Saturday, December 24, 2011
Sunday, December 11, 2011
December 18, 2011 12:00pm-2:00pm
This coming Sunday is the Christmas Party. I hope to see you all there. Here's what Sunday's Fellowship group planned:
1. Music-bring christmas music, either on CD or iPod (and if you have a iPod speaker bring that)
2. Activites- Karaoke, Apples to Apples, Raptor Ball, Snow sculpture on Mac College Commons, and a White Elephant exchange. This year bring something you don't use anymore as your White Elephant gift. If you would rather buy, please spend no more than $4.00. Wrap it.
3. Food (so far)-Jimmy:Chili, Sam: Big Steaming Bowl of Ramen, Bergs:Cookies, Lian: Hot Chocolate, Ben: The Nog; Samantha: Chips.
If your last name begins with A-H, and you haven't volunteered something already, please bring a small main dish, if last name starts with I-N, please bring some snack item, If O-W, please bring candy or dessert.
A continued blessed Advent season and a Merry Christmas to all,
Friday, December 2, 2011
Big Christmas time tradition this weekend: We have youth fellowship from 12-2pm. We'll eat and then some of us will set up for Round the Table Carol Sing and the rest will go shopping for our Aliveness Project families. Please remember to bring $20.00 as able so we can provide these families with as much of the Christmas gifts we can!
Question? Contact me.
I look forward to seeing you all there!
Friday, November 18, 2011
Remember the mission trip meeting with parents at 6pm Sunday, November 20th. A $50.00deposit will be due at ths meeting. Youth come at 5pm for check-in and dinner.
See everyone Sunday!
Thursday, November 3, 2011
Sorry for omitting the Mission Trip dates, they are June 16-23.
But this also gives me the opportunity to remind people that youth fellowship this Sunday is bowling. We'll leave as soon as possible after church. $10.00 covers everything. Parents, depending on our numbers it might be ghelpful to have folks will to drop youth off at Midway and pick them up. Please check with Dale or me on Sunday.
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
On November 20, youth fellowship will be a mission trip meeting, with parents invited to join us at 6:00pm for more information and an opportunity to ask questions. A deposit of $50.00 will be required at that time.
Please note, because we will be driving, it will be especially important to know who is going earlier rather than sooner as seats will be limited.
So put that date on the calendar; youth notify your parents, and we'll see mission trip folk on the 20th!
This is a great opportunity, not only to make some money but to make a connection with a younger member of the MPUC community. Contact me if you are interested. You can email me at email@example.com or call me at 651-698-8871.
Saturday, October 29, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
October 30-Board game night. Bring one. 5-7pm
November 6-Bowling! 12pm-2:30pm. $10.00 covers bowling,shoes, and food.
Coming up soon and very soon: More information about the mission trip and our annual involvement in the Aliveness Project's christmas Gift Basket program.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Meet Dale and Brian at noon in the social hall. There'll be lunch and then everyone will head off for the crop walk. Because return time on this event is variable, please have parents be on call to pick you up from church between 3-4pm. Sorry parents,this one is hard to pinpoint a finish time, something I really try to do for most events.
Note: Even if you haven't gathered pledges, please come for the walk to show solidarity for the cause.
Friday, September 30, 2011
Sunday October 2, 2011 - 6:30 PM
We would like to have a short meeting with the senior high youth who are going on the mission trip and their parents. We are going to discuss site selection, committee assignment and answer any questions people may have about the trip next summer.
Please try and make it at 6:30 PM on Sunday October 2nd. This would be for the last 1/2 hour of youth fellowship that evening.
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Hi, folks, I'm Kelly Hulander, and Mike Morrissey and I are coordinating
Mac-Plymouth participation in this year's CROP Hunger Walk.
CROP Hunger walks raise money to help fight hunger in the U.S.
and all over the world. The Church World Service, the highly-rated
non-profit agency that sponsors the walks, uses the money raised both to meet
immediate hunger needs and to develop projects for long-term self-sufficiency
in impoverished communities.
