It was a great week at our Vacation Bible School “To Mars and Beyond!” We averaged around 60 “Voyagers” each day and 40 leaders and helpers!
   Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make VBS such a success! Michelle Lahner is our VBS extraordinaire! Between building the set, organizing the t-shirts, taking pictures AND leading music plus all she did behind the scenes….she is AMAZING! This week would not be as organized without Denise Morris and all she did with making signs, stamping nametags, organizing bags, leading registration, being our Mission leader and also all she did behind the scenes….she too is AMAZING! We were fortunate to have our very own Tim Foster as our Mission Commander, Abby Lindgren as the puppet EP3-20 & Brenna Lindgren helping with music. Dan and Shirlee Gallagher led the Bible Story station and Pastor Bruce and Lawson Morris led the Science station. Sue Wittern led crafts with support from Shirley Pitman and Joan Jensen! Linda Lindgren and her assistant, Reg Dodd led fun recreation! Thanks to Marlene Maxwell and her crew of Connie Bryan and Mary Sandholdt who prepared “out of this world” snacks! We had phenomenal Star guides who led the groups. They were Kara Edel, Mary Hersom, Jane Krutzfeldt, Deborah Peterson, Jan Dodd, Debby Showers, Marilyn Porter and Kelly Asperheim. Our preschool class was led by Cathy Gilliland with Barb Dickinson helping. We had several wonderful youth who helped with either preschool or other groups. They were Meghan Moorman, Maddy Moorman, Emily Carriker, Tate Knoot, Abby Lindgren, Brenna Lindgren and Callie Lindgren. Thanks to Julie Hyland, Hal and Sharoll Edmundson, Elaine Gordy and Suzy DeJong for helping with registration. Our parking lot was a safe place thanks to Debby Showers and Craig Alexander. We are so grateful for Reg Dodd and Lawson Morris and their skills in the tech booth! Thanks to Sue Mitchell and Tim Foster for helping with childcare! We had a variety of set up crews: Michelle Lahner, Linda Lindgren, Callie Lindgren, Abby Lindgren, Lilia Morris, Denise Morris, Cathy Gilliland, Jensen DeJong, Scott DeJong, Jon Hendrickson, Brady DeJong, Dan Adams, Sue Wittern and Pastor Bruce. Thank you all!
   The mission for the week was to support MUMMS (Mobile United Methodist Missionaries) in helping kids get to JOY camp and other VBS programs. Allison (Engel) Bartholmey from MUMMS came and talked to the voyagers about where the money would go. The totals will be in the July Chimes.
   Thank you to everyone who helped in any way in the success of our VBS! From all the donations both cash and supplies to help with set up to all the volunteers during the week, we have a very generous church family!
“the Oasis”: June 23! The congregation is invited to enjoy a delicious Orange Creamsicle Smoothie served from “the Oasis” by Jensen DeJong and Jon Hendrickson! Proceeds will go towards our VBS mission to MUMMS.
Lake Keomah outing for youth going into 6-12th grades
: On Sun., June 30, Craig & Linda Coen and Clark & 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 anytime 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.
CDL: Needing drivers for the bus! Please consider getting your CDL! Thank you!
Outdoor Family Game Night/Indoor Movie is on July 21 from 4-6 p.m. hosted by the Education committee. Bring your favorite outdoor games. Some will be provided. Bring finger foods to share. Drinks will be provided. Fun for all ages!
Children’s Choir
will be singing and ringing on Sunday, August 4. Please meet in the chapel at 9:15 a.m. to practice.
Mayhem at Morris’: Bob, Denise, Lawson and Lilia Morris are hosting the church on August 11 at 222 Terrace Drive. You can bike ride around Oskaloosa on the trail beginning at 3pm. The main event will begin at 5pm with food, volleyball, yard games, Gaga Ball & s’mores. Please bring lawn chairs and a side dish. For all ages!!!!
Youth Summer Mission Trip We have 12 youth & chaperones going to Dubuque July 26-28! Please keep this group in your prayers. Lawson Morris, Reid Luck, Emily Carriker, Jensen DeJong, Jonathan Hendrickson, Bre Behymer, Jessie Eveland, Brady DeJong. Kim Andeway, Jim Veldhuizen, Dan Adams & Karen Adams. We will be working with the Dubuque Rescue Mission, St. Luke’s UMC & also providing materials for JT Firestarters, a business started by an autistic adult in the Dubuque area who is a friend of Dan & Karen. Some things we will be collecting will be HE laundry detergent, bath towels, twin sheet sets and deodorant plus white or colored paper (crosscut shredded, 2 mm x 2 in. approximately), used candles & cardboard egg cartons. Be watching in the west entrance for details about each of these special projects.
Acolyte Training! Sunday, Aug. 4 at 10:45 All incoming 4th graders are encouraged to attend training. All youth, trained or untrained, are also encouraged to attend. Robes will be re-fitted as some of you may have grown! Ice Cream will be served when finished!
FREE Family Swim Parties at Edmundson Pool: July 7 and Aug. 4 from 7-9pm Sponsored by the Children Ministry Network
High School Sunday School Teachers needed! Is this something you would be willing to give a try? This is a very rewarding way to serve the church. No experience needed. Just caring, compassionate adults willing to give of their time to help our youth grow in their faith.
Sunday School Teacher Training: Wednesday, August 7 at 6:30pm in Heritage Hall. Supper will be provided by the Education committee.
Register for Sunday School and Youth Events: On Sunday, Aug. 25 before & after the service families can fill out the Family/Student Information Form. Copies will be available. You will NOT need your insurance card. The form is also available on our website & will be emailed to all families so could be brought to church that morning already filled out. 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.
Rally Sunday will be September 8. There will be lots of music including the children that day. Please continue to save your cans for the CAN DRIVE for CAMP. The trailer will be in the parking lot on September 8.
Adult Classes Sunday School isn’t just for children and youth. It’s for adults too, even grandparents! If you are interested in leading any kind of adult class, please contact the office.