Youth Update – Spot Open for Summer Retreat

Hello Parents,

ATTENTION: There is one open spot for our Summer Retreat to North Carolina!

We will have our Summer Retreat to Lake Junaluska, North Carolina July 17 to 20. This will be an awesome time of faith and fun in the North Carolina mountains. In the mornings and evenings we will have sessions and group time where students will learn what it means to live as the hands and feet of Jesus in this world. Internationally renowned speaker and award winning author Shane Claiborne will be our speaker and Second Hand City will lead the group in exciting and meaningful worship music. Students will also have the opportunity to process all that they are learning in small group and devotion time.

In the afternoons we will have fun outings in the mountains. Afternoon activities will include white water rafting one day and swimming at waterfalls the other afternoon.

This trip is for any student that has completed 8th grade and up. Cost for everything is $289. There is only ONE open spot. If you would like for you child to go, call or text me ASAP (850.461.4213).

In Christ,
Paul Barnett
850.461.4213

Youth Weekly Update

Our summer programming is going very well. If your child has not joined us yet, I hope that they will soon if possible. Most weeks from now until the beginning of August will consist of 4 weekly events. You can read an overview of the programs in the first half of this e-mail and the second half has specifics about this particular upcoming week of programs. Make sure to read through them all and have your child join us! Some activities require signing up ahead of time, so be sure to note that and call or text me at 461 4213 to sign your child up.

Our summer programming includes:

-High School Beach & Bible
-Middle School Destination Unknown Bible Study
-Summer Fun Days (for Middle School & High School)
-Sunday School (for Middle School & High School)

*Middle School events are for students that have completed 6th grade through 8th grade & High School events are for students that have completed 8th grade through 12th grade.

High School Beach & Bible takes place on Wednesday afternoons & evenings. It has 3 parts to it and students may come to any or all of the activities. We start the day with beach time at Grayton Beach from 3:30 to 5:15. Then we go out to eat at a local restaurant from 5:30 to 6:45. We end up at the church for Bible study from 7:00 to 9:00. Students may come to any or all of the activities. Students may get dropped off at the beach or the restaurant and ride back to the church in the church van. We meet at Grayton near where the lake and the gulf meet. If students can not find us at the beach or want to know what restaurant to meet us at, I will have my phone on me and they can call me or text me at 461 4213. Our Bible Study for the summer is Philip Yancey’s “Prayer: Does it Make Any Difference?”. In this study students will more fully consider, experience, and cherish the priceless gift of prayer. Students will come to see that prayer is not merely a spiritual discipline, but it is the privilege of having companionship with the God of the universe.

Middle School Destination Unknown Bible Study will take place on Mondays. Each week the times may change based on our secret activity. At Destination Unknown we meet at the church, jump in the church vans, go somewhere, and have a Bible study based on where we go and what we do. Past locations have included the zoo, the mall, the human maze, and the movies. Destination Unknown is a fun and interactive way for students to experience and learn Biblical truths. Each week I will tell you (parents) where we will be going for our secret activity. I ask that you please not share the secret location with your child as it really does make the event a lot less fun when they know where we are going. Plus, they end up telling someone, that person tells someone, and by the time we have been in the van for 5 minutes everyone know where we are going. Most week we will also stop for a meal together as well. I will let you know in the Parents Insider how much money your child should bring based on the activity and where we will be eating. Every Destination Unknown is limited to our 15 passenger van, so please make sure to sign your child up as soon as you know that they are wanting to join us. You can sign up by calling or texting me at 461 4213.

Summer Fun Days are days where we as a group just go somewhere and have a good time of fun and fellowship. They will usually be on Sunday afternoons…but not always. Space is limited for each Summer Fun Day, so make sure to sign your child up ASAP (461 4213). Summer Fun Days are for all students who have completed 6th grade and up.

We have Sunday School every Sunday morning from 10:00am to 11:00am. Sunday School is a great time of digging into the Bible and what it has to say to our students. We are currently studying Paul’s letter to the Romans. We have a great group of kids that meet each week and would love to add to it. There are several adult Sunday School’s that meet at the same time that you could join, or you could drop your child off for Sunday School at 10:00am and pick them up at Noon after the 11:00am worship service.

