{Details about this weekend below!!}

What is the difference between being THANKFUL and GRATEFUL? One involves filling up on too much parmesan cheese. J/K, bad joke. Here’s what the dictionary says:

  • We use grateful to talk about how we feel when someone is kind to us or does us a favour: Thank you so much for helping us move to our new house. We are so grateful.
  • We usually use thankful when we are relieved that something unpleasant or dangerous didn’t happen: I was in a car accident today. The car has some damage, but I’m just thankful that no one was injured.
(“Grateful or thankful ?” from English Grammar Today © Cambridge University Press.)
So if being THANKFUL involves avoiding something bad, is that what our country’s annual Thanksgiving is all about? Is a day dedicated to stuffing your face with delicious delicacies, spending time with family, and sweaty dudes playing football really about AVOIDING BAD STUFF? Does that old expression”dodging a bullet” actually refer to the whole purpose of Thanksgiving Day celebrations???
This past weekend was really hard on the world. In our heads, we know bad stuff happens all around the world, but attacks that we see on TV and online seem closer when you see the Eiffel Tower in the background. And you think of the Statue of Liberty, a gift from the French people to our country. Even though Paris is far from Portland, this violence is a little too close for comfort. In some ways, we have dodged the violence; however, as global citizens (AKA people living in this world God made), we are all affected by this hurt.
As you get ready for no school football marathons stuffing your face with pie Thanksgiving break, think about how you are THANKFUL. And grateful. We are pretty safe. We are a part of a loving community (at least one-school, church, neighborhood, family, classmates, team, club, group of friends). And we are responsible to stand up against injustice and to take care of each other. We grieve with those who have lost loved ones, and we talk to God about our feelings and thoughts. We seek out wisdom, like in this bit from Martin Luther King, Jr.: “Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”
And these 2 sentences from a mystery author: In him [Jesus] was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:4-5 in the Bible)
  • Challenge: Hold out your hands, straight out in front of you. Spread out your fingers.

    • LEFT HAND: Think of 5 ways (5 fingers on your left hand) that you are GRATEFUL (how people/God have helped you).
    • RIGHT HAND: Then think of 5 ways (5 fingers on your right hand) of how you are THANKFUL (avoiding harm or bad stuff).
    • Congratulations, you are now talking to two turkey hands. Gobble, gobble.

Let’s talk this weekend…

FRIDAY, 11/20: Meet at the Youth House at 5:45 pm. Load up and leave by 6:15 (at the latest).

SUNDAY, 11/22: Arrive back at Valley (Youth House) by 12:30 pm.

  • Brochure with info: CPYA 2015 Registration
  • PACK:

    • DO BRING: Warm clothes (wear layers), one outfit that can get muddy (for optional rec games), shoes/socks that can get muddy, co-ed friendly pajamas, Bible, water bottle, sleeping bag/sheets/blanket, pillow, bath towel(s), toiletries, plastic bag for muddy clothes, rain jacket! We will stay in cabins/lodges, so bunk bed city. 
    • Optional items to pack: journal/pens, board game/cards to share, snacks to share (there’ll be plenty of food, but it you’re picky, bring extra food), book, camera.
    • DO NOT BRING: Your cellphone, iPod, tablet, laptop, gaming device or anything else that is electronic and disconnects you to the people and nature surrounding us on this retreat! Any cellphones will be taken away by Laurel or another youth minister; all churches at the retreat have this rule. (Watches are fine.)
    • Forecast for Turner, OR: High of 50, low of 32 degrees; some rain, sun on Saturday!
  • Laurel will have her cell, and Ryan Caldwell’s (the dean of this retreat and a fellow youth minister) cell # is on the brochure linked above. Parents can call either of these numbers (or Aldersgate Retreat Center) if needed.
  • Please let me know ASAP if your youth is unable to meet us Friday evening (if you need to meet us there).

OTHER QUESTIONS? Call/email me.

We retreat in 48 hours!! Let the countdown begin.

If you have questions about the summer MISSION TRIP or TRIENNIUM, email or call me. Thanks!

Have a great rest of your week!





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