St. John's students participated in a mini-retreat for teens and helped pack birthday bags.

Fifty-five students from area WELS and ELS congregations joined for a mini-teen retreat at Martin Luther College on Sunday, Sept. 2. The purposes for the retreat included bringing youth from the area together for an event focused on missions, learn about Martin Luther College, pack birthday bags for area food shelves, enjoy some entertainment, and eat some great food. Students and their leaders brought items to fill the birthday bags, which were distributed to area food shelves to make some child’s birthday a little brighter. This event was sponsored by the MN Valley Regional Mission team of Kingdom Workers and Martin Luther College. Pictured are St. John’s Lutheran School students, Ella and Matthew Beussman. Josie Rose, manager of the Sleepy Eye Food Shelf, said the birthday bags are wonderful.