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STEP UP: SAVE LIVES AND HELP THE YOUTH GROUP! In and of itself, donating blood is a valuable life-giving gift, but this summer you can give the gift of life and help our youth earn funds to help with their many activities. Both our June 6 and August 1 blood drives are “SUMMER STEP UP DRIVES” sponsored by our church youth. Michigan Blood will donate $10 to our youth group for everyone who donates IF we meet our goal of 18 units of blood collected at each drive. Traditionally blood donations go down during the summer and yet our population here in the Traverse City area – and therefore our need for blood – goes up.

If you have never given blood before, this would be a perfect time to give it a try! You need to be 17 or older to donate – there is no upper age limit! If you are 16, you can donate, but need to have parental permission. Forms will be available at the blood drive table in the hallway.

The June 6 and August 1 blood drives will both be held in Fellowship Hall from 1:00-6:00. The blood drive table will be set up the 2 Sundays prior to each drive. There will be information about blood donation available as well as sign up sheets for appointments.

Please join us on June 6 and August 1 and support our youth with your gift of life-saving blood!


Friends, we desperately NEED your help! We need both volunteers and blood donors! Volunteers are needed to provide hospitality at the hospitality table. Once folks are done giving blood, they spend a few minutes at the hospitality table where they drink water or eat snacks. We would like to see our youth, and adults if possible, come out and volunteer at this station in 2 hour shifts. We know that school is in session, but once school is out we would like for them to help provide hospitality and hang out for a bit!

Also, we need help providing complimentary snacks for our blood donors. Cookies, granola bars, crackers, etc. are a wonderful snack for them to munch on while they wait to be released.


Please let me know if you or your youth are able to volunteer next week. We greatly appreciate it! And if you are able to donate blood, that would greatly help us! See you Tuesday!

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CORE Youth Ministry gives youth a consistent time and place to gather together during the schoolyear, enjoy fun activities, and grow in their faith in a safe and nurturing atmosphere.

We celebrate young people for the great gift they are…

  • to their families
  • to one another
  • to our congregation
  • to their community
  • and to the world.

Through action and word, we hope to help our youth know what it means to believe ‘God created me, and it was very good’ and to learn to love God and love one another.

Our CORE Youth Ministries program is blessed with incredibly devoted and talented volunteer support who host a variety of youth activities designed to give our youth opportunities to experience the transforming power of God’s love in their lives, develop their individual gifts and talents, and walk along on their journey of faith.

CORE provides a number of avenues for our youth to grow and walk on their faith journey. Beginning with CORE Worship on Wednesday nights to mission opportunities both within our community and beyond to fun fellowship to retreats and camps, CORE provides tons of opportunities for our youth to engage in a meaningful relationship with a loving faith community.

There are many ways to get involved!

CORE – Middle School and Sr. High youth gather every Wednesday night during the school year for dinner and fellowship

Mission – monthly activities involve youth in outreach efforts on local, national and international levels

Media Technology – youth help make videos, create and run computer media for CORE worship and operate the sound board for the band

Music – an all-youth band leads COREworship and sometimes also plays at other church gatherings and some Sunday worship services throughout the year

Art – from painting to music to crafts and activities, youth are creatively involved in many different ways and encouraged to express their faith through a variety of media

Retreats – CORE provides a number of retreats that allow our youth to explore and grow deeper in their faith

For more information, contact Jose Lopez,

Associate Pastor of Youth & Family Ministry,

at 946-5680.