This year's Saint Paul CROP Hunger Walk is being held on Sunday, Oct. 9th.
The walk will also be the official Youth activity/meeting for that day.
We need to be at the starting location at 1:00 p.m. for registration;
the walk begins at 1:30 p.m. This year's walk starts at Camphor Memorial
United Methodist Church, and we will car-pool together to get everyone
Here's the scoop on how to take part in this event:
1. If you did not sign up for the walk at the Youth Retreat, but you want to
participate, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and I will get
your name on the list.
Also, you can stop by the CROP Hunger Walk table during Social Hour
on October 2nd to pick up a pledge envelope.
2. After church on Sunday, October 9th, please meet in the Plymouth
Room. We will enjoy a free lunch sponsored by the MSJ Committee,
and we will figure out rides to the event.
1. Since Mission and Social Justice is kindly footing the bill for lunch
for all of the MPUC walkers on October 9th, there is no need for any
of you to cook for the Youth that day.
2. We have a fairly small adult walking team this year, so we may
need help getting all of the Youth over to the walk site and back. If
you can help with transportation, please e-mail me at email@example.com.
You are welcome to stay and walk with us, of course.
Thanks for taking part in this important event.
:) Kelly Hulander
Sunday, September 18, 2011
If you click on the slide show you will be taken to the photo directory
(a smugmug site) and you can view and/or download the full sized
pictures. (Photos from iPads not available. :-)
Saturday, September 17, 2011
We would like to have a short meeting with the senior high youth who are going on the mission trip and their parents. We are going to discuss site selection, committee assignment and answer any questions people may have about the trip next summer.
Please try and make it at 6:30 PM on Sunday October 2nd. This would be for the last 1/2 hour of youth fellowship that evening.
Friday, September 16, 2011
I'm very excited that in 5 hours we will be leaving for the Fall retreat. As happens, we get some last minute cancellations due to illness or to frenetic schedules that just make it impossible for youth to negotiate their schedules and get away for an experience like this.
At this point we are charged for each person registered, even if they can't make it. We've not made this a bad deal in the past. This year, however, please consider, if your resources allow, making your registration fee a donation which helps us fund scholarships for families that are going through tough times. But if you would prefer a refund this is possible as well. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org regarding your preference.
Either way, this weekend and the months to come, I look forward to being a part of the spiritual formation of your youth.
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Please be at church by 6:30pm so we can start packing the cars and leave promptly at 7:00pm. Come with a full stomach, but we will have a snack later in the evening.
Koinonia Retreat Center
7768 Pilger Ave NW
South Haven, MN 55382
Adults on the trip and their cell numbers are:
Tom Ewald 612-716-3150
Marsha Berry 651-895-9838
Norm Tiedemann 651-335-6962
John Schepers 612-730-7829
Maggie Passmore 612-716-8823
Please remember that next week (the 25th) is the youth-led Adult Forum about the 2011 Mission Trip and Youth Mission Trip Worship Service at the 10:45 service.
Please show up at 9:15 to prep for the adult forum. If you cannot be a part of the adult forum, please be here by 10:15am to prep for the worship service.
We will be discussing the service on the retreat. If you are not going on the retreat, please send me an email at email@example.com with a reflection topic you'd be willing to say a few sentences on at the service. If you would rather just be plugged into the service (doing a prayer,etc.) let me know and I'll make that happen.
We also need someone who knows how to put together a slide show for the service. Please contact me ASAP on this one!
I'll see most of you tomorrow for the retreat and I look forward to a great adult forum and worship service on the 25th.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Registrations keep coming in for the Fall Retreat and we may be looking at upward to forty people (including adults) heading up this year! This is great news, but it requires us, as in years past to beat the bushes for anyone who may be willing to make the trip to Annandale either Friday night or Sunday morning to help transport youth. It is a beautiful drive and you get the chance to spend time with some great youth. Please let me know if you would be willing to provide rides either way and how many youth you can carry. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, just another reminder. The Mission Trip Worship Service is September 25 at the 10:45am service. We will also be speaking at the adult forum at 9:30am. Please mark your calendars for a 9:25am show-up and be thinking of things about this last mission trip that you would wish the congregation to learn.
