National Youth Gathering, Houston, Texas, July 9—13
A special thank-you to Ross Seelhammer and Kelsey Moore for being chaperones as they traveled to Houston, Texas with Macie and Grant. They had safe travels and an awesome and amazing experience. As always, thank you for your prayers and generosity which made this possible for them. The next National Youth Gathering will be in New Orleans in 2025!
Lutheran Island Camp (LIC)
Our campers have been busy selling pizzas from Larry's Family Pizza again this year as a fundraiser. As of this letter, there are ten or eleven campers planning to attend various camps at LIC.
Vacation Bible School (See Photo Gallery page for pictures from VBS.)
VBS is fast approaching! Vacation Bible School will be held Sunday, August 14---Thursday August 18. At 5:30 a light dinner will be served. VBS runs from 6:00--8:00 p.m. This year's theme is “Treasure Cove—Discover the Riches of Christ.”
We will learn some new and interesting things about 5 different gems that go with the lessons. I never thought about them in this way before. Now when I see them, I will relate them to the meaning they have toward Jesus and all the things he does for us. Hope to see you there!
Dianne Salge, on behalf of the Board of Christian Education
"in [Christ] we have redemption and forgiveness, according to the riches of His grace" (Ephesians 1:7)
St. John Youth Fundraising Activities
Youth from St. John have started a couple of ongoing fundraising ventures to help cover expenses related to Lutheran Island Camp tuition and the upcoming National Youth Gathering. Scrip gift cards are available for purchase as well as candy bars from The World's Finest Chocolate. The youth receive a rebate from each gift card sold and a percentage of the cost of each candy bar.
When you purchase a gift card from the youth scrip program, the merchant returns a portion of the money spent to the youth of St. John. This is a marvelous way to support our youth programs at no extra cost to the purchaser!
St. John Youth look over the array of delicious candy bars they have for sale after the Sunday service.