Please consider adding some of the following to your calendar for your Youth…..
June 26th to 30th, VBS - Youths please sign up to be VBS counselors. Ideally, we plan a fun event for Youth afterward.
July 8th -18th Appalachian Servant Event - This is the best and most life changing event for Youth at Christ Memorial! Sign up by Sunday, April 9th for Appalachian Servant Event. This is the best and most life changing event for Youth at Christ Memorial!!!! Go to the web page: http://washingfeet.org for details. The cost is only $275 plus personal expenses. Steve Schumm and Irene McFadden have led this adventure to North Carolina several years and plan to lead again this year. Sign up with Steve or Irene as soon as possible as only up to 5 youth who have completed 9th Grade will be allowed to go.
EASTER BREAKFAST - A Big Thank You to all that shared their yummy breakfast casseroles and all the other items that people brought to make the Easter Breakfast a blessing to us all! While the Easter Breakfast has become an annual event, we could not do it without the support of our Christ Memorial family. Thank you also for all the help from set-up to take-down as well as the generous donations collected at the breakfast.
Check out the youth bulletin board or contact Liz Noble if you have any questions.
We had an amazing adventure to New Orleans for the National Youth Gathering. It was awesome to see so many youth from all around the county come together to learn more about their savior and to praise him in a very exciting way.
We started most mornings in bible study with very inspirational speakers and then we broke off into smaller group studies that had subjects that related to our youths and the obstacles that they are dealing within the world today and how to cope with them in a biblical way. They also had ways to fellowship with other youth by playing life size games such as hungry, hungry hippo, twister, mazes and ball pits that you met people and shared your testimonies with. We met comfort dogs, visited many of the Concordia college booths and had fun with the house band and even made some music of our own New Orleans style.
At night we walked to the Superdome and enjoyed bands outside and played charades before we went into the dome where we saw incredible bands, speakers and one night the skit guys were there!! The last day they had a Mass Event where they served communion to 25,000 of us and it was a very emotional and moving service for all of us! The mayor of New Orleans came to thank us all for the service projects that we had done while we were there. There were many of them that included building housing for the poor, painting schools to get them ready for the school year, cleaning school grounds outside, making meals for the poor, giving blood to name just a few. We were all a witness to the people of New Orleans that God loves them and we all tried to echo the life of Jesus through our words and actions.
We learned that Our Joy, our identity, our humility, our purpose and our forgiveness is in Christ Alone. We are NEVER ALONE, Jesus Christ is always with us for the good times and the bad.
Besides all of the things that had been planned for us by the gathering we were able to do some sight seeing as well. We went on a swamp tour and saw alligators, walked down the river walk to the French Quarter, had dinner at Bubba Gump, tried the famous beignets at Cafe' Du Monde, saw some very interesting people on the streets with lots of entertainment. We also were able to go on a boat cruise on the Mississippi while enjoying a Jazz Band, had dinner with the Eastern District in a warehouse where there stored the Mardi Gras Floats and enjoyed some New Orleans food. We all had a great time!
Thank you for all your love and support that you shared with us to be able to have had this experience. It is one we will never forget!
Amanda HeilmanThanks to the CMLC congregation for giving our youth the opportunity to go on this trip to the National Youth Gathering in New Orleans. It was amazing to see not only my personal growth in faith, but the growth of everyone in the group. Seeing so many other young Lutheran teens singing and praising the Lord is an image that I will always hold on to. My faith is in Christ Alone!
I wanted to say thanks to Christ Memorial for sending me down to New Orleans for the National Youth Gathering. The youth gathering has had such an amazing impact on my life growing up and I am extremely grateful to be able to have that experience again. I had a great time getting to know these kids and more importantly, watching them build their relationship in Christ. Being able to see 25,000 other Lutheran youth in one place definitely leads to a mountain top experience that one does not easily forget. It was an amazing week filled with singing, praising, learning, and growing. We had fun wandering around the city of New Orleans and getting a taste of the Cajun life. As always, it was hard leaving the youth gathering and returning to our regular life, where struggles and issues back home that where on the back burner for a week are now again on the front. But as we learned, our identity is not made in our job or the stresses we may have at the time; our identity is in Christ alone and he alone can give us true joy.
Sarah HeilmanI want to express my sincere gratitude to the CMLCS family for making it possible for us to attend the LCMS National Youth Gathering in July. Although our number was small in relation to some other churches that were represented from across the country, it’s important to remember that each individual who was able to take in the messages from the Gathering will have the opportunity to live out what they learned and experienced to bring Glory to God. Each one of us who were sent by CMLCS were reminded that In Christ Alone our joy is found, that we find our true identity In Christ Alone, that we are called to be an echo of humility In Christ Alone, and that we are part of a wonderful community In Christ Alone. The truths that we heard every day were encouraging, hopeful and inspiring. Our youth are so important to the future of the church, and there is no telling how God will use Nicole, Valerie, Daphne, Amanda, Jacob, Matt and the rest of our CMLCS youth to impact their communities, now and in the years to come. Again, thank you for your support and your prayers. It was a privilege to be able to share this time with these 6 great kids and with Allison and Mike Schumm, my fellow adult leaders!