THIS WEEK’S ACTIVITIES ARE:

High School Beach & Bible—Wednesday, July 2—3:30pm-9:00pm—See the details for this listed above. We will continue our 6 week study by Philip Yancey called “Prayer: Does it Make any Difference?”. We will have all of our regular Beach & Bible activities from 3:30pm to 9:00pm plus this week we will have a special game night from 9:00pm to 11:00pm for any students that want to stick around after Bible Study ends at 9:00pm. So, students may get picked up at 9:00 or stay until as late as 11:00.

Sunday School—There is NO Sunday School this week because there is only one worship service at 10:00am.

Summer Fun Day—There is NO Summer Fun Day this week due to the 4th of July weekend.

Destination Unknown Bible Study—Monday, July 7—12:30pm to 6:00pm—See the details for this listed above. This week we will go to Baker, FL where we will pick blueberries at a blueberry farm and then have a Bible study on John 15:1-12, looking at the metaphor that Jesus uses of the vine and the branches and of his followers “bearing fruit”. On our way to the park we will stop for a fast food lunch. Students will need money for lunch and money for some blueberries that they may buy at the farm ($5 will give them a pretty good amount of berries). Also, after our study we will stop by a river for a quick dip. Please make sure that your child comes with a swimsuit and towel. If you would like for your child to join us for this Destination Unknown Bible Study, please text me at 461 4213. Space is limited, so sign up ASAP. And remember, please do not tell your child where we are going…no matter how much they beg.

If you have any questions about any of this, please e-mail me or call or text me anytime at 461 4213.

In Christ,
Paul Barnett
Point Washington UMC
850 461 4213

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Youth Weekly Update

With the 2013/2014 school year in the rear view mirror, here at Point Washington Youth we are now looking toward all of our summer programming. Our Mission Trip to Costa Rica will dominate the first half of June for us, but after that we will be going full force with several excellent Bible studies and activities for all of our students. Attached to this e-mail you will find a file for our Summer Master Calendar. Please be sure to print this off and put it somewhere where you will see it often so that your child will be able to join us this summer anytime they are able.

Also, please remember that this Thursday (May 29) is the cut off date to sign your child up for the High School Summer Retreat to North Carolina which will be July 17-20. The trip is $289 and a $100 deposit will hold your child’s spot. If your child wants to join us, and I have not received your deposit, please let me know ASAP! If you have any questions about this, or need to sign your child up, you can call or text me anytime at 850 461 4213.

The only youth program that we have this week is Sunday School this Sunday, June 1 from 10:00am to 11:00am. We are studying Paul’s letter to the Romans and we would love to have your child join us.

In Christ,
Paul Barnett
Point Washington UMC
850 461 4213

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Youth Weekly Update

Here are 5 big things happening at Point Washington UMC Youth that you need to be aware of:

1. Year End Beach Party @ Grayton Beach—Wednesday, May 14—We will celebrate a great year at Point Washington Youth with our annual Year End Beach Party. The party will be at Grayton Beach near where the Lake and the Gulf meet (turn on the road east of the Red Bar, walk to the end of the boardwalk, look toward the left and you’ll see us with a brown topped pop-up tent). We will have games, food, and a bonfire. Students are welcome to bring skimboards, SUPs, surf boards, etc. Parents are welcome to join us, but not required. Students may come and get picked up anytime between 3:00pm and 7:00pm. If your child has any swimming restrictions, please let me know (you can call or text at 461 4213). Also…if any one has a truck with a beach driving permit and you would be able to meet me near the Red Bar around 1:00 or 2:00pm to help take our stuff out to the beach, or you’d be able to come a little after 7:00pm to help us get the stuff off the beach, please let me know!

2. Wildside is over, but Sunday School meets every week!—Wildside Youth Fellowship is officially over until next school year, but every Sunday morning at 10:00am we have Sunday School in the youth room for all of our students in 6th through 12th grade. We have a great group of students in Sunday School and we are currently studying Paul’s letter to the Romans. I hope that your child will join us!

