Author Archives: Abby Triebel

About Abby Triebel

Abby is a Full Time Youth Leader in Upstate NY.

My life made easy

This year, I took one simple step to make all my events easier for me and easier for parents.  This simple step to save time and aggravation is called the annual permission slip.  I no longer spend time creating permission … Continue reading

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Youth Sunday: The Good & The Bad

For years, our church has done 3-4 youth Sunday’s a year.  The 6th, 7th, 8th graders, and sometimes the HS students work to plan and run parts of the service.  For years, we have debated about how to do this … Continue reading

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A Piece for Peace

Last fall I got a call from our local Interfaith agency.  They work to plan events where people of different faith backgrounds can come together to work on social issues, build fellowship, and promote understanding.  The call I got was … Continue reading

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I often hear tails of horror and grief from other youth leaders about their fundraising trials.  I am very blessed to say that I have tails filled with wonder and amazement. Not so long ago, I even had a kid … Continue reading

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Girl Time

About once a year, I have an overnight for just my girls.  Without the boys, conversations are more open and free.  We take the opportunity to talk about body Image, self esteem, sexuality and whatever else comes up. This year, … Continue reading

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While at the ELCA Youth Ministry Extravaganza in Anaheim, CA, the participants from our Synod took time out for a meal and conversation together!

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Souper Bowl

For years now, our youth have participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring.  It’s gotten to the point where the congregation is excited to participate and knows what is going on so we can focus our efforts on involvement and … Continue reading

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Counting Our Blessings

Whether in Youth group, or Sunday School, or Confirmation, I am often overwhelmed by the emotions of our youth.  They feel things so deeply, and though the times of joy are quite joyful, they are often clouded by worry, sadness, … Continue reading

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Talking with Children About Disasters and Tragedies

Many of us are still in a mournful/outraged/contemplative/prayerful mood after the shootings in Connecticut on Saturday.  That’s normal.  It’s how we react.   It’s also normal that the children in our lives are mournful/Outraged/contemplative/prayerful mood.  We will all continue to … Continue reading

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Pageant Time

Like many other churches, we held our Christmas Pageant yesterday.  For the 5th year in a row, we had a High School student directing.  This year, said director was brand new.  Her family has only been members of this church … Continue reading

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