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Calvary youth to host '50s drive-in fundraiser shindig

Samantha Boyd and Aaron Hamblin display their '50s chic in preparation for the step back in time. (Jean Ruzicka / Enterprise)

Thursday, June 28 Calvary youth are extending an invitation to step back in time, to the 1950s when poodle skirts were the rage, slicked back hair the look and a drive-in the place to be.

Motor in to the Calvary drive-in, located on the corner of Highway 71 and 34, and choose from a menu of hamburgers, cheeseburgers and hot dogs with root beer floats. Diners may eat in their cars or a seating area.

Vintage cars will be lined up for viewing, adding to the ambience.

All the proceeds will go toward the youth group's mission trip to Chicago July 21-29.  

The step back in time Thursday is a reminder the 1950s were an influential time in American history.

Rock and roll was on the airwaves. The Civil Rights Movement was gaining momentum. And society was seeing new fashions, television shows and advancements in medicine.

While in Chicago, the youth will be staying at the Church of the Brethren. The church has a strong connection with the Civil Rights movement as the evening gathering spot was Martin Luther King, Jr.'s office during the movement.

The youth will gain an understanding of being a minority as they will be staying in a Chicago neighborhood that is predominately African American.

This will be a defining experience for youth arriving from a rural Minnesota community, youth pastor Dana Kocka predicts.

The mission team will travel to Chicago via Amtrak from Staples. While in the Windy City, the group will rely solely on public transportation. They will be split into groups, ministering and serving throughout the city.

All groups will experience service both behind the scenes and in the front lines, Kocka said. Serving on both fronts is intentional, he said. "Humble, obedient service is seeking the ways you can minister to the needs of others by not seeking to have your needs met.  

"It is our prayer that God will use us, to let his light shine through us and that we may grow in our faith and relationship with him through this entire experience," Kocka said.

The students' day begins with a 6:30 a.m. wake up call, breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and departure for the service location at 8 a.m. Service work will be conducted from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m. with worship at 7 p.m., followed by group devotionals at 8:30 p.m. Lights are out at 11 p.m.

Students planning to board the train for mission work are Seri Erickson, Levi Erickson, Johnathan Bravo, Nikky Pederson, Connor Smythe, Lindsay Bugge, Tyler Breitweser, Matt Konshok, Samantha Boyd, Jill Simpson, Jeni Simpson, Brock Fritze, Steven Osterman, Grace Bateman, Heather Kniss, Megan Norby, Spencer Adolphson, Charity Ridlon, Colton Carey, Christina Mackley, Aaron Hamblin, Cole Tretbar and Zach Tretbar.

Kocka, Pastor Steve Norby, Bill Simpson and Jodi Erickson will accompany.