Finally, and I'll talk more about this at Youth Fellowship this Sunday, but start brainstorming and researching opportunities for Mission Trip 2012 that can be presented at the Fall Retreat. In the past, we have discovered that people who present the most details are likely to get more buy-in than those who have general ideas. So if you are feeling a strong pull toward a specific piece of mission work we can do, become an advocate for it.
I'll see everyone Sunday!
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
I'm excited to say that we have 26 youth confirmed for the Fall retreat. If you haven't confirmed shoot me an email so I can get a number to Koinonia. Keep the registrations materials coming!
We also have a full brigade of adults, but may need drivers if the numbers keep going up.
There is no Explorer's Class on Rally Day (this coming Sunday) but come and meet Gale Robb, our new interim minister and hopefully our youth assistant, Brian, who some of you may remember as being a church mouse a few years back.
Finally, parents, on Rally Day please be sure to stop by the youth table and see Dale to sign up for meals. Our first youth fellowship is the 11th from 5-7pm and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
By now you hopefully have received a mailing for the Fall Youth Retreat. Please get them into the office by August 31st. If you did not receive the letter or have lost it , the forms are available on the right hand column of the blog.
Also in that mailing I sprung the big news that we'd be using the blog as a way to get the most up to date information on all things youth-related: mission trip, youth fellowship, confirmation, etc. and so please make sure to check the blog often.
Thanks again to Norm for helping with all this.
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
The church, as part of interfaith builders, is participating in a Habitat build the week of July 25-29. Youth over 18 are welcome to participate, youth ages 16-17 are also welcome but need an adult sponsor for the time that they are there.
I will be volunteering Wednesday and Thursday July 27th and 28th. Kelly will be with me those days as well. I am able to "sponsor" up to 3 more 16-17 year olds. So if any of you would be interested in helping with Habitat for either (or both) of those days, I would be glad to sponsor you. The work day runs from 8:30 to 4:00 PM. Lunch, snacks, water, ... are provided.
Please let me know if you are interested and available.
Sunday, July 3, 2011
Saturday, July 2, 2011
Tom gave me a CD with his photos and I've put them on my smugbug website. The link is at the top on the right. Please feel free to forward this link to whoever would like it. I've also updated the class pictures along the right side as well. If others have pictures, please either send me some good ones in email, or drop a CD into my mailbox at church and I'll add them to the collection. A CD would probably be better, then whoever is putting the photo show together for the church service can use them as well.
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Friday, June 24, 2011
Tomorrow mooring, please meet your Youthie at the Group Check-In where you dropped them off last saturday. We are doing this so that everyone brings home their bedding.
Flight Information: DL1508 to arrive at 10:34 AM in MSP
Thank you and see you tomorrow morning around 10:30!
I can't believe that Mission Trip 2011 is coming to a close. Overall, we had an amazing time here in Denver. I had the BEST work group by far (shout out to Super 8) and we visited three different sights throughout the week. By far, my favorite place we went was the Bridge Project. I was so impressed with the teacher at the Bridge Project. We need more teachers like the teacher at Bridge Project. He was so committed to his kids that he had just met, and he wants his kids to accomplish so much. Thank you for all the teachers out there, especially to my lovely sister who is teaching for the first time this summer. If all teachers were as committed as the Bridge Project teacher, the schools would be so much better.
Well that is all for now, thank you everyone for reading the Blog this Mission Trip!
