The “Souper Bowl” lunch was a great time for all!  Thank you to everyone who helped provide food, prepared and served the meal and cleaned up.  Thank you to those who came to eat.  The sampling of 8 different soups was fun and delicious!  The proceeds towards youth events came to $514!

     Family Game Night was a lot of fun too! We had young and young at heart playing games together!

     It is known that small groups help to foster relationships and helps people feel connected. Events like Family Game Night are exactly that!  Events like our Last Sunday Lunches and our Winter Carnival and other bridge events are mainly serving others, but the comradery amongst those working together is vital and equally as important.  We encourage everyone to get involved and get to know others in our church family.

Sunday School:  Sunday School for preschool (3 years) through 5th grade begins with an Opening Time at 10:30am.  The children sing songs and watch the Bible story for the day. At 10:45am, they are dismissed to their classrooms. Please have your children to the music room promptly at 10:30am. All other classes, 6th grade through adults, begin at 10:40am.

   Participation in Sunday School, Outstanding Attendance and Perfect Attendance will be recognized on Celebration/Senior Sunday, which will be on May 19.  Those who have attended Sunday School 80% of the Sundays will be recognized for Outstanding Attendance. With 33 Sundays from September – May, attending 26 out of the 33 is 80%. If you are out of town and attend another church, bring back a bulletin, give to your Sunday School teacher and it will be marked as present.

Confirmation Sunday will be on Sunday, May 5.

Offering:  The children are very excited to once again be helping the school in Guatemala with their January through May offering.  Keep those pennies, nickels and dimes coming to send to this school! The Middle School and Confirmation offering will go towards their Holt International child and the High School offering is going towards World Vision.

Latino Style Meal!  Mark your calendars for Sunday, March 31.  Karen Ventura, Alex Perla and crew will once again be serving an incredible Latino Style Meal with the proceeds to the school in Guatemala.  The lunch will be served beginning at 11:15 a.m. Bring the whole family!  Invite your friends! If you would like to help with the meal, watch for the Sign Up Genius link.

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 6:15 p.m. Let the office know if you can help.

Children’s Choir to Sing: The children will be singing and ringing on February 24 and March 31. Please be in the chapel at 9:15 a.m. to practice. All children from preschool to fifth grade are encouraged to make a joyful noise!

   The children are invited to join Pastor Bruce on Sunday, March 31 at Homestead to sing for the residents. Please meet at Homestead at 2:45 p.m.   They will be done by 4:00 p.m.

Teacher Encouragement Dinner where the teachers are going to GO HOG WILD about Sunday School! All Sunday School teachers are invited to dinner hosted by the Education committee on Wednesday, February 27 at 6:30 p.m. An invitation has been sent. Please RSVP to the church office.

Vacation Bible School “To Mars and Beyond”:  June 17-21 from 9-11:30 a.m. for ages Preschool (3 years) to 5th grade. Many of the leaders are in place which is wonderful!  Please let Karen know if you are available that week and can help as lots of volunteers are needed. The next planning meeting is on March 19 at 6:30 p.m.  If you are passionate about VBS, come be a part of this fun planning team!

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

6:00-6:30 p.m. Supper, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Activities       

                February 24:                        E.P.I.C. IS going to Seven Oaks in Boone!

                March 3:                                Regular E.P.I.C.

                March 10:                             No E.P.I.C. (Spring Break)

                March 17, 24, & 31:           Regular E.P.I.C.

                The sign up to provide meals for E.P.I.C. is in the narthex.  It is also on a Sign Up Genius that was emailed. Please plan for 20-25 and something you can either stretch or that you like to eat for the next week.  We have one youth who is diabetic and one volunteer who is gluten intolerant.  Please be mindful of this as you plan your meal.

Ash Wednesday on March 6:  Join us on Ash Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. as our confirmation class will be leading the service.  Rumor has it that there will be a skit led by our confirmands.

Youth Summer Mission Trip:  Mark your calendars!  July 26-28 We are going to the Dubuque Rescue Mission.  Look them up on Facebook or their website to see the amazing things we will be helping with! We will also be staying at a Methodist church in Dubuque and serving alongside them as they have a meal ministry.

Help our children and youth go to camp! We hope that lots of our kids are able to go to church camp this summer.  Our church pays part of their way so it is affordable for families.  Here are two ways that you can make this a reality for them.

Camp Tree: Watch for a the “camp tree” in the narthex with opportunities to support camp.

Cans for Camp: Continue saving your cans and bottles.  Later in the spring the trailer will be here to load up and pick them up!