October is here; my favorite month, and not just because it’s my birthday month! Fall weather, yummy treats like apple cider and cider donuts, and of course scarecrows! Oh, you don’t normally  associate October with Scarecrows? Well, hopefully we can help change that for you this year! As you may already know, on Sunday, October 28th from 12-2 pm, the Membership and Outreach Task Force and Youth Task Force will be teaming up to sponsor a “Family Fun Scarecrow Building” event! We are very excited to have families from the church and community come out and build their own scarecrows. We already have several donations of clothing and ½ gallon milk jugs and we are incredibly grateful for all of your generous donations! We also can’t wait to see you all in person on the 28th and see all the creative scarecrows you come up with!

As we look ahead to the rest of 2018, there are still a few major Youth events to look forward to. Of course we have the “Second Saturday” services in both November and December. The services have been going well and I am so proud of the students for their commitment to coming and participating each month. The theme of “The Ten Commandments, Back to Basics” seems to be going very well. We have also added communion on a quarterly basis this year, with our next communion date to be in December.

On Sunday, November 4th from 12-2, we will host a “Youth Group Friendsgiving.” The students will be encouraged to bring a friend and we will share a meal together (possibly similar to the meal served in ‘A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving’) and play some  Thanksgiving related games.

Our other major event for this year will be our Youth Group Christmas party! Last year, the students had a great time making throw blankets for some of our special people in the church. This year, we will be doing the same, but will hopefully be able to bless others who we couldn’t get to last year. I would love to be able to arrange for the kids to go with some of the deacons this year to help deliver the blankets as well. This way they can see exactly who is being blessed by their hard work!

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our entire church family for supporting me on my trip to Haiti. Whether you helped make the 400 salvation bracelets that I took with me, or prayed for me and our team’s safety, please know that I am forever grateful!

May God continue to bless our entire church family through this autumn season.

Becky Schad
Youth Director