*Due to COVID-19 the 2020 trip has been cancelled.
ASP (Appalachia Service Project) is a Christian based relationship ministry initiated 51 years ago by a Methodist minister Glenn "Tex" Evans to help improve the living conditions for the Appalachian residents. The basic purpose of the project is to provide homes that are warmer, safer and drier through home repairs and some new construction. High school and middle school youth from across the country travel each week during the summer to Appalachia for this mission. College students man the centers from which the groups are housed and working. Additionally, college students and adults work in the area year round.
Our ASP Mission youth trip is scheduled to leave June 5, heading to the Kentucky area. We are taking 11 youth and seven adults. Fundraising for our trip is ongoing with a variety of upcoming activities. We have a Dodgeball Tournament in the works, a garage sale planned for the end of April, the sale of stock certificates during the month of April, as well as manning a concession stand at upcoming home Putney Auctions.
For more information on ASP go to asphome.org.
Photo: February breakfast, one of many fundraisers for the trip
Our youth participated in Hope Ministry's Make a Bed program in February 2020, which is one of Hope's most popular volunteer opportunities! They "adopted" beds at the men's life recovery center, providing new pillows and bedding...as well as canned food donations. The exercise of taking off the old bedding and putting on the new bedding is a wonderful analogy for the new life the recovery residents discover through God's love!
The Parish provided a wonderful Halloween event for community youth, providing games, activities for all ages, and treats.
Proceeds from the annual Pie and Ice Cream Social at Old Settlers were used to buy "a truck load of supplies" that were delivered to the school for them to put into backpacks and have ready for families to take during school registration.