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  • Writer's pictureMemorial Fernandina

April 19th, 2024 | Pastor Alyce

So, I have a confession to make – it is so gorgeous outside, I’m feeling like playing hooky instead of writing this Pastor’s Note!   But how could I do that, because I’m also so very excited to tell you all about Memorial’s wonderful youth group!  

It’s easy to wonder where our elusive youth group might be from Sunday to Sunday.  So, let me tell you they are a busy bunch, and if you were to ask our Youth Director, Justin Rimondi, what they are up to, he will tell you they are up to their eyeballs right now planning events, learning about their faith, and having fun.  Whatever they do, they do not just do it for themselves or each other but for others and for their faith. 

 They’ve been planning a Youth Sunday Worship service, a mission trip to Guatemala, and busy learning what it means to follow Jesus by learning how to develop and maintain good spiritual habits.   On top of all that, they are fulfilling their commitments to their families, their education, their school activities and their friends.   Our youth group is amazing.  Sure, they’re teens and they like to have fun, but they have fun even when they’re busily engaged in serving others – like picking all that citrus off your trees to give it to the Barnabus Center. 

And…nearer in time are two events they are really focused on that you won’t want to miss.  This Sunday, they will be leading all our worship services – yes, this Sunday!  How wonderful it will be to see our young people leading in worship, and you can be sure it will be creative, inspiring, and will glorify God.  But right on the heels of doing that they will be getting ready for Shrimp Fest!  And what fun it is to watch them orchestrate and participate in preparing Memorial’s famous shrimp quesadillas, transporting them from griddle to the corner of Centre and 6th where the thundering throngs line up to purchase them, and selling them along with beverages and the fixings.  They’ll be doing that PLUS directing cars along 7th street for parking.  If you haven’t experienced a Youth-led Sunday or shrimp quesadillas at Shrimp Fest, make this the Sunday and the year you experience both!   

Whew!  That’s a lot!  When you see our youth and their leader, Justin Rimondi, please tell them thank you for giving to the Lord!


Pastor Alyce

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