Youth group offers holiday lawn decorating service

With Thanksgiving behind us many are now turning their sights to decorating for the Christmas season. The United Methodist Church junior high youth group would love to help people with that project, but it might not be what you think. The youth group is planning a mission trip/fun trip to South Dakota next summer and has been looking for innovative ways to raise money for their trip. That is how they came up with the idea of the Ugly Christmas Lawn Ornament fundraiser. Beginning Saturday, Nov. 27, and continuing through Christmas, four one-of-a-kind festive lawn ornaments will show up in front lawns around Broken Bow. Youth group members, assisted by parent volunteers, will be delivering the decorations to members of the congregation throughout the month. “We will be using a ‘decoration list’ of names and addresses of our church family from the church directory, and are excited to have this opportunity to assist you in your holiday decorating,” says a letter distributed to the congregation explaining the fundraising effort. Those who have an ornament end up in their front yard, are asked to make a minimal donation of $15 to the youth group to have it removed (contact information will be delivered along with the decoration). Those who have been “decorated” will have their name crossed off the decoration list, and decoration efforts will be moved to the yard of someone whose name has not yet been crossed off the list. The ornament will not remain in the same yard for more than 24 hours. However, those who do not wish to see one of these unique Christmas decorations on their lawn ever, may buy Insurance for Decoration Prevention for only $20. In addition, individuals may wish to help one of their church member friends in their holiday decorating by requesting they be the next one decorated. Requests can be added to the decorating list for $15. The junior high youth group plans a mission/fun trip every three years. Part of this year’s trip will be designated to working at Storm Mountain Methodist Camp helping with various projects. Some of the projects the Broken Bow youth have done over the years include clearing trees and shrubs, staining cabins, building the original Labyrinth on top of Storm Mountain as well as building an amphitheater at the camp. The remainder of the trip is geared around fellowship and having fun together as a youth group with devotional times, cookouts and other character building activities. In addition to visiting Mount Rushmore (which is often a first time visit for many of the youth), this year the group plans to attend the Hills Alive Christian concert in Rapid City. There are currently 20-24 area youth attending regularly from several denominations, meeting at the church on Wednesday nights from 6:45 to 8 p.m. during the school year. All 6th, 7th and 8th grade students are welcome. However, the group is not meeting on a regular basis during the month of December, and plans to resume their regular meetings Jan. 5. The junior high youth group leaders are Mick and Sheila Clark, and Dean and Michelle Millsap. They say the kids have had a lot of fun getting the unique decorations ready, and the congregation has been very receptive to the idea. The youth group would like to thank everyone for being so supportive and joining in on the fun with their fundraising adventure.