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AQUILA

THE

February 2010

, r o t s a P r o i n Dear Se ...will you listen?

A cry for help from Youth, Young Adults and Youth Workers in our Conference.

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Youth Service Fund 1


C o m m e n t s

what is your greatest fear and hope for youth and young ministries for 2010? “That the youth of our conference continue to grow in faith and unity.”

“That the general church will continue to treat young adult ministries as second class. They let go both young adult staff people last year and gave it to the youth guy. What's next?”

“That young

people feel loved enough by Christ and His church

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“That we as leaders [may not] have enough resources and support available to us [so] our young people's ministries thrive.”

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“That the youth and young adults will not get the attention that they have deserved and earned.”

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that they stay connected with the church during all the stages of the ir lives.” “That young adults will appreciate the local churches and conferences [that] are doing good young adult ministries.” “That more churches will see the

need for hiring youth leaders even though they may

February’s survey question

not have a large youth group.”

Are we listening to young people?

http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/aquilafeb2010

D i s t r i c t 
 c o n n e c t i o n An A-Team is an opportunity for District Youth Directors, Leaders, and Ministers to gather to support each other with prayer, accountability and be able to plan district events, leadership training in a community oriented setting. Together we also allow for a cross-pollination of creativity to take place taking Youth and Young Adult Ministry to new levels of excellence and creativity fit for an emerging generation.

Hawai’i Rona Mangayayam, revrona@yahoo.com Monalisa Siofele, msiofele@yahoo.com

pasadena Allison Mark, amark@fumcpasadena.org

santa ana Darren Cowdrey, revdarren67@gmail.com

long beach Kathey Wilborn, lbdistumc@cal-pac.org

riverside Val Weise, vweise@fumcor.com

santa barbara Brian Long, brian@umcwv.org

THE AQUILA Cal-Pac Conference of The UMC

Editor: Fernando Alcántar

PO BOX 6006 110 S Euclid Ave, Pasadena, CA 91102

To post a comment or a note in response to any of the items in this edition send an email to:

626.568.7360 - calpacyoungpeople.org

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Contact your District Coordinator to get connected today!

los angeles Val Jean Boyd, vboyd@semprautilities.com

san diego Rebecca Hensley, hensley.rebecca@gmail.com

conference Caroline Dawes, caroline@fumcrb.org


Dear Senior Pastor, ts and t my childhood, I went to church with my paren I love the United Methodist Church. Throughou ual family and my older people in the church became my spirit was virtually raised by the congregation. The me, as a member of ver, I’ve started to notice how difficult it is for mentors. As I’ve grown a little bit older, howe feel that we, “elders,” or the “more experienced,” tend to the youth, to get involved in the church. The to be substantial today’s teenagers, are far too wild or immature e see our crazy participants in the Church. These certain peopl and immediately try to fashion sense, hear our ‘obnoxious’ singing, don’t have anything to push us aside. I mean, come on… the youth

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teenagers bring offer the church! I beg to differ. Today’s - Would you believe charisma, passion, and joy into the church.

y what we have to that? - Will you give us the opportunity to displa bring renewed offer? These qualities can shed fresh light and ... we need to have our chance. e that we don’t take energy to the church. While some may believ Even though we may church seriously enough, I assure you we do. Him, God any less. We want to praise Him, to serve be younger, that does not mean that we love and we do this by being able to be ourselves. just as much—if not, more—than anyone else, h. No. As d just, all of a sudden, start running the churc Now, by no means am I saying that youth shoul tively lead the , we need to be trained and taught how to effec the emerging generation of United Methodists being able to serve on to be substantial members of the church; by church. We learn by getting the opportunity already, believe it or nal testimonies (yes, many of us have those committees, to lead worship, or give our perso the church to the e the “older generation” we will be able to run not). One day, when today’s youth have becom want to work or “training” that is necessary. For now, we best of our abilities, with all the “experience” tial. the United Methodist Church to its utmost poten alongside the older generation in order to carry

ty to give it, to serve it. I’m asking for the opportuni We want to help the church, to contribute to largely shaped whom I am today. back to the amazing church that raised me and te generation did. But did your generation imita We will never be able to do things the way your ce to create its done? No. Just as your generation had a chan everything your parents or grandparents had identity, we need to have our chance. Will

you believe in us and let us display our own

Please give it some thought, we are here, and “Teenage Boy”, age 16 United Methodist Youth

