Chicago Mission Trip

COMMUNITY EXPERIENCE

Our group will serve by partnering with local ministries that are actively working with children and churches on the north side of Chicago. We will be in the Humboldt Park/Hermosa neighborhood of the city, which is largely influenced by the Puerto Rican culture. The organizations we partner with primarily facilitate kids’ summer programs in addition to a few that work with seniors and the homeless population in the Humboldt Park area. YouthWorks groups get to experience the very relational neighborhood at a weekly church service held at the housing site. Other evening activities include a trip downtown to Grant Park and Millennium Park, hearing from a community speaker, and sharing a meal with local residents at a weekly cookout.

 

This trip, will be much like previous summers trips with YouthWorks. There will be other churches joining us at this site and we will build relationships with them too.

 

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Rooted Partner Synod Journey

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This is a first kind of trip for our Synod and St. Mark! We are super excited for joining together with the Grand Canyon Synod to serve Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Tuscon! With this being a new kind of trip, there are some questions that arise. Here are some common questions and answers:

Q: What is a “partner synod”?

A: The 65 synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are assigned a “partner synod” for the purpose of strengthening one another for life and mission within the body of Christ. The Southeastern Iowa Synod and the Grand Canyon Synod are very diverse in their geographical location and cultural experiences. This journey seems to be natural way for us to learn about the church and each other in another part of the country.

Q: What will be doing?
A: The purpose of this event is to strengthen one another for life and mission within the body of Christ. Through worship, learning, and service, high school youth and adults will gain insight into the culture and people of our respective synods while on the territory of the Grand Canyon Synod. This journey opens our eyes to the opportunities that Christ sets before us, calling us to deepen our commitment and discipleship as communities of faith and as individual disciples. Participants will be learning about the joys and challenges of the culture and the church’s role in responding to issues like human trafficking, homelessness, and immigration/border issues. Both learning and service opportunities will be integrated into the week. Here is what we are doing in each location:

  • Las Vegas – Homelessness
  • Phoenix – Human Trafficking
  • Tuscon – Immigration Issues
  • Grand Canyon – Environmental Issues

Q: What is “Rooted”?
A: The theme of our journey is based on Ephesians 3:17:” …so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love…”.

Q: Where are we staying?
A: In Las Vegas we will be staying at the stratosphere hotel for two nights. We will be staying in Phoenix for the remainder of the trip in dorms. While in these cities, we will have area churches hosting us for meals and meeting spaces.

Q: How do we get there?
A: Looking at the costs of chartering a bus or driving that far, we have decided that flying out will be quickest and most economical mode of transportation to get out there.

Q: How Much is the trip?
A: Approximately $700. There is some wiggle room in there pending on the price of flights at the time we book, and the deal we work out with the airline. All we ask of families though is a deposit of $150.

Q: Why two big trips in one summer?
A: Tim is on the planning team for this trip, and was on it before coming to St. Mark. Since this is the case, he didn’t feel right forcing our group to go on this trip without any discussion. He is super excited about this trip, and looks forward to taking whoever wants to join!

 

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