Last Sunday (Sept. 13th) was our first youth group of the new season, so of course, we went on a mystery field trip! We ended up at Normandy Park UCC (NPUCC) Church, which is where our church retreat will be held next month. One of the reasons we chose NPUCC is that they have a beautiful outdoor labyrinth. Several of our youth have previous experiences with walking labyrinths (it was included in our Confirmation class a few years ago), but whether experienced or not, it’s always a good time to try one— especially when you’re in school on the verge of a new year beginning.
It also seemed like a good way to give our youth a preview of some of what we’ll be doing at our retreat. Now they have more recent experience and I encouraged them all to be thinking about how they’d like to share their thoughts and experience with the rest of you at the retreat.
In October, be on the lookout for “Pumpkins with Purpose.” On October 4th youth will head to Pudge’s farm before worship, pick from her field, and return in time for church and to begin offering her pumpkins to the congregation for donations to Project Amal ou Salaam (Project Hope and Peace). This program provides educa- tion, supplies, clothing and other needs to Syr- ian refugee children in Jordan. Our local con- tact, Irene Willis Hassan, has many ties to the community there (she hand-delivered prayer flags made by junior high campers at Pilgrim Firs this summer). We’re waiting to confirm a day when she can come and talk to all of us about the program--we'll keep you posted. But plan on getting your “Pudge Pumpkins” from one of our youth and donating what you can to a very important cause. Delivery will be avail- able too! Many thanks to Pudge for so joyously participating in this.