Corvallis First United Methodist Church

Open hearts. Open minds. Open doors.

1165 NW Monroe
Corvallis, Oregon 97330
(541) 752-2491

Youth Mission Trip Update

Jul 3 2012

Parents gladly dropped their high school youth off at the church last Sunday, July 1st before 8am. The caravan safely made it to PDX and we boarded our flight to Seattle with no major issues. Our flight from Seattle to Juneau landed in Ketchacan and Sitka before making it to our destination. It made for a very long travel day and left some of us a bit motion sick. Our cheerful guides Cindy and Laurie (the pastor and church musician of Douglas Community United Methodist Church) picked us up and brought us to our home for the week.

We settled into the sanctuary using the wonderful collection of air mattresses, bedding, and sleeping bags the church procured for us. Our first day (Monday) was spent cleaning up the grounds at the Aldersgate Methodist church in Juneau. The team worked hard all morning and made great progress. Aldersgate has provided us with their van and we are greatful for the support and the wonderful lunch they provided. That afternoon we hiked the trail of time to the Mendenhall Glacier and walked down to the glacial runoff. It was spectacular.

We started laying out the memorial gardens that we are building in Douglas. Day three was spent making huge progress on the gardens finishing one of the smaller builds and prepping the second and third.

The evening of the third we assisted with the BBQ pit for the fundraiser on the 4th before we headed out to see the fireworks at midnight. Only issues to arise are some mosquito bites and some general sourness from working hard. On the 4th of July, 6 kiddos ran the 2 mile Fun Run as apart of the Juneau festivities. Spirits were high and we were on track to finish our projects by the end of the week.  "We are only half way through but we are already really thankful." - Justine Feist

Thursday of the week was spent up at the Methodist Camp, moving more gravel and cleaning up the grounds.  Jim stayed behind to level the large memorial garden so the stones and dirt could be moved before the end of the week.  At low tied a group of the kiddos headed out to Sandy Beach near the Tredwell Mine and explored the remains of Alaska's largest mine in the Alaskan Pan Handle.  

We finished the Large Memorial Garden on Friday and were ready to fill all three rasied beds with dirt scheduled to be delivered Saturday.  The afternoon was going on the Tram to Mt. Roberts and shopping in Downtown Juneau.  

On Saturday we finished the Projects.  Two raised beds on the North Side of the church that will become a Pet Memorial and a large multi-level flower bed that will become a Memorial Garden on the East Side of the church.  

We spent our last evening at Sandy Beach with a Bon Fire telling stories, singing songs and enjoying God's Creation.

Our flight home was uneventful and we came into Portland greeted by warm air and a beautiful sunset.  God was good to us on this trip by providing us with great leadership, wonderful contacts, beautiful weather and the support and prayers of our church family back home.  We can't thank those at CFUMC who supported this trip enough.