Be imitators of God, as beloved children, and live in love.
CHILDREN & YOUTH ACTIVITIES
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COOPERATIVE MINISTRY PROGRAM FOR OUR CHILDREN
CHRISTIAN EDUCATION NEWS
First, the children want to say THANK YOU! for supporting us in purchasing a rickshaw through Lutheran World Relief. We met the goal! For our April-June Noisy Offering the children decided to focus on children having the opportunity to have safe play spaces. Knowing that “staying active can help keep you healthy,” as in the words of one of our children, we set our goal for $130. This will purchase a fully equipped playroom ($30) at a clinic and two safe playgrounds ($34/each) through Compassion International and 8 soccer balls through World Vision We thank you for your overwhelming support of our children and youth in these offering projects as they begin to discern about the world around them and areas of concern they have! Any questions, please contact Gwen.
IMPORTANT NOTICE — FOR VOLUNTEERS
ACT 33/34 CHILD ABUSE CLEARANCES
It is necessary for the safety of all of our children, and to meet the requirements of our insurance policies, that each person who works with any child in any of our church programs has his/her current Act 33/34 Child Abuse Clearance on file in the church office. Clearances are free for volunteers. Please speak with Pastor Steiner or Gwen if you need help applying. Other professionals such as teachers and nurses in our congregations who already have their clearances only need to bring a copy of their current clearances. In case anyone is wondering, Pastor Steiner has his clearances on file through both the state and the FBI.
For this summer especially, all volunteers planning to help out with VBS and/or in hosting the Ugandan Children’s Choir at the end of June should have these clearances on file. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
At the April Joint Council meeting of the Penn-Zion’s and Brush Creek Cooperative Ministry, it was decided to try to have Vacation Bible School as a one week program this year instead of spreading it out over 5 consecutive Tuesdays as in the past. That being said,
Vacation Bible School is set for the week of June 17-21 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM each evening at Penn- Zion’s Lutheran 3417 Route 130 in Harrison City
Access to air conditioning in the summer months guided the discussion on where to hold VBS. With VBS all in one week, there is a need for several volunteers to help out (teaching, music, crafts, snacks, etc.) as some volunteers may not be able to help out every night of the week. Cindy McCune from Brush Creek has volunteered to help coordinate…we need someone from Penn-Zion’s to work with her on coordination. PLEASE CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING AND LETTING PASTOR STEINER KNOW YOUR WILLINGNESS AND AVAILABILITY BEFORE WE HAVE TO CALL AND “RECRUIT” YOU. A curriculum will be chosen in the very near future. Thank you
LEARN & GROW WEDNESDAYS
Learn & Grow on Wednesday evenings at 5:45 p.m. is our alternative to Sunday School for all of our parish children 2 years through 5th grade. These classes have been fun-filled and busy with laughter as we learn Bible stories and how we can follow Jesus. Classes take place at Zion’s coinciding with the same time as Confirmation. As Sunday mornings may be too busy with other extra activities for children and youth, this Christian Education activity is being offered. Classes will end on Wednesday, May 22 and resume in September — watch for date.
Thank you to Maria Stampahar, Gwen Steiner, Denise Tanyer, for sharing their time and talent with the children. Job well done!
Sunday mornings at 10:15 a.m. we will have Sunday School for children 2 years through 5th grade at Zion’s.
Thank you to MaryAnn Wiser and Emily. These classes will follow the Learn & Grow curriculum-Deep Blue. Sunday School classes will coincide with the Adult Conversations and Coffee. Will resume in September – watch for date.
Additional Children and youth activities
OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD CRAFT NIGHT
All are invited, children through adults, to join us in making items for our OCC shoeboxes. No special skills are required. Beginning in May we will have a monthly craft night at Brush Creek at 6:00pm and spend an hour enjoying fellowship and discovering our creative side.
May 22 – colorful streamers
June 12 – spinning tops
Registration is now open for children and youth who want to go to Lutherlyn. Penn-Zion’s Parish Council provides support of $250.00/camper to help defray the registration fee for camp. You are encouraged to speak with Pastor Steiner about registering your child or if you have any financial concerns. Lutherlyn is a place for “Life Changing Adventure in Faith” and no child is to miss camp due to finances. in
“What Can We Give God?
“We cannot give God anything; for everything is already His,
and all we have comes from Him.
We can only give Him praise, thanks, and honor.”