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Lamplighter - Fr. Aran

posted Feb 25, 2016, 12:33 PM by St. Thomas Church   [ updated Jun 29, 2017, 1:38 PM ]

Hello friends . . . grace and peace,

Summer is in full swing here at The STYG (st thomas youth group) and students are continuing to encounter God in their lives and in the world.  One of the greatest opportunities we have in working with middle and high school students is to help them practice ways to have open eyes, ears, and hearts to the multitude of ways that God is present all around them at all times.  As Jesus says over and over, “Let those with ears, hear.”

By the time you are reading this, all 4 sessions of Summer Camp will be done.  A full 7 days of camp for our senior high students, 5 days for our middle school students as well as elementary kids, and 2 ½ days for our little ones at KinderCamp.  You can find out lots about camp and see photos at

One of the ongoing highlights of this time of year is Summer D-Groups.  D-Groups during the school year are for 7th – 12th graders and we gather on Wednesday evenings at St. Thomas.  However, in the summertime, Summer D-Groups gather at different peoples’ houses and our primary purpose is continue to build amazing community with Jesus at the center.  We have Backyard BBQs, Pool Parties, Prayer Journeys, Roller Coasters, Bonfires, Movie Nights, and more.  Students, Parents, and anyone can find out all that we’re doing with Summer D-Groups at

Far and away the biggest thing our students are doing this summer is our Mission Trip to Mexico.  From July 22-29 a group of 26 of us will travel to Ciudad Juarez (right next to El Paso, TX) and build a house for a family in need.  Our hosts, Casas por Cristo, have been doing this since the mid 1980’s.  PLEASE keep each person in prayer and ask God for continued blessing!  You can check out this amazing opportunity at

Finally, we are once again doing the Lambeau Field fundraiser and will need 14 people for each Packers home game (Family Night, 2 preseason games, 8 regular season games, and any home playoff games).  We will again be serving dessert in the suites.  This is an absolute BLAST and if youd like to be involved again OR for the first time, PLEASE CONTACT Anne Peterson at (920) 815-2686 or and let her know which games youd like to work at. You can find the full schedule of Lambeau Field events at

On a personal note, I am doing FOUR weddings this summer so please keep all 4 couples in prayer . . . Sarah & Tim, Allie & David, Carol & Ricky, and Kaiah & Matt.

Thank you for all each of you do as you support this community of students that continue to gather together in order to practice a Way of Life so that it can be lived for the benefit of those around us and thereby partner with God’s restorative mission for the world.

peace to you