From all of us in the SSP office, we want to express our sincere gratitude to all of you in the SSP community. Without your hands, prayers, and gifts, these past 40 years would not have happened. We wish you and your family a happy, safe, and love-filled Christmas, and a splendid New Year.
Young adults who will be at least one year out of High School in June 2015 are highly encouraged to apply for a Summer Staff position. These paid jobs are a great way to learn, challenge yourself, and serve in underserved communities. Deadlines are January 26th, 2015 and February 9th, 2015 depending on the position.
If your group is one of the 1,550 volunteers signed up for the Summer Program, thank you! Do you know a group or youth who would like to join in the experience? Direct them to our website for information about our programs. Individual youth who wish to serve but are not involved in a group are welcome at SSP! Learn more about the Individual Program or call our new Volunteer Coordinator Veronica Russell.
If you are an interested group, view the current availability and see if there is still space available during the weeks your friends will be attending. Registration is on a first-come first-served basis. Don’t miss the chance to be a part of the 40th year of service!
By Reverend Daniel Ross-Jones
We became an SSP church by attending a Sacramento Weekend of Service (WoS) in 2012. The hall of Oak Park United Methodist Church has become a sort of holy ground for our Middle School youth group. Our youth are excited to keep connections with their new friends alive throughout the year and their parents continue to be impressed by the stories their children bring back with them.
Since our first Sacramento WoS, we’ve expanded our service opportunities for youth. We are now regular participants in the Summer Middle School Program, and even drove from Palo Alto to a Los Angeles WoS with a group of High Schoolers last year. We’re working on more ways we can partner with SSP, both as an individual congregation and recruiting our sister church friends throughout our community and denomination.
As a pastor I am thrilled to continue partnering with such an ecumenical, progressive Christian organization grounded in an active, empowering faith. If you haven’t tried out a Weekend of Service yet, you’re missing out on the full SSP experience!
Editor’s Note: Rev. Daniel Ross-Jones is the Associate Minister at the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Palo Alto, CA. Learn more about Weekends of Service.