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FUS Youth Program

December 2014 

In this issue:

Winter Solstice Service
Applications for Summer Service Trips (due in January)
Laser Tag at Ultrazone
Mini-Conference at FUS (needs lots of volunteers!)
Successful Sale of Ornaments at FUS Art Fair

Winter Solstice Service, Saturday, December 20, 4:30-6ish pm

Celebrate Winter Solstice with Rev. Kelly Crocker and Ministerial Intern Sasha Ostrom on Saturday, Dec 20. There’ll be stories, candlelight, music, and more, as we honor the gifts of darkness and light on the longest night of the year. The Teen Choir will be singing and the Solstice Harp Ensemble will play. Hang out for about half hour after service and enjoy some cookies.

Youth Group Solstice Gathering, Sunday, December 21, 4-6 pm

Then come back on Sunday. Samantha Burden and Natalie Miskelly are organizing a Solstice gathering for the usual 4-6 pm YG meeting time. Next YG meeting after that will be January 4, which is during Winter Break. It’ll be a casual day with some planning discussions about the upcoming Mini-Con.

Summer Service Trips to Camp Friendship, June 20–26 or July 11–17

Applications due in January!

Last summer, a group of teens traveled to Camp Friendship in Annandale, MN, to work with people of various ages with physical and cognitive disabilities. Each FUS teen spent part of the day helping the campers with fun camp activities (arts and crafts, archery, swimming, etc) and part of the day in leadership training. Camp counselors guide you in how to help. Carly Wilson, a teen who went last year, described it as a life-changing experience and well worth the effort of stepping outside of your comfort zone. Because it was such a positive experience, Leslie Ross has scheduled two more trips for this summer! She’ll start accepting applications January 1 and must have all applications in by January 22. Spots are limited and will be assigned as applications are received.

If you want to go, be sure to get your application in right away in January. Email Kelly for Application Forms. See here for more about Camp Friendship. Note: The June trip overlaps with General Assembly, which is June 24–28 in Portland, OR.

Laser Tag at Ultrazone, Sunday, January 11, 4:00–5:30 pm

Start off winter semester with a lively (but friendly) game of laser tag at Ultrazone, 680 Grand Canyon Dr., Madison. If we get 15 people to go, the cost for two games is $14. Parents should drop off and pick up teens at Ultrazone. Pick up is at 5:30 pm instead of the usual 6 pm. Please respond to Deb’s invite posted on Facebook. 

Mini-Con at FUS Friday–Saturday, February 6–7

FUS will be hosting a mini-conference! There are still many details to work out, but basically YG teens from FUS and teens and adults from other UU congregations will gather at FUS Friday around 7 pm and stay through Saturday, 4 pm. Lots of teens are needed for planning and making sure things run smoothly. Lots of adults are needed to help with chaperoning and food. Natalie’s mom, Sandy Ligon, and Lena’s mom, Darcie Johnston, have volunteered to coordinate food. Parents, contact Kelly Crocker to let her know how you can help. Teens, find out more about the mini-con at the YG meeting on Sunday, January 4.

Chalice Ornament Sale Raised $240

The teens’ chalice ornaments sold out quickly at Art in the Wright Place! The $240 will help pay for schooling for Jael Rose (age 13) in the Philippines and Beáta (sophomore) in the Transylvanian region of Romania. The taco bar the Free to Believe Class hosted Saturday, December 13, with some help from YG teens, and the upcoming Partner Church dinner YG will prepare on May 15 will also help pay for the girls’ education.

Youth Group Calendar

Saturday, Dec. 20, 4:30–6 pm, Atrium Auditorium, Winter Solstice Service

Sunday, Dec. 21, 4–6 pm, Courtyard Rooms A–C

Samantha Burden and Natalie are organzing a YG Solstice gathering.

Thursday, Jan. 1: Leslie starts accepting applications for Summer Service Trips

Sunday, Jan. 4, 4–6 pm, Courtyard Rooms A–C

Youth Group meeting—Casual day. Let’s do some planning for the Mini-Con

Sunday, Jan. 11, 4–5:30 pm, Laser Tag at Ultrazone, 680 Grand Canyon Dr.

Sunday, Jan. 18

Advisors’ Meeting, 2–3:45 pm; Youth join at 2:45 pm, Courtyard Room E

Youth Group Meeting, 4–6 pm, Courtyard Rooms A–C

Do a bit of de-stressing before finals with Zentangle drawing plus Touch Group activities

Friday–Saturday, Feb. 6–7: Mini-Con at FUS

Friday, May 15: Partner Church Dinner & Fundraiser

June 20–26 OR July 11–17, Summer Service Trips to Camp Friendship, Annandale, MN

Sign Up for Snacks

That’s an ongoing need. See Sign-Up List for Weekly Snacks.

For More Information

Contact Kelly Crocker.

First Unitarian Society Youth Group Facebook page for teens

First Unitarian Society Youth Group Parent's Page Facebook page for parents

Registration for Fall's Children's Religious Education program is well underway; have you registered yet? If not, act now! Fees go up $20 per child on June 1. Classes are filling and we want to be sure that you can register for your preferred time. If you have any questions about registering or about your volunteer commitment, please contact Leslie Ross at /DRE.