Monday, November 8, 2010

Ignition Youth News Encounterfest Edition

ENCOUNTERFEST 2010 is this weekend!!!

        I am so very excited for this year's Encounterfest at Camp Berachah. Last year's Encounterfest was such a turning point for a lot of students and though I am not expecting God to repeat himself, I do know that God wants to change lives and grow us to be more like His Son, Jesus!
         Will you please pray for us that God will make Himself more glorious and more famous and that we will be able to worship Him with purer hearts!

Here is some important info if you are registered for Encounterfest:
Friday, November 12th

Please make sure that your student arrives at Camp Berachah between the hours of 4:00-5:30pm.
We will be staying in the Hillside Lodge, which is near the very back of the camp. There will be people to direct you to the drop off site.

Please make sure to register your child at the Check In tables. Please note: If your student takes any medication it needs to be checked in, in its original packaging.

Sunday, November 14th

Check Out will be at 1:30pm. Your student will have been fed lunch and please be sure to pick them up at the same site that you dropped them off at. Please be advised that a parent will be responsible for physically checking out their children. If your child will be driving home with another person/family, make sure that staff is aware during Check In.

What to Pack:

Accommodations have changed since our first letter. Your child does NOT need to bring a sleeping bag, blanket, or pillow; linens will be provided by the camp.

-Change of clothes for 3 days (weather appropriate)
-Toiletries (shampoo, deodorant, ect...)
-Modest swim suit (Boys: longer swim shorts, Girls: 1 piece bathing suit, or a long dark shirt that covers the stomach and lower back.)
-Towels ( at least 2 )
-Extra spending cash for Snack Shack
-Bible, journal
-Athletic wear (optional: There is an open gym available to us)
-Medication (In original packaging)

Electronic Devices:

I would advise students to NOT bring any form of electronic devices to camp so as not to be a distraction. Please be advise if they are lost/stolen Shorewood Foursquare Church will not be responsible for their replacement.

However, if students bring (IPod, cell phones, ect...) they must be used only when appropriate. If they are used during Chapel times or other group activities they may be confiscated and returned at the end of the weekend.

Parents, please have conversations with your children regarding this matter prior to our retreat.

Directions to Camp:

For specific directions to Camp Berachah please go to:


by Trina Mannery

        Fall is here and we are all settling into our new schedules - school, sports and youth group!
        We are so very excited to be serving the youth, sharing time with them and growing together as we hear Gods call in our lives!
        Part of our evening is to provide the youth with a snack. Not only does a snack give them something to munch on, but provides them with valuable time to socialize and build relationships.

To do this, we need your help!
How can I Help?
        We need every family to help by providing snack one evening throughout the year. Since we have an average of 50-60 youth, we are asking 2 families to bring snack each night. Your responsibility will be to bring enough snack for 30 youth. We have lots of families so if every family contributes; we should only need your contribution once this year.

What do I need to do?
        Please contact Trina Mannery at 206-550-9298 or She will work with you to set up a date for you to bring snack on a week that will work for your schedule.

What should I bring?
       This can be homemade or store bought. Fruit and vegetables, cheese and crackers or cookies, brownies etc. Shop the sales! What's in the pantry? (Hint: They are teenagers, they love it all!)

Should I bring drinks too?
        You may provide drinks if you like, but we can provide water and that seems to work well.

How would you like the snack to come?
        Please bring the snack prepared and ready to serve. Also, please remind your youth to bring home your containers.

My schedule is crazy and I have a hard time preparing a snack, is there any other way I can help?
        Yes! If you would like to help and just don't have the time to provide a ready to eat snack, you can donate $10 to our snack fund. This fund can be used on days when we don't have anyone scheduled to provide a snack.
Thank you so much for coming along side us to help us love on and serve your kids!

If you have any questions or comments, please contact Trina

God Bless You!
Important Information
  • Encounterfest is this weekend! If you still have a blance please pay so we can pay Grace Church
  • We need help with scheduling parents for snacks. We have a lot of youth coming on Wednesdays and need parents to help us. Your youth can even pick it out to share! Also, if you are unable to help by bringing a snack we will also take donations, and go to the store for snacks ourselves.
  • This coming week have chapter 3 of Crazy Love read for small group discussions. 

Important Dates:
11/10/10, Youth Group, 6:30-8:3011/12/10 - 11/14/10, Encounterfest 2010 @ Camp Berachah11/17/10 & 11/24/10, NO Youth Group - Enjoy your Thanksgiving!
We thank God for each and every one of you,

Shorewood Foursquare Ignition Youth Ministry Staff

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