The Month of Plenty!

by Charlotte Long, Youth Ministries 

This last weekend alone was filled with events of giving! After helping load Thanksgiving bags to be driven to the Primo Center, the Rite13 Confirmation class trucked down to Church of Our Saviour in Lincoln Park in the city (the church I was baptized and grew up in) and helped serve lunch at their famous Food for Friends program for urban homeless of the area. The kids helped prepare the meal upstairs and also stuffed goody bags downstairs complete with pair of socks, chapstick, a granola bar and handwritten note from our kids. The guests were thankful, their church staff were beaming, and our kids were really hard workers! They earned those 5 Guys burgers afterwards! So proud!

December 6th 6:30 - 9pm: Our Confirmation class will be having a Holiday Party at the church!- cookie decorating, cartoon watching and filling the preschooler's slippers with candies (Shhhh!) Email me at if your kid would like to attend!

The High School Youth Group has been having a mix of contemplative and festive get-togethers every Sunday. From bringing in photos of deceased loved ones for Day of the Dead altars, to contemplative journaling in the sanctuary, to decorating the bulletin board downstairs, to shopping for our own Thanksgiving Donations for the Primo Center (at the kids' insistence, we ended up getting enough food for 2 families!)

Only 2 more Youth Groups before Christmas break! December 7th and December 14th in the Great Hall at 6pm as usual.

With Advent upon us, everyone's favorite traditions are here. It's easy to feel good and cozy about our families and friends, about the glittery snow and the gifts we get to buy. But what I love about the timing of these service projects for our youth is that they are right before the flurry - right before the jolly part - of the holidays. Our kids are bringing a sense of responsibility and seriousness into the season. And it doesn't have to weigh them down or create guilt! But it does lend to their sense of awareness (and my own as I get to work alongside them). Self-awareness leads to a sense of thankfulness at all the blessings we have been given. And in that perfect way, thankfulness ends up being the easiest way to lead us to an intimate and full relationship with the Divine.

Merry Christmas to all!