Upcoming Events

Dear Parents and Students,

This may be information overload, but please try to read this email all the way to the end. This is our attempt at presenting all of the youth events (big and small) for the rest of the year. Now in doing this we reserve the right to tweak a few dates and make minor changes if needed, but we are pretty sure this is how the rest of the year will play out.

March 8th – Seamark Ranch Volunteering – As part of Change the world weekend the students will be heading to Seamark Ranch as a local mission. Student will need work gloves and will meet at the church at 8:30am to depart and will return at 1pm. If your student is planning on attending please have them sign up at http://w.easyreg.org/cgi-bin/acct/V4USY8U7QQ/displayForm.pl?QD4LLGKY_2014

March 28-30 – Confirmation Retreat – Our confirmation retreat will be at Epworth by the Sea camp on St. Simon’s Island in Georgia and have a fun weekend of learning and growing. The cost for the trip is $150 and I highly encourage all confirmands to attend. I understand a few of you may have conflict, but I encourage everyone else to attend. March 9th at 4:30pm in the Kasey Mogle there will be a parents meeting to discuss packing list and other specifics. You can sign your student up for the trip at this link online http://tinyurl.com/k7jjmlx please sign up ASAP so that I can plan accordingly.

May 3 – Youth Mission Trip Fundraiser Dinner – We will be hosting a fundraiser dinner at 5:30pm in the Kasey Mogle to help raise money for the Youth Mission Trip and keep it affordable. We will have dinner along with a silent auction and a live cake and pie auction. If you can donate nice items or know of businesses that will donate items for the silent action please let Chad and Burt know. Or if you can bake a pie or cake for the auction please let us know.

May 16-17 – Mandarin UMC iParent Conference – We will be hosting a parent conference friday and saturday to help parents like you to have better tools to succeed as parents. Nationally known speaker and author Jonathan McKee (http://thesource4parents.com) will be here along with many other great local speakers. Please mark your calendars it promises to be an awesome time. More information including sign ups will be available very soon on our website.

June 1 – Graduation Sunday – High School graduates will have their time in the spotlight on June 1st we will have a special recognition time in the 11am service in Collision as well as a special night of recognition at 5:30pm. If you are a graduating senior please be on the lookout for special instructions coming soon.

June 8 – Confirmation Sunday – Our 8th grade confirmation class will be recognized at 11am in Collision as they make firm their faith. Please be here to support them in their big step to membership.

June 11 – Hang Day – It is pretty simple we hang out at the church and play video games, watch movies and other fun stuff. We will hang from 10:30am up until 4:30pm when open gym starts!  Students need to bring $5 to $10 cash for lunch

June 16-20 – Myrtle Beach Trip – Get ready for an awesome time of fun in the son. Our beach trip this year promises to be a blast as we head to Garden City Chapel up in South Carolina for a trip unlike any other. We will have beach time, games, devotions and worship along with a couple of destination unknowns. This trip is for all students 6-12 grade and the cost is $250. We will leave Monday June 16th at 9am and return Friday June 20 at 6pm. Sign ups, packing list and more information are coming soon.

June 23-27 – VBS for Mandarin UMC – Make sure you sign up to volunteer and help with  Vacation Bible School here at Mandarin.

July 8 – Big Daddy and Burt’s Guys Lunch Bunch – Guys only meet us at the church at 11:30am and bring $10 with you and we will head out to lunch together in town. We will be done and ready for pick up at 2pm.

July 9 – Hang Day -  It is pretty simple we hang out at the church and play video games, watch movies and other fun stuff. We will hang from 10:30am up until 4:30pm when open gym starts! Students need to bring $5 to $10 cash for lunch

July 14-18 – Warren Willis Camp – Summer Camp put on by the Florida United Methodist Conference, it is an awesome time of fun and learning about God. The cost is $395, more information and sign ups can be found at www.warrenwilliscamp.org and at www.mumc.net 

July 22 – Big Daddy and Burt’s Girls Lunch Bunch – Ladies only meet us at the church at 11:30am and bring $10 with you and we will head out to lunch together in town. We will be done and ready for pick up at 2pm.

