VBS 2013 – Day Five – Neighbors are Welcoming

June 22, 2013
1st / 2nd grade class finishing sun catchers in Craft class.  Crafts are an important part of VBS, one of the favorite classes for the kids.  They decorated visors, made friendship plaques, strung together friendship bracelets, and many other items.

1st / 2nd grade class finishing sun catchers in Craft class. Crafts are an important part of VBS, one of the favorite classes for the kids. They decorated visors, made friendship plaques, strung together friendship bracelets, and many other items.

As part of learning about neighbors around the world, our “neighbors” sampled foods similar to those found in the five individual countries.  Friday was Mexico Day and “Welcome Quesadillas” were enjoyed with salsa along with a fresh fruit icy pop.  Miss Shirley and her helpers fixed terrific snacks all week.

As part of learning about neighbors around the world, our “neighbors” sampled foods similar to those found in the five individual countries. Friday was Mexico Day and “Welcome Quesadillas” were enjoyed with salsa along with a fresh fruit icy pop. Miss Shirley and her helpers fixed terrific snacks all week.

Over 40 parents/ guests came for the Closing Assembly Friday.  UMM fixed a carnival-style lunch for our VBS kids, their guests, and the VBS staff.  All enjoyed hot dogs, chili, chips, popcorn, and pink lemonade.

Over 40 parents/ guests came for the Closing Assembly Friday. UMM fixed a carnival-style lunch for our VBS kids, their guests, and the VBS staff. All enjoyed hot dogs, chili, chips, popcorn, and pink lemonade.

VBS music played as some classes waited for others to enter the Fellowship Hall.  Without the video images and without the leaders, some of the children moved to the music.  Receiving a CD of the music on Monday, most knew the lyrics to the songs and enjoyed moving to the beat.  Mothers commented they knew some of the lyrics as the take-home CDs were played all week.

VBS music played as some classes waited for others to enter the Fellowship Hall. Without the video images and without the leaders, some of the children moved to the music. Receiving a CD of the music on Monday, most knew the lyrics to the songs and enjoyed moving to the beat. Mothers commented they knew some of the lyrics as the take-home CDs were played all week.

Health kits were on display at the Closing Assembly.  Learning about being good neighbors… who are friendly, giving, bold, forgiving, and welcoming, our VBS neighbors brought items to contribute to UMCOR Health Kits.  43 kits were completed and will be sent to aid the victims of the Oklahoma tornados, and other storms and flooding in the mid-west.

Health kits were on display at the Closing Assembly. Learning about being good neighbors… who are friendly, giving, bold, forgiving, and welcoming, our VBS neighbors brought items to contribute to UMCOR Health Kits. 43 kits were completed and will be sent to aid the victims of the Oklahoma tornados, and other storms and flooding in the mid-west.

The VBS staff and helpers express their love and appreciation to the FUMC congregation for their support and prayers prior to and during VBS week.

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VBS 2013 – Day Four – Neighbors are Forgiving

June 21, 2013
Alex, one of our fifteen youth helpers at VBS this week, is dressed for his part in the New Testament story about Jesus forgiving Zacchaeus.  The story demonstrates the power of forgiveness and the connection of forgiveness to loving our neighbors.

Alex, one of our fifteen youth helpers at VBS this week, is dressed for his part in the New Testament story about Jesus forgiving Zacchaeus. The story demonstrates the power of forgiveness and the connection of forgiveness to loving our neighbors.

The three-year old class enjoyed play time, Bible story time, songs, crafts, and learning about the countries and their animals with their teachers, Miss Penny, Miss Kari, Miss Sunny, Miss Ariel, and Miss Ashlynne.

The three-year old class enjoyed play time, Bible story time, songs, crafts, and learning about the countries and their animals with their teachers, Miss Penny, Miss Kari, Miss Sunny, Miss Ariel, and Miss Ashlynne.

One of the favorite activities of neighbors and their teachers alike are the Opening and Closing Assemblies where the children learn songs and movements, sign language and have a fun time.  Shown here singing “Everywhere Fun Fair,” the song stresses coming together to celebrate the love of God.

One of the favorite activities of neighbors and their teachers alike are the Opening and Closing Assemblies where the children learn songs and movements, sign language and have a fun time. Shown here singing “Everywhere Fun Fair,” the song stresses coming together to celebrate the love of God.


VBS 2013 – Day Three – Neighbors are Bold

June 21, 2013
Godwin Merrifeather, whose name means “friend of God” reminds our VBS “neighbors” that our best friend is God.  Children love to watch Godwin interact with Telly Ticket at the Opening and Closing Assemblies each day.

Godwin Merrifeather, whose name means “friend of God” reminds our VBS “neighbors” that our best friend is God. Children love to watch Godwin interact with Telly Ticket at the Opening and Closing Assemblies each day.

The Pre-K/Kindergarten class numbering 13 busy little bodies waits with three our teen helpers while the remainder of their class make their way from the parsonage and the Discovery Zone on their way to Reflection Time.

