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September 2015

Pastor Points: "A Mountaintop Experience for All"

At Everest Vacation Bible School, on July 27-29, seventeen children learned how to conquer challenges with God’s mighty power. The program was organized and carried out by our Sunday School teachers and our Christian Education Committee. We shared Bible stories, science, games, crafts, inspiring music, a nutritious dinner and snacks—all “mountaintop experiences”--- each evening. Age groups were the preschool “Happy Hikers” (taught by Tammy Seidick and Barb Quigg), elementary-age “Snow Leopards” (taught by Gail Rhinehart) and middle school “Mountain Lions” (taught by Megan Justice.) VBS was offered free of charge at our church, as it is every year. Pat Frankenfield and Carol Snyder prepared dinner, cool drinks and snacks. Kevin Justice, Shania Schlosser and Monica Snyder led the outdoor games, and Karen Sentiwany supervised the crafts. Janelle Sentiwany and Shania led the songs and dances, and Shania created decorative artwork for the Sunday School Room. Janelle presented a science unit to the older children each evening of the program. Children shared the songs and dances they had learned, “Power Shuffle” and “Do, Lord” with the congregation at our worship service on August 2. Many thanks to all who contributed food and supplies to make the Vacation Bible School possible again this year.

Each evening of the program, VBS children contributed offerings, to be used for mission. This year, our offering, totaling $110.00, will be given to the Menaul School, as chosen by the VBS staff. Our church has also been collecting Campbell Soup labels to help the Menaul School purchase classroom supplies. This Christian school, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, was founded in 1860 by a Presbyterian minister as a boarding school for needy boys from northern New Mexico. More than three-quarters of its students are self-identified as members of minority groups, and more than half of them need financial assistance to attend the school. Financial help has been traditionally provided by the PC (USA). The school provides first-rate arts, Christian religion and athletic programs. Most of Menaul’s students are admitted to college after graduation, and 47% are the first in their families to receive higher education.

Pastor Joyce

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