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Westra attends Rocky Mountain High Youth Conference held at Estes Park, Colorado

August 7, 2014

Pictured are Nick Dahlhoff, Claire Westra, Anna Bonnstetter, Kelly Dahlhoff, Ryan Vos, Jack Champagne, Jaco Boerboom, Taylor John, Dakota Thunderhawk, Raiden Thunderhawk, Noah Slettum, Martina Thunderhawk, and Rachel VanIperen. 
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Pictured are Nick Dahlhoff, Claire Westra, Anna Bonnstetter, Kelly Dahlhoff, Ryan Vos, Jack Champagne, Jaco Boerboom, Taylor John, Dakota Thunderhawk, Raiden Thunderhawk, Noah Slettum, Martina Thunderhawk, and Rachel VanIperen.
by Sheila Crowley
A group of 13 youth from the First Reformed Youth Group of Slayton loaded buses on Friday, July 25th enroute too Rocky Mountain High Youth Conference.

Rocky Mountain High is an event held every three years sponsored by the Synod of the Heartland, Office of Youth Ministries. It is geared towards high school students currently in grades 9 to 12 and their adult leaders. Kayla Westra and Mark Slettum worked with the youth at First Reformed and served as chaperones for the event.

Nestled in the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado, Rocky Mountain is held at the YMCA Camp and surrounded by nature and the sheer beauty of God. Participants are housed in dorm rooms and cabins for the week.

The groups first stop was at Lexington, Nebraska to spend the night before traveling on. They arrived on Saturday afternoon, checked in, ate supper, and headed for their first group main session. Nearly 3,000 young adults and sponsors filled the auditorium for the 1 1/2 hour session. This happened morning and evening followed by break-out sessions.

The theme was Relentless. The students learned how Jesus relentlessly pursues them and how they could live a life of relentless pursuit towards HIM. The sessions revolved around assuring the students that the Holy Spirit NEVER gives up calling out to heaven for us and Rocky 2014 helped them understand what heaven has stored up for us.

All week studies revolved around Phillipians and the history of Paul and why he wrote his letters.

Brett Yonker and Rend Collective Experiment entertained and had the group rocking the aisles to begin each main session. Brett Younker is a worship leader and songwriter based in Atlanta, Georgia. Brett's heart is for people to see and experience the fullness of God in their lives. Rend Collective (formerly known as Rend Collective Experiment) is a Northern Irish Christian experimental, folk rock, worship band originating from Bangor, Northern Ireland.

Afternoons from 1:00-4:00 was free time. Students could enjoy free recreation such as sports tournaments, miniature golf, inflatable games, swimming, board games, wipe-out style games, gaga ball pits, 9-square, basketball, volleyball, dodge ball, hiking trails and more. Activities including zip lining, climbing walls, mountain hiking, golfing, Hallett Peak hike, horseback riding, mountain biking, rock climbing and rappelling, green jeep tour and river rafting were available for small fees as well.

Following the evening breakout sessions, students are given free time to enjoy the various entertainment including bands, 321 Improv - a comedy act. Improv instantly turn audience suggestions into hilarious scenes. No two shows are the same! The three members of 321 Improv have come together to join in a ministry that attempts to glorify God in everything they do. Carl sums it up this way, “Our goal is to use comedy to spread a message of true joy that can only come from a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.” Another group was SixAppeal from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Six Appeal is a world class vocal ensemble infused with impeccable comedic timing, and the energy and vitality of a rock band. Swearing off instruments, the award winning vocal band spans the decades of music, performing classic oldies, current chart toppers and catchy original tunes - all sung a capella.

On Saturday evening, the youth from First Reformed gave up their free time and joined others (approximately 95 people) to partner with Feed My Starving Children and packaged 16,000 meals in an hour’s time. Over the four days 120,000 meals were packaged which will feed 328 children for a whole year.

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