Our Summer at ASP ’23

A team of 16 youth, young adults, from six SEPA congregations spent the 4th of July week with the Appalachian Service Project in Kentucky, insulating and replacing the rusted tin roof on a trailer and addition. Here’s a glimpse into the project from the team’s perspective.

Photos and text adapted from SEPAYouth Facebook page.

We left from St. John’s Blue Bell and drove to Huntington, WV on July 1. We have participants from 6 churches! The people of St. Paul’s Lutheran showed us Christ-like hospitality. They made us a taco dinner, desserts, let us swim at the YMCA and allowed us to sleep at their church.

The amazing hospitality we received from the Pastor Kevin Mackey and the people of St. Paul’s.

A welcome meal.

Trip Co-leader Ray Hopkins preparing the crews for the work ahead.

Our crew is from: St John’s Blue Bell, Christ Lutheran Kulpsville/Harleysville, Trinity Havertown, St Peter’s North Wales, St Mark Conshohocken and Trinity Lansdale

SEPA Youth & YA Day 2 – worship at St Paul’s, then onto Kentucky!

Worship at St. Paul’s.

Restaurant stop.

We’re here.

Early in the week, we worked on ASP’s mission of making homes “warmer, safer and drier” by installing foam insulation.

Measure twice. Cut once.

Precision work.

It takes teamwork.

Insulation is up.

If I had a hammer….

Many hands, light(er) work.

We finished the insulation! At the same time, we removed the old tin roof because…rusted.

We tore off the old roof, installed flashing and finished the first layer of tin roof. We also began the shingle work and got pretty far before we had to leave.

Up on the roof.

Hauling away the old roof…

…and raising up the new.

The new roof was almost finished at week’s end.

And what is a great servant trip without fun, faith and love?​​



July 4.

“Kilt” (killed) Lettuce. It’s a thing.

Mealtime on the road.


We found a friend.