There has been a lot of talk in the past years of “tipping the triangle” and looking for “talents” among our congregation to help in various projects. We helped with the initial push for “tipping the triangle” during the interviewing and hiring process of Pastor Suzi. This phase has come to mean much more to both of us. As confirmation guides and now parents of Senior High Youth Group young adults, we have seen a huge need of talents to support and grow our youth program here at Zion. There is a lot of focus on the younger kids, which is very important. But just as important are the middle school and high school programs. This is the time in a young person’s life that kids can feel lost, left out, needing someone or someplace that is welcoming. We hope to help spread the word about the needs of these kids.
Tipping the Triangle was a visual used to help people understand that if a lot of people help in little ways we can meet the needs of many more youth, rather than the few that are reached with one person leading all youth activities. We both found ourselves on the Youth Board here at Zion, and have found many little ways to make a huge impact in the lives of these young adults. It is a way for us to be involved in our own kids’ lives, but also be a role model, an adult that is there, involved and wanting to talk to these youth who sometimes feel that they are stuck between being a kid and being an adult themselves. It is very rewarding to watch these young people grow, learn and enjoy their faith. Church is no longer a decision their parents are making for them. It is a decision they make, and it is a very important time in their lives. Life is a bit more complicated, and we can see a decline in young adults who want to participate in church life. We want to change that, and help these remarkable people see our church family as a safe, welcoming, and uplifting place for them to grow in faith.
Last year was the first year of the “Zion Youth Gala” fundraiser. It was a spectacular night! Zion’s youth came together to help decorate, organize, participate, serve, clean up and entertain our guests for the evening. These young adults did a remarkable job, and we are looking forward to our second annual “Zion Youth Gala” on Saturday, February 9, 2019! Mark your calendars now. This year’s theme is “Masquerade.” It will be a magical, mysterious and fun-filled evening. There will be entertainment throughout the evening.
An upscale, restaurant-worthy, themed meal will be served by our youth. A dessert auction of many homemade items, a silent auction filled with items provided by our youth and their families and more will also be a part of the evening’s events! All the gala proceeds go right back to the youth of our congregation. What a great way to spend an evening and help support Zion’s youth all at the same time!
We have found a way to use our talents… a way to give back to the youth and to the church. Organization of this event has given us both a way to work with these amazing young adults. We have a fun time thinking about and planning this event. We love to work with these young adults and see them find confidence and enjoyment in a job well done. These wonderful people are looking for ways to connect with the church as a whole. We hope this will just be one of those ways! We hope that you will join us!