Youth Ministry News: This Week.

WORKCAMP BOOTCAMP: Week 2
Week 2 of Boot Camp is all about teamwork: Serving together as one body during the trip.  This Wednesday, 6p, dinner provided.  All WorkCamp students encouraged to attend.

Youthworks Missions Dinner: Join us! 
Wednesday August 3rd, 6:00p: Hear firsthand how God worked through our students at the Youthworks Missions Dinner!  Our students will be your Table Leaders, sharing all about their trip experience through songs, testimonies, and pictures.  And our Deacons will be preparing burgers and chicken on the grill!  The Missions Dinner is for everyone who supported our students: Church members, family, friends, and more.
Space is limited, so message back with the number of guests attending and what meal you’d prefer (grilled chicken, burger).

SUMMER CAMP MINISTRY: Important Items 
-Great Escape: The theme this year is SUMMIT.  Students are encouraged to bring costumes, gear, 
or small props that are adventure-themed: Hikers, Travelers, Explorers, Indiana Jones types!
  -Great Escape: Child bringing drinks/snacks with to camp?  Please do not include any soda.   
Students may bring water, vitamin water, or sports drinks; soda is not allowed.  Students may buy soda at camp during lunch or dinner.
-WorkCamp T-Shirts: Shirts are $17; please pay at Bootcamp this week.

Sponsorship Opportunity - Compassion International 
For many years, our Junior High students have supported Shewanda Sanon, a student from Haiti, through the Compassion sponsorship program.  With my departure in August, it is fitting for us to transfer that sponsorship to one of our Kish families until a new Youth Director is in place.  Would you be interested?  
Our own students have chipped in $28/month, which has assisted Shewanda with her education, food & shelter, and much more.  We have seen her through 7th grade, and it would be nice for Kish to keep taking of her as she grows up!  Message back for more information. 


Michael Smith
Youth Director, Kishwaukee Church
815.218.3958 (C)
msmith@kishonline.org
www.kishwaukeeyouth.com

Youth Ministry News: This Week.

WORKCAMP BOOTCAMP: Our Mission Trip Prep Series!
True story: Mission trips are no picnic.  Serving others is not always easy.  So before we leave for Minneapolis next month, we’re meeting as a team to get the most out of our experience.  Your child is invited to join us for Workcamp Bootcamp! 

Bootcamp begins Wednesday, June 22nd, 6-7:15p. Our parent meeting will be held at the same time that night.  We’ll meet each Wednesday leading up to the trip.   See you there!

SUMMER CAMP MINISTRY: Important Items  
-WorkCamp: One of the participating churches has offered us the chance to buy a couple of their spots! We have 38 students going, and would love to get that up to 40.  This is a great time for your child to jump in if they haven’t yet.  Let me know if interested! 
-Great Escape: Several of our parents asked for a daily schedule of camp; it’s attached.
-Great Escape: The theme this year is SUMMIT.  Students are encouraged to bring costumes, gear, or small props that are adventure-themed: Hikers, Travelers, Explorers, Indiana Jones types!
  -Great Escape: Child bringing drinks/snacks with to camp?  Please do not include any soda.  Students may bring water, vitamin water, or sports drinks; soda is not allowed.  Students may buy soda at camp during lunch or dinner.
-WorkCamp T-Shirts: Shirts are $17; please pay at Bootcamp this week.

Youthworks Missions Dinner: Join us! 
Wednesday August 3rd, 6:00p: Hear firsthand how God worked through our students at the Youthworks Missions Dinner!  Our students will be your Table Leaders, sharing all about their trip experience through songs, testimonies, and pictures.  And our Deacons will be preparing burgers and chicken on the grill!  The Missions Dinner is for everyone who supported our students: Church members, family, friends, and more.
Space is limited, so message back with the number of guests attending and what meal you’d prefer (grilled chicken, burger).

