School Supplies

September 9th, 2015

Thank you so much for donating cash, gift cards and school supplies to the teenagers in our youth group. The kids (and caregivers) really appreciated the chance to start the year out properly equipped.

This year, instead of handing out the school supplies at our youth group meeting, I drove around in our youth van and passed out the back packs to kids at their homes. I wanted to make sure everyone had them in time before school started. I was a little intimidated. I had 90+ backpacks to pass out to kids in almost 40 hours all over the Reservation.

It turned out to be really rewarding. Whether it was a hug from a new sixth grader or a handshake from a grandad, a lot of folks shared how much they appreciate what Sacred Road is doing in the lives of the youth.

Thanks again for making it all possible.

Summer Highlights

September 9th, 2015

I am really super proud of Fishii. She served this summer as Sacred Road’s youth intern this past summer and did a fantastic job. She was a great help with planning and conducting our weekly youth meetings in addition to working with the youth on our various projects around our church property during the team weeks.

Fishii and her brothers have been part of our youth group since it began. She expressed a desire to be one of the interns this summer and I was hoping she would be the youth intern. She exceeded all of my expectations. I’m really proud of her and always ask everyone to pray for her.

One of our projects for the summer was to make a sign for our church. It was a huge undertaking. The sign measures 4 feet by 12 feet and is 8 feet off the ground. It sits in 90 cubic feet of concrete. The last sign we had was vinyl and blew away. This sign is indestructible. The best part of this sign was seeing B. cut out all of the letters with a scroll saw. He had never ever seen one but he quickly became the scroll saw master.

B. was a kid that used to get in a lot of trouble in youth group and quit coming for a number of years, in the last year he started coming back around and asking really good questions. He was around pretty much every day during the summer and was baptized just before leaving for Job Corps where he is presently in the culinary program and working to get his GED.

Another highlight was getting to see C. on his ten day leave after graduating Marine Basic training. C. has been in my Dgroup for five years and I’m really proud of him.

Finishing up the summer of 2015

September 9th, 2015

What the youth are saying

November 19th, 2014

We asked the youth a couple of weeks ago “What do you love about church?” and “What difference does youth group make in your life?”

Here are some of their responses:

What I love at church and youth group is to see children grow up in a good church and teenagers. - Connie

Youth Group makes me happy. I love the singing. - Kayawne

I like the food, friends, and games. - MaCayla

I like when we do Bible Study and singing. - Kristen

I like everything about church. - Priscilla

It’s fun and they feed us. :) Play Games. - Shy

It makes me want to carry on life and after life. - Christina

It helps me forget all the other mean things and get to be with God more and know Him. - Ryan

It helps me realize what God did for me. - Derek

What I love about church is the trips we take and the food … yum. - Tehya

I want to come all the time and have fun. - Damaris

Youth Group helps because i see my friends more and I love singing. - Brianna

It makes me see how immature I am sometimes. - Gabritla

I love church because I get to listen to the stories. - Nick

Everything. - Takoda

Surprisingly, we stay out of trouble. Helping me grow up and be more responsible about how I act and treat others. - Fishii

Youth Group makes a huge difference. I could be out making a bigger mistake of my life. Instead, I am praising God. I could be in jail or dead, but I am apart of this great home. - Eric

It has changed my life around because I’ve been coming for 7 years and it has made a big difference in my life. I could be in a gang but church helps me in my life. - Chris

What the Youth Group has done for me is I made friends and I could be in a gang or something but Youth Group changed my life. - Charles

Church is a very important aspect of my life. It not only gives me a sanctuary, it also makes me feel comfortable. - Manny

Everyone is my family [more] than anyone else in my real family. - Savannah

Youth Group makes a difference in my life because we’re having fun and learning at the same time. - Calvin

It changes all the bad things I used to do and my life problems. - Sadonia

I love how we all come together and praise the Lord. - Yaanibaah

Youth Group keeps me away from home. I don’t really like being home. I love that we praise the Lord, the games, singing and small groups. - Miranda

It gets me out of the house and gives me something to do besides feeling invisible. It gets me away from my family. - Judy

It makes me happy cause they are always there for me when I need it. - Alexa

It gets me out of the house, helps me learn about the Bible. - Alfred

God’s always there for you. Don’t give up on yourself. - Garrett

Our New Home

September 24th, 2014

Some pictures from our new facility. The first three are from the dedication service. There’s no place like home.