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we’re ready.

distinctness?


youth

Making a difference in our generation

SERVICE FUND

Do you want a 2010 Youth Service Fund grant? Youth Service Fund (YSF) is a fund created by youth and for youth. Each year the youth of our Annual Conference offer grants from our Youth Service Fund for youth related projects. The applications are reviewed, and recipients are selected by our Conference Council of Youth Ministries (CCYM).

From Youth to Youth Youth Service Fund

2010

All projects must be for the benefit of: young people, and priority will be given to those projects that are youth-led first. Applications can be found at the amazing website for our young people: www.calpacyoungpeople.org. Applications are due by March 1, 2010 and will be reviewed at the March CCYM meeting. “Get the word out. Teach all these things. And don't let anyone put you down because you're young. Teach believers with your life: by word, by demeanor, by love, by faith, by integrity. Stay at your post reading Scripture, giving counsel, teaching. And that special gift of ministry you were given when the leaders of the church laid hands on you and prayed— keep that dusted off and in use.” 1 Timothy 4:12 (The Message)

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But the truth is, Senior Pastor, it is hard to lead when you are not

spiritually fed. It is hard to believe when you are torn in a million different , it directions. It is hard to be faithful when you are losing your faith. Frankly

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is hard to be a United Methodist young adult, in this day and age. And I suppose hardest of all, is each time I do not say these things, it is another missed opportunity we have to ask for help.

but I never thought I would be one of the young adults we talk about losing, I am slowly becoming one of them. I feel guilty for not being at church every Sunday, but I work Sundays. I feel guilty for not tithing, but I cannot even to pay my own bills. I feel guilty for not being more involved, but it is hard find time for myself. I feel guilty for slipping away, but there is nothing in place to catch me.

It is not a secret that active and passionate young adults are hard to come by; in our congregation, our district, our conference—our world. But it is also not a secret that the few who are out there are fleeing to other denominations, other churches, other places that offer Thursday night services, other forms of worship that

make our souls cry out—other congregations that

family obligations, medical and health complications, marriage,

reach us where we are, and listen to what we have to say.

a faithful servant with a heart for God through it all.

starting families, having children, aging parents, and how to remain

I am not saying it is your fault, or that it is solely up to you to fix it. But I am saying you can make a choice to help, to save the young adults, and save the United Methodist Church. We need a church in which we feel welcome. A church that embraces new ideas. A church that is not afraid of change. A church that does not make us feel worse, when we are lost and seeking guidance. A church that challenges us. A church that is not afraid to talk about the tough issues like sex before marriage, relationships, substance use,

an open I do not think it is too much to ask. We are back and make you and flexible bunch. We are not going to sit Please help. do all the work, but we cannot do it alone. Sincerely, “Young Lady” United Methodist Young Adult, Age 25

unemployment, financial responsibilities, living on our own,

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Dear Senior Pastor, This letter is hard to write but I think you need to know that I am considering leaving the Methodist church. I’ve
always
loved
being
a
Methodist.

I
truly
love
Jesus,
John
 Wesley,
and
the
teenagers
I
work
with.

And
for
the
10
years


meetings
that
go
nowhere.

The
list
goes
on
and
on.

I guess I’m just tired of everything that goes along with

I’ve
been
working
in
Youth
Ministry
I’ve
loved
that
I
have
a
 job
that
makes
a
difference
to
people.
I
consider
it
a


organized religion that ISN’T Jesus.

Aren’t
we
all?