3. Paintball Outing for All Students on May 17—We will have a paintball outing on May 17. We will meet at the church at 8:30am and return at 1:30pm. Cost for everything is $25. Right now all of our spots are full, but there is always the possibility of someone dropping out. So, if your child is not signed up, you can still put them on the waiting list and they may still get in. If your child is already signed up and has to back out for any reason, please let me know ahead of time so that I can open their spot to someone on the waiting list. Students that are going with us should be at the church on Saturday at 8:30pm and should bring $25 cash with them.

4. Baccalaureate Service to Honor our Graduates—Tuesday, May 20 at 6:00pm—The 2014 Baccalaureate Service will take place at Point Washington UMC on Tuesday, May 20 at 6:00pm. This ecumenical service will be a special time of honoring and commissioning the graduates from all of the local churches. Graduates should wear their cap and gown and should be at the church no later than 5:45pm. Parents, family members, and community members are encouraged to attend.

5. High School Summer Retreat to North Carolina Sign Up Deadline is May 29—Our Summer Retreat is July 17-20. The trip is open to all students currently in 8th grade and up. We will be going to Lake Junaluska, North Carolina for an awesome extended weekend full of powerful teaching and worship, small group time, whitewater rafting, swimming at waterfalls, exploring the mountains, service work, group bonding, and more. Cost for the trip is $289 and a $100 deposit holds your child’s spot. For your child to be signed up for this trip, I must receive the deposit payment by May 29! (space for this trip is almost full…if you signed your child up and have not paid the deposit, please do so ASAP).

If you have any questions about anything, or need to sign your child up for something, call or text me anytime at 461 4213.

In Christ,
Paul Barnett
Point Washington UMC
850 461 4213

Youth Weekly Update

There are 5 big things happening at Point Washington UMC Youth that you need to be aware of:

1. Mandatory Costa Rica Team Meeting—Tuesday, May 6 @ 6:30pm—If your child is on the Mission Team to Costa Rica, please make sure that they attend this mandatory meeting. All forms should be turned in at this meeting and students may turn in any money that they may have to turn in.

2. BIG Wednesday & Small Groups—Wednesday, May 7—This Wednesday will be the last week of our normal Big Wednesday activities, including Open House, Church Dinner, & Small Groups. Make sure that your child does not miss the opportunity to spend this last week in their Small Groups. Open House is at 3:30, Church Dinner is at 5:00, & Small Groups are at 6:00.

3. Wildside is over, but Sunday School meets every week!—Wildside Youth Fellowship is officially over until next school year, but every Sunday morning at 10:00am we have Sunday School in the youth room for all of our students in 6th through 12th grade. We have a great group of students in Sunday School and we are currently studying Paul letter to the Romans.

4. Paintball Outing for All Students on May 17—We will have a paintball outing on May 17. We will meet at the church at 8:30am and return at 1:30pm. Cost for everything is $25. Space is limited and students must sign up ahead of time. Call, text, or e-mail to sign your child up.

5. High School Summer Retreat to North Carolina Sign Up Deadline is May 29—Our Summer Retreat is July 17-20. The trip is open to all students currently in 8th grade and up. We will be going to Lake Junaluska, North Carolina for an awesome extended weekend full of powerful teaching and worship, small group time, whitewater rafting, swimming at waterfalls, exploring the mountains, service work, group bonding, and more. Cost for the trip is $289 and a $100 deposit holds your child’s spot. For your child to be signed up for this trip, I must receive the deposit payment by May 29!

If you have any questions about anything, or need to sign your child up for something, call or text me anytime at 461 4213.

In Christ,
Paul Barnett
Point Washington UMC
850 461 4213

Message About the Flood

Dear Friends,

What a couple of days it has been! I know everyone is trying to cope with the water deluge as best they can and trying to put life back together as normally and rapidly as possible. My thoughts and prayers have been with all of you during this time, and still are.

I have no way of knowing how bad the results may have been for any of you, but I am really concerned. I am asking that if you have reports of damage–your own or other that you know about–you please forward that information to us at church. I don’t know what assistance, if any, we can offer, but if we know what has happened we can at least be aware and be in touch to find out more in each case. It is going to take awhile to accurately assess the overall situation in our area, I realize, but whatever you can provide will help us in reaching out.

