Parent Newsletter February 2019

Dear Parents,

This February, at River Valley Youth, we will be discussing the topic of sex in regards to purity. This letter is to inform you, as a parent, about what will be discussed each evening at Youth. While we feel this topic is very important to discuss with students we also feel you have the right to know what we are talking about & choose if it is right for your student to attend during this series. This is a topic we discuss because your student is getting bombarded with it daily by the media and peers and it is important for them to know what God says about it.

  • February 6th will be focused on lust, love and infatuation, while we break down the difference between them.
  • February 13th will be focused on temptation and how the Bible says we are to respond to it.
  • February 20th will be focused on pornography and the dangers associated with it. We desire to help students guard their hearts and live a life of purity on digital platforms.
  • February 27th will be a message called, “Sexperts”. We are bringing this message back again, this year, as it was highly effective in answering students’ questions about dating, relationships, sex and purity from a biblical perspective. In essence, it is a panel of pastors and leaders answering questions that students submit in a live panel-like forum.

Our hope, during this series, is that each student will make the choice to fight for their purity and walk away with the knowledge and willpower to do so. Our goal is for each student is to be equipped with the truth about who God created them to be and be confident and prepared to stand up for it. Rest assured that no explicit language or scenarios will be discussed in the messages as we do not want innocent ears to hear about things they are not ready to hear. We hope that this conversation will continue at home with you, the parents, because whether they admit it or not you have the most influence in their lives.

We covet your prayers during this series!

Pastor Terry Parkman, NextGen Pastor

River Valley Church

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Campus Specific News


New Permanent Location

February 6

10801 Red Circle Drive, Minnetonka, MN 55343
  • Pizza & God Talk: Feb 13 @ 9pm
  • Alpha Course: Feb 5 @ 6-8pm

Sign your student up for the Alpha Course taught by our Campus Pastor, Anthony Richards where they can grow in their faith.

Pastor Drake Michaelson


  • Fine Arts Parent Meeting: Feb 3 @ 12:30pm

Have you heard about Fine Arts from your student, but still don’t really know what it is? Come to an informational Fine Arts Parent meeting in the FBO campus cafe. I will share the heart behind Fine Arts and answer any questions you have.

  • YTH Smash Night: Feb 15 @ 7pm

We will be having a Super Smash Bro. Tournament for the Faribault YTH. Pizza and drinks will be provided and a $25 gift card rise will be given out.

Pastor Alex Langer


FEED Locations:

  • February 3 & 17: 6680 S. Saunders Dr Minnetrista MN 55364
  • February 10 & 24: 1601 Sunnybrook Ct Minnetrista MN 55364
  • Fine Arts Parent Meeting: Feb 3, 1:30-3pm

Have you heard about Fine Arts from your student, but still don’t really know what it is? Come to our informational Fine Arts Parent meeting. We will have a light lunch available while we share the heart behind Fine Arts, the logistics of Minnesota District Fine Arts Festival and National Fine Arts Celebration in Orlando, in August 2019.

  • Minnetrista YTH Sunday School: Every Sunday @ 9:45am

YTH Sunday School is happening every Sunday during the 9:45am service. We gather as a YTH Ministry for deep studies and discussion around foundational truths of the faith. This is establishing a YTH Catechism of our faith that your student cannot miss out on. We then attend the 11:15am service as a group and sit together in the front to lead the way during the service. Don’t miss YTH Sunday School.

Pastor Dave Olson


  • Fine Arts Tryouts & Parent Meeting: Feb 10
  • YTH Takeover Weekend: Feb 10

We will be highlighting YTH and what God is doing in our ministry at all of our service times. We would love to invite parents to a reception after each service to meet and get to know YTH Leaders, as well as Pastors' Gabi & Jon.

  • FEED: Feb 10 & 24

This is the next step for student discipleship and is open to all students.

  • Bro Night: Feb 15 @ 7-9pm, location TBD

Pastors' Gabi O'Rourke & Jon Hansen

2019 YTH Global Teams

Registration Open

Click the links below to learn more about each Global Team!

Text Updates

You can now text YTHUPDATES to 41411 to receive River Valley YTH information from your campus youth pastors!


From your Campus YTH Pastors',

Anthony Cox & Lulu Murphy [Apple Valley]



Gabi O'Rourke & Jon Hansen [Shakopee]



Drake Michaelson [Crosstown]


Dave Olson [Minnetrista]


Matt Nylin [Woodbury]


Neil Turner [Eagan]


Alex Langer [Faribault]


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