Faith Fest Participants Make Blankets for Domestic Violence Victims

SIOUX FALLS — Sixty-four Faith Fest participants and 26 Augustana student leaders worked together on Saturday afternoon, February 7, to make fleece blankets to warm women and children at Children's Inn. Children's Inn provides services to victims of domestic violence in the Sioux Falls area. The project was funded financial support from Sioux Falls Rotary West. In addition, the group created more than 80 hand-made Valentines that will be delivered to patients at the regional VA Medical Center this week.

Faith Fest 2009 attracted high school youth and their adult leaders from nine area congregations to Augustana’s campus with the theme "Grace, Gifts, ACTION!" Activities featured messages from Dani Tietjen, co-founder of the Haiti Mission Project, and a concert by the folk-rock duo Tangled Blue.

In addition to working on the service project, the youth explored the campus, met for small group Bible studies, and attended a variety of breakout sessions presented by Augustana faculty, staff, and students. A panel of Augustana students answered questions about college life. On Saturday evening, the group had the option of attending the Augustana men's basketball game or a coffeehouse presented by Augustana student performers.

The event closed with the campus worship service on Sunday morning.

To learn more, contact:
Kate Campbell
Director of Congregational Outreach & Liturgical Arts
Phone: 605.274.4396

Bruce Conley
Director News Information
Phone: 605.274.5526
Fax: 605.274.4903