This July I will travel with the St Paul Youth group to The LCMS National Youth Gathering. We are also joined by some St Peter Youth Members and a few youth members of other churches. The last time I went to a LCMS National Youth Gathering, it was when I was in High School. It was in New Orleans. There were some good speakers and I went to some good breakout sessions. After a whole week there is one thing I remember clearly though, how many Lutheran Kids were there. It was Shocking, I think it was like 40,000 youth. It was good to know there were so many other kids that had the same faith I had. I hope the youth we take have wonderful experiences of their own and learn more about their Creator on this trip.
This year I have had several articles about Prayer, so I wanted to end this article with a prayer for Travel:
Lord God our Father, You kept Abraham and Sarah in safety throughout the days of their pilgrimage, you led the children of Israel through the midst of the sea and by a star you led the Wise Men to the Infant Jesus. Protect and guide us now in this time as we set out to travel. Make our ways safe and our homecoming joyful, and bring us at least to our heavenly home, where You dwell in glory with Your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. AMEN.
[Lutheran Service Book page 287].
Our Youth Groups are heading to Minneapolis!
Thank You - The Youth group would like to thank everyone for their support as the youth prepare for the trip to Minneapolis, Minnesota July 10-15, as we have a group of 16 attending this year. We wanted to make sure you all knew how much your support means to us and we will be attending the National Youth Gathering. We wanted to let you know that it cost $1200.00 a person to cover the registration, hotel and transportation for the event. We have done numerous fundraising activities and would not have been able to reduce the cost without the help of the congregation and community. The youth groups cannot say thank you enough for all your support. If anyone would still like to give a donation for the youth groups attending, we are able to accept any donations until July 5. These donations will help offset the cost of food and other activities throughout the time at the gathering. Thank you! St. Paul, St. Peter, and St. Stephens Youth Groups The Reverend James Fundum will be leading our Churches in Worship Service on July 14th as Pastor Stuenkel will be traveling with the Youth Groups to Minneapolis.
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GERMAN LUTHERAN HERITAGE Program
On Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 2 PM. Public is welcome to an interesting time spent relating to foods and customs that our families enjoyed and that were passed down from German heritage to the present time. Board member Jason Frederick will prepare some of those traditional dishes that he makes for his family and friends to share. Please come and join us at the Lutheran Social Services Building which is south of Archbold on State Route 66 across from the Four County Career Center for an enjoyable Sunday afternoon.
St Peter’s - VBS THANK YOU
Thank you to all of our VBS volunteers for taking the time to help this week. We had a total of 35 students and the kids sure had a BLAST learning through science-inspired Christ-focused bible lessons. On Friday June 21st, we ended our VBS with a wonderful closing program where the kids were able to show their friends and family what they learned over the week.