CURRENT YOUTH NEWS
We've been missing our Seniors. We are very proud of their achievements and college acceptances. We have had great engagement in our discussion topics this month of what community means to each of us. Another topic we discussed was communication and what we wish others understood about us and how we are all different and unique! We look forward to our end of year barbecue and swim gathering in June, and our senior trip to Acadia, Maine in July.
THANK YOU to the parents of Maddie Johnson, Makayla Granger, Adreanna Carroll, and Mercedes Fournier for providing supper for us in May. Our last meeting of the year will be Tuesday, June 13 from 2:30-7:30 p.m. and will include a potluck supper, our annual awards, and closing worship service planned and led by our 8th graders.
Our May adventure was a mystery adventure, which ended up being a day at Hampton Beach enjoying the sunshine, boardwalk, cooler temperatures, and smaller crowds than later in the season with a couple of our brave RBA members actually going swimming in the frigid water. We had supper at Concordia Lutheran Church in Concord that put on a Swedish meatball supper to benefit their own youth group, and a silent auction to benefit Family Promise.
Upcoming Erie Canal adventure – Last June a group of RBA members and four InCast leaders paddled 65.5 miles of the Erie Canal. This year the Erie Canal adventure begins on Sunday, June 25 and continues through Friday, June 30 and is open to both RBA and InCast members. This year we will start at the eastern end of Oneida Lake and paddle another 40-45 miles traveling through 4 locks on the canal ensuring that those who were on both paddling adventures will have done over100 miles of paddling on the canal!
WASHINGTON DC ADVENTURE AND SHAREHOLDER’S BANQUET
THANK YOU to everyone who participated in our RBA Shares of Stock fundraiser - we made just over $1000 on this annual fundraiser. And special thanks to the New Hampshire Conference of the United Church of Christ for selecting us to receive a Strengthen the Youth Ministry grant in the amount of $2500 for our mission/sightseeing adventure to Washington DC, and to the Trustees of Smith Church for authorizing payment for the rental of our 12-passenger van for the week. All of these offerings allowed us to make this trip affordable for anyone who wanted to go.
Jess Granger, Eileen Casavecchia, Andrea Carroll, Celina Braun, Dawn Marshall, and Tracey Schoeneman headed up the committee in charge of the Shareholders’ Banquet – they are all wonderful, as our all the RBA parents who contributed food and time to make this event a success. This year’s menu was a delicious baked potato bar followed by a fantastic ice cream sundae bar. RBA members all were involved in helping to set up, serve, and clean up as well as making a presentation about our trip followed by a very professional and enjoyable PowerPoint display created by Makayla’s very talented mom, Jess Granger.
If you weren’t able to join us at the Shareholders’ Banquet to hear and see the presentation of our trip this year, we spent a week in Washington DC over our April vacation. We worked at two mission sites – A Wider Circle, which provides household goods, furniture, linens, clothing, toys, etc. to those families who are in need of them, and DC Central Kitchen, which provides 5000 meals a week at various sites throughout the city. (Those RBA members who peeled and cut carrots for 3 hours have a new appreciation for what it takes to feed that many people!) We did all the usual sightseeing and walked a LOT – clocking 28,000 steps in one day alone – seeing our nation’s monuments, memorials, and tourist attractions, and experiencing all kinds of ethnic restaurants. Ask any RBA member who went on this adventure, or our wonderful and capable InCast leaders, Louis Nordlund and Meghan Pushee, about how this trip impacted the lives of our young people.
THE SCENE will end our season with an extra-long meeting on Friday, June 2 from 5-9 p.m . We’ll cook and eat supper together, ending with our annual delicious giant ice cream sundaes for dessert, play some games, watch a short movie, and share a short closing worship service before we take a break for the summer.