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Basecamp: The place where you prepare for a journey.

By now I am certain you have caught on: we are preparing for EXCITING changes at CORE Youth Ministry.

I am proud to announce that the huge journey we are preparing for is a new addition to our Wednesday night programming!

Smallest LogoBeginning Wednesday, June 5 we will expand to include 7th and 8th grade students.  We.Are.Psyched!

Much of our “Basecamp” preparation revolves around dreaming and planning for a summer of super-sweet activities.  In honor of the epic launch of “Merge” we are kickin’ our summer off in style: A trip to Valley Fair!

Valley Fair Trip-001Let the anticipation for an AWESOME summer (full of games, growth, and adventure!) begin!


Basecamp: The place where you prepare for the journey ahead.

The students of CORE Youth Ministry are preparing for an exciting new journey beginning this summer.  You’ll read more about CORE’s adventurous new chapter in upcoming posts.  Intrigued?  I hope you are. (:

Week 2

Meanwhile, back at Basecamp, we focused on preparing our youth room.  We cleaned, we hauled furniture, we trashed things.  We ate pizza and dreamed up a new color scheme and room design.  Here is what we decided last night:

Winner!In the spirit of a new and exciting chapter, we chose the bold concept of bright colors beginning on our main wall and traveling across our ceiling.  We’re pretty pumped about the idea.  Lest you fear we have chosen a design with pink in the pallet, you can see our color scheme is to the right.

Stay tuned for “Before” and “After” pictures in the coming weeks.

Huuuuuuuuuuuuuuge “THANKS!” to the CORE students who prepared our room for the journey ahead!


Series GraphicI’ve been pretty hyped about our new series, “Basecamp.”  You may be asking yourself, “Whattheheck is a basecamp?”  Basecamp refers to the place where, say, a mountain climber prepares for his journey.  Basecamp is the place where he rests, trains, and prepares for his journey ahead.

You guessed it!  At CORE Youth Ministry we’re about to begin a journey.  But that journey does not begin until aaaaaafter we train up at “Basecamp.”

It is my personal belief that before beginning a new, uncharted journey it is beneficial to look back on the events that brought you to this point.  Last night we remembered mission trips, theologically dense series, and hilarious kung fu movies.

We talked about the good, the bad, and the ugly things we’ve experienced together over the past three years.  We brainstormed the things we need to accomplish before beginning our new journey this summer (…like getting a white tiger for the youth room.  Wouldn’t that be sweet?!)  We began to dream about the things we need to accomplish at “Basecamp” before the summer journey begins.

I can’t help but think about Moses and the Israelites leaving slavery in Egypt for the Promised Land (Exodus).  There was a lot of fear and uncertainty (and complaining!), but there were also AMAZING demonstrations of God’s power and provision.

In the coming weeks we will explore this biblical example more closely as we prepare for the adventurous journey that lies before us.  In the mean time, I’m going to research the cost of feeding a white tiger.

Mission Info


My office will be open on Mondays from 3:30-5pm to research and explore ways we can serve.  Feel free to join us then, or research on your own.  Not sure where to begin your research?  Check out the amazing organization @coreyouthmin follows on Twitter, or take a look at some organizations on Kels’ Ministry Resources Board on Pinterest.

Drumroll please….

The location of our summer-kickoff is…..BAILEY’S FORD! (2379 Jefferson Road)

Bring lawn chairs, frisbees, friends, and marshmallows….we’re going to have a great time hanging out and kicking off summer!  (Oh, and bring bug spray.  Lots, and LOTS! of bug spray.)

We’ll extend our CORE hours from 7pm-10pm, as festivities are even MORE fun after sunset.

When you pull into the park, follow the road to the right, past the new playground equipment.  We will park by the old equipment.

Meet you at Bailey’s Ford at 7pm tomorrow!  Wooooot! :) :)


THEME: Matthew 25:40

The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Top Row L-R: Tina Mead // Megan Offerman // Darla Gaskill // Chris Mundy // Dusty Ingles // Luke Preussner // Bradley O’Connell // Kristy Reth // Will Zalizniak

Middle Row L-R: Chloe Peyton // Mary Piegors // Grace Meiner // Carolyn Meiner // Alyssa Fangmann // Addison Schrader // Sydney Litterer // Paige Madlom // Emily Kenyon

Bottow Row L-R: Kelsey Anderson // Dave Gaskill // Clayton Larsen

Camp Klaus, April 27-28, 20112


Casting Crowns // Matthew West // Royal Tailor // Lindsay McCaul

Thurs, April 19. $25. Cedar Falls.
Wanna go? Commit by THURSDAY (3/8). Tickets are sellin’ like HOTCAKES!


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