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Vacation Bible School 2017

In July, Christ Church co-sponsored our annual Vacation Bible School. The fun week-long program attracted about 35 children this year, and many Christ Church parishioners contributed their talents. Cathy O’ Flynn handled much of the preparation for the event, for example, recruiting volunteers to raise the large blue tent. Parishioners Paul Chabala, Paul Dawson, Bruce Schower, Frank Kerfoot, and Jordan Sisolak formed the team that raised that tent. Paul Dawson then returned to take on two important roles at VBS. Paul entertained and educated the VBS kids with five skits that he performed with Pastor Trish. Appropriately enough, Paul played the role of Paul. Pastor Trish played the role of Brutus, a prison guard who had many questions for Paul about his faith. Paul also served for the first time as a VBS teacher to the oldest group of children. He proved to be a natural as a teacher. Judy Forys lent her considerable teaching skills as well. She lent her creative talents to the craft class and also helped teach a class of 2nd and 3rd graders. Mid-week, Judy sustained a large bruise to her leg. She was quite stoic about it, though, and did not miss a day, despite her badly bruised shin. Jill Dawson served on the snack team and proved to be a great team player, getting along well with all the many volunteers in that area. My daughter Amelia worked hard this week as well, volunteering for the second year in a row in the pre-school class. There were about 12 children in that class this summer, and those little ones, including a pair of fun-loving, high energy twin boys, Dexter and Kodiak, kept their teen helpers busy. For the first time, I served as the craft teacher this year. I had great fun getting to meet and teach all the VBS children. We experimented with all kinds of fun crafts from sand art to finger painting to clay.

Seven Christ Church children attended VBS this year, including Cameron and Chelsea Dawson, Carinna, Carly and Carissa Darragh, Rich and Nick Malinowski, and Christopher Wilson. On Monday morning our Christ Church children needed a few minutes to adjust to the new location. Last year’s VBS was held on our property whereas this summer’s camp was held at Reformed Church. Once they settled in to the new surroundings, they had a great time.

Upcoming Events and Other Church School News

  • Blessing of the Backpacks: Sunday September 10
  • Don’t miss our annual back-to-school blessing. Remind your children to bring their backpacks to church next Sunday, so they don’t miss out an this important blessing by Father Bill. I will also be handing out registration papers, so we can start registering the children for church school.

  • First Day of Church School : Sunday September 24
  • The church school teachers and I look forward to welcoming the children back to church school just a few weeks from now!

    We look forward to hearing all about the children’s summers and look forward to a new year of church school. When you have a chance, please register your children for church school, either online registration or paper registration, whatever is convenient for you.

  • New! First Practice for our new Youth Choir: Sunday September 24
  • Accomplished musician Cindy Balme has volunteered to lead a youth choir this year. A seasoned and talented choir director, Cindy is forming a youth choir

    at Christ Church which will be open to 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders. The youth choir will practice before church school on Sundays. I am excited about this opportunity for our church school kids and hope a lot of our 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.

    One Down, Two to Go

    We have a new and improved classroom to offer the Godly Play children, who range in age from four year old preschoolers to first graders. Thanks to Paul Dawson, Matthew and Andrew King, and Frank Kerfoot, we have a new Pergo floor in this room. They did a great job on this floor and went above and beyond, re-doing a portion of the floor to make sure the surface would be perfectly flat. We are also re-painting the walls of the room with a fresh coat of colorful paint, and I can’t wait to see the look of happy surprise on the Godly Play kids when they arrive at the door of their renovated room on the first day of church school.

    In October, I will be organizing a paint day and will put out a call for volunteers to help paint the Holy Moly and Spark classrooms, too. Our church school hallway is new and improved as well. A team of Christ Church volunteers led by Paul Dawson painted the entire upstairs hallway (and the downstairs hallway, too, by the way). The freshly painted walls look great. Thank you, painters!

    Parents’ Night Out: Saturday February 17th, 2018

    Last’s year’s Parents Night Out was a big success, so I will be hoesting another Parent’s Night Out this year. In Ellwood Hall there will be a Valentine's themed party, filled with fun, entertainment, crafts, games and pizza! Crafts can get messy, so please dress accordingly. To confirm your child/children's attendance call or e-mail me -- my cell number is 848-459-5055 and my e-mail address is Many thanks!

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