July 23 – Hang Day – It is pretty simple we hang out at the church and play video games, watch movies and other fun stuff. We will hang from 10:30am up until 4:30pm when open gym starts! Students need to bring $5 to $10 cash for lunch

July 27 – Movie Under The Stars – We will gather at the church at 7pm and eat some hot dogs and movie fare and then gather in the courtyard for worship and a movie outside. Students will need $3 for dinner just like a normal sunday night snack supper.

July 28- Aug 3 – Music Camp – Come and help as Mandarin UMC offers its music camp for kids. Students participate as group leaders and helpers.

August 3-9 Mission Trip to Vero Beach – We will be headed to Vero Beach to work with an organization called Epic Missions as we present a kids camp, do construction and help other community organizations reach people for Christ. We will leave Sunday afternoon after the music camp performance and will return the following Saturday morning. The cost for the trip will be $200. A sign up, application and training information will be available soon.

August 12 – Tubing – We will taking the soon to be 6th graders on an adventure down the ichetucknee river for a time of excitement and bonding.

August 14-15 – Global Leadership Summit – A two day local seminar on leadership produced by Willow Creek. If you are a High Schooler and are interested in growing as a leader, talk to Chad about going to the GLS.

August 24 – Messy Games Night – We will welcome the new 6th graders and have a great time getting messy on our messy game night. We’ll meet at 5pm, bring $5 for dinner, bring some non-perishable food for donation, and wear clothes you dont mind getting dirty.

September 6 – Rock the Universe – Keep an eye out for more info and specifics on this event.

September 14 – Pumpkin Patch Meeting – Keep an eye out for more info and specifics on this event.

October – Remember that we will have pumpkin patch all month long. Come to the meeting on September 14 to schedule your shifts so that you can earn money in your YAMS account. – Keep an eye out for more info and specifics on this.

October 15 – Pumpkin Carving at Westminster  – Keep an eye out for more info and specifics on this event.

October 19 – Pumpkin Carving at City Rescue – Keep an eye out for more info and specifics on this event.

October 26 – Hallow-fling – Keep an eye out for more info and specifics on this event.

November – Team Survival Challenge – Specifics for this event will be available soon, we are waiting to hear back from the camp to make sure our dates are available. We will let you know exact dates and cost ASAP.

December 7 – Caroling for Shut-ins – Keep an eye out for more info and specifics on this event.

December 14 – Christmas Progressive Dinner and Party – Keep an eye out for more info and specifics on this event.

Upcoming Weekend Retreat Opportunity

Upcoming Chrysalis Weekends:

Girl’s Weekend: February 28 – March 2, 2014

Boy’s Weekend: March 7 – 9, 2014

Cost is $80, $25 of which is paid upon registration.  YAMS can be used.
Weekends are held at Faith United Methodist Church

 What is Chrysalis?

Chrysalis is a life-changing experience that will transform youth and young people into world-changing disciples of Jesus Christ. This 5-minute introductory video, used along with Chrysalis brochures, will give potential participants just a taste of what the Chrysalis community is all about. Spread your wings and fly with Christ.

Watch a video here:http://vimeo.com/10045946

 

What Happens on a Chrysalis Flight? 

You’ll spend three days with other people your age in worship, prayer, fellowship, creative expression, recreation, singing, and discussion.  You’ll experience the love of God through prayers and the acts of service from a loving support community.  Think of it as three days for you to discover or re-discover your spiritual self, to analyze and realize who you are in Christ.

You’ll hear talks that focus on the needs of maturing youth of young adults, offer the message of the gospel and the friendship and example of Jesus Christ.  Each day speakers present topics with live examples, followed by discussion, reflection, and creative expression of how these messages can encourage your personal faith.

Who Should Attend A CHRYSALIS FLIGHT/JOURNEY?