We--school teachers, social workers, maybe parents?--are so used to defining people when we see them at their worst, most stressed out, etc. For example, there are plenty of articles on the fact that homeless children test as more depressed than other poor children. As a result, they can get a label and a treatment program. But U of M researcher has found that the depression is an artifact of being in the shelter--an unfamiliar, stressful experience at best. That the depression is temporary. Therefore, she recommends: don't test children for mental health disorders while they are homeless. This is such common sense, but it extends to so many other situations. When a family loses their housing for economic reasons (i.e. they couldn't pay the rent, had to move out) and after doubling up as long as possible with all the friends and family they have, ending up in a shelter--at what point do they become THE HOMELESS? When they get back into an apartment, are they still THE HOMELESS (in many social service programs, the answer is yes)?
So when we see someone in trouble, how do we prevent ourselves from labeling other people with their trouble? How do we separate out the trouble that is caused by a troubled situation, the trouble that we cause because of the way that we interact (or what we represent)? How do we look just as hard for other moments when the same person shows skill, insight, compassion, motivation?
Romeo may have a learning disability. He may have anger issues. But he is more than the sum of his limitations. Good to keep in mind, yes?
Thursday, June 23, 2011
At the end of the afternoon the staff and the volunteers gathered for a reflection on the day and I found myself almost too emotional to speak about my day. i was having trouble identifying why it was affecting me so. The project offered hope and that touched me. We were part of making a difference and that touched me as well. But, in thinking about it later, I found that the idea that some of these kids may never receive the gift of reading is what was making me so sad. The struggle to learn without good reading skills would mean many of them would not finish high school. The additional tragedy would be that they would never have the gift of reading for pleasure, never experience "curling up with a good book" or getting lost in the experiences of Huck Finn or Hans Solo or Harry Potter or Captain Nemo.
To sum up, my first mission trip was a success. I enjoyed bonding with the kids and the adults on this trip. I liked meeting the folks from the other congregations who worked with us. The staff from DOOR is wonderful, the people working at the agencies we served were great and the people we served were grateful and an inspiration to continue to do this kind of volunteqering at home. The fact that some of the work made me uncomfortable added to the experience in a positive way.
If the youth will have me along again next year, Sign Me Up.
The youths went out to a few of the usual places today (after 4 days we know our way around) -- food bank of the Rockies, brothers Redevelopment to paint, Bridge Project the literacy project. After dinner we went to red Rock, an amphitheater in the foothills placed among giant, well, red rocks. we were charged throughout the week to reflect upon seeing the face of God in Denver. We had our worship service and reflection in the Red Rocks, a several hundred foot hike up. The view of Denver and the plains to the east was breathtaking and included watching a T-storm way out onto the plains.
The youthies talked about the folks they met, a child at a program, the parents and grandparents who drop their kids at Bridge, a 75-year couple who volunteer three days a week, or a 15 year old in the projects who shared her only plan, to get away to West Virginia as the projects did not define her and never would define her. We have been honored to hear a lot of stories this week, we have heard them all week. And Antonio our leader has talked about that as a great responsibility. So we carry them back to St. Paul with them, and hope to be sharing them.
All are well, goodnight for now.
We have good news from Sunshine Academy. We found out that the little girl who was hurt on Monday (see Lilly Schafer's blog--is okay. The center director and her mom took her to the emergency room for treatment. We've been talking about the power of health care and who has access and who doesn't. This just pointed out what a difference health care makes for families and kids.
Yesterday I went to the Food Bank of the Rockies with Clara's team--Clara, Claire D, Henry, Sari and Julia. We helped put together the big distributions for groups and then spent the afternoon sorting chip bags. The supervisor then asked if we could help by sweeping and washing a warehouse floor--te team said "Yes" and took on a really grubby job. The supervior stopped me, shook my hand and wanted to tell me how great they were. I agree!
We are off to more projects, more people. Greetings to all,
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
On Tuesday we went to the love kitchen to serve food to the homeless. It was a small church and a small project, but I was glad to be there none the less. I remember the first man that came in, who sat in a corner, eating silently. There were too many of us for the job at that point and we were bombarding him with questions; do you need something to drink? Do you want some butter? Need any salt?
