McAllen Summer Youth Trip – July 23-28, 2017



Service Learning Objectives:


As a result of our service learning experience in McAllen, participants will

  • feel a greater appreciation for the inter-connectedness of our one human family.
  • feel empowered to help their neighbors in meaningful ways.
  • feel more connected to their fellow participants.


As a result of our service learning experience in McAllen, participants will

  • provide meaningful support to recent immigrants and refugees and organizations serving them.
  • interact compassionately with individuals from different social locations.
  • plan a project to be executed after our return to build upon our experience on the trip and an event to share our experience with the congregation.


As a result of our service learning experience in McAllen, participants will

  • understand the root causes of Latin American migration and the challenges facing newly arrived migrants.
  • reflect on the relationship between the work being done on the border and that of the Sanctuary Movement.
  • connect the our work on the border with major themes and stories from the Christian tradition.


Host Organizations:

Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Humanitarian Respite Center

Upbring New Hope Children’s Center (Pending confirmation)

Mandatory Preparation Meetings

All youth and adult participants must attend at least three. If you are unable to do so, please schedule a makeup session with Daniel. Snacks will be provided.

June 11, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

June 18, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

June 25, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

July 9, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

July 16, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Mandatory Pre-Trip Meeting

Youth and adult participants are required to attend. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend. Dinner will be provided.

July 16, 6:00 p.m.


All youth are welcome on this trip. The cost of this trip per youth is on a sliding scale from $25 to $100. We ask that families contribute what they can within this range. This will help the church cover all of the meals while we are in McAllen, as well as transportation and accommodations.

Each youth should come with funds for meals and snacks while travelling, souvenirs, and other incidentals.

Any family needing financial assistance should contact Daniel Williams,


All information about the trip will be sent out using the communication service Remind. You can get updates by either text or email. Visit to choose how you wish to receive updates.





sunday school

Sunday School continues to meet from 9:30 to 10:30 upstairs in the youth area. And I have some exciting news to share – beginning in March, I will be teaching Middle School Sunday School for the duration of the semester! I’m really excited to spend that time with our youth.


Love, Daniel Williams

Director of Christian Education, St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church