With the Awana season just completed, I'd like to say “Thank You” and “Well Done!” to the team of leaders and volunteers that served in our Wednesday night ministries.
Commander Bob Kenward provided excellent leadership and oversight, from arriving early to help with the supper preparations, to staying late to lock up the building.
Puggles Director, Carol Herr, worked untiringly to provide our youngest participants (starting at age two) the gentleness and unconditional love of Christ.
Kelly Taylor led the Cubbies leadership team of Joyce Hardymon, Shelly Thompson, and Moriah McClurg. They provided a spunky group of three and four year-olds with an energetic combination of songs and Scripture memory, lessons, and games. They regularly had parents sitting in on the sessions.
The Sparks (K-2d grade) were led by Melinda Westphalen and her team of: Don Herr, Bob and Lorraine Kappmeyer, Josiah McClurg, Mary Lou McFadden, and Darrell Stephenson. They provided intensive personal attention and encouragement to their clubbers, many of whom are just learning to read.
The Truth & Training (grades 3-6) girls were led by Londa Wiersema and her team of: Gladys Bays, Deanna Jensen, Jan Livingston, Jennifer Miller, Deena Nelson, and Kim Rees. The boys were led by Mike Taylor, along with David Church, Kevin Daugherty, Marion Livingston, Tim Rees, and Lu Wheeler.
Trek is the youth ministry component. Clubbers were led by Fred and Marty McClurg, and Steve Parr. A number of their sessions were shared with the Truth & Training clubbers and the church members present, and were greatly encouraging.
During a typical Awana night, games comprise almost one third of the time of the session (and possibly two thirds of the energy expended). Jeff Wheeler led the Awana Games, combining competition, teamwork, skill, and fun.
Let me also give a huge “Thank You!” to the Hostess Committee and their helpers for preparing our Wednesday Suppers. Linda Stephenson and Pat Lafler were assisted by Marie Kenward, Olga Hauder, Darrell Stephenson, Bob Kenward, and several others. These meals were a blessing to many of our member families, and provided dozens of opportunities to visit with folks who have not yet become members. I believe the freewill offering basket has done pretty well at keeping up with expenses. I hope we will resume these meals in September when Awana resumes.
Thank You! Thank You! Job Well Done!
“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave.
You were faithful with a few things,
I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’”
Matt. 25:21 (NASB)