Friday, August 13, 2010

“Message Sent”—Youth Mission Event

Youth:  Text or Facebook your friends, offer them a ride and head for Mission Central on Sunday afternoon, August 29, 2-6 PM.
(Adults:  Please pass this invitation to the youth and youth leaders in your church)

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon of great Christian music, games, free food and inspiring speakers.

Exciting afternoon will feature:
1.      Rev. Brad Birtell and youth from Columbus, NE
2.      Christian band Seven Glory 
3.      IOWAY Summer 2010 mission team presentation
4.      Opportunity to hang out with and chat with others who attended the national gathering, youth camps, or the IOWAY mission trips
5.       “Message Sent” Youth Event at Mission Central will equip and encourage youth to send THE MESSAGE of Jesus to their family, friends, community and into the world. 
How to be part of this exciting event:
1.      Register by calling Sue Light at 515-576-7666 or email at Iowa District West office by Monday, August 16. 
2.      FREE--- No charge for events or meal (Need to let Sue Light know how many are coming to plan for the meal)
3.      For additional information check out:  (It takes a few minutes to download as it is 8 MB)
4.      Address:  Mission Central
40718 Hwy E 16
Mapleton, IA

Questions? Contact Ellie Menz at 515-386-8420 or

Thursday, August 05, 2010

VBS 2010: Final Night

VBS kids sing for their parents and guests at the closing program.

The LYF song-leaders still helped the younger kids out- just from behind the congregation, in the back of the church.

VBS Director Bethany Mallory and Emily "Nanny McBee" tell the audience about what kids learned.

Karly Kunze, "Queen Bianca" stops by to offer Emily Pautsch, "Barb Bee" a promotion!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

VBS 2010: Night FOUR

VBS students, Bethany and Pastor pray over missionaries Brent and Eugene Freidrichs

Brent and Eugene share musical instruments with the VBS kids. The Friedrichs work in Jos, Nigeria, in Africa where they coordinate services for and other missionaries. 

Sarge Bee and Barb Bee discuss hive-land security issues.

3rd & 4th graders enjoy outdoor game time

5th and 6th graders found time to burn off energy on the old Noah's Ark playground

PK and Kindergarteners blow bubbles in front of the Sunday School House.

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

VBS 2010: Night THREE

The August 1-5, 2010 St. John Vacation Bible School

Above and below, 5/6th graders hide out in the hive.

Nanny McBee discusses problems in the hive nursery with hive manager Barb Bee

VBS Director Bethany reminds the PreSchoolers that "Jesus love is a-bubblin' over."

LYF girls, bring some of the song-leading skills to VBS that they learned last month at the National Lutheran Youth Gathering in New Orleans.

Monday, August 02, 2010

VBS 2010: Night TWO

Representatives of each age group, along with VBS Director Bethany Mallory and Pastor Merrill pray over missionaries Cindy (Ulrich) Thomas and John Thomas. John will be returning to Calcutta India later this week where they operate two Christian schools for poor children.

PreSchoolers wait for closing devotions to begin.

Zoomtacular Crafts!

Story Teller Ted Mallory talks with third and fourth graders about Jesus' feeding of the 5,000

Pastor Merrill explains the rules for outside games to the fifth and sixth graders.

James and Tonya Funkhouser challenge kindergarteners at the Super BEEliever Bible Challenge.

Sunday, August 01, 2010

VBS: Zoomtacular!

This set may make you nervous if you're allergic to bees.

Pastor welcomes kids to the first night of Vacation Bible School at St. John

"Barb Bee," and "Scout" talk about seeking what is lost in the introductory skit.

This set gives me hives!

No, it's not a $5 Foot-Long commercial, it's the LYF girls leading the kids in a praise song.