October has been such an inspiring month of accomplishments for our youth programs! It has been truly heartwarming to be part of a vision that is now materializing into reality for the youth, the community, and the St. Paul family.
On October 10, Pastor and I hit the streets to visit some of the children and families in the neighborhood and invite them to our Trunk-or-Treat event. The Lord must have been with us because as we set out, the children seemed to find us and take us on a “tour”, introducing us to their families, friends, and neighbors. With a little help from God and the children, we were able to shake hands, introduce ourselves, and invite the community in. It was an amazing experience!
Our Youth Group meeting on October 13 had a great turn out with 15 youth in attendance. We continued getting to know each other through games, music, and scripture from the Old Testament. Due to the recent warm temperatures, we were unable to rake leaves for the community as originally planned. We will be attempting this community service at our next meeting on October 27 followed by snacks from the Hot Dog Shoppe to warm our bellies! Please contact Stacey Altiere at if you have any questions or if you know of a child between the ages of 12-18 that would like to participate.
Last, but certainly not least, our Trunk-or-Treat was a HUGE success! We had originally planned for approximately 100 attendees. However, the community turned out in spades and we were able to welcome over 300 people into our church! We played games, decorated pumpkins, made caramel apples, passed out apple cider, popcorn, and so much more. Members of the church and community participated by decorating their trunks, dressing up in costumes, and passing out candy. The generosity of the 25 vehicles and the volunteers passing out candy was overwhelming. We were thanked continuously throughout the event from those attending for our kindness and willingness to provide such a wonderful atmosphere for the children. My deepest thanks and appreciation to Judy Dodge, Katie Bachinger, and Trisha and Tom Mossor for all your hard work and time bringing this vision to life. Thank you also to those that volunteered their time, vehicles, supplies, and support. This will now be an event the community will look forward to annually and we can’t wait for next year!
Looking forward to November, we will be continuing our Youth Group gatherings, looking for additional community service projects, and planning a “Movie Night” on Saturday, November 23, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm for the younger children thus allowing parents to take a night off and get caught up on holiday shopping or maybe just take a nap!