Our Youth Groups focus on outreach ministry in November and December. This month’s outreach was buying groceries for the Thanksgiving Food Drive sponsored by the RSM Cares Food Pantry. Their purchases contributed to helping feed 435 families for next week’s holiday.

By 3 p.m. yesterday, the food pantry was well on its way to handing out all food bags, gift cards, and turkeys.

December’s outreach is for Families Forward, a non-profit organization committed to helping local Orange County families who are homeless or at risk. On December 2 the Youth Groups meet at Target to buy Christmas gifts for six children.

Kids new to the group are always welcome with open arms. Shoot Mrs. Patti an email and she’ll send you the ZOOM link to the next meeting. Middle School ZOOMS Tuesdays from 7 to 7:45 p.m. and High School/College ZOOMS Wednesdays from 7 to 7:45 p.m.

Here’s the Youth Group schedule through December:
• November 24 and 25 Tuesday/Wednesday: we’re dark for Thanksgiving.
• December 1 Tuesday: no middle school because we are Christmas shopping on Wednesday for Families Forward
• December 2 Wednesday: shopping night at Target for our Families Forward families.
• December 8 Tuesday: dark because we’re doing something cool on the 9th — more info later.
• December 9 Wednesday: join the leaders for the holiday stroll around the RSM lake in the dark with all the pretty lights!
• December 15 and 16 Tuesday/Wednesday: regular ZOOM youth group (we think… stay tuned!)
• December 22 and 23 Tuesday/Wednesday: dark for Christmas break.
• December 29 and 30 Tuesday/Wednesday: dark for Christmas break.

One last thing: wear a mask for each other!