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Youth Trips

2019 Summer Youth Trips

Dear Middle & High School Youth & Families:

The time is rapidly approaching for Good Shepherd to pay deposits for our two exciting Summer Mission Trips and below you will find some important information to help you decide if participation on these trips is right for you. Deposits to hold your spot will be due no later than Sunday, October 7, 2018. If there is still space, and you wish to register after that date, an additional fee of $25 will be applied to your registration. , Kindly complete the attached registration form and submit it by placing in the mail slot outside Kathy Gunn’s office or given directly to Cat. You’ll notice that for those of you currently in 8th grade you can attend either trip, or both if you so choose. These trips are the highlight of the summer for many of our youth and are life changing, faith forming encounters with service. We do our best to keep the costs of these trips down ($325 for Nashville with a $100 deposit, $400 for Philadelphia with a $125 deposit) but if financial concerns would keep you from attending, please contact Cat or Pastor Paul so that we can do our best to arrange for scholarship monies. Both trips are being arranged through Serve Boldly, the company we have been working with for several years.

High School Trip – to Philadelphia, PA: Open to rising 9th grade through 12th grade, as well as graduated Seniors. Travel Dates: June 29 – July 6. Total Cost: $400.00, with a $125 deposit due by October 7, 2018, and the balance due February 17, 2019. Philadelphia is the largest city in the state of Pennsylvania. Philadelphia played an instrumental role in the American Revolution as a meeting place for the Founding Fathers of the United States, who signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Philadelphia was one of the nation’s capitals during the Revolution, and served as temporary U.S. capital while Washington, D.C., was under construction. Philadelphia has more outdoor sculptures and murals than any other American city. Philadelphia contains 67 National Historic Landmarks and the World Heritage Site of Independence Hall. This is a new site for Serve Boldly. They are currently working on selecting work sites and evening activities.

Middle School Trip – to Nashville, TN: open to Rising 7th grade through Rising 9th grade youth. Travel Dates: July 14 – 19, 2019. Total Cost: $325.00, with a $100 deposit due by October 7, 2018, and the balance due February 17, 2019. Music City USA overflows with culture and opportunities to serve the needy. Your service in Nashville will not only serve those locally, but all over the world through our work with Soles4Souls. You will bless others through your work at food banks, refugee ministries, and children’s centers. Of course, no trip to Nashville would be complete without live music and a stroll down Broadway. This week is concluded with a night at a local lake and a moving outdoor worship service.

Other Summer Opportunities

AFFIRM – What is AFFIRM? AFFIRM is an awesome one week, one-of-a-kind Lutheran camp experience serving youth grades 6-12 who live in the Southeastern Synod of the ELCA (Georgia, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama) for over 50 years! Our mission is to create a safe community where all are welcome. We will: be fed daily by worship and communion; equip young people to be leaders; foster discipleship; be grounded in our Lutheran theology.  See a more detailed page of information about Affirm here.

Lutheridge – Lutheridge registration is individually scheduled.  If you are interested in a week, in a camp like environment,  let Cat know so we can coordinate with other youth interested.   For more specific details, click on the link below.

Lutheridge Summer Camps

Nation Youth Gathering:  The 2021 National Youth Gathering will be n Minneapolis, MN June 29 through July 3.  The National Youth Gathering is an opportunity for ELCA youth from across the whole country to gather in one city for a week of service, fellowship, community and worship.  Each day brings a different experience from service, to interactive learning and community with our synod.  This past summer over 30, 000 youth converged on Houston, TX for a great week.  We learned how God’s love, God’s Call, God’s Grace, God’s Hope, and Jesus changes everything.  Each night features a mass gathering with keynote speakers on daily topics.  Finally, the week ends with mass worship.  Saying the Lord’s prayer and communion with 30,000 other people is truly an amazing experience.  I know it’s a few years off, but we plan on sending a group from Good Shepherd and want to get it on your calendars and in your mind.

2018 Mission Trips

High School Trip – to Milwaukee, WI

 

Milwaukee is one of the poorest cities in the nation, and over 40% of children in Milwaukee live in poverty. Our ministry in the city seeks to respond to our neighbors in need by working with those who are already caring for the city. We have developed a wide network of ELCA congregations and ministry sites that we serve alongside to meet the needs of the people.

