St. Andrew's Youth News
God's Epic Facepalm
Greetings dear friends!

I don't often choose to focus on the Old Testament readings for the week, but this one is one of my favorites for so many reasons. Everyone grab your Bibles and let's dive in!

Exodus 32:1-14

We, the people of God, have always been an impatient bunch, and the passage from Exodus for this week is a prime example. I think we've only gotten worse over time, at least the Israelites had the excuse that they had been wandering in the wilderness and Moses had been gone for 40 days, before they most unfortunately decided to take measures into their own hands. In our time of instant gratification and targeted advertising telling us what we 'need', it's no wonder things have kind of gone to hell and a hand basket now, too.

Whenever I read this passage, I imagine God seeing Aaron and the rest of the Israelites molding this golden calf to worship, God throwing hands to God's face and shaking God's head. Epic facepalm.

In today's context, when God sees us prioritizing things; our homes, cars, devices, clothing, etc. over loving and serving and sharing with our neighbor, I think God has the same reaction.

But thank God for Moses!

Moses sees how upset and angry God is at our obsession with ourselves and our 'things', and intervenes. Moses reminds God that God promised to keep God's people safe and to give them a future.

This week I want you to focus on two things:

-What are the golden calves in your life? Things that can move down on your priority list, in order that your sisters and brothers in Christ might come first.

-What/who helps you intervene when your priorities are out of whack? Who/what helps you break down in order to build back up for the sake of your neighbor?

Sending my love to you all.

Please let me know what I can do to help support you and your youth.
Important Update Regarding In-Person Youth Gatherings
Greetings dear friends!

I wanted to give you an update regarding in-person youth group gatherings. From conversations over text message and Zoom, I know your youth are anxiously awaiting the day when they can safely gather with their church friends again. I needed to gather, compare and finalize protocol from both St. Andrew's and Bethlehem before I could safely put a plan together for us to gather again. So far, this is what I have come up with.

I have divided the youth group into two groups to keep numbers safe, as well as, try and ensure a meaningful experience where we can have conversation without shouting across the lawn at one another.

The first group will be meeting (in-person) on Bethlehem's campus on October 7th and October 21st (1st & 3rd Wednesdays). The second group will be meeting (in-person) on October 14th and October 28th (2nd & 4th Wednesdays).

The groups will change every month and I have grouped siblings together in hopes that rides will not be an issue.

We will be meeting for one hour, from 4:30-5:30 pm.

While on campus, your youth will/must:
-Have temperature checked & documented upon arrival
-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 removal of masks. Water bottles are OK

*Please do not send your youth if they have exhibited any symptoms or been exposed to someone with Covid-19 in the past 14 days.
*Please 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.

I will be reaching out individually to let you know what group your child(ren) are in. If you/they don't receive an email/text message from me, please let me know ASAP via text/phone call at 515-401-2631,

Sending my love to you all.

Please let me know what I can do to help support you and your youth.
Confirmation Class Begins This Sunday!
We begin our next youth and parent confirmation class this Sunday, October 11th from 10:45 am - 12 pm at church. Both parents and youth will be meeting outside. Please remember to bring a beach chair!
While in class, we will all be masked and practicing social distancing.
We can't wait to see you!
Youth Worship Resumes Sunday, October 25th
On Sunday, October 25th, our youth worship service will resume during the drive-in service at 10 am! When you drive in off of Balour, the youth can jump out and head over to the sun yard with their beach chair or towel for our youth service!
Constance Mithelman
Director of Youth Ministries
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