Raised in a Barn!
Each year around Halloween, we hold a combined Junior and Senior High Barn Party at the Morton’s. This year’s party included a bonfire, a fantastic hay ride, some goofy games, and (of course) cows. It was a fantastic opportunity for the leaders and teens to socialize, while enjoying a taste of farm life.
When people ask me what my favorite part of my job is, I always tell them “hanging out with the teens.” Teenagers are so interesting to me: they love adventure, they are willing to take risks, and they often tend to be transparent. They will tell you what they are thinking; and they will also let you know when they don’t believe or trust what you are saying to them. The typical Wednesday night for our teens includes a guided topical discussion and some down time to simply unplug from the weekly schedule of school, sports, and work. When you ask people today how they are doing, the standard response is “I’m busy.” The Pearce teens are working hard to be counter to this culture. Our Wednesday night program is an opportunity for teens to have an hour and a half in their week where they aren’t overly scheduled. It’s an hour and a half when kids are allowed to stop the craziness and actually be kids again. If you have an interest in being a kid again, get ahold of me or one of the other volunteers. We’d love to talk with you about volunteering with us.
Time for Breakfast
About 10 years ago, Greg Harp and I began a guys’ breakfast club. It was simple–pick teen guys up before school, pray for the meal and eat a hearty North Chili Family Restaurant breakfast, then take the guys to school. The day and time have changed over the years, as have the faces, but we continue to meet. On a typical Tuesday, we have roughly 20 guys; and we have recently added some “older” gentlemen, giving us a true intergenerational look. Our goal is to reach the occupancy number at NCFR, but for now we are enjoying our time together and our awesome waitress, Sarah. If you have a high-school son, or even a neighbor or friend who would be interested in joining us, let me or one of the other volunteers know.
Dates to Know!
Flower City Work Camp is March 28-April 1, for Junior & Senior Teens. If you are an adult interested in volunteering, contact me ASAP. If your student is interested in participating, we will need to have their paperwork collected by January 1. More information can be found at http://www.flowercityworkcamp.org/
Out in the Cold is November 13-14, for Junior & Senior Teens. Information is available in the teen area. Be sure to be getting sponsors.
Progressive Dinner is December 13, for Senior Teens only. It’s hard to believe, but we are already starting to look for host homes for this Christmas-themed dinner. Contact me if you would like to be a part of this evening.