Our high school youth will be heading to Houston in June of 2018 to be a part of the ELCA Youth Gathering. This is an opportunity which occurs once every three years for youth from all across the ELCA to gather for five days of worship, service, learning, and community. In preparation for the Gathering our youth will be learning and serving together here in Florida.
This trip to the Gathering will be a great experience, but it will also be expensive. In the past the youth have hosted a number of events to raise funds for the trip within the congregation. This year we are trying something a little different. We are asking the congregation to sponsor our youth as they go out and serve in our community. Donations to the youth ministry fund will help the youth to meet their goal of $10,000 to go to Houston. Our youth will be planning and participating in service opportunities here in our community throughout the year as they prepare for the event. The congregation is invited to support our youth financially while our youth support our community with their time and energy. The youth are hoping to plan five or six of these events throughout the year in addition to the service they normally do as a group. They will be inviting you at those times to make a gift to the youth ministry fund.
For the first event, our youth will be going to the Homeless Empowerment Program(HEP) where they will be serving in HEP’s Learning Center’s afterschool program on September 22. They will be working with children who are a part of HEP’s residential program. Check out HEP’s website to see more about the great work that this organization does for our community: www.HEPEmpowers.org. Keep an eye out in the narthex for more information about the youth’s effort to head to Houston next summer!