Summer 2017 Youth Mission Trip!

The following has been excerpted from the website of the organizers of this trip.  Visit for more information.  Our short-term mission trip will take place from July 16-21:

“When you think about Minneapolis, your mind may wander to cold nights and snowy months. But when summer rolls around, everything changes. People head to the lakes or go outside to enjoy the city’s wide range of entertainment and recreation options: world-class museums, breathtaking architecture, distinct international culinary flare, and the Mall of America—the largest shopping complex in the country, which also has its own indoor theme park.

But the city has its challenges too: people who are homeless, families that can barely pay the bills each month, homeowners that face fines for not cleaning up their yards or painting their garages, children at risk of falling into bad situations because of too much free time on their hands during the summer months.

When you join the Minneapolis Week of Hope team, you’ll have the chance to minister to the “least of these” that Jesus described in Matthew 25. They are the homeless and hungry living on the streets, the senior citizens in need of help with home care, the children who need help learning to read, the members of a small inner-city church who want to make a difference in their community but doesn’t have the resources to do it on their own.

Your host facility is a large church committed to outreach and mission, especially within Minneapolis and surrounding communities. The facility is air-conditioned with ample space for teams to worship, eat, play, and sleep. And a nearby middle school is graciously allowing Week of Hope to use its showers.”

Youth Group Campout, May 2016

Youth Group Q & A

When and where do you meet?

Our Youth Group meets each Wednesday evening throughout the year from 7 to 8:15 pm.  All students from grades 7 on up are welcome.   We even have some graduates occasionally coming back to be with us, which is very nice!

What do you do at Youth Group?

Our time together is made up of lots of fellowship–just sharing our lives with each other.  It’s important to encourage one another in our faith walks.  Most nights, there is a game designed to mix it up a bit, and we try to tie it in with the topic of the night, too.

Speaking of the “topic”, we also have a time of teaching each night.  It is always focused on something that is near and dear to the hearts of our students–relationships, prayer, how to keep our faith-walk strong in the midst of a lot of pressure to cave in to the surrounding culture, how to share our faith with others in a loving and real way.

Prayer is also an important part of each youth group meeting.  As we pray together, we bond as a group in unity with each other and with our God who cares for us.

We invite students from the whole community.  In fact, more often than not, a majority of our students are from “outside” our church membership.  We think that is just great!

To make all this happen, we have three volunteer leaders, plus the pastor, present at almost every youth group meeting.

Special Events:

We try to do a variety of events each year, but they center on the things that are important for a Jesus-follower:  strengthening our faith, and then expressing our faith in service and witness.

Strengthening our Faith:  Last year, this took the form of two retreats.  Last winter, we attended “Winter Retreat” at Cedar Canyon Camp and Retreat.  In 2017, we are returning on February 10-12 for a time of worship, bonfires, bonding time, black light dodge ball, broom ball, field games, and more!

The second event was last November 11-13:  DakYouth ’16.  Our theme was “Focus,” based on Hebrews 12:2, which speaks of “fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.”  Events included inspired worship with a great band, inspirational speakers, an opportunity to support a student in mission, and lots of activities that reinforced the theme of “Focus.”

Expressing our Faith in Service and Witness:  This coming summer, July 16-21, we we will be going on a mission trip to Minneapolis, MN for the “Week of Hope,” community service work.  To learn more about it, go to Group Mission Trips.  We are currently raising money to help defray expenses for those students who wish to go.  If you would like to help, we are asking people to sponsor “Servants for a Day” where you can ask a student to help with a project and then make a voluntary donation to him or her.  Just click here for the form for your “Servants for a Day.”  You may print it out and then email it to Pastor Ron.  Or you may pick up a paper copy of this form at the usher’s table at the back of the sanctuary.

We also do local service work, such as collecting food and helping stock shelves at the Community Cupboard, our local food pantry.