Spring 2010 Newsletter

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GIVEAWAY #28 – Archbishop Carlson has 3 dogs, what are their FULL names?

Be one of the first two people to email gretchen@reapteam.org with the correct answer and you will receive an awesome surpriZe!

Did you know there's a facebook group devoted to fans of Archbishop Carlson… we are fans... why not join us?


When: September 11, 2010

Where: Camp RockyVine

Free Admission

What:  This will be an awesome event with different bands, spirit games, fun activities, opportunities for Confession, concessions of food and drink available, and Mass with Archbishop Robert Carlson!

FUN STUFF – Videos on the Web!

  • We have a hilarious video that just might enhance your social skills
    Here is what people have said about this video already -
         "I was actually crying from laughing so hard"
         "I nearly woke up the house, that was awesomely funny"
         "I even got my mom laughing"
         "My laugh for the morning. Great way to wake up"
    Now that you're intrigued, check it out!
  • The oldest trick in the book
  • Married 62 years and still making beautiful music
  • Lost Generation

Help Local Catholic Camp Rocky Vine win funds to build a High Ropes Course for Team Building:  VOTE HERE!  Do it NOW! 

Check out our most recent podcasts!

Liz has some great advice for anyone who is about to graduate high school, though it applies to those graduating from grade school or even college!

Dan, a high school student, shares about the journey & and benefits of trusting in God's love.

Listen to this awesome testimony about about hurt, pain...and forgiveness!


Adam Bitter is releasing his latest CD "Find Me" and you are invited to the par-tay!  Mark your calendar for June 26th

WHEN: June 26th, 7pm (doors open at 6:30)

WHERE:  Incarnate Word Parish

HOW MUCH: $15 for admission and a CD, $5 for admission only (advance tickets are available for purchase at the IW parish office or at the door)

Want a sneak peek? Check out this video of a song that will be on the new CD.  "Today"

Check out this online Chastity Card Signing Festival


Since we on the REAP Team want to stay hip and trendy and connected – in the ways that so many awesome people are – we are now on Twitter!  To follow our ministry and our antics, go to www.twitter.com/reapteam




"He was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight. They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 'Men of Galilee,' they said, 'why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.' " (Acts 1:9-11)

I don't think countforward is a real word, but we're not counting down any more. The countdown was finished when Jesus walked out of His tomb alive and more powerful than ever. Now the clock is moving forward toward the day He will return.

In the verses right before these, Jesus said we don't get to know how long. Nobody knows the hour or the day -- but there is a specific hour, a day on the calendar, coming. He will be back. The Father knows exactly when.

In the meantime, we have a job to do, you and me and all those who believe all of these things we've been talking about all week. We have a job to use real power -- the same power of God that raised Jesus from the dead at work in us -- to be witnesses of what we've seen that power accomplish.

It's a job that matters. And the clock is ticking. That's the message of Acts 1.

Think: Are you looking forward to the return of Christ? What difference does His return make in your life? How seriously do you take the call to be His witness in your world?

Pray: Ask God to help you to make the best use of the power and time He gives to you to accomplish whatever He asks of you in this life.

Do: Read Acts 1 all the way through.

A Daily Devotional from PlanetWisdom.com, copyright 2010 Youth Specialties. Used by permission."These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts." (Deuteronomy 6:6)

Wanna Remember Your Confirmation Retreat?

There's an App For That!

The Hershey's App (it's free!) Allows you to stir up your own glass of chocolate milk.  Go to the App Store and search "Hershey's Chocolate Milk" and then you can share about stirring up the syrup with all your friends and family!

If you've ever thought, hey, I might like to be one of those crazy REAP Team members or if you've never thought about it, (perhaps you should) the time to apply is now!  We are accepting applications from now until July 15th!  Go to our website to find out more.

Did You Know There is a National Chocolate Milk Day?

Speaking of Chocolate Milk . . .

If you've been on a REAP Confirmation retreat, you know that chocolate milk is a great analogy for maintaining our spiritual health (stir it up!) but new research shows that it can also help us maintain our physical health. We think this research just might make God smile...

The Chocolate Milk Diet


Forgettable Facts:

~ Until the year 1920, Canada was planning on invading the United States.

~ Bluebirds cannot see the color blue.

~ Napoleon constructed his battle plans in a sandbox.


BLOG Babblings

Paul's recent ramblings: Smokin' Hot Spouses 
Gretchen’s recent ramblings: Can You See It?
Rachel’s recent ramblings:  Shopping At Aldis

Your mobile, IM and online are all a part of you.  When someone is using them to harass or control you, that’s not cool! 

Check out these fun videos that could be used to start some great conversations about tough issues relating to technology and relationships.

For Parents/Teachers/Adults

Check out Real World Parents, an email newsletter for parents from the great folks at Youth Specialties (a great company that provides resources for youth ministry)


Have you ever heard the phrase "once a liar, always a liar?"  According to new research from Josephson Institute on Ethics, the saying is very, very true.  The survey of nearly seven thousand people found that people who cheat on tests in high school are considerably more likely to be dishonest later in life.  People who cheat in high school are more likely to grow up to cheat on taxes, lie to customers and business associates, inflate insurance and expense claims, and lie to their spouse.

When you take into consideration the fact that today's kids aged seventeen and under are five times more likely than people older than fifty to believe that lying and cheating are necessary steps to success in life, we have to wonder what the future will hold.  God's word is clear from start to finish that cheating, lying and stealing are wrong.  Parents, what are your kids learning from your words and example?  Remember, waht they see andhear from you today, will shape who they are both now and in the future.

CPYU TREND ALERT:  Cell Phone Ownership

Youth culture influences children of younger ages as well as teenagers.  The recently released American Kids Study from Mediamark Research and Intelligence hammered home this reality once again.  The study revealed that more than one-third of our ten and eleven year-olds here in the U.S. owned a mobile phone in 2009, compared with twenty percent in 2005.  Ownership among kids ages six to eleven rose from twelve to twenty percent over the same time period.  While these kids are using phones to keep in touch with their parents, they also use them for talking to their friends and text-messaging.

Parents, we must be aware of the trends among older kids that are quickly filtering down to kids at younger and younger ages.  Awareness is the first step towards exercising our responsibility to teach them how to handle and use technology to the glory of God.

*These 2 articles were reprinted from cpyu’s parent page.  The parent page is a monthly newsletter for parents.  The REAP Team would like to start passing this valuable resource on to interested parents and teachers.  If you’d like to start receiving a free copy every month, just reply to this email with the subject line sign me up for the parent page.

More on youth culture from the great folks at CPYU

Recent Questions from Teens and Adults

Can You Help Me With My Low Self-Esteem?

Q:  What do you get if you cross a chicken with a cement mixer?
A:  A brick layer!

Q:  What do you call a song sung in an automobile?
A:  A cartoon.

Potent Quotables

To change and to change for the better are two different things.
~ German Proverb

Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life as by the obstacles which he has overcome.
~ Booker T. Washington

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act.
~ George Orwell

Cool Websites...

A great site about vocations

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