This summer we will be providing Vacation Bible School for our children and community! Vacation Bible School is June 24 through June 28 from 8:45 AM to 12:30 PM. Our VBS is for ages 3 (preschool) through grade 5. We will hold a special closing program following Sunday morning worship on June 30.
The program theme is Kingdom Rock, Where Kids Stand Strong for God! Each day registration/sign-in begins at 8:45 a.m. and the day concludes after lunch at 12:30 p.m.
Children who attend will enjoy Bible Adventures, Amazing Experiments, Wild Games, Incredible Music, Chadder’s Royal Theatre, Lip-Smacking Snacks, and also Lunch.
Watch the info desk in the lobby for registration information and details. Those who pre-register get a t-shirt!
Please watch the info desk for sign-up sheets for Vacation Bible School donations. This is a terrific way to help! Items needed will be listed at the info desk, so simply sign up and bring them in by Sunday, June 16.
If you prefer to make a donation, please label your check or envelope VBS. Thanks! And again, please continue to pray for the children and our VBS staff.
It has been a tough year for Ashland and our staff. Gail, our office manager, had major surgery. Sadly, Gail’s mother passed a few weeks later. And, after a long and difficult battle, Bill Shaw died this past winter. Our thoughts and prayers continue for Becky and Gail. We all have been touched with sadness and weariness when members of our church family suffer.
Thankfully, the leadership and family of Ashland have been wonderfully supportive. Thank you for your patience, condolences, words of encouragement and grace. We praise God for you, our church family, and the myriad of ways that our Lord’s light has shined through your ministry. God bless you!
Read more: Pastor's Prattle ~ May 2013
FOOD FOR THOUGHT FOOD PANTRY
Thank you so much for all your generous donations to the food bank. Food for Thought has many clients and unfortunately the list continues to grow.
During May we are collecting juices, koolaid and LOTS of peanut butter.
Mission Committee Plans a FAMILY FUN DAY on JUNE 22, 2013 from 11 AM to 3 PM is the Mission Committee Family Fun Day. We will have the Mercy St. Charles Health van, free food, fun activities, a clown (guess who!) and a bouncie-thing! Please plan to stop by for a bit and help us extend a welcome hand to our neighbors.
Also, on the Fun Day, the Red Cross would like to hold a blood drive. They will provide the snacks, signs, and they will make calls to set up appointments. They have asked us to enlist some donors from our congregation. If you are willing, please let me know very soon. Sandy Potter (419.865.8036)
SAVE YOUR HOTEL TOILETRIES
We are still collecting hotel toiletries. I bag us soap, shampoo, combs, etc. and they are distributed with the peanut butter sandwiches downtown each Saturday morning. This is part of Food for Thought.
Please contact Diane Karoly (419.697-1564) if you would like to spend time with our young children during the worship service (10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.) and /or Sunday School hour (11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.) You can do this as little as once a month or as much as every week!
If you are between the ages of high school and 99, please feel free to consider joining Ashland’s bell choir “Bells are Beautiful” and/or the “Chancel Choir.” For the 2012 – 2013 music season (September – May), bells will rehearse on Tuesday evenings and the vocal choir on Thursday evenings. Both choirs perform a wide range of musical styles ranging from classical to Gospel Rock and contemporary style choruses to traditional hymns. Also, both choirs minister occasionally to shut-ins at various rehabilitation facilities. Inspiration and resources are available for church musicians through the Fellowship of American Baptist Musicians (FABM) at the Green Lake Conference Center every summer in July.
Read more: Music Ministry ~ Get Involved!
Preschool children, ages 3-5, learn about Jesus and God’s love for them through Bible stories, songs, and crafts. A light snack is offered, which enables the young ones to develop and practice a simple prayer of gratitude. During the summer, they had fun “Diving deep with God” using Cokesbury’s Operation Overboard, a water theme which also included science experiments and dramatic play. Just take a look at the smiles from our Preschool classes: