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

Sr High Winter Retreat
Daily until February 26
This event is from 3:00 PM to 9:00 PM at Bethel/Offsite
Contact Tom Hoegel

Our Retreat to Bear Valley.

Common Ground Practice
Mondays until June 5 2017 except 04/10/17, 05/29/17
This event is from 7:15 PM to 9:00 PM at Music & Ed, Fireside, Sanctuary
Contact Tom Hoegel

Common Ground is Bethel's Sr High Music Ministry. We prepare a program and engage in community building all spring in preparation for our June Tour to the Pacific Northwest.

Common Ground Kickoff Retreat
Friday, March 3
This event is from 7:15 PM to 11:00 PM at Music & Ed, Fireside, Sanctuary, Kitchen, Youth Room
Contact Tom Hoegel

Our 2017 Kickoff Retreat where we work out publicity, outfit ideas, music and program. Plus, a lot of fun :-)

Common Ground Kickoff Retreat
Saturday, March 4
This event is from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM at Music & Ed, Fireside, Sanctuary, Kitchen, Youth Room
Contact Tom Hoegel

Our 2017 Kickoff Retreat where we work out publicity, outfit ideas, music and program. Plus, a lot of fun :-)

Confirmation
Sundays until May 21 except 02/26/17, 03/05/17, 03/12/17, 03/26/17, 04/02/17, 04/09/17, 04/23/17, 04/16/17, 04/30/17, 05/14/17, 05/21/17
This event is from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM at Classroom 2
Contact Robyn Winegardner

Studying Luther's Catechism

Mission to Mexico
Daily from April 8 until April 12
This event is from 8:00 PM to 11:00 PM at Bethel/Offsite
Contact Tom Hoegel

Our annual trip to Tijuana with Esperanza.

CG Easter Breakfast Prep
Saturday, April 15
This event is from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at Torvend hall, Kitchen
Contact Tom Hoegel

This is our "Get Ready" time for the Easter Breakfast

Common Ground Practice
Wednesdays starting May 24 until June 7 2017
This event is from 7:15 PM to 9:00 PM at Music & Ed, Fireside, Sanctuary
Contact Tom Hoegel

Common Ground is Bethel's Sr High Music Ministry. We prepare a program and engage in community building all spring in preparation for our June Tour to the Pacific Northwest.

Common Ground Work Weekend
Friday, May 26 2017
This event is from 7:15 PM to 11:59 PM at Music & Ed, Fireside, Sanctuary, Kitchen, Youth Room
Contact Tom Hoegel

This retreat is centered around preparing our program for tour.

Common Ground Work Weekend
Saturday, May 27 2017
This event is from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM at Music & Ed, Fireside, Sanctuary, Kitchen, Youth Room
Contact Tom Hoegel

This retreat is centered around preparing our program for tour.

Common Ground Kickoff Concert
Friday, June 9 2017
This event is from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM at Sanctuary, Fireside Room
Contact Tom Hoegel

Join us for our Kickoff Concert as we head off on our tour to the Pacific Northwest

Common Ground Tour
Daily from June 10 2017 until June 18 2017
This event is from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM at Bethel/Offsite
Contact Tom Hoegel

Our Tour to the Pacific Northwest

CG Homecoming Concert
Sunday, June 18 2017
This event is from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM at Sanctuary, Fireside Room
Contact Tom Hoegel

Come welcome home Common Ground from their tour to the Pacific Northwest. Our concert, "Begin Forever" will inspire and challenge you :-)

Western States Youth Gathering
Daily from June 26 2017 until July 2 2017
This event is from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM at Bethel/Offsite
Contact Tom Hoegel

We will join over 600 youth from all around the Western US in Thousand Oaks (CLU) for this incredible gathering.

Adult Mission to Mexico
Daily from September 28 2017 until October 2 2017
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!