Welcome our new Youth Coordinators!!
We are pleased to announce that the Session has recently hired Brian and Kara Tervo to jointly fill our vacant position of Youth Coordinator. They have been worshiping with us since the fall of 2017 and recently united with the church in our last group of new members. Kara and Brian are parents of three adorable daughters - Vivienne, age 3 and one-year old twins Rosa and Juliette.
Brian and Kara are 2010 graduates of Eastern University, a Christian college in the outskirts of Philadelphia. Brian majored in History and Minored in Biblical Studies; Kara majored in Elementary Education with a Minor in Special Education. Brian grew up just around the corner from the church and attended Mt. Olive High School. Kara grew up in Spring Grove, PA.
Prior to coming to UPC, they were involved in Mendham Chapel, a non-denominational church on Rt. 24. Both have faith backgrounds other than Presbyterian but have recently found the more open and inclusive approach of the PCUSA more suited to their faith journeys. They have been involved in the Biblical Literacy Group that meets monthly in the Broder home and Brian has been a member of our recently established Marketing Team. Kara has been an active member of our Joyful Noise Ukulele group (which Vivienne also attends to encourage her mom!) Vivienne is looking forward to attending Fun n Friends Nursery School in the fall. Kara is currently a stay at home mom; Brian recently started a new job as a Librarian at Bergen County Community College.
Brian and Kara are excited to be taking up the mantle of our youth program and will no doubt bring their backgrounds and experience to bear in providing lively and meaningful activities for our youth, especially the Middle School age group.
They will soon be holding an "Open House" in the youth garage to meet and get to know our UPC youth, to introduce themselves and to begin planning activities and meetings.
Stay tuned for more from and about Brian, Kara and kids. We are grateful that among the many things Spring will usher in this year, will be this new addition to our UPC staff.
Our UPC Youth Group is an active and vibrant part of our worshiping community comprised of students in Grades 6-12. Both our Middle School and High School Groups experience opportunities to explore and grow in their faith while building friendships through worship, mission, fellowship and fun. Our group invites and welcomes young people to join us in a safe, friendly environment as we take part in …..
-Engaging meetings in the Youth Garage
-Organized Trips and Fun Activities
-Involvement in Church Functions