Throughout the history of religion, the circle has always been a symbol of the Eternal.
And so it is at Grace Lutheran Church we have Holy Donuts.
Every Sunday, Youth from 7th graders to college students are welcome to hang out in Holy Donuts between our worship services. Holy Donuts is the headquarters for our Youth program at Grace. Pastor Julie is there ready to challenge anyone to a game of pool or ping pong and to close the hour with her famous 3 minute devotion. No matter where you enter the building, just head downstairs and follow your nose to the Holy Grounds Coffeehouse where there's a lot of noise, because there are a lot of kids playing spoons or pool or ping pong and drinking Hawaiian Punch, and yes, eating lots of Holy Donuts! In Holy Donuts you can find out about upcoming youth events, mission trips, service projects, and more. Contact Pastors Julie or Larry at 920-432-0308 or email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org .
Other Annual Activities
There's always something going on in our youth program. Lock-ins, family fun and servant events, fund-raisers, and our annual activities below. Please see the What’s Happening Now! for up-to-date information. Here are some of our Annual Activities:
Each year for about 10 years, our youth and their chaperones try to learn something about what it's like to be homeless. In the green space near our parking lot, we build shelters made out of cardboard boxes. After serving at the NEW Community Homeless Shelter, we usually watch a movie on the topic of homelessness, and close our evening with reflections and devotions around a campfire in the church parking lot.
We take our faith on the road to learn about the struggle of people in the U.S. to find food, health care, housing, and education for their families.
- In 2009, we headed for the Wind River Indian Reservation for a Youth Works led Mission Trip experience.
- In 2010 and 2013, we journeyed to New York City to serve at mission sites organized by Seafarer's and International House but also, obviously, to take in the historical and cultural sites of one of the most amazing cities in the world.
- In 2011 and 2016, we headed south to New Orleans to serve the community there through building houses, working in food pantries, and various other manual labor activities.
- In 2014, we served in Boston; in 2015 we traveled to the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota to serve with an organization called Remember and to learn about life on the bleak bit of land allotted to the Oglala Sioux Nation.
- In 2012 and 2017 we worked in ministries serving the poor and homeless in our nation’s capitol Washington DC. We also learned how to put in a good word for the poor by visiting the offices of our State Senators. Finally, we saw many of our nation’s historical landmarks honoring those who have given their lives for “liberty and justice for all”: the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, and the memorials for World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.
- In 2019 we’re headed back to the Big Apple!
"Lock-ins" are an ancient and curious church tradition. They allow young people to do something they like to do: stay up all night. But there’s always a spiritual element or point. Some of our Lock-ins have a theme like our 24 Hour Famine. Some are mostly fun. For the next Lock-in, see News!