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IDEAS AND MEMBERS NEEDED! The Christian Education Committee wants to hear your ideas for programs this fall! Members include Sarah Miller, Dick Munson, Mary Shinn, Jennifer Walter and Diane Young. WE ARE LOOKING FOR ADDITIONAL MEMBERS OF THE CHRISTIAN EDUCATION COMMITTEE. We meet the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 PM in the new youth room. Please contact Christine Garton if you would like to join this committee.
SUNDAY SCHOOL SPRUCE UP will be held on Saturday, August 17 from 9 AM-Noon. If you are able to come help straighten up, dust and organize the Sunda
ySchool classrooms for the new school year, please contact Christine Garton. Thanks in advance for your help!
BEANBAGS NEEDED for the Drama room! If you are willing to donate a new or gently used beanbag to the Drama room, please let Christine Garton know. The large brown corduroy beanbags are being used in the youth room on Sunday mornings for the high school class, so we need regular beanbags for the younger classes when they watch a DVD in the Drama room for Sunday School. If you'd prefer to make a monetary donation toward the purchase of beanbags, please contact Christine Garton. It does not matter what color or pattern is on donated beanbags as long as they are in good shape. We would like 7-8 beanbags. Thanks in advance for your help with this!
2 COLLEGE INTERN POSITIONS AVAILABLE:
1) Preschool class teacher. The preschool teacher will prepare the lesson for our preschool class each Sunday and teach the class. Off during university holidays. Payment is $350 to your bursar account per semester.
2) Middle school youth intern. Help lead weekly middle school youth group and attend special youth activities. Off during university holidays. Payment is $350 to your bursar account per semester. For more information or to apply, please contact Christine Garton. High School Youth Intern, Jenn Burns, will teach our high school Sunday School class and attend special youth events this year.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES NEEDED!
Our VBS Service Project this year was Project Backpack. In keeping with the "God's Backyard" theme, we are collecting school supplies for the 3 elementary schools in our own backyard. Supplies can be dropped off outside the secretary's office through August 12. Thank you in advance for your donations! The following supplies are needed:
*crayons (8, 16 or 24 packs)
*1inch 3 ring binders
*glue sticks (small or large)
*baby wipes or hand wipes *disinfectant wipes
*tissues (box, not individual packs)
*plastic school supplies box
*rectangular pink erasers/pencil top erasers
*bold Crayola washable markers (8 count)
*5 inch Fiskars pointed scissors
*wide ruled notebooks (70 page)
*loose leaf wide ruled notebook paper
*packs of 3x3 Post-Its
CHURCH T-SHIRT orders will be taken next month and the t-shirts will be delivered mid-October. All proceeds will go toward the 2013 Youth Mission Trip to Jackson, Tennessee. Any extra funds raised will go toward the 2014 Youth Mission Trip.
SUNDAY SCHOOL KICK-OFF will happen August 18. All children in the preschool through 5th grade classes and our youth classes are invited to celebrate with refreshments, games, and a discussion of their summer activities in the Geneva Room during Sunday School.
VBS THANK YOU! Thank you to everyone who prayed for Vacation Bible School. Your prayers were felt! We had 55 children and 30+ volunteers from Faith Lutheran Church, Oxford United Methodist Church, and Oxford Presbyterian Church.
THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO VOLUNTEERED! A special thank you to Mary Shinn and Zeke Groom, who created the banners (they represented towels hanging from the clothesline between the pillars) and made all the origami animals on the trees.
SUNDAY SCHOOL SCHEDULE Sunday School will be on the summer schedule through August 11, then we will return to the school-year schedule August 18. Starting August 18, children will attend the beginning of worship and will be dismissed to Sunday School after the children's message. Worship bags will be available for children to use while they are in worship. Please return the bags to the basket at the end of worship. Bags are geared toward 2nd grade and younger.
SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHERS NEEDED for the 2nd-5th grade workshop rotation classes this fall. Teachers commit to teaching one workshop for 2 Sundays in a 3-Sunday block. If you would like to teach Sunday School sometime this fall, please contact a member of the Christian Education Committee or Christine Garton.
SUNDAY SCHOOL TEACHER ORIENTATION will be held on Wednesday, August 14 at 7 PM. All volunteers who would like to teach the 2nd-5th grade Sunday School class for a 3-week block during the 2013-2014 school year are invited to the Geneva Room for a 45-minute meeting. We will cover updates to the curriculum and an introduction to activity kits available for classes that need something to do toward the end of class. If you cannot make it to this meeting, please contact Christine Garton so she can update you personally. Thanks!
BACKPACK BLESSINGS CEREMONY AUGUST 18
All children and youth are invited to bring their backpacks to worship August 18 for a backpack blessing ceremony to kick-off the new school year.
3RD GRADE BIBLE BREAKFAST will be held in the Molyneaux Lounge on September 15 at 8:45 AM. The whole family is invited to attend this breakfast as we celebrate our 3rd graders receiving their new Bibles. Please contact Christine Garton to let her know how many people from your family will be in attendance so we have enough food on hand.
