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February Update

January kicked off with a bang as youth celebrated Epiphany and prepared ashes for Ash Wednesday. Our middle school youth group learned the many reasons for Epiphany and shared how they planned to be a light in the world this year. With sparklers in hand we heard about doing community service, specifically IHNA, reaching out to strangers, being more open-minded and forgiving.

Later that night, our high school group reflected on the Circle of the Church Year (liturgical calendar), noting the times to “get ready” and the “great green growing days”. We talked about letting things go and new beginnings, then lifted these up in prayer as we lit them on fire. Yes, fire with youth!? All this in preparation for the burning of the palms for Ash Wednesday. We read from the psalms then collectively lit the palms as we said a prayer for the healing their ashes will bring this February 14. May 2018 be filled with hope and light.

SKI TRIP: 18 youth, 5 adults and 1 awesome bus driver travelled over MLK Weekend to Winterplace, West Virginia for 2 days and 1 night of skiing, 2 worship experiences at Bluefield College and countless falls, laughs, and lasting memories. Check out our Facebook for pictures that capture only a fraction of the joy (and cold) from our winter ski retreat.

Kim Ness, Director of Youth Ministries

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