This will be Steve’s final newsletter article for the Good News at St. Andrews as he will finish my tenure as Youth Director at the end of May.
I have been pleased to work with our youth to Celebrate Youth during worship, creating & decorating liturgical art to grace our worship space (Banners, Stations of the Cross, the Woman at the Well), studying Blue Theology in Pacific Grove, carving pumpkins, washing cars, making soup and cookie recipe jars, touring China and Japan Town in the city; serving as Caring Luncheon volunteers; singing around the campfire; drum circles and more at neighborhood night out; stand-up paddle-boarding, and games at the beach; Raging Waters, Rock-N-Jump and bowling fellowship activities; ice cream and bible study, Faith5, SF Giants games, the DeYoung and California Academy of Science museums; ringing chimes for worship and helping to create our Christmas Day Video services.
We used Kristkind matches to connect our elders and our youth during Advent in two different years in order support our youth as they continue to grow in grace and faith and the knowledge of God.
Highlights of our time for me together include walking the Labyrinth at the Mercy Center, teaching youth and celebrating the Confirmation of Faith of several students and coordinating the Peninsula Lutheran Youth presence and participation in the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston last summer.
On May 19th, we’ll celebrate the Confirmation of Ayden Bugariniand Erin Wallace and on June 2nd we’ll celebrate the Confirmation of Hannah Quanbeck, all during our morning worship services. With the completion of their studies, these are the final youth that we have involved in our programming. At this time we have no one else participating in Sunday School or preparing to do so.
I’d like to thank the congregation for this opportunity to serve your ministry and give thanks for the support you’ve given to youth ministry which has had a significant impact in their lives.
I will be preaching for worship on May 26th.
Steve Eulberg, Youth Director