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December 2019

2nd Semester Tuition: December Discounts!

Registration Open for January 21—May 29, 2020

Four years ago, we moved from the mutually more tedious trimester registration system to a simple semester system. Families can budget to pay in June for our 1st semester and in Dec. for our 2nd semester. As an incentive, we offer discounts during those two months corresponding to the two semesters. These two one-time semester payments cover a Jughead for the entire school year, with the only additional costs coming through the mid-winter MadFest Juggling Festival (open only to Ultimate, Elite, and select Advanced Jugheads); our five weeks of Summer Camps; and our week-long overnight Juggling + Bible Camp (JBC).

If you register by 1/1/20, you may reduce your 2nd semester tuition by $30 per Jughead, per club. (The payment is automatically reduced for online registrations.) After January 20, Jugheads are not allowed to attend their respective club(s) until they are registered. Please contact us with questions or concerns.   

Here is a link to our detailed email about 2nd Semester Registration, or you can go directly to the Club Registration page on our web site. Please take extra care to inquire about mid-year club day switches of any kind or to let us know of any Jugheads discontinuing. Thank you!

Caught There!

Jugheads seen throwing & catching throughout the Twin Cities

This new monthly feature (a wordplay of our EYJA-sponsored “Youth Juggling Caught Here!” yard signs) offers brief recognition of Jugheads of all ages who have recently performed or will perform in a wide variety of venues. This list where the Jugheads have been "caught" should encourage other Jugheads of all ages not only to practice outside of our clubs & camps, but to perform outside of our optional Winter Showcase & all-company Juggle Jam!

Jughead Members / Act Name
Rebecca M., Maya N. / Moore or Less

Jo Isaac Erickson

Kayla Malmgren, Kayla Prell
American Association of University Women, The Gale Mansion, 11/8/19
Talent Contest, Seven Hills Preparatory Academy, 11/21/19
Eden Prairie High School PepFest, 12/6/19
Paul encourages all Jugheads / parents to let him know of any future gigs, talent shows, teaching experiences and media appearances so they can be honored in "Caught There!"

"A Note on the Atmosphere at Jugheads"
Officer Voice • by Nathan D.

—Nathan D.: 9th year Jughead; UC member & Elite Club co-captain;
Friday Rec. Assistant; Homeschool / Normandale PSEO Junior

I did not initially want to join JUGHEADS (JH) in 3rd grade, but my parents told me I needed to at least try it so that I could have the experience. Turned out, I liked it. At that time, I thought learning to juggle would not be worth it. I was incorrect, severely incorrect. I am now in my 9th year in Jugheads, and I am quite involved. I love juggling, but that is not why I love JH. Juggling is simply an action that can lead onlookers to believe that the person carrying out the action is skilled or talented (often rightly so). It can be a bonding experience when performing with others. It can also help us feel like we have achieved something and have built character. But outside of that, it is an unnecessary skill that will likely amount to nothing except for some mild changes in your brain structure. Inevitably, most jugglers will become bored and lose the motivation to juggle. Even Anthony Gatto, one of the greatest professional jugglers of all time (at least technically), grew bored and started his own landscaping business.
So, why stay in JH? What, other than juggling, makes JH worth your time? Well, for starters (and enders), the people. JH has given me more than any other group of people in my life has given me. But to be clear, I do not think that JH necessarily attracts the kind of caring, intentional people that it is made up of. However, that is the point. JH does not specifically attract intentional or caring people. Frankly, JH attracts people who want to learn to juggle, want to be around other jugglers, or already have friends at JH. This is not to say caring people never join JH, it is just making the point that there is nothing specific to JH that would attract the sort of people it is made up of. So, why is kindness such a prevalent trait among the Jugheads? I believe it is because JH provides an environment that promotes and stimulates genuine behavior. It is an environment where kindness is expected, and individuality is accepted. JH creates the people within it, the people within it don’t create JH. How, you may ask? I have no idea, but I’ve been a member for nine years and I know that that is definitely the case.
So, if you ever catch yourself thinking JH is just a church basement filled with the sounds of Broadway soundtracks, ADHD, and juggling clubs dropping on the concrete floor, remember that it is also a place where you can find a friend who genuinely cares for you. Or at least you can if you are open to the possibility. Because of this, any sacrifice (within reason) I have needed to make, I am making, and that will have to make in order be a part of JH was, is, and will be worth it. I sincerely hope that JH will survive long enough for me to send my kids there, because JH is a rare, precious experience that deserves to be cherished by anyone who is able.