It soon became apparent that he was content with the meal and there was not much we could do for him. Slowly, we went back to our jobs. But as we continued working, I felt there was something left unfinished. Going back, I saw that he could use someone to talk to. And, bucking up my courage, i decided i was the one to do that.
I sat down and began making light conversation with this man, Peter.
"Where are you from?" I asked
And that's all that was needed (Nebraska is my home away from home). I learned that Peter and i had much more in common than i would have thought. I made a new friend that day, and i made someone smile. I will keep him in my prayers.
Later that day we went to the Sun Valley Neighborhood Projects in West Denver to hand out flyers for a barbecue at a local church (the Myx). I felt obnoxious at first, and was a little put-off when the first three houses i went to had their screen doors locked. Instead i met people on the street, talking to them and inviting them to the party. Generally, the people i talked to were very friendly. I was happy to see a few familiar faces turn up, and i made many new friends.
I met John, Mark and Paul (haha) in the line for the hamburgers, three adorable little brothers with a few teeth missing and huge smiles. I had a lot of fun with Mark, who would simply look around, smiling. I also got to talk to Devonte and Chris, two boys going into 7th grade who were already taller than me (what?!). I ate dinner in the play area behind the church with Jenae and her 4 siblings. I was inspired by the patience she had for the little siblings she had to look after, and her light spirit.
It seemed that every where i looked there were people happy to talk to me, people laughing, people playing, people opening up to strangers they may not have otherwise trusted. This building, blasting hip-hop, had not looked very much like a church to me, but as i looked around, and i saw these people, these perfect strangers and new friends, i saw God.
- Aidan C.
Wouldn't be able to help.
Because there would be no help to be done.
No smile at the sight of a toy care?
Of a cheerful wave, or caring,
Because they're already
The book The Giver always sticks out to me, because I think it's so TRUE.
Without one emotion, we can never really experience another.
But how can we not wish for a perfect world?
How can we see this hopelessness, and pain, and not realize that for each person we help, there are so many we ignore?
And yet it's so insane that we're able to not help.
Well it's 10:39 here, and I'm pretty sure lights out was nine minutes ago, so Ellie and I should really be getting to bed.
Goodnight all! Can't wait to see you on Saturday!
P.S. - Mom can you clean my room so I can sleep all day on Saturday? Caroline broke my bed.
P.S.S- Simon, your pants are on fire.
I spent most of my time their filling out client forms. The form itself gave a certain insight into who we were serving. The number of children, what kind of items they needed, and individual notes at the bottom of the sheet created images of a diverse number of people and families. Each one sitting down and having a meal.
We did a lot of driving that day. Eventually, though, we got to the small apartment building. His apartment really was tiny, and it made me realize how big the houses we call small are. The man wasn't there yet, but we started bringing things into the house. There was barely enough space for a small kitchen table and two armchairs, and there were only two rooms, one of which was the bathroom.
After we moved everything from the big truck into the appartment, we were just kind of waiting around. In the room, Edmund found a small yellow toy car. We had seen a couple of little kids next to who I assume was a single mom, and Edmund gave the young boy the little toy car. The thing I remember the most about yesterday was how happy that little boy looked. It reminded me that smaller things than furnishing a home can make someone feel happy.
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
- Charlie p
Bless the food that we ate tonight for dinner. Bless the hands that prepared it. Bless the people who shared this meal with us, ESPECIALLY Lanae. She's fifteen, has six younger siblings, a single mother, and wants nothing more than her own apartment in West Virginia so that she can escape the prejudice and stereotypes she has to live with in the projects. She admitted that her father sells crack, and that part of leaving was getting away from him, and from a life she refuses to live. Please, please, take good care of her. She is the kind of girl who hugs strangers goodbye. Bless the refugee whose house I outfitted this morning with: a bowl, a light, a fan, a spatula, bedding, a bath towel, and a few forks and knives. Bless to our understanding the meaning of "bare essentials". We ask that you look over him on this, his first night in a new country.
