St. Andrew's Youth News
Build Bridges Not Walls
Dear friends,

Our society/government/culture is obsessed with differentiating one from another, based on sex, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, religion, political party, etc. An individual can only fall into one category, not the other, and God forbid someone be in-between the two. This week, we read the beautiful testament to our one-ness in God in Galatians 3:23-29. We are reminded that it is a gift that God created us to NOT be contained by these man-made boundaries we seem so obsessed with, God made us to be so much more than that. God didn't create the beautiful chaotic cacophony of humanity for us to 'hunker down' with people just 'like us' and keep 'the other' at bay. That is us playing God and utterly and completely denying God's unique presence in our neighbor. It is in the moments when I'm in community with my sisters and brothers who think/act/speak/practice differently from myself, that I learn the most about God. So, dear friends, let us build more bridges, more ways to be in community with our sisters and brothers different from ourselves, and less walls, less physical and metaphorical bunkers to hide from and deny the infinite faces and expressions of God in our midst.

Please let me know what I can do to help support you and your youth.
Beach Wednesdays Underway!

ALL youth (middle and high school) are encouraged to gather at Moonlight beach from 3-6 pm every week for fellowship and fun! I generally set up camp just north of the giant palm tree, by the volleyball courts. We wrap up with ice cream at Cali Cream (formerly Handels) at 6 pm. If you're having trouble finding us, just give me a call!
Volunteer for VBS this Summer!

We will be partnering with Bethlehem for Vacation Bible School June 27-June 30th 9 am - 12 pm and need volunteers! Can you help?

Final Call To RSVP for Summer Service Trip!

Current 8th graders through Freshmen in College - Join us for a trip to the Navajo Reservation in Rock Point, AZ! July 30-August 6th.  RSVP NOW to Constance!
Constance Mithelman
Director of Youth Ministries
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