Aspen Chapel Youth Notes for week of November 1, 2015

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A group of 24 students and 12 adults gathered from the Aspen Chapel and Aspen Jewish congregations to create a meal for Aspen’s homeless shelter.
They sang together with Cantor Rollin, “If Not Now, When” as they created a meal of chili, salad, fruit and dessert.  The students made Halloween cards to include with the meal.  A comment from one of the participants . . .
My family went through a hard time last year and so many people in our community helped us.  They cooked us food and I don’t know if we would have made it without them.  We need to give back at a personal level.  This valley is a special place.  It’s about giving back to people who are less fortunate.”

Aspen Chapel Youth Notes  for October 25, 2015
With Halloween coming up during Sunday School the elementary and middle school students took a look into the history and the religious background of the holiday.  How did we arrive at the practice of spooky costumes and trick or treat?  Halloween originated as a church practice of All Hallow’s Eve or Mass.  On that evening the intent was to frighten any evil spirits that may be lurking around.  This would prepare the way for All Saints Day on November 1 which was established by the Roman Catholic church in the 800’s. Happy Halloween everyone!

Aspen Chapel Youth Notes for September 29th

Middle and High School Students met to talk about service.

On Sunday, September 27th. Service can mean doing something thoughtful like making breakfast in bed for your mom, providing
food for those who are homeless, helping a friend with their studies.  We talked about how sometimes
it’s important for service to be sustainable, to insure that the effect of your effort continues. How it can be important
to give someone skills rather than just their next meal.  We looked at two individuals who epitomize the concept of
service, Mahatma Gandhi and Waangari Maathai. 
"It is in giving oneself that one receives.”   


Aspen Chapel Youth Notes for August 18th

Quote:  “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”  Anne Frank

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Sunnyside Trail received some welcome attention from twelve Middle School students as they performed maintenance work yesterday with the
Roaring Fork Outdoor Volunteers.They had a wonderful time  and gained specific knowledge about some particularly hefty tools.
They used a McLeod ( a large rake-like tool) and an impressive Pulaski axe, in addition to wielding standard shovels and saws.
This is another way that the Aspen Chapel Youth give back to their community.


Week of August 10, 2015
Beading with Wendy Ellsworth, Master Bead Worker and Interfaith Minister 

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Quote: “As I sit and weave with my beads, I allow the Creative Spirit to flow through me, and though my hands are doing the work, another force is actively participating in the process.  This force is a transmission of Spirit that fills me with deep inner peace and joy as I bead.”    Wendy Ellsworth
Wendy Ellsworth, master bead worker and interfaith minister, shared her skills with the middle and high school students at the Aspen Chapel. One could hear a pin drop as the students employed the Peyote or gourd stitch to create beautiful bracelets. 
Once everyone gained some confidence in the process there was much happy sharing. Some of the work will be sold for the “Aspen Haiti” project.


Week of June 21, 2015

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Quote – “Never worry about numbers.  Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.” Mother Teresa
The Chapel is pleased to announce the following students as the recipients of the Chapel Scholarships for High School Students.
Kiki Glah – Scripps College
Kristin Hopkins and Mac Cohen – Colorado University
Isabella Courtenay Morris – UNC Chapel Hill
Isabel Wolfer – George Washington University
These students contributed a positive spirit to the community through evidence of good citizenship and willingness to help others.

Thank you to the Aspen Chapel community for supporting these students!


Tuesday 9th June 
"The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others." 
-Mahatma Gandhi
Fourteen youth including Kids for Kids, Aspen Elementary, and Middle School students spent the afternoon cooking a delicious dinner of quesadillas, chili, salad and chocolate cake for twenty participants at the homeless day shelter. 
The students walked to the Health and Human Services building to deliver it to a happy, hungry group!  The students enjoyed refining their culinary skills as well as getting to know some new friends.
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Tuesday 2nd June
youthnotesHere’s a look at the Aspen Chapel Sunday School on the morning of May 31st.
Each week the group divides by age for their stories, discussions, and projects.
This week Melia, our high school student, met with the younger children and discussed “New Beginnings”.  They read Noah’s Ark and designed their own paper bag stuffed animals.
Elaine met with the older group reading  “St. Augustine’s Walk by the Sea”.
A sense of mystery was the topic of their discussion. They talked about times they had felt content and needed nothing else in the world. It would have been indeed interesting to sit in on their form of Socratic Dialogue.

