It’s Coming… EPiC17

screenshot-2016-09-19-at-4-32-23-pmSave the date: February 24-26, 2017, for the best winter retreat in the EPC. This year, we’re changing locations so it can be bigger and better than ever. We remain committed to providing an excellent speaker delivering the truth of the Gospel in which we’re united for an affordable price. This retreat will include worship through music, breakout sessions, dodgeball tournament, video making, and great connections in the presbytery.

See below for enough details to save the date and include in the budget, then check back for more specifics in November.

Date February 24-26, 2017

Times Registration 7p-8p, Departure 1130a

Location Beulah Beach, Vermilion, OH

Cost $95/person

Deposit $20/estimated people, transferable, due 1/20

Send to First Presbyterian Church, 252 College Ave, Beaver, PA 15009 with church name, estimated number of people, contact information

Final Numbers due 2/6 to dmschart@gmail.com

This retreat is for 6th-12th grade students and leaders.

Further questions, email Martha at dmschart@gmail.com.

See you there!

Mission Trip Opportunity at GA

This summer, Bethel Church is very excited to be taking a group of people to EPC General Assembly to worship with brothers and sisters in Christ and serve the people of Detroit. It is for anyone in 7th grade and older, students and adults. More information can be found by clicking on this link here.
If you want to bring a team from your church, you can figure out your own lodging and transportation arrangements, but let’s work together and worship together on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday! The information on the attachment is what we decided for our team, but you can change your times, costs, hotel, or deadline.
I’m working with a couple people from Ward Church as well as Military Avenue Church in the city to figure out some ways to serve the community of Detroit, share the Gospel, and experience the Gospel as it crosses cultures.
If you would like to join us, I’d be happy to give you more information or help you put together a team from your church and set up the details. Let me know if you’re interested.
You can contact me at gregory.aydt@gmail.com.

#EPiC16 in Review

After months of preparation and anticipation, #EPiC16 is now the winter retreat that was. And it was great! Twelve churches from across the Presbytery of the Alleghenies piled 180 people into the beautiful Camp Allegheny (Ellwood City, PA) for a weekend of fellowship, fun, and life-changing truths. Here are some of the highlights:

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Shawn Stewart (Director of Mobilization for World Outreach) joined us to bring the Word in three plenary sessions. He spoke on our theme “Brand New” from II Corinthians 5:17-21. His three sessions talked about being made a new creation, being reconciled to worship, and being ambassadors for Christ. Our group time following each session reinforced the “recreating” work of the Gospel in the wounds and sin in our lives.

We also had breakout sessions from eleven different speakers on topics like depression, self-image, missions, and fear. These breakout sessions afforded great opportunities for specific study and discussion.

Students were also given time each morning to spend alone with God in His Word and to meet together in church groups to dig deeper into the lessons they were learning.

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Returning to EPiC Winter Retreat for the fourth year in a row was Christian worship band Third From First. They did an excellent job of focusing our minds and hearts on the greatness of the King. It was inspiring to hear 140 teenagers lifting their voices to praise Jesus Christ.

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We had our second EPiC Dodgeball Tournament. A bracket of 16 teams made up of 6 people each was narrowed down until one team was crowned victor. They received the “Golden Dodgeball” trophy, which they will bring back next year to defend.

There were plenty of other activities, like sledding, foosball, basketball, and board games. There was also a time for students to make short videos to show to the entire group. Talk about creativity!

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This couldn’t have happened without the hardworking, sacrificial, and Christlike leaders who met Saturday and Sunday morning to pray and read Scripture together. A huge thank you to the leaders!

The leaders from this retreat will meet in the coming weeks to debrief using the feedback forms filled out by each student and begin planning the even better #EPiC17! We will also talk about the possibility of another event before then.

If you are interested in being a part of the next event or next year’s winter retreat, please email gregory.aydt@gmail.com.

EPiC16

Here’s some details on EPiC Winter Retreat 2016 coming up very quickly!

Theme:
Brand-New-Flyer-1b-final-logoThis year we will be learning all about how the Gospel makes us a new creation in Christ and what that means for our lives as ambassadors. There will be an emphasis on how the Gospel makes us brand new while the world enslaves us to the same old sins. Along with this comes the ministry of reconciliation as we fellowship with the Church and love the world. Finally, as brand new creatures, we are given the incredible title of ambassadors to the world for God. All of this will be expounded from II Corinthians 5:17-21 over three plenary sessions. Our speaker this year is Shawn Stewart. He is part of EPC World Outreach and is super excited to be a part of this retreat and share the Word of God with students.

