Youth Mission Trips

Middle and High School Summer Programming

By Susan Shinn Turner It’s a busy summer planned for youth ministry, and Kai Thurow, youth minister, is ready to roll. Well, just about. “This is when I switch into summer mode,” Kai says of the month of May. Here’s a look at what’s going on at St. John’s this summer for youth group members…

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Youth Auction is March 31: This year’s goal is $18,000

By Susan Shinn Turner “Flexibility is key to the game.” That’s the note Youth Minister Kai Thurow has attached to his printer. It’s a good thing. Kai has definitely had to be flexible when planning this year’s youth auction, set for Sunday, March 31, beginning at 4:30 pm. He notes that another major community fundraiser…

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Knoxville Day 3

This morning my service project was with Mobile Meals. We went to a bunch of houses and we went up to the door and brought them hot and cold meals for the day. And at one of the houses we went to a lady invited us in. And when we went in she told us…

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Knoxville Day 2

So my favorite thing today was probably being able to help the growers at Beardsley Farm grow food to give to people that need food. So another high of my day, after we were done picking weeds at Beardsley Farm was throwing a baby potato around playing catch with it. For my second service project…

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Knoxville Day 1

  First, I woke up and we went to Cafe WOW where we talked about this guy who was being bullied by football players and the coach stepped in and helped him. Then we had breakfast. Today for service projects we went to Beardsley Farm and picked raspberries, tomatoes, and then pulled a lot of…

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Youth Auction is March 24: This year’s goal is $18,000

By Susan Shinn Turner This is not Kai Thurow’s first rodeo. Before he became St. John’s youth minister, Kai led two trips to the National Lutheran Youth Gathering. From June 26 to July 2, he’ll lead 35 youth and five fellow chaperones to Houston. Each year, the Texas city hosts the world’s largest rodeo —…

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Drinking Coffee with Purpose

By Susan Shinn Turner If you have purchased a bag of Escuela Integrada coffee, then you are one of the first people to become involved in an exciting new sustainability project that benefits the school. All profits from coffee sales will go to la Escuela Integrada, says Paula Bohland, executive director of GRACES, the non-profit…

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Knoxville Trip: Day 4

Blog 1: Today I went to Wesley House and played with kids. The kids were very nice and we had a lot of fun, but the kids were very sad when we left. After I was done with lunch I went to KARM Thrift Store. I was putting things in boxes there to help out.…

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Knoxville Trip: Day 3

Blog 1: Today I went to the Wesley House and the kids were not there because they went on a field trip for the day so my group and I cleaned. I cleaned the closet with Emily, Mrs. Kristin, Reid, and Kate. Then Emily and I organized a whole bookshelf in 10min! In the afternoon…

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Knoxville Trip: Day 2

Blog 1: So today I went to serve breakfast at KARM at 6:00, went to Habitat Re-store and Mobile Meals. At KARM I put biscuits and gravy on the resident’s plates. At the habitat re-store we cleaned/packed shelves of Christmas decoration. We got done supper early so our leaders took us to a gas station…

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