The youth group led some praise and worship time at the dedication service.

Sonovia was asked to burn the mortgage as the building and renovations have been completely paid for.

We had a huge lunch after the service.

The Youth Group meeting on Tuesday night. It’s good to be back.

Our new super great basketball court - SIX GOALS!

The toddler playground on the south end - the youth helped put all of the pieces together over the summer.

The main entry.

Our big playground.

Youth Group 2013

January 23rd, 2014

“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” - Philippians 4:4

Wow!!! I’ve been going through the photos from last year to pick some for the album below and I am overwhelmed. Seriously, I am out of breath - feeling like I’ve just gone through the whole year all over again. There were so many good times and so many things to be thankful for.

We started the year reviewing 2012 and made a list of all the things that we did that we can be thankful for. The list included being together, skating, singing, working on projects together, going to the corn maze, etc. Then we talked about things that we can look forward to in 2013. I love when we can all look ahead as a group. It’s hard sometimes to get our minds out of the struggles in the here and now. I love that Jesus calls us to look ahead to His return and an eternity spent in worship and joy. Every fun event that we plan for youth group is just a little taste of His kingdom. I love that the kids can look forward to them.

I think we did pretty good. We spent 2013 laughing together (sometimes crying) - wearing fake mustaches, scaring each other in the dark, playing tag, renting a dunk tank and building chairs for our new church building and lots more. God made it a very special year.

2014 started sadly when we got word of a young girl’s suicide on the second of January. We gathered together and sang and prayed around a bonfire. It was a cold night, but a good reminder of how Jesus is “God with us.” A week later, we met together and made a new list of what we were for thankful for in 2013 and what we can look ahead to in 2014.

Our group grew so much in the past year in spite of needing to move our meetings around until our new building is finished. We have over 100 regular attenders now. We had more youth working together on our summer projects and build 15 adirondak chairs as well as helping summer teams with the building renovations.

We welcomed a dozen new sixth graders to the group in June and were asked to have our worship team sing at White Swan High School’s Baccalaureate. We also took 24 youth to sing Christmas Carols to elders in the retirement center. We are hoping to go back and sing some more this Spring.

2014 will be a fantastic year of fun, worship and discipleship. We hope to have 2-3 new discipleship groups started this year. Plus, we will be in our new church building which will be a fantastic homecoming for the youth. The renovated building will offer even more resources for sharing in our fun, family and faith. I can’t wait.

Thank you for all of your prayers and support.

joeltank from chuck clevenger on Vimeo.

singing from chuck clevenger on Vimeo.

Joy to the World

December 18th, 2013

“Joy to the world, the Lord is come.”

I was really excited about the smiles we saw at the Youth Group Christmas Party. We had a lot of fun. We had a race to see how fast we could stuff a Christmas stocking with marshmallows. We drew cozy Christmas scenes on paper plates - while we held the plates on top of our heads. We sang Christmas hymns together. Pastor Chris Granberry read the Christmas story from the Storybook Bible while Heather drew symbols on a large piece of paper. When the story was finished, Heather turned the paper upside down revealing a beautiful sketch of the nativity scene to a collective “cooool.” And at the very end, Joshua came out as Santa Claus and handed each youth a wrapped hooded sweatshirt that read “BYGE” on the back. (Best Youth Group Ever.) Most of the kids put their sweatshirt on immediately. As the kids left, I thought about the homes that the kids went back to after the party and I remembered the smiles. I’m so glad that we all got to share in the Joy that God gives us because our Lord is come.