CLUB SPOTLIGHT: Friday Rec. Club

Wide demographic clusters unified by "a family-like atmosphere"

For well over a decade now, Friday Rec. by far has been our most dynamic club (literally and euphemistically). This is partly due to sheer size (consistently 30+ members), nine-year age range, and widely varying abilities in juggling and performing. This year, the club can be generally described as having two main "clusters" of kids: older girls (10 girls are in grades 6-10) and younger boys (14 boys are in grades 3-5). Those remaining nine boys & girls in grades 2-8 help to balance us out! :-)

Despite the challenges posed by such internal diversity, some members describe this club (which is really a microcosm of our company) as having "a family-like atmosphere." When one pauses to consider this, it is quite unique when 7-10 year olds (both boys and girls) are able to regularly and naturally interact with 11-16 year olds in addition to our older teens on the SLT and our adult staff in their 20's, 40's and 50's.

This director publicly confesses that patience often wears thin when dealing with younger kids for whom focusing for more than a few minutes at a time at the end of a long week of school poses a major challenge. However, even after 28 school years, reminders are still needed how important the idea of "belonging" is. Case in point: one younger boy with spotty work ethic lost his JJ21 T-shirt over the summer and was devastated. When an unexpected replacement T-shirt was discovered in our storage, he was elated, and he continues to plug away at improvement, with much credit owed to the patience of Assistants such as Kayla M. and Nathan D. Child and Youth Development is truly a team effort, and there are eight of us dedicated to those 33 kids every Friday.

Our JJ22 routine aims to bring together the antics of the youngins with the maturity of the older kids in "Beauty and the Beast." 

Friday Rec. Jugheads are: 2nd grader Rachel S.; 3rd graders Benjamin C., Jacob F., Nate G., Nico G., Nels G., Zoe L., Andrew L., Serena M., Will N., Wyatt P., Alex P., Laney S., Joe W.; 4th grader Sarah S.; 5th graders Henry B., Alex G., Sammy G., Fiona M., Evan S.; 6th graders Ava A., Addie L., Eva T.; 7th graders Kacy C., Arun F., Ella H.; 8th graders Max M., Allegra N., Serena N., Elin W.; freshmen Eric D., Miriam D.; sophomore Gracie L.; Volunteers Maria H., Kayla P.; Assistants Nathan D., Noel D., Kayla M.; Specialists Joyce Miller, Betsy Nelson; and Coach Paul Arneberg.  

JUGHEADS Community News

  • CONGRATS to 3 Club Endurance champs: freshman Sophia H. (Thur.) and 8th grader Serena N. (Fri.)! 8th grader Rebecca M. won 4 Rings (Adv.), and for the 2nd straight year, freshman Isaac C. won both 5 Rings (Elite) and 5 Clubs (UC)! 61.86% (60/97) of competing Jugheads achieved records in these contests! (This reinforces the purpose of these contests: to improve everyone's abilities even though competition is the excuse.)
  • JINGLE JAM is Sat., 12/7, 5-9 pm. RSVP via Sign-Up Genius; no cost except bringing a pot-luck item to share.
  • Upcoming SLT + Staff Meetings: 1/11/20, 9-Noon @ Elizabeth's home; 2/4/20, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the Commons of St. Stephen's.
  • MadFest '20 (U.C./Elite/select Adv.) is set for Jan. 17-19 in Madison, WI. Our time-tested combo of a road trip, hotel stay, and extended time to juggle make this trip a favorite memory and perennial priority for 25-30 of our oldest and most experienced/skilled Jugheads. Registration deadline is Saturday, December 7; late registration may be accepted, pending space in our hotel assignments.
  • The 15th annual WINTER SHOWCASE is a free public show featuring polished youth acts of all levels on 3/14/20 at the Hopkins H.S. Little Theater. Interested performers/emcees should apply in writing, consult with Student Director Elizabeth S. by 1/31, and preview their act/bit by 2/28. Work now to be best-prepared & polished!
  • SUMMER CAMPS 2020 will be offered from June 1-July 2 (24 weekdays/48 half-day camps). Reg. info. in March; SLT apps are due by Sat., March 30.  
  • Collector/Gift DVDs: Juggle Jams 6-20: 1=$15, 2=$25, 3=$35.
  • Condolences to the Lovaas Family (Addie (6th) and Andrew (3rd), both in Friday Rec.) on the recent passing of Matt's father, Harold Lovaas, 84, of Lindstrom, MN. In October's newsletter, I referred to Harold's daughter-in-law, Julie, as a fruitful recruiter and contagious cheerleader for our company. In a brief but poignant conversation with Matt just five days before his father passed, I resonated with him in that my dad, Ron Arneberg, was born just 16 months earlier (Oct. '33 compared with Feb. '35) and also served in the U.S. Military. Matt testified that his father even shared his faith with the nursing staff while in hospice care, and he had the privilege of saying good-bye to his family members over his last days. Here is a link to his obituary.

