Greetings TUMC Youth parents and Church Family,


THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Thank you for the support and thank you for having such GREAT KIDS!


The MLK, Jr. event went without a hitch. The MLK, Jr. Unity Group, of which I am a TUMC Church and Society representative, had been planning this event for months. We made wonderful ideas and suggestions come to fruition Sunday evening.


There were 10 teens from our Youth Group that participated. The evening began with a rally in Hadley Hall rather than at Downtown Plaza due to the rain. We then moved into the sanctuary for the main program – the church was packed. The youth group sat and enjoyed most of the program along with hundreds of observers, but when it was time to work, they were ready! Not only did our youth make wonderful posters to adorn Hadley Hall but they eagerly lined up, with freshly washed hands or gloves to serve hundreds of people a yummy dinner donated by many local restaurants, volunteers and you. The teens were gracious and seemed to be having a great time!


A special thank you to Kathy and Steve Eckart for enthusiastically assisting with the many electronic sound demands and to Chris Hull and Meghan C. Giannini for taking over the dish washing task(we used real plates, glasses and silverware)! The kitchen had many helpers and the atmosphere was of hope, joy and unity.


Finally, I would like to mention that prior to this hopeful and heart-warming event, the call to worship at the 10:30 service set the tone for the entire evening:


I refuse to believe that we are unable to influence the events which surround us. I refuse to believe that we are so bound to racism and war, that peace, brotherhood and sisterhood are not possible.  I believe there is an urgent need for people to overcome oppression and violence, without resorting to violence and oppression.  I believe that we need to discover a way to live together in peace, a way which rejects revenge, aggression and retaliation. The foundation of this way is love. I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. I believe that right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant. I believe that peoples everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits. I believe that what self-centered people have torn down, other-centered people can build up.   By the goodness of God at work within people, I believe that brokenness can be healed. “And the lion and the lamb shall lie down together, and everyone will sit under their own vine and fig tree, and none shall be afraid.”


There is still much work to be done and we are trying to do our part. I am sure proud of our kids and I am proud of our church.


God bless you all.