The youth at University Lutheran Church have found a home in this community of faith where they participate in leading worship, learning more about their religious roots, addressing the challenges of their lives, playing games, and serving people who are in need of compassionate care. The youth meet weekly on Sunday mornings for Bible study and topical discussions. They gather at least monthly for fellowship events, the most popular being a quarterly overnight lock-in at the church. Pizza is always a staple, along with the healthy discussions that build a sense of community among the youth. The youth also serve as role models and mentors for the younger children in the congregation.
Each summer, the youth travel to Eastern Washington where they connect with the Hispanic and Native American communities and learn about these cultures of our region. Every other summer, the youth have an opportunity to travel with a delegation to Tanzania, Africa where they meet with students at the Ailanga Lutheran Junior Seminary as well as religious leaders throughout the Meru Diocese. Every third summer, the youth participate in the National ELCA Youth Gathering which usually takes place in the southern part of the United States.
- September 11: Parent Info Meeting for National Youth Gathering (July 2015) – 7:00 p.m. @ St. John United Lutheran Church
- October 4: Fall Rummage Sale
Upcoming Event Details
Parent Info Meeting NYG
This coming summer the ULC Youth are planning to attend the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit, Michigan. The gathering is from July 15 – 19, 2015. We will be traveling along with Our Redeemer Lutheran and LYONS (Lutheran Youth of North Seattle). This will take a lot of planning and coordination, so we will be holding a parent info meeting with all the groups to both give out info and allow parents and youth a chance to ask questions and give their input on the trip.
Your input is very important, as well as making sure we get out all the info we can to families. This trip is open to all youth entering 9th grade (for the 2016 year) and graduating seniors. This is not limited to just ULC members, so if you or any youth you know are interested or think you may be interested in joining us for the 2015 Gathering, please make sure to attend this meeting! We will be holding the info meeting on Thursday, September 11 starting at 7:00 p.m. We will be meeting at St. John United Lutheran Church (5515 Phinney Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103).
Please make sure to mark your calendars so you can join us!
Fall Rummage Sale
The Youth will be holding another rummage sale this Fall. We have a great assortment of items to look through including holiday decorations, books, projectors, and clothes. All proceeds will go to support the youth and their trip to the National Youth Gathering next summer. If you know anyone who enjoys garage and rummage sales, please let them know to come to ULC on Saturday, October 4. We will be holding our sale on the front lawn from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (pending weather cooperates).
We are also willing to take donations if you have items to give. If you do wish to donate please contact Dustin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Activities Report
This summer the youth were once again blessed with the opportunity to venture to the Campbell Farm for a week of Mission work. The Campbell farm is a mission site in Wapato, Washington that serves both youth groups from around the country as well as the local children. We were glad to send a group this July consisting of 7 youth and 2 adult chaperones. This was a week long mission experience involving working on the farm doing chores, spending time doing group and individual devotions, and serving at a number of mission sites around the area.
A typical day on the farm starts with early morning chores (most everyone’s least favorite part of the day). We follow breakfast with devotions and Bible Study. From there we go off to our mission site. We had a few different mission sites in order to get a good mix of experiences and to see the many needs of the community. We spent one day working with the local children at the farm’s day camp. We also sorted food at the Northwest Harvest in Yakima, painted at the Union Gospel Mission, and handed out food at a local food bank.
We also had a few fun activities and group games during the week. We had the pleasure of sharing the farm with another group from the community. We were able to do some joint trips and enjoyed getting to know them. One of the more memorable events was being able to float the Yakima River.
We’d like to thank the congregation for supporting us throughout the year, it really helps us to have these great, memorable experiences together. Special thanks to Hattie Branch for helping to chaperone this trip, even though she had never been on a mission trip before! Thank you so much! Below are some pictures from our trip.