The Church House Project: Complete!

Success!  All the demolition, construction, and painting of the church house took just three weeks, and we were ready to use the house for our Sunday School & Youth Group ministries.

(The Fireplace Room.  This is the room we use for Sunday School and Youth Group Worship/Teaching time)

Chances are most of you have not been in this house; you've seen more of the 'after', and less of the 'before'!  Take a look at the progress we made in this short time:

Thanks again to our donors for their enthusiasm and support throughout the remodeling process. Here's a video from our students to you. 

Youth Ministry News: This Week.

Deep Freeze Reminders

1. Missing any forms?  Packing list, activity list, and more is available on our Deep Freeze 2012 page.

 

2. Bus Load Up & Depart.Parents: Make sure your child arrives at church by 4:30p on Friday the 13th; do not be late!  We’ll circle up and pray, and we’ll depart by 5:00p.  

 

3. Parents: Stay Updated!  Check out www.kishwaukeeyouth.com for the latest camp updates, photos, and more.

 

Junior High Youth Group News   

1/11: Group @ Church, 5:30-7:15p.  Happiness is God’s Kingdom is different, ‘backwards’ even...yet greater than you can imagine!  This Wednesday: We’ll be looking at how happiness is found through being meek or humble.  See you there!

 

Jr. High Sunday School Note

Due to our jr. high students away at Deep Freeze, there will be no 6th/7th Sunday School or 8th gr Confirmation Class. on Sunday, January 15th.  We’ll resume our normal scheduling on January 22nd.

 

The Great Escape 2012: Still Time to Register!

If your child has not signed up for The Great Escape 2012, now is a good time to consider!  The registration price of $399 is good until Sunday, January 22nd, but can only be reserved with a $90 deposit.  The registration after 1.22 will go up to $415.  Lock your spot in today!

 

High School Youth Group News 

1/8: Group @ Church House, 6-7:15p.  Grab a bite to eat, hang with your friends, and be encouraged & equipped to live for Him this week!

 

High School Mission Trip: Register Today!  

Serve, love, and live like Jesus: Join us as we serve the residents of Jackson, Mississippi next year.  Only 2 more spots left!  See Michael for more information.

 

To Complete: 2012 Consent & Release Form. 

As the New Year approaches, we continue to ensure that our ministry events are executed with safety and integrity.  Towards that end, we ask the parents of each of our students to fill out a Consent & Release Form.

 

The 2012 Consent & Release Form is attached for your convenience.  Please take the time to have you and your child fill the form out and return it by Sunday, January 8th. 

 

A C&R form is required for any off-campus ministry events--one-day activities, weekend retreats, week-long trips, etc--your child participates in.  If you have recently completed a Consent & Release form for your child's Deep Freeze Registration, you may disregard this message. 

Once completed, the form is applicable for all activities from the above date until the close of the 2012 calendar year.  


 

The Church House Project: Nearing Completion.

One month ago, our donors and I met to consider the possibility of a renovated space for our church in general, and our students in particular.  As of last night, I am pleased to say that we are nearing completion on the project. Here's what we accomplished in the last 24 hours: 

Installed the carpet 

Painted the game room, entryway, and hallway 

Dusted, dry-mopped, and vacuumed the dining room, game room, and worship room

Moved furniture, lights, and game tables in.

See for yourself! 

We have some cleaning and decorating to do this week, and after that we are ready to go!  Group is back this Sunday, January 8th, and we are looking forward to sharing the new space with our high school students.  

Special thanks to:

Our donors for their support, patience, and enthusiasm throughout the project.

Our builders.  Thanks to John Versack & Heritage Builders for their efficient & diligent work.

  Our helpers. Mary Devries, Valerie McCammond, Anna Nicholson, Lauren Miles, Micayla               Devries, Aly Lentz, Greg Gerardy, Brennan Showers, Austin Atchison, Noah Kutz, & Brady             Atchison.  We couldn't have done it without you!

Church House Renovation: Making Progress

It's hard to believe we're just one week into the Church House Renovation!  The guys from Heritage Builders have worked fast, and we're extremely pleased with how everything is going.  

The structural changes have taken place, so now we have begun to update and personalize the space.  Check it out: 

The flooring and carpeting will be finished up this weekend.  Cleaning, decorating, and furniture moving will begin next week, and we are on schedule to finish by our Youth Group kickoff date: Sunday, January 8th.

Youth Ministry News: This Week.

Junior High Youth Group News   
1/4: Group is Back!  Remember all those nice, shiny presents you got?  Has the happiness worn off yet?  Do you think you can have happiness that lasts longer than that ‘new present’ feeling?  Join us this @ Group this Wednesday, 5:30-7:15p, as we kick off a brand new series on the Beatitudes.  Be-atta-what?  We’ll explain later :)  Just come!  See you there!
 
Youth Ministry Schedule
We hope you’ve missed us!  All of our ministries will be back up soon; here’s when each ministry begins for 2012:  

Junior High: 
Confirmation: Back January 8th.
Sunday School: Back January 8th.
 
