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Learn How You Can Support Our Youth and Their Summer Accompaniment Trips

Three accompaniment trips are planned this summer for our middle and high school youth.

The high school trip to Sarasota Florida, is in partnership with the SW Florida Disaster Response and ELCA Camp Luther Springs, to help clean up from Hurricane Ian. First Lutheran youth gonig on the trip are Dakota Fisher, Hannah Torrey, Nicholas Bushard, Aden Niebuhr, Will Niebuhr, Xander Niebuhr, Elsa Cortinas, Tristen Halsey, Vin Trampe, Owen Paulsen and Maya Troutman. The adult leaders are Jenna Troutman, Vicar Erick Hill and Sharon Hardel. They will be traveling and serving with First Lutheran of Fremont during the week of June 9 – 18.

The Synod Youth Trip to Denver, Colorado, July 10-15, is another option for high school students who are not able to attend the Florida trip. Youth from the NE Synod will serve in a variety of ways in the Denver community. The youth going on this trip are Cora Hoeft, Liz Scharton and Sophia Johnson-Alvarez, with Cindy Lander as the adult leader.

The middle school trip July 15-21 to Camp Wapogasset’s Wilderness Canoe Base, an ELCA Camp on the boarder of WI and MN, will find the youth cleaning trails to prevent wildfires and doing other service projects for the camp, while also enjoying canoeing and other camp programing. First Lutheran youth going on the trip are Bennett Bacon, Maxx Clark, Christian Paulsen, Cole Troutman, Stephen Fisher, Caitlin Buckwalter and Emily Seebohm. Mike Paulsen, Kristi Fisher and Sharon Hardel will be the adult leaders.

Envelope Fundraiser to Help the Youth Reach Their Summer Destinations and Beyond

How does the Envelope Fundraiser work?

  1. Look at the envelopes posted on the wall in the Gathering Area and decide which dollar amount you are willing to donate.
  2. Pick that envelope off the wall.
  3. Place your check or cash in the envelope.
  4. Return it to the church office (Please put your name on the envelope if you would like credit on your statement for the donation).

As envelopes disappear from the board, pictures of the youth will appear with statements from them why they are going on the trips and / or what they hope to experience or have experienced from previous trips. The 2024 ELCA Youth Gathering will be held in New Orleans so any moneys collected above what is needed this summer will be used for this upcoming trip. Registration for the Gathering will begin in September 2023.

Hire a Young Person for Spring Yard Cleanup and Planting and Support the Accompaniment Trips

Would you like help with spring yard cleanup or planting? Our middle and high school youth are offering to be “hired” (donations accepted, no hourly rate charge) to help raise money for their summer trips. The dates youth are available are Saturday April 15, 29 or May 6 in the mornings or afternoons. Please contact Sharon Hardel at with details about the work you are wanting done, approximately how many hours you think it will take and what date and time suits you best. Megan Jenkins has volunteered to coordinate this project and will be in touch with you to make final arrangements.

We are thankful for the congregation’s prayers and financial support as we continue to plan for this summer.

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