September 'Faith Service Xtreme!' Youth Event: An Opportunity for Hands-on Service
By JB Brayfindley
“FAITH SERVICE XTREME! is like a weekend Sierra Service Project or a taste of a weekend Volunteers-in-Mission,” according to Rev. Dr. Felicisimo (“Fel”) Cao, California-Nevada Annual Conference Director of Camping and Young People’s Ministry.
In previous years the event was titled “Faith Xtreme,” but recently its title was amended by the Conference Council on Young People’s Ministryto include the word “service.”
“The intention is to provide a more hands-on mission experience to our young people,” Caosays, “which is an invitation to live out the Gospel of Jesus Christ by serving a partner church that is in need of some helping hands from the young people.”
The event, for 6th grade-12th grade youth, will be held Friday, September 13 through Sunday, September 15 at Point Pleasant United Methodist Church in Elk Groveand Wesley UMC in Sacramento, CA. Point Pleasant will be the primary host and Wesley, the mission site.
Inclusive lodging accommodations for all genders has been arranged.
The weekend will consist of multimedia workshop and music, inspiring speakers, sports, games, and the work service opportunity – a partnership with the Fijian congregation at Wesley UMC. The Rev. Kim Montenegro, one of the two Bible study leaders at the Kansas City YOUTH 2019 event (and pastor of Fair Oaks UMC), will give the worship message and lead a Bible study. “We Are” and the Wesley UMC praise teams will lead the music.
The event features a full day of service on Saturday at Wesley UMC involving painting, nailing, and repairing, guided by experienced adults. Youth need not have prior experience or skills.
The theme for this year is “Blessed to Service: We’re Neighbors,” inspired by Matthew 5:9 from The Message translation: “You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.”
“I hope and pray that this could serve as a catalyst for a mission-ministry collaboration we could do together in making disciples of Jesus Christ among our young people,” Cao says, and implores, “Please pray, promote, and participatein FAITH SERVICE XTREME.”
Future plans are underway to collaborate with the Office of Disaster Response through its director, Sonja Edd-Bennett, in designing FAITH SERVICE XTREME mission events in areas affected by fire and other calamities.
For more information about FAITH SERVICE XTREME and other Young People’s Ministry events contact Fel Cao at 916-374-1515 or firstname.lastname@example.org.