The month of September has seen my transition to the new Director of Youth and Children here at NLFUMC. Throughout all of these changes, I am reminded of Esther. God prepped her for many years before she was to use her God given courage and bravery to approach the King and save her people, “in such a time as this”. Amidst moving to a new state, getting three children settled, and having knee surgery, I came to the realization that God has indeed been preparing me for such a time as this – to come here to be in ministry at NLFUMC. I want to thank all of you for welcoming my family and I with open arms. It is such a blessing to be part of such a great church family.
These past few weeks, I have spent some time getting to know as many people as possible. We had our EPIC kick-off on Sunday, September 13, where I got the opportunity to build relationships with 35 teenagers through an awesome night of messy games. Whether they were attempting to shave a balloon, decorating each other as cupcakes, or playing slip-n-slide kickball, an incredibly fun time was had by all. I am looking forward to the rest of the EPIC school year as we add more leaders, try out some new games (like 9 square in the air, thanks Pastor Josh!), and diving deep into our faith and learn how to live it out.
Sunday school also kicked off on September 13—it was a big day! We led 60 students with our theme for the year We Bee-long to Jesus. I am so grateful to come on board to a thriving church with a fantastic teaching team in the Children’s Ministry! We have added a Jr. High Sunday School class which meets at 8:45 am in the library, and I am excited and looking forward to expanding our Children’s ministry and involving more families. One addition that we have made already is the creation of take-home sheets. Each Sunday School class will now have take-home sheets for the parents that includes the key themes, bible passage, and ways parents can integrate the Sunday School lesson into their lives at home.
We are also still in need of a few Sunday School teachers for Pre-K music, it’s a small time commitment and great for someone who wants to get a start in Children’s Ministry! We also need teachers for our 10:00 am multi-age classrooms. Please contact me if you are interested in helping out.
Yours In Christ,
Director of Youth and Children
Do you have a Junior High or Senior High School student?
Beth Botsford has started a new Sunday School class on Sunday mornings.
They will meet in the church library from 8:45 to 9:40 am
Come join Beth on Sunday mornings to hang out.
Check out EPIC social media pages
Facebook: EPIC Youth Group North Liberty
Summer has come to an end.
Schools are back in session.
It is time to start Sunday School and E.P.I.C. for the 2015-2016 school year.
The Sunday School and E.P.I.C. kick-off is September 13th.
Join us for faith, fun and community as we learn about God’s word.
Sunday School has 4 age-level classes at 9:45 am and one multi-age class at 10:00 am.
Peacemakers will begin on September 18th from 6 to 9 pm.
E.P.I.C. will meet Sunday evening from 6 to 8 pm. Join us as we welcome Beth Botsford our new Director of Children and Youth.
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:14
Another great Sunday school, Peacemakers and EPIC year has come to an end. We had a great turn
out for our Tea and Talent Show on May 17. Thanks to all of the kiddos (and Sunday school teachers) who shared their talents. It’s always fun to watch the students up on stage. Thanks to all of our parents and family members who came to be our audience as well. I would like to personally thank each of our Sunday school Teachers this year. They did such a phenomenal job, we are so blessed!
Pre- K Teachers: Dani Gryp and Breeyn Gryp
K-1st Grade Teachers: Nancee Waterbury and Teresa Ellickson
2nd-3rd Grade Teachers: Brydie Criswell and Terri Davies
4th-6th Grade Teachers: Laura Bibby and Don Triggs
Sunday School Greeter—Terri Davies
Sunday School II Teachers: Alyssa Rieckens, Jason Fangman and Bella Paz
Substitute Teachers: Carrie McKnight, Susie Robertson, Peggy Daugherty, Jacki Knorr
As the Earth renews itself and finally shows signs of spring—signs are also coming that we are nearing the end of the 2014-2015 Children’s Ministry school year. We have experienced great joy as we prepare for our building expansion, learned more about God’s plan for each of us, and worked to understand how our Christian faith affects our daily lives as students, parents, families and teachers.
In April and May Sunday school has tackled some of the big themes of living a modern Christian life. What is Heaven and why is it a gift? What are the fruits of the Spirit and who is the Holy Spirit anyway? How do we take those “red words of Jesus” from our Bibles and use them to show love and respect to others. These are BIG concepts and it’s always fun to see the kids’ understanding grow as they move through their grade levels. This cyclical approach to our Bible based curriculum means that families can talk about what happened in Sunday school and find that each of their children touched on a different aspect from the same theme. Our teachers have gone above and beyond in preparing their lessons this year—they are such a blessing to our program!
May 17 is our last day of Sunday school and of course our Annual Tea and Talent show! Kids can sign up to share their talents during the show and then parents and families are invited to share Tea and Treats as we close out another great Sunday school year. Please mark your calendars and plan to stay during the Sunday school hour on the 17 to see the show! A little birdie told me that maybe even some of the Sunday school teachers MIGHT be sharing some of their talents as well—you won’t want to miss it!