We thank you, lord, for all the people who we met today who would make volunteering a part of their overwhelmingly busy lives. For Antonio, and Age, and TJ, and Horace. It is a noble life that they live. Watch over them tonight as they sleep. For the church that is housing us. I KNOW that we've ground cookie crumbs into their carpet. But I promise that for every crumb that I crushed by accident I packed a piece of furniture, or shot a basketball with the kids in the projects, or served a hot dog bun with great purpose.
Finally, keep an eye out for me. I'm trying my hardest not to faint this week, and I'm doing some of the best work I've ever done. Tom keeps telling us to carry stories with us; that to know someone's history is an honor. I have many more to gather.
Just a quick post tonight. Basically today we went to this barbaque in the Denver projects. The houses in the projects are simple and well kept on the outside, not really what I was expecting. We passed out fliers for the neighborhood barbaque once the barbaque was in full swing, we got to play with the kids who showed up to the barbaque. The barbaque was amazing and was the perfect completion to my day.
What I came away with today is that we cannot forget about the kids in the projects. We often think about the problem causing parents and we rarely think about the children. These kids did not chose their living situations and we cannot forget them. So tonight please keep these children in your thoughts. They need someone to think about them in a positive way, someone to believe that they can make a difference in the world and that they really do matter as they are our future leaders.
Today team 8 (Claire D, Julia S, Clara D, Sari O, and me) along with Marge and Suzanna worked at the Love kitchen at Redeeming Love church. The church has a congregation of only 35 people! 5 of which are men!!!! For the last 20 years they have served people from the community (the homeless or people just going through hard times) lunch 3 days a week. It was great to help serve and plate food. We also had conversations with them. In total, 8 people came in to eat. 3 men, 3 women, and 2 kids (two very cute 2nd graders).
The man running the kitchen today was Deacon Henry, a very spiritual guy who has worked in the kitchen for almost as long as it has been around. He was very into praying for everything and when we were sitting around he practically gave us an hour long sermon incorporating anecdotes and bible stories. His "grand baby" Jessica also helped out.
The one person who really touched me there was a man who Marge and I talked to named Rick. This man has been homeless for one year. When his mom was dying he was there helping her, but after her death, Rick's sister swept in and put her name on the deed to their mom's home. He had no where to go. Yesterday it rained and he told us how miserable it was to sleep outside and how his sleeping bag would be wet for the next week. He did not try to cover much up, he told us about the violence that takes place on the streets and the alcohol abuse he sees everyday. He even told us about his criminal record. He paused, took off his sunglasses so we could see his eyes. He was crying. He told us flat-out that he was suffering.
Despite his situation and his daily struggles, he believed that these struggles were going to pass and that God would help him if he was faithful to his lord. The world may have taken his house, money, and job, but what it hadn't taken was his self-respect. He told us about how staying clean to him was extremely important, and that he wouldn't enter a church if he was dirty. He still had his intelligence and his heart. he was a "survivor" and knew that if he could keep on going things would someday work out. Before he left we exchanged a hug and he told me to pray for him, and I would encourage everyone reading this to pray for Rick.
Monday, June 20, 2011
A couple of points stand out.
The Gathering Place welcomes all. No conditions. And clients do not have to join a case management system or otherwise Be subjected to anyone who will try to fix them. And no one have to prove anything to get services.
Another is that 50 percent of the homeless in greater Denver are women, and she had a theory about why most folks are surprised to hear that. When we see a Homeless guy on the street, we can construct a narrative about him. Bad choices or bad luck or bad health. We have seen enough homeless men that we are accustomed to the sight. But. Homeless woman and two toddlers? We can construct no easy explanation or no narrative that we can live with. So we put them out of our mind. And then we don't see them.
So, just getting started but we have seen and learned so much already. And we are hearing, again, that it is not us and them it is always us and us. All of us. Children of God and worthy of love.
Lights out, so more tomorrow. All are well, thanks for your love and support.