High School: 
Group: Back January 8th. 
Sunday School: Back January 8th.
Life Group: Back January 15th.
 
High School Mission Trip: Register Today!  
Serve, love, and live like Jesus: Join us as we serve the residents of Jackson, Mississippi next year.  Only 5 spots left!  See Michael for more information. 
 
To Complete: 2012 Consent & Release Form. 
As the New Year approaches, we continue to ensure that our ministry events are executed with safety and integrity.  Towards that end, we ask the parents of each of our students to fill out a Consent & Release Form.
 
The 2012 Consent & Release Form is attached.  Please take the time to have you and your child fill the form out and return it by Sunday, January 8th. 
 
A C&R form is required for any off-campus ministry events--one-day activities, weekend retreats, week-long trips, etc--your child participates in. Once completed, the form is applicable for all activities from the above date until the close of the 2012 calendar year.  



Michael Smith
Youth Director, Kishwaukee Church
815-218-3958--c
msmith@kishonline.org 
www.kishwaukeeyouth.com
 


To the Junior High: A Letter from Your Compassion Child

"Dear Kishwaukee Jr. High Youth, Today I am really glad to talk to you. How are you doing? How is the youth group? I say hello to all of you in God's name. My family and I are well thanks to God. Tell me about your spiritual and material activities. I hope all is going well thanks to God. I am doing well in my activities especially in school. I did well in the 4th grade exams. I am in 5th grade now. Pray that I will always succeed. Haiti is ravaged by the Cholera epidemic and it killed a lot of people. Thanks that you allowed me to know how to treat water. I pray that God will keep your life. I must close. I leave you in God's hands." --from Shewanda Sanon, our Compassion Child

Youth Ministry News: This Week

Ministry Schedule: Christmas Break 

 

Christmas Break starts today...and we all breathe a collective sigh of relief!  We will follow suit and take a break through the New Year.   Here’s when our ministries launch back up:

 

Junior High: 

Group: Back January 4th.

Confirmation: Back January 8th.

Sunday School: Back January 8th.

 

High School: 

Group: Back January 8th. 

Sunday School: Back January 8th.

Life Group: Back January 15th.

 

High School Mission Trip: Register Today!   

We are down to just 5 available spots for our mission trip to Jackson, Mississippi next year.  We would love for your to child to join us!  Registration occurs with a $60 deposit. Contact Michael to register today!

Church House Renovation: Day One.

As our students are one day away from Christmas Break, the guys from Heritage Builders are one day into our church house renovation project!  I stopped in this morning to see what progress they had made; take a look.

The total scope of the project includes: 

Adding new carpet, drywall, and lighting in the fireplace room (our worship & teaching room) 

Adding new laminate flooring, lighting, and opening up the wall between the two front rooms (our food and rec room)

The whole project will be completed before our ministries start back up in January.  Check back for more updates!

Youth Ministry News: This Week.

Confirmation News
Parents, there is no Confirmation class today, 12.18.   Students were given a homework assignment to be completed after today’s worship service; they can turn it in at our next class period January 8th. 

Deep Freeze: Pre-Camp Tasks
12.18: Final Balance Deadline.  Pay your remaining camp balance as noted on your camp statement.  Checks to Kishwaukee Church, with your child’s name and camp name in the memo. 
ASAP: Turn in Registration Forms.  Please complete the Individual Registration Form and the KYM Consent/Release form before Christmas so we can mail it in.  Thanks!
Missing Something?  Everything you need is on our Deep Freeze 2012 page.

High School Mission Trip: Register Today!  
Serve, love, and live like Jesus: Join us as we serve the residents of Jackson, Mississippi next year.  More information available in the narthex.  7 spots left, so sign up today!  


Youth Ministries News

Jr. High Support Project: Success!
We raised over $229 to support Shewanda Sanon, our Compassion Child, through 2012!  Way to go Jr. High! 

Deep Freeze: Pre-Camp Tasks
Sunday, 12.11: Camp Informational Meeting. Turn in all forms, pick up camp statements, and get everything you need to plan for the trip. 11-11:45, Fellowship Hall.  
All campers and their parents asked to attend.  If you cannot attend, note: 
*Your child's camp statement will be mailed to you. 
*You can download all the registration forms and trip documents here.  

Sunday, 12.18: Final Balance Deadline.  Pay your remaining camp balance as noted on your camp statement.  Checks to Kishwaukee Church, with your child’s name and camp name in the memo.  Thanks!

High School Mission Trip News 

Registrations for the Jackson, Mississippi trip are coming in!  We currently have 11 students registered, and have room for 10 more.  Spots are first-come, first-serve, so register quickly!  If you want more information on our trip, check out the following links: 

The Perkins Foundation: This is a ministry we will be partnering with in Jackson.  

Thanks! 

Michael Smith
Youth Director, Kishwaukee Church
815-218-3958--c
msmith@kishonline.org 
www.kishwaukeeyouth.com