MOOERSMooers United Methodists Youth Group Caf頨as been busy. This group is doing very well, said co-leader Wendy Kingsbury. Things are taking off much more quickly than planned. In the middle of February, the youth put on a dinner for a couple of special people who have been tremendously supportive of the group. Those helpers choose to remain anonymous. Members of the group decorated a restaurant-style booth, served an 8-course meal and provided dining entertainment including a poem reading, singing, hip-hop routine, karate show, comedians, and a skit including Job and his wife, Sylvia. To wrap up the evening, gift certificates to the Regal Cinemas in Plattsburgh were awarded to Jerika Manning, Theresa and Tiffany Hadley, and Josh and Chet Wysco, the top three sellers of Little Caesar Pizza kits. Although we were hoping to sell 100 kits, we sold over 175 kits, which made for a very successful fundraiser, Kingsbury said. In early March, the group went to IKEA in Boucherville, Quebec for a fun lesson in wise shopping, as the boys and girls were separated into two groups and instructed to buy items for the Caf頷ithin a certain budget and time frame. The girls won because they bought more for their money, Kingbury said. but then the boys won because they were on time, so we decided to call it a tie. On March 16, the youth attended a Peace Gathering in Hemmingford, Quebec. During the worship service, they performed a musical skit to the song, What if God Was One of Us. Following a candle light vigil, activities got underway at the rec center, including a Free Hug campaign, originally started by a man named Juan Mann who was down and out and decided to brighten peoples lives by simply offering them a hug. Our youth group made signs and walked around the recreation area offering free hugs. They also had extra signs to hand out to others, Kingbury said. They are hoping to go further with this, and maybe into a town, and then a city to pass it on. That same weekend, the group went swimming at Comfort Inn in Plattsburgh, then headed back to Mooers United Methodist Church and a surprise birthday party for fellow member, Andrew Delong, 18. We had a hot and cold buffet, there was a talent show, an extremely hilarious game of Truth or Dare, and finally a game of Fear Factor that brought many wild screams to the party, Kingsbury said. Next up is the Maundy Thursday Service at Mooers United Methodist Church, which the Youth Group Caf頷ill lead. The service will include a skit, a song, foot/hand washing, and a reading. It takes place on April 5, the Thursday before Easter. For more information on the Youth Group Caf頳end an e-mail to email@example.com. For information on the Free Hug campaign, visit www.freehugscampaign.org.