- Welcome to the St. Peter Youth Group page. The Sr. Youth Group at St. Peter is comprised of high school students. This group meets several times throughout the month doing a variety of activities. For more information regarding this group, contact Vickie Hemenway, 419-663-4011 or the church office, 419-668-2856
- Dates to remember
July 21-22 – Roll It Forward Rummage Sale 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
**Youth group activities are open to 7th through 12th graders except those marked “Senior High Only”.
The Houston Gathering Youth would like to thank everyone for yet another successful Chicken BBQ. We sold all 400 chicken dinners and made a profit of $2,401.67. A special THANK YOU goes out to the army of pie makers and to the countless individuals who were unable to attend the BBQ but made a donation. You are amazing and we can’t thank you enough for helping the Youth. Once again your support has been over whelming and we are so very grateful for your continued support.
ROLL IT FORWARD RUMMAGE SALE July 21-22
Our Houston Gathering group will be the hosts at the Roll It Forward Rummage Sale in Avery. This Rummage Sale is located at the old outlet mall in Avery, across from Ehove, 11001 US Highway 250 N. We would like to encourage everyone to come out on that weekend to check this sale out. Payment is by donation. We are not asking for donated items, please save them for the Rummage Sale we will have in the fall at St. Peter. We just ask that you support us by shopping on July 21 and 22. The hours are 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. both days.
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
Kristen Renee Stahl is graduating from Western Reserve High School and attending The University of Toledo majoring in Mechanical Engineering.
Cassie Battiste is graduating from Huron High School and will attend Ohio University to study Business and Marketing in the Fall.
Easter Sunrise Service– Starting at 6:30 a.m. Easter morning, this is a contemporary service lead by our High School youth. Communion is offered. This service is following by a simple Easter breakfast of pastries, fruit, juice and coffee.
Graduation Towels– Each year we recognize our Youth Group members who are graduating High School. A gift of a embroidered towel is presented to each Senior during the Sunday worship service and we offer prayers and blessings as they move forward to college, military service, or jobs.
Souper Bowl of Caring-The Souper Bowl of Caring is a nation wide youth lead event. On Super Bowl Sunday our youth gather donations for local food banks. Both money and food items are collected.
Soup and Silent Auction– This is an annual fundraiser for the National Youth Gatherings. An All-you-can-eat homemade Soup buffet, assorted breads and desserts are served. In addition we also host a Silent Auction with a variety of gift baskets.
Chicken BBQ– This is a annual fundraiser on the third Sunday in May, with proceeds benefiting the National Youth Gathering. Dinner is served from 11:00-1:00 and includes a 1/2 chicken, sides, and pie.
Lakeside-Each June our youth spend the week at Lakeside for the Lutheran Chautauqua. This is a lakeside retreat spent in Christian fellowship with area Lutherans. Activities include daily Chaplain’s Hour, Bible Study, group meals, and nightly devotions. During the day, the youth are free to enjoy activities like swimming, biking, volleyball, putt-putt, shopping, and relaxing.
Youth Gathering– Every three years the ELCA host a National Youth Gathering. This is a gathering of Lutheran youth from all over the country as well as International guests. The next gathering is in Houston in the summer of 2018.
Vacation Bible School– The Sr. Youth Group helps with the week long Vacation Bible School program from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., offering children ages 4 years old to sixth grade with an opportunity to learn about Jesus. Children rotate through stations of Bible Study, Crafts, Music, Recreation, and Snacks that are assisted by some of our Sr. Youth Group members.
For more information on Vacation Bible School click here – VBS
OCC/youth raking– Each Fall our high school youth spend a Saturday raking local yards for donations. We then use these donations to purchase gifts and ship shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child.
Cookie Sale– Each December our youth bake cookies and make buckeyes for a Cookie Sale the following Sunday. All proceeds are donated to ELCA World Hunger Relief.
Rummage Sale– This is a fundraiser for the National Youth Gathering. Our youth host a Rummage Sale on a Friday and Saturday in October. A variety of items are offered for payment by donation.
- LAKESDIE LUTHERAN CHAUTAQUA
The 96th Annual Lakeside Lutheran Chautauqua is a week of Christian fun and fellowship in June. The Chautauqua is for Lutherans of all ages. Lakeside is an amazing, inspirational place for the Chautauqua, with many family friendly activities. There is the lake, swimming, a splash park for the little ones, putt-putt, shuffleboard, parks, ice cream, beautiful sunsets, shopping, nightly entertainment and so much more!
