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Pink gets them to New Orleans

Pastor dyes her hair as fund-raising incentive

Pink made the youth of Salem and Zion Lutheran churches of Millersburg, Pa., see green.

Elizabeth George, pastor of Salem and
Elizabeth George, pastor of Salem and Zion Lutheran churches of Millersburg, Pa., goes “pink” to help youth travel to New Orleans for the ELCA Youth Gathering.
To raise funds to attend the ELCA Youth Gathering in New Orleans, the youth asked parishioners to sponsor them in remembering Bible verses. Like a relay, each sponsor gave the youth a donation for the verses remembered and recited.

For more incentive, their pastor, Elizabeth George, said she would dye her hair pink if they raised $500. The fundraiser began on Ash Wednesday and by the second Sunday of Easter George was “pretty in pink” as she led worship. The youth raised $833 for their trip.

A pink theme also helped the youth raise more than $1,000 for the 2006 Youth Gathering in San Antonio.

The youth placed flamingos in parishioners’ yards by night. A parishioner would awake to find 20 or more flamingos in the yard with a note asking for a donation and for a name of someone to be visited next by the flamingos.


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