Youth Group ..... Pilgrim Lutheran Church
The youth group at Pilgrim Lutheran Church is made up of young men and women ranging in age from 13 to 19 years of age. We currently have 10 to 12 members and we meet the first and third Friday of the month at 7:00 pm. We collectively study God's word and participate in a variety of social activities.
Lori Rez and Luci Irving were the leaders of our youth group this past year, with Pastor Gatulak, Pastor Koehler and Barb Koehler assisting. Barb Koehler has agreed to help Lori in leading the youth this year. We thank Luci for her help for reaching out to our youth in the past.
The youth had decided last Fall to meet on the first and third Fridays of each month. Officers were: President - Matthew Koehler; Vice President - Nicole Schumacher; Alter Ajak - Treasurer; and Secretary - Mary Cep. The group did not meet over the summer.
Some of the highlights of last year included the following:
Good Shepherd Hot Meal Program. The youth group assisted with the hot meal program at the Good Shepherd. Adult members also assisted at this meal. This was a rewarding experience for our youth as they had an opportunity to serve those in need.
EDLYA Retreat, The young Adult Retreat was held at Pilgrim. Lori Rez did an amazing job of cooking for everyone. This was a chance for our youth to see the opportunities for fellowship with other Christians after high school.
April 2014 Easter Breakfast. The youth met the Sunday prior to Easter and made sausage, pancakes and other goodies for the breakfast. They also spent time playing video games and socializing with one another, followed by a pizza supper. The Easter Breakfast was well attended and enjoyed by all.
April 2014 District Youth (EDLY) Retreat. Alter Ajak, Gatluak Kong and Matthew Koehler attended this retreat at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in KItchener. The The Youth Adult Retreat (EDLYA) was also going on at this time. The theme of this retreat was "Christ is Lord".
May 2014 - NATIONAL MARCH FOR LIFE, Pastor Gatluak, Pastor Koehler, Sunday Kong, Anok Amahar, Mary Cep, Buok Kong, Matthew Koehler and Nyadang Lam attended the March in Ottawa. Since 1969, over 4 million children have been killed by abortion in Canada. In 2014, another 100,000 babies will be put to death, at taxpayers expense, while society turns a blind eye. This was an important event for our youth to join in with other Christians to show politicians that abortion is abominable.
The Lord has blessed us with a great group of young people to work with.
We are a small group in number, but as you can see we have participated in a number of fun activities and have been involved with a number of social outreach programs within the community.
A big THANK YOU to our chaperones and the members of the church for their support in our endeavours.