St. Andrew's Youth News
Greetings dear friends!

The saying goes; the only constant in life is change. My how naïve the world was about this sentiment a year ago. But is change always a bad thing?

The texts for this week remind us that change is most certainly upon us as people of God, too. On the cusp of this Lenten journey, as we prepare our hearts and minds for the next 40 days and remember Jesus' journey to the cross, I encourage you to think about the good and necessary changes that have taken place in the past year. How have you changed? How has the world changed?
During these 40 days of reflection, examine areas of your life that could use some change, some holy disruptions, for your sake and for the sake of the world?

Sending my love to you all.

Please let me know what I can do to help support you and your youth.
Youth Group via Zoom this Wednesday

The youth group will be meeting via Zoom from 4:30-5:30 pm every Wednesday.
Meeting ID: 836 9742 1371
Passcode: youth

If you have trouble connecting call my cell at 515-401-2631 or email me with any other questions you might have!
Confirmation Class this Sunday

We have our next youth and parent Confirmation class via Zoom this Sunday, February 14th from 10:45 am - 12 pm. I'll send out the zoom link in a private email shortly! Please plan on youth and adults being on separate devices in order to participate in breakout rooms.
Mardi Gras Crepe Cooking Class this Tuesday!

To celebrate Mardi Gras, we're having a Crepe Cooking Class this Tuesday, February 16th at 6pm via Zoom! Here is a link to the supplies/instructions with savory and sweet options!
Ash Wednesday

There will be Ash Wednesday services via Zoom at 7 am, 12 pm, 5 pm and 7 pm this Wednesday. If you haven't already, every parishioner will be receiving blessed Palm branch ashes with instructions on how to impose them. I'll be attending the 7 pm Zoom watch party if you'd like to join me! If those times don't work for you and your family, the worship will be posted on our webpage, too!
Virtual Winter Retreat Workshop Series

Normally, the youth and I begin the year in the mountains at middle school and high school winter retreats. On our zoom calls, we talk about how much we miss the learning, healing and renewal that happens each and every year. Camp has decided to offer a virtual winter retreat workshop series on February 5, 12, 19th on their website. I'll post the videos in each week's corresponding email blast too! Our group from two years ago, even made the website page!

Let me know if you have questions!
Constance Mithelman
Director of Youth Ministries
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