Tuesday 26th May
 KidsThe Aspen Chapel Youth Program participated in a student led Baccalaureate Service attended by 150 participants.  The Chapel was represented by Patty Harris, who participated in the blessing, Kiki Glah, who played an original piano piece, Kristin Hopkins, who ushered, and Elaine Bonds, director of the Youth Program. The Aspen High School Folk Group and the A Cappella Club, led by Sarah Stevens, provided the music.  A number of faith groups in addition to the Chapel collaborated to provide the service including Snowmass Chapel, Christ Episcopal Church, Aspen Jewish Congregation, Crossroads Church, St. Vincent’s Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and Centro Cristiano Emanuel.  Dan Dangler, a representative of Young Life, gave the message, “Seeking Life”.

Tuesday 12th May
Come to Haitithe Chapel and hear about this year’s student trip to Haiti. Following the service this Sunday, May 17, at 11:00 students will be sharing their photos and perceptions of the March trip. Following are comments from three of the participating students:

Anna: "It’s incredible and yet so sad to come back into the United States and to be aware of how drastically different the two countries are even though they are only 550 miles from each other -- the U.S. so full of wealth and Haiti so distraught with poverty."

Emily: "The kids were the ones that changed my life the most. They all acted like one big family, caring for each other so generously, and fighting like most siblings do over minor things. They were all so happy with what they had, something as simple as a couple of pipe cleaners or a marker made them extremely happy. We in the U.S, take so much for granted and I didn't know how lucky we were until seeing what they didn't have, but they were much happier than anybody I know."

Maya: "I love how everybody is so friendly and happy in Haiti. They are some of the poorest people in the world, yet they love to live life, and are happy to give out a smile and a wave to you"

For Tuesday 5th May

YouthAspen Chapel Youth Notes - Tuesday School attendees and graduates helped to host our
Sunday of fun event at the Chapel.  Other Tuesday School participants enjoyed the morning as well.  A good time was had by all.

For Tuesday 28th April 
May today there be peace within.
May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others.
May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given you.
May you be content with yourself just the way you are.
Let this knowledge settle into your bones, and allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.
Teresa of Avila

Each week of Tuesday School the children receive a prayer to include in their notebooks.  We share this one with you.

For Tuesday 21st April

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"For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others."  Nelson Mandela
"Everyone has inside of him a piece of good news.  The good news is that you don’t know how great you can be!  How much you can love! What you can accomplish! And what your potential is!
Anne Frank
Rabbi David Segal joined Tuesday School students to share Jewish traditions around the remembrance of the Holocaust.  The middle school students read The Butterfly by Patricia Polacco and the elementary students read The Whispering Town by Jennifer Elvgren in preparation for his visit.

For Tuesday 14th April 

YouthAt the Aspen Chapel we believe in supporting our community.  The “Senior Scholarship” Fund helps ease the financial burden of higher education and sends our deserving Aspen High School seniors off into the world knowing that they have a supportive community behind them. Over the past 8 years the Aspen Chapel has awarded 41 scholarships. The Chapel is currently seeking contributions. 
Please contact Elaine Bonds for further information. 

2015 applicant quote – “I was once a student at the Chapel for Tuesday and Sunday School, and through these programs, I inherited knowledge which has made me a more accepting and compassionate person.  Naturally, as an older student, I decided to give back to those programs.”

Aspen Chapel | A Spiritual Home for Everyone, 1/27/2016