St. Andrew's Youth News
An Easter Blessing
Greetings dear friends!


This week, I simply want to share an Easter poem with you all by Jan Richardson, called Risen

If you are looking
for a blessing,
do not linger
here.

Here
is only
emptiness,
a hollow,
a husk
where a blessing
used to be.

This blessing
was not content
in its confinement.

It could not abide
its isolation,
the unrelenting silence,
the pressing stench
of death.

So if it is
a blessing
you seek,
open your own
mouth.

Fill your lungs
with the air
this new
morning brings

and then
release it
with a cry.

Hear how the blessing
breaks forth
in your own voice,

how your own lips
form every word
you never dreamed
to say.

See how the blessing
circles back again,
wanting you to
repeat it,
but louder,

how it draws you,
pulls you,
sends you
to proclaim
its only word:

Risen.
Risen.
Risen.



I pray you all have a blessed Holy Week and Easter dear friends. I pray it is filed with light, joy and love.


Sending my love to all of you.


Please let me know what I can do to help support you and your youth.
Youth Group Meets In-Person this Wednesday

The high school youth group will meet in-person at Bethlehem this Wednesday from 4:30-5:30 pm.

We will be meeting outside, so dress warmly and bring your beach chair or towel! The guidelines for our gatherings are as follows:

While on campus, your youth will/must:
-Wear a mask the entire time
-Practice social distancing (even if they're seeing friends outside of church gathering time)
-Those that drive, cannot mingle in the parking lot afterwards.
-Will not bring food, as that encourages mask removal. Water bottles are OK

*DO NOT send your youth if they have exhibited any symptoms or been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.
*Do NOT send your youth if they have been out of state in the past 14 days

If your youth is not able to follow the guidelines above, I will have to ask them to leave immediately.


If you have questions please call my cell at 515-401-2631 or email me !
Save the Dates: Summer 2021!

As you well know, we were unable to do any youth programs or trips last summer. We are hoping, praying and planning that we will be able to take our high school youth group to camp for a week, August 1st- August 6th. We will be developing protocols alongside camp to keep everyone safe.

More information coming.
Constance Mithelman
Director of Youth Ministries
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