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Youth Ministry

Youth Director -  Jasen Pekalla 


Hello Everyone, 

     I was so excited to have been called to lead the Youth Ministry at Good Hope!  My excitement is only surpassed by the overwhelming honor I feel to Glorify our Amazing Lord and Savior Jesus Christ by serving the youth and families of Good Hope! God is moving in this Church! We are building our youth program by equipping the youth with the Word of God, empowering our adult leadership team, and encouraging each other as we lead by example!

    Good Hope strives to create a holistic youth ministry that builds relationships with other youth and engages the family, the congregation, the community, and the wider world!

Spiritual: Growing in Christ. Our youth attend Sunday school and worship on a weekly basis, and 7th-8th graders attend confirmation classes weekly!

Social: Growing together in Christ. We spend time building relationships with each other during fun outings and away on retreats!

Service: Living out our faith in Christ. We strive to be active in serving the community, both inside our church walls and out!

    Visit us at Good Hope and check back to this page often to get the latest on the Good Hope Lutheran Church Youth Ministry!

Grace and Peace be with you and yours,
   ~ Jasen Pekalla

Important Info:

Important Dates and Events:
September - November 2017 


  Youth Meeting and HS Martin Luther Skit Practice  – Sunday, Oct 1st @ 12PM  The youth have been asked to put on a short skit for Reformation Sunday! Speaking and non-speaking roles.  It’s going to be fun!                                                               


 Bowling at Boardman  Lanes -Saturday, Oct. 7th @ 6 PM   We will be meeting there.  Plan to bring $10 for food/games and shoes.

B.Y.O.B. Bring Your Own Bible - Sat, Oct. 14 @ 6 PMBonfire devotional, food, games at Pastor Bob’s. 10838 New Middletown, OH 44442.  Be sure to bring a jacket and snack to share.                      

Maze Craze- Saturday, Oct. 21st @ 6PM14070 Woodworth Rd, New Springfield, OH 44443     All welcome, Devotional for 5th Gr. & up @ 7PM.  Cost: 4 years old and under Free, Ages (5-11) $8, ages 12 and up $10. This is a family event and all families are welcome.  

Straw Pyramids, Corn Box Corn Hole, Wood Cut-outs for Photos, Swing set
Hayrides & Barrel Train rides (weather permitting) Saturdays & Sundays in OCTOBER!! Jumping balls, Fire pits to relax around, Pumpkins supplied by local farmers will also be available to purchase to carve the perfect Jack-O-Lantern. Gemstone Mining Attraction (additional charge) Purchase Maze Craze hoodies or T-shirts (while supplies last) Concessions by G&G.....sausage sandwiches, steak hoagies, corn dogs, Great french fries, apple dumplings, lemon shakes, ice cream, popcorn, & more!

Youth Meeting and Movie Night– Saturday Oct. 28th @ 5 PM  at Good Hope.  Movie, Snacks and of course Halloween candy!


Set-up for Chili Cook-Off: Saturday, November 11th @ 4:30PM – Good Hope                                                                        

Silver Ring Thing: Saturday, November 11th 7th-12th Grade @ 6:30PM - N. Lima, Gateway Church.  We are leaving from Good Hope at approx. 6PM.  Carpooling is encouraged and you may order tickets online. Tix: $6 online $8 at the door. Lead by young adults using Music and Skits.  Parents & Leaders Meeting during the event. “Inspiring Sexual wholeness in this generation through the power of the Gospel”                                                                                                                      

Chili Cook-Off

Sunday November 12th from 10:45AM-1PM. Youth of 5th Grade and up is encouraged to participate!  Everyone is asked to join us for this deliciously fun event!                                                                                          

Community Meal & Youth Lock-in: Sat., November 18th At Good Hope. Preparation for the meal at 3PM - 5PM.        Free and all are invited to the Spaghetti meal. No cost.

Youth Lock-in for Grades 5th-12th     “You are the light of the World.” The Event Includes:  Food, Fun and of course glow sticks! Be sure to invite your friends. The youth will stay through Sunday School!    No cost just a participation form.


Rescue Mission, Local Charity Work… Suggestions

Bible Devotion:

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Give Not Take

Pray: Begin by making the sign of the cross and calling upon God’s name.

From God to us, from death to life, from me to you …
in the name of the Father, and of the Son + and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Holy God, we live in a world where people often do bad things. Sometimes it is others, and sometimes it is us. We pray that when we sin against others, you would forgive us. When someone sins against us, we ask that you would give us the ability to forgive them, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Listen: Listen carefully as the Bible story is read in the form of a rhyme.

Stephen, full of strength and grace,
With a smile on his face,
Healed and did amazing signs
In the name of Christ, divine.

Some who heard what Stephen said,
Twisted all his words, instead.
And they stirred up others, who
Planned to capture Stephen, too!

Soon they stoned this godly man
(as was in their evil plan),
But despite their shouts and calls,
Stephen still forgave them all.

Engage: Talk about the Bible by having parents respond to children’s questions.

Child: How is what happened in this story to Stephen similar to what happened to Jesus at the end of his life?

Child: When the mean people threw rocks at Stephen, why did Stephen forgive them?

Affirm: Pray for God to put his Word into action in your daily life.

Holy God, we know that Jesus himself suffered to do what was right, and he calls us to do the same. Help us to be brave as you are brave, and help us to forgive as you forgive us. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.

Have each person in the family bless one another with these words.

May the Holy Spirit give you the strength to forgive in Jesus’ name. Amen.