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Color for a Cause

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The entire month of February the youth of Memorial Presbyterian Church helper Simon Fuller and Youth Leader, Sarah Gengler collected donations for World Vision/30 Hour Famine to help starving children all over the world.

Gengler challenged her youth to raise $1,000 and if they were successful they could choose her hair color for the next month.

Well, low and behold, she now has Hot Pink hair because with her youths efforts and the generosity of their congregation, they raised almost $1,800.

Then on Feb. 27 and 28 the students, Gengler and Fuller fasted for 30 hours to once again raise awareness of the starving children around the world.

Going Pink - Recently Sarah Gengler, Youth Leader at the Memorial Presbyterian Church, challenged her youth group to raise $1,000 for hunger relief. If the group was successful she would color her hair any color that they would pick. The youth group ended up raising over $1.800 and decided that Gengler's hair should be colored Hot Pink. Gengler is pictured above getting her hair colored. Photo by Mike Leckband
"Students ate lunch Friday at school and then came to the church Friday night for a lock-in until Saturday night when they broke our fast with communion and supper together," she said. "We kept very busy during the famine learning about people in the world less fortunate than us, reading

Bible scripture, playing games and doing community service."

On Saturday they went to Careage Hills nursing home and played games, polished fingernails and talked with the residents there. They spent over an hour getting to know the residents and having fun keeping them company for a while. Saturday afternoon they went out into the community and had a food scavenger hunt! They collected a car trunk full of food and donated it to Mid Sioux Food Pantry to help those locally that are less fortunate then they are.

The youth and leaders ended their fast Saturday night with communion that Pastor Ethan Sayler served.

"It was a great way to break our fast and we were then served egg bake, juice, milk and cinnamon rolls by some of our Christian Education Committee," Gengler said.

"Thanks to everyone who participated in our 30 Famine, whether it was donating money, your time, food or anything else. It was greatly appreciated and made it a huge success" added Gengler.

Pictures from top to bottom are:

Students take time to play a game of 4-square to help keep their mind off of food.

Blake Halverson (right) and Brianna Kellen (left) move on to the next house after collecting a donation of canned goods from a home in Cherokee during a food scavenger hunt Saturday afternoon for the Mid Sioux Food Pantry.

Memorial Presbyterian youth sit on the floor and listen to helper Simon Fuller read a story and give directions to the next game during the youth's 30 Hour Famine.

Everyone enjoyed a homemade meal to break their fasting.

Christian Education members provided juice, eggbake and fresh cinnamon rolls for the hungry bunch.

Gone pink Lacie Sleezer (right) takes time to pose with her youth leader Sarah Gengler for a picture with Sarah's new hair color. Read more about the Presbyterian Youth and see more photos on page 14 in today's Chronicle Times. Photo contributed

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I really enjoyed reading this article about the generosity of the youth from Memorial Presbyterian Church. Their commitment to making life better for others is truly admirable. In these days of doom and gloom it is wonderful to read such an uplifing story. I fully believe that if we'd all put more energy into doing things for others, rather than focusing on our own troubles, it would make our own problems feel far less overwhelming.

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-- Posted by living438 on Thu, Mar 12, 2009, at 9:12 PM

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