Sponsorship Opportunity - Compassion International 
For many years, our Junior High students have supported Shewanda Sanon, a student from Haiti, through the Compassion sponsorship program.  With my departure in August, it is fitting for us to transfer that sponsorship to one of our Kish families until a new Youth Director is in place.  Would you be interested?  
Our own students have chipped in $28/month, which has assisted Shewanda with her education, food & shelter, and much more.  We have seen her through 7th grade, and it would be nice for Kish to keep taking of her as she grows up!  Message back for more information. 

 

 

Michael Smith
Youth Director, Kishwaukee Church
815.218.3958 (C)
msmith@kishonline.org
www.kishwaukeeyouth.com

Great Escape: Parent Meeting, Camp Update.

Hello Parents! 

Just a reminder that our Parent Meeting is this Sunday, 10:30-10:50a, @ Church.  A few items: 

1: This is a very short parent meeting.  Most of the content shared is also available on our website. If you can’t make it (Father’s Day!), then please download the packet. 
2: All forms must be turned in no later than Sunday.  If you can’t make it, please mail or drop off ASAP.
3: The meeting will be held in room 1 due to VBS Sunday. 

Also, an exciting heads-up: Green Lake Conference Center is building a new high ropes course and climbing wall for our students to enjoy!  There’s a good chance that GLCC may be asking parents to complete a separate Consent Form (in addition to the Kish Form and GE Form); if that happens, we will both email that Form and upload it to the camp packet online.

Thanks, 
MS 

Michael Smith
Youth Director, Kishwaukee Church
815.218.3958 (C)
msmith@kishonline.org
www.kishwaukeeyouth.com

Youth Ministry News: This Week.

WORKCAMP & GREAT ESCAPE: Parent Meetings Next Week

Great Escape: Sunday, June 19th, 10:30-10:50a
WorkCamp: Wednesday, June 22nd, 6-7:15p 

Turn in your child’s Consent Forms, pick up trip resources, and more.  Download all the forms and trip documents on our website.  All parents and campers to attend.

SUMMER CAMP MINISTRY: Important Items 
-Great Escape, WorkCamp: T-Shirt orders.  All orders are due Monday, June 20th.  GE shirts are free; Workcamp shirts are $17, which is due June 22nd.  Reply back with your child’s size by if interested.  

WORKCAMP BOOTCAMP: Our Mission Trip Prep Series!
True story: Mission trips are no picnic.  Serving others is not always easy.  So before we leave for Minneapolis next month, we’re meeting as a team to get the most out of our experience.  Your child is invited to join us for Workcamp Bootcamp! 

Bootcamp begins Wednesday, June 22nd, 6-7:15p. Our parent meeting will be held at the same time that night.  We’ll meet each Wednesday leading up to the trip.   See you there!

 


Michael Smith
Youth Director, Kishwaukee Church
815.218.3958 (C)
msmith@kishonline.org
www.kishwaukeeyouth.com

Youth Ministry News: This Week.

6.12: Bonfire @ Church, 7:30-9:30p. Hey gang: Summer is here, and we’re stoked to have you guys join us for a bonfire! Grab a friend, have some dinner ($3/person), roast some s’mores, and come sing songs with us.  All are invited.  See you tonight! 

WORKCAMP & GREAT ESCAPE: Informational Meetings 

Great Escape: Sunday, June 19th, 10:30-10:50a
WorkCamp: Wednesday, June 22nd, 6-7:15p 

Turn in your child’s Consent Forms, pick up trip resources, and more.  Download all the forms and trip documents on our website.  All parents and campers to attend.

SUMMER CAMP MINISTRY: Important Items 
-Payment reminder.  Just a reminder that final balances for both WorkCamp & Great Escape are due.  If you haven’t paid, please contact Michael and arrange a time to drop off.  
-Great Escape: T-Shirt orders.  I haven’t heard back from GE on shirt info; should have it by this week.  Shirts are usually free.  Watch for an email this week! 
-WorkCamp: T-Shirt orders.  All orders are due Monday June 13th.  Workcamp shirts are $17, which is due June 22nd.  Reply back with your child’s size by if interested.  
-WorkCamp: 2 more spots left!  Child not signed up for our mission trip to Minneapolis yet?  We have just 2 more spots available.   Message back for more information: Current roster, pricing, and more.

