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Pine Ridge Mission Trip 2013

Pine Ridge 20131Our kids and adults did it again.  We entertained  basically the same number of reservation kids as last year: 40-50 a day, 80 on Thursday.  Our youth numbered 22 with 7 adults, a somewhat smaller group than in years past, but these Pine Ridge Mission Trip

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veterans made it happen just the same as last year.

Our activities at Church of the Mediator near Kyle, SD, included:

Morning prayer:  Reciting the Lord’s prayer in Native Lakota Dialect: Thanks Fr. John

Morning and lunch meals:  Thanks Dan Coonce

Daily crafts:  Slime, sidewalk chalk, bottled sand art, dream catchers; all made from scratch on Site!!!   Thanks Anne Dixon, Cathy Watson

Pine Ridge 20133Games:  Kickball and tug-a-war:   Annual competitive events!

Vacation Bible school interactive skits:   Another out of the park Home Run!! WOW!

Refurbishing and repainting the Handicap Ramp leading to the front door of the church and painting, re-raising,  and blessing  the cemetery cross : Thanks Wayne Culp

Raising a new US American Flag (retiring an old tattered flag) done by an Honor Guard involving some of the Boy Scouts of our Youth Group!

Our School Supplies Backpack program again was a total success.


We also did a cold and rainy Niobrara raft trip.  BURR COLD!!!

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We were invited guests at the annual Sioux Indian Nation Pow-Wow at the city of Pine Ridge. WOW!

Our annual pilgrimage to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation 2013 was a success.

Mission objective:  “Sharing of Cultures” completed.

We were blessed to do this!

I personally would like to thank all of you at St. Andrew’s for supporting us and making this annual pilgrimage happen.  You all know this is my passion:   to make this happen for our church, our kids and the people of Pine Ridge and  especially their kids.   The kids are the future of our cultures.    Always with the blessings of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Pine Ridge Guy:    Keith Gourley

Please give special thanks to those attending:

Pine Ridge 2013 Members

Kayleigh Baker                Isabelle Adcock                       Fr.  John Schaefer
Elizabeth Nelson              Evan Price                               Dan Coonce
Legare Dixon                    Audrey Coonce                       Anne Dixon
Hannah Coonce                Max Mulnack                         Cathy Watson
Connor Mulnack              Henry Hallgren                      Adam Chevalier
Jim Hallgren                     Cheyenne Rowe                     Wayne Culp
Anna Trufholz                  Ally Trufholz                           Keith Gourley
Lauren  Carnes                Harrison Cratty              Special Guest:   Kieran Conroy
Jayme Wyble                   Madison Miles
Nakita Dornan                 Edita Dornan
Priyanka Godbole           Roland Ladensen

Pine Ridge Heating Fund


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Pine Ridge Heating fund raising will start in August and September so we can get the check to the Bishop of South Dakota for the heating assistance in Mother Cordelia Red Owl’s area. Checks should be made out to St. Andrew’s, memo line Pine Ridge Heating Fund.

Mustard Sales.  Mystical mustard goes on sale August 17th until September 15th in Engle Hall.

Pine Ridge Mission Trip 2013


Our annual youth group mission trip to the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation is gearing up.  Our trip this year will be Sunday July 28th-SaturdayAug 3rd.  It will include  daily visits to Kyle ,  South Dakota to visit with the kids near  to the  Church of the Mediator.  The Native American youth of that area will spend time with our kids enjoying crafts, games, meals, vacation bible school, and develop friendships sharing their cultures with each other.  The resident Priest Mother Cordeilia Red Owl ,  Wilbur Red Owl  and other tribal elders will help our staff of adults to provide a week long program to provide a  great  experience for all.

Other highlights of our trip will include a trip to Evan’s Plunge,   a great water park, an annual destination in Hot Springs SD.  We will also be enjoying a tube/raft trip down the Niobrara River.  AND!!! We are also invited guests to attend the annual Sioux Indian Nation Pow-Wow in the city of Pine Ridge.

Every year we  provide backpacks filled with assorted school supplies to our friends.  Our  ” Sponsor A School Backpack”  program will give you all an opportunity for  you to provide needed school supplies.  We will do all the shopping and fill the backpacks.  You can sponsor a Backpack  to include a card with your name on it for only $25.00.  The youth group will  be managing  a table in Engle Hall beginning June 23rd.  We hoping to provide 100 backpacks again this year.

Most every year our trip  is self -supporting .  We need your help to make it happen again.  No one will be left behind because of a monetary issue.  If you would like to sponsor a trip member see me or Fr.  John.  Or if you would like to make a donation to offset some of the costs involved just drop it in the Sunday collection noting ” Pine Ridge Mission Trip Fund”  it  would be greatly appreciated.

“The Pine Ridge Guy”   Keith Gourley

Pine Ridge – 2013

IMG_0261-150x150_1This year’s St Andrew’s youth Pine Ridge Mission Trip is scheduled for Sunday July 28-Saturday August 3rd.  Our annual pilgrimage provides an opportunity for our youth and their friends to spend a week with the Lakota Sioux youth from the Kyle SD area of the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.

We are actively recruiting kids and adults to join us this year.   I encourage you  to  visit with David Adcock, Dan Coonce,  Wayne Culp,  Anne Dixon,  Fr John,  or me to get involved with a great St Andrew’s  ministry.

Thanks  again for this opportunity

Keith Gourley   “The Pine Ridge Guy”


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