Date: February 12-14, 2016
Location: Camp Allegheny, Ellwood City, PA
Cost: $90/person
Deposit: If you would like to sign your group up for this retreat, we are requiring a $10/person (estimated number) deposit by December 18th. Checks can be made payable to First Presbyterian Church and sent to Martha Schartner, First Presbyterian Church, 252 College Ave, Beaver, PA 15009. Please send the check along with the postcard registration tear-off to register your group. If you did not receive a postcard, click here.
Final Numbers: The camp requires final numbers to put together an invoice for us before the retreat. So we require hard, final numbers from everyone by January 24th, 2016. This is the number your church will be financially responsible for. Final numbers can be emailed to Greg (gregory.aydt@gmail.com).
Final Payment: Final payment is due upon arrival. Once all final numbers are collected and we receive an invoice from the camp, we will send out invoices to everyone that can be used to collect their final payment. These payments can also be made out to First Presbyterian Church.

Marketing: We will soon be making available digital graphics to advertise this retreat to your group. Please check back for these.

Schedule: Check out what this amazing weekend looks like here: EPiC16 Schedule

We expect another amazing retreat this year. Look below for a recap of last year’s EPiC Winter Retreat. Email gregory.aydt@gmail.com with any questions about this upcoming retreat.

See you there!

Appalachain Impact 2015 (Summer Mission Opportunity)

Youth Pastors of the PoA,

Every year myself and the middle school kids of our church (Tabernacle E.P.C.) go to a place called Salt Lick, Kentucky. Yes, it is in the middle of nowhere and yes, it is certainly exciting. When I was in middle school and participating in this trip, we would always be accompanied by multiple other churches also participating in a summer missions trip. In recent years, we have been the only church on the campgrounds for the week that we go, and it is my intent to raise awareness and join with some other smaller churches that may not be able to do this type of trip on their own.

What we do while there is mainly physical labor for families living in very rough conditions, but while back at camp it is all about having a super intentional time with Jesus and with our kids just hanging out. While sleeping in cabins and eating some fantastic meals, there is always life transformation that happens in these students lives.

This is where I throw an invitation out to any and all that are interested in this. There is no limit to middle school for the trip, as I would love to see as many get the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Jesus as possible. In the same way, if this is something that interests you and you say, there is no way we could afford to do something like this, let me know as transportation and other cost may be defrayed by going at this together.

This year, our church is traveling down to Kentucky on Sunday, July 5th and will be returning on Saturday, July 11th. The price for this that we have set is $425. Again, this is what we always charge, but I would be willing to break this down and see what we can do about the price. I know that this is fairly short notice, but again, I simply want to make sure that everyone has a chance to partake in a summer mission opportunity as I see the good that it has brought to our students.

I know that I have been vague on information, but it is my thought that I have given enough to let the Spirit direct you to either reach out to me or not. If you are interested, feel free to contact me anytime by phone (330-314-2755) or e-mail (tepcyouth@gmail.com)

Thanks, and I will be praying that God will continue to use all of you for His glory and His purpose.

Andrew Stauffer

#EPiC15: A Recap

After months of preparation, #EPiC15 is now the winter retreat that was. And it was great. Twelve churches from across the Presbytery of the Alleghenies piled 190 people into the beautiful Camp Allegheny (Ellwood City, PA) for a weekend of fellowship, fun, and life-changing truths. Here are some of the highlights:

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Pastor Jonathan Shirk (former Student Ministry Director at North Park EPC, now serving as Senior Pastor in Manheim, PA) joined us to bring the Word in three plenary sessions. He spoke on Becoming Church, Loving Church, and Growing Church. His messages emphasized the importance of finding our identity in the Church, loving Church, and being on mission as the Church. You can watch videos of all three of his messages here: Becoming Church, Loving Church, Growing Church.

We also had breakout sessions from nine different speakers on topics like conversion, diversity, friendship, and Christian music. These breakout sessions afforded great opportunities for specific study and discussion.

