Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies in the gate.” — Psalm 127:4
Is there anything that the Book of Psalm did not cover? It seems every important point is made within those pages of the Bible — every ounce of wisdom one would ever need to endure a world of sin en route to righteous enlightenment. That route is one that starts in the womb, as 127:4 declares. It follows into adolescence, when it seems God’s words are gravely crucial for the first time in a person’s life. It’s important that a community, then, sticks together on the task of keeping teens on track, so they may not be led astray by temptation or lose the faith.
One way to keep youths’ hearts and minds on God is to support them and encourage them to live their faith in action. Exciting new endeavors, outings, events and festivities are sure to parade across the calendar in coming months. Churches are already preparing and planning for vacation Bible schools, religious retreats and mission trip.
Speaking of the latter, fundraising is underway for Grace Lutheran Church’s mission trip, planned for June, and 10 youths have signed up to participate. That’s a proud increase from last year. Fundraising efforts will continue until their departure, and the church asks the congregation and the community to support the youth in their efforts to raise funds to participate in this and future trips, as they offer opportunities for young people to interact with other Christians and make connections that may last a lifetime.
The youth group ARISE (Always Rejoicing In the Savior’s Embrace) has two such upcoming opportunities. ARISE youths are selling chocolate roses on a stick for $1, which arrived just in time for Valentine’s Day. Then, on March 14, the youth will be having a potato bake for Grace’s first Lenten supper.
Aside from its funding agenda and its mission trips, ARISE youths stay busy at home, too. Its annual Sock It To Me Sunday is scheduled for Feb. 23. Not only will the youth be doing spoken parts of the service on that day, but they will be asking you to bring new socks which they will donate to various non-profit organizations in town.
Grace Lutheran Church
211 S. Ninth St.