Julie Witte

Youth: Summer 2020 Opportunities

High school students and adult leaders have the opportunity to join teams headed to one of two SERVE sites in summer 2020:


  • Palos Heights SERVE in Chicago, Illinois (June 27 – July 4). Click here to sign up while spots are available.
  • Alamosa SERVE in Alamosa, Colorado (June 27 – July 4). Click here to sign up while spots are available.


In addition to SERVE, there is also an opportunity for high school students and adult leaders to attend the Reformed Youth Service National Convention in Nampa, Idaho (July 20-24).  Click here  to sign up.  Spots are unlimited.


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“Growing With” Conference

“Growing With” Conference

Starting in November, Pastor Tim and Kyle will lead a challenging and encouraging conference based on the fantastic book "Growing With". This book is filled with practical parenting help for various stages of your child's life. We know this book will be incredibly helpful for parents and adults who care about youth in our homes, church, and community! Mark your calendar for November 12, 26, and December 10 to join us at 7:00 p.m. in the Manhattan CRC Fellowship Hall!

The book's focus is faith-formation in teens and young adults.  And while the conference is certainly of value to parents with children in or approaching those life stages, it's value extends further.  Grandparents, aunts and uncles, family friends, Adopt-a-Youth mentors, teachers, and anyone else with a young person in their life or with a heart for young people are all encouraged to take part in this Conference.

While supplies last, anyone is welcome to purchase "Growing With" at the discounted rate of $12. You can order a copy here or you can sign up on a paper order form by the church mailboxes. You do not need to read the book to come to the Conference, but reading it would enable you to glean more from those nights!

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Register for Youth Ministries

Register for Youth Ministries

It’s the beginning of the church year, we are excited to kick off the youth ministry season!

This past Wednesday (September 18th), we held a registration night in the Fellowship Hall so parents could sign up their children in 2nd-12th Grade for GEMS, Cadets, and Youth Groups.  We know that not everyone interested in participating was able to sign up that night.  Registration forms are available on our Youth Ministries page.

We welcome any student in 2nd-12th Grade to join in our youth ministry programs regardless of church affiliation.  If you would like to enroll your children, please go to the Youth Ministries page and fill out one Participant Form for each child, and one Parent/Guardian Form for each household.  Even if you have filled out forms for past seasons, we ask that you complete the 2019/2020 registration forms so that we can be certain we have accurate information for you and ensure that you and/or your children receive updates by text/email.

Cadets (boys 2nd-6th grade), GEMS (girls 2nd-6th grade), Jr. High Youth Group (7th-8th grade), and High School Youth (9th-12th grade) all kick off on Wednesday, September 25th at 7:00 p.m.

Contact Kyle De Boer at youthdirector@manhattancrc.org with questions.

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Volunteer for GV SERVE

Gallatin Valley SERVE 2019 (July 6-13) needs your help to host 75 youth and adult leaders from across the United States and Canada.  SERVE participants arrive on Saturday, July 6th and engage in worship and community building over the weekend.  During the following week, they head into the Gallatin Valley on various service projects in our community.

We are seeking volunteers to help this mission trip run smoothly.  Opportunities include being a prayer partner, lending items, helping clean, providing security, shopping for groceries, heading work sites, and much more.

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VBS: June 17-21

Roar!  Life is Wild.  God is Good.

This is the theme of the 2019 Churchill VBS program.  Participating children will “explore God’s goodness and celebrate a ferocious faith that powers them through this wild life.”

VBS is held at Bethel CRC (7693 Churchill Road, Manhattan, MT) from June 17-21, 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  This no-cost event includes songs, Bible lessons, indoor and outdoor activities, and snacks.  In addition to the elementary school program for children entering kindergarten through entering 6th grade, we also provide a preschool program for children who are at least 3 years old by June 17th and are toilet trained.

Sign up here to register your child(ren) as participants.

We are also looking for volunteers to help lead crews of children throughout the week.  Anyone entering high school through adult is invited to sign up to lead an elementary or preschool crew.  Preschool is also looking for middle schoolers (completed 6th or 7th grade) to be crew assistants.

Volunteers are also needed to watch children in the nursery, oversee decorations, prepare snacks, take care of cleaning up, and more.

Sign up here to be a volunteer.  This is also the place to sign up to provide donations of food and supplies.

For more information, contact Ashley Venhuizen of Bethel CRC.

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Livestreaming Available

Livestreaming of our services is available just in time for the Christmas season! If you are travelling over the holidays and don't want to miss worshiping with us for our special services and continuing through our Advent series with us, catch our livestreamed and recorded services.

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Youth Group Fundraiser

Youth Group Fundraiser

Come out to Bethel CRC on Wednesday, November 28th for the big annual combined Youth Group fundraiser.  Enjoy a savory potato bar, and take home some delicious baked goods from the Bake Sale.  Food will be served from 5:00-7:00 p.m.

If you are bringing baked goods for the Bake Sale, please drop them off at Bethel CRC by 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

Funds raised this evening go toward Youth Group events, particularly the summer SERVE projects.

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Sign up for AIM Conference Updates

A team from our church is assisting Mark Eekhoff in planning a missionary conference for African Inland Missions (AIM), taking place in Nairobi, Kenya in November.  In particular, a team from our church will be travelling to Nairobi to put on a program for the children of missionaries attending the conference.

Sign up for updates from the AIM team and keep them in your prayers.

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Brian Eekhoff Memorial Service – Live Link

Our hearts ache with Johanna, Hank & Kathy, Mark, and the extended family and friends of Brian Eekhoff, who went to be with the Lord on August 27th.

The memorial service will be held on Saturday, September 1st at 2:00 p.m. at the Manhattan Christian School Memorial Events Center.  The service will also be livestreamed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zBuX5_zrktc.  Viewing and graveside service will take place prior to the memorial service – the viewing from 9:00 a.m. – noon in the Fellowship Hall at Manhattan CRC, and the graveside service at 1:00 p.m. in the Churchill Cemetery.

Please continue to lift Brian’s family up in prayer in the midst of this sudden and unexpected loss.

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