What an amazing view to see all of our children and youth singing together at the end of the program! Those wonderful voices and smiling faces are OUR family, our church family. These kids are growing up knowing each other, helping each other and supporting each other.
   At the Advent party, Sue Wittern told a very meaningful story to the children about being kind, especially to your family. Recently Dan and I went to see the movie “A Day in the Neighborhood” and again, the message of “be kind”, especially to your family was heard. So as simple as it sounds, it’s a good reminder to “be kind, be kind, be kind”, to our families and our church family.
   Thank you to everyone who helped with the Christmas program, “The Greatest Hits from the Greatest Book.” Thanks especially to the committee, Jan Dodd, Denise Morris, Morgan Mowrey & Linda Lindgren who thought of creative and meaningful details to tell the Christmas story. Families are welcome to keep the CD’s with the “Whatcha Gonna Call That Baby” song or you can bring it back to the church to use for another year.
Children and Youth Events!
Sunday School: There is no Sunday School on December 29. Beginning in January, we will go back to our regular Sunday School schedule. The children’s Opening Time in the music room is at 10:30 a.m. where they sing songs and watch the Bible story for the day. At 10:45 a.m., they are dismissed to their classrooms. Please have your children to the music room promptly at 10:30 a.m. All other classes, 6th through adults begin at 10:40 a.m.
Offering: The preschool through 5th graders offering for the fall was over $250! The bake sale on December 15 brought in $273! We were able to support a local family in need with this offering to provide Christmas presents for the mother and her four children along with a gift card for groceries. For January through May, the offering will go to the New Hope School in Guatemala. Keep those pennies, nickels and dimes coming to send to this school! The Middle School and High School offering will go towards their Holt International child, Cisy.
Children’s Choir to Sing: The children will be singing on January 26. Please be in the chapel at 9:15 a.m. to practice. We encourage all children from preschool to fifth grade to make a joyful noise.
Epiphany Party: Andrew Hersom is planning a fun party with a story, craft and Kings Cake! Come on Sunday, January 5 from 4:00-5:00 p.m. BRING SOMETHING SPECIAL YOU WERE GIVEN AS A BABY! All children preschool through 5th grade are invited and bring your families and friends!
Teacher Encouragement Dinner: Teachers, please mark your calendar for Wednesday, February 19th.
Craft Day: Sunday, March 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Potluck lunch and then crafts for the whole family!

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
     January 5: Regular schedule
     January 12: Bowling: Bowl from 6-8 p.m.
Youth funds will pay for bowling, bring money for snacks
     January 19: Regular schedule
     January 26: E.P.I.C. IS the Winter Carnival!
     February 2: E.P.I.C. IS the “Souper Bowl!”
Mark your calendars for Seven Oaks in Boone on February 23!
     The sign up to provide meals for E.P.I.C. will be in the narthex soon and has also on Sign Up Genius. Please plan for 20-25 and something you can either stretch or that you like to eat for the next week. We do have one youth who is diabetic and one volunteer with a gluten intolerance.
The Oasis: The Oasis is always open on E.P.I.C. nights around 5:45pm. Come enjoy a delicious treat!
Praise Band: Praise Band practices on the 1st and 3rd Sunday at 5pm when E.P.I.C. has a regular meeting. Youth are encouraged to come early for E.P.I.C. and be a part of the Praise Band.
Reveal Your Dignity/Suit Up!: Sunday, April 19 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. This event is geared towards middle school and high school youth plus any caring adults, parents, aunts, uncles, etc. You WILL want to attend. There will be inspirational speakers, a free will offering supper and great door prizes! Yes, it’s prom weekend, so high schoolers, grab a nap and plan to attend. All area churches will be invited. We are working with Jennifer McAlexander to put this together.
     Here’s something for girls and you can meet Jennifer! Winter break is the perfect time to start planning for your next school formal! What style of dress? Where to look for a dress? How should I accessorize? How can I pay for it all? JM Consulting is offering a FREE event “Fabulous for a Formal” to help young women prepare. Join us on Friday, December 27 at the Comfort Inn and Suites Grinnell from 1pm-3pm. Planning worksheet and snack included. It’s FREE, but seating is limited to 30 participants. Visit the Facebook event “Fabulous for a Formal” or contact Jennifer at (641) 990-0465 to register.