Revolution is our High School ministry. We are in session for the school year, meeting on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00pm for worship, service, fellowship, & discussion.
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What We Do
- Worship Nights are the first Wednesday of the month, and we’re led by POP’s very own worship leader, Nate Bergengren. We take over the “old chapel” with singing & dancing. It’s a time of worship with just you & your friends! If you play an instrument or sing, Nate would love to have you join him in leading!
- Fellowship Nights are a time to gather for some fun & a great way to introduce friends! Examples of things we do include game nights, fires, ultimate frisbee, & broomball.
- Service Projects are a chance for us to reach out in Christian love. Our service partners include Feed My Starving Children, 363Days.org, CEAP, Avenues for Youth, & several congregational ministries.
- Discussion Nights are times for us to grow deeper in our faith. We talk about stuff that matters to us & see how our faith applies to it & what God might be up to in the world.
- Summer plans include weekly Bible reading & hanging out plus mission/camp opportunities. For 2017, we’ll be going on a wilderness faith adventure trip through Rainbow Trail Lutheran Camp in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of Colorado! Learn more on their website or talk to Brent.
- Mission Trip 2016 took us to the Roseland Community Good News Daycare in Chicago. Read on for a recap of our time spent there…
“Be the change you wish to see in the world”…Gandhi? Contrary to common belief, this isn’t quite what the great activist said. Rather, he spoke about beginning with change in one’s self.
“Sure enough, it turns out there is no reliable documentary evidence for the quotation. The closest verifiable remark we have from Gandhi is this: “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.”
Here, Gandhi is telling us that personal and social transformation go hand in hand, but there is no suggestion in his words that personal transformation is enough. In fact, for Gandhi, the struggle to bring about a better world involved not only stringent self-denial and rigorous adherence to the philosophy of nonviolence; it also involved a steady awareness that one person, alone, can’t change anything, an awareness that unjust authority can be overturned only by great numbers of people working together with discipline and persistence.” -Brian Morton, nytimes.com, 2011.
Historical accuracy aside, the truth of the sentiment is alive in Pearl Willis (Ms. Pearl) and the community she is changing in the Roseland neighborhood of southern Chicago. It all began when God called her out of a life of drinking, drugs and prostitution and into a life of love and service to the children of the area. From the first days of just a few kids in her own apartment to the full-fledged daycare facility packed with nearly 100 children sometimes, God has been working through Ms. Pearl to change the lives of every person she meets. Our Minnesota + Montana (Peace & Atonement Lutheran churches of Billings) team was no exception as we were blessed by her hospitality, wisdom, and love.
“For we live by faith, not by sight,” 2 Corinthians 5:7. If you asked Ms. Pearl how the daycare operates, this is most likely going to be her response. She does nothing without first praying about it and then it doesn’t happen until she is sure it is on God’s time. In fact, plans for the daycare center had first been put on the table back in 2007 but the building we arrived at wasn’t able to be completed until nearly a year ago! About it Ms. Pearl said, “I knew God would make it happen, I just didn’t know when it would be…”
We had to learn this lesson of reliance on faith throughout our time there as well. Were we safe? How were we going to corral these kids? Are they ever going to like us? Are we making a difference? For each of us, faith was needed in a different way. As you know, we made it through the week and God met each of us as He knew we needed. Together we learned about discipline, love, service and perhaps greatest of all, joy in the midst of pain, light in darkness.
Some of our God moments from the week were when Rachael was teaching her group of girls about being salt & light in the world, having one of the girls ask to teach another what it meant instead of Rachael just explaining it again. It took all week before one little girl, Lauren, would give Cole a smile, or at least just not run away! There was beat-boxing and wrapping with Malik, that kid’s got talent! Danny was thoroughly “buried” in the shredded rubber of the playground by a giggly bunch of girls. The sweetness of the kids as they napped melted away any anger or frustration they may have caused Daily, it was the pure joy we saw in children’s smiles and heard in their laughter that fueled us.
The weight of their reality was not lost on us either. On our second our third day there, Liz learned that one of the girls in her group had to run after seeing a man with a gun head down an alley the previous evening. Many of our kids will tell you they heard gunshots in the night (we were actually thankful for thunderstorms a couple of the nights). During a morning of learning about how we can give our worries to God, a young boy shared with me that he worries about his mom when she goes out at night. Several of our group had the opportunity to see a memorial for kids who are killed in the middle of violence in the community. The simple, open air structure is filled floor to ceiling, wall to wall, and overflowing with bricks, each with the name of a child and they date they were killed. It continues to be added to…
So what is the good news at the Roseland Community Good News Daycare? It is that there is no such thing as “too far gone” for God. It is Ms. Pearl’s story. No one is out of God’s reach. And His reach is ever extending through Ms. Pearl, child by child, family by family, you and me. For us, it looked like kids just getting to be kids on the playground, the giant hugs from Ms. Pearl children received after every time they had to be scolded or got out of a timeout. It sounded like laughing and singing. And it was felt with the tears of departure after realizing the love we shared together in such a short time. What is it for you? May you know the good news of the Gospel, and as Ms. Pearl would say, “Don’t you dare just put it in your back pocket!” Share it, because we all need to hear that we are a wholly and dearly loved child of God.
> Pictures from Chicago can be found on Shutterfly.
> Get a look at the new daycare facility in this video.
> Learn more about the Good News Daycare.
> Donate; last year was the first year Ms. Pearl was able to operate without government assistance! If you would like to make a contribution, send a check or money to Prince of Peace for “Roseland Good News Daycare.”
For pictures & video from our 2014 Tanzania Vision trip, go here.
For those interested in going deeper in discussions, we invite you to join our high school GroupLife ministry, iRev. iRev groups meet when GroupLife series are going on & small groups can be led by Prince of Peace adult leaders or self-led. We have a group that meets Wednesdays at church but groups wanting to meet on another day or time can be arranged. iRev topics follow our congregation-wide GroupLife ministry series.
To learn more contact Brent, Director of Youth and Family Ministry. 763-560-8958 (office) 763-744-7369 (mobile)