Christian Education News from Karen Adams

Children and Youth Events!

 We are off to a great start this fall in Sunday School and E.P.I.C. A huge thank you to all the teachers who have committed to helping our children and youth grow in their faith. Parents, please let your children’s teachers know how appreciative you are. Thank you especially to Lisa Vohoska and Jay Christensen who are teaching the 4th-5th grade class. The kids asked on the first day if Lisa and Jay would be there all year. Ask Lisa and Jay about the reaction of the kids when they were told they would be. It’s heart-warming and heart breaking at the same time. In so many things, our children and youth need that consistent caring adult. This is not only true for our church, but for school, sports, scouts, 4-H, etc. Please consider being that caring adult for our children and youth in our church by helping with E.P.I.C., the Advent Party and so many opportunities we have here at CUMC. You truly do make a difference in their lives.
   Sunday School: Just a reminder of the timing for Sunday School each Sunday morning. For the Pre-School through 5th graders, they will begin with an Opening time in the music room at 10:30am where they will sing songs, watch the Bible Story for the day and get any announcements. On the first Sunday of the month, we will also recognize birthdays with special birthday cookies! (Thank you Sandy Powers!) At 10:45am, the children will be dismissed to their classrooms. Please have your children to the music room promptly at 10:30am. All other classes, 6th through adults, will begin at 10:40.
   Participation in Sunday School, Outstanding Attendance and Perfect Attendance will be recognized at the end of the year. Those who have attended Sunday School 80% of the Sundays will be recognized for Outstanding Attendance. 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. There will not be Sunday School on Dec. 23 or 30.
   Thank you to all the families who have returned the Family/Student Information Form. Each child and youth who participates in activities with our church will be asked to have this form filled out. Each family will need to fill out only one form to make it simpler for families with multiple children. There are two sides, so please fill out the entire form.
Children to sing in Church: The children will be singing in church on September 30, October 28 and November 25. They will be singing after the children’s message. Please have your children meet at 9:15am in the chapel to practice.
Childcare needed at meetings! We have several young families who are on committees so childcare is needed. Please let the office know if you would be willing to be contacted periodically to help with this. You will need a background check filled out.
Nursery: Is this your passion? At this time, the nursery is not staffed so parents wishing to use the nursery are asked to stay with their children. If anyone would like to coordinate volunteers to be in the nursery, there are volunteers who have indicated that they would do that periodically. Let the office know if you would be willing to be the coordinator or if you are willing to be in the nursery.
It’s not too early to plan for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany!!
Advent Party: December 2 from 2-5pm Children ages preschool-5th grade are invited to come prepare for Advent by making crafts and gifts, hearing stories and watching “The Star” movie. The children will make gifts for family members if they choose to. Lots of volunteers will be needed to help in the various rooms. Parents, you are welcome to drop off your kids and take this time to do some preparing for the season also. Youth in grades 6-12 are encouraged to come help.
Christmas Program: December 16 during worship. There is a team being formed to plan the Christmas program. Let Karen know if you would like to be a part of this planning team.
Epiphany Party: January 6 Jackson Lahner will be helping to plan since he had the hidden piece in the cake last year. Would you also like to be on the planning team along with Jackson?
E.P.I.C. (Experiencing Possibilities In Christ) Youth Group for 6-12th graders
   E.P.I.C. is EPIC!!!! A reminder that supper is served at 6pm and activities are from 6:30-7:30pm. The Middle School group is using the LinC (Living In Christ) materials and High School is doing a series called “Is The Bible Reliable?” Bring your friends! Come join other youth where they are feeling a sense that “YOU BELONG HERE!”
   Thank you to those who have signed up to serve these hungry teenagers! The sign up is in the narthex and on the Sign Up Genius. Plan for 20-25 and fix something you can either stretch or something you like to eat for the week!
   We are looking for any adults who would like to help on Sunday nights. We have a great core group that would love to lead and mentor anyone who has a heart for middle school and high schoolers!
The Oasis: The Oasis is always open around 5:45pm prior to E.P.I.C. Come enjoy a scrumptious treat which sometimes is quite the surprise what it will be! Ask any E.P.I.C. kids about the “Fruity Tooty” they had!
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.
Paper Products needed: The E.P.I.C. supplies are kept in cupboards in Heritage Hall kitchen. They could be replenished periodically. Sturdy paper plates, napkins & cups are the most needed. Dish rags & kitchen towels could be given to that kitchen too.
Last Sunday Lunch: The Youth will be hosting the LAST SUNDAY LUNCH in November (November 25) to begin raising funds for their upcoming mission trip and other youth activities. Please come support the kids at Last Sunday Lunch.
Praying for our youth! We are looking for people who would like to pray for our youth and young adults (Confirmation through college age). You will be contacted with a specific name to pray for. Fill out the insert or pick one up in the office. 

Service Times:

Central United Methodist Church holds services Sundays at:

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