Story and photos submitted by Rev. Debra Juarez
Interim Young People's Ministry Coordinator
On April 17, about 150 youth and adults were planning to have a great weekend away at Frontier Ranch outside Buena Vista. The weather, however, had other plans for them. By Friday morning, two feet of snow had fallen at the camp and more was coming down. Roads were icy and a bit scary, and it looked like Youth Quest 2015 was not to be. But thanks to a great core team, the hospitality of Hope United Methodist Church, and the incredible spirit and flexibility of churches from around the conference, a one-day Youth Quest was held.
Core team adults and youth came together Friday afternoon and squished a weekend of fun into one great day at Hope. Flexibility was the name of the game – the hike was cancelled but a magician appeared instead. There was time and sunshine for basketball and gaga-ball; time for music thanks to Chasing Eden, worship and a terrific message from our speaker, the Reverend Chebon Kernell. There was even time to raise over $1,200 for our Youth Service Fundraiser to benefit the Native American Children’s Fund and the national YSF Fund (thank you Judy and Forrest for sacrificing your hair – pink and purple are great colors on you!).
A huge thanks to all the folks at Hope UMC who made this day possible – especially Donna Brady, administrative guru; Deana Sanders, sound wizard; Stacey Hilzer and her team of chefs; and Colin Armstrong, the energizer bunny of youth leaders! You welcomed us, you fed us, you opened almost every door in the church to us and we thank you!