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b e a c h d a y : o p e r a t i o n SPRINKLERS

PRE-WORD

I remember asking our beloved leader and everyone’s sister, Minyoung Unni, about the reasoning behind our youth group name, “Sprinklers.” I always went along with the name, but realized that I should ask, since it seemed to have no relevance to our faith. She replied, “It’s an affectionate term to relate to how we, as Christians, should spread the word of God. Like Sprinklers!” I reacted in short and sweet way to express my liking for the term, and meaning. But through this complicated  journey through adolescence, I realized that our little tiny group had much more than just the links of friendship and faith.

 

BEACH DAY RECAP

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On the way with the Bae.

August 15th, 2015 was the day that our little group from Hacienda Heights ventured out into the wide open state of sunny California. It was our 630th activity that we went on together (I don’t think that’s an exaggeration)! The sweltering weather soared to peaks of over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and our energetic bodies demanded more than just the air conditioning of our famous soccer mom car. 

We arrived at Bolsa Chica state park/ beach with sweaty backs and greeted the sand with excitement. The cool breeze urged us to plunder ourselves into the cold, refreshing water. So, we eagerly threw on our swimsuits and dived into the briny ocean.

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All participants of the Bolsa Chica beach day swam together and cheered one another on as we boogie-boarded well enough to put the neighboring 5 year-olds to shame (sorry not sorry boys and girls). Chris rode the waves like a seasoned Hollister model with no issue, and Chahn put the many dolphins in an awkward position, since he seemed to glide gracefully like the foamy waters below him. The girls? They didn’t fare as well… But nonetheless, all happy teenagers drank enough sea water to crave In-N-Out like no tomorrow.

After junk food round 1, (actually 2, we had Jack’s) we headed to Elder Kang’s dainty little farm in Chino to learn about our foundation and core of our group- the Gospel. We held our service, and proceeded onto praising our Heavenly Father above. And of course, we all joked around like our usual selves, and created a new instrument (?), the Chahn. But being teens, our night didn’t seem to be complete.

Logically, we headed to Guppy House for some cold sweets that would give 490 people diabetes. The cool shaved ice helped balance out the tear-jerking chicken we had at the farm. The brick toast satisfied everyone as well, mostly to Simone.

Simone's favorite sweet. Aside from her husband, of course ^u^.

Simone’s favorite sweet. Aside from her husband, of course ^u^.

We demolished this work of art.

We demolished this work of art.

We lengthened our night as we cracked jokes endlessly about our quirky selves, especially about our… unique friend Youra. We seemed to sit there for so long, but what does time matter when you’re having so much fun?

 

The whole group (minus Cindy </3) in it’s beauty.

 

POST WORD

We may be a group of only two numerical digits, but our faith and love for God and one another is in an amount that couldn’t be explainable in earthly words. We hold something so dear that differentiates ourselves from any other group of friends, colleagues, or families. We have faith. Many people ask about what the benefits are from being a believer. I guess one thing that we can say on that topic is, we hold a bond that others won’t understand, because it’s so close and centered around God. We’re certain in our faith in Christ, and that gives us the chance to be certain in our trust and affection for each other in HKMC. Should that alone be enough to suffice for our group?

Yeah.

Most definitely.

2015 Summer Retreat

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Retreat kicked off with an opening praise and worship sessions with church pastor and elders.

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After the opening worship, we feasted with In-n-Out hamburgers to fuel ourselves up before the car ride up to Big Bear.

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After settling in into our stunning cabin, Sprinklers members read the story of Joseph and Daniel.

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Our first meal in Big Bear was none other than mouthwatering steak and salad. We knew this was going to be an unforgettable retreat.

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First praise and worship session of the night. On that day, Pastor Yang gave us a message about David and how he did not judge by appearance.

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Second day of retreat started off with a hike to wake up our bodies for a new and exciting day.

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Since it rained nonstop in Big Bear, our plans to go hiking canceled. However, we spent the new free time playing Apples to Apples.

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Each Sprinklers member gave a presentation on either Daniel or Joseph and reflected on these importabt Bible characters.

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Steak wasn’t enough so Saturday’s dinner was a samgyubsal party!

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To digest all the good food we ate, we adventured on another hike and took unique photos.

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We waited patiently for our ride back home on the last day of retreat.

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Thank you to all church members for supporting us and Cabin 622 for providing great Hospitality.

Movie Social

After spending a long week either in summer school, work, or on the road, Sprinklers members were delighted to take a break and go watch a movie. Although we originally planned to watch “Jurassic World,” we decided to switch to the newest Disney-Pixar animation, “Inside-Out.”

