My name is Riva Tabelisma. I was born and raised in the Philippines, moved to Minnesota in 2016 to pursue my graduate studies, and fell in love in this beautiful state. I am the eldest of three children, and a Pastor’s Kid, from a family of pastors and deaconesses (grandfathers, grandmothers, uncles, aunts and cousins). I am a 3rd year Master of Divinity student in United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in New Brighton. I love the ocean and all kinds of body of water, all kinds of seafood, cooking and coloring with colored pencils. God called me to be in ministry at a Youth Camp in the Philippines when I was 14 years old, but I was like Jonah, who evaded that call for a long time. Like Jonah, I was swallowed by a huge fish, and inside the fish’s belly, I knew that there is no place that God will not reach me to remind me of that call. When I was a youth myself, I was developed in Youth Groups and Young Adult Groups. One of the most fulfilling jobs that I had was working as a High School Guidance Counselor, where I found joy in helping others find their own selves and their worth. This, too, made me realize how I love working with youth and young adults and help them become the best person that God wants them to be, the best, beautiful creation of God.
The Youth Ministry Team has a lot of exciting activities for all youth and young adult persons. Hope to see you there!
Youth LIFE (Living in Faith Everyday)
Every Wednesday evening starting October 10th (excluding holiday weeks)
6:00 pm Large Group Activity
7:00-8:00 pm Break into 2 groups Confirmation Journey and Youth Group fellowship and study
Riva will be working with the youth over the first few weeks to plan a number of fun fellowship and service projects. Come be a part of group.
“The Event” At Cragun’s Resort in Brainerd November 2nd to the 4th
This is a retreat for 5th to 9th graders. This is an opportunity to connect with hundreds of other United Methodist youth. It a weekend of games and worship. Rock out to with Boiling Point. Enjoy the pool or just hang out with friends.
If you are interested please let Riva know soon.
Fall Raking Service Project
Sunday October 28thn
After Church we will have pizza at the church and then head out to rake the leaves for a long-time church member. We have been doing this for years and it turns out we have fun too!
Please contact Wilson Garland at Wilson.firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help.
For more information about youth events please contact Riva Tabelisma Director of Youth Ministries or Wilson Garland, Youth Ministry Team Chair.