So... I am the type of person who likes to have fun. I love my friends and love to hanging out with them, having good conversations, eating great food, laughing til I pee a little... and I love the feeling I get going back to my life feeling refreshed to face the new day. Do you know what I am talking about?
Is there something YOU have that helps you refresh, re-energize? Is prayer a part of that? It's ok if it's not a part of your life yet... because it can be... rather easily, actually.
Each year I take a group of teens from ALLLLLLLLL walks of life. Some are straight A students who attend Mass each week. Some have been suspended or even dropped out of school at one point and dont know how to pray. Some fight their parents about going to Church and just 'don't get' the whole religion thing. But no matter who they are, or where they are at when they step on the bus... they leave a changed person.
We have a blast on this weekend, listening to amazing and FUNNY speakers who teach us some pretty wise words. We have time to pray through praise and worship music that not only is beautiful to listen to and sing, but can move you deep inside like you never thought possible. The food is pretty great and the friendships made and strengthened is even better.
You see we are ALL in need of God in our lives. We need his peace, his UNCONDITIONAL love, his passion, his mercy, his companionship. And our lives are 100% better after knowing Him and growing closer to him. NOT A SINGLE TEEN returned from our weekend unchanged. Every single person who attends this weekend has come back more peaceful, more loved, and more eager to know God in their every day lives.
I dare you to give this weekend a chance. July 14-16, 2017 in Springfield, MO. I promise you will not ever regret it! Click For brochures and other info and a great video about our upcoming conference.
If you choose to accept the dare, Shoot me an email ASAP so I can reserve your spot; then fill out and return THIS FORM with a $100 deposit for the weekend. The total cost for the retreat is $250 but with fundraising we can get that amount lowered. Also, there are scholarships available for those in financial need!
Forms and deposits due ASAP but no later than May 1st!
After I get your forms I will email you with the remaining registration details!
Dare to grow, dare to be happy, dare to KNOW you are loved.
Being holy... it sounds like a pretty tall order... like we have to "do everything right" which really leaves most (all) of us out because we all make mistakes. None of us is perfect!
But is that what holiness is? Not making mistakes? No-it's not. I love defining holiness as BEING WHO GOD HAS CALLED YOU TO BE. If each of us knew who God wanted us to be, it would make us happy, joyful even! It's that joy that can set this world ablaze as St. Catherine of Sienna famously quotes.
Are you ready to find out your talents, what God has called YOU to do as a student, friend, daughter, son, sibling, boyfriend or girlfriend? This retreat gives us a chance to chill out, escape from what others want us to be and to just.... be... with God, with peace.
Let's be a light in a sometimes dark world. Let's be ourselves and stop pretending. Let's light the spark.
Turn in your forms and $50 asap to participate! We leave Friday around 630pm from St. Joe's parking lot and head to the St. Thomas More Center in Panora, Iowa and we will return Sunday around 1130am.
Word up. I am Stacy, the youth minister of this amazing group of teens. I have 4 kids of my own, 2 heaven babies and like 60 teens I consider very large children of my own.