“No mistakes, just creative opportunities” This was a quote by a good friend of mine. Mistakes are usually thought of as negative but they can be turned into something positive, like creative opportunities. When we make mistakes, God can turn it for our good. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28) As we look to the fall and slowly (and hopefully) return to our new normal, let’s remember that making mistakes will happen and we can learn and grow from them and we can turn them into creative opportunities.

Acolyte Training THIS SUNDAY!  Acolyte Training will be on Sunday, August 23 following worship (approximately 10:45 a.m.) in the back of the sanctuary.  You will learn what it means to “take the Light of Christ into the sanctuary”, practice with others and figure out what robe to wear.  Pastor Chad will help answer your questions about why we acolyte and also how wearing robes actually has Biblical meaning and isn’t just something over your clothes.

  All incoming 4th graders are encouraged to attend to be trained.  Any youth grades 5th-8th (trained or untrained) are also encouraged to attend to practice, help others and refit your robes.  Some of you may have grown!  We will observe social distancing as much as possible. Masks are encouraged.

Ice cream afterwards in Heritage Hall! 

Survey to families for “Return to Learn” for Sunday School: A survey is being emailed to families to get their input on their comfort level pertaining to returning to Sunday School. The earliest we will start will be Sunday, September 27. 

Please have the surveys returned to the church by Sunday, August 30.  They can be emailed back or printed to mail or return in person.

Sunday School Teachers: Thank you to all of these caring adults who have volunteered to help our children, youth and adults to grow in their faith!

Sunday School Teachers for 2020-2021

Preschool: Cynde Briggs and Candace Slobe

K-1: Cathy Gilliland

2-3: Jay Christensen

4-5: Lisa Vohoska

Middle School: Steve DeJong and Dan Adams

Confirmation: Pastor Chad Lierman

High School: Bob Morris and Bob Bateson

Christ Connection (adult class): Ron and Vickie Arkema, Marilyn Porter

Children’s Music: Denise Morris, Emily Carriker, Karen Adams and Jan Dodd

Sunday School teachers needed!  This is a very rewarding way to serve the church. No experience needed.  Just caring, compassionate adults willing to give of their time to help our children and youth grow in their faith. Currently one teacher/second adult is needed for the following classes: K-1 class, 2nd/3rd and 4th-5th. Pastor Chad is planning to lead the Confirmation class for our 8th-9th graders but we still need 1 or 2 more adults to assist him. Please let Karen know if you would like to serve in this way.

Substitutes for Sunday School: Please let Karen know if you would be willing to be on the substitute list for teachers to call if they are going to be absent.

Register for Sunday School and Youth Events: In anticipation that we will be having Sunday School and other events, we need all families to fill out the 2020-2021 Family/Student Information Form. The form is available on our website and will be emailed to all families. You can drop it off at the church, email it or mail it back to the church. Please have your form back to the church by September 20.

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

With fall upon us, we are in the process of discerning what is the best for Sunday nights. Youth, please be thinking of what you would like E.P.I.C. to include.  We want your ideas!

   We have E.P.I.C. t-shirts for anyone, youth and adults, who would like to support our youth.  They are $10. Please let Karen know if you would like one. You can mail your payment to the church, bring it to the church during regular business hours or if you come to worship.

E.P.I.C. Leaders for 2020-2021: Thank you to Dan Adams, Bob Morris, Denise Morris, Chris Lindgren, Heather Lindgren, Jay Christensen and Bryan Johnson who plan to help lead E.P.I.C. on Sunday nights! If anyone else would like to join this group and also work with our awesome youth, please let us know.

Adult Classes: Sunday School isn’t just for children and youth.  It’s for adults too, even grandparents!  If you are interested in leading any kind of adult class, please contact the office. 

   The Christ Connection class facilitators are currently discussing when would be the best time and how to safely meet. They will resume their DVD/book study “Half Truths: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves and Other Things the Bible Doesn’t Say” by Adam Hamilton. They have three more sessions with the next session being “God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle”. This will be led by Marilyn Porter. Following that, Vickie Arkema will lead a DVD/book study by Adam Hamilton called “Revival: Faith as Wesley Lived It”.