In last month’s newsletter, I said I was looking forward to the upcoming youth confirmation class outreach project. The previous class had the memorable pancake breakfast while raising money for the Fuse Project, and this year’s youth confirmation class wanted to host a brunch, with the proceeds going to benefit the young men of the Kappa League. We set our goal at raising $3,000, the amount needed to pay for the young men’s preparation for and taking of college entrance exams like the ACT and SAT.
Would we make our goal? Would our youth confirmands, and indeed our youth (grades 6-12), be able to sell enough tickets and secure enough sponsors to make this happen? My mind was swirling with questions and concerns, but thanks be to God, things started to fall into place. First, our cooks came forward – Preston Bolt, David Brady, and Al Chow. Next, our youth swung into action. It took a little inspiration, but they started selling tickets and seeking sponsors, and you all, our parish family, joyfully responded. Then it was our big day and the youth (and even some Fun Clubbers) worked very hard serving food, bussing tables, and showing our guests wonderful hospitality. Our cooks were busy in the kitchen, but loving every minute of it.
Everyone enjoyed the food and fellowship. You all welcomed the young men from the Kappa League and made them feel at home. I enjoyed hearing one of the Kappas reading our New Testament lesson and having all of them join us in receiving Christ’s holy presence. Carl Cunningham relayed that several of the young men do not have a church home, but felt at home at the Cathedral. They could see our Cathedral as their spiritual home. What a powerful response to our worship, fellowship, and hospitality. In other words, what a response to the Cathedral family being itself.
In this season of giving thanks, I am thankful for those involved with this endeavor: our youth, our youth confirmands, our great cooks, those who purchased tickets, those who were our sponsors, and those who prayed for us. I am thankful to report that after our expenses, we raised $3,366.67 for the men of the Kappa League. Your donations will go a long way to help the young men of the Kappa League be ready for college entrance exams, thus opening up to them a whole new world of wonder, adventure, and academic challenge – college. Thank you for helping to open doors of opportunity for them. Thank you for being the awesome Cathedral family that you are.
Have a great November everyone, and I hope to see you at church!
The Reverend Daniel A. Wagner,