A
lot
 of
this
can’t
be
helped,
but
can
I
tell
you
what
I
am
tired
of


blessing
that
I
am
able
to
share
God’s
message
and
love


the
most?


with
the
youth
of
our
church.










 I’m tired of “sitting at the Kids’ table” when it

So why am I leaving?

comes to having a say in what goes on around here. 


Lately


I’m
very
unhappy,
and
I
just
don’t
want
to








Here is what I mean.  Quite frankly, I feel as though the Youth Programs of the Church are being marginalized.  They’re being kept in the corner.  

continue
feeling
negatively
about
 something
I
used
to
love
and
have
passion
 for.

You
see,
I’ve
become
very
tired.

I’m
 tired
of
many
of
the
same
issues
as
you‐


Sometimes I feel as though you put the needs of the

the
constant
bickering,
the
gossip,
and


loudest people first and the needs of those most

the
politics
of
the
Church,
the
uninspired


worthy last.  No one would deny that the Youth are

when h are at a critical age in their lives the future of our Church.  The yout e the er become life long members or leav they are making the decision to eith that leaves now, that’s a family church.  For every Youth that this is that er.  In your heart, you know will not be in attendance lat more attention by hiring me.  And true, so you gave the Youth program n to, job was done.  I know you didn’t mea then . . . you walked away as if your kly attend a Youth Event…or lead a wee but ask yourself: How often do YOU e asid set or time and money is budgeted Youth Group meeting?  How much ation? for the young people of our Congreg

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d
babysitter
who
keeps
the
kids
 I
no
longer
want
to
be
a
church
appointe yone
 
work.

I
need
it
to
matter
to
you
and
ever “busy”
while
you
do
the
“real”
Church 
 m
doing
something.
And
most
of
all…
I WHAT
I
do
with
the
kids
and
not
just
IF
I
a 
 r
and asto s
a
P ing
a elieve
in
what
you
are
do want
a
voice
in
the
bigger
picture.
I
b 
 
that ’t
do 
programming
and
outreach!

But
I
can want
to
integrate
your
vision
into
my e about 
Can you and I just talk mor if
I
don’t
know
what
that
message
is.
 riving
 ministry?

Our
Youth
program
is
th what really matters to our al
part
 wn
entity.

We
need
to
thrive
as
an
integr right
now,
but
we’re
thriving
as
our
o oung
 ith
y ork
w off
as
“one
of
the
kids”.

Yes,
I
w of
the
Church.
Please
don’t
write
me
 
heard
 as
to
contribute.

My
voice
needs
to
be people,
but
I’m
an
adult
and
I
have
ide t
just
a
 n,
no 
visio 
a
part
of
the
overall
Church and
respected,
and
my
work
needs
to
be

h

side
program.













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I’m
sure
you
are
aware
of
the
turnover
 rate
in
Youth
Ministry.
It
isn’t
because
we


Wouldn’t
it
be
great
if
they
set
the
example
and
set
aside
time
and
 money
for
Youth
and
Young
Adult
ministry
in
our
Conference?













stop
enjoying
our
work
with
the
kids.

It’s
 because
we’re
tired
of
fighting
the


I
regret
to
inform
you
in
this
way
that
I
will
be
leaving.

I
don’t


bureaucracy.

The
kids
and
their
parents
love
us
and


know
when,
but
probably
sooner
rather
than
later.

You
see,
while


appreciate
us,
but
the
leaders
of
the
Church
tend
to
patronize
us
 as
if
the
work
we
do
is
less
important
than
other


I
truly
believe
that
God
has
great
things
in
store
for
the
 future
of
this
church,
I
think
I
need
to
take
care
of
 myself
for
a
while
and
watch
from
a
distance.

My


church
business.

And
though
you
don’t
know
 you’re
doing
it,
you
marginalize
me
and
the


greatest
hope
is
that
the
United
Methodist
church


work
I
do
as
well.