Miss everyone at home! Hope the thunderstorms aren't freaking out the doggie anymore. i love you all. <3
Today, while packing boxes at the food shelf, I struck up a conversation with my partner, another woman volunteer. She was volunteering with an addict program and told me her story of slowly becoming an alcoholic and her realization that her life was out of control. As she spoke, I had this mounting sense of pride for her. In my lifetime,Ii have met a few addicts, but even fewer who admit to it, or believe that they can fight their way out of it.
I immediately thought of my dear cousin-once-removed who was the son of a drug addict. I held so much anger towards his mother, not for what she was doing to herself but for what she was doing to her son. I am glad that he has found a new home and a wonderful person to call "mom".
The woman i was working with says that she had joined rehab for her husband (they married less than a year ago), and worried that the two years she was spending in the program to save her marriage would cause it to fall apart. She said she cried every night thinking about how her husband night leave her. I didn't know how to tell her to have hope; i am just another person, just as lost and confused. Maybe that alone is comforting.
I wish her the best, and am honored to have met such an amazing and brave individual.
My group (Charlie, Aiden, Gianna, Hannah, Marsh and myself) went to Sunshine Academy to work with little children.
We arrived at 8:45 and got to work.
Charlie and I stayed with the two littlest kids while everyone else worked with the slightly older children and the two main staff members.
The kids were really mean to Charlie... they threw blocks at him and tackled him 24/7... it was honestly hilarious.
We had 3 hours of free time due to the fact that the kids had to nap. We first went to the Santa Fe Art District and walked around there for about an hour.
We then went back to the church and napped in the middle of the dining room floor. It was the most relaxing nap I've had in a while.
We returned to the Academy at 2:15 and did the same thing we did in the morning pretty much. This kid kept kicking me though... it hurt he was a strong kid!
I also helped a girl who had shut her finger in a door and her nail had pretty much come off. She was a twin too! So I told her about Maddie and Julia and helped distract her from the pain. It was sad because they didn't have health insurance and the mom couldn't be there until 6:30 because she was working.
Over all it was a good day... I'm really tired though...
Tomorrow my group and I are painting houses. Can't wait! :)
What I found today was that the conditions these children experienced in their daily lives did nothing to dim the joy they felt in learning and play. Children are truly resilient and thrive given the smallest encouragement. It was a privilege to have been a part of their day.
John S (the newbie)
Well after exploring the beautiful mountains of Colorado on Sunday, today we started the mission. My group along with Maddie Schafer's group went to Food Bank of the Rockies. The Food Bank serves hundreds of organizations across northern Colorado and all of Wyoming. The food bank is housed in this MASSIVE warehouse, and I mean massive. The food bank takes indiviual donations along with massive donations from their many cooperate and non profit organizations.
As I was sorting the individual donations, I came across all these bottles of expired salsa. That is when it hit me that we are feeding our hungry anything and mosty everything. Now of course I realize that anyone who is hungry will eat whatever they are given, but that does not mean that they should not be denied the food that I get to eat. I love to eat my organic veggies from Whole Foods and it bothers me so much that not everyone has the chance to eat healthy, wholesome food. We are facing a massive obesity epidemic in the United States and it is not going to get any better if we keep continuning to feed out hungry the leftovers. So my mid year resolution is to stop giving the food shelf the beans from the back of the cabinet and give them wholesome food that I would freely chose to eat.
Sunday, June 19, 2011
- Aidan C.
Well we made it here to Denver all in one piece and the church we stayed at last night was wonderful. It's located in a neighborhood similar to mac ply. We knew it would be a great fit when we saw the "open and affirming" sign-- thanks Susanne for hooking us up!
We went to a cool pizza place, and got some BOMB pizza, even though we came ten minutes before closing...
We had quite the sleeping experience. There was some cars outside, some snoring, and even some sleep talking!
Shout out to all the dads and father figures in our lives. We dont know what we would do without you and you all are amazing. Thank you for your everlasting support and encouragement, we love you all!
