Registration for Harvest House is open!

Friday-Saturday, November 17-18
8:00 pm-8:00 am

Get ready for games, games and more games! We will have games going in the indoor gym, arcade games in the arcade, and board games everywhere. Right before we eat pizza and play, there will be a Worship led by Nick Stroczkowski and the OY Leadership Team. Oh, and by the way… there is a movie room playing movies all night, and if you need to rest there will be quiet areas to sleep.

Cost: $20

Address of Harvest House: 1782 Seneca St., South Buffalo

For Youth in Grades 6-12 and Adult Leaders

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The registration deadline is 9:00pm, Friday, October 13.

The Lasertron Lock-in is October 20-21, 12:30am to 7:30am

The $45 registration fee includes: Unlimited Lasertron and CyberSport, unlimited drinks, arcade tokens, and two food items. We will also have a large group devotion time to look at ourselves and how God shows up in our lives.

The address of Lasertron is: 5101 N Bailey Ave, Amherst, NY 14226

See you there!

Our New Director: Nick Stroczkowski!

We would like to welcome our new Director of Youth Ministries: Nick Stroczkowski!

Nick has been working professionally in Youth Ministry for over 4 years. First, as the Youth Director at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Downtown Buffalo, and now as the Sailing Director at Lake Chautauqua Lutheran Center and Director of Youth Ministries at Organic Youth. He has a passion for being an advocate for young people, playing music, and growing closer to God.

Nick also runs his own film production company called Brothers & Sisters Film Production Co. Look for some devotional videos starring the Organic Youth Leadership Team soon!

Organic Youth in Pictures: 2006-2017

It’s the ultimate throwback picture collection: #OYthrowback!

In celebration of the past 11 years as director, and in anticipation of the ministry and life-changing times to come, I’ve uploaded EVERY picture we have of the ministry of our Niagara Frontier Conference youth ministry program, Organic Youth!  That’s 11 years worth, dozens of programs worth, and a total of 5,116 pictures!!!

Take some time to look back.  You may see your children, or yourself, participating in one (or many) of our varied programs over the years.  You’ll also see how God has been at work trough you and others to grow, live, reach out and serve in God’s love.

So enjoy the throwback.  And please join with me in prayer for the future of this dynamic youth ministry program.  I’m excited to see the images and hear the stories in the future of ways God will continue to be up to big things among the youth of Western New York!

-Rick Mollenkopf-Grill
Director of Youth Ministry, 2006-2017

Note about pictures: Rather than placing pictures directly on our page, we’ve uploaded pictures by year and program to their own Google Photos albums.  Check out the pics, feel free to download what you like, and if you have a Google ID (you do if you have a Gmail account), you can add your pictures to the collection!  Click the links below to arrive at the album for the program listed…

If you feel inspired to support this vital ministry in the lives of youth, please click here and see how you can Support Organic Youth!

2006-2007

2006-07 Leadership Team (CORE IV)

2007 Volleyball Marathon

2007 Upstate New York Synod CONVO

2007-2008

2007-08 Leadership Team (CORE V)

2007 Harvest House overnight event

2008 Volleyball Marathon

2008 Mississippi-Gulf Coast Mission Trip

2008 End-of-Summer Field Day

2008-2009

2008-09 Leadership Team (CORE VI)

2008 Harvest House overnight event

2009 Winter Day Out

2009 Volleyball Marathon

2009 Pentecost overnight event

2009 Upstate New York Synod CONVO

2009 End-of-Summer Field Day

2009-2010

2009-10 Leadership Team (CORE VII)

2009 Lasertron overnight event

2009 Harvest House overnight event

2010 North Satellite winter lock-in

2010 North Satellite winter snow day

2010 Volleyball Marathon

2010 Chicago Mission Trip

2010 Hunger-Thon

2010 Upstate New York Synod CONVO

2010 End-of-Summer Picinick

2010-2011

2010-11 Leadership Team (CORE VIII)

