Since the summer of 2002, numerous youth from FRUCC have participated in the Leadership NOW program sponsored by Lancaster Theological Seminary in Lancaster, PA. Following their participation in the Summer Academy (a week-long event held on the seminary campus), youth are then eligible to participate in the second phase of the program, a Summer Global Experience. In the past, youth from our church have visited the countries of Ireland, France, South Africa, Mexico and India.
This year, instead of offering a traditional overseas global experience, Leadership NOW will be taking 12 youth to Tucson, AZ and the border towns in Mexico to explore issues of immigration, economics and faith. One of our church’s youth, Sarah Myers, will be part of this delegation.
Offered from June 25 to July 9, this unique experience will be led by the staff of Borderlinks, a nonprofit educational organization based in Tucson, AZ. The organization identifies it’s mission as “connecting divided communities, raising awareness about the impact of border and immigration policies, and inspiring action for social transformation. The staff of Borderlinks “envision a world in which people, within and across social borders, respect and care for each other, value and celebrate differences, and build healthy and just communities where everyone has equal opportunity for a full and dignified life.”
We wish for Sarah a meaningful and safe trip! Before heading off to college in August, she will share her experience with the congregation.
Renewal of Baptism Service
On Sunday, January 10, worship participants were invited to walk forward, dip their hands into a bowl of water, retrieve a sea shell and keep this as a reminder of how God has a “claim” on each of our lives. As individuals walked forward, we played “Down in the River to Pray” by Alison Krauss.
Circle #4 treated the Young Musicians of Alamance to lunch on Saturday, December 19. The students, staff, and volunteers enjoyed spaghetti casserole, salad, and bread. The children decorated their own cupcakes for dessert. After lunch, the Young Musicians included our Circle members in a Christmas sing-along and a violin piece entitled “Tiri Tiri Twinkle.” We all enjoyed this delightful group of children and adults!