Common Ground

Youth Ministry

Be sure to check out The Bethel Youth Web Site[Offsite Link].

Youth Ministry Programs

Current Events for Jr High and Sr High Youth

River Float
Wednesday, August 9
This event is from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM at Bethel/Offsite
Contact Tom Hoegel

This is our annual Middle School - College Age River Float on the American River in Sacramento.

Out & About Marvel Show
Saturday, August 19
This event is from 9:45 AM to 4:00 PM at Bethel/Offsite
Contact Molly Schrey

Join us for an action-packed stunt show at San Jose's SAP center. Come see all your favorite Marvel characters like Ironman, Captain America, Rocket the Raccoon, and Groot! Lunch will be a short 12-minute walk to San Pedro Square where there are a number of places to eat. Sign up at: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/1941516/false#/invitation[Offsite Link]

Youth Ministry Kickoff BBQ
Wednesday, August 23
This event is from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM at Torvend Hall, Kitchen, Playground, Fireside Room
Contact Tom Hoegel

Our annual Youth Ministry Kickoff for all Middle Schoolers, High Schoolers (grades 6-12) and associated parents. Come enjoy this awesome BBQ and Ice Cream feed, plus get the scoop on the upcoming school year programs. Just bring yourself and get ready for a fun and informative time.

Adult Mission to Mexico
Daily from September 28 until October 2
This event is from 8:00 AM to 9:00 PM at Bethel/Offsite
Contact Tom Hoegel

This is our annual Adult Trip to Tijuana with Esperanza

Youth Ministry Programs

Youth Director: Tom Hoegel
Youth Ministry Lead: Marianne Nadell
Youth Ministry Lead: Mark Evashenk

6th–8th Grade Confirmation
Contact Robyn Winegardner, Pastor Ben Bergren

Confirmation is designed to be inviting and have a friendly, fun, challenging and exciting atmosphere. This program challenges the “Sunday School is boring” stereotype and helps teenagers celebrate God’s presence in their lives. It includes laughter, videos, hands-on activities, questions, worship, service, small groups, summer camp at Rock-n-Water and of course, donuts. All of our time together is designed to help middle school students, 6th, 7th and 8th graders, toward spiritual maturity while recognizing that Faith is caught not taught. The core studies revolve around Luther’s Small Catechism and the Bible. Confirmation classes typically meet on Sunday mornings, September to May. Once a month longer classes are scheduled that include worship, service and time with the Pastor.
Affirmation of Baptism (AoB) takes place at the end of 8th grade. It builds upon what the students learned during their first two years. It helps them discover more ways to seek God and to affirm their faith. Students create a Faith Statement that is shared on Confirmation Sunday with the congregation.
Look for details at the top of this web page.
Common Ground

Common Ground
Contact Tom Hoegel, Katlynn Hoegel

Common Ground is a dynamic Sr. High music and drama traveling ministry at Bethel that has been going strong for close to 30 years. It involves about 35 high school students meeting once a week from February to June, and then we take a 10-day tour of the western United States (by bus) presenting a Christ-centered message of hope through original dramas, cutting-edge music, a breathtaking youth band, bold sharing of personal experiences, and infectious joy. This is also a great opportunity for adults who are interested in being youth sponsors.

Senior High Ministry
Contact Tom Hoegel

Nearly every Wednesday night during the school year, the high school youth meet up for a mixture of topical discussion, fellowship, food, and fun. Each week is something new. Sign up on the The Bethel Youth Web Site [Offsite Link] to get weekly notices about upcoming events.
Mission to Mexico

Youth Mission to Mexico
Contact Tom Hoegel

Each spring break, a group of youth travel to Tijuana, Mexico to join forces with Esperanza International[Offsite Link], or "Hope", an organization that works to build houses, schools and centers for the local community. We work side by side with low-income families and the Esperanza staff—mixing concrete, pouring tiles and beams, digging trenches, and a host of other challenging work. In the process, families learn the building process, which helps make their community more self-sufficient, and Bethel volunteers practice their Spanish, and touch the lives of our neighbors south of the border. These three days of work, laughter, growth and fun lead to changed lives on both sides of the border. And don’t miss the video on our Mission to Mexico page!