What a blast it was to get together for ice skating in December. We had a fantastic turnout from both middle and high school youth groups, including many friends that have been joining us throughout this last year, as well as a few new ones. Santa Claus driving the zamboni was just an added bonus! It was truly a blessing to be together in a fun and safe environment, as we shared about our Christmas plans and hopes for the new year.

Our community is strengthening as we are able to participate in these events together and continue to meet as youth groups plus during intergenerational fellowship opportunities. Carol singing, advent centerpiece making, our ukulele group and the Advent Festival (including handmade potholder fundraiser – thank you Mary Nyquist-Koons!) were all additional highlights of an exciting month of December.

In January, we are looking forward to working on a sock drive in collaboration with our Social Justice & Witness Committee, as well as participating on the newly forming FCC Green Team, to address environmental justice concerns. We anticipate the arrival of the Rev. Jessica Shine with joy in our hearts as we make plans for 2022 to bring light into our world in every way we can. As we discern our future together, we are holding on to the good news that God is doing a new thing! Meanwhile, planning is already underway for our Sierra Service Project trip to Smith River, California this summer (dates are July 24 to 29; please contact Mark to reserve your spot today at markl@fcceugene.org).

Our deep gratitude goes out to all of you who have come forward in so many ways, to voice your support and offer your assistance with ’Ohana Youth Ministries. We know that it takes a village, and it feels so good to know that so many of you are watching out for us and making room for us!

In peace with great love,

Mark Lindberg Youth Minister

“Yearning for a new way will not produce it.
Only ending the old way can do that.
You cannot hold onto the old,
all the while declaring that you want something new. The old will defy the new; The old will deny the new; The old will decry the new.
There is only one way to bring in the new. You must make room for it.”

~ Neale Donald Walsch