WORKCAMP BOOTCAMP: Our Mission Trip Prep Series!
True story: Mission trips are no picnic.  Serving others is not always easy.  So before we leave for Minneapolis next month, we’re meeting as a team to get the most out of our experience.  Your child is invited to join us for Workcamp Bootcamp! 

Bootcamp begins Wednesday, June 22nd, 6-7:15p. Our parent meeting will be held at the same time that night.  We’ll meet each Wednesday leading up to the trip.   See you there!

 


Food Bank: Final Reminders!

Hello Parents, 

Our Food Bank activity is this Saturday!  Final reminders for you:

-Arrive at 8:40a at Church. We’ll be back by 12:15; our session is 9a-12p, 3 hours this time! 
-Wear closed-toed shoes. 
-Bring a water bottle. 
-All students to ride with chaperones unless other arrangements have been made.  
-Please bring your signed Consent Form with.  I have 4 in hand; I need 21 more.  It’s attached if you need it.


Thanks, 
MS 

Michael Smith
Youth Director, Kishwaukee Church
815.218.3958 (C)
msmith@kishonline.org
www.kishwaukeeyouth.com

Youth Ministry News: This Week.

Michael Out of Office 
I will be out of the office from 21 May - 2 June.  Jennifer and I are going on vacation to celebrate our 10th Anniversary!  If any camp inquiries, please contact Laurie Gerardy at 815-262-0909.  

Graduation Sunday Photos 
Did you drop off photos for the office to scan?  They are ready to be picked up.  Thanks! 

Food Bank Volunteering: Jr. High & High School!
Our favorite service activity is coming up! Join us on Saturday, May 21st as we sort, label, and pack canned goods at Northern Illinois Food Bank.  Details: 
-Arrive @ Church by 8:40a. 
-Volunteering from 9-12p 
-Back @ Church by 12:15p. 
-Please bring closed-toe shoes, and a water bottle.
Message back if your child is interested. 
Parents: Wanna chaperone?  Our students love it, and we think you will as well.  Let me know!

Great Escape: Register & Get General Fund Credit! 
Camp Statements go out this Wednesday for Great Escape.  If your child hasn’t put a $100 registration deposit down, now’s a great time to do it; we can put a General Fund credit (approx. $30) towards your child’s expense.  Message back for more information.

Workcamp: 4 more spots left!
Child not signed up for our mission trip to Minneapolis yet?  We have just 4 more spots available.   Message back for more information: Current roster, pricing, and more.

Junior High News 
5.18: Group @ Church, 5:30-7:15p.  Our last Group for the Spring Semester!  We hope your child can make it. 

Michael Smith
Youth Director, Kishwaukee Church
815.218.3958 (C)
msmith@kishonline.org
www.kishwaukeeyouth.com

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Graduation Sunday - Gifts to Wrap! 
Parents: Could you spare some time this week to wrap/bag our Bibles for this Sunday’s Graduation recognition? Happy to reimburse.  Thank you for considering!  

Flower Sale: Extra Baskets. 
We have 3 Geraniums and 2 Petunias left.  Message back if interested!

Bibles for our Graduates: Thank You! 
Thanks to everyone who came to personalize our Graduate Bibles the past two weeks!  Every highlighted passage and note will serve to encourage our students. 
If you’d like to buy a Bible on behalf of a student: We would be grateful.  Each Bible is $15; checks to KCEPC, with ’High School Bible’ in the memo. 

Graduation Events This Week
God has worked in and through our Senior class.  Join us this month for the following events:

1) Our Graduation Sunday recognition is this Sunday, May 15th.  We’ll present the Class of 2016 to the congregation, have our leaders pray for them, and include a picture slideshow of each graduate.  Parents, please remember us to send us 2 pictures of your child: One as an infant/child, the other as their senior picture.

2) Our Community Baccalaureate Service is designed to recognize & celebrate the spiritual dimension of graduation.  
 
SVHS: Held on Saturday, May 14th, at 4p in the gym. 

The service is open to all Seniors, students, faculty, and the community. 

