Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Youth News for Feb. 17

Fruit Gleaning Service Project Sunday February 21
2-6pm (dinner is at 5:30)
We will gather to pick fruit to benefit Ishkash*taa Refugee Fruit Harvesting Network. Ishkash*taa uses the fruit to benefit refugee families, but also gives produce to 20 different agencies in Tucson (The Community Foodbank, Primavera, Casa Maria, etc.) We will meet in Fellowship Hall at 2pm and will return at 5:30pm and have dinner together. The dinner is free, but we will receive an offering to help with the cost. Yes, youth, YOU can give a couple of bucks towards this, too! This project is for members, visitors, singles, youth, parents, senior adults, families—everyone is invited!
Parents, you are invited to join us! We will need you PARENTS to drive! Dress to be outside, and if you have fruit picking implements, bring them. Feel free to invite a friend! This is great for community service hours! We also need plastic milk crates that can be donated to Ishkash*taa. Contact Richard with any questions (403-2403 or You can stay after dinner for awhile if you like and play some basketball or just hang out in the youth room. Richard is closing everything down at 7pm—but the official event is OVER after dinner—probably about 6pm.
I am planning for our regular youth group crowd, so parents if you are coming, let me know (that way I can have a good count for dinner).

Paintball is being rescheduled to Saturday, April 24.
Saturdays this Spring are pretty full. This is the first available date I’ve got, and something might come up on this date. I’ll let you know.

Youth Group will not meet on Sunday February 28 (Rodeo weekend).

South District Sports Tournament is Sunday, March 7 from 2-7pm. This is an annual event held at St Marks UMC. We compete in 3-on-3 half-court basketball (middle school guys, middle school girls, high school guys, high school girls) and co-ed volleyball.

An Interesting Map...

I found this Gallup map on Matt Iglesias' blog. The Gallup article is here.
Matt titled his post "Who Goes to Church? Southerners and Mormons". Maybe a more accurate title would be "Who Goes to Church MOST? Southerners and Mormons". The church is not dead and gone in other locales.

Invitation to a Holy Lent

“I invite you, therefore, in the name of the Church, to the observance of a holy Lent, by self-examination and repentance; by prayer, fasting, and self-denial; and by reading and meditating on God’s holy Word.”
from The Book of Common Prayer