We're going to church this morning, and then we will head out to explore Denver and arrive at Door later in the evening.
Someone will update later tonight and everyone have a joyous father's day!
Lily and Clara
Bye for now.
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Sorry for this last minute update, but we have received forms that Door requires each participant to have signed by a parent/guardian and with them when we show up Saturday. There is a health form and a waiver form specific to Door. They are at the top of the list to the right.
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
Sunday, June 12, 2011
The picnic is this Wednesday evening at Hannah and Maddie Frawley’s house at 1780 Lincoln.
Starts at 6.15 and we will eat right away.
Please bring a chair or two, our hosts have 25 but we are expecting a few more. We will have brats, dogs and burgers and such so please scan list below to see your assignment to bring something to share.
L and J Nelson
4. Condiments -- Big ole bottles of ketchup, mustard, etc.
Also, we have some free bag availability on Delta, so we are suggesting that youth bring a bulky item, like a sleeping mat, CLEARLY LABELED WITH SHARPIE, etc. and we will pack a few big duffles and leave them in a car until Saturday. Remember, everything else goes into a carry on.
Thanks, andsee you then.
Friday, June 3, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Flight information for the Denver Trip is as follows.
By tomorrow at this time you should be able to see yourself on the Delta.com site, under the following Delta Record Locator -- F9Y3DN. We are advised that we should be able to pop in a Delta Skymiles account number at that point. We are asked NOT to mess with seat selection at this time.
Finally, all persons 18 and older must present government issued ID to clear the TSA checkpoint. For those youth not yet 18, they can legally pass without it, but the TSA advises that carrying ID will expedite the process of clearing the checkpoint. Therefore, passports and such will be helpful, and we know how expensive they are to replace, so the Adult Team would be happy to hold them for the week after their use at the checkpoint.
Monday, May 16, 2011
Personal notebook or journal, pen
Inhalers for those who suffer from asthma
DO NOT BRING!
Electronic or computer games
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
We will go over packing list, travel details, health and wellness with Marsha B., finances, Q & A, etc., so a parent should also attend with the youth. We will break into a parent group and youth section as well.
Families should plan to bring a meal with them, plus a little extra to share in the event somebody does not get the word on meals. (And somebody usually does not get the word. I was a little hungry/grumpy last time, but I was not the only one.)
Friday, April 8, 2011
1021 Bandana Boulevard East
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55108
Youth Fellowship is 5 to 7 on Sunday, also a must attend for those on the mission trip. This is training for youthies, and while parents will not be forcibly ejected, it is meant just for youth and the adults facilitating the effort.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Youth donations are due to me no later than Sunday, March 13. You can email me with your donation information (email@example.com) or print off the donation form, fill it out, and leave it in my mailbox at church.
We will take donations from church members March 6 , 13, and 20. Bidding starts on March 20 and we will take bids for 4 Sundays, March 20, 27, April 3, and April 10. The 10th is the final day for bidding. We will need youth to help post bids on those 4 Sundays. Please watch for a sign up sheet at youth events.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Sunday, January 16, 2011
Sunday, January 9, 2011
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Just a reminder of this Sunday's meeting at 5 pm, for all youth participants on the June 2011 trip and their parents. In preparation for the meeting, please see the forms that should be filled out located over on the right hand side of this blog. PLEASE BRING THEM COMPLETED TO THE MEETING. Also, we expect to collect a deposit check for $75, made out to MPUC, which will all go toward the deposit required at DOOR.
In addition to forms and such, we were able to reschedule a visit by Armando Comacho, the president of Neighborhood House in St. Paul, a 110-year-old social services agency located in the Paul and Sheila Wellstone Center on the West Side. Neighborhood House is likely the kind of group we will serve in Denver, and you all will want to hear Armando talk about his mission.
Finally, please recall that each family should bring a meal for themselves as well as a little bit extra, Feeding the 5000 style, for families or participants who did not quite get the word or forgot. We want all to be fed.
Thanks. See you Sunday