Students were also given time each morning to spend alone with God in His Word and to meet together in church groups to dig deeper into the lessons they were learning.

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Returning to EPiC Winter Retreat for the third year in a row was Christian worship band Third From First. They did an excellent job of focusing our minds and hearts on the greatness of the King. It was inspiring to hear 150 teenagers lifting their voices to praise Jesus Christ.

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We had our first ever EPiC Dodgeball Tournament. A bracket of 16 teams made up of 6 people each was narrowed down until our championship round between The Dads of North Park and Salty Sailors of First Presbyterian. The Dads pulled off the victory and were awarded the trophy.

There were plenty of other activities, like sledding, foosball, basketball, and board games. There was also a time for students to make short videos to show to the entire group. Talk about creativity!

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This couldn’t have happened without the hardworking, sacrificial, and Christlike leaders who met Saturday and Sunday morning to pray and read Scripture together. A huge thank you to the leaders!

With the exception of a couple outstanding checks and a couple reimbursements in the process, the financials went pretty smoothly. The books should be closed on the retreat by the end of next week with very few issues.

The leaders from this retreat will meet in the coming weeks to debrief using the feedback forms filled out by each student and begin planning the even better #EPiC16! We will also talk about the possibility of another event before then.

If you are interested in being a part of the next event or next year’s winter retreat, please email gregory.aydt@gmail.com.

Details on EPiC 2015

Here’s some more details on EPiC Winter Retreat 2015 coming up very quickly!
Theme:
This year we will be learning all about the community of the Church. There will be an emphasis on how the Gospel shapes the Church to be our primary place of belonging and commitment. It’ll be called, “The Fellowship of the King” with Lord of the Rings fonts and colors. “One Church, One Call, One King to Rule them All.” Jonathan Shirk will be our plenary speaker. He’s an excellent speaker with a history in our presbytery. I think this is a perfect theme for a retreat with so many different local churches represented.
Here’s theme material I can email you:
-Our theme and promo picture in many different formats (PowerPoint background, instagram square ratio, postcard ratio, and just a straight slide)
-The words I used for the theme in case you wanted to use them in any way
-The Word document for the personalizable postcard. So you have a couple options when advertising to your own group: you can just write it or put a text box on the jpeg or you can type it into the word doc.
-The simple schedule and packing list and a detailed schedule that we’ve worked out
Here’s what I need from you:
-Deposit (made out to Bethel Church) of $45 per estimated person by January 9th
-Final numbers (the number of people your church will be financially responsible for) by January 19th and participant information (Name, Gender, Grade/Leader)
-Balance due upon arrival (I will reply to your final numbers with a balance due number for you)
Some responsibilities I need filled:
Breakout Sessions: These are very fun hour long sessions with groups of 10-20 students on a more specific topic that accords somehow with our theme for the weekend. They can be discussion-based or more teaching. They can even be hands on. It’s really for leaders to decide how they want it to go. Students will sign up for them during breakfast on Saturday.
      -If you want to do a breakout session, please let me know by January 23rd. Then here’s what I need from you:
            1. Title (try for something catchy to get students to sign up)
            2. Your name and church
            3. The topic (nothing catchy, just what you’ll be talking about in a couple words.
            4. A couple sentences of description
       -I need this information by February 3rd.
Video making: I need someone to be in charge of explaining the rule of making videos then MCing when we show them.
Dodgeball tournament: Does someone want to run the dodgeball tournament? I can still bring the balls and cones.
-Friday night snack: Can a group volunteer to bring a snack for Friday night? It can be simple and quick. It just needs to be plenteous. All expenses are reimbursed and included in the cost of the trip.
-Leaders meetings: Can someone volunteer to pick and read a Psalm or other passage of Scripture and then lead prayer for the leaders meetings? This should not be long.
-Group picture: Does someone have a nice camera for the group picture and will email it to all the leaders very soon after the retreat?
Extra information:
-With the change in venue and the added cost of a speaker (in my opinion, well worth it), the total cost per person will be between $93-$100 depending on the number of people that come.
-Each group leader should bring a walkie talkie. It makes communication extremely easy during the retreat. If anyone needs one, I have an extra.
That’s all I have. Any questions? Comments?
Please sign up for any responsibilities and send final numbers by emailing me: gregory.aydt@gmail.com.
Thanks!