Our youth just returned from their annual mission trip. This year, we again partnered with Robbinsdale UCC and went to Chicago to do Urban Emmersion, working with food shelves and shelters distributing, cooking and serving food to the hungry. A youth Sunday has not been scheduled yet, but we’ll keep everyone notified so you can come and hear about their experiences. Here a few highlights.
One day we broke up into three groups and each group had a different place to go. My group went to ‘Care For Real’, a food shelf where we distributed food. All those that came in were very cheerful and appreciative.
We also spent a day at the Greater Chicago Food Depository. This is where stores and companies can donate food to be sorted, boxed and distributed to food shelves and soup kitchens around the city. We sorted and boxed bread and boxed 22,000 pounds of sweet corn that had just arrived.
We served lunch two days in a row at "Two ‘L’il Fishes," at a shelter for homeless men. To protect the identity of the guests we could not get many pictures.
Our host church, Bethany UCC, has a community garden and we spent a hot afternoon weeding, watering, spreading wood chips and having fun spraying each other to cool off at the end. This photo was taken at the end of the day in front of the storage bin they keep their gardening supplies in on the garden property.
And of course we went to Millenium Park and had fun at the bean and big face moving portraits and to the Willis Tower and Giordano’s Pizza Place. We’ll save those pictures for Youth Sunday. Thank you, Parkway for always supporting our youth!