Know what’s totally cool? When people go out of their way to fellowship together! Despite family time, friends, facebook, TV, sports, books, chores, sleep and oodles of homework, we manage to come together for some quality time on Sunday evenings. We have a few that travel clear across the city to get here. What draws them? Friends, games, fun, lots of laughs and time to share. Youth Group – You should be here! Join us downstairs in Room 101.
Jr/Sr High Youth Group meet 6:30 pm. Leaders – Terry & Jane Stephenson
Youth Mission Trips
From July 21-29, the 2017 Youth Mission in Puerto Rico. It has been 10 years since the youth group has boarded an airplane to get to a mission destination. We are partnering with Group International Mission Trips, serving alongside other groups. We all had an amazing experience on our trip to Puerto Rico. We really felt (and needed) the prayers as we began our travel. A medical emergency on board our first flight necessitated an unexpected landing in Billings, MT. We missed our connecting flight to Puerto Rico, which meant we were unable to pick up our rental vehicle until the next day. American Airlines gave us food and taxi vouchers and a room in a nice hotel. That made the 24 hour travel experience a little better. We then picked up our van and traveled to the center of the island and enjoyed a lively worship service at a local church. It was an excellent way to begin our week in Cayay. We met the staff and fellow servants at the retreat center and enjoyed exploring the local area. Monday morning we met our residents and began working on their homes. We painted, did small repair works and enjoyed fellowship with the residents and fellow servants on our teams. It was very hot and humid so we were happy to have many hands to do the work. On our free day we explored the rain forest and the beach. Puerto Rico is such a beautiful tropical place! We then returned to the homes and finished up our work and presented gifts and pictures to the residents. They welcomed these with tears in their eyes. What a moment that was! This was an unforgettable experience and we cannot adequately thank all who supported us in prayer and funding. The opportunity to see God’s beauty in people and place along with the chance to grow in faith and Spirit was life changing! We, Jennifer, Emma, Jenny, Beth, Jane and Terry, offer our humble thanks and gratitude.
Youth Mission Trip – 2016 – Idaho
The Youth mission trip is July 31st to August 6th. We will be partnering with the PNWUMC Camp Twinlow in Idaho. The staff at the camp will partner with and coordinate mission opportunities in the surrounding areas of Spokane. We will team up with groups from around the country to minister to those in need.
Youth Mission Trip – 2015 – Smith River, California
The Youth Mission Trip to Smith River, CA was a great time for all- and an enriching experience in service, fellowship and faith building for all of us. Mathew, Jes, Emma, Ashley, Jennifer, Julie, Jane and Terry enjoyed a week of perfect weather in Smith River, CA. We worked and played hard and all came back in one piece! The team cannot express our gratitude enough for everyone’s generous support, both in prayer and financially. A very special and HUGE thank you goes out to the Mannard family for their generous gift of the use of their van for our travels! It was apparent from the beginning that we were blessed and protected and by God’s almighty hand. Our first night on the trip was a sleep over at Newman UMC in Grants Pass, OR. It was so warm and humid we were concerned about how hot the space we would be staying in would be. When Charlene, the church secretary opened the door to the fellowship space downstairs we could feel the air conditioning come out through the door! We all looked at each other with big smiles. We enjoyed a jazzy worship service the next day where they even played a Beatles song! We arrived at the coast that afternoon to mostly sunny skies and 70 degrees, while we learned the folks back at home were dealing with 90’s. The next day our work began and Ashley, one of the youth on our team, was working on a roof repair job and put her foot through the roof. She escaped with not much more than a few scratches! We were split into 7 different teams, all of which were working on different projects, from building to painting to repairing. We all enjoyed the opportunity to work alongside youth and adults from 6 other churches from Oregon and California. The sense of helping so many people was truly fulfilling. The community of Smith River is a beautiful place with beautiful people, one of which spent an evening with us, sharing the history of the area and her Tolowa people. The reception that the entire Sierra Service Project team has received is heartwarming. There will be many projects completed over the course of the next month as various teams come in and the recipients of those projects are all so very grateful. In the near future look for an opportunity to see and hear more about the trip from the youth and leaders of the team.