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END THE YEAR BY PAYING IT FORWARD

We came into this last quarter of the year with the goal of amplifying the servitude of our Youths’ hearts and minds. We are so blessed by what we are given and how much support we receive, so to honor those blessings, we tried our very best to give as much back as we got! We decide to round out the year by PAYING IT FORWARD in every way we could.


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November: The Youth made 50 Handmade Holiday Cards to send overseas to our Troops. These cards had personalized messages and a picture they had colored on the inside. They helped to pack Operation Christmas Child boxes during the packing party! Each of them tried to pack as many as they could manage to handle in the time we were there! They made individualized cards to go into each of the boxes that they packed and prayed over. The cards had information about them, such as their favorite foods, colors, activities, and even had self-drawn portraits of them.

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The BIGGEST event we had for our end of the year giving was our Great Food Race! The Youth group was given 1 hour to go out into the church’s surrounding neighborhoods and collect nonperishable food items. These food items were then distributed to children in the Blanco community that are in need. Our kids collected about 150 pounds of food in that 1 hour to give to those children – and right before Thanksgiving none-the-less!

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December: We kicked off December with as much fun and giving as we possibly could! The whole month was filled with a different giving activity every week! The Youth made Ornaments for Henry House residents to have for this holiday season. The ornaments were cute little mice with candy canes! Each ornament also had a card to go with it! They made Cookies for the 'Over 80s' bags that are distributed to members of our church! They had different colors of icing and different shapes of cookies that they could choose from. This was lots of fun, but we hope our elders like as much sugar as they do!

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The final event the Youth has been working on is a Christmas Play to serve as our gift back to the congregation as a thank you for all the blessings we have received and as a celebration of the birth of Jesus! All of December has consisted of different film dates and locations to all be put together in a movie to show, ending in a live scene for the congregation and guests.


Thank you for all of your continued support! We look forward to what the New Year will bring!
             Blessings to all, Alexis Wagner, Youth & Education Chair