We began our day fairly early, meeting up at 6:30 and out of the hotel within a couple of minutes. We arrived over an hour and a half early to service to get good seats, the majority of the youth took this time to catch up on some much needed sleep.
The service started promptly at 9:30 and through the service we we sang and danced to some amazing songs, heard an amazing sermon from Bishop Eaton, and my favorite part was a speach given by Savanna Sullivan. When Savanna was 18, just days befor starting her Lutheran mission in Rwanda, she was diagnosed with an immune disease and told that going to Rwanda was not advised. L
Later her dad asked her one question "are you willing to die for this?" Her answer was not quick to come, she thought over it and responded saying "I am not willing to die for this... but I am willing to live for this." This sparks a question that we should all ask ourselves every day, "How am I living?", and I'm I willing to live for whatever it is I am doing.
After the service we went to lunch at a Vietnamese restaurant and it was great. When we got back to the hotel some of us went to the pool. After swimming we slept then went to get Mexican food that was really good. After dinner we had a mini photo shoot on the stairs in front of the restaurant. On the way back we gave each other piggy back rides walking back to the hotel. When we got back some of us went back to the pool then after that we got more food and packed to get ready to leave tomorrow.
Yesterday was a lonnnggggg day for us and we had another *early* morning. As we wait for worship to begin, some of us our getting our power naps in to get us through the rest of the day. Here’s a few more sleeping pics for your enjoyment!
Today we started our day earlier than usual at 6:35 to ensure we got to our bus on time. We met with Shelby, the leader of Bus 79. Once we got on the bus, we were told that we would be doing work in a park. When we arrived we figured out that the work was lopping tree branches and dead palms out of bushes. Half of our group clipped and threw the branches into a pile, while others took the branches and put them into black trash bags. The bags were walked to a dump site, which started empty. After one and a half hours of hard work and sweat, the dump site was filled with branches and pilled up high and wide.
Our hunger was then relieved with yummy Jason’s Deli sandwiches while sitting on benches with the cool wind blowing off of the water.
We then moved to the Community Life area, a place for fun and games, where we played games including mini-golf, laser tag, and above air 9 square and sang carpool karaoke on a golf cart. We ended our long day at the Mass Gathering where we sang an assortment of songs, listened to speakers about hope, and watched the band Tenth Avenue North.
Erin and Grant
It took until day 4, but the over exertion of energy and lack of sleep might finally be catching up with us as we wait to begin our morning of service. Here’s a few sleeping pics for your enjoyment!
Yestaerday we started with the choice of sleeping in or getting up at doing things around the hotel. It was synod day so we all gathered in the ball room with the people from our synod. We sang songs, worshiped and had group time. For group time we got into groups of four and watched a video and answered some questions.
After synod day we took the metro to the stadium. The metro was very crowded. When we got to the stadium we get some food and waited to get in. After we got in we started dancing and singing. There was multiple of speakers and singers. I like today’s service the best the vibe was just uplifting and the energy was great. When we got back to the hotel we gathered in one room and talked about the day.
Today was AMAZING and I truly don’t say that lightly. The speakers were awe-inspiring, friends were reunited, laughter was shared, and songs were sung with enthusiasm and even some happy tears. Everyone seemed to get into their groove, enjoy something, and go out of their comfort zone at some point during our time together.
A group of us met at the hotel pool early in the morning to happily chat and splash around. We then took part in Virginia Synod Day. Not only did we hug and take pictures with old friends, but we made new friends as well! We traveled from place to place on city buses and metros where we conversed with kind and curious locals. Soon enough we were at the mass gathering with over 30,000 other people. Energy levels were through the roof and we even got to sing “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman.
The speakers spoke of acceptance, hope, and grace. Songs encouraged women to embrace their strength and all people to be proud of their sexuality. We got to see how powerful and courageous it can be to love, speak up for, and welcome everyone, no matter their skin color, gender, sexuality, political party, emotional state, or physical state. God’s grace changes everything!
Peace Lutheran Youth
Middle School Youth Group (grades 6-8) and a High School Youth Group (grades 9-12) meet weekly and also participate in Virginia Synod and ELCA youth events. Our youth are a vital part of Peace and we welcome all to join us!