December 2019 - Youth News!


The holiday season is upon us. 

 I  love this time of year and how involved the youth become during the  services. The Junior High kids will soon be lighting candles on the advent wreath and reading scripture while candles are being lit. 

 The  High School kids and college-age young people have begun reading the  scripture at the beginning of each service and will be reading scripture  at the Christmas Eve Candlelight Communion service. This connects them on a different level with the word of God as well as with our church family.

 On December 8th both groups will be going to "Get Air" in  Salem. It is an indoor trampoline center. It is such a fun place. Then,  on December 22nd, we will all be meeting at Pastor Steve's house for  the annual Christmas get together for cookies and Christmas carols.

 I hope we can all slow down and enjoy this special season.


     Gail Frassenei

          Director of Youth Activities

October 2019 Youth News!


Happy Halloween ...


 First month of school done!  Only 8 more to go, kids.
Thank you to all the kids and their families that worked the O'fest booth.  I am so proud of what hard, respectful workers our youth are.
We started our second hour classes back up and started off studying Solomon and relationships and how to have healthy relationships with God at the center of them.
We also kicked off our fall with our Movie Night and Candy Apple Bar at  my house. For those of you who don't know, I find a non-scary but  "Halloween" themed movie for the junior high kids, and then, later in  the day, the high school kids watch a scary movie with a non-scary  option in the other room. This leads us into October and the Haunted House on October 20th in Hubbard. 
On  October 13th we will be volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House on  the Eastside of Portland.  We will be painting and doing minor repairs  to the house for a couple of hours that day.  We have had two of our  families in recent years that have been blessed by the Ronald McDonald  House and the kids and I wanted to give back.
Gail Frassenei
Director of Youth Activities 

September - October 2019


Summer is coming to a close.  And with that we had our annual end-of-the-summer BBQ at the Zitzelberger's house as well as our annual kickball game.  I am pleased to announce  that the parents whooped the kids by 21-15!!!  It was a great game with  lots of laughs and great sportsmanship and Mikey Elder got to play in  his first game and did a superb job.
We also had what has turned into another annual event and that is our invasion of Donna Laney's home and swimming pool.   The kids love hanging out at her farm. There was swimming, craziness  and lots of food.  Thank you, Donna for loving our children so much.  We  appreciate you and love you right back.
Our upcoming events are: 
September 8th - Mini Golf in Salem for both jr. high and high school (this is an earlier time than normal).
September 12-15 - Oktoberfest.  If you haven't signed up to help yet, see Jennifer Côté.
September 22nd:
Jr. High Movie Night, 3:00 p.m., at Gail's, with Candy Apple Bar.
High  School Scary Movie Night, 6:00 p.m., at Gail's, (as always there is a  non-scary option in the other room) with Candy Apple Bar.
October 13th - Volunteer at Ronald McDonald House in Portland. We will leave right after church service, no second hour classes.
October 27th -  Milburn Manor Haunted House in Hubbard, Oregon.  We will meet at 5:30  p.m. at the church for dinner and leave after for the haunted house.
Blessings, Gail Frassenei, Director of Youth Ministries

July - August 2019 Youth News!



              July is upon us! June went by so quickly with graduations and all the graduation parties. 

We  will be having our garage sale this month ~ Saturday, July 20th (8a-4p). You will receive an email about it and it will also be  posted on Facebook. 

Wednesday, July 24th, is our annual Wild Waves trip. We will leave the church promptly at 7:00 a.m. and will return around 11:00 p.m.  It is always a great time and I  want to thank all of my adults that either go chaperone or provide  lunches for all of us. Your help is always appreciated. 

Gail Frassenei
Director of Youth Ministries

June 2019 Youth News!



 June is here and that means graduation time! Sunday, June 2nd, we will be honoring the seniors that are graduating and the 8th graders that are promoting into high school.     We  have eight seniors that are graduating and moving on, Romy Grangier,  Sydney Bersin, Sarah Zitzelberger, Kate Koenig, Camden Brock, Carson  Brock, Connor Boring-Mackie and Tasha Boring-Mackie.  I have had five of  these eight terrific kids for many, many years.  I can't wait to see  what they do in the future.    

 We  also have three 8th graders promoting to high school this fall.  Aiden  Luevanos and Jessie and James O'Connor (most of you do not see Jessie  and James because they are always in the toddler room during Sunday  services providing babysitting).     

The kids and I are working on a Family Minute To Win It Game Night where  each kid will be paired with an adult to compete in little mini games.   We are thinking of doing it on a Friday night. Scheduling is the  hardest part of putting on events so bear with us as we try to nail down  a date for this event.     

Wednesday, July 24th, will be our annual trip to Wild Waves in Federal Way, Washington, so mark this on your calendar for your child.  This is everyone's favorite activity and they look forward to it every year.     

A date has not yet been set for the annual garage sale to  help raise funds for summer camp and other youth activities.  We are  still accepting items and those can be brought to the church and placed  in the Chi-Rho Room. Please contact me if you need help with unloading  or bringing in items.      

