Four reflections from the Vida Eterna–Iglesia Luterana (VEIL) youth who went to Houston, this summer, for the ELCA National Youth Gathering.
By Meirielys Castaneda Ceballos
While we were at the University of Houston for MYLE, we met many new people from all over the world. “The Multicultural Youth Leadership Event (MYLE) empowers young people of color and those whose primary language is other than English to claim their story as a part of God's story” (elca.org/myle).
It was great to be present with so many different cultures and to learn from them. One of my favorite parts was the worship service at Synod Day, because there were many songs in different languages. I also liked the Affinity (ethnic) Group time where we talked about our Hispanic culture and what we can do to help in our community as Latinos.
Another great experience for me was donating blood… Although I was very nervous, I knew I could help someone and “This changes everything!”
By Jennifer Menéz
One reflection we did all three days was ask, “Where did you find God?”… We had a Service Day that was a challenge for our group, working in the sun and humidity. By mulching, we saved the trees in one of the community parks of Houston. We did this as the amazing, strong, and powerful VEIL youth!
We served as Communion Assistants on Synod Day, serving the bread and wine that is Christ. We had a great time and even spent time with the LOL Youth. The experience was amazing because we shared the experiences together and helped each other.
By Jessica Menéz
At MYLE, we had so many fun experiences… We learned so much about each other, as Latinos working together as one to help each other… We had a service day where we assisted at a Community Center. We danced, played, read and ate lunch with the kids. I had the best time with them and I know our presence made a big impact on them. The kids wanted us to return to play with them.
By Valeria Arroyo-Venegas
At MYLE, our Service Learning Day was spent at a Community Center located in an apartment complex for low income families. Many of the children we tutored or played with had only one parent or no parents. I worked with a beautiful, little girl who at the start of our time wouldn’t speak to me, nor would she look at me. Little by little, via short questions, she began to speak… Not knowing how to respond, I asked if she wanted me to hug her in return, and with a large smile she said “YES!” She seemed comfortable with me and returned several times for a hug. She became sad when she realized I would not be returning to the Center. I learned that sometimes all a person needs is someone to make them feel important and loved.
At the ELCA Youth Gathering, we were able to meet many new people, as well as create an even stronger bond with the Lord of Life youth. Almost every night, we sat together for worship, and though we were two different churches, when we were together, we were ONE.
This Sunday, May 13
Between worship services
VEIL will again be taking t-shirt orders to support their trip to the ELCA Youth Gathering this June. Shirts are $15.
Sunday, April 22, 3 pm
Christ the King Lutheran Church
7393 Dimmick Rd, West Chester
The concert features classical guitarist Steven Pezella. A freewill offering will be collected to benefit VEIL senior high trip to ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston this summer.
“We are Talented”
Family Talent Show sponsored by VEIL
Saturday, April 14
6 pm – 8 pm
in the Fellowship Hall
The VEIL Youth Group will be presenting their very own special talent for you. There will be refreshments. The freewill offering will benefit VEIL’s trip to the Multicultural Youth Leadership Event, a pre-event at the ELCA National Youth Gathering.
Pastora Carmen Colon-Brown
Saturday, January 6
Bring a dish to share and freewill offering
Meal. Games. Tree Burning.
Join us for an evening of food and fun! We will share a meal and the Magi story. There will be a game with gifts. The evening ends with German and Latin Epiphany traditions - the Rosca de Reyes/King's bread, Pinatas, and Christmas Tree Burning.
Freewill offering will benefit Lutheran Disaster Response and MYLE & ELCA Youth Gathering
Sponsored by Vida Eterna Iglesia Luterana
Saturday, October 28
Fun for Young Ones, 4 - 6 pm
Senior High Hijinks, 7 - 9 pm
Join our VEIL friends for a day of Halloween fun! For the younger ones, there’s an afternoon of festivities including refreshments, games, a costume contest and a DJ! In the evening, the senior high kids can don their costume and bring a friend for creepy fun. A free will offering will be taken to support the VEIL trip to the ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston next July.
The 2017-2018 Ministry Magazine is available in print at Lord of Life or by downloading the file below!
Summer is a difficult time for many of the VEIL families. As VEIL Programming continues throughout the summer, VEIL will continue to need healthy snacks. Would you help us stock our shelves with some staples?
- healthy granola bars
- goldfish crackers
- 100% juice boxes/pouches
Please place your items in the VEIL Office.
A very easy way to help support VEIL: If you shop at Kroger, please sign up with their Community Rewards program & choose VEIL as the group you’d like to support. Our number is 29572. A percentage of all that you spend at Kroger is given to the mission church. Last quarter, VEIL received almost $100 from this program. Please consider signing up.
Pastora Carmen Colón-Brown
Wednesdays, 10 am - 2 pm
Sundays, 2 pm - 4 pm
through August 5
in the Fellowship Hall
The summer reading program provides an opportunity for students to keep their skills sharp over the summer as well as providing enrichment in a topic. Research established that, without enrichment, during the summer months, children lose 50% - 85% of what they learned the previous academic year. This summer’s theme is the Human Body! The lessons will be introduced on Wednesdays. Sundays will provide an enrichment lesson. Please consider volunteering during the summer. Are all welcome, including high school and college students. No Spanish required. Join us as you are able.
The program includes lunch on Wednesdays. We also need volunteers to host the Wednesday lunches. Can you provide lunch for the children on Wednesdays? You can sign up online to provide lunch.
Pastora Carmen Colon-Brown
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