Paul's Platform

The Margin Series '19-'20:

"Part Four: Peace"

This ‘19-‘20 series is inspired by the book Margin (1995, 2004 by Richard Swenson, M.D.) and the widespread phenomenon of mental health issues and burnout in today's society. "The Margin Series" focuses on the reality that everyone has limits regarding time, emotional energy, physical energy, and money, among other areas. I'll cover a wide variety of topics where we need margin for optimal function as well as for availability to love and serve others.

Peace is costly. Its victory is hard-earned, dearly bought, and expensively given.

Consider this example from the first Christmas. The very night that Jesus was born in Bethlehem, a multitude of angels famously heralded, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men" (Luke 2:13-14, KJV). However, because King Herod was threatened at the prospect of being supplanted by a newborn king, "...when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men" (Matthew 2:16, ESV). This is rarely ever mentioned in the context of the peace associated with the Christmas season, but it is a reminder that peace comes at a cost.

Similarly, for people struggling for margin in today's society and at a soul-level, peace comes at a cost.

One might struggle and strive to get ahead to gain financial peace, but collateral damage might include neglecting relationships and personal health. On the other hand, Proverbs 6:10-11 warns, "A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man" (ESV). Finding financial balance and peace is costly.

And returning to the inspiration for this column series, mental health comes at a cost. Aside from horrific cases of abuse and the spectrum of clinical psychological disorders, many mental health issues tend to stem from comparisons with others, fear of not measuring up, burning out to achieve security and recognition, and other forms of overdoing our efforts at becoming significant and/or self-sufficient. How do we balance living lives of purpose with the need to be content within our constraints of time, talents, and treasure? Such is the battle for peace, and a call for wisdom.

On an everyday level, I was first-hand witness to a form of tranquility at Elite Club last month after yet another grueling contest: the 5 Ring Endurance. After standing on a chair and using my "outside voice" for about 90 minutes, loudly officiating and narrating some 130 rounds (some of which lasted more than a minute or two), I sat down exhausted to tally the results. One or two Elites wandered over, exhausted physically as much as mentally, and began chatting. Soon, I was surrounded by about a dozen Elite Jugheads enjoying the chance to simply be together after a day-dominating tradition through which many improved and all shared a common bond of maximum effort. The cost of that bond was a long time of mandatory focus, but the spontaneous and authentic enjoyment of each other's company was priceless—a far cry from the often-awkward interactions that teens are known to have, at least devoid of such shared experiences in a safe and trusting environment.

19th century poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) wrote a poem entitled "Christmas Bells" later made into a hymn which was featured in my church choir Christmas concert around 2004. Three stanzas aptly capture the hope, struggle, and resolve for peace: 

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet, the words repeat
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!

And in despair I bowed my head; 
"There is no peace on earth," I said; 
"For hate is strong, and mocks the song
Of peace on earth, good-will to men!"

Then pealed the bells more loud and deep:
"God is not dead, nor doth He sleep;
The Wrong shall fail, The Right prevail, 
With peace on earth, good-will to men."

I love Paul's Letter to the Philippians. In Phil. 4:7-9, Paul writes both of "the peace of God" and "the God of peace." Of the 384 times that peace is mentioned in the Bible, those are two precious citations. Two others come from Ephesians 2:14 (ESV), "For (Christ Jesus) himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility," which echoes Isaiah's prophecy that the child to be born "shall be called...Prince of Peace" (Isaiah 9:6). Tying those verses together, the princely peace of Jesus was put to death on a cross in order that His divine peace might become our eternal peace. His paid the ultimate price to fulfill an elusive human longing.

In this holiday season, such reminders are fitting in a society which has become increasingly secular ever since Linus first recited Luke 2:8-14 in A Charlie Brown Christmas in 1965 and Christmas carols were still robustly sung in my public high school in the 1980's. Peace is personified by the Person whose birth is the centerpiece of the season. And I believe with all my heart that margin, mental health, and life balance can be found through Him and in Him.

"That's what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown."

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