Let me give you a glimpse into the incredible people we have in this church who are teaching our children and youth.  Every week Candace, Cynde and Cathy are not only planning for in person but also wonderful packets to be delivered to our kids who are not in person plus collaborating together. This has been amazing to see these ladies in action! A few weeks ago our older classes were entirely on Zoom. I decided to “pop in” at the beginning of each of the Zooms to say good morning and “take attendance.” What I saw and heard was amazing! The 3rd-5th grade kids were excited to be telling all they had been doing.  I am sure Jay was able to get them focused again. The Middle School class I not only popped on their Zoom but also heard it happening from my dining room as Steve and Dan led the lesson. I could hear the OT Rap too! I didn’t interrupt the Confirmation class as Karen, Alex and Pastor Chad had them in deep concentration and very engaged with the lesson with someone reading to all of them. Our High Schooler’s and Bob were comfortably talking with each other.

  It reminded me of Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility and self-control.”  These caring adults are showing so much of the fruits of the Spirit. Thank you to them all!

 Sunday School:  The numbers have been quite low, especially in our preschool to 2nd grade classes. They are continuing to meet in person. The 3rd through high school classes are also continuing to meet in person and also offering Zoom.

   We have continued sending home packets for those in Preschool to Middle School who were not in person. Thank you to those who have been helping with those deliveries!

   For spring curriculum, we are using the materials that had been purchased last year since only the first few lessons were used.

   May dates are being discussed for Confirmation, Celebration Sunday and Senior Sunday.  Tentatively Confirmation Sunday will be May 2, Celebration Sunday will be May 16 and Graduation Sunday will be May 23. 

 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. With several of our classes having kids join on Zoom, we are needing that second adult to monitor the computer so the lead teacher can teach.

Teacher Appreciation Meeting: “We LOVE our Sunday School Teachers!”

This was postponed and rescheduled for Wednesday, February 24 from 6:00-7:00 p.m.  The Education Committee did put together Valentine’s buckets with lots of goodies for all the teachers.   

Children to ring in Church: The children will be ringing in church on February 28 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. We will check to see what families plan to be there as we need at least four children with two bells each.

Virtual Talent Show to support our Sunday School Offering! The committee has been formed. Karen Ventura, Michelle Lahner, Morgan Mowrey and Karen Adams met virtually. Families are encouraged to record a 1-3-minute video of any talent they wish to share. This could be singing, dancing, a magic trick, reading a poem or scripture, something sports related, etc. Have fun and be creative!  The videos can either be emailed to Karen at centralumce@gmail.com or put on a USB and brought into the church. A flyer and an email will be sent very soon to all the families with all the details.

   The Virtual Talent Show will be “aired” on Sunday, April 11 at 5:00 p.m.

This is a fundraiser to support our Holt International child, Cisy from Uganda and our continued support of the New Hope School in Guatemala.  

Cans for Camp!  Thank you to Scott DeJong, Bryan Johnson, Dan Adams, Rick Hersom, Duane Eveland and Sage Cochran who helped sort and load all the cans. Thanks to Scott DeJong for delivering! The amount came to $336!!  That’s a lot of cans and bottles! This helps to support our camping ministry!