Summer 2008 Newsletter

Summer 2008 Newsletter

In the latest newsletter you'll find complete and total awesomeness, with great topics like: A Revolution, Music Mania, concerts, trivia and more, A Great Give-Away, unbelievable lawsuits, The REAP Team on video, REAP Staffers talk about getting over an ex, a new resource for parents, some splendiferous new podcasts, including movie reviews… So Read it and REAP!!!!!

REAP Team Newsletter
Read It and REAP!

GIVEAWAY #24 – The Great CD Give-Away!!
Apparently the question in the last newsletter was super difficult, so we’ll make this one easy.  What’s The Great CD Give-Away?  Be among the first five to email paul@reapteam.org with the correct answer and Paul will send you two complimentary "Stirring It Up" stickers.

News from our last giveaway!!! AND THE WINNERS ARE…
No one!  That’s right; it was a Google-proof question, and no one guessed the answer, but here it is –

On January 15, 2008 Paul went to a talk given by Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa at Holy Spirit Parish.  Fr. Cantalamessa is the preacher to the Papal household.  Paul gave him two sets of his books, one for him and one for Pope Benedict.  Soooo, there’s a chance the Pope has read or will read Paul’s book.  How about you?

Find out more about Fr. Cantalamessa – his talks will blow you away!


Seeking New Volunteers

If you're interested in joining REAP as a volunteer, check out the application and don't forget the NEW July 15th deadline – this is a little earlier than previously published due to scheduling conflicts.  Remember, it’s always okay to apply early!!

REAP Benefit Concert 2007-2008 – Music from Chris Sheperd

Many of you will remember Chris Sheperd as the opening act at the REAP Team Benefit Concert this past April 5.  Well, he has been singing and playing with a blues band called The Kingdom Brothers. They recently finished their debut CD "Shine a Light" and it is now available for sale; check out their MySpace page where their current schedule is posted as well as contact info if you would like to order a CD. They also have an St. Louis Christian Music website, too.

Romantic Revolution
Back by popular demand, the Romantic Revolution for 7th-9th grade girls, as well as moms, has been set for November 8, 2008. To find out what teens and moms had to say about the first ever RR, check out the feedback.

FUN STUFF – on the REAP Team’s YouTube site

Learn how to play our new/current favorite game! The Water Bottle Game!
Check out REAP Team volunteers performing Christ, Christ Baby! And after the killer music video, stay tuned for the tribute to Heather Gallagher Vento – if you have ever met Heather, it is guaranteed to make you laugh!

And if you have not yet seen it, check out our Mingling Video, but be sure to view part one before you view part two!

Movie Reviews on the Go!
Want to find out if the movie you’re about to see is worth your time, but don’t have time to read?  Well, if you go to Lifeteen Movie Reviews or subscribe through iTunes – you can download the podcast to your mp3 player and listen to a movie review on the way to the theater.  Ahhh, technology!

Throughout so much of it, I didn’t really realize what was going on. I was so focused on being perfect and wanting to get to perfection, which I now realize is not reality.
– Actress Brittany Snow speaking about her battle with anorexia, CosmoGirl, May 2008, p. 111

Coming soon… 

In July, Young People from the STL travel to World Youth Day Sydney 2008! 

  • World Youth Day (WYD) is the largest youth event in the world and will be held in Sydney from Tuesday 15 to Sunday 20 July 2008.
  • Organized by the Catholic Church, WYD brings together young people from around the globe to celebrate and learn about their faith on a more regular basis.
  • WYD08 will be the largest event Australia has ever hosted. It will attract over 125,000 international visitors – more than the 2000 Olympics.
  • WYD08 will mark the first visit of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI to Australia. 
  • The WYD08 experience, young people from throughout the world will make a pilgrimage in faith, meet, and experience the love of God.
  • World Youth Day is an invitation from the Pope to the youth of the world to celebrate their faith around a particular theme. Everyone is welcome to attend.
  • Some of the crew from St. Louis may blog while they’re there, so check out www.stlyouth.org in July to find out.

ND Vision: The Conference for High School Students at the University of Notre Dame

What: ND Vision is a series of summer conferences at the University of Notre Dame. As a participant, you will have the opportunity to see how God is calling you and how you can respond with your gifts in your daily life.

Who: High school students from across the country participate in ND Vision. If you will be entering grades 9-12 in the fall of 2008, or are graduating in the spring of 2008, ND Vision is for you!  There is still space available for the July 14-18 conference.

For more information go here 

The Crossroads Catholic Music Festival celebrates 6 years of awesomeness!

This year in addition to amazing music, you’ll experience some great skits and talks by some of the coolest people on the planet, REAP Team members!!  This incredible event will be September 26 – 28 and at only $35 a person for the entire weekend, including camping and meals, it's still the best deal going! The official announcement of this year's bands is coming soon on the festival website, where you can always check out what's new and get more info.  We just want to say that we on the REAP Team hope to see you there.  This is a great event not only for teens and youth groups, but for FAMILIES!

BLOG Babblings

Paul's recent ramblings: The Weirdest Retreat in Long Time and Getting High This Summer?

Gretchen’s recent rambling: HN is MY BFF

Are you part of the Great CD Give-Away?  Click here to find out more.

Getting excited about Steubenville?!?!?!
So are we!!  And not just ‘cause we get to go too!  (BTW, did you know Paul and Gretchen are both speaking at week 1?)

