7 youth and 2 adults had a great time singing songs, ringing bells for the Salvation Army, and greeting customers at the Fenton Walmart from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday, December 12. Some customers challenged us to sing super loud for a donation, and one bought us cookies and gave us the Rudolph nose! Time flew by and a lot of Christmas cheer was shared 🙂
12 youth and 7 adults participated for all or part of the time during World Vision’s 30 Hour Famine, sponsored by our youth group. The program consisted of service projects,”tribal games” that taught us about hunger, poverty, and the importance of education, and ended with communion on Sunday morning. Saturday’s service projects included fall yard clean-up at Carriage Town Ministries’ properties in Flint, Michigan, a prayer walk in the downtown Fenton area, and raking a yard for a family in our congregation. Of course, jumping into piles of leaves was part of the fun! All in all we filled over 60 bags of leaves – Whew!!! Thank you to Mark and Jenny Gibb, Lee and Vicky Graham, Club 45, and Bill & Nikki Black for working alongside us, and to Pastor David for leading us in our communion service to break the fast 🙂
Youth Group had a great time at the annual pumpkin carving and bonfire party. We saw some old friends and made new ones 🙂 Prizes were awarded for the most creative/difficult, scariest, silliest and most lame pumpkins. Thank you to the Hodgkin family for being such great hosts – the pumpkin soup was yummy!
17 youth and 5 adults had a scary good time at Spooky Trails! Before the fun we discussed how being a Christian is like being a pumpkin found on facebook: “God picks you from the patch, brings you in, and washes all the dirt off of you. Cuts off the top and scoops out all the yucky stuff. He removes the seeds of doubt, hate, greed, etc…. and then He carves you a new smiling face and puts His light inside of you to shine for all the world to see.” Thank you Pastor Larry for sharing this post with us.
Thank you to everyone who walked, rocked and donated to this year’s CROP Hunger Walk. The event took place from 1:30 – 3 at Bush Park on October 4. Each lap walked earned a ticket for the raffle drawings, the course had challenges throughout, rocking chairs were offered for those who found that an easier way to participate and a gentle yoga session was provided, the band was awesome and played during the walking time, and Uncle Ray’s provided ice cream sundaes for all. The preliminary estimated total collected from our Fenton, Holly, Linden and Lake Fenton community is $11,000, and 25% of the proceeds stays local! Way to Go!!! Below are pictures of adults from our church hanging a sign and our youth that participated.
At the first youth group meeting this Fall, we split into 2 teams and hurried around town for 45 minutes to collect pictures for points. The group shown in this post did not win, however they were pretty creative! Both teams enjoyed large bags of candy as prizes 🙂 Below you’ll find them in a small, creative space, doing sidewalk angels, handstands at the Cornerstone building, and sitting with a family at a restaurant. Look like fun? Contact Tina Ritchie in the office for more information!
On Tuesday, August 11, fourteen youth and three adults had a fun and relaxing time kayaking the Huron River in Ann Arbor. It was agreed that next year’s trip needs to be longer, possibly in conjunction with our camping trip! A big THANK YOU to Chris Browne and Jenny Gibb for assisting with this event.
After 9 nine days on Isle Royale, the group returned a day late due to gale force winds preventing boats from leaving the island. While everyone was happy to be home, the experience was deeply meaningful to all. Thank you to Pastor Dale Swihart as he led his last backpacking trip with our group.
2015 Camper Awards
The I Can Talk Your Ear off on the Trail Award goes to Nick for his endless stream of “Who cares knowledge.” He gets rights to the Isle Royal Box Set of Texas Hold ‘em, complete with $100 pine cones and $500 rocks, and to the book, How to Lose 100 Games of Solitaire in Five Days. His tee shirts reads: “See, Nate, that is how you put a tent away.”
The Food Vacuum Cleaner Award goes to Anna for her ability to make every morsel of food on the table disappear. She gets one trail walker, complete with bright lime green tennis balls and a cane to keep her upright on the trails, a giant tube of Neosporin, a finger spatula to clean every dessert bag and one giant stuffed moose that appears on command. Her tee shirt says, “Pudding Meister.”
The Trail Runner Award goes to Ann for her ability to leap boulders, roots and mud holes in a single bound and for faithfully leading us on the trail. She gets one set of titanium silverware, a cobweb catcher, and a dew collector. Her tee shirt reads, “I can kick your butt ‘cuz I carried Dale’s stuff.”
The Oatmeal Gag Award goes to Nate for making the most outrageous faces while eating cooked oats. He gets a year’s supply of Quaker Oats. His tee shirt reads: “You can call me Sarah, you can call me Wesley, but you can’t call me David!”
The Trail Face Plant Award goes to Heidi – she gets a hiking partner who will actually stop and help her up with she falls. Her tee shirt reads, “I may finish second on the trail, but I hike harder.” She also gets an indestructible $5 pair of sandals, complete with toe guards.
We had a great time camping at Hoffmaster and visiting with Dale and Barb in early July. Sunsets and devotion time were pretty cool too! We pondered whether you can be spiritual but not religious and discovered that since God made us to be in relationship, it’s important to have both aspects alive in one’s life to fulfill God’s calling on our individual lives. In a nutshell, you can experience God in a sunset (spiritual), but relationship (religious/churchgoing) comes from sharing that experience, or any experience, with God and others. That’s ministry!
A big thank you to Pastor Dale for our hike through the park, and for introducing us to his and Barb’s favorite ice cream stand. Thank you to Jenny Gibb and Jon Wenzel for assisting with transportation and chaperoning. Perhaps this will become an annual event???
Our annual pilgrimage to the Massanetta Middle School Conference at Massanetta Springs, VA., was, once again, meaningful and fun! We learned what it looks like to Wear Love: from Colossians 3:12 & 14 – “As God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience… Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.”
This will be the theme for the 5th Sunday worship service on August 16. Below is a slide show from our trip. And yes, Jenny and Tina (the fearless youth leaders) experienced and survived the giant slip ‘n slide 🙂