As you read this, our youth will be on the mission trip to Dubuque. Thank you for the generous donations for our “love gifts” to the Dubuque Rescue Mission and to St. Luke’s UMC and their “Food for the Soul” ministry. We also were able to load up the church van with materials for JT Firestarters and all the needed supplies for the Dubuque Rescue Mission! We really appreciate our church family and the support for our youth! Please keep our group in your prayers as we will return on Sunday. Jensen De Jong, Lawson Morris, Bre Behymer, Emily Carriker, Reid Luck, Jon Hendrickson, Brady DeJong, Jessie Eveland, Kim Andeway, Jim Veldhuizen, Dan Adams and Karen Adams.
     Throughout the summer our church family has enjoyed many activities. We have had a few going to Wesley Woods church camp and will look forward to seeing their pictures on the bulletin board. A few weeks ago several of our youth had fun in the sun at Lake Keomah. With the very hot day, they enjoyed a little kayaking but mostly swimming in the pool. Thank you Craig and Linda Coen and Clark and Deb Johnson for hosting such a fun event for our youth! Around 40 children, youth and adults played outside, ate Sno Biz and popcorn plus lots of other great finger foods at our Family Game Night. If you weren’t there, you missed a fun time! We hope you will come to the next one. This is for the WHOLE church! Thank you to the Education Committee for your planning of this fun event!
     Hopefully many of you saw the news release about our “To Mars and Beyond” VBS donation to MUMMS. CP3-20 along with some of our children, youth and leaders presented a check of $1,046.64 to Allison Bartholemy from MUMMS. That was “out of this world” amazing!

Children’s Choir will be singing and ringing on Sunday, August 4. Please meet in the chapel at 9:15 a.m. to practice.
Acolyte Training Mark your calendars for all incoming 4th graders and older! Acolyte Training will be on Sunday, August 4. You will learn what it means to “take the Light of Christ into the sanctuary” and practice with others and figure out what robe to wear. Those who have already been trained are encouraged to attend to practice and to try on robes. You may have grown! Ice cream for all afterwards! Please let the church office know if you plan to attend so we have enough toppings!
Family Swim Party at Edmundson Pool: Aug. 4 from 7-9pm This FREE event is sponsored by the Children Ministry Network. Many from CUMC have enjoyed these in June and July so come out for the last one of the summer!

“the Oasis”: August 11! The congregation is invited to enjoy a delicious beverage served from “the Oasis” by our youth!
Mayhem at Morris’s: Bob, Denise, Lawson and Lilia Morris are hosting the church on August 11. Their address is 222 Terrace Drive. You can bike ride around Oskaloosa on the trail beginning at 3:00pm. The main event will begin at 5:00pm with food, volleyball, yard games, Gaga Ball and s’mores. Please bring lawn chairs and a side dish. This will be fun for all ages and invite your friends!
Register for Sunday School and Youth Events: On Sunday, August 25 before and after the service families can fill out the Family/Student Information Form. Copies will be available. You will NOT need your insurance card. The form is also available on our website and will be emailed to all families so could be brought to church that morning already filled out. We will also have the background check forms that can be filled out for anyone who is due this year or anyone new who wants to work with our children and youth.
Rally Day: The first day of Sunday School will be Sunday, September 8! Mark your calendars and get excited to begin a new year! Sunday School is for ages preschool to adults so find a class that you want to attend or start a new one! There will be lots of music including the children that day. Please continue to save your cans for the CAN DRIVE for CAMP. The trailer will be in the parking lot on September 8. E.P.I.C. will get started that night also!
“Out of this World” Sunday School Teacher Training: Wednesday, August 7 from 6-8pm. Supper will be served by our Education committee. Jamie Robinson will be presenting CPR information and Denise Morris will present materials to use in classrooms. Please RSVP to the church.
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. We will have at least two classes beginning in the fall, one before worship at 8:30 a.m. and the other during the Sunday School hour. Clark Johnson will be leading a class using the website “dailyprayer.us”. Ron and Vickie Arkema will be leading “The Story of the Bible” with DVD and discussion.
CDL: Anyone else want to join this much needed and appreciated bus ministry? Talk to Hal Edmundson, Bob Morris or Jim Veldhuizen on how you too can have your CDL!