Longwood Emmanuel/Nazareth VBS
WOW! It was an amazing, creative, inventive week where kids from near and far gathered at Emmanuel to learn that they were Created by God and Built for a Purpose at Group’s Maker Fun Factory.
A total of 34 students along with staff joined “Melvin” in his workshop the week of June 5-9. At Maker Fun Factory we explored how God: made you, is for you, always with you, and made for a reason. Many of the activities for the week included Bible Discovery, Sound Wave Music, Fun Factory Crafts, Imagination Science, KidVid Cinema, Game Maker Snacks and Games, Opening and Closing Worship. On Saturday, the Funshop Finale Celebration was held at the Longwood Park with a potluck lunch following.
Special guests were Pastor Nancy Amacher and Facundo Sanchec, O-W foreign exchange student, who both shared their cultural experiences.
Our VBS mission offering went to Heifer International to help purchase irrigation pumps. Millions of people around the world lack access to clean drinking water. In impoverished communities, many of the homes lack running water and some families don’t even have a well nearby. Fetching clean water is often left to the girls, leaving no time for school.
Recognized for their years of volunteering their services are: Preston Shelton & Jamie Sowieja – 5 years; Ingrid Kindler-Bishop & Cami Simenson – 10 years; and Vita Gosse – 35 years.
Thrivent Financial Action Team helped sponsor this event.
Greenwood Ecumenical Community VBS
Maker Fun Factory, Created by God for a Purpose, published by Group Publishing, presented many opportunities to say “WOW God!” when students learned 5 important bible points, simple truths from the Bible that apply to our life every day and everywhere. “God made you, God is for you, God is always with you, God will always love you and God made you for a reason.”
We want all children to hear these messages. 43 children from the community attended during the week, they heard these messages. The music reinforced these bible points, the bible stories and video messages brought those bible messages from times of old to our life for us to share. We were privileged to share the very important message that no matter what happens, the love of God is with us and we can live and share this message in the world in that love.
Children were encouraged to bring offerings to support a Heifer International project of Irrigation Pumps. These Treadle pumps allow farmers to sustain crops while also learning water conservation and irrigation techniques. We have raised more than $300, enough funds to purchase at least two pumps!
The children came along with teens and adults volunteering in all areas to make a successful week. We value the musical leadership of Linda Turnquist and Korinna Johnson, they spent countless hours learning the music and choreography leading and teaching us to dance and sing along. This year Cheryl Plechacek created simple, delicious suppers served by an awesome food service crew of Chris Briski, Betty Jolivette, Janice Clark, Melissa Grambsch and Cathy Winter. Donations of food by area businesses and families helped defray costs of special items. Thank you to all for food donations. North Hendren donated cheese, Grassland Dairy, butter, Heartland Coop, Ice Cream Cones and Clark Electric, Dinner Napkins.
Classroom Leadership of Wendy Hinker along with Xander and Lexi Hinker for the 3 and 4 year old students, Jennifer Wuethrich with Preschool and Kindergarten, Heather Brehm with 1st and 2nd grade and Joan Turnquist , Laikyn Johnson and John Plechacek with 3rd-6th grade allowed the students to move throughout the building to stations each day. Julie Plautz used her creative skills with science, crafts and special treats with Cathy Langreck assisting. Pastor Brian led the Bible Discovery with stories and activities and Pastor Asafa applied the bible points to real life experiences using Video Clips and discussion. It was an exciting and creative atmosphere in our church building and all of the space was much appreciated. Thanks to Pam Delo for keeping our building clean and Kay Roe for keyboard and printing help.
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