Our big summer event for Children’s Ministry will be Vacation Bible School—June 19—22. Registration forms will be available soon—or you will be able to fill it out on—line. Join us from 6-8:30pm to visit EVEREST—Where we Conquer Challenges with God’s Mighty Power. Games, snacks, and Bible missions, it’s a great experience for kids ages 3- incoming 6th grade. We invite our out—going 6th graders to join us as crew assistants.
Mandy Moellering, Director of Children’s Ministry
While March had a few days that felt like a “LAMB”, I think there were definitely more LION days in this past month! Who else is ready for Spring??! I know I am!
March was a busy month in Sunday School. We started the month with two of Jesus’ parables- The Prodigal Son and The Good Samaritan. We then moved into Holy Week and the preparation for Easter. It’s always fun to stop into our classrooms to see what the kids are working on. Last Sunday was an especially great day to see the Pre-K kiddos making palms, the K-1 classroom acting out the Journey Into Jerusalem with palm branches and cloaks, the 2 and 3 graders making Ukranian Easter Eggs with Easter symbols, and the 4—6 classroom experiencing the Last Supper. The 10:00 am class is preparing for FOUR new students to receive Bibles on Easter Sunday! Our teachers put so much into preparing for and teaching their classes each week, it’s such a joy to watch our students learning and growing in their faith.
After Easter, we start moving through some of the ways we engage in faith in our daily lives. Discussions on Prayer, The “Red Words of Jesus”, and Heaven are all on tap before we end the Sunday school year in May.
Don’t forget that May 1, the kids will bring their “church” banks in for the Capital Appeal offering— what a great way to see the impact our kiddos are having on the Building Expansion.
Check out the Camp Bulletin Board in the Narthex! There are some great church camps offered in our area- with camperships available for those who need financial assistance. Please let me know if you have any questions—or a camper attending an UMC camp this summer.
A blessed and joyous Easter season to you all.
Mandy Moellering, Director of Children and Youth Ministry
Director of Children and Youth Ministry
Spring Break starts March 15th and there will be no Sunday School, Children’s Choir rehearsal, Youth Bells, Chime Bar Choir or EPIC.
Celebration Sunday is March 29th there is no Sunday School. The Sunday School classes will sing during 9:45am worship service.
January was a busy month for Sunday School and Children’s Ministry as we got back into the swing of things following Christmas Break. Didn’t the Children’s Choirs sound great last Sunday? Both songs fit so well with Pastor Josh’s Sermon- it’s always so fun see and hear our kids using their talents to share the joy of God’s strength and love.
February will be another busy month as we move further into Jesus’ adult ministry. We are introducing his “team” called the Disciples, learning the prayers He shared, investigating the parables he used for teaching and miracles he performed.
Please watch for information about events specifically designed to engage our kids in the Building Expansion and We Are Called- Capital Appeal. We are hearing lots of great ideas about what we will need in our new classrooms- more Bibles, bright colors, drinking fountains, a space for Grades 4-5-6 that doesn’t involve running through the snow to the MOC, tables and chairs for projects and discussions, more classrooms for Pre-Kindergarten. We look forward to inviting the kids to share how they see our Children’s Ministry growing in the new space.
Enero fue un mes muy ocupado para la Escuela Dominical y el Ministerio de la Infancia como llegamos de nuevo en el ritmo de las cosas siguientes vacaciones de Navidad. ¿No has Coros de los Niños suenan muy bien el domingo pasado? Ambas canciones encajan tan bien con Sermon- del Pastor Josh siempre es tan divertido ver y escuchar a nuestros hijos utilizando sus talentos para compartir la alegría de la fuerza y el amor de Dios.
Febrero será un mes más ocupado a medida que avancemos en el ministerio de adultos de Jesús. Estamos introduciendo su “equipo” llamó a los discípulos, el aprendizaje de las oraciones Él compartió, la investigación de las parábolas que usó para la enseñanza y milagros que realizó.
Esté pendiente de información sobre los eventos específicamente diseñados para involucrar a nuestros hijos en la expansión de la Construcción y somos Apelación de Capital llamado-. Estamos escuchando un montón de grandes ideas acerca de lo que vamos a necesitar en nuestros nuevos más Biblias classrooms-, colores brillantes, fuentes de agua potable, un espacio para los grados 4-5-6 que no esté relacionado corriendo por la nieve a la MOC, mesas y sillas para proyectos y discusiones, más aulas para Pre-Kindergarten. Esperamos con interés la posibilidad de invitar a los niños a compartir cómo ven Ministerio de nuestros niños que crecen en el nuevo espacio.
Join us for Sunday school starting September 7. We have 4 age-level classes at 9:45 am and one multi-age class at 10:00 am. we’ll have lots of fun, music, and great times at both.