Whether your child is looking forward to summer camp, or you’re looking forward to sending your child to summer camp, or some combination of the two, enrollment has started. The Great Plains Conference Camp webpage has an overview of each of the six camping locations. Camp Horizon (the camp down by Arkansas City) is where First UMC has traditionally sent campers. It may be worth noting that Camp Chippewa (near Ottawa, Kansas) is slightly closer.
Great Plains Conference camps are wonderful, but they are not cheap. However, First UMC will provide a scholarship (a campership) for half the cost of attending camp to any child or youth who is a member or an active participant in church activities. (If money is still an issue let us know and we’ll see what we can do about it—we don’t want anyone to miss out.) Simply enroll your camper and then email firstname.lastname@example.org or bring in proof of camp registration to the church office to be reimbursed
You can learn more about the United Methodist Camps from brochures available in the narthex, by visiting www.greatplainsumc.org/camps, speaking to Jenny Collins (who has been a trooper and gone ever year) or by asking youth who has gone recently.
Yesterday, eleven members of the Ring Praise Youth Bell Choir treated both worship services to their rendition of Come, Christians, Join to Sing. It was spectacular. And it reminded me of how horribly wrong I had been when Lisa Divel approached Jenny and me about starting a youth bell choir. I liked the idea of a youth bell choir and I encouraged Lisa in her efforts, but I didn’t think it would work. In fact, I was sure it was going to fail and I just didn’t have the heart to break it to her. My reasoning was that because kids today are busy with countless extra-curricular activities, Lisa wasn’t going to find anyone interested in taking the time to be in a bell choir. Well, I forgot about the Holy Spirit and I underestimated Lisa and the youth of this church. Clearly, it can be done and it can be done well. The eleven members are soon to be twelve. I’ve rarely been so happy to have been wrong.
From Wendy Robinson via Julie Mayden:
We will be sending care packages to our college students again this year. We are blessed with 29 college students to whom we can minister this year. The youth will be making cookies and purchasing a few items to include in the boxes we send. We are encouraging you, the congregation, to help us let the college students know we love them, miss them, and encourage them to perform well on their finals. So there will be a basket in the Narthex beginning mid-October for donations of non-perishable items or monetary donations to help aid in the shipping of the boxes to the students. We thank you in advance for your prayers and donations for the college students.
*Parents of college students: Please note, we can’t get these wonderful care packages to the students without a correct address. Please send the complete and correct address of your college student to Wendy as soon as possible; we don’t want to leave anyone out!
A friendly reminder that there will be no Children’s Sunday School next Sunday. Wendy Robinson is taking Maya up to Hamline University in Minnesota (for some unfathomable reason they ask first-year students to show up on a Sunday).
Adult volunteers are needed to help with Sunday School, Power & Light, and Youth Group. If you are looking for a fun and entertaining hour or two, we have the spot for you! You will get to make some fun new friends and learn a lot. No experience is necessary, just an open heart and a fun attitude! Contact Wendy for more information.
Next Sunday Morning, August 13, 2015, we’ll have the blessing the backpacks. All children are invited to bring their backpacks up to the chancel with them during the children’s time. The backpacks, and more importantly the children they belong to, will be blessed for the new year of school.
For VBS (Vacation Bible School) Volunteers: There will be a training and orientation for VBS volunteers today, Sunday, July 16, 2017, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
For VBS Attendees and Their Parents: This year our joint VBS (Vacation Bible School) with Trinity Lutheran Church will be held at their place (302 North Cedar) from Monday, July 17 through Wednesday, July 19 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. with supper being served from 6:00-6:30 p.m. On Thursday, July 20, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., there will be a VBS cookout and pool party at Eisenhower Park. VBS is open to kids three years old and up through fifth grade. Registration forms are available in the Church Office
This year our joint VBS (Vacation Bible School) with Trinity Lutheran Church will be held at their place (302 North Cedar) from Monday, July 17 through Thursday, July 20. This will be an evening VBS from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. with supper being served from 6:00 to 6:30. VBS is open to kids three years old and up through fifth grade. Both registration forms and a list of items you can donate should be available in the Narthex beginning this Sunday.
From Julie Mayden:
Abilene First UMC will again provide camp scholarships to all children of the church attending a United Methodist Camp. As has been the practice in the past, the church will pay one-half of the camp registration fee. Simply email email@example.com or bring in proof of camp registration to the church office and the church will reimburse you. You can learn more about the United Methodist Camps from brochures available in the narthex or by visiting http://www.greatplainsumc.org/camps. Contact the church office at 785-263-2623 or email Julie at the above email address for more information about the scholarships.
This weekend (February 18-19, 2017) the confirmation class and a few other youth will be going to Wichita for the “Faith Weekend.” There they’ll visit Southwind Sangha (Buddhist), St. George Greek Orthodox Church, East Heights UMC (where they’ll spend the night) St. Mark’s UMC and the Islamic Society of Wichita. Jenny’s going with them, so I’ll be preaching (you can’t say I didn’t warn you).
The youth will be taking orders for their annual Super Bowl Subway Sandwich Sale beginning next Sunday, January 22, 2017, through Wednesday, February 1. Look for their table in the Narthex and order your sub! Super Bowl Sunday is February 6, and you will be able to pick up your sub sandwiches from the youth following either worship service that day.
The youth need shoeboxes to pack care packages for college students If you have any extra shoe boxes lying around, please bring them to the church. Wendy and the youth will use these to send the college students their care packages for final exams. Thank you!