Sierra Service Project group 2022

It is so nice to be back together, in person! Our Sierra Service Project Sunday worship offering was a major highlight and a joy for all of us. Our young adults were so articulate in their sharing, exhibiting their maturity and teaching us all about what it means to be in community. Thank you for your love, prayers and support of our SSP participants.

We’ve also been immersing ourselves in service opportunities, already completing a litter clean-up along the Willamette River, an invasive species removal project and a trail building event at Buford Park. Many thanks go out to al of our participants, over 65 individuals showed up for our last 3 events, and we are so grateful.

It takes many hands to do this work effectively and with your help, we can have an even more significant impact. These opportunities for service are fantastic ways to build community and foster connection both with our people and with Mother Earth…all in the beauty of the outdoors in God’s creation!

Our next event is the Turtle Flats Restoration Project Sur vey on Saturday, November 12, from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. This will be our opportunity to consider an ongoing partnership with Friends of Buford Park, to continue the work of ecological restoration. Combining these events with our service-oriented curriculum from our UCC national setting – we are deepening our spirituality in new ways. We are finding joy and fulfillment in restoring local ecosystems and stewarding the Earth — all of God’s creation and all of God’s people. We hope you will make it a priority to join us on November 12!

In youth groups, we’re also having fun together while building community. This past month has included bowling, a church lock-in, Walt’s Wild Wagon Ride and pumpkin catapults at the Johnson Family Farm, the annual Cauldron Cup competition, and Pumpkin Carving and Pizza!

Stay tuned for more ways to get involved and by all means, bring a friend! All are welcome!

Peace be with you,

Youth Minister Mark

Johnson Farms trip 2022