More than four dozen youth and adults will be commissioned on June 23 for the  annual summer service trip with the Appalachia Service Project (ASP). Teens in grades 9 to 12 have prepared for eight months to make homes warmer, safer, and drier. They have learned about Appalachian culture (and the poverty many face), basic construction skills, and the meaning of service to others.

The church has been participating in this national program for nearly 40 years.  “The PUMC youth program welcomes all teens of all backgrounds, church members and non-church members alike, to participate in the life-changing experience of the ASP,” says Annie Pasqua, director of youth ministries. In addition to the ASP project, youth may participate in Sunday morning classes, youth choirs, and Sunday evening fellowship. This picture shows last year’s team.