Open Door Young Adults Are Planning a Retreat
It has been a great joy to lead the young adult group this year. As the young adult pastor I have had the pleasure of seeing relationships formed and community built as they explore questions of faith.
This summer the young adults would like to go on a 2 day retreat to the coast in August to continue forming their connections with one another and grow in their faith. To provide this opportunity to the young adult community, we are looking for your support. Would you be willing to invest in the young adults financially? Do you know of or have a place where 10 young adults could stay? Or would you be willing to provide them with meals for the retreat?
As you prayerfully consider supporting the young adult group, I encourage you to read the personal testimonies below from two of our young adults. If you are able to support the young adult group, please contact me at
Thank you for your continued support of the Open Door Church Young Adults.
Pastor Alyssa Baker
"I truly appreciate the space and time that is given to this group as we get to discuss things that directly affect us. We have the opportunity to discuss social issues and reflect on how the Methodist church discipline stands on it and then how we personally feel about it.
Additionally, Pastor Alyssa gives us the time and space if sometimes we just need to discuss an issue that we are currently facing in our life whether at school, work or personally. She is really responsive to our needs and understands that some weeks we can be present and sometimes not because our schedules are all over the place with life and our time is occupied consistently with new things that come up.
I encourage you to continue to support Pastor Alyssa and to understand that as a young adult our lives are very fluid and change happens often and fast which could also be reflected in the group. We hope to continue to grow in our faith but even more so in relation and understanding for one another and not only in the community that we live in but all those around us."
"I have been part of Clear Lake UMC since I was three. The church has always played an important role in my life. As a young adult I found myself struggling to find a place within the church. My home church, which I love dearly, is for the most part full of people who are much older than me and at times I found it hard to come together in community at times because we are at such different spots in our life.
The Young Adults group has given me a space to be in community with a group of similar people. We enjoy talking to each other about personal lives but also we feel comfortable enough to question our faith and beliefs with one another. As of late, we have been discussing different social activism topics and how they relate to the United Methodist Church.
Over the summer we also plan to do different activities that will continue to bring us together as a group of friends but also as Christians. Different volunteer and outreach opportunities have been opened up to us that I am looking forward to. This group is very much needed and beneficial to the members that attend."
If you want to connect or talk with this group or have a donation you would like to make, call Pastor Alyssa at Keizer Clear Lake United Methodist Church - 503-393-2402 and she will be happy to talk about it with you.
Sarah Katreen Hoggatt