Reported by Peggy Riley, email@example.com
Youth Ministries Director, College Avenue UMC, Manhattan, Kansas
Did the project go as expected?
We finally had the opportunity to complete our Culture of Call Retreat on January 24-25, 2020. Our original plan was to offer two retreats at Tuttle Creek Campground. BUT the campground was closed this summer due to flooding. So Plan B....one of our church members owns a Bed and Breakfast, so we re-scheduled the retreat in January and stayed in these fabulous accommodations. All youth in the church were invited to attend.
Which of the 5 earmarks of Culture of Call did this project address? How?
Who was the primary audience of your project?
How did you use the funds?
The funds were used to reserve three rooms, living room, kitchen at the Bed and Breakfast from 6:00 Friday to 4:00 Saturday. A pizza supper, Varisty doughnut breakfast, Jimmy John lunch and lots of snacks kept the hunger pains away!!
How did this project cultivate a culture of call in your church or district?
Pastor Dennis emphasized that God may be calling them to ordained ministry, but God may be calling them to be teachers, leaders, workers within the local church. A "call" does not always mean professional ministry, but God calls all laity to be in ministry. Following the retreat, 5 youth registered for Institute through Camp Chippewa, ten participated in the Flint Hills Youth Rally, 3 registered for a camp at Camp Chippewa.
How were people impacted through the project?
This youth group raises money by opening our parking lot to those attending KSU football games.Through their donations, the youth grant over $13,000 to community organizations. Capitalizing on their collective spiritual gift of MERCY, they now not only want to donate money, but also want to donate their time to these non-profit organizations.
How did you tell the story of your project?
Through the church newsletter, email blast, and word of mouth!!!