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Church saves for service

Christ Lutheran Church youth took a trip to Steubanville, Ohio last year, where they helped remodel and refurnish homes for those in need and worked with a children's group. This year's trip will be going to Marvell, Ark. Pictured are some of the participants in last year's trip, front row, (from left): Abreana Koller, Beth Schmidt and Tayva Strom. Second row (from left): Laura Wells, Carrie Kulibert, Nicole Tetzlaf, Cassie Schmidt and Maddy Berends. Back row (from left): Scott Wells, Liana Kulibert, Sea...

Christ Lutheran Church in Somerset is starting in early on fundraising for their next mission trip. Rev. Kathy Tulman said this year's trip will be bigger than ever before.

She said in addition to youth from Christ Lutheran, there will be some kids who aren't members of the church, but are friends of church members who are coming on the trip.

With so many people, Tulman said she had to rent a second vehicle to transport everyone to Marvell, Ark., this year's mission trip destination.

While Tulman said the drive to Arkansas and sleeping in church basements will all be part of the mission trip experience, she said spending time with the youth on the trips is her favorite part of the experience.

"Just watching what happens to their faith and their love of other people and the difference that you can make in people's lives," Tulman said. "I just think that's so special."

Tulman said it can be hard for youth to find time for service while they're at home, what with busy schedules between sports, jobs and homework. She said a mission trip takes students away from all that.

"We have their undivided attention," Tulman said. "On this particular trip what we are really promoting is that God calls us to serve others."

She said she hopes the trip will help the youth experience what it's like to live their lives serving others, if only for a short while.

The trip to Marvell, Ark. will take place in June of 2013. For more information, call Tulman at 715-781-1848.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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