>La Grande Observer | Union and Wallowa Counties' News Leader

La Grande, OR forecast
& Eastern Oregon University Valley Cam

Observer news NE Oregon Classifieds Web
web powered by Web Search Powered by Google

Follow LaGrandeObserver.com

Today's front page

Image of The Observer's Front Page

Get Home Delivery of The Observer for only $8.50 per month, $9.50 for motor routes. Just click here and after filling out one simple and secure online form you could be on your way to learning more information about local, state and world news.

manage your account »

Recent article comments

Powered by Disqus

Home arrow News arrow Local News arrow YOUTH RALLIES TO HELP UNDERGROUND TAKE WING


By Gary Fletcher

Observer Staff Writer

ENTERPRISE Scores of youths are going underground here.

More than 100 middle school and high school students and a dozen churches from Joseph, Enterprise, Lostine and Wallowa are working to develop the new Underground Student Ministry Center at 200 E. Main St.

The Underground is in the spacious 4,500-square-foot basement of the former Ratcliff/M.J. Interiors furniture store, now the Enterprise Flower Shop. The center is on the corner of S.E. First Street, across from the courthouse.

For future growth, an additional 1,500 square feet is available.

Last summer, Enterprise Christian Church youth minister Aaron Sackett shared an idea with Enterprise Baptist Church youth pastor Jeff Gaertner.

The two began working on a plan to involve other churches and communities to establish a youth center outside of any particular church building.

In January, a separate stairway was built to a rear door, a stage was constructed for bands, and texturing and painting was done to brighten the area.

The junior high RUSH youth group now meets there 7 p.m. Mondays; the high school youth group, Asylum, meets there on Wednesdays. Asylum means a refuge from our crazy world, Gaertner said.

RUSH used to meet in a church, and Asylum met in a different home each month.

Now youth and their parents will know for sure where it is, Gaertner said.

The Underground is intended to provide a drug- and alcohol-free place for wholesome youth activities on weekends, and after ball games.

By next school year, the Underground will offer after-school programs for fourth- through sixth-grade students. There they will be able to do homework, receive tutoring or just hang out in a safe environment and participate in healthy activities with adult supervision.

The Bread of Life Fellowship and others have donated furniture, and there is one refrigerator for refreshments. Foosball, pool and ping-pong tables are in the plans.

Audio and video equipment are also needed for concerts, conducting meetings and showing films of youth retreats, like the recent Anthony Lakes ski trip.

The plans are to purchase a video projection unit and a CD/DVD player with a surround-sound system to show movies. The center has a sound board, but needs additional sound equipment, such as microphones and monitor speakers for bands.

Additional computers are also needed for a resource room.

The Underground will also serve as a staging area for other community service projects ranging from helping build a sand volleyball court at the Enterprise City Park to raking leaves in the fall.

blog comments powered by Disqus
Local / Sports / Business / State / National / Obituaries / Public Notices
Editorials / Letters / Guest Columns / Columnists
Outdoors / Ag / Spiritual / Go Magazine / Portraits
View all classifieds / Jobs / Autos / Real Estate / Rentals / Place an Ad
The Observer
About / Contact / Commercial Printing / Subscriptions / Terms of Use / Site Map
Also Online
Photo Reprints / Slideshows / Weather and Valley Cam / /index.php?option=com_rss&feed=RSS2.0&no_html=1">RSS Feed ?> RSS Feed

Follow La Grande Observer headlines on Follow La Grande Observer headlines on Twitter

© Copyright 2001 - 2014 Western Communications, Inc. All rights reserved. By Using this site you agree to our Terms of Use

LaGrandeObserver.com works best with the latest versions of Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet Explorer or Apple Safari

levitra vardenafil generika viagra prix de vente kjøp kamagra levitra comprar comprar levitra 10 mg acquisto in contrassegno viagra generico cialis achat en ligne cialis farmacias guadalajara viagra site fiable cialis rezeptfrei usa
acquisto viagra opinioni 
viagra petit prix 
cialis generico prezzo 
cialis receita medica 
sites aconselhados para compra de viagra genericos 
societe belge pour vente viagra en ligne 
vardénafil générique 
levitra en francais 
acheter du viagra en france 
super viagra