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By Pastor Andrew ~

Hello Everyone!

Our students have been busy these last few weeks with fundraisers, retreats, and weekly youth group but it has been a good busy in which we have really seen the graciousness of God and the generosity of the congregation. We were able to raise over $2,000 dollars for CHIC at our Valentine’s Day dinner event. It was a great night for all who were able to attend. The food was delicious, and the dancing was fantastic. A huge thanks to Ruth Satterberg and her committee for all their hard work. Without them the dance would not have been as big a success as it was. When you see Ruth, please be sure to pass on a thank you to her.

It has been wild last couple of weeks for myself. I have just completed my first “retreat season” experience and I must say that it was everything I was hoping for, and a bit more. I really enjoyed being able to spend a weekend with all the students whether it was WinterFest in New York, or the Junior High retreat at Pilgrim Pines. It was great to spend time getting to know the students on a deeper level and seeing them engage God in new ways. We are very blessed here at Bethany to have a group of students who are deep thinkers and who are not afraid to ask questions as they grow.
We are looking forward to the coming months and hope that you are as excited as we are. We will continue to meet on a weekly basis for both JAM and SALT. In the coming months we will be looking at topics such as being authentic, pursuing true love, reaching out to friends, gossip, and honoring your parents, just to name a few.

Some dates to keep on your calendar for the upcoming months—

Jr. High (JAM):
We will be having weekly youth group throughout the months of March, April and May.

– Friday March 16th- JAM game night 7-10pm (church)
– Wednesday April 4th- NO JAM (Holy Week)
– Wednesday April 18th- JAM all-nighter
– Wednesday May 30th- NO JAM
– Sunday June 3rd- Confirmation Sunday

Sr. High (SALT):
We will be having weekly youth group throughout the months of March, April and May.

– Sunday March 4th- NO SALT BAND
– Sunday March 11th- Daylight Savings Time! And SALT GAME Night
– Sunday April 22nd- Pastor Chris Ek’s first Sunday/NO SALT BAND
– Friday May 11th- SALT Activity
– Sunday May 13th- NO SALT (MOTHER’S DAY)
– Sunday June 3rd – Last SALT
– Sunday June 10th – Recognition Sunday, Senior Night/Dinner

Thanks for your continuing support and prayer for our student ministry here at Bethany.
~Grace and Peace, Pastor Andrew