CHRYSALIS is for the development of Christian young adults who:

  • wish to strengthen their friendship with Christ.
  • may have unanswered questions about prayer, study, and sharing of faith.
  • understand that being a friend of Christ or a Christian involves responsibility.
  • are open to dedicating their everyday life to God in an ongoing manner.
  • FLIGHTS are for people in High School between 15 – 18 years of age.
  • JOURNEYS are for people between 18 – 24 years of age.

What is a CHRYSALIS?

Before it becomes a butterfly, a caterpillar goes through a growth stage during which it is called a “chrysalis.”  On the surface it may not look like much is happening, but the delicate chrysalis process changes the fuzzy caterpillar into an awesome butterfly with wings of intricate designs and intense colors.  The chrysalis process symbolizes how Christ can transform you into something beyond your dreams.  It happens when you grow beyond yourself, opening your life to Jesus’ power and love.

“Chrysalis” is the name chosen for the youth and young adult version of The Walk To Emmaus, its parent movement, because it symbolizes the spiritual growth that is essential between adolescence and adulthood.  That growth is as crucial for youth as the cocoon is for the caterpillar.  It is that precious time of nurturing a person’s faith for discipleship.

Chrysalis “Flights” (for 15-18 year olds in High School) and “Journeys” (for young adults, ages 19-24) are three-day events.  This three-day spiritual renewal time provides an opportunity for you to learn more about faith, to experience Christian love and support, and to make new faith commitments.  The point is to inspire, challenge and equip you for a close friendship with Christ and for Christian action at home, church, school, and community.

Chrysalis lifts up a way for you to enjoy Christ’s friendship and love and be Christ’s friend and partner in the world.  The three day focus on God’s grace, your experience with Christ as friend, what it means to be the body of Christ, and giving love to a needy world.

NOTE:  If you have any questions about Chrysalis, please see Robbin or Chad.  To attend a weekend, you will need a Sponsor who has been on either the Chrysalis Flight or the Walk to Emmaus.  If you don’t know someone to ask to sponsor you, please see Robbin or Chad and we’ll find one for you.   

Upcoming Events

Dear Parents and Students,

I just wanted to take a minute to remind you of some of the upcoming events we have going on with Mandarin Students!

  • January 19th:  Remember that we do not have youth because of the Holiday weekend. Enjoy your family
  • January 22nd: 4:30pm Open Gym 6pm Small Groups
  • January 26th:  4:30pm Parents Meeting for Students going on the Ski Trip. 4:30pm Open Gym 5:30pm Dinner and 6pm Youth Group.
  • January 29th: 4:30pm Open Gym 6pm Small Groups
  • February 2ndConfirmation Classes begin! 9:45am in Sunday School! (if you have a confirmand and have not received mail about this please contact us) 
  • February 2nd: Super Bowl Party! We will have games, prizes, food, fun and the Big Game on the Big Screen.Come in your favorite sports team shirts and invite some friends. It will be free! We will still have open gym at 4:30pm and the Party will start at 6pm.
  • February 5th: 4:30pm Open Gym 6pm Small Groups
  • February 9th: 4:30pm Open Gym 5:30pm Dinner 6pm Youth
  • February 12th: 4:30pm Open Gym 6pm Small Groups
  • February 14th – 18th: Ski Trip for High Schoolers SEE BELOW!
  • February 16th: No Youth Activities because of Ski Trip
  • February 19th: 4:30pm Open Gym 6pm Small Groups
  • February 23rd: 4:30pm Open Gym 5:30pm Dinner 6pm Youth
  • February 26th: 4:30pm Open Gym 6pm Small Groups

Ski Trip! We still have a slot available for a high school student on the ski trip and I may be able to open a couple more for students. Currently I have 19 students signed up. I am full with Chaperones, but I may be able to take a couple more students. If you are interested in is $325 to go and we need a $50 non refundable deposit to hold your spot past January 26th. Sign ups will end on January 26th if your student is planning on attending.
Here is the link to sign up http://tinyurl.com/lrrku6h 

  • March 28-30: Confirmands! Remember - Confirmation Retreat Weekend

If you have any questions please contact Burt or myself.

All events have been added to the Student Calendar.

Your Servant in Christ,
Chad Deetz