On Saturday afternoon, October 8, over fifty young people met at the church at 12:00 p.m. to go to The MAIZE on Sauvie’s Island. The MAIZE is a farm with a variety of fun fall activities, the most popular of which is a huge corn maze. An aerial view of the maze always shows a unique illustration, and this year the design included the newest animals on the farm—two Brahman cows named Cinnamon and Sugar, as well as a barn, a giant pumpkin, and a tractor. In addition to the maze, the young people could also visit the pumpkin patch, market, gift shop, animal barn, and more.
The young people remained at Sauvie’s island for most of the afternoon, and everyone gathered back at the Fellowship Lodge in the evening for dinner and a youth rally. The meal included fried chicken with sides of mashed potatoes, corn casserole, salad, and biscuits, with white-chocolate caramel apples and Biscoff drop cookies for dessert.
Following dinner, there was a time for singing before Bob Downey gave a short talk to the young people. Brother Bob spoke about the need for workers in the church. He mentioned several retired pastors who have had to come out of retirement and serve in certain roles where there was no one else to do the job. Brother Bob also listed a number of positions in the church that need to be filled, including Sunday school teachers, van drivers, ushers, and preachers. He encouraged those who have received the baptism of the Holy Ghost to be altar workers.
Brother Bob said when leaders need to fill a position in the church, they look for those who tarry in prayer at the altars, and those who are always willing to stand up and give their testimony. He encouraged the young people to hear and answer the call of God, and to be willing to do what is asked of them. The evening ended with a time of prayer.