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The movie “Inside-Out” is  about five  emotions- Joy, Sadness, Fear, Anger, and Disgust- living in 11 year old Riley’s head. It’s a moving story about how you allow your experiences to shape who you are deep down, and also how it’s all right to be that person and to let your heart pursue whatever makes you happiest. It’s also about how your life experiences aren’t shaped solely by one emotion, but how all of them have a hand in creating who we ultimately become as a person. The movie sure did bring uncontrollable tears into our eyes.

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After finishing the movie, we headed off to In-n-Out to satisfy our grumbling stomachs and socialized with one another.

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Shaved Ice Fundraiser

Sprinklers had their first fundraiser on June 21, 2015!

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We sold traditional Korean shaved ice in order to raise funds for our summer retreat at  Big Bear.  Sprinklers members organized the event in prior by researching and buying supplies. Although we were slow in the beginning, we were able to produce mouth-watering shaved ice through the support of one another.

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Not only did we raise over $500 for our upcoming events, but Sprinklers members were also able to learn valuable organization, time-management, and money-making business skills.

 

 

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We would like to thank our Youth Group directors and the elders of the church for their unconditional support!

2014 Summer Retreat

Take a look at our retreat album!

This year, the retreat focused on the meaning of life and wisdom. The reading of the bible was the book of Ecclesiastes.

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We had great meals, tomato picking experience, and passionate sermons (Thank you, Pastor Choi). Paula lead the praise before the meetings, and all of us spent hours of bible study.

Midnight Snack

Late at night, we played board games and ate Ramen for a midnight snack. Chahn and Paulina prepared the snacks and it was awesome good!

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A trip to Getty Center was interesting. We looked at different forms of art that triggered our imaginations.

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The book of Ecclesiastes had many difficult concepts. Here are some of our thoughts about what Ecclesiastes tried to say.

Don’t spend time on things that disappear; spend it on keeping his commandments for an everlasting reward. (Paula Choi)  Everything is meaningless and will eventually vanish. But believe in God & Jesus Christ, and you will receive the most valuable thing in the universe, the eternal life. (Chahn Lee)  Although both good and evil people both lead up to the same fate, time and chance is what ultimately decides life’s outcome; so live and enjoy your life to the fullest.(Chris Hu)  Don’t let an obsession drive you towards evil, but allow God’s plan to lead you towards faith and certitude. (Penny Wang)  Have faith in God and he will create a perfect plan for you. (Youra Bae)  Always have faith in God for he has prepared a plan us all already and try not to focus on the things that will eventually go bye-bye.  (Bailey Lu)  Everything happens under God’s plan whether good or bad and trust in The Lord with all your heart for a promising eternal life.  (Paulina Choi)

After Retreat

Paula: The retreat was great in the sense that it let me grow spiritually in such a short amount of time.
Chahn: I learned a lot from the retreat, and it was fun! – and of course, it surely was meaningful! B)
Chris: The retreat was really fun and I had a great time, but what impacted me the most was how it made me feel so connected to god and his words :DDD
Penny: Oh my gosh, the retreat was the bomb. I really enjoyed listening and opening my heart out for God’s words and developing a stronger attachment towards our holy Father.
Youra: It made me think twice about God’s plans and my plans. It was also nice to spend some time with my friends while learning about God’s message.
Bailey: It was truly an experience that I will never forget and I feel as if I am that much closer to God.
Pulina: This retreat has widened my knowledge on God, of his love, mercy, and of his indescribable power!

Chris Hu

Chris Hu Playing Moogoonghwa

Chris Hu Playing Moogoonghwa

Live life to the fullest everyday and don’t let anybody get in your way – Chris Hu

Hi! I’m Chris Hu and I am junior attending Glen A. Wilson High School.  I live life on the edge and off the edge.  I love hanging out with friends and I don’t like AP Euro.  I play too much League of Legends and spend all my time on the internet (I’m such a nerd).  I also serve has Chahn’s co-chef… we make the awesomest cuisines.  That’s about it… peace.  Carpe Diem!

Welcoming Tony&Thomas

Tony and Thomas came to visit our church. They attended the church several years ago, and we were excited to see them again!! So, we decided to celebrate their visit by going to the beach! YAY!
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Photos taken at church before leaving for the beach – Penny, Chris, and Bailey joined us, too!
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Group Photo 😀
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Playing “무궁화꽃이피었습니다.”
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Paula Choi

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Hi my name is Paula and I’m soon to be 15. I currently attend Rowland High school and I’m going to be a sophomore. Some of my favorite things are eating, hanging out with friends, and going to the beach. But most of all, church is always the most enjoyable!

Mini Olyimpics & 36th Anniversary

 

After the service, Sprinklers gathered up to take a picture

After the service, Sprinklers gathered up to take a picture

Welcome to the Mini Olympics and Church’s 36th Anniversary event! Today, Sprinklers gathered by the fellowship hall to compete each other to become a champion! Which team will win the Mini Olympics and who will become the next Champion?

