Middle and High School Youth and Parents: Please join us on Sunday, September 22nd at noon (following 11 am Epic) in the Worship Center for our Summer 2020 trip information meeting. D.J. will share basic information about each trip (middle school to Chicago and high school to Brooklyn, NY) as well as important registration and fundraising information. Get the word out to your friends and hope to see you at noon on the 22nd!
Major Dates Calendar for all ages
4- Three year old Milestone, 6th grade orientation, GDYG Leadership Team Meeting
8- Kick Off event & Backpack Blessing
11- Confirmation begins; GDYG Kick-Off
15- Sunday School Orientation
18 - GDYG Sustainability Night in the Garden
22- Sunday School, Kindergarten Milestone, Summer Trip Information Meetings
28-29 Sixth Grade Confirmation Retreat
6- Confirmation Sunday, Mission Sunday
16- NO Confirmation, MEA
17- GDYG Fall Retreat
20- NO Sunday School, MEA
27- Third Grade Milestone
17- Second Grade Milestone
27- NO Confirmation, Thanksgiving
1- Family Adventfest, [Advent 1], Mission Sunday
8- [Advent 2]
15 [Advent 3], Cantata
22 [Advent 4], “Christmas Story Rehearsal”
December 25- Christmas Day, NO Confirmation
December 29- NO Sunday School, Christmas break
7th Grade Retreat
1- NO Confirmation, Christmas break
5- Sunday School is back
8- Confirmation + GDYG are back
19- NO Sunday School, MLK Jr. weekend
2- Mission Sunday, Camp GEV Sunday
9- First Grade Milestone
17- NO Sunday School, President’s Day weekend
22- The Auction
26- Ash Wednesday
Fifth Grade Milestone (March 1, 8, 15)
25- Last Day of Confirmation
29- NO Sunday School, Spring Break
1- Spring Break, NO GDYG
5- Palm Sunday
6-11 Holy Week
9,10,11 Three Days
12- Easter Sunday, NO Sunday School
26- Fourth Grade Milestone
2- 8th Grade Confirmation Retreat
10- Mother’s Day, Sunday School kids sing at worship
17- Last day of Sunday School, Senior Recognition Sunday
We are pumped for this upcoming year and made this list of all that we are looking forward to, so you can look forward to it too!
Top Ten New Opportunities You Are Going to Love This Year!
We are kicking off the year with bouncy houses, mini donuts, and loads of fun for everyone outside on the north side of Gloria Dei!
Sunday September 8 from 9:50-10:50am.
2. Excavation Station and more!
This year’s Sunday School is getting a refresh! Stations and rotations provide for all learning styles. The Excavation Station kicks off each unit (four weeks) with a deep look into and experiencing the Bible Story. Skits, videos, songs, and wonderments will abound!
3. B.Y.O.B. = Bring Your Own Bible
B.Y.O.B. is at the beginning of each unit for the excavation station. We will learn how to look up stories and find things in the Bible. Did we mention there will be stickers??
4. Confirmation Retreats
We all need a break from it all, at times. Every grade in Confirmation will have a retreat to bond, unwind, connect, and learn something together. Sixth grade is September 28-29, seventh grade is a one-day Saturday retreat in January 2020 (date TBD), and eighth grade is May 2, 2020.
5. Sunday eves with GDYG
The last Sunday of the month will be dinner gatherings offsite for high school youth with GDYG. If your family is interested in hosting, contact D.J.
Dates are: September 29, October 27, November 24, December 22, & February 23.
6. New Logo
This year’s theme verse is Micah 6:8. It is our code of conduct, our encouragement, and unites our mission inside and outside the building!
7. GDYG Cheer Squad
Which school and youth activities will D.J. be attending this week? How can I cheer on my fellow GDYG friends? The GDYG Cheer Squad is our way of supporting youth in their activities. D.J. will be communicating what’s coming up and how we can hang out and support our friends.
8. Sunday School Opening & Closing
Grades 1-5 will start with Opening including music with D.J. and the Dinosaurs, weird wonderments with Jonette, and connecting questions with their groups. Preschool 1, Preschool 2, and Kindergarteners will wrap up Sunday School with Closing that includes music, the take away of the day, and final fun.
9. [Church] Bags
Have a hard time collecting things your kid(s) need for church? We are including bags into our milestones for three years olds and sixth graders. Three year olds will receive and design their own “church bag” for their Bible, snacks, and activities they bring to church. Sixth graders will receive a “confirmation bag” to transport their Bible, writing utensil, etc. for Wednesdays.
We’re going green at Gloria Dei! Or at least challenging ourselves to be sustainable and do better to care for the earth. Be prepared to learn and be challenged alongside with us as we care for our home planet.
and extra BONUS….
You are the bonus, the special ingredient, the maximizer! You bring your gifts, your unique you-ness, and all your great individuality that make every opportunity new and extra special! We can’t wait to see you.
See you at the Kick Off! (refer to #1)
9th Graders’ Inspire Project Information
Greetings 9th graders & families!
I have received many questions and inquiries regarding the inspire project. So...
1. I made this Inspire Project video. In the video, I share about the expectations and steps of the project by giving an example of what I would do if completing this project. Make sure you (the youth) and your parents watch this to get an idea and more understanding regarding your project.
2. Check in sign up is created and available! Click the link here or on the Confirmation website to sign up for your 30 minute slot with a Gloria Dei staff member. This is a required step. Bring your project to check in (if a digital or video, email it to me and we can have it available for your check in). Check in is an opportunity to hear about your project, talk about your summer, your Confirmation experience and just get to know you and celebrate with you this upcoming milestone.
3. Bulletin information. This link also needs to be completed. We need a full name for the bulletin along with some other information. Please have your Bible verse listed as book of the Bible, chapter, and verse (e.g. Psalm 118:1). If you are using a different version of the Bible than the NSRV for your verse, type out the verse completely on the form as such:
"Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever." Psalm 118:1 NIV
We also would like each youth to be involved in the worship somehow. At the bottom of the form are options: read scripture, serve communion, share project, special music, or music team. Please choose one.
Reminder: Confirmation Sunday (aka Affirmation of Baptism worship) will be Sunday, October 6th at 2:00p.m. More details concerning this date will be sent out next week.
Thanks all! As always, contact me with any concerns or questions.
Krista Monson, firstname.lastname@example.org
What a year! The last night of Confirmation this year was cancelled on Wednesday, April 10th due to snow and weather. Quite a reflection on the oddball weather we experienced throughout the year. We still got many chances to connect, learn, laugh, and worship together. Water’s Edge worship is our large group time. Many stories were shared this year. The four seasons, the greatest gift I have ever received, Aha Moments, and Love in Lent (aka Get on the Bus!), and more.
Highlights include: small group time, Christmas party, creative and fun LABS projects, silly gifs in the announcements, and service projects. A big thank you to all volunteers who helped make this year happen: service project leaders and small group guides! These caring adults make the Confirmation community a fun and awesome space to learn and grow.
This was my, Krista, first year on staff and involved with Confirmation. I had a blast! It has been a blessing getting to know everyone. Next year I look forward to more Water’s Edge worships, guide huddles, LABS, service projects and small groups; as well as the addition of retreats! Keep your eyes and ears open for the 2019-2020 Confirmation calendar and updates this summer!
Thanks for a great year! Check out the Family Hubs’s photo gallery for some snapshots of this year’s events and captures.