As the days go forward, hopefully a better picture will emerge of both the entire community’s status and the status of our own members. Please be careful and safe as you help yourselves and others in recovery. Call upon me for anything that you want or need to and I will respond as quickly as I can. My resources are limited, but my heart is not. I love all of you.

Some have inquired about the church itself. As far as we can tell, there has been no damage worth mentioning here. Lots of water all over campus on both sides, of course, but no flooding of buildings. We called off every activity yesterday and are deciding daily on what to do about other events. As of this morning, things are better and we anticipate a good day and no cancellations (though our men’s study did not meet this morning early). Unless there is more rain or other surprises, we should be ok for the weekend and Sunday.

Take special care. God be with each of you, and He surely will be and is! Blessings–

Spencer

May 2014 Newsletter

Click here for the full May 2014 Newsletter.

I greet all of you in the afterglow of one of the most beautiful and stirring Easter mornings I can ever recall! I hope
you were here on April 20 at one of the services, because if not you missed a true experience of the resurrected
Christ. He was clearly alive and very present at Point Washington that day! My thanks to all who participated in
planning and making the services so full of energy and purpose– especially on the music front. The guest musicians
and our own musicians and choir folks combined to lift the roof off the Family Life Center in Jesus’ name. Also, the
flowers were exquisite. Thanks to all who contributed to the array of lilies, as well as those who arranged them and
arranged the entire worship setting.

It is now reported that we had over 700 in attendance during Easter morning! That is the second straight Easter that
we have topped 700. These are new records for our church and we are grateful to God for moving people’s hearts so
completely and drawing them to the praise of His glorious acts in Jesus Christ.

Now we need to keep the power of Easter flowing as the weeks ahead unfold! May will be a great month, as we
have more baptisms set and we will welcome even more members into the church. Holy Communion on the 4th will
be followed by Mother’s Day on the 11th and then Confirmation Sunday on the 18th. These will be services and
opportunities to experience the love and grace of God that should not be missed. Hope to see you all month long.

I want to share with you the following piece as we enter May. It speaks to me, and I hope challenges us all. It is by
Nelson Mandela.

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our
light and not our darkness that frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and
fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world.
There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are born to
make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our
own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.”

That, Easter people, is a code we ought to embrace and live by for Him.

Blessings upon all–
Spencer

Youth Weekly Update

This Sunday we will have the last Wildside Youth Fellowship of the year! At this Wildside we will have a blast celebrating the end of another great year in Wildside! We will have special games and activities and we will also send off our graduating senior with a special time just for them. I hope that your child will make sure to join us for this special time!

With a great school year coming to an end, we now look ahead to a summer calendar full of Bible studies and activities. The key event in July will be our Summer Retreat to Lake Junaluska, North Carolina for our students who are currently in 8th grade and up. Be sure to read about that below and sign your child up soon.

Please check below for everything that we have going on this week. If you have any questions or need anything at all, please let me know by e-mailing or calling (462 4213) anytime.

THIS WEEK:

Big Wedensday—Wednesday, April 30—Big Wednesday is Open House from 3:30 to 5:00, Church Dinner from 5:00 to 6:00, Small Groups from 6:00 to 7:30, and Hangtime until 8:00. Students may get dropped for Open House anytime after school. At Open House students have freetime in the youth area and gym. If your child is going to eat Church Dinner, please send them with $5 to pay for dinner. Small Groups start at 6:00 and end between 7:00 and 7:30 and students may be picked up anytime from those times to as late as 8:00. Please pick your child up no later than 8:00.

High School Small Groups—Wednesday, April 30—6:00pm-7:30pm—Our High School Small Groups will have their final session from their study “The Way: Walking in the Footsteps of Jesus”. In this session students will come to see that Jesus’ Resurrection means that the crucifixion was not the end of the story; that in overcoming death, Jesus changed the world’s story forever and that because of the Resurrection, their stories can be changed! Students will see that in the pain of the crucifixion we see the pain of the world; and in the joy of the Resurrection we find our hope and joy. We will use Scripture from John 20:19-23, 1 Peter 1:3, & Romans 12:6-8a.