Jungi Lee, the champion of running, walks in the speed of light. (299,792,458 m / s)

Jungi Lee, the champion of running, walks in the speed of light. (299,792,458 m / s)

The first Olympic event to recognize a champion is marathon. However, this marathon adds a little bit of spice of intense. While each players run, they must balance ping pong ball with spoon in their mouth. The race was hard to tell which team is winning. However, Jungi Lee lead his team to victory with his magnificant speed. Because of his speed, he was recognized as the champion of marathon.

Thomas Jang distinguishes penny, nickel,dime, and quarters while his eyes are covered with Eunhae's hands

Thomas Jang distinguishes penny, nickel,dime, and quarters while his eyes are covered with Eunhae’s hands

 Another Mini Olympic game that we played was to distinguish between the coins. From each team, one representing member was given 40 coins. The player must categorize into penny, nickel, dime, and quarter. With fast handskills and furious sweats from hand, Tony Jang led his team to victory. 

 

After the Olympics, Sprinklers went to the main church, in order to worship.

After the Olympics, Sprinklers went to the main church, in order to worship.

After the Mini Olympics, Sprinklers gathered up in the main church to worship and celebrate 36th anniversary of the church. The tiredness from the Olympics made us relaxed and comfortable during the service.

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Chahn Lee

Hi! My name is Chahn Lee. I am a sophomore from Glen A. Wilson Highschool. I love to go swimming and boogieboarding by the beach :)!

All prepared for the Super Sunny Sunday with beach fashion, Chahn takes picture with his bouncy green tube

All prepared for the Super Sunny Sunday with beach fashion, Chahn takes picture with his bouncy green tube

I like to take pictures and hangout with my friends. My favorite color is green and I love to eat KBBQ and kimchi pancake. I enjoy taking care of animals such as cats and dogs. I love animals ^-^. I also enjoy listening to music and practicing guitar. My birthday is March 7, 1998. I am very childish and I like to run around and play like little kid. However, I can also be very encouraging and caring sometimes. Enjoy your life, don’t turn back, and don’t give up!

Chronicles 15:7 “But as for you, be strong and do not give up, for your work will be rewarded.”

Super Sunny Sunday

On June 22, Sprinklers went to Bolsa Chica State Beach. This was the very first summer event Sprinklers had in 2013. Five members – Jun, Chahn, Paulina, Youra, and Penny – with two instructors – Minyoung and Eunhye – had an amazing time.

With an excitement, Sprinklers finally gathered in the car, pumped up with hot california heat.

With an excitement, Sprinklers finally gathered in the car, pumped up with hot california heat.

The event started as a small suggestion. Then the Sprinklers gathered ideas and information from experience. The trip was planned for 2 weeks and every member participated by bringing snacks, food, and beach supplies/gears.

After riding boogie board, exhausted sprinklers try to cool down by taking lots of photos

After riding boogie board, exhausted sprinklers try to cool down by taking lots of photos

Even though the beach was windy and chill, Sprinklers rode surf together and had lots of fun at the beach.

Boy scout’s breakfast fundraiser

 

Early in the morning, Sprinklers ate their breakfast from Boyscoutt's breakfast event.

Early in the morning, Sprinklers ate their breakfast from Boyscoutt’s breakfast event.

Today’s breakfast is very special. It is handmade pancakes, sausages, and scrambled eggs by boyscoutts! It was very delicious and their service was very good. Even though itw as pretty cold morning, the food was very warm and fresh. While eating, they also played music with their instruments, which was very cute. Hope we go there next year too!

Chinese Lunch!

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After the service, the food wasn’t ready. Therefore, Sprinklers headed to nearest Chinese restaurant. We ordered JiajiangMeon (black noodle), Zzampong (spicy noodle), and fried rice. The food was very delicious due to our hunger and tiredness.

Easter Eve 2013

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Happy Easter ^-^! To celebrate and enjoy the revive of our Jesus Christ, Sprinklers baked cupcakes to fundraise for our special event, Easter Night Egg Hunt!

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Not only cupcakes, Sprinklers also boiled and colored many eggs. We used food coloring in order to dye our eggs. Not only dying the eggs, we decorated them with stickers and wraps!

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Before the Easter Night Egg Hunt, 3 Sprinkers, Youra Bae, Penny Wang, and Chahn Lee gathered up by the kitchen, making cupcake batters. Even though it was a hard to make, it was very fun and a good experience.

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The Easter Night Egg Hunt was very eerie and spooky due to the darkness and the atmosphere of the church. Even though it was hard to work with each other due to the spookiness, Sprinklers did great job with communicating with each other.