It’s been the tradition for the seniors at Oskaloosa High School to plan and implement a Baccalaureate service the day before graduation. The seniors this year have begun this planning. As they discussed what verse to use as their theme verse, one mentioned that their class has been through a lot more heartache and deaths than most classes.  They have had three classmates pass away throughout their upbringing, one while in elementary school, one while in middle school and one since high school.  They all agreed that they wanted their theme verse to be something about knowing that God was always with them, even in the tough times.  These young people have learned how they can fully rely on God. How encouraging to listen to this discussion as they pulled out their phones and looked up verses to suggest which they will decide which verse to use at their next planning meeting. To find out which one they picked and how God has been an influence in their lives, you are encouraged to attend the Baccalaureate service on May 22.

Sunday School: 

Confirmation Sunday will be May 9 which is also the last day of Sunday School. The confirmands will be leading our worship service and will have a socially distanced receiving line as the congregation leaves. They will have a reception for just their families in Fellowship Hall.

Celebration Sunday will be May 16. The Education Committee will be hosting fun activities (hopefully outside) following worship that can be enjoyed in a safe way. Everyone is invited to come out and play!

Graduation Sunday will be May 23.  We have three graduates this year (Sage Cochran, Cale Holmberg and Paiven Knoot) who will be leading our service that morning. Following worship, they will have a socially distanced receiving line where you can give them air hugs and fist bumps.

Substitutes/Second Adults Needed: If you are willing to be a substitute when teachers need to be gone or if you are willing to be the second adult in the classrooms to comply with our Safe Sanctuary policy, please let Karen know.

Children to ring in church: The children will be ringing in church on April 25 after the children’s message. Please have your children meet at 9:15 a.m. in the chapel to practice. There are sit spots in the chapel and in the sanctuary to indicate where to be. They will also be ringing and possibly singing on May 16.

Vacation Bible School “Knights of North Castle”    Yes, we are planning to have VBS this summer!  The dates will be June 21-25 in the morning. The planning committee will be meeting soon.  Stay tuned for what will be needed as far as volunteers and supplies!

Virtual Talent Show to support our Sunday School Offering!

   We hope you were able to enjoy the Virtual Talent Show either on Facebook Live or on YouTube! If you missed it, you can still see it on our church Facebook page or our YouTube channel. It’s about 38 minutes long and well worth the watch!

   THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed to this fundraiser so far!  As of April 19, our total is $1,345!  If you have not had a chance to contribute yet, there is still time!  We will continue to collect until May 9! Please make sure you designate your gift for the Talent Show.

   This fundraiser is supporting our Holt International child, Cisy from Uganda and our continued support of the New Hope School in Guatemala. The goal for Cisy, our Holt child, is $200. Our goal for the school is $1500-2000 so our total goal for this fundraiser is $2200!  Thank you for your support of our children and youth!

Help our children and 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.  Flyers for Wesley Woods are in the west entrance. Also, 6th-12th graders, check out the Summer Games University website ( if you would like to attend that camp. It will be July 3-7 at Central College.

Cans for Camp: Continue saving your cans and bottles as we will have the trailer here later in the spring.

Prom Goers!  We’d love to have you greet the congregation (socially distanced) with air high 5”s the morning after prom.  The congregation loves seeing you in your prom attire!

Baccalaureate will be Saturday, May 22 at 9:00 a.m. 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.