A few weekends ago, we loaded a bus full of leaders and students and we drove to Pennsylvania to break away.  What follows will seem like a lot when it comes to pictures, but really is just a small glimpse of the great weekend that we had.  Words will be shared as needed and thank you for stopping by.

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She was two and a half months old when we took her to Breakaway for the very first time and this year was her twelfth year coming to our retreat.  And while she’s still technically too young for Youth Group, all that will change in just a few months.  How that is possible, I do not know.

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In honor of our Superhero theme, we came up with a game that we called “Soup or Hero.”  Let’s just say that it would have been better had the soup been hot and the hero’s pre-made.  Oh well.  You win some and you lose some when it comes to made up Breakaway games.  If sixteen years of winter retreats has taught me anything, it’s that.

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Quick shout out to this guy.  Jeremy and I met Rick Pilieci when we were young and in love at Grace Bible College.  In the years that would follow, we’d continue a friendship with him and his amazing family while they moved to Michigan from Long Island and we to Long Island from Michigan.  Rick is currently the campus pastor at the now Grace Christian University, and he was our Breakaway speaker this year.  He did a phenomenal job connecting with our students and sharing God’s word and we are so thankful for him!

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Ah, fun memories at the Tubing Hill.

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Also shoutout to our Breakaway DJ, Zach Rosado.  He’s one of our former Youth Group Students and now grown with his own beautiful wife and baby girl.  The three of them joined us for the weekend and we had a blast!

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Probably one of our most memorable Breakaway acts ever.

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The crowd was delighted.

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In Sunday morning Breakaway tradition we prayed over our Seniors.  We have a small group this year and as a youth group we’ve gotten pretty young again (many of our students are 9th grade and under).  But that being said, it makes me excited to think of seeing yet another wave of students up through their Jr. and Sr. High years, just like we got to see these awesome kids.

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All in all, we had an absolutely amazing time at Breakaway.

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And tonight, we took time to share about our trip at our annual Spaghetti Supper.

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Our students came to serve and we are so proud of them.

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And everyone enjoyed a delicious meal all together.

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A huge thank you goes out to the amazing kitchen crew that was assembled.  One who was just out of frame actually celebrated his birthday while serving at our supper.  Which brings me to the fact that we have an absolutely amazing church family and we are so thankful for them!

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We ended our supper with some worship from our amazing band this year.  Our friend Emily Prott recruited them and they did an incredible job!

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And that pretty much sums up our Breakaway retreat and Spaghetti Supper.  It was a fantastic and full weekend followed by a delicious meal all together at Eastport Bible Church this afternoon.  A huge thank you to everyone who joined us and we look forward to seeing you all again next year!

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Written by lauraherr8

I love Jesus, my Youth Pastor Husband and our two beautiful children. I'm a professional photographer and I love people, especially kids. My best days include time with my family, Hot Yoga and a Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream cone.

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