Atlantic Southeast District Tea Candles Provide Light at NYC

2010 National Youth Conference of the Church of the Brethren

Fort Collins, Colo. — July 17, 2010


She left the battery powered tea candles at Camp Ithiel once her wedding reception was done. Little did she know that those candles would

Youth representing Atlantic Southeast District are part of a procession of district representatives who carried in a vessel to the worship center during the opening worship service of NYC. These youth are carrying an old water jug from Camp Ithiel in Florida, engraved with a cross. Photo by Glenn Riegel

save the day at the opening worship of National Youth Conference.

Our district has 22 representatives at NYC: 15 youth, 2 staff, and 5 chaperones. At the opening worship service, two representatives from each district paraded forward to the stage carrying vessels illuminated with battery lights. Atlantic Southeast’s representatives carried an aluminum drinking water pitcher with a cross cut into the side.

The pitcher was from Camp Ithiel and was one of those that served for many years in the old dining hall. The rest have since been replaced by plastic pitchers, but this one has found a new life of service. Inside the pitcher were multiple-battery powered votive candles that had been leftover from a wedding reception at the camp.

The original thinking was to have many lights in our district vessel, to make it as bright as possible. But God had plans for those extra lights, as many district representatives had no lights at all.  Kelsey Schoendorf and Aaron Neff from Atlantic Southeast took great joy in sharing the lights.

May our youth continue to share God’s love and their experiences at NYC with their local church.

–Mike Neff is interim district youth advisor for Atlantic Southeast District


The News Team for the 2010 National Youth Conference (NYC) includes photographers Glenn Riegel and Keith Hollenberg, writers Frank Ramirez and Frances Townsend, “NYC Tribune” guru Eddie Edmonds, Facebooker and Twitterer Wendy McFadden, website staff Amy Heckert, and news director and editor Cheryl Brumbaugh-Cayford. Contact .

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