Posted on in Christian Education Blog by The Rev. David Marshall
Last Saturday, members of our Youth Group headed up to Whidbey Island and attended the annual Christmas Party for Ryan’s House for Youth. It was held at the American Legion Hall in Langley and sponsored by the Veterans on the island. Youth from other churches on the island attended as well as some of the homeless teens. The room was graced with a huge Christmas tree full of lights, and the whole area was festive.
We arrived at the party early, and our youth spent that time stuffing Christmas stockings for the homeless teens and doing other worthwhile things to help out. When the young people from other churches arrived, they were joined by our youth and the other teens. Large tables had been set out for the meal and Lori Cavender, Ryan’s House director, had put board games on the tables. Within a very few minutes our teens were amid a large group of kids, and they were playing games, laughing, and getting to know each other. Several adults that were there looked at the group and just smiled. It was really heartwarming.
Mary O. had taken large scraps of fleece that we used for our Linus Project and made several large warm scarfs which we put under the tree. Some of the homeless teens live outside, and the scarfs will come in handy.
I want to thank those of you who have already purchased a gift for Ryan’s House or have donated in some other way. If you are giving a check, please make it out to Ryan’s House. I encourage you to help with this outreach ministry and to let your love be felt by the young people that need it so very much. We can work miracles when we work together to help each other. There are almost a hundred teens on that island who need our love and our help. Let’s make their Christmas a little merrier.
Blessings, and thank you,
Mary E. Pacher