April 14, 2019, Palm Sunday: CONFIRMATION

In 2017, the pastors, the youth, and their parents started a journey to discover what it means to be confirmed in the 21st century.  We call this group of youth Leadership Club.  In Leadership Club, they discover a path to becoming Christians.  We studied the Unofficial Handbook of the United Church of Christ and played jeopardy to gain knowledge of the UCC.  Later, for the 200th anniversary of the reformation, the youth studied the Protestant Reformation and led a drama to explain it to the congregation.  A month later, the youth challenged the adults in a jeopardy game about the reformation at the Reformation Celebration.  The youth visited Camp Talahi, Adat Shalom, and Gesu Catholic Church.  They stayed overnight at Pastor Liz’s house in Livingston County twice.  They had fun with activities such as bowling, bike riding to Pastor Louise’s house, leading Palm Sunday processions, singing in worship, etc.  They helped with VBS, Rippling Hope, Thanksgiving baskets, and Trinity St. Mark’s Christmas toy collection.  In 2018 the youth presented historical or contemporary UCC leaders during worship.  They led two Youth Sunday worship services.  As we approach confirmation, their parents remind me that confirmation is not a test but a personal decision.  On April 14, the youth will publicly become followers of the way.  They remind us that every morning, we each wake up to a decision, “Will I live my life as a Christian today?”  Join us for confirmation.  May each one of us follow Leadership Club, wake up, and once more be confirmed in Christ.  Thank you to Leadership Club for everything they have done to make it so.