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Our youth group is reorganizing and will announce new events as they are planned.

Passion Sunday Youth Presentation

 “The Folded Napkin”

 

The children of Elmer Presbyterian Church at the conclusion of their Easter Pageant “The Folded Napkin” presented during worship service on Palm Sunday.

The children of Elmer Presbyterian Church at the conclusion of their Easter Pageant “The Folded Napkin” presented during worship service on Palm Sunday.

 On Palm Sunday the children of Elmer Presbyterian Church presented their Easter Pageant “The Folded Napkin”. Narrated by Kassidy Tirelli and Moshier Yousef, the children told the story of Jesus dying on the cross, taken down and bound in linen cloths with spices, as was the burial custom of the Jews, then placed in a tomb. When Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early on the first day of the week she discovered that Jesus’ body was gone. She found Simon Peter and told him “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him”. Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside and noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus’ head was folded up and lying to the side (John 20:7).

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Moshier Yousef and Kassidy Tirelli narrate the Story

It helps to know a little about Hebrew tradition of that day to understand the significance of the folded napkin, which had to do with the Master and Servant. When the servant set the dinner table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way the master wanted it. If the master was done eating, he would rise from the table, wad up that napkin and toss it onto the table. The servant would then know to clear the table as the wadded napkin meant, “I’m finished.” But if the master got up from the table, and folded his napkin, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because …the folded napkin meant, “I’m coming back!”cd3

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As the folks of Elmer Presbyterian Church journey with Jesus through Holy Week, entering Jerusalem on Passion Sunday, the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, and His crucifixion on Friday, we look forward to rejoicing in His resurrection on Easter.

Participating in the Easter Pageant were Jimmy Vega as Master, Hunter Colon as Jesus, Christian McHugh as John, Alex Vega as Simon Peter, Remi Colon as Servant, Cecily Downer and Miral Yousef as angels, Madeline Downer as Joseph of Arimathea, Emily Guerrero as Nicodemus, Mikayla Vega as Mary Magdalene and James Vega and George Peacock as soldiers. The program was directed by Sheri Vega.

 

 

 

 

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The Youth Group will be attending Snow Camp Retreat again this year. The dates are March 4th-6th. The theme this year is “Frozen Planet, Discover a New World”. Please see Sheri or Karen for further details.

Sunday, December 13th, the children and youth of the church presented their Christmas Pageant “Is There Any Room at the Inn?” during the worship service. The story began with a group of women busily Christmas shopping and excitedly talking about all the sales and bargains they found-easily displaying the modern materialistic side of an event that celebrates the birth of a Savior. One of the ladies has a small, stuffed camel and as she talks about a long ago time the story shifts to Joseph and Mary looking for a place to stay. Mary is great with child, and we follow as they knock on doors looking for a room. As they search, others join them: Angels, wise men, shepherds and more. Finally, an inn keeper shows mercy, and even though there are no rooms left in the inn, he lets Joseph and Mary stay in the stable, where not long after Baby Jesus is born.

 

 

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Mary and Joseph find no room at the Inn

Julian Robbins, 3-month old son of Jay Robbins and Sami Morris, makes his acting debut as the Baby Jesus in the Christmas Pageant “Is There Any Room at the Inn?” presented by the children and youth of Elmer Presbyterian Church last Sunday.

Julian Robbins, 3-month old son of Jay Robbins and Sami Morris, makes his acting debut as the Baby Jesus in the Christmas Pageant “Is There Any Room at the Inn?” presented by the children and youth of Elmer Presbyterian Church last Sunday.

The children and youth of Elmer Presbyterian Church shown following a shining star as they are led to the Christ Child in their Christmas Pageant “Is There Any Room at the Inn?” presented during the worship service.

The children and youth of Elmer Presbyterian Church shown following a shining star as they are led to the Christ Child in their Christmas Pageant “Is There Any Room at the Inn?” presented during the worship service.

 

 Junior Youth Group, “The Truth”, is for children in fourth through seventh grades and meets at the church on Wednesday evenings from 6:30pm-8:00pm, except for the last week of the month when they will meet on Sunday evening.

Senior Youth Group, “The Way”, is for children in eighth grade and up and meets on Wednesday evening at the church from 7:00pm-9:00pm, except for the last week of the month when they will meet on Sunday evening.
All youth in the area are invited to participate in the activities.
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The Blessing of the Backpacks was held on Wednesday, September 2nd at 7pm during the Youth Group meeting

 

 

 

ELMER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH YOUTH SUNDAY

This past Sunday we celebrated Youth Sunday, with the youth of the church leading the service. Allison Downer, Cecily Downer, Gavin Shaud, Christian Burton and Sophia Roccio greeted folks arriving for the service and distributed bulletins. After the opening hymn, Cheona Yelle led the Call to Worship. In an interesting moment, Alex Vega had a “Time for Older Christians” during which he offered a short message to several adult members of the congregation who came forward. Moshier and Miral Yousef offered the Invitation to Confession and Declaration of Forgiveness. Cheyene Yelle said the offering prayer and, after Madeline Downer, Hayden Sabo, Kevin Shaud and Cheona Yelle had completed collections, offered the Prayer of Dedication. Old Testament Scripture Psalm 1 was read by Julian Sobo, and New Testament Scripture Matthew 5:1-12 was read by Madison Holz. By way of introduction to the sermon, Youth Leaders Kellie Tirelli and Sherri Vega told the congregation of the dedication to reading and understanding Scriptures the youth of the church have. Then Jimmy Vega, Kassidy Tirelli, Mikayla Vega, Andrew Smith and Jesse Weaver offered personal testimonials as to how particular Scripture readings had touched their lives.

 

Kassiy Tirelli and Jimmy Vega present testimonials

Kassiy Tirelli and Jimmy Vega present testimonials

Youth Leader James Vega, Sr. offered his message “What Do They See?” based primarily on the Book of Matthew, with emphasis on the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-11). Jim began with Matthew 7:13-14, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Here Jesus is telling us there is but one gate to heaven, through Him. Pastor Mouris Yousef has been encouraging us to tell people to “Come and see”. And when they do come, what do they see? When people mourn over their spirit they become meek and humble and hunger and thirst for righteousness. Sin is the separation of us from God. We must lead the way to preserve the Gospel so that those following us, our children and grandchildren, and their children and grandchildren, will know the truth. To be blessed is to have the peace of Christ that the world cannot give, or take away. Jesus is the only one who can lead us to heaven. Come to Him, ask His forgiveness and receive His blessing. Come and see, then go and tell.

 

James Vega,Youth Leader, gives his message"What Do They See?"

James Vega,Youth Leader, gives his message”What Do They See?”