We
should
be
working


will
truly
become
that:
“United.”


together
as
a
team
to
discern
what
this
church
 is
really
being
called
to
do.

We
need
to
assess
 what
that
vision
is
and
then
we
need
to
work








Above
all,
I
wish
you
would
see
that
you
REALLY
have
the


hard
and
make
that
mission
a
reality.
I
really
want
to
help
you!













power
to
make
all
of
these
things
happen.

Remember,
the
 congregation
looks
to
you
to
see
which
direction
the
Church
is
 headed
in.

Unless you look over at the corner to the kids’

I
hope
that
if
you
hear
me
and
start
to
re‐prioritize
our
local
church


table, no one ever will.

and
turn
it
around,
that
the
conference
will
hear
you
too.

 Wouldn’t
it
be
amazing
if
the
Bishop
and
all
the
D.S.’s
spent
more
 time
assisting
you
and
working
alongside
the
local
church?



ly, Sincere ctor th Dire u o Y r You

Must knows about Cal-Pac Young People

1. website

2. youth alive

Visit www.calpacyoungpeople.org for information, updates, forms and everything young people at CalPac. You will also find links to our social networks such as facebook, twitter, youtube and flickr.

Youth Alive is our Annual Conference High School event. It usually takes place during President’s Day weekend. Look for information in the mail or at our website.

3. spirit quest

4. young adults

Spirit Quest is our Annual Conference Junior School event. It usually takes place in the month of April. Look for information in the mail or at our website.

Young Adults have retreats every quarter and range from a ski retreat, camping, or a mission project.

6. the aquila

5. a-teams Each district has a gathering of youth and young adult leaders who meet to encourage each other, and plan events and training for young people. Info on District leaders at our website.

You are reading it now. The Aquila is a tool for the networking of youth and young adult ministries within the Cal-Pac Conference of The UMC. Subscribe to the email delivery at aquila@cal-pac.org or find it online.

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BULLETIN
BOARD Conference Hawai’i District Long Beach District

Los Angeles District Pasadena District Riverside District

San
Diego
district

San Diego District Santa ana District Santa Barbara District

pasadena
district

SD District UMC Youth Rubio's Fundraiser for Camperships

World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine

When: April 11 from 11am-5pm Where: 3 locations - Mission Valley, Grossmont Center and Encinitas.

When: February 26-27, 2010 (Friday-Saturday) Where: La Canada United Methodist Church (104 Berkshire Place, La Canada, Ca 91011) Contact: Pastor Sunny Ahn (Phone: 818-790-3605; email: sunwook@sbcglobal.net) calpacyoungpeople.org/calendar

Download flyer at calpacyoungpeople.org What has worked for our youth group in the past is printing a flier and putting one in each bulletin during church the day of the event. If you are 20 feet away from the front door you can also pass out fliers near the location! Fish tacos and Jesus are always a good combo!

brown
baggin’
it
2010
-
Straight
and
narrow

calpacyoungpeople.org/events/brownbaggin

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Los
Angeles
District WE NEED YOU… OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW… TO HELP STAFF OUR 1ST L.A.DISTRICT CAMP – JULY 12-16, 2010. - Come join in our “Journey of Faith” with the high schoolers. - Download and share the staff application form. Commit to be a part of the camping experience. - Please respond to us by FEBRUARY 23rd. - Peace, Blessings & Stay connected to Christ and each other…. - Contact: Ms. Val, 310.503-8296

Junior
High CONFERENCE JUNIOR HIGH EVENT This event is designed specifically for Jr. Highers, with programming that includes fellowship, worship, games, small groups, campfires, and fun. This weekend is a firestarter for your youth, a jump-start to your Spring ministry, or a perfect Confirmation Retreat if you need one. Mark your calendars now and stay tuned for details arriving in your mailboxes & inboxes soon! Date: April 23 – 25 Location: Forest Home Camp Cost: $125 (includes lodging, all meals, and theme t-shirt)

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