Where: Harlan, KentuckyWhen: June 3rd – June 9thand July 8th – July 14th Who: current freshman – young adultsCost: $280Includes Food, Transportation, Lodging, and Job Site Materials
*What will we be doing?We will be working to improve life in a small area of the Appalachian Mountainsby renovating homes, new construction, landscaping, and more.
*You can accomplish anything with God at your side!
*We travel in 12 passenger vans!
*We will be staying at a camp provided by the organization we are working for, COAP (Christian Outreach to Appalachian People). We share the camp with other groups. We are responsible for cooking and cleaning up after ourselves.
Deposit: $140 Space LimitedRegistration starting day: February 4, 2018 at 10:30amNo forms will be accepted before this date.
*Registration is first come first serve basis and priority will be given to Youth Ministry Members and OLW parishioners. The only way to hold your place is to turn in your deposit and complete registration forms(online registration, OLW Permission form & COAP Permission Form).
Checks payable – Our Lady of the Woods Questions? Call Christine Collins (708)269-6315
Dear Parents and Teens,
Happy New Year! As 2018 begins, our Youth Ministry Program always looks ahead to begin preparation for our annual mission trips to Harlan, Kentucky. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your consideration to join us this summer and share with you some information about our trip this year.
This year, we will be returning to Harlan, Kentucky. As you may know, Harlan continues to be one of the poorest communities in the United States which is what brought us there so many years ago. We return again this year because we find in many ways it is our home away from home. Our church has formed a wonderful working relationship with the agency COAP (Christian Outreach to Appalachian People). This year’s Summer Mission Trip Program offers two high school and young adult mission trips. This year our trips will only be able to accommodate OLW parishioners and youth ministry teens. Other teens will be placed on a waiting list.
This year’s cost to you is $280, which includes our COAP fees, lodging, transportation, food, theme t-shirt, and job site materials. We will ask that all teens participate in our Mission Trip Sponsor fundraising project. This has been extremely successful and all the money raised goes to the hard work our teens complete. Upon registration, you will receive details and a pledge sheet to begin at your convenience. We anticipate that this year’s budget will exceed $40,000 so a number of fundraising efforts (ex. Ash Wednesday Collection, and Car Wash) are scheduled. Your help will be needed, and I thank you in advance for your help to lighten our financial burden.
When considering the opportunity to participate in this experience, there are some expectations I wish to share with you. Although this will most likely be the best week of your summer, we cannot consider this trip a vacation. This is a mission trip – our mission is to go to Harlan to build homes and build lives. The only way we can do this is with team work and knowing that God is working through us! We will be completing jobs such as, roofing, painting, landscape projects (this is a nice way of saying shoveling a few tons of rock), new construction, and rehabbing homes in need of lots of TLC. As a result, we want nothing to stand in the way of our mission. We must respect one another, and always lend a helping hand. Our behavior must reflect our mission as we represent Our Lady of the Woods Parish and its Youth Ministry Program. As you would expect, alcohol, drugs, tobacco, weapons, and fireworks will not be tolerated. Thank you in advance for doing all you can to keep our mission in your mind and heart.
This week will be a learning experience. It will be a chance for you to learn a new trade or skill. It’s an opportunity to learn the value of teamwork. You will learn how to live in the same place with lots of other people (this one is not always easy). You will experience how other people live and meet individuals that you will carry in your heart forever. Most importantly, you learn how it feels to do God’s work in one of the most sacred places I have ever been.
I hope that my thoughts have helped you in your consideration of this incredible faith opportunity. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call me at (708)269-6315. I am looking forward to experiencing this week with you.
Christine CollinsYouth MinisterOur Lady of the Woods Parish
*Please fill out Online registration & COAP Permission Form (submitted paper form)