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VBS 2018 Recap

Locker Talk
“I’ve got joy down in my heart.  Deep, deep down in my heart. . .”  Alright, so our athletes didn’t learn that song this year, but it might have been what the kids and volunteers were singing after Family Night!  There were 130 children who participated in our Family night festivities.  A total of 310 people stayed for the closing night. We had a great time celebrating all that was accomplished during the week.

Game Plan
Great job!  This year’s pennies were a success because they made it their goal to search them out and bring them in.  Because of their hard work, and a little good competition, we are going to be able to help missionaries around the world have clean drinking water.  It is amazing what one penny, or two, or three, or more, can do.  Thank you! Way to get in the game!

This year’s goal was 100,000 pennies. 

Girls                $436.94
Boys                $432.93

TOTAL            $869.87

Goal:  86,987 pennies brought this week!
Friday night’s addition put it over $900.00

Missions rooms and Big Top Missions

The kids collected over 1,000 water bottles for Linc’s summer lunch program and the youth collected $643.45 for Under the Same Tree missions organization.

Bulletin Board:

Bible Study:  We offer Bible Study each Sunday morning at 9:30 in Sunday school. You don’t want to miss it. 

This week we will be sending out 16 letters to parents of children who prayed to receive Christ as Savior.  Most of the children have had a one on one time with a teacher already. 

Recreation: Ga-Ga ball to be continued at several youth and children’s events throughout the year. We will also be offering Upward soccer and basketball this year to keep kids active and spiritually fed.

Missions: This year we will continue missions through Mission Zone during the summer and again in the fall on Sunday nights at 5p.m.  “Pure Water, Pure Love” is a part of our ongoing mission projects.

Music: Our Worship Arts Ministry will begin in September on Wednesday nights.  Those of you who liked music and crafts will not want to miss this. 

Gear Up! Get Ready! Game On!

This is it!  This week we learned about: The parable of the lost sheep, Lazarus being raised from the dead, Thomas’s doubt about Jesus, Jesus shows us love, and Jesus was willing to die for us so we can have joy.

Weekly Stats Enrolled:

Children            254
Youth                101
Adults               108  
TOTAL              463

Of the 300 enrolled, 75% of the children identified themselves as not a part of our church.  This means we have a lot of follow up with families.  If you would like to follow up with some of these families, contact your Sunday School teacher for information.

Big Top VBS!

"Big Top VBS- The youth had a great week, despite the ever-changing weather, and enjoyed our annual week long competition in a field and under a tent. We were blessed to have a great band and speakers through the week to lead our group in worship and to share the gospel with our students each night. Congratulations to the Pink Team for taking home the win, a shout out to all of the students who attended and invited their friends, and a big thank you to all of our adults who volunteered their week to make the event happen!" –Alec

His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.
2 Peter 1:3


Posted by Jason Hoke with
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 (Feasting on the Manna)

Several months ago, my son Grant asked me to begin thinking and praying about starting a Senior Adult Choir.  I am a retired Music Director who thought singing in our FBCW choir and then sitting in the pew was my new assignment.  I think God used that invitation to awaken my heart to all the joys and possibilities of establishing a Senior Adult Choir.  So, sign-up began for all those who loved to sing and who also enjoyed the old hymns.  We started with rehearsals every other Thursday but soon began rehearsing every Thursday at 10:30 a.m.  Each member is committed to being at rehearsal as much as they possibly can.

On June 12, this Senior Adult Choir invited everyone to come and participate in an “Old Fashioned Hymn Sing.”  This evening included just the perfect blend of Senior Choir specials, piano solos, a piano duet, and congregational participation in a variety of beautiful, old, and much-loved hymns.  

One of our graduating high school seniors, Caleb Hoke, played the accordion in the lobby before the program began which was a special treat for all of us.  During the program, a piano duet was played by Cheryl McDonald and Vickie Anderson.  The piano soloist and accompanist for the senior adult choir is Anna Wright. 

One of the Senior Choir’s special was “Dwelling in Beulah Land.”  Some of the hymns that the congregation sang were: 

Turn your eyes upon Jesus
I love to tell the Story
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus
The Old Rugged Cross
Amazing Grace

The Hymn Sing lasted just an hour.  Based on feedback I received, it was just long enough to enrich and uplift us, but short enough to leave us with a deep hunger for more.  It was also both surprising and encouraging to see many young people scattered throughout the congregation. 

The Hymn Sing was followed by an ice cream fellowship that was sponsored by Dallas Brower and the Legacy Builders and Boomers Ministry. Needless to say, this fellowship was also very much enjoyed by everyone. 

The entire evening was a wonderful blessing! In fact, this Old Fashioned Hymn Sing was so well received that we are looking for another time to have another one. Stay tuned for a future date. 

The Senior Adult Choir will take the rest of the summer off and will regroup in September.  If you love to sing and you love hymns, come join us.  Watch the bulletin for our start-up date in September.

Posted by Jerry Jessen with 1 Comments

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