In our world today, it often seems like the loudest voices are those of hatred and despair. Well this year, we are going to start a journey to challenge that! The National Gathering and Synod Journey are opportunities for youth and adults to raise their voices and celebrate their faith together as they serve, grow deeper in their relationship with God, and have a ton of fun! THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING is our theme this year, and it looks at how God’s love changes literally everything, from us and our lives to the amazing world God has made! Join us as we start this journey together and raise our voices and celebrate our faith, proclaiming God’s love, serving our neighbor, and so much more!
Easter Breakfast! 
Join our youth on Sunday April 1st for a homemade Easter Breakfast between 7 am and 10 am! Enjoy Egg Bakes, Fresh Fruit, Muffins, Juice, Coffee, and more while you visit with friends and family either before or after Easter Morning Worship. This meal is offered to anyone who would like to participate… there is no charge for the breakfast, but donations to support the ongoing youth ministry at St. Andrew’s and help send kids to this year’s National Youth Gathering in Houston Texas are welcome and appreciated! 
Youth and Parents can sign up to help with the meal by visiting our Easter Breakfast Volunteer Page. 
Important Dates for our Trip:
March 18th- Team Building 12-3, and polar plunge if youth raise enough money for the walk for water!!!
March 31st- 9am-12:30- Set up for Easter Breakfast
April 1st- Easter Breakfast Fundraiser
April 27th-28th- Team Building Lock in – 6pm the 27th- 10am the 28th
April 29th- Bus Team Meeting -leave St. Andrew’s at 12:30 arrive back at 5:30
May 20th- Team Building 12pm-3pm
June 17th- Team Building 11am-2pm
June 17th- Parent Meeting- 2pm-3pm
June 23rd- Depart
July 2nd- Return!
The Synod Journey and National Youth Gathering is a once (or if you time it right, twice!) in a lifetime opportunity for youth to engage in their faith and share in a truly amazing experience. This is unlike any mission trip, camp, club, or sport that youth participate in, and while all of those are important and valuable, this event only happens once every three years, and is a very powerful and meaningful experience, and one I strongly encourage youth and families to think about being part of!  You can find out more information here:  or contact Pastor Megan Crouch for more information.  She’s always happy to hear from you!
You can learn more about the Synod Journey portion of our trip by visiting this website!
The trip dates will be June 23rd – July 2nd, 2018 and the trip will cost approximately $1,685 per person. 
Please pray for our group of 7 youth, 2 adult leaders (Kim Allen and Pastor Megan Crouch), and Pastor David Anderson and Kory Cease serving as members of the Synod Journey Planning Team as we prepare for our journey!!!!