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     The St. Paul's EYC participated in Hometown Missions last week-end at St. Paul's (Savannah). We joined 53 other youth and leaders from around the diocese to work on the Savannah Hope House, the St. Paul's Food Pantry, yard work, closet organization, fence restoration and painting, along with other projects. Our youth were FABULOUS!!! Each young person participated in every event with enthusiasm and was a wonderful representation of OUR church to the diocese! We spent two nights on the floors around St. Paul's (Savannah) and bathed in various homes and YMCAs in Savannah and Tybee (one time all week-end). Saturday evening, after a long day's work, the entire group made a sack dinner of PB&Js, chips, and a drink and went to Tybee Island. We flew kites, enjoyed the sunset, and participated in a Eucharist on the beach. We were joined by a few million sand gnats, but nothing stopped the singing, praying, and fellowship with one another. We did all question why God created the sand gnat and no answers were found. If you have one, please share with us!

     We woke a little before 7:00 a.m. on Sunday morning to pack, clean the church prior to services, eat breakfast, and take a tour to survey each work site. The youth were able to see how much can be done with a little elbow grease and a great attitude. We all learned how important it is to give our time to help others and how great we felt in return. After our tour, we were all ushered in to the sanctuary at St. Paul's for service. Unfortunately, they brought us in a little early and we heard the end of Morning Vespers, watched a recessional, and then stayed for the 10:00 a.m. service of The Great Litany and Solemn Mass. For many of our young people, this was the first time they had seen a high holy service with billowing incense and much chanting. Our young people were respectful, participated fully, and you would have been proud of them!

     I wanted to share these details with you to help you know the caliber of the young people that we have in our parish. These young people are succeeding academically and athletically. They are participating in student government, playing in bands, participating in 4-H, working, and giving of their time and talent for our church and diocese. They answer calls after school to help our parishioners catch a cat up a tree, help move boxes in homes, do yard work, and even do windows!! As you all know, we are planning on attending the Episcopal Youth Event this summer in St. Paul, Minnesota. We will be nine of up to 3000 in attendance! We will discuss issues that face our parish, our communities, our states, and our nation. We will be able to share our thoughts with our Presiding Bishop, Kathering Jefferts Schori. We will then join our province at the Red Lake Indian Reservation for three days. We will have the opportunity to work on many projects there as well as share our cultural and spiritual beliefs with the residents. This is an INCREDIBLE opportunity for our young people.

     We have had multiple fundraisers throughout the year. THANK YOU ALL for your support! We will be having a yard sale in May, and would truly appreciate ANY gently used items that you would like to donate. We are also looking for sponsors for our trip. We have about $4000 more to raise to cover all costs of the trip including airfare, lodging, food, registration, and materials (paint, tools, etc.). IF you would like to help sponsor our group, please let me, Kristi and Aaron Brewer, or Father Lee know.

     Again, THANK YOU for your support and know that you are making a difference in the lives of not only our fabulous young people, but the lives of the people that our youth will work with this summer!

Peace,

Julia Domenick

julesdomohio@yahoo.com

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