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Mission and Service Trip

The God Squad goes on one amazing mission trip each summer. 
These mission trips have four points of focus:
 
Explore a different culture
Experience new styles of worship
Serve God's people
Learn about how the way we live impacts those we serve
 
 
With these points in mind, we have traveled as far as Guatemala and as nearby as Seattle. 


The 2016 Mission Trip Team ready to embark on the Pacific Northwest Mystery Tour!



One of our service projects


Summer 2018
 
Information Meeting, August 13, 2017, 10:45 am
Students entering grades 9-12 and parents:
Join us on Sunday, August 13, following worship, in 302/Fellowship Hall South, for a discussion on our three high school trip options for the 2018 summer.
Families will have an opportunity to cast their vote on their preferred trip by August 27.
 
Contact Director of Discipleship Ministries Emily Harrow, emily@SALChome.org or 425-746-2529, for more information. 

 


 
Summer 2017 

July 16-21, 2017: We are in Chicago to work with Center for Student Missions (CSM), the organization that we partnered with on our San Francisco and Toronto trips.  (To learn more about CSM, watch an introductory video at https://vimeo.com/107150526.
 
What are participants doing on this trip?
Our mission team has been preparing their hearts for service in the city since January. The team has worked together to create a Vacation Bible School (VBS) program to lead for a group of children living at the Cornerstone Community Outreach Center, a shelter that provides services for mothers and their children, and entire families. Leading VBS will be the main service site for our team in Chicago, but they will have opportunities to serve and learn more about the city in a variety of ways. Please pray for the team as they prepare to leave in July.
 
Our students will learn. Students will be exposed to new situations, opportunities and physical surroundings that will challenge their stereotypes and assumptions. They will minister. They will work with ministries and organizations that will have a continued presence in the community, long after our students leave. They will process what they learn. Each evening, a CSM staff person will guide the group through a discussion to help them understand what they have been learning and experiencing.
 
Contact Emily Harrow for more information.
     
Important Dates:
Events:
  July 16-21, 2017: THE TRIP!
  August 20, 2017: Mission Trip Sunday
    The Mission Team will help lead worship and host the fellowship time following worship. They will share photos and stories of their experiences. Please join us for worship (9:30 am) and fellowship that day!
 
Contact Emily Harrow for more information.    
   

 
Summer 2016 

Five youth and three adults were the Summer 2016 Mission Trip Team!

We embarked on a ‘mystery’ tour of the Pacific Northwest (PNW) June 24 - July 1. Our trip included service learning, adventure, and tater-tot pizza!   
 
 


 
Summer 2015
July 15-19, 2015:  We attended the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) National Youth Gathering in Detroit, Michigan with 30,000 of our peers for a week spent on learning, serving, and worship!

Read their blog: http://riseupsaintandrews.blogspot.com  
See photos on Instagram: https://instagram.com/salcyouth  
Hear the sermon giving by Joslyn and Lauren on August 23.
 


Cleaning up a neighborhood in Detroit....
Summer 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering service project



Summer 2015 ELCA Youth Gathering Team

 


 
Summer 2014

We served in San Francisco with Center for Student Missions (CSM) June 21-29, 2014.
 
This was an urban focused mission trip, and we began to understand the issues of homelessness and poverty that are so prevalent in urban areas throughout the country, including our own.
Read more about CSM's mission work in San Francisco.

   




Summer 2013
We served in northern Idaho July 21-26, 2013. Our service was coordinated through Camp LutherHaven.



Summer 2012
We returned to New Orleans, Louisiana, for the 2012 ELCA National Youth Gathering July 17-22! We worshiped, served, and played with 35,000 Lutheran youth from around the country. 

Read about our trip on our blog.  






Summer 2011

 

  Toronto, Canada!  From July 24 through July 31, fourteen youth and four adults were in one of the most multicultural cities in North America for an urban mission and service trip with Center for Student Missions (CSM). They served meals to the homeless at drop-in shelters in the city, and learned what the homeless experience as they live on the streets.


Read their trip blog: http://www.godsquadtoronto.blogspot.com/
















 
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Summer 2010
Twenty-two youth and five adults served the Lummi Tribe of Native Americans near Bellingham on a trip organized through Camp Lutherwood. We spent the week doing yard work, painting, and cleaning up a Lummi Long House; and were treated to dinner and Lummi cultural dancing.

We also got to test our skills on a high-ropes course and have some fun tubing on Lake Samish.





Summer 2009
In 2009, we attended the ELCA National Youth Gathering in New Orleans. The theme for the gathering was Jesus, Justice, Jazz. The week focused on service to the city of New Orleans and included awesome worship experiences and powerful speakers. God led us to serve and to deepen our faith. We plan to return to New Orleans for the ELCA National Youth Gathering in 2012!








Summer 2008
In the summer of 2008, we embarked on a Road Rules adventure, Southern Style 
This trip led us to Delbarton, West Virginia for a week of service with Youth Works. We built relationships with people of all ages in this small coal-mining town through painting, construction, and running kids' activities. From Delbarton, we ventured to Asheville, North Carolina for a night of fun and rest in a real bed. We then headed to Charleston, South Carolina, where we learned about southern life in the times of slavery, and were blessed to experience gracious southern hospitality. 









Summer 2007

In 2007, we broadened our horizons by heading to Guatemala with Partners in Service.
While in Guatemala, our youth built stoves for families and planted trees to help fight the deforestation in the region.  Building stoves may seem like an unusual form of service, but  Guatemalans in rural areas usually cook indoors over an open fire.  This can cause a lifetime of lung problems, especially for children.  The stoves we built helped to pipe the fire out of the house while maintaining traditional cooking techniques.



Summer 2006
2006 was the original Road Rules adventure. We embarked on a wild trip to some of the largest cities in the Midwest. Here is a sampling of what we did:

Cleveland: We served, slept and worshipped at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lakewood, OH. 
Experienced the West Side Market, a Cleveland Landmark, took in the joys
of public transportation, visited the Rock and Roll Hall of fame. 
All awesomeness.


In Chicago we began with a socio-economic walking tour of the South Side with Dr. Richard Perry from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.  We also visited the Cabrini Green Neighborhood Association, experienced true sports fans at a White Sox v. Yankees game, ate Chicago style pizza, and volunteered at a senior center in the suburbs.

While staying at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Minneapolis, we took an environmental tour of the neighborhood, which has a number of Superfund sites  played with the kids at the church for their summer program and went door-to-door to get neighbors involved in the church's block party.  We also experienced an amazing prayer service and Redeemer's monthly hip-hop worship, JUMP.






Summer 2005
In 2005, we attended the Western States Youth Gathering in Seattle, where we had
the opportunity to meet youth from Alaska, Hawaii, Montana, Idaho, Oregon,
California, and Washington, hear amazing keynote speakers and celebrate God with
the music of Agape & Rachel Kurtz.



 

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