Much of our work in Milwaukee is focused on hunger and children, but we are committed to meeting whatever needs our friends and local leaders identify. Of course, we still have time to enjoy this beautiful lake city and its unique local gems like a local brewery and the Harley-Davidson Museum.

Trip Highlights-Milwaukee

What an amazing trip to Milwaukee.  Our slideshow below contains pictures from our week.  These pictures include our mission sites as well as evening activities.  Our mission sites were as follows:

  • Central City Churches – An ecumenical ministry housed in OSLC. Your work with this important ministry will serve the hungry and those in need in Milwaukee. We were assigned to work in their food pantry, with the lunch program, or assisting people who come looking for assistance with finding a job.
  • The Gathering – While serving at The Gathering you will be a welcoming presence for all who come through the door. The Gathering provides a warm breakfast for a diverse clientele. We were in charge of preparing this meal, as well as serve it to those who attend.
  • Victory Gardens – Victory Gardens helps citizens of Milwaukee in growing their own food. Our time in the gardens will ensure that everyone has the opportunity to put healthy and nutritious food on their tables. We spent our time pulling weeds, and sorting seeds that will be used for planting later.
  • Calvary Lutheran Church – Mt. Calvary will allow youth to do a variety of different service work. Our time was spent setting up and running a VBS for immigrant children in Milwaukee, as well as assisting in a community garden project, and their “Adopt a Block” program, cleaning out and painting rooms that will be used for their child education program.
  • Feeding America – Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin is the leading food bank serving and distributing food the eastern half of Wisconsin. Our time was spent sorting food donations that came into the bank.
  • Soles for Jesus – Soles for Jesus provides new and gently used shoes to people in Africa. Our time was spent sorting and pairing shoes that had been brought in for donation as well as sorting shirts and packets for an upcoming 5k they were putting on.

 

Evening Activities included: Bounce Milwaukee, Dinner at Safe House restaurant, lots of games of spoons and a movie and ice cream bar.

Click photo for High School Share the Story presentation

 

 

 

 

 

Middle School Trip – to Nashville, TN

 

Music City USA overflows with culture and opportunities to serve the needy. Your service in Nashville will not only serve those locally, but all over the world through our work with Soles4Souls. You will bless others through your work at food banks, refugee ministries, and children’s centers.

Of course, no trip to Nashville would be complete without live music and a stroll down Broadway. This week is concluded with a night at a local lake and a moving outdoor worship service.

Trip Highlights-Nashville

It was such a delight to serve the community of Nashville.  Our slideshow below contains pictures from our week.  These pictures include our mission sites as well as evening activities.  Our mission sites were as follows:

  • Grace Eaton – Grace Eaton was founded in 1926 to meet the need for a childcare center for black, lower income, inner city families in Nashville. Last year, Grace Eaton was closed to transition to a new building. At this site, we helped them in classrooms; we set up their conference room, painted a storage shelf, sorted and unpacked a storage room that will now house several new projects for the facility.
  • Soles 4 Souls – If you are interested in learning more about a world-wide mission, Soles 4 Souls will grab your attention. Soles 4 Souls is a social enterprise non-profit organization that creates sustainable jobs and provides relief by distributing shoes and clothing around the world. Youth will have an opportunity to learn more about the mission and work in the warehouse sorting and pairing shoes.
  • Second Harvest – Second Harvest Food Bank is a central distribution center which collects food that would otherwise be wasted. Second Harvest distributes food to more than 490 partners/agencies in Tennessee who are feeding the hungry. Our days were spent helping their Farm to Table initiative.  We went to several family owned farms and pulled weeds so a new crop could be planted as well as harvested corn that will be distributed to partner organizations.
  • McNeilly – McNeilly’s mission is to provide high quality early education and childcare to low income families in Nashville. Youth will have the opportunity to spend half of the day with the children in the classrooms and half of the day helping with outdoor projects.
  • Wright Middle School – Wright Middle School is located in Metro Nashville, it serves 5th through 8th grade.  Their greatest strength is their diversity, with over 26 languages spoken within the building! Their commitment to embrace this diversity and work together with our school community to increase the academic achievement of all students.  At this site, we drew and painted two murals, one in a hallway and one in their main office, to highlight their commitment to diversity and welcoming all.

 

Evening activities included: dinner on Broadway, Bicentennial Park, Game night and swimming and dinner at J Percy Priest Lake.

Click photo for Middle School Share the Story Presentation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact: youthministry@gslutheran.org