To the editor:
The youth of the Tri-Lakes have amazing resources at their disposal, committed teachers, parents, CYC and faith-based groups. One of these groups is the youth ministry at Adirondack Community Church. On Ironman Sunday this past summer, 12 youth and three adult leaders traveled to storm-ravaged Owego, ironically the hometown of Pastor John Martin. Owego was in the path of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, causing catastrophic damage to countless homes. The community appealed for help from nonprofits and community organizations.
Group work camp and the youth of Lake Placid answered. At group work camp, youth groups come together to serve individuals and communities while building strong, long-lasting relationships with the families they serve, their peers and youth leaders. In the six days, hundreds of youth groups from across the country converge in the Southern Tier to repair and transform homes, aesthetically and emotionally. Kids are challenged daily to step out of their comfort zones, performing new tasks like painting, hanging drywall, replacing windows or other hearty skills. Similarly, youth groups gather nightly for challenges and faith-building activities.
On Dec. 9 from 5 to 7 p.m., the Adirondack Community Church will host a free holiday dinner and silent auction to benefit youth traveling on this mission trip. Businesses in the Tri-Lakes area have donated well over $3,500 in items for silent auction. In 2012, $2,500 was raised for this mission trip, and hopes are high for this year. Any donations and bids are tax-deductible and go directly to help youth travel to Owego. This silent auction is also the same day as the Lake Placid Holiday Village Stroll, and the church's Erdman Hall will be staffed all day for community members to place their bids. This is an excellent opportunity for community members to support their youth.
Please contact Lee Kyler for more information, to donate or to bid at 585-281-2785, or visit the church's website at www.adkcomchurch.org.
Thanks and happy holidays!