Once again, our youth have given up their weekend to clean up during and after the 48th Annual Country Fair. They are working hard to keep Lake Placid beautiful!
They will even be working this Sunday; Super Bowl Sunday. After church they will work and then enjoy the 2nd Annual Super Bowl Party!
Stop by the booth to find information about our incredible ministry. We will be selling our newly designed t-shirts. Come and support our kids and tell them how much you appreciate them.
The youth of STR8 UP had their first SWAT (Students Working Against
Tobacco) meeting on Thursday. The teens nominated and voted their peers into
leadership roles as officers.
Kaylesha Legree was
voted in as Secretary, Tete Goldsmith as Vice President, Sydney Wells,
President and Isabela Retmoza will be Media Consultant. Amanda John is the area
The youth are very excited to spread the word on the dangers of
candy flavored tobacco products. They will be exposing the tobacco companies as
they use colorful ads to attract kids.
The kids will be meeting regularly to discuss tactics such as
They will keep each other accountable, even when it is difficult.
That’s why they wear their “Faith under pressure” bracelets.”
The bracelets were given as Christmas gifts to all of the members
at STR8 UP. It helps to remind them that life is not always fair or easy. They
only have to glance at their wrists to remember that they are not alone; God is
always with them and their STR8 UP family is always in their
STR8 UP 8 had a team of youth and leaders participating in the
Alex Barajas 5K run. Joel Leider was first in is age group and Erskin Toliver
was first in his as well as tenth overall. We are proud of all our kids that
16 youth served dinner at St. Francis of Assisi’s
75th Anniversary Celebration. The youth were on hand to serve chicken cordon bleu and beverages. Everyone was very complimentary to our
Since opening on Wednesday nights from 3-6 we have been
successful in getting several kids plugged into local youth groups. We have
arranged for transportation to the youth groups but it is the parents
responsibility to get the kids home.
STR8 UP welcomes the public to all of their General meetings that
are held on the second Monday of the month at 6p.m. Bring fresh ideas to the
table and find where you can fit in.
STR8 UP Youth Ministry wrapped up 2013 on Wednesday with a BBQ
grill ‘n chill. Wednesday’s hours will be extended, opening at 3p.m. and closing
2013 has been an exceptional year for the ministry. Some of the
highlights include receiving their 501C3 designation, service projects, bike and
food giveaways, talent shows, special guest speakers and field trips.
In the New Year, we are looking forward to completing our
basketball court and beginning the addition of the second story learning
The ministry has helped individuals and organizations by taking
on service projects. These projects ranged from pulling weeds for the elderly to
maintaining Noon Rotary Park, setting up and breaking down at the Country Fair
and the Wild Game Dinner. We are so proud of the kids.
They really enjoy helping others that need it. The kids are learning the value
of hard work and giving back to a community that supports them. STR8 UP will
continue to seek out service opportunities in 2014.
At Christmas time, ministry gave away 9 bikes to their young members.
He bicycles were donated by First Baptist of Lake Josephine. The ministry was
able to bless nine kids because we were blessed by the church. The
recipients have begun to ride their bikes to the youth house. One of our kids is
using his to ride to the college daily to study for his
The ministry thanks all of the community of Lake Placid. the individuals and the companies that have supported us throughout the year. We look forward to your continued support.
The ministry has many events and projects planned for 2014! We are excited to see where God leads
STR8 UP will be closed today in lieu of the Christmas parade. We will have our own kind of fun at Realm of the Poets! The STR8 UP dancers and Robbie "Soul" Waters and Foster "Scoota" Walker will be performing original raps. Come out and support the youth.
STR8 UP will be serving refreshments there. If you need a ride call Sammy at 443-1176 to arrange it.
If you're in the parade, don't worry. We will be going on for a very long time!
Gearing up for the yard sale
Join us this week, Dec. 5-7 for our huge garage sale.
Find gifts and thrifts, meet the youth and have a great time!
Come Celebrate Thanksgiving at STR8 UP!
STR8 UP invites you and your family to celebrate our 2nd Annual Thanksgiving feast with us.Everyone is welcome! If you know someone who was alone yesterday, bring them with you.
Our doors will open at 1PM today and dinner will be served at 4ish. We will have the traditional turkey and all the fixin's.
Check out all things our youth have been doing. Join in basketball tournaments, volleyball and more!
No need to bring anything but a good appetite and the expectation for fun.
It's not about the turkey
The holiday season is fast approaching and with it tons of festivities. We have some of our own planned at STR8 UP also. While the parties, food and shopping are great, let us not forget the true meaning of the holidays. Thanksgiving is a time to don the attitude of gratitude. Pause and reflect on God’s many blessings daily. Sometimes it is hard to see the blessings when we are focused on the trials of everyday life. Therefore, I challenge you to daily pick one blessing (at least) and thank God for it. It can be anything because even the air we breathe is bestowed upon us by a God who loves us unconditionally. You can post this on Face Book as many do or just write it on a sticky note. At the end of November you will be surprised at how much God has given you.
Our 2nd Annual Thanksgiving Dinner will be on November 29 at 4:30. The dinner is a way for our youth and their families to come together and show our appreciation. It is open to all youth and their families, if you know someone that will be alone, bring them. The more the merrier. We will be inviting local fire and police departments.
Saturday, Nov. 9, we will be closed as we take the youth to Faith on Fire with Sammy and Dana or Bowling with the Stars with Kim and Aaron.
We have incredible speakers lined up that you will not want to miss this month!
We are accepting donations now for our yard sale that will take place on December 5,6,&7. We will pick up large items and items from the elderly. To arrange a pick up call Sammy at the office at 863-699-1480.
We will be closed on December 7 for the Wild Game Dinner.
In closing, we pray that everyone has a wonderful holiday season. Take the challenge I listed above, I dare you.
STR8 UP Speaker is a Knock Out!
Daniel "El Alacran" and his expectant wife Luisa Lozano at STR8 UP Youth Ministry
We had a very special guest speaker come out last night and share his testimony. Daniel “El Alacran” Lozano is a professional boxer as well as a Christian. He and his family, wife, Luisa, mom, Sylvia and father Daniel Sr. came to give testimonies and share how God has blessed their family.
Daniel started boxing when he was just 7 years old; at first he hated it. His father/trainer put him in boxing to keep him off of the streets and learn discipline. “I didn't want to see him get into drugs and make mistakes like I did”, said Daniel Sr. At the tender age of 11, Daniel decided that he loved the sport and began to win many matches and trophies.
Daniel shared his rigorous training schedule and spoke of working hard for a dream. He told the kids that there is an enemy out there that seeks to destroy your dreams. It is a battle of spiritual warfare. Daniel is all too aware of this battle for the mind as he lost his first match in over 4 years last week. He says he was doing great during his season of “falling away” from God. He and his wife rededicated their lives to Jesus about four months ago. That’s when the enemy hit. Pun intended. Daniel lost a televised title match. He says he heard the enemy whispering to him, “where is Jesus now; you were doing just fine without him”. Daniel is now in a season of recuperation both physical and emotional. He will have his next match sometime in November or December. STR8 UP will be watching and cheering their new friend on!
Daniel gave lessons to Tameko McKeithen. A youth from STR8 UP who has shown much promise in boxing. “It was great to see both Daniel Sr. and Jr. take our youth under their wings and offer to teach them and improve their skills”, said Sammy.
Afterward the Lozano family was gracious enough to spend time talking and taking pictures with the kids. Daniel also signed many autographs on shirts and boxing gloves that were given away by the family.