It's time to get signed up for ASP 2017
July 29 - August 5, 2017
Deadline: February 28, 2017
(only 22 spaces available; you must be 14 or through the 8th grade)
When you say "Yes!" to ASP you are committing yourself to:
A non-refundable $100 registration (scholarship available upon request)
Fundraising for the trip (get February 19th on your calendar for the Soup & Chili Cook-Off)
Participating in 4 group builders & training sessions before the trip: (these dates may need to be altered; particularly the youth ramp)
ASP Task Meeting: June 4, 11am
ASP Group Builder: June 25, 6pm
ASP Tool Training/Youth Ramp: July 14-15
ASP Group Builder: July 23, 6pm
Packing night: July 28, 6:30pm
ASP Week 8: July 29-August 6
ASP Sunday Worship: September 24, 8:30 & 11am
The longer story:
1. "A $100 - why?"
A $100 shows your commitment, it is your buy-in for the trip. (Scholarships are available upon request.) It actually costs $325 per person to participate and that doesn't include van rental, gas, food and supplies. Our mission trips to ASP cost on average $12,000.
"$12,000 that is a chunk of change!"
Yes, it is; and it deserves a thank you to the congregation that sends us on this trip.
2. Being committed to ASP means you are committed to helping to lead a worship service on September 24 to say "thank you" to the congregation and telling them the stories of how we made homes warmer, safer and drier and how we shared God's love. There are a wide variety of roles within worship, speaking and nonspeaking, a place for each team member.
"How do we come up with $12,000?"
3. Being committed to ASP means helping to fund raise throughout the year. We've already started this with making and selling apples pies. Our other large fundraiser will be our Annual Chili & Soup Cook Off on February 19th.
"So after I register with $100, help to fundraise, plan on being a part of a September ASP worship, I just jump in the van and go?"
Nope, any good trip needs preparation.
4. Being committed to ASP means participating in team training and group buildings before we hit the road! Typically, these are three events along with a tool training that will hopefully, once again be the Youth Ramp Up. For this mission trip to have depth and lasting impact it is important to prepare spiritually, build relationships, understand the Appalachian culture, and the impact of poverty upon families and communities. Even if you have participated previously this training is different every year, except for the rules and expectations. The team also has different dynamics every year.
Please do not sign up for ASP if you do not think you can fulfill these commitments to the very best of your ability. I have already paid $50 per person for 25 people. I will need to pay $175 per person on March 1. Your response by February 28 helps me to make proper payments and begin to plan for our team trip.
We will not be assigned a center until much later in the year. But we can definitely start singing...
"Almost heaven, West Virginia,
Blue ridge mountain, Shenandoah river,
Life is old there, older than the trees,
Younger than the mountains, growing like a breeze
Country roads, take me home
To the place I belong,
Mountain mamma, take me home
Come on and join 2017 Team ASAP!!!
Peace, Pastor Julie