Christian Education News from Karen Adams

Children and Youth Events!

Have you been watching the Olympics and the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat? To watch these athletes give their best effort is so inspiring. Some reach their goals and others fall short. Each one of them feels so fortunate to be an Olympic athlete. Have you ever felt like you have given your all to then feel defeated? This may be the feeling of the Holt International child that our Middle School class is supporting or an unknown child through World Vision that our High School class is helping. This could be how the school in Guatemala feels when they work hard to teach the children but know their facilities need upgraded or they need school supplies.
Our children and youth are supporting some really great causes with their offering. We as a church have been supporting them also and can continue to do so. Thank you to everyone who helped with the Souper Bowl lunch. This lunch supported the Middle School offering and their Holt International child and for our high school class in support of World Vision. You now have a great opportunity to support our children as they are collecting funds for a school in Guatemala that Karen Ventura and Alex Perla will soon be telling the congregation about. Let’s help all of them reach their full potential and be their “Olympic gold medal”!
Thank you to Jim Veldhuizen, Kim Andeway and Greg, Chelsey, Charley and Drew Johnson for hosting Family Game Night! Over 40 people ate lots of great food and played a lot of fun games!

Sunday School Teachers for the 4th-5th grade class
April: Bob and Denise Morris (minus Easter Sunday)
May: Nate and Michelle Lahner

Please let Karen know if you can teach in March and on Easter Sunday.

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 6:00pm. Please let the office know if you can help.

Teacher Encouragement Dinner “Thank You for your commit”mint” to CUMC!”
Sunday School teachers and others working with children and youth are invited to the Teacher Encouragement Dinner on Wednesday, February 28 at 6:30pm in Heritage Hall. Greg Johnson will be cooking dinner with support from others on the Education committee. Denise Morris will provide encouragement in working with our children and youth with their faith formation. Please RSVP to the church office by Monday, Feb. 26.

Children’s Choir The Children’s Choir will be singing on March 25. Please meet at 9:15am in the chapel to practice.

Skating Party The Children’s Ministry Network is hosting a Family Skating Party on Sunday, March 4 from noon-2pm at Spinnin’ Wheels Skate Center. It is $5.00 but the first 50 will get in free. Are you wondering why the flyer is at “kid level” in the west entrance? Ask Drew Johnson.

Vacation Bible School will be held June 4-8 from 9-11:30am for ages preschool through 5th grade. The theme is “Rolling River Rampage” and we are once again collaborating with the First Presbyterian Church. The next planning meeting is scheduled for March 21 at 6:30pm at the First Presbyterian Church. Anyone who would like to be a part of the planning team is invited. There will be many ways for people to be involved with VBS, both youth and adults so be watching for sign-ups soon!

Spring Break Mission Trip Final plans are being made for the youth mission trip scheduled for March 9-11 in Des Moines. They will leave at noon on Friday and return at noon on Sunday. They will be doing homeless outreach, volunteering at an animal shelter, packing for “Meals for the Heartland” and going to an Escape Room. They will be staying at Aldersgate United Methodist Church. There is no cost and all meals will be provided. Contact Jim Veldhuizen at 295-3142 with questions.

Summer Mission Trip Youth going into 6-12th grades! Mark your calendars for July 6-8 for a summer mission trip. Get excited for a weekend with chaperones Jim and Kim and Dan and Karen that will for sure be something to remember! Anyone else wanting to chaperone, let us know!

Baccalaureate The first planning meeting for Baccalaureate will be on Sunday, March 4 at 8:15pm at Smokey Row. Baccalaureate is set for Saturday, May 19 at 11am. This is a non-denominational Christian ceremony where the graduating Seniors organize and lead a service sharing how God has worked in their lives. Please invite other seniors you think might be interested. If there are any adults that would like to help with the planning, feel free to attend this meeting also.

E.P.I.C. (Experiencing Possibilities In Christ) Youth Group for grades 6-12
March 4, 18 and 25th. No E.P.I.C. on March 11th.
5:00-5:45PM Praise Band practice (March 4 and 18)
5:45-6:00PM Oasis open, hang out
6:00-6:30PM Supper
6:30-7:30PM Activities
Mark your calendars for Sky Zone on April 22!
Thank you for signing up to provide supper for our youth on Sunday nights. The sign up is in the narthex. Please plan for 20-25 and something you can either stretch or that you like to eat for the next week. We do have two volunteers with food allergies (onion and gluten). They do not want you to change your menu just for them, but just to be aware that they may not eat the meal.

Service Times:

Central United Methodist Church holds services Sundays at:

  • 9:30 AM Worship Service
  • 10:30 AM Sunday School Hour