HELLO DEAR READERS!!! Happy MAY to you! I’m doing well- the SUN IS SHINING, the WEATHER IS WARM, and today was the last day of class for the spring semester!
So I will be taking the next few days to have a… *glances at notes* A br… a “break”? (Pronounced br-ay-k?) Anyway whatever it is means I have special time set aside to clean my apartment, plant my veggie garden, and watch Doctor Who clips out of order, and I am STOKED! Then Monday begins my pre-assignments for the doctoral program which starts in 26 days!!! Woot woot!
And speaking of exciting things that are coming up, LET’S SEE WHAT’S GOING ON IN MAY!!
Sunday, May 8: MOTHER’S DAY!
Remember to get your mothers/mother figures flowers, a card, or something nice!
YOU MAY ASK, Sunday May 15 and 22!
We’re gonna presume that if you were a part of the Pursuit series that you’ll be coming to the You May Ask evenings. IF however you know you can’t make it, or maybe you’re back and you’re bringing a friend (hot sauce!), do let us know! 😀
Parent Gathering! May 15 and 22
Parents! While the youth are with us having their burning questions answered whilst hanging out with friends, how would YOU like to experience something similar but with YOUR partners in crime, your very own emotional-support CAYG PARENTS gathering?? Think you’ll come? Sign up HERE!
ALEX: Will there be pizza and stuff for parents?
I guess we could spare them a couple of pizzas, yup.
3. Summer Serve(d) Series!
Here are the dates for June – this is a sign up for LEADERS! Sign up here!
LEADERS! Please sign-up for the You May Ask, AND the Serve(d) series as well VIA THAT LINK ABOVE! Or else Alex will send out one of those DOODLE POLLS! *Shudders.*
4. Saturday, May 28: Old Cats CAYG Cleaning Celebration!
As has been emphasized many times over the past while, Ascension is getting some work done! And this summer it’s the Old Cats’ turn! To that end, we need to COMPLETELY EMPTY our old rooms so construction can begin… So we need your help!!!
When: Saturday, May 28, 9a-12p.
What would I need to do?
Literally just help carry stuff from the Old Cats to…
1. The New Cats
2. “Do the right thing.” (CAYG slang: “Throw in dumpster and never speak of it again.”)
3. Your car, if you really can’t bear tossing it! There WILL be a pile of
junk goodies that you’re free to take home as spoils of war!
That sounds super simple, why do you need MY help?
Because with your help we should get everything done in less than 3 hours! If it was just me it would take me days, and with my doctorate program starting just 8 days later, I really don’t have the time!
Will there be pizza?
Will there be opportunities to sing loud Disney songs or whatever?
GREAT IDEA!!! I’M SO GLAD YOU THOUGHT OF IT!!!
Gosh, free pizza, free stuff, AND an opportunity to hang out with you guys? Where do I sign up??Here!
Last Thursday was opening night for Trinity’s Matilda! And there were a few cast, crew, and orchestra members who did especially well!
And LAST NIGHT they were even better! (And Nat’s and my phones survived a bit longer before dying… hence a few unfeatured faces…)
Keep us posted of any shows, big games, award ceremonies, etc so we can support you!!
The Dates we KNOW about:
Matilda: Trinity Christian School
SEVERAL of our youth are in the cast AND crew!
May 5, 6, 7
Pittsburgh Symphony Student Side-by-Side concert: Heinz Hall
TWO of our talented musicians will be playing cello and violin!
Tuesday, May 10, 7pm
For more info click here.
Lasagna Dinner! (You JUST missed it…)
Folks, we’ve been doing lasagna dinners for awhile. Since 2018 we’ve had about 5 (spring and Christmas, I THINK) and just as many lock-ins. But this year was probably my favorite, for a variety of reasons. Because Natalie and I clobbered you all in Kahoot…
Because it’s the first time since pre-COVID times we’ve been able to fill the Gordon Chapel…
While a migraine put me out of commission for the dance party, when I WOKE UP at 5:30, THIS is the first thing I saw…
… My one and only theory is that Alex got up super early and erected this monument all by himself. No one has told me otherwise, and I hope no one does. Because the mental image I have of Alex scrambling from tier to tier dragging tables and chairs (think “New York Pizza Rat”), all before setting up for the 5:30am breakfast… It gives me hope, somehow.
And of course it’s always been a highlight, watching the marathon runners’ faces light up as they see the youth standing with water… dancing in the rain and singing The Eye of the Tiger loudly to spur people on.(Or maybe they wanted to get away from us as quickly as possible. Who can say.)
Any and all of these things would have made for a great lasagna dinner and overnight! But for ME, the BEST BETTER BESTEST part was the cooking and set up! Because, dear readers, while adult volunteers and some youth arrived early to set up the parish hall and make it oh so cheery…
IN THE KITCHEN, THESE people (plus a few who were MIA) were chopping away at veggies, garlic bread, monitoring lasagnas, (somehow lost 2 lasagnas for 10 minutes…), scooped ice cream AND BEST OF ALL (for me, anyway) CLEANED THE KITCHEN!!!!
All in all, dear readers, this was a fantastic lasagna dinner and marathon overnight, and we’re so glad YOU were a part of it!
Kelsey Nienna ❤