Middle School Small Groups—Wednesday, April 30—6:00pm-7:00/7:30pm—Our Middle School Small Groups will have their 3nd lesson from their study “Upside Down”. This session is based on the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant found in Matthew 18:23-35. Students will come to understand how important the idea of forgiveness is to God and be challenged to live a life of grace and forgiveness toward others. Other scriptures used will be Matthew 5:23-24, Luke 17:3-4, & 1 John 1:9.

Sunday School—Sunday, May 4—In this week’s Sunday School we start a new study on Paul’s letter to the Romans. We have a great group of students at Sunday School and would love to have your child join us. There are 3 adult Sunday School classes that you could join while your child was in Sunday School with us.

Confirmation Student & Parent Meeting—Sunday, May 4—12:15pm—Our final Confirmation meeting will be this Sunday after the 11:00am worship service (approximately 12:15pm). We need for students and at least one of their parents to attend the meeting. If your child has participated in the Confirmation program this semester, please make sure to attend this meeting. Thank you.

Wildside for EVERYONE IN MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL—Sunday, May 4—6:00pm to 8:00pm—This Sunday we will have the LAST WILDSIDE of the school year. It will be for ALL of our students in grades 6 through 12. Wildside is a teen’s place for fun, faith, food, & friends. At this week’s Wildside we will have a special time to honor our graduating seniors and we will also do our final Station of the Cross; Jesus is Alive! We will also have time for dinner, games, and freetime.

ON YOUR RADAR:

Paintball Outing—May17—8:30am-1:30pm—We will have a paintball outing on Saturday, May 17. This event is open to all students in grade 6 through 12. Cost for the event is $25. That includes mask and gun rental, 500 paintballs, Co2, entry, and lunch. Space is limited and students must sign up ahead of time. Please call or text me to sign your child up (461 4213).

SUMMER RETREAT—July 17-20—Our Summer Retreat will be July 17-20 to the “One Bread, One Body” youth retreat at the United Methodist Retreat Center in Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. At the retreat we will join hundreds of other teens from youth groups all over the Southeast for morning and evening sessions which will include teaching from two powerful and challenging speakers, a dynamic worship band, and thought provoking small groups. We will have several fun afternoon activities, including, whitewater rafting on the Nantahala River, swimming at waterfalls, and a mission activities helping to feed the homeless. This is sure to be a great time of individual spiritual growth and deep group bonding. This trip is open to all students that will be going to high school next fall (current 8th grade and up). Cost for the trip, which includes all programming, activities, lodging, and meals (except for 2 meals on the way up and two meals on the way home) is $289 and a $100 deposit holds your child’s spot. Space is limited, so be sure to get your deposit in soon. The cutoff date to sign up is May 28 (or whenever all the spots are full). If you have any questions, please email or call me anytime.

Important Costa Rica Team Dates—
Mandatory Team Meeting—May 6, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Team Building Outing—May 31, 10:00am-6:00pm
Please make sure that if your child makes it to the May 6th Team Meeting if they are on the team, as the meetings are very important for our group’s success!

I hope that your child will find Point Washington UMC Youth a place where they can come and feel accepted and loved just as they are as they explore the issues of God and faith and discover the way that He calls them to follow Him. If there is ever anything that I can do for you or your family, please call or text me anytime at 461 4213.

In Christ,
Paul Barnett
Director of Youth Ministries
Point Washington UMC
850 461 4213

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Decorating for Christmas – Saturday Nov, 30

The church needs to be decorated four Sunday’s before Christmas Day because
it falls on a Wednesday we will need to decorate the church one week
earlier.

Please join Point Washington United Methodist Men 30 November Saturday at 8
AM in the Stephens Center for Breakfast, Devotion, and Fellowship. The
breakfast will be open to all (Men and Women). No charge for women.

Following the meeting at 9 AM we will put up the Christmas decorations.
Bring gloves!

Thank-you and God Bless!
Butch Phillips

TO KNOW CHRIST, TO LOVE CHRIST, TO MAKE THE LOVE OF CHRIST KNOWN