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MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND ROADSIDE REST
It does seem we are rushing the seasons a bit. Here it is barely April and we are talking Memorial Day Weekend. However, in light of the enormous success of last year we would like to get an early start. What does that mean? That means we are asking our very supportive congregation at all locations to begin baking Chocolate Chip cookies, M&M cookies, Sugar Cookies and Oatmeal Cookies. Then here is the big favor, after they are cooled place them in freezer bags and freeze them until the week of May 20th when we will be collecting them.
But wait don’t fear, if you can’t bake and freeze there are two other opportunities. We will need cash to purchase Hot Dogs and buns closer to the time. We will be grilling up hot dogs and this year we would like to have so much product that we don’t have to run out at 2:00 a.m. for more hot dogs or buns.
We want to be so over the top with this year’s fundraiser that we will be able to bless those who are desiring to go on these trips to Gatlinburg, Tennessee and Joplin, Missouri. Besides the adults who have agreed to go along and the students there are several college students coming back to share with the students the love of Jesus and to help the students meet Him as they work side by side. Your donations in any way make this possible. We are blessed to have such a caring congregation.
VACATION BIBLE SCHOOLS
@ Colonial Park, June 17-21, 6:00-8:30 p.m. More help is still needed. Please contact Kim Ramberger (email@example.com or 651-0794).
@ Rutherford, Saturdays: June 29, July 6 and 20, August 3 and 17. We will be offering VBS for the Food Pantry and community children! Help in ALL areas is needed NOW! Volunteer to help on one or more weeks! Contact Helen Patrick (firstname.lastname@example.org or 545-1911, ext *208) ASAP.
VBS @ Rutherford Meeting will be held May 2, 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. @ Rutherford. Come and donate your gifts and abilities!
Come One, Come All! It’s time for VBS (June 17th — 21st, 6:00 to 8:30) and a few good men, women, youth, grandparents, aunts, uncles (you get the idea) are needed to help out guiding the children from station to station. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to work with children of all ages and to help them with their walk with our Lord. PLEASE check your calendars and if you’re able to help out, call Karin Shipe at 657-7694 or e-mail email@example.com. Thank you in advance for helping out!
Please help us get ready to take our kids on a colossal coaster ride. We are in need of fruit juice pouches, Pepperidge Farm cheddar fish, animal crackers and water bottles. Please place your donations in the upstairs kitchen @ Colonial Park.
KEEPING OUR CHILDREN SAFE AND SECURE!
ALL people working with children and youth, in any way, MUST have training and background checks by June10th.
@ Colonial Park
Monday, June 3rd, 6:30 p.m. in Room 207. (All VBS ministers must attend this session if they have not already taken it.)
MOVIE NIGHT @ RUTHERFORD
Bring your family, friends, classmates and neighbors to movie night @ Rutherford (6570 Mifflin Avenue), 5:00-6:30 p.m. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Upcoming dates and featured movies are: May 25th The Gnome Mobile
SUPPORT YOUTH MISSIONS: FIRST SUNDAY BREAKFAST
Stop the PRESSES – NEWS FLASH – SPECIAL 1st SUNDAY BREAKFAST for June….
On June 2nd, the Youth want to give back to a family who has supported them for many years (and without having any of their children old enough for youth group). They are Dan and Natalie Foxwell. The youth are expanding the hours of breakfast for this event. They will serve breakfast from 7:15-10:30 a.m. so that even if you go to the 11:00 a.m. service @ Colonial Park you can come to breakfast. All proceeds collected will be donated to the Foxwell family. We can’t wait to see all of you on this wonderful love feast to demonstrate our gift of giving.
CREATION – JUNE 26TH—29TH
Can you believe it – As of May 1st there are only 57 days until CREATION!!
Tickets are going fast and if you are planning to go we really do need to have your name on the list. They are on a first come, first served basis. If you have already signed up, your final payment is due by May 30th. This will ensure that all arrangements can be made before we leave for this year’s mission trip. Please contact Jio Hardy at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space. The cost is $125 for students and adults and $54.00 for children 6 –11.
FIRST ANNUAL FAMILY CAMPING RETREAT!
Our first, hopefully, annual Family Retreat (July12-14 at Pinchot Park) is on! Whether 3 or 23 families, we are going to gather to have fun and fellowship, and even praise God in the midst of His creation! Sign up now on the Communication Sheet (make a note) or by calling the office. A $10 deposit will reserve your space. Contacts are Andrew and Amanda Barnes (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) and Randy and Michelle Frye (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org) for information.
KIDSHINE PERFORMING ARTS DAY CAMP @ RUTHERFORD
A KidShine camp focuses on the individual‚ not the performance. Campers perform at the end of the week (and the performance is truly amazing), but that’s a secondary goal. The most important goal is for participants to discover new gifts, experience God’s love and be cared for, challenged and encouraged—and when that happens, lives are changed.
This camp is for children who have completed grade 2 thru grade 7 and will be offered @ Rutherford, July 15th, – July 19th 9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. with a performance Friday evening. The cost is $190 with a $40 discount from the church if you register between May 3rd—May 31st. To register please visit their website kidshineonline.org.
CREATED BY GOD
“My child didn’t really want to go, but changed his mind soon after arriving the first hour. I didn’t have to talk him into going after that.” “This class was good for the family…. it started great discussion.” “The kids can ask anything, and Rev. Jim is glad to answer.”
Created By God is a Christian perspective of sex education created by our good friend Rev. Jim Ritchie to fulfill a need for children to know the truth, that they do not get anywhere else. August 4th – 7th, 5th and 6th graders are invited to Mechanicsburg 1st UMC for a conference-sponsored event. (We will carpool from the Colonial Park campus.) There is a $25 registration fee. (Checks made payable to CPUMC.) If you wish your student to take part, please complete one of the brochures located on the information tables, and return to the church office along with the registration fee.
Space is limited so sign up as soon as you know. This is absolutely the best, and best-loved thing we offer children of this age. Since it is the end of the summer, any child completing 5th and 6th grade will get first choice; children completing 4th grade will be invited if there is space, first come, first served. Contact: Helen Patrick at 545-1911, ext. *208 or email@example.com.
We need male and female adult small group leaders, for Created By God NOW. This is one rewarding job, and it is only 4 days (afternoons, mostly).
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