Merge Movie Day

Merge Movie Day

On Sunday, June 23, Merge will meet at Westshore Mall to see Toy Story 4.

Meet us at the Food Court at 12:30 p.m. for lunch (bring your money) and we’ll all head over to watch the 1:30 p.m. matinee.

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day

Families come in all different shapes, sizes, colors and ways! Mother’s day is not just for your mom or for you if you are a mom, but for all the women in your life who have loved you and have been there for you! In this picture I’m standing next to my mom and next to her is my dad ex-wife, my three older brothers mom. We know it’s strange, but we are really grateful that our family can celebrate holidays altogether because my mom and my brothers mother, Verona, both get along so well. We all celebrate birthdays together and even go on vacations together.

Crazy…. We know…. But that’s my family!

We know that not all families are able to do life together but we do know that God is in the midst of your family! We know that the women in your life have made a Kingdom difference. Maybe your mom wasn’t the most supportive or always there for you, but we pray that God has brought another woman in your life along the way who has shown you the kind of support and love that you deserve.

We Thank God for the moms of this youth program. For all of the long nights that you stayed awake worrying and praying for your babies. You are the backbone of your families and you brought light and love to your kids’ lives. Thank you for sharing your faith with our youth. Thank you for never giving up on them even when they “try” every bone in your body with their attitude. Thank you for loving them when they were rejected or didn’t make that “A.” Thank you for loving them just for being them!

You are God’s reflection in our lives. You are who we want to be! Happy Mother’s Day!

Merge Orientation and Messy Night

Merge Orientation and Messy Night

We invite our incoming sixth grade parents and students to attend Orientation Night Sunday, May 19. We will meet in the Magnolia Building, first floor, to share information about summer activities and give you an opportunity to meet our Youth Ministries staff. The schedule is as follows:

5:30-6 p.m. – Students and parents meet together with the Youth Ministries Staff
6 p.m. – Students are dismissed to join Messy Night
6–6:30 p.m. – Parents finish meeting with the Youth Ministries Staff
8 p.m. – Student pick-up (Parents can stay for Messy Night or come back for pick-up.)

Please note: Traditionally, Messy Night is a crazy night mixed with fun and filth that students love! Students will need to wear clothes that could be ruined or thrown away. In addition, please plan to cover your car seats with towels when you pick-up your student at 8 p.m.

5th Grade Events 2019

5th Grade Events 2019

I know the plans I have for you,” announces the Lord. “I want you to enjoy success. I do not plan to harm you. I will give you hope for the years to come.”
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIRV)

Sunday, May 12 will be your child’s last Sunday as part of Children’s Ministries. We will be hosting a reception for graduating 5th graders and their families from 10:30–11 a.m. in Room 303 of the Wesley Center. We will have refreshments, cake and a gift for your graduate from Children’s Ministries. Register here.

Following the reception, we invite you to worship with your 5th grader at our 11 a.m. Sanctuary service, where they will be recognized and prayed over as they move on to the next chapter of their faith journey and transition to Merge Youth Ministries.

Reminder: There will be a Merge Information Night at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 19 in the Magnolia Building for all rising 6th graders and their families. Following this, is the super fun, super crazy “Messy Night” that the rising 6th graders are invited to participate in along with the rest of our middle and high school students. For more info click here.

Note: Now that they are graduating from Children’s Ministries, we’d love to have them still be a part of what we do, by serving in Children’s Ministries! If your rising 6th grader has an interest in serving on Sunday mornings at either 9:30 or 11 a.m. with preschoolers or lower elementary kids, please email Kristin Passath.

Parent Connect Night

Parent Connect Night

5:30-8 p.m. April 28

Want to understand your relationships and parenting style better?

Our Senior Pastor, the Rev. Magrey deVega, will share the Enneagram with all interested parents.

Join us on the 2nd floor of the Magnolia Building. This is a great opportunity to invite your friends and connect with our youth program and congregation. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. and costs $5.

We invite parents and youth to take the online assessment prior to our event. Once you’ve received your results please email Emily Kuche with the information.

For more information please contact Emily Kuche, Director of Youth Ministries.

Glimpses of Grace

Glimpses of Grace

Coincidences are a funny thing. It’s remarkable to me that two seemingly unrelated events can occur at the same time and in the same place. When the General Conference made their decision last week about the United Methodist’s stance on the LGBTQ+ community, it was merely coincidental that it lined up with Youth Sunday. I felt confused, saddened, and frustrated by the announcement, and I know those feelings were reciprocated by many others in our Hyde Park community. At the same time as this pronouncement was made, the youth in the church were planning our yearly Youth Sunday programming. And while I was still incredibly upset by the results of the General Conference, I was moved by the efforts of my friends and peers in Merge who were so vocal during the services in sharing their personal beliefs on the matter. I realized that as the future generation of the church, we have a responsibility to share the hope and love with those who precede us and those who come after us, no matter the decisions of today. So, to the LGBTQ+ members of this church and of Merge, please know that you are loved deeply, and we will continue to fight for you.

Grace deVega

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