What the youth are saying

February 20th, 2013

“It is a safe haven for us. I’m accepted here. I am way closer to the Lord than I have ever been before. Youth Group helps us stay out of trouble. I’m learning to get along with people here. Being a part of church makes me feel wonderful. It’s awesome.” – Jade (17)

 

“Church is like a family and being part of it has changed my life. Youth Group makes a big difference. Being a part of church makes me feel awesome because I get to serve our community when the one week teams come.” – Chris (15)

 

“I love how our church brings people together. I feel happier when I am at youth group. I would not know half the people that I know if it wasn’t for youth group. It makes me feel good to be included and I like seeing other people getting involved.” – Tionna (15)

 

“Church feels like a great big community within a corrupt community, Youth Group helps me get through bad times and reminds me what to do during good times. I feel important and like I am fulfilling my purpose in life.” – Thomas (17)

 

“I love church because we do a lot of fun stuff. I am learning to be respectful and use my manners. I like being here because I get to see my cousins and friends.” – Yvette (13)

 

“Church makes me happy. My heart is beating faster and feels better.” – Joseph (12)

 

“I love coming to church because I get to see my discipleship group leader, Morgan. And we play games. The Youth Group is really fun Being a part of this church makes me feel awesome because it feels like a big family.” – Leandra (12)

 

“I love all of the activities we do and the games and the food. Youth Group has changed my life and really makes me believe in God. When I am at church, I feel like God is right next to me.” – R.J. (11)

 

“I love church because it makes me glad and it is fun. The Youth Group makes me happy and we talk about God. Being part of this church makes me glad because we learn about God.” – Raelynn

 

“I like church because we have fun and sing and pray. It is better than staying at home because I feel happy when I come here. Being part of church makes me feel happy, joyful, and amazing.” – Lavander (13)

 

“I love being together in this group. It makes all the difference in my life. I don’t feel left out and alone anymore.” – Savannah (12)

 

 

“I love church because we sing and eat and feel good. We are becoming a big family and church makes me happy.” – Jedi

 

 

“I love playing games and going on special trips with our church. When I am at our youth meetings I am a whole different person. I am happy. Everyone is friends. Church makes me happy and like I’m not left out.” – Sno (14)

 

“I love playing games, eating the food, and going fun places with our church.” – Kyle (19)

 

 

“I love being with God at church. It is like a really big family. Youth Group makes a really big difference. I would be on the streets and selling drugs but instead I am with “I Am.” Being a part of this church makes me feel like I am walking with God into heaven.” – Eric: aka “Moose” (17)

 

“I love that the people here actually care about us and love Jesus. Youth Group helps me not do anything bad or terrible. It makes me feel like I am already in heaven and when I go home, it is not heaven.” – Miranda (12)

“I like church because I make new friends and we play games. Youth Group has changed my life. It is like a family. Like a home.” – Hazel (12)

 

I love all the food Heather makes and the singing that we do. Our youth group is like a family and we are all friends and are all happy. Being a part of church makes me very happy.” – Alexa (12)

 

“Church is like a happy family. I feel safe here. It makes me happy because I feel wanted.” – Meegan (11)

 

“I love everything about church especially the singing. It makes a big difference because I have family now. It makes me happy.” – Justine (11)

 

“I love the people at church. I would not know about God without church and Youth Group. I wouldn’t have anything to look forward to. Being a part church makes me happy.” – Violetta (13)

“I love coming to church. I like learning and helping others. I like my D-Group and Youth Group. I am always happy at church.” – Kassandra (17)

 

“I love that my friends become family at church. I like to sing God’s praises. Coming from a community like ours, we really need the youth group to keep us out of trouble. Church makes me feel happy and safe.” – Fishii (19)

 

“We always have fun, no matter what we do. I feel really good being a part of church because I like meeting new friends and helping out the community.” – Yaanibaah (12)

 

“Youth Group makes me believe more in God . I can fit in and I can be myself.” – Tayja (12)

Spring Break 2012

April 13th, 2012

Last week was Spring Break at White Swan High School and Mount Adams Middle School, so we tried to do something with the youth group every day of the week.We played miniature golf and raced go carts at Meadowbrook Family Fun Center on Monday. Tuesday, we dyed Easter eggs as part of our Tuesday night meeting. Some of the youth helped lead Kid’s Club on Wednesday. Thursday is always Dgroup night and the guys cooked hamburgers for the girls. We ended the week with a gigantic Easter Egg hunt.

It was a great time of fun and fellowship.

Youth Group Meeting with RUF from Miss St.

April 13th, 2012

Hope Fellowship Youth Group from chuck clevenger on Vimeo.