April 22..
Trip Leader: John Mulholland and other adult sponsors.

Last but not least...fundraiser dates:
Like last year, we’ll be working at the Kernels stadium for our main summer fundraiser. The following dates are ours. Please mark your calendars now. We’ll need about 10-15 people per night, adults are welcome to help. On most nights, as long as the group we have is ready to work, this takes an hour and a half at most. The April 24 date will be a part of our 30 Hour Famine event, money raised that night will go towards a local mission.

Date Game Starts Time we need to be there
Friday, April 10 6:35 9:30
Saturday, April 11 2:05 5:00
Friday, April 24 6:35 9:30
Friday, May 1 12:05 3:00
Saturday, May 2 6:35 9:30
Friday, May 15 6:35 9:30
Friday, May 22 6:35 9:30
Friday, August 28 6:35 9:30
Saturday, August 29 6:35 9:30

Because Jesus is Lord



John Mulholland
Next Generations Minister
Eastview Christian Church

Monday, February 2, 2009

Eastview Parent Weekly, February 1-7 2009

We had a great weekend with 5 of our middle school students this past weekend. The event itself was great, the hotel and pool awesome, and we managed to keep the Eastview tradition of eating at Don & Millie’s alive and well. We attended Sunday service at First Christian Church in Council Bluffs yesterday; there were at least 500 people there. We heard a great message that capped off the trip well.

A few things coming up:

We start “The New Sexuality” study material on Wednesday, February 18. This Wednesday night, each of our kids will receive your February newsletter. In it, you’ll find our topic list, dates that the material will be taught, a summer schedule of events, and the CYPU monthly Parent Page.

Sunday February 15:
Our monthly ministry team meeting. The initial topic will be our Kansas Mission Trip, and we’d like your thoughts.

Sunday February 15-16:
Trip to Lincoln Christian College and Seminary for our high school seniors. Cost is $30/student.

We hope to see your kids at youth group this week!