Many thanks to all who came out for our annual Cauldron Cup and our pumpkin carving event in October. We had a fantastic time being in community together, with some nice additions to our intergenerational pumpkin carving event, including a photo booth opportunity and a cake walk for the younger children, which was a hoot!

November has also been a blast with wonderful attendance at our Wednesday Night Connections dinners and an emphasis on celebrating indigenous culture and wisdom throughout the month. Our ecological restoration event at Turtle Flats turned out to be a lovely morning. We planted allium bulbs and removed a whole lot of invasive blackberry. It was a special treat to observe white egrets soaring around the ponds and a family of river otters playing near the bank. What a blessing to see wildlife returning to this important riparian habitat. It takes many hands to do this work, so a special shout out to all of you who were able to join us in stewardship of God’s creation at Turtle Flats!

’Ohana Youth also enjoyed fellowship and a movie night during November, and we are excited to be planning our annual high school coast retreat to Newport, December 8-10!

Sierra Service Project 2024 dates and location are set! We are headed back down to Del Norte County (Smith River, Redwoods), from July 21 – July 26. There are 10 youth slots available for middle school and high school youth, and 2-3 adult chaperone volunteer slots. First come, first served — let us know if you’re IN! Check out sierraserviceproject.org for information.

Plans are underway for our Christmas Advent Pageant! Please contact Mark Lindberg, Jessie Peterson or Kim Dorr to let us know if you are interested in playing a role, helping with costumes, narrating, choreographing… there are opportunities for all with interest.

Many blessings to you and your loved ones as we enter this time of gratitude for all gifts given. At FCC, we are most grateful for YOU and all the ways you show up in our community… Thank you!

In peace with love,
Youth Minister, Mark Lindberg