The Pre-K/Kindergarten class numbering 13 busy little bodies waits with three our teen helpers while the remainder of their class make their way from the parsonage and the Discovery Zone on their way to Reflection Time.

The story of The Good Samaritan teaches how good neighbors are bold and help others.    Each neighbor’s handprint illustrates hope that “Together We Can Change the World.”

The story of The Good Samaritan teaches how good neighbors are bold and help others. Each neighbor’s handprint illustrates hope that “Together We Can Change the World.”


VBS 2013 – Day Two – Neighbors are Giving

June 19, 2013

After a wonderful opening day with 35 VBS “neighbors,” our numbers increased on day two when eight additional neighbors came for the first time swelling our total attendees to 43. Yea for Everywhere Fun Fair VBS!!!

The newest addition to VBS is a 3-year old self-contained class.  Shown here enjoying play time on the portico with sidewalk chalk.  They also enjoy having a Bible Story read by Pastor Karen and music by Tommye Sue Carlson, accompanied by guitarist, Mart Gooch, among other things.

The newest addition to VBS is a 3-year old self-contained class. Shown here enjoying play time on the portico with sidewalk chalk. They also enjoy having a Bible Story read by Pastor Karen and music by Tommye Sue Carlson, accompanied by guitarist, Mart Gooch, among other things.

Games of past generations are still enjoyed by our VBS neighbors.  Laughing and enjoying a game of chase with variations makes the friendtastic guide (teacher), Nicole Corley , smile at their antics.  Instructions being given by Arlie Broadaway

Games of past generations are still enjoyed by our VBS neighbors. Laughing and enjoying a game of chase with variations makes the friendtastic guide (teacher), Nicole Corley , smile at their antics. Instructions being given by Arlie Broadaway

The 3rd/4th grade class and some of the Youth Helpers enjoyed a fast-paced relay race.

The 3rd/4th grade class and some of the Youth Helpers enjoyed a fast-paced relay race.

 In our Bible story today, neighbors met a widow who gave food to Elijah, God’s servant.  She gave all the oil and flour she had to feed him, trusting that God would take care of her and her son.   The neighbors (children) listened intently to the story while the actors portrayed the story without speaking.   In our Bible story today, neighbors met a widow who gave food to Elijah, God’s servant. She gave all the oil and flour she had to feed him, trusting that God would take care of her and her son. The neighbors (children) listened intently to the story while the actors portrayed the story without speaking.


VBS 2013 – Day One – Neighbors are Friendly

June 18, 2013

Billie Gilcrease, Shelly Starr, and Tommye Sue Carlson label bags for the 35 VBS neighbors attending Everywhere Fun Fair at VBS this week. Billie Gilcrease, Shelly Starr, and Tommye Sue Carlson label bags for the 35 VBS neighbors attending Everywhere Fun Fair at VBS this week.

Abraham, Sarah, and three weary travelers - after the Bible Bazaar re-enactment at VBS Monday, June 17th.  The story of Abraham and Sara was narrated while the actors/actress acted out the story for the children showing that "Neighbors are friendly."

Abraham, Sarah, and three weary travelers – after the Bible Bazaar re-enactment at VBS Monday, June 17th. The story of Abraham and Sara was narrated while the actors/actress acted out the story for the children showing that “Neighbors are friendly.”

Getting ready for the closing assembly, 35 neighbors await the appearance of Godwin Merrifeather, world traveler. Neighbors learned about being friendly as Abraham & Sarah were in Old Testament times, when they welcomed weary travelers. Getting ready for the closing assembly, 35 neighbors await the appearance of Godwin Merrifeather, world traveler. Neighbors learned about being friendly as Abraham & Sarah were in Old Testament times, when they welcomed weary travelers


Introducing Cash James

June 18, 2013

Tanya and Buckshot’s Grandson

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Born April 7th

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Proud Parents are Sommer & Brian


IT’S AN EVERYWHERE FUNFAIR!

June 15, 2013

It’s almost time for VBS and EVERYWHERE FUN FAIR: Where God’s World Comes Together. Volunteers have been busy at work transforming the Fellowship Hall into an international street fair highlighting five countries our VBS “neighbors” will visit (in learning) this week. Sunday school rooms have a different look and feel as well – everywhere you look there is evidence of excitement and fun traveling the world and entertaining “our neighbors,” learning about God’s love for all.

Day 1 - Japan

Day 1 – Japan

Day 2 - Zimbabwe

Day 2 – Zimbabwe

Day 3 - The United Kingdom

Day 3 – The United Kingdom

Day 4 - Australia

Day 4 – Australia

Day 5 - Mexico

Day 5 – Mexico

Signpost

Signpost

Ticket Booth

Ticket Booth

Story Teller's Chair awaits story teller and VBS neighbors.

Story Teller’s Chair awaits story teller and VBS neighbors.