Youth & Family Ministry Update E-News for Nov 1, 2013
Want to get this bi-montly enews delivered directly to your email box? Connect with Gary directly email@example.com or 614-464-3532 extension 110.
November: Time To Be Thankful!
Visits To Your Area
Gary will be attending the six Fall Conference Consultation meetings this autumn. There are three more to go. Contact him if you want to connect while he is in your area.
Monday November 4: Christ, Cambridge
Tuesday November 5: Peace, Beavercreek
Wednesday November 6: Zion, Middletown
Renew Youth Director Retreat
November 11-13, 2013 at Lutheran Memorial Camp. There is no cost for the retreat; however, you do need to register
Register at lomocamps.org
Click on Retreats, Church Professional Retreats, Renew 2013
Yes, you are welcome to come and go as needed!
Renew Retreat Special Guests include
Mary Lasits: Monday 7:30 pm
Come hear how youth can be involved in Lutheran Social Service projects.
Mary Woodward: Tuesday 10:30 am
Come hear how youth can be involved in Lutheran Disaster Response Activities.
Jessica Obrecht: Tuesday 4 pm
Come hear about Jessica's recent ELCA Global Mission experience in Malaysia.
Rev. Ron Wean: Tuesday 6:15 pm
Come meet and hear Rev Wean. He is the author of the book "Healing Traumatized Churches." Rev. Wean will be talking about self care along with trauma recognition, recovery, and resiliency. He Pastors Mighty Fortress Lutheran, Kettering.
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Church Mutual Tip of the Month
Slips and falls are a leading cause of injury in worship centers. Our new safety video shows how you can help put an end to the trend.
In a recent year, slips and falls accounted for 3,467 claims at Church Mutual. Broken bones, as well as head, neck and back injuries, are a common result. Even worse, according to the National Safety Council, these types of accidents were responsible for 14,500 deaths in one year. The majority of deaths — 80% — were people over the age of 65.
Don’t put your congregation at risk a minute longer. In our new Slips and Falls video, you’ll learn how to:
1.) Make stairs safer.
2.) Secure entryways in winter and during rainy weather.
3.) Identify and prevent common slip causes.
For more information on how you can prevent slips and falls at your worship center, watch our latest Safety Series video. Or explore our other safety materials dedicated to preventing slips, falls and other accidents.
Let Gary Know Your Summer Plans
Nearly every week Gary is contacted by a congregation asking what other churches are doing for a summer trip in 2014. Let him know when and where you will be going and with what organization. There may be others looking to join you. Let's connect!
Wanted Gathering Coordinator
Yes, it is that time again. Time to gather a Gathering Coordinator for Detroit 2015.
Interested? Contact Gary for details about both the repsonsibilities and the perks.
Registrations Are Open
Youthworks Trip to Charleston West Virginia
July 13-18, 2014. Space is limited to 72 spots. Contact Gary or directly with Nate at
Jacobs Porch High School Retreat
at Camp Kern February 14-16, 2014. Space is Limited.
Click here for details: 2014 Retreat Details
Middle School MiX
at Lutheran Memorial Camp January 10-12, 2014
Visit lomocamps.org for details
Go to Retreats, Youth Retreats, Middle School MiX
Transportation: Starting to get serious about traveling together. If you have not already done so contact Bryan Jaster if you want in on the travel arrangements. firstname.lastname@example.org
Congregations looking for youth staff...
Erin Beckmeyer recently filled the youth staff position at Christ The King, Centerville. Welcome Erin and thank you for ansering the "call" to youth ministry at Christ the King.
Ascension Lutheran, Columbus is seeking a permanent part-time youth director. Interviews begin in July with a plan for the selected candidate to begin their ministry on September 1st. More information can be found by clicking on the Job Openings tab (Quick Links Top Left) of the e-bulletin. Interested? Contact Pastor Tim email@example.com
Faith, Whitehall is seeking a part-time Family and Youth Outreach Minister. A main responsibility will be developing and implementing ways for the congregation to connect with the people living within the immediate neighborhood of the church. For inquiries contact Larry Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church at 614-237-4241
Our Savior, Dayton is seeking a fulltime director of youth & children. The position is full-time, with benefits. Contact Pastor Gary at email@example.com or 937-293-1147 (church office phone)
There are great resources at the ELCA Youth MInistry Network website for all stages of ministry with family and youth and it is free to you at Martin's List. Over fifteen different categories to choose from. There are lots of requests on our Facebook group for worship, outreach, learning and fellowship ideas. Remember Martin's List to look for ideas in these areas but also to post your resources. The Network that shares is a richer network.
|NEW MINISTRY PARTNER|
The ELCA Youth Ministry Network welcomes Trinity Lutheran College in Seattle as our newest silver partner organization! Thanks for your partnership! Visit Trinity online to find out more about the college and what they offer. VISIT TRINITY
Lots of people and churches have been posting job opening, descriptions with the ELCA Youth Ministry Newtowrk. Please remember that the Network also has an updated service on the Network website to post positions, job descriptions, and contact information. Just head over to http://www.elcaymnet.org/placement
Cluster Get Togethers,Training Events for Youth and/or Adults, and Youth Events...
are scheduled as folks raise their hand and say, "Hey, let's do one in my area." Contact Gary and after a date, time, and location are chosen, he will advertise the event through facebook, youth & family e-bulletins, and hard copy mailings to congregations.
Synod Youth & Family Connections
A. Consider Joining the Synod Youth & Family Ministry Facebook Page
Just for you...a youth and family ministry facebook group page has been created focusing on our favorite topic. Here's a chance to ask questions, have discussions, and share what you are doing in youth and family ministry to an entire network.
To join, send a request to Gary Pecuch through Facebook or send an email request and Gary will send you an invitation.
B. Youth & Family E-bulletins are sent out the 1st and 15th of each month
C. A Hard Copy Mailing of Youth & Family Ministry happenings is sent out monthly to congregations
Look for the fluorescent Green Flier
D. Visit the Synod Website:
www.southernohiosynod.org Click on the youth and family ministry tab
E. Connect with Gary directly
firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-464-3532 extension 110