Saints & Sinners (Grades 9-12)

Saints and Sinners is for youth 9th through 12th grade. We meet Wednesday Nights during the school year from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Each meeting focuses on faith, fellowship and fun.  All high school youth are welcome, as are friends!

Every Christian “has a two fold nature,” Luther argued in expounding his doctrine of simul iustus et peccator. We are at once body and soul, flesh and spirit, sinner and saint. A saint by faith remains a sinner by nature, Luther insisted, and the paradox of good and evil within the same person remains until death. This is the people of God, the saints who are saved, despite their sin.

Monthly Activities:

  • Wednesday, February 7 – Escape Room (see weekly email for details)
  • Wednesday, February 14 – Ash Wednesday Fundraiser
  • Wednesday, February 21 – NO Saints and Sinners Break Week
  •  Wednesday, February 28 – Devotion followed by the Lenten Service

On the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday, the youth had an overnight lock-in, which led into the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service hosted by the ELCA Southeastern Synod, the Lutheran Theological Center in Atlanta and Lutheran Services of Georgia. Serving alongside other volunteers from 28 faith, school and community partner groups we were able to complete the following that will help those that Lutheran Services of Georgia serves.  

Sorting Clothes

 

  • 2,000 pounds of rice bagged in family-sized bags for refugee families
  • Four Emergency Disaster kits for our Disability Services host homes
  • 50 “welcome” cards and key chains for the first homes of newly arrived refugees
  • 21 Emergency Disaster Kits for Foster Families

    Bagging Rice
  • More than 50 letters of encouragement written to immigrants in detention
  • 39 toiletry kits and 18 backpacks of school supplies for Unaccompanied Immigrant Children
  • 44 bags of emergency food for families in our Family Intervention Services program

    Writing Letters of Encouragement

In addition to those projects, in the Advocacy Room, volunteers wrote 258 letters to state and federal legislators to advocate for justice for Dreamers, people impacted by hunger, and more refugee arrivals.  This was a wonderful opportunity for our youth to serve and we are looking forward to next year.

“The saints in being righteous are at the same time sinners; they are righteous because they believe in Christ whose righteousness covers them and is imputed to them, but they are sinners because they do not fulfill the law and are not without sinful desires. They are like sick people in the care of a physician: they are really sick, but healthy only in the hope and insofar as they begin to be better, healed, i.e., they will become healthy. Nothing can harm them so much as the presumption that they are in fact healthy, for it will cause a bad relapse.” ~ Martin Luther, Commentary on Romans