Christian Education News from Karen Adams

Children and Youth Events!

   Wow! Thank you to everyone who contributed snacks for our Urban Plunge mission trip! It was almost overwhelming the response and it was very appreciated! Thanks especially to Sue Wittern who provided lunch on the bus!
   It’s always an adventure when you take 7 youth and young adults and 4 adults on a weekend mission trip. CUMC can be very proud of Jensen DeJong, Natalie La Rue, Will Kutcher, Jessica Castenada, Linay Seibert, Jessie Eveland and Brady DeJong, and Kim Andeway and Jim Veldhuizen and Dan and Karen Adams for how they represented themselves and our church. There were several opportunities to serve in which each one of them encountered something different and could see how God was nudging them to get out of their comfort zone. We did enjoy several bus activities including Dan leading “Unfinished Sentences”. The trip of course couldn’t go without some sort of memorable event unrelated to the actual schedule on the trip home. Just picture 3 hours sitting on I-29 because of two very bad accidents with the air conditioner off so the bus won’t over heat in a 100-degree day while some are singing Veggie Tale songs and others are passing the time making bracelets. Who wants to volunteer to come along next time? This is certainly where memories are made and everyone learns just a little bit more about each other. The congregation will get to hear more about the trip soon.
   Other summer activities have been happening also. What a fun afternoon at Lake Keomah a few weeks ago for many of our youth. They enjoyed paddle boating, kayaking, swimming in the pool and pontoon rides. The food was a treat including root beer floats! Thank you Craig and Linda Coen and Clark and Deb Johnson for hosting such a fun event for our youth!!
   Romper and some of our children and leaders were able to present $550 from VBS to the Mahaska County Conservation Board meeting a few weeks ago for the new fish tank. They were very appreciative!
Mayhem at Morris’s: Bob, Denise, Lawson and Lilia Morris are hosting the church on July 29. 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!
Acolyte Training Mark your calendars for all incoming 4th graders through 8th graders! Acolyte Training will be between services on Sun., Aug. 5. 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 Game Night is on August 5 from 5-7pm hosted by Greg and Chelsey Johnson and Jim Veldhuizen and Kim Andeway. Indoor and outdoor games will be provided along with drinks. Bring a snack to share. Everyone is invited!
Family Swim Party at Edmundson Pool: Aug. 5 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!
Confirmation Informational Meeting for incoming 8-9th graders and parents: Wednesday, August 8 at 7:30pm Jim Veldhuizen and Kim Andeway along with Pastor Bruce will be leading the class. At the meeting the curriculum, “Confirm” will be introduced, expectations of the Confirmand will be discussed, you will brainstorm ideas as to who your Faith Friend (mentor) will be and questions will be answered. Letters have been sent out to all 8-9th graders. Please let the office know how many will be attending so we can plan accordingly.
“the Oasis”: August 12! The congregation is invited to enjoy a delicious beverage served from “the Oasis” by the youth between services!
Register for Sunday School and Youth Events: We are working on various ways for families to fill out the 2018-2019 Family/Student Information Form to make it the most convenient for them. On Sunday, August 26 before and after the service families can fill out the Family/Student Information Form. Copies will be available and remember to bring your insurance card. The form is also available on our website and will also be emailed to all families so could be brought to church that morning already filled out. We are still working on a link to fill it out online. 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.
Morning’s at Miller’s: High School youth! Come start your day off with great food and great conversation at Whitey and Sue Miller’s on Tuesday, August 28 from 6:45-7:45 a.m. Their address is 1405 15th Ave. W. To help them plan how much food, please let the church office know if you plan to attend or you can follow the youth Instagram and reply there. cumc_epic
Rally Day: The first day of Sunday School will be Sunday, September 9! 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!
Sunday School Teachers needed! If you are a parent or grandparent and would like to spend more quality time with them, what a great opportunity for you!! If you are a church member with a heart for children and youth, this is your lucky day! Sunday School Teachers are needed for this coming school year. We are in need of one teacher in the 1st and 2nd grade class and two teachers for the 4th-5th grade class. All other classes are good to go! Yea! Thank you for considering being a part of this incredibly rewarding experience for both the children and youth and yourself!
Sunday School Teacher Training: Wednesday, Aug. 29 from 6:30pm in Heritage Hall. Supper will be served by our Education committee. Please RSVP to the church.
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!

Service Times:

Central United Methodist Church holds services Sundays at:

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