THE YOUTH MISSION TRIP was a huge success! The youth went canoeing on the Harpeth River Saturday, June 22, then went into Nashville that evening for dinner and a walk down Broadway. Then we headed to Jackson, Tennessee to participate with youth and adults from 14 states to repair almost 60 homes in one week.
YOUTH ROOM PAINTING PARTY will happen right after worship on August 4. All youth entering 6th-12th grade are invited to help paint the room sky blue, then paint clouds on the walls with white chalkboard paint. Pizza will be provided. We will finish up around 3 PM.
PLEASE BRING OLD CLOTHES & SHOES THAT CAN GET PAINT ON THEM TO CHANGE INTO AFTER WORSHIP
NEWPORT AQUARIUM TRIP AUGUST 10. All youth entering 6th-12th grade is invited to Newport Aquarium Saturday, August 10. Meet in the alley behind church at 10 AM and we will return around 5 PM. Cost is $23 for ages 13 and older and $15 for age 12. PLEASE BRING $10-$20 FOR LUNCH AND SPENDING MONEY IN ADDITION TO YOUR ADMISSION. Since we have to sign up for a specific admission time, we will wait until we arrive at the aquarium to buy our tickets. If you plan to attend, please contact Christine Garton by Wednsday, Aug. 7 so she can provide enough transportation. Thanks!
BACKPACK BLESSINGS CEREMONY AUGUST 18 All children and youth are invited to bring their backpacks to worship August 18 for a backpack blessing ceremony to kick-off the new school year.
YOUTH BACK TO SCHOOL PICNIC will be held at the Hughes' on Sunday, August 18 from 5-7 pm. All youth going into grades 6-12 are invited. The Hughes live at 2285 Oxford Trenton Rd. We will play group games and grill hot dogs and make s'mores. If you need a ride, please contact Christine Garton.
NEW YOUTH GROUP SCHEDULE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL AND HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH This fall there will be separate youth meetings for middle school youth and high school youth, along with special fellowship and service activities that will include both groups. Parents and youth, please respond when you receive a mailing from Christine Garton in the coming weeks about your preferred day, time and frequency of meetings for your young person's age group. Thanks in advance for your help! Both youth groups will start in September.
YOUTH SUNDAY will be held on September 22. The youth who went on the mission trip will be responsible for writing and leading the service with the help of other youth in our church. The youth will tell more about their mission trip experiences during this service.
MISSION TRIP PARTICIPANT SPOTLIGHT:
All 6 youth who went on the mission trip were asked to submit their answers to several questions to be shared in the newsletter over the next 3 months. Here are Breanne's answers:
1) What kind of work did your crew do? The work my crew did was we replaced siding, repainted the house and, fixed up anything else the resident asked us to do.
2) What were the highlights of your mission trip? The highlight of this mission trip is I had a lot of fun and I opened up to a lot more people. By opening up I got to get to know more people as well as them knowing me.
3) Tell about one of your God sightings during the week. One of my God sightings during the week was all the friends I made and how they cared about me. They wanted to know how I was, if I was okay and, how they could help. They really showed they cared by the things they helped me out with that week. They were real true friends. They were my God sighting.
4) You can include anything else you'd like to tell the congregation about the mission trip. This was one of the best weeks of work I have probably ever had. Not only were we helping people who were in need we all had fun doing it. We all got closer to each other. I can't wait for next year's mission trip. If it is the same group that went this year or a totally different group, it will be just as much fun, maybe more. I would like to thank the congregation for supporting us in the mission trips we have been on so far. Thank you so much. It is such a good way to use some of the time in our summer.
COLLEGE GATHERING. Welcome back students! We will start off the new school year with a gathering at Pastor Mark & Barbara Barnes home. Watch next month's newsletter and your e-mail for the date and time. Our college student Bible study will start next month and will be planned around the availability of interested students. For more info, contact Christine Garton.
THANK YOU to Pleasant Vineyard Camp for hosting our Family Swim Party July 27. Find out more about the camp's activities at www.pvmcamp.com.
WELCOME BACK PICNIC Don't forget the all-church picnic on September 8 immediately following worship! This is a great opportunity for fellowship with your church family!
FINAL FRIDAY NIGHT FLICKS will resume next month on September 27 at 6:30 PM in the Molyneaux Lounge.
ADULT EDUCATION NEWS
2 ADULT STUDIES OFFERED THIS FALL
The first is called Engage: Gospel and is a faith-sharing study that focuses on our own stories and the redemptive stories of God in Scripture. This is a 7-week course that will start during the week of September 8. Dates, times and locations will be announced in next month's newsletter.
The second is called Enough. It is a DVD-based study that invites us to rediscover the Bible's wisdom on prudent financial practices. This study is endorsed by Dave Ramsey, famed Christian finance expert. More information about this study along with meeting dates, times and locations will be announced in the October newsletter. Enough will start the week of October 27 and will run for 5 weeks.