Great Escape: Spaces still available! 
Plenty of space for your child to join us at Great Escape this year!  Students who sign up this week can take part in our General Fund credit.  We have 35 students, and would love to see 5 more come with.  Message back if interested! 

Workcamp: 4 more spots left!
Child not signed up for our mission trip to Minneapolis yet?  We have just 4 more spots available.   Message back for more information: Current roster, pricing, and more.

Junior High News 
5.11: Group @ Church, 5:30-7:15p

 

Youth Ministry News: This Week.

Flower Sale: Extra Baskets. 
Need an extra flower basket for Mother’s Day?  We have 3 Geraniums and 2 Petunias left.  Message back if interested!

A Gift for our Graduates! 
Hey Church: Here’s a chance to bless our graduating class!  Each of our Senior students will receive a Bible on Graduation Sunday.  This week, you can personalize their Bible in one of the following ways:

1: Encourage them.  Bibles for each of our graduates will be in the Fellowship Hall over the next two weeks. Highlight your favorite verses, write a note in the margins, or leave a card!  Take a moment after Church, or stop by anytime this week.
2: Buy a Bible.  The Class of 2016 is huge!  Please consider purchasing a Bible to offset the cost; each Bible is $15. Checks to KCEPC, with ‘High School Bible’ in the memo. 

Student’s name/bible missing?  Let Michael know, and we’ll get one ordered.

This Month: Let’s Bless our Graduates!
God has worked in and through our Senior class.  Join us this month for the following events:

1) Our Graduation Sunday recognition is May 15th.  We’ll present the Class of 2016 to the congregation, have our leaders pray for them, and include a picture slideshow of each graduate.  Parents, please remember us to send us 2 pictures of your child: One as an infant/child, the other as their senior picture.

2)  Our Community Baccalaureate Service is designed to recognize & celebrate the spiritual dimension of graduation.  
SVHS: Held on Saturday, May 14th, at 4p in the gym. 
BHS: Held on Saturday, May 14th, at 4p in the gym. 
The service is open to all Seniors, students, faculty, and the community. 

Workcamp: 4 more spots left!
Child not signed up for our mission trip to Minneapolis yet?  We have just 4 more spots available.   Message back for more information: Current roster, pricing, and more.

Senior High News 
Bonfire: I am working to get a bonfire–our last Group event for the semester–up and going soon!
5.10: Bible Reading Small Group @ SVHS, 7a, room 123.

Junior High News 
5.4: Group @ Church, 5:30-7:15p

Michael Smith
Youth Director, Kishwaukee Church
815.218.3958 (C)
msmith@kishonline.org
www.kishwaukeeyouth.com

Graduation Sunday at Kish: For Your Graduate!

Dear Parents, 

It's hard to believe that graduation is right around the corner!  We want to extend our congratulations to you upon the graduation of your child—it is a momentous occasion of which you should be very proud.  This is a great time to reflect on all the memories and achievements of the past thirteen years!

Our Graduation Sunday service will be held during our 9a worship service on May 15th.  In addition to presenting and praying for the Class of 2016, we’d like to recognize and celebrate your child’s achievement through the following:

Slideshow: Includes a picture of your graduate as an infant or child as well as a senior picture.  To do this we will need you to please turn in two high-resolution pictures that we will scan for the slide show and that will then be returned to you.  You may either drop the pictures off at the church, or scan and email directly to me.  Please put the name of the student on the back of each picture you submit and turn in the photos by May 8th. 

Bible: As your child continues their journey after high school, we want God’s Word to go with them. Starting May 1st, Bibles for each of our graduates will be placed in the Fellowship Hall.  Over the next two weeks, Church Family and friends will be highlighting verses and writing encouraging notes in your child’s Bible.  We’ll present them these personalized Bibles on Graduation Sunday.  Please let us know if your child can attend on May 15th! 

What’s next: We would also like to share with the congregation what your child’s post high school plans are, so please include that information as well.

This is a terrific class.  Thank you for the opportunity to bless them in all stages of their lives, not least Graduation!
MS

Michael Smith
Youth Director, Kishwaukee Church
815.218.3958 (C)
msmith@kishonline.org
www.kishwaukeeyouth.com