OWLs + Mailboxes + Young People = The Start of Something Wonderful
The morning of February 10, 2013 the youth of Ascension Lutheran Church in Columbus, were welcomed by some brightly colored mailboxes set up by the lead OWL (Older Wiser Lutheran) Oscar Sandy and two OWL helpers. The mailboxes shown below will be filled with notes for Valentine's Day, as well as other greetings and notes of inspiration throughout the coming year as part of Ascension Lutheran Church's renewed focus on the young people in their congregation.
Gary Pecuch, our synod's Youth and Family Ministry Director, has worked with the wonderful folks at Ascension on ways to make their young people feel loved, welcomed and wanted. One important element is the OWLs or Older Wiser Lutherans (members over 50 years of age). These members have valuable life experience to pass on and a faith tradition worth sharing and often are the only older person in the life of younger members, filling in gaps when grandparents aren't in town. If you want to learn more about OWLs and how to create an atmosphere of love and welcoming for your youth, please contact Gary Pecuch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614.464.3532 ext. 110.
As Hope Boring, from Ascension wrote in her post on Facebook, this is "a wonderful God moment of connecting! We’re off and running!" Look for more stories about Ascension and other congregations in our synod as they launch new ways to welcome and keep their young people in their church homes.
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