We  also have some volunteer opportunities in Portland this summer that I  am working on finalizing and that news will be in the next newsletter.     

Onto a fun-filled summer!     


Gail Frassenei, Director of Youth Ministries  

May 2019 Youth News!



Can you believe how quickly the end of the school year is approaching?  On June 2nd we will be celebrating Graduation Sunday.   I have eight of my high school youth graduating and going off in  different directions.  So please mark your calendar and help us  celebrate these amazing young adults and wish them well in their future  endeavors.

Thank you to the youth that participated in the Italian Dinner Fundraiser.   It is important to instill in our youth the attitude of serving with  getting no other reward than the satisfaction that you helped out.   

We will be having our annual garage sale to  help raise funds for summer camp and other youth activities.  If you  have items to donate, the Chi-Rho Room will be where the items are  stored.  If you need help with bringing them in, please contact me and  if you need help unloading them, Sunday mornings are a great time to  bring those items in.    We are looking forward to our summer activities including  our annual trip to Wild Waves Water Park in Federal Way, Washington, as  well as our annual BBQ at the Zitzelberger's house.  These dates will  be going out to parents very soon.  

   Thank you for sharing your children with me.    


         Gail Frassenei, Youth Ministries Leader              

April2019 News

We are sending a big shout out to our high school kids that went on Mission to Mexico.  Thank you, Sydney, Romy, Owen, Angelo and Ryan for giving of yourself so selflessly for others.
Upcoming event:  The youth are needed to help serve and clean up after the Italian Dinner,  which is a fundraiser for Wednesday Night Dinner, as well as Silverton  Hospital Auxiliary, on Saturday, April 27th, at 5:30 p.m. I will be  texting parents with more details this week.  I would like to have two  different groups, one group would be servers and the other group would  come in after to help with clean up.
Our kids also have two fundraising opportunities.   Dale Mathews and Sonya Linn have both asked for the kids to come do  yard clean up for them.  This is a wonderful opportunity to raise money  for church camp, as well as for Mission to Mexico. 
Enjoy the sunshine as it comes.
Gail Frassenei, Youth Ministries Leader


March 2019 News

On February 10th, we hosted a district youth event.   We had kids from the following churches; Escuta E Fortaleza, Lebanon,  Keizer and Albany.  We broke up into groups of six with equal amounts of  kids from each church on each team so they could get to know each other  during an outdoor Valentine-themed picture scavenger hunt.  Each team  had to take pictures of at least one of their team members with each  item on their list.  

We also played sock tag, You bring a long pair of socks and roll one sock up into a ball and put it in the end of the other sock.  They broke up  into two teams and one team tries to whack the other team with their sock.  

We  finished off the night with dinner together.  I was so impressed with  my kids during dinner; they sat with other kids, not just their own  friends.  The kid I was most impressed with was Carson Brock, he sat at a  table that had no other Silverton kids at it and he engaged each one of  the other kids from the other churches into conversation and truly kept  eye contact and listened to each one as he asked questions so he could  get to know them better. We have so much to be proud of with our  Silverton kids!!!!!

With  the help of Erik and Kim Free, we are hoping to do this frequently and  go to other churches so our kids can see their friends from camp and  just make some new friendships within our denomination.  Friends are  always welcome to these events too.

     Gail Frassenei, Youth Ministries Leader



February 2019 News

Thank you to everyone who came to the Mission to Mexico breakfast on  January 20th and supported our young people with your donations to help  with their fees for their mission trip in March. The work they do in  Mexico is not only life changing for the families they are helping, but  it is also life changing for them as well. 

I have spoken to individuals about this, but never to the church as a whole. The interaction between our high school kids and our junior high kids is  simply amazing. The older kids just take the younger ones under their  wing, they talk to them like they are their equals (not like they are  annoying little kids, which they aren't), they are inclusive of them in  all the activities we have. There are many times I have witnessed an  older child mentoring a younger one during an activity that they are not  sure about or have no clue how to play or are maybe even a little  scared to try. They are truly a family and they care deeply about each  other and that is so heartwarming. 

Along with our regular meetings, I took the high school kids to Top Golf in  Hillsboro. It is a driving range on steroids. You hit certain targets  and receive points. I played, I was not good and yet the kids cheered me  on and never made me feel embarrassed.  This is just how they are. We  are all so blessed to have such amazing young people in our church.  Thank you to Ryan Brock for helping me drive and to Daniel and Jennifer  Côté for joining us there for some great fun. 

On February 10th at 4:30 p.m., the junior high, high school kids and I will be hosting a district youth night at  our church. We are looking forward to connecting with some of our  friends from camp. If anyone would like to help with snacks and  refreshments that night, please let me know. 

Gail Frassenei, Youth Ministries Leader


Our 2018 Haunted House Trip


Exciting/Fun Times with so much more ahead ...

19 youth and 4 adults all survived another year at Milburn’s Haunted Mansion - an ongoing tradition!!  

Shared stories of being scared stiff by zombies and snakes (of all things) - and loads of laughter and screams!!