Christian Education News from Karen Adams

Children and Youth Events!

   Spring is sure to arrive sometime soon and seeds will be planted in the fields and gardens. Our Sunday School teachers also “plants seeds” as they help our children and youth grow in their faith. There is another seed being planted. The seed of teachers and youth volunteers in hopes of seeing growth and blossoms of those who have served and those who will soon serve. Would you be willing to be a Sunday School teacher next fall? Would you like to help with E.P.I.C., our youth group program on Sunday nights? The seed has been planted. Now let’s watch it grow!
   Thank you to Candace Slobe and Cynde Briggs for putting together the eggs and organizing the routes for the egging of our children! Thank you to Craig and Marcia Alexander, Whitey and Sue Miller, Pastor Bruce and Sue and Dan and Karen Adams for distributing the eggs. From the sounds of it, the eggs were hidden very well, as some have not found all of them yet!
   Celebration Sunday: May 20 Children and youth who have perfect and excellent attendance in Sunday School will be recognized along with those who have participated. Everyone (young and old) is encouraged to wear their attendance pins from the past. Several of our Sunday School classes will be leading and sharing what they have learned throughout the year. We will also be recognizing seniors, Brynn Shaull and Randall Stock. There will be a reception afterwards to congratulate our seniors and our children and youth.
   Childcare needed at meetings: We are so blessed to have several young families who are serving on committees. Childcare is needed on the second Wednesday of each month at 6pm. Please let the office know if you are willing to be on this list to call.
   Children’s Choir: The Children’s Choir will be singing and/or ringing on April 29 and May 20. On the 29th, please meet at 9:15am in the chapel to practice. On May 20th, please meet at 8:45am in the sanctuary to rehearse with the Chancel Choir.
   Pastor Bruce has asked if a group of children (along with their parents, if possible) can accompany him to Homestead on Sunday, April 29. Please meet at 2:50pm at the entrance. You will sing and possibly ring bells also. It should only be about an hour. The residents love it!
   Vacation Bible School “Rolling River Rampage” June 4-8 from 9-11:30am First Presbyterian Church Have you signed up your 3 year old through 5th grader for VBS? The CD’s are here so when you do, you will get the music CD to begin learning all the great songs! When VBS gets closer, you will also be given a t-shirt. Sign up by May 20th to be guaranteed the CD and the t-shirt.
   Have you signed up to help with VBS? You will also be given a t-shirt! The sign up is in the narthex. The sign up for craft supplies and snack items is coming soon!
   VBS Team Training Workshop! Wednesday, May 30 at 6:30pm at First Presbyterian Church. All volunteers, youth and adults should plan to attend!   Questions or wanting to help in any way, contact Karen Adams or Michelle Lahner.
   Summer Camp Are you planning to attend church camp this summer? Our camp funds will pay half your way! Please write a note to the church telling why you want to attend camp.
   Free Family Swim Parties at Edmundson Pool: June 3, July 1 and Aug. 5 from 7-9pm Sponsored by the Children Ministry Network
   Lake Keomah Party for youth 6-12th grades on Sunday, June 24 Craig and Linda Coen and Clark and Deb Johnson have invited our youth to come enjoy playing at the lake with paddle boats, kayak’s, swim in the pool, pontoon rides, fishing, food, etc. Please come any time after 4pm. If you have your own life jacket, bring it along. The address is 216 Keomah Village. Parents and chaperones are welcome to join us too.
   Summer Mission Trip Urban Plunge in Sioux Falls! We are going on an Urban Plunge again this year! Plans are underway for our youth going into 6-12th grades to participate in a summer mission trip to Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The cost is $135. Youth will be asked to pay $35 and the youth funds will cover the other $100. To help cover the costs, our youth will be hosting a BAKE SALE on Sunday, May 20. They will need to help with the bake sale (provide baked goods, help at the table, etc.) in order to get this price break. Jim Veldhuizen and Kim Andeway and Dan and Karen Adams are planning to chaperone. Anyone else wanting to chaperone, let us know!
   There will also be a Silent Auction item to bid on. We have an Escape Room Voucher worth $185. The money raised on this Silent Auction item will go towards the Urban Plunge mission trip.
   Baccalaureate will be Saturday, May 19 at 11am in the OHS gym. This is a non-denominational Christian ceremony that the graduating seniors organize and lead. Mark your calendars to attend this inspiring service and show your support to these young people.
E.P.I.C. (Experiencing Possibilities In Christ) Youth Group for grades 6-12
April 29 and May 6 (May 6 is the last E.P.I.C.)
5:00-5:45PM Praise Band practice
5:45-6PM Oasis (Smoothies) will be open, hang out with friends, play ping pong, etc.
6:00-6:30PM Supper
6:30-7:30PM Activities
**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.  

Service Times:

Central United Methodist Church holds services Sundays at:

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