Energy and ‘can do’ attitude characterize youth group

First Posted: 3/24/2014

At a made- to- order breakfast fit for a king served up by the Bible study and youth group at the River of Life Fellowship Church in Lehman, the only thing that wasn’t exceptional was the price.

At $7, the feast included a three- egg omelet with choice of meat or cheese, slow-roasted corned beef hash, home fries, toast, plain or blueberry pancakes or French toast, bacon, ham and sausage, juice and coffee.

Youths ages 10 to 18 served the breakfast while younger adults helped cook on the grill.

Trays of food whip out of the kitchen behind small children yelling, “I’ve got this” or “I can do this.”

Hungry church and community members started coming in at 8 a.m. and the stream was steady until noon. The turn-out is par for the course explains youth pastor coordinator Bo Kreller. The 30 or 40 members of the youth group are trying to earn enough money to strip, coat and resurface the gym floor in the old Lehman Middle School where most of the group’s sports activities take place. The cost of the project will be about $24,000.

Twelve–year-old Andrew Jubis, of Sweet Valley, poured coffee and explained that he loves attending the youth group Bible study each Wednesday night and then playing dodge ball, basketball or football afterwards.

Nineteen–year-old Shane Kreller says, “We are all very close here because most of us have grown up together so it’s lots of fun.”

The pastor, Dan Kreller, a founder of the church, attributes the younger group’s success to a desire to move forward, get things done and be involved that inspires the rest of the church members and attracts many from other churches in the area, as well.

The church organizes volleyball and flag football teams as well as a Christian–based coffee house every Friday night that is very popular with older adults. The community seems hungry for something like this.

Heather Dinstel, a young mother of two toddlers originally from Nanticoke and now living in Harveys Lake, joined the church three years ago. “We have great people, great spirit,” she said. “Things are exciting, new and different here.” Dinstel hopes to start a children’s theatre group soon.

The easy–going, fun-loving youthful and electric atmosphere draws many to the activities the church sponsors and this breakfast garnered $811 towards the cost of the new gym floor.

“We are very pleased with the results and other breakfasts are being planned,” said Bo Kreller.

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