Lutheran Youth Organization News

submitted by Dana Lee Smith

December Highlights

Alex Peth, Katherine Ralph, Matthew Ralph, Katie Pittman, Amber Hall and Dana Lee Smith enjoyed learning more about Manna House Ministries and helping out with Manna House’s first Saturday shopping day. Many thanks to all who went Christmas caroling and shared some holiday cheer with our homebound members. Thanks to the Effingham chapter of Thrivent for providing money to purchase items for care packages that were distributed to homebound members. After caroling we enjoyed dinner with our 80 year old and over friends at the church. Thanks to all who helped with this delicious meal!

January Events

Wednesday, January 6th 6:00pm-7:30pm: Youth Bible Study

Come explore God’s word and join us for some fun!

Sunday, January 10th 12:15pm-12:45pm: Youth/Parent Info. Mtg. & Planning Team Elections

Youth and parents are asked to meet in the education building immediately following the worship service. All GA information and forms will be distributed (see additional information below). Parents, please come prepared to fill out a new health form. Youth group members will elect 5 youth to serve on the Youth Planning Team. The team consists of 5 youth and 5 adults. The team provides leadership to assist in selecting activities and projects. Qualifications for youth team members are as follows: regular participant in Sunday School and Worship and active in Sunday and Wednesday programming. All the names of eligible youth are posted in the youth room.

Thursday, January 14th 6:00pm-7:00pm: Youth Planning Team

All previous members and newly elected members are needed for this meeting!

Wednesday, January 20th 6:00pm-7:30pm: Youth Bible Study

Reminder…..meal starts at 5:15pm.

Sunday, January 24th 11:00am Worship: Recognition of Youth Planning Team Members

Church officers will be installed during the service. Youth elected to serve on the planning team will also be recognized.

Sunday, January 24th 12:15pm-3:00pm: LYO Sunday Rehearsal & Preparation

Youth Sunday will be on February 7th. The youth will collect donations and participate in the “Souper Bowl of Caring” again this year.

All GA Youth Event

Friday, March 12th – Sunday, March 14th: FFA Camp in Covington, GA

This is an opportunity to gather with other Lutherans from around the state for a weekend of spiritual growth and fun filled worship. The theme for this year’s event is “Keep it ‘Tov” and it is based on Genesis 1. When God saw what had been created, God saw that it was “good”. The word for “good” in Hebrew is “tov”. God had put all of God’s essence into what had been created. God is now inviting us to do the same thing. The keynote speaker and musical guest will be AGAPE. We will leave Zion at 5:00pm on Friday and return by 6:00pm on Sunday. The total registration fee is $75. Youth on the cleaning team are asked to pay $20 towards the cost of registration. Youth not on the cleaning team need to pay $50 towards the cost of registration. A detailed information sheet about costs and what to bring will be distributed with the registration forms at the January 10th youth/parent meeting. All forms must be turned in to Dana Lee by Wednesday, January 20th.

Summer Plan Ahead – Mark Your Calendars

June 20th-25th: AFFIRM Youth Camp at Berry College in Rome, GA

Current 6th graders can attend this year!

All youth in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in youth activities. For additional information contact Dana Lee Smith.

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