Our youth group has made the Lutheran Chautauqua a part of our summer for over 40 years. We would love to have more youth and adults join us. Look for per-registration information in the narthex as the date comes closer. It includes information on finding housing accommodations as well as ordering the necessary Lakeside Passes for the week. Please contact Vickie Hemenway, 419-663-4011 or the church office for more information.
On Sunday of that week, you are invited to join us for worship in Hoover Auditorium at 10:30 a.m. Following worship you can join us at our cottage, 344 Maple, for a potluck luncheon. There is no cost to attend church if you use a “Church Pass”. A “Church Pass” allows you to enter Lakeside before 10:30 a.m. and stay until 3:00 p.m. for free. Here is a list of other pass fees: Adult Day pass $21.25, Youth Day Pass $14.00, 3 Hou Pass $7.00, Auto Pass $10.50 inside the gates and $5.00 for South Gate Parking.
ELCA Youth Gathering Detroit – What can I say about the 2015 Detroit Youth Gathering? Well…I can say it was AMAZING, WONDERFUL, INSPIRATIONAL, AWESOME, FAITH FILLED, CHALLENGING, LOUD, INCREDIBLE…it was 30,000 LUTHERAN YOUTH AND ADULTS, GOD, JESUS, AND HOLY SPIRIT. It is so difficult to put in words what an experience the Detroit Gathering was, but I will try.Our journey started Tuesday at 1:00p.m., when we pulled out of the St. Peter parking lot. The drive to Detroit was “stormy and rainy”. We checked into our amazing hotel and enjoyed supper at a local Mexican Restaurant. Wednesday, we spent the earlier part of the day at Greenfield Village. We had perfect weather and the youth had a great time (even though initially they were not very excited about going to “historical educational place”). After an early supper at Buddy’s Pizza, we returned to downtown Detroit and experienced the first Main Stage event at Ford Field. Ford Field pulsated with the music and excitement of thousands of youth. We listened to amazing speakers, prayed, danced, and sang. Thursday was our Proclaim Justice Day. We arrived at the launch site to learn that due to a tragic accident, buses had been unable to get into town and everything was backed up. While we waited we played games, met new friend, and relaxed along the riverfront. Our work site was in a Highland Park neighborhood. The number of abandoned houses and properties was staggering. We picked up trash and weeded. Thursday ended with another incredible Ford Field event.
Friday was our Proclaim Story Day. We spent time with fellow members of the Northwest Ohio Synod in worship, prayer, and bible study. We enjoyed supper at the Hard Rock Cafe before heading to Ford Field. Friday night was one of the most amazing experiences of the entire Gathering and for myself one of the most amazing experiences of all 3 Gatherings I have attended. The speakers were so inspirational and the music was “out of this world”. They treated us to some Motown music and Ford Field simply erupted with dancing, singing, and pure joy. In all my experiences over 3 Gatherings, I have never seen teenagers react with such joy and enthusiasm as I heard and saw that night. It was the highlight of our trip and a night I don’t think we will ever forget.
Saturday was our Proclaim Community Day. We spent the day at the COBO Center having “interactive fun”. There were giant inflatables, zip lines and swings, sports, colleges, crafts, opportunities to donate blood, money, and hair, as well as educational exhibits. Following a BBQ supper we headed to Ford Field. It was another night of inspirational speakers and music. The night ended with a performance from the christian rock band Skillet.
On Sunday we made our final walk to Ford Field for worship. It was very beautiful and included gospel music, the message from Bishop Eaton, and communion for everyone. Part of our group was seen on the live stream. We were also sitting in the section that helped reveal the 2018 destination. It’s Huston, Texas! Already, the youth that can attend the 2018 are talking about going.
I can not tell you what a privilege it was to take our youth group to Detroit. I am so proud (and you should be too) of how well they represented St. Peter while there. They are some of the most amazing young adults. They are open-minded, spirited, flexible, forgiving, generous, happy, gifted, understanding, loud, smart, patience, kind, and giving. We are so blessed to be a part of raising these leaders of our church. I can not thank you enough for everything you did to help make this Gathering possible. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I encourage everyone to attend worship on August 1st and 2nd, as we will share our Detroit experience. You can also view pictures on the St. Peter Facebook page and watch the nightly Ford Field events on the Gathering website, www.elca.org/gathering, and YouTube.
Faithfully and Joyfully Submitted,