by Nick McMichael, Youth Director
December has come and gone. We sold almost 400 trees on our Christmas tree lot ! Half of the profits goes toward our youth programs, and the other half will go to Boy Scout Troup 869. I extend my gratitude to everyone who came out to buy a tree. You have been a huge blessing to us.
The question, of course, is what to do with this money? In the past it went toward a ski trip that the youth seem to enjoy. Other years it went toward a summer mission trip. This year I am moved by the Spirit to work with the Honduras Missions that our church supports. As a result of a much steeper cost for this mission trip, as opposed to ASP, I want you all to know that our Christmas tree funds will be going toward sending our youth on this trip. More details about the trip itself will come in later Spire articles.
The last thing I would like to share with you is about our Youth Group House Cup! Some of you may know by now that I have put each youth into one of four groups, named after the Hogwarts houses in J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, so that they can gain points to try to defeat the other groups. This competition will end on Halloween of 2015. As part of this House Cup, the youth were given the chance to receive ten points per tree that they sold this year. They could also make points by memorizing the order of the books of the Bible, answering tough questions that I often ask, winning games that we play, or finding a stuffed animal called “Bob the Tomato,” whom I have been hiding around the Fellowship Building. At the end of December, the points are as follows:
These results show the Ravenclaw House in an early lead!
Thanks again to everyone who came out to help sell trees, and thank you to everyone who supports our youth in any way.