2010 North Satellite fall event

2010 Youth Workers Training Retreat

2010 Harvest House overnight event

2011 Winter Day Out

2011 Service Day at Resurrection Food Pantry

2011 North Satellite winter snow day

2011 Volleyball Marathon

2011 Hunger-Thon

2011 Upstate New York Synod CONVO

2011-2012

2011-12 Leadership Team (CORE IX)

40th Anniversary Coffeehouse Celebration

2011 North Satellite Confirmation Retreat

2011 Youth Workers Training Retreat

2011 Harvest House overnight event

2012 North Satellite winter lock-in

2012 Winter Day Out

2012 Volleyball Marathon

2012 Chicago Mission Trip

2012 Upstate New York Synod CONVO

2012 ELCA Youth Gathering

2012-2013

2012-13 Leadership Team (CORE X)

2012 North Satellite bowling event

2012 Youth Workers Training Retreat

2012 Harvest House overnight event

2013 North Satellite winter lock-in

2013 Winter Day Out

2013 Volleyball Marathon

2013-2014

2013-14 Leadership Team

2013 Harvest House overnight event

2013 1st-5th Grade Christmas Party

2013 Foam Dart Night

2014 Volleyball Marathon

2014 Organic Youth Olympics

2014-2015

2014-15 Leadership Team

2014 Youth Workers Training Retreat

2014 1st-5th Grade Christmas Party

2014 Christmas Care Night

2015 Buffalo Mission Trip

2015 Volleyball Marathon

2015 Lost and Found “Walk for Water” Concert

2015 1st-5th Grade Springy Play & Pray Day

2015 ELCA Youth Gathering

2015-2016

2015-16 Leadership Team

2015 1st-5th Grade Fall Faith & Fun Day

2015 Harvest House overnight event

2015 1st-5th Grade Christmas Party

2016 Winter on the Town

2016 Buffalo Mission Trip

2016 Volleyball Marathon

2016 Chicago Mission Trip

2016-2017

2016-17 Leadership Team

2016 1st-5th Grade Fall Faith & Fun Day

2016 Harvest House overnight event

2017 Buffalo Mission Trip

2017 Volleyball Marathon

2017 1st-5th Grade Springy Play & Pray Day

2017 Volleyball Marathon Recap

It was a smaller year, but the 2017 edition of the Organic Youth Volleyball Marathon was great in its own right!

Here’s a quick recap of the night:

  • 85 youth, adult leaders and support staff gathered together to make a difference
  • We packed 192 backpacks filled with the school supplies that will be sent overseas to children of developing countries so they can attend school.  We teamed up with Lutheran World Relief to make it happen, and received support from the St. John’s Lutheran Home for Children, Thrivent Financial and Town Line Lutheran Youth to purchase the supplies needed
  • Our volleyball play supported Lutheran World Relief as well, as we raised $244 to help their efforts
  • We took a break to experience a moving devotion by Organic Youth’s Leadership Team
  • We did all of this in the span of 11 hours

At the end of the night, medals were awarded for gold-silver-bronze, last place, best sportsmanship, best team mascot, and the team that raised the most money for Lutheran World Relief.  And prizes were awarded for the first, second and third most money raised by an individual.

All of this would not have been possible without the help of many:

  • The St. John’s Lutheran Home for Children board
  • Buffalo Niagara Court Center for hosting us
  • Collin M. for organizing the volleyball games
  • Elliott B. for heading up first aid and keeping us safe
  • Bobby “DJ Shaggs” who, while not able to make it, loaned all of his equipment to help ensure the all-night tunes happened
  • Volunteers who jumped in to help with backpack assembly, food service, volleyball scorekeeping and more
  • The adult leaders who sacrificed their time and sleep to bring youth
  • The youth for taking a chance and coming out to the event

Rather than placing pictures directly on our page, we’ve started a Google Photos album for this event.  Check out the pics, feel free to download what you like, and if you have a Google ID (you do if you have a Gmail account), you can add your Volleyball Marathon pictures to the collection!  Click the button to go to the album…