Apostle Islands Ice Caves Adventure Trip

Ice Caves

The Apostle Islands Ice Caves are currently scheduled to open THIS Saturday, March 28th!!  I have been checking almost daily on the ice conditions for the ice caves and the time has come for the ADVENTURE to begin!  Last year everyone who went to the Ice Caves thought it was pretty amazing.  We have a very creative Creator who has been quietly doing some artwork this winter and it is time for us to go check it out.  We hope you can join.

We are taking a trip tomorrow afternoon/evening and everyone is invited.  Bring the entire family or meet us there.  Here are the details:

12:15pm  Meet at the Soul Garage
12:30pm  Depart from Soul Garage
3:00pm  Arrive at Meyers Beach (Click here for directions)
6:15pm  Leave Meyers Beach
7:15pm  Arrive at McDonalds in Bayfield for supper (Click here for directions to McDonalds)
8:00pm  Depart from McDonalds
10:00pm  Return to Soul Garage

For those coming with the youth group, plan to bring $15 AND your Parent Permission Form

  • $5 to contribute for gas/parking
  • $5 for admission to the Ice Caves (new this year.  applies to everyone 16 and older.)
  • $5 for supper at McDonalds (Feel free to bring your own food if you want to save money)

Click MEFC Permission Form for the Parent Permission Form

If you are coming as a family, you do not need to provide a parent permission form.

Please make sure to read the FAQ’s and safety information and tips at the bottom of the page on the National Park Service Website

  • From what I have read, there is very little snow on the ice so it is VERY slippery this year.
  • If you have ski poles or crampons for your boots, bring them with.
  • Dress in layers.
  • Bring snacks and water in a little backpack.
  • Bring a headlamp or flashlight if you have one.
  • Ice skates might be a good option this year (I’m not joking).

If you are hoping to ride with the youth group, please text me by 9am tomorrow so I can try to make sure we have enough vehicles and drivers to transport everyone. My cell is 847.682.2405.

Hope to see you there!  The caves may only be accessible for a very short period of time this year.

Check out this video of someone ice skating to the Ice Caves:

Christie Mountain Ski/Snowboard Trip

ALL youth and families are invited to join us on Saturday, February 21st from 5pm-11pm for a ski/snowboarding trip to Christie Mountain.  Meet at the Soul Garage at 5pm to carpool to Christie or bring the family and meet us there.  We will return to the Soul Garage by 11pm.

Food

Please eat BEFORE you come or bring money to buy your own food/snacks at Christie Mountain.  At Christie Mountain, we will provide water bottles.

Cost & Payment

  • Lift Tickets = $20
  • Rentals = $10 (snowboard OR skiis)
  • Tubing (Special, 2 tubers for the price of 1)
    • 2 hours = $17  (If you have a friend to split with, it will be $8.50/each)
    • 3 hours = $22 (If you have a friend to split with, it will be $11/each)
  • Payment can be made to Maranatha EFC and given to Pastor Tony or dropped off at the church office M-F 9:30-5:00
  • If you are coming as a family and prefer to pay direct to Christie, feel free to do so.

PLEASE RSVP by Wednesday, February 18th by turning in ALL relevant forms!

In addition to your payment, you will need to have a signed permission form and medical release form AND Christie Rental Form (if renting skis or snowboard).  If you plan to do tubing, you will need to fill out the Tubing Release Form.

If you went to the District youth conference in January in Green Bay or the Fall Retreat, you DO NOT need to fill out a medical release form, as we already have one on file for you.

MEFC Permission Form

MEFC Medical Release Form

Christie Mtn Rental Form

Christie Mtn Tubing Release Form

Baked Potato Feed This Wednesday

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Attention all youth: BYOT (Bring Your Own Toppings) this Wednesday, February 11th for our baked potato bar we will have in the Soul Garage starting at 6:30pm.  We will provide the potatoes, butter, sour cream and salt and pepper.  You are encouraged to bring your favorite toppings to load up your potato.  If you want a drink, bring your own or buy one from the cafe or get water from the drinking fountain.  Topping ideas you could bring include: (bacon bits, shredded cheese, cheese sauce, bacon bits, broccoli bits, salsa, pico de gallo, onions, chives, chili, etc.)

Here is a link to 12 creative topping ideas: http://themerrythought.com/recipes/12-baked-potato-topping-ideas/

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Aside from eating some spuds, we will play some games, worship through song, and continue our study of 1 John with a focus on God’s love tonight.  Andre will be teaching. Sign ups for our Christie Mountain Trip Saturday, February 21st will start this week.