Wanna have some fun while you wait?  Check out the promo video  Also, you may have heard that there are no Young Apostles, which means, yes, you got it, NO official hand motions!  Some of you are probably cheering cause hand motions just aren’t your thing, but for those of you who are bumming, we have an inspired idea!  Download the theme song, get together with a few of your best friends and make up your own hand motions!!!  If you’re handy with a video camera (and it’s cool with your parents) you could even make a recording to share with all your friends and family!!  And if you see Paul, Gretchen or Mary at the conference, stop us and show us a few of your groovin’ moves!!!

For Parents/Teachers/Adults

Transitioning from High School to College
Walt Mueller (one of REAP’s favorite youth culture gurus) recently sat down with CPYU's College Transition Initiative Director, Derek Melleby, to discuss what youth ministers can do to help their college-bound students make a healthy transition from high school to college. With high school graduation just around the corner, Derek offers some practical advice that parents and youth workers can pass onto their students.  Click here to download this podcast. (27.8MB .mp3 file)

More on youth culture from the great folks at CPYU

Here in our CPYU office our walls are lined with a collection of photos and movie posters that serve as reminders of why we do what we do. One of those movie posters is for the 2004 Lindsay Lohan film, Mean Girls. Prompted by the growing trend of female on female bullying, the movie humorously depicts a problem that’s not at all funny. Mean girls are actively and passively aggressive. They spread rumors, harass others, threaten physically, taunt, and exclude classmates from their cliques. Research is now showing that embracing mean girl traits could actually lead to popularity in terms of a school’s social pecking order. In fact, girls as young as nine years old are learning that being nasty will boost their social visibility and standing among their peers.  More specifically, displaying physical aggression helps make female students more popular during the late elementary and middle school years. Jesus said, “Blessed are the peacemakers.” What are you doing with your girls to teach them to embrace a spirit of love, not meanness?

This article was reprinted from cpyu’s parent page.  The parent page is a monthly newsletter for parents.  The REAP Team would like to start passing this valuable resource on to interested parents and teachers.  If you’d like to start receiving a free copy every month, just reply to this email with the subject line sign me up for the parent page.

Recent and Popular Questions from Teens
Most Popular Questions from Teens…
Freak dancing is okay, right?
How can I stop masturbating?
How do I know if he likes me?

Our most popular question from teens is How can I stop thinking about my ex?  We know from personal experience how difficult this can be, so one day recently the four of us on staff, Paul, Gretchen, Heather and Mary, sat down and talked about it.  Luckily for you, we recorded that conversation and you can listen to it here or by going to iTunes and subscribing to REAP Team podcasts.

DEEP THOUGHTS…(because people can just be soooooo ridiculous)

Unbelievable Lawsuits…

October 1998: Terrence Dickson of Bristol, Pennsylvania was leaving a house he had just finished robbing by way of the garage. He was not able to get the garage door to go up since the automatic door opener was malfunctioning. He couldn't re-enter the house because the door connecting the house and garage locked when he pulled it shut.  The family was on vacation. Mr. Dickson found himself locked in the garage for eight days. He subsisted on a case of Pepsi he found, and a large bag of dry dog food. He sued the homeowner's insurance claiming the situation caused him undue mental anguish. The jury agreed to the tune of half a million dollars.

October 1999: Jerry Williams of Little Rock, Arkansas was awarded $14,500 and medical expenses after being bitten on the buttocks by his next door neighbor's beagle. The beagle was on a chain in its owner's fenced-in yard. The award was less than sought because the jury felt the dog might have been just a little provoked at the time by Mr. Williams who was shooting it repeatedly with a pellet gun.

May 2000: A Philadelphia restaurant was ordered to pay Amber Carson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania $113,500 after she slipped on a soft drink and broke her coccyx. The beverage was on the floor because Ms. Carson threw it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.

January 2000: Kathleen Robertson of Austin Texas was awarded $780,000 by a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store.  The owners of the store were understandably surprised at the verdict, considering the misbehaving little so-and-so was her own son.

In November 2000, Mr. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City purchased a brand new 32 foot Winnebago motor home.  On his first trip home, having joined the freeway, he set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the driver’s seat to go into the back and make himself a cup of coffee. Not surprisingly the Winnie left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Mr Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising him in the handbook that he couldn't actually do this. He was awarded $1,750,000 plus a new Winnie.  (Winnebago actually changed their handbooks on the back of this court case, just in case there are any other complete morons buying their vehicles.)

From Pope Benedict XVI’s meeting with young people, USA, 2008:

"Dear friends, truth is not an imposition. Nor is it simply a set of rules. It is a discovery of the One who never fails us; the One whom we can always trust. In seeking truth we come to live by belief because ultimately truth is a person: Jesus Christ. That is why authentic freedom is not an opting out. It is an opting in; nothing less than letting go of self and allowing oneself to be drawn into Christ’s very being for others (cf. Spe Salvi, 28)".

Cool Websites…

Here’s a great new website shared with us by our friend Chris Baker http://www.catholicscomehome.org/ Be sure to check out this video from their site.  http://www.catholicscomehome.org/epic/epic120.phtml BTW, this is the same video that is on Gretchen’s Facebook page.

Money Origami: See how you can make your cash into boots, eyeglasses, and more!

Music Trivia World: Quizzes, music facts, and trivia all about music

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