Getting out of your comfort zone. Is that something you enjoy doing or is it something you avoid? There are lots of opportunities within our church family to serve our children and youth though maybe you have never tried or thought you could. Serving a meal, helping with Sunday School, chaperoning an event, helping at E.P.I.C., the list goes on and on. Please prayerfully consider where you can try something new and serve these wonderful young people!

   Thank you to Denise Morris for helping facilitate the Teacher Encouragement Dinner where we went Hog Wild about Sunday School!

   What a fun day 20 of us had going to Fun City in Burlington! Though we had hoped to get to Seven Oaks, we had a really fun time go-carting, climbing, playing games and eating incredible pizza!

Palm Sunday Palms: The children will be encouraged to be part of the palms processional following Children’s Time on Palm Sunday, April 14.

Shh…..”You’ve been Egged!”! The children will once again be “Egged” prior to Easter.  This will happen on Wednesday, April 17. Thank you Candace Slobe and Cynde Briggs for putting this together.  If anyone would like to help with the “egging” distribution, please contact the church office. We will need 4-6 teams of people to deliver the eggs. Wrapped candy and plastic eggs are also needed and can be dropped off at the church anytime between now and April 8.

Sunday School:  Sunday School for preschool (3 years) through 5th grade begins with an Opening Time at 10:30am.  The children sing songs and watch the Bible story for the day. At 10:45am, they are dismissed to their classrooms. Please have your children to the music room promptly at 10:30am. All other classes, 6th grade through adults, begin at 10:40am.

   Participation in Sunday School, Outstanding Attendance and Perfect Attendance will be recognized on Celebration Sunday/Senior Sunday, which will be on May 19.  Those who have attended Sunday School 80% of the Sundays will be recognized for Outstanding Attendance. If you are out of town and attend another church, bring back a bulletin, give to your Sunday School teacher and it will be marked as present. As of now, we have 28 children and youth on track for outstanding attendance!

Confirmation Sunday will be on Sunday, May 5.

Offering:  The children are very excited to once again be helping the New Hope School in Guatemala with their January – May offering.  Keep those pennies, nickels & dimes coming to send to this school! The Middle School & Confirmation offering will go towards their Holt International child and the High School offering is going towards World Vision.

Latino Style Meal!  Mark your calendars for Sunday, April 28.  Karen Ventura, Alex Perla and crew will once again be serving an incredible Latino Style Meal to support the school in Guatemala.  The lunch will be served beginning at 11:15 a.m. Bring the whole family!  Invite your friends! If you would like to help with the meal, watch for the Sign Up Genius link.

Childcare needed at meetings: We have several young families who are on committees so childcare is needed on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:15pm. Please let the office know if you can help.

Children’s Choir will be singing and/or ringing on March 31, Easter Sunday (April 21) & April 28.  Please meet at 9:15am in the chapel to practice. All children from preschool – 5th grade are encouraged to make a joyful noise!

Children are invited to join Pastor Bruce on Sun., March 31 at Homestead to sing for the residents. Please meet at Homestead at 2:45 p.m.  They will be done by 4p.m.

Vacation Bible School “To Mars and Beyond”:  June 17-21 from 9-11:30 a.m. for ages Preschool (3 years) to 5th grade. Registrations will be accepted on Sunday May 5, 12, & 19 (or anytime during the week).  Registrations received by May 19 will be guaranteed a t-shirt and CD of the VBS music.  Please let Karen know if you are available that week and can help as lots of volunteers are needed. There will be many ways for people to be involved, both youth and adults, so be watching for the sign ups soon!

Youth Summer Mission Trip:  Plans are underway for our youth to participate in a summer mission trip. The dates are July 26-28 and we are going to the Dubuque Rescue Mission.  Look them up on Facebook or their website to see the amazing things we will be helping with! We will also be staying at the St. Luke’s United Methodist Church in Dubuque and serving alongside them as they have a meal ministry. Get excited for a weekend with chaperones Jim and Kim and Dan and Karen!  Anyone else wanting to chaperone, let us know!

Help our children & youth go to camp!  We hope that lots of our kids are able to go to church camp this summer.  Our church camp funds pay half of the registration so it can be affordable for families.  Here are two ways that you can help:  

     Camp Tree: Visit the “camp tree” in the narthex with opportunities to support camp.

     Cans for Camp: Continue saving your cans and bottles. 

Baccalaureate will be Saturday, May 18 at 11am in the OHS gym.  This is a non-denominational Christian service that the graduating seniors organize and lead sharing how God has worked in their lives. Mark your calendars to attend this inspiring service and show your support to these young people. There will be a planning meeting for high school seniors on Wednesday, March 27 at 8:00 p.m. in the loft at Smokey Row. Drinks will be provided.

E.P.I.C.  (Experiencing Possibilities In Christ) Youth Group for grades 6-12

          March 24:    Meal provided by Lois Holmberg

          March 31:    Meal provided by Rick & Connie Bryan

          April 7:         Meal provided by Colette and Taylor Scott

          April 14: Meal provided by Linda Lindgren

          April 21(Easter):         Can you provide this meal?

          April 28:      Meal provided by Heather Lindgren

          May 5:         Last Day of E.P.I.C. Meal provided by Linda Lindgren

5:00-5:45PM         Praise Band practice (April 7 and April 21)

5:45-6:00PM         Oasis open, hang out, play games

6:00-6:30PM         Supper

6:30-7:30PM         Activities

E.P.I.C. Meals: Thank you for signing up to provide supper for our youth on Sunday nights. The sign up is in the narthex or on the Sign Up Genius.  Please plan for 20-25 and something you can either stretch or that you like to eat for the next week.  We have one diabetic and one gluten allergy. Please be mindful of this as you plan your meal.

**For the safety of our youth on Sunday nights, the west doors will be locked at 6:10pm.** If youth arrive later than that, there will be a note on the door with a cell number of a volunteer to call to be let in. Thank you for your understanding.