You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men and women, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in Heaven. - Matthew 4:18

I have been a witness to this scripture passage every May when senior high youth are experiencing a lot of change in their lives. Different schools, new friends, expanded entertainment options and challenging social situations. While all this change is going on Annunciation Youth Ministries goal during the summer is to provide another safe and stable place for your son or daughter to explore their interests, deepen their faith and maintain positive relationships.

Summer Hoopla is also about relationship building with a foundation of good deeds, respect, integrity and acceptance. These good deeds are acts of service, the compassion and kindness we show to others, the encouragement we give to others and the support we share with others. In senior high youth group we will also do our share of silly games, visiting water parks and enjoying thrill rides at Valleyfair.

Every one of us has been given gifts and talents from God, our challenge is to share them and be a light to the community. To provide hope and encouragement to those struggling, to help the darkness disappear. By shining for Christ and letting his life and love radiate through our lives we point others to the right path.

As you continue to read the events planned on the following pages, you will find that we have planned an exciting, joy filled, positive, challenging, awesome, unbelievable summer and I look forward to sharing it with your child.

Peace in Christ,