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God Squad


   God Squad is for all youth in Grades 9-12


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Coming Up!  

Sunday Mornings
9:45 am


CrossWalk -- High School Sunday Mornings

We meet every Sunday morning.

Got questions? Join us each Sunday for coffee, cocoa, donuts, and conversation.
On the last Sunday of each month, gather in the youth room for Oasis, a time for our high school students to rest, color, and enjoy a movie.
 
Join us from 9:45 am - 10:45 am in 319/Youth Room! 
  
Our annual White Elephant Gift Exchange is December 17, 2017 during CrossWalk.
We will enjoy a White Elephant Gift Exchange to celebrate the Christmas season. So search the depths of your closet, get rid of that Christmas sweater Aunt Sally got you last year, and bring your tacky, silly, ridiculous gift item (wrapped) to CrossWalk.
Please spend a minimum amount of money on your gift; ideally, it will cost you $0!!
Please Sign Up in the Narthex beginning November 12.

December 1-2, 2017
5:00 pm - 12:00 noon

Lock In!
Join us for winter fun! On Friday we will meet at 5:00 pm and enjoy the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena, Sock Samurai, and late night pizza with a movie!
In the morning we will serve with the Chicken Soup Brigade as we pack bags of nutritious food intended for home bound people around King County. We will arrive back at Saint Andrew’s at 12:00 noon.
Sign up in the Narthex.

December 3, 2017
12:15 pm

Gingerbread House Decorating Party
Our annual Gingerbread House Decorating party is for everyone - bring the entire family for an afternoon of creative fun!
We will enjoy a potluck lunch and decorate gingerbread houses. 
Please share a Potluck Item*:
     Last names A-G:  Dessert
     Last names H-N:  Main Dish
     Last names O-Z:  Salad/Side Dish
* You are welcome to use the kitchen, oven, and stove after 11:00 am.
 
Sign up in the Narthex. If you sign up by November 19, please bring $10 to cover the cost of the gingerbread house. If you sign up after November 19, please bring your own house and candy..

May 18-20, 2018

Holden May Youth Weekend
We are headed back to Holden Village in Spring 2018. Join us for an unplugged weekend of fun and fellowship.
Please sign up in the Narthex or via email by January 14!
Cost: $100 (scholarships available. Ask Emily Harrow for more information.)

Summer 2018
July 21-28, 2018

Summer Mission Trip
We are heading to Montana to serve the Blackfeet Nation, working with YouthWorks.
 
Download an Information Packet.
Download a Commitment Form.
Commitment forms and deposit are due by the first meeting on January 14, 2018.
        
~ Contact Emily Harrow for more information.


For information about mission trips, visit our Mission Trip webpage.





Ongoing and Recurring Activities! Check back here, and watch the VOICE newsletters and Sunday worship bulletins for notices about these events.

All through the year 

Service Projects and Events
In the past, we've served at Eastside Baby Corner and participated in Earth Day events. Check back for new opportunities!

Several times a year

Help with Kids In/Parents Out
Several times throughout the year, the Sheep and Shepherds group has Kids In/Parents Out events. The high school youth spend the evening at church entertaining the kids while the parents get together off-site. This event is also a fundraiser for the high school summer mission and service trip.  

Once or Twice per year

Lock In!
Spend the night at church with friends! We play games, eat, talk about God, play Sock Samurai, watch a movie, and even sleep a little!

Sunday
April 1, 2018
6:30 am - 12:00 noon
 

Easter Breakfast
The high school youth and adult volunteers provide breakfast for the congregation on Easter morning. It is a service to the congregation and a fundraiser for the summer mission and service trip.

Spring 

Holden Village Retreat
In May, we participate in a Holden Youth Weekend. Holden is a beautiful place in the Cascade Mountains. We spend time with youth from other congregations, relax and hike, and worship. 

Summer

Summer Mission and Service Trip
July 2018 - to Montana to serve the Blackfeet Nation with YouthWorks
July 2017 - to Chicago with Center for Student Missions
July 2016 - on a "Mystery Tour" of the Pacific Northwest for service and adventure
July 2015 - to the ELCA National Youth Gathering in Detroit
June 2014
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to San Francisco with Center for Student Missions

July 2013
to Idaho

July 2012 - to the ELCA National Youth Gathering in New Orleans
July 2011 - To Toronto, Canada for a week of serving the homeless with Center for Student Missions 



Who Are We?
We are Lutheran youth with a lust for life, working to spread God's love to the people we encounter in our everyday lives and to spread it around the world. We spread the love through servant trips to places as close as the Lummi Tribe of Native Americans near Bellingham, WA to as far away as Guatemala.

We gather to hang out and spend time in Bible study, play games, watch movies, go places, and do fun things. Come and join us - questions welcome!

Each fall we go on a retreat to spend time relaxing away from the craziness of life. We study God's Word, have deep discussions, joke around, play games, color, read, and just take some time away from the rest of the world.

In the spring we take a trip to Holden Village for some time up in the mountains. Holden has been a transformative place for many of us - the worship is awesome, food tasty, and the time to relax or hike in the scenery of the Glacier Peak Wilderness is phenomenal. Some of us look forward to this trip all year long!

Then, there is summer with The God Squad. We don't meet as often during the summer, but when we do it is intense fun, frolicking, and time with God. In past summers, we have gone to Wild Waves, had movie nights, beach parties and more. Then, there is the summer servant mission trip. These are unbeatable experiences of life in different parts of the country and the world. Visit our Summer Mission and Service Trip webpage for more information about our 2010 trip to Camp Lutherwood to serve the Lummi Tribe of Native Americans, and to see pictures from past trips!

As Lutheran youth, we are guided by the Bible, which we hold as the inspired Word of God. The lens we use to read the Bible is our belief that through Christ's death and resurrection, we are saved. When we look out at life, we understand that all humans, even (or especially) ourselves, are both sinners and saints, capable of the most amazing and the most cruel actis; but at all times the Holy Spirit is present in our lives. We do our best to live in ways that Christ asks us to live, by regularly asking ourselves, "Who is my neighbor?"

Visit the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America website to learn more about being a Lutheran and what we believe.



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For more information, contact:
Emily Harrow,
Director of Discipleship Ministries
emily@SALChome.org, 425-746-2529