Movie Sunday!

Last night marked the end of another great year of God Squad!  Parents: please check the kids’ goodbye bags they brought home last night…there is a Frostees gift card in there also. If there was not, please let me know and I’ll get you one.  A couple bags were missing it, but I think we weeded those out prior.  Thank you for entrusting your children with us every Wednesday night this year…we had so much fun!

This year’s God Squad end of the year service projects were amazing!  Liz and RoxAnn’s class raised $119 themselves and in addition to $73 from the Children’s Offering and another $300 from the St. Paul Hope Circle, an incredible $492.80 was sent to the ELCA Good Gifts program!  Tom Acton’s class decided to give back to the middle school and send a large donation to the PAW Pantry (the school’s food pantry).  They fulfilled the list of “needs” and beyond, raising almost $200 for the cause. I dropped the items off Thursday and the school was so grateful!!

This Sunday, April 30 we will hold a “Movie Morning” for both God Squad and Sunday School students from 9 a.m. to 10:20.  This is a change from the prior plan to be outdoors because the weather forecast calls for cold and windy.  We will have donuts for breakfast.

May 7-All Sunday School kids are encouraged to attend the 10 a.m. service (even though Sunday School ends on April 30).  Beth Miller would love to have these kids sing some of the songs they have worked on all year for the congregation.  Please let Courtney or Beth know if your child cannot attend this service. Please direct questions to Beth Miller.

May 21-We will hold our annual gardening day for St. Paul children.  We’ll partner with Jim Nelson and Sue Brakhane to take the kids out to the children’s plot of our community garden for some fun outdoor work and play.  After, the kids will head inside to work on a project to take home.  We will begin around 9 a.m. so please plan to drop your kiddos off early that day if you are heading to the second service.  This event was so fun last year and we are so excited to do it again.

We will offer a version of cooking, art, and quilting one-day children’s classes also over the summer.  Dates to be announced soon (I hope to have registration ready by May 15).

Lastly, VBS is August 7-10 for 3 and 4-year Pre-K (must be potty trained) through sixth grade. We will need youth helpers and adult helpers for this event.  Incoming 7th-graders are eligible to volunteer to help as well (and encouraged to) but we do also need adults to help supervise.    Volunteers can do the full day or half day.   THANK YOU ALL!  Registration will open May 15.

Save the Dates: April 16, April 30, May 7 & May 21

Hello St. Paul Parents!  As we start to wind down the year I want to make sure to have you save these dates on your calendar!

April 16-We will have an easter egg hunt for the kids (typically toddlers through sixth grade participate…the more the merrier) in between services directly following the Easter breakfast. Candy donations are always appreciated!

April 30-This is the end of the year Sunday School party for our God Squad and Sunday School kids (God Squad ends on April 26).  We will have donuts, a bounce house and activities just like last year beginning at 9 a.m to 10:30 a.m.

May 7-All Sunday School kids are encouraged to attend the 10 a.m. service (even though Sunday School ends on April 30).  Beth Miller would love to have these kids sing some of the songs they have worked on all year for the congregation.  Please let Courtney or Beth know if your child cannot attend this service. Please direct questions to Beth Miller.

May 21-We will hold our annual gardening day for St. Paul children.  We’ll partner with Jim Nelson and Sue Brakhane to take the kids out to the children’s plot of our community garden for some fun outdoor work and play.  After, the kids will head inside to work on a project to take home.  We will begin around 9 a.m. so please plan to drop your kiddos off early that day if you are heading to the second service.  This event was so fun last year and we are so excited to do it again.

We will offer cooking, art, and quilting one-day children’s classes also over the summer.  Dates to be announced soon.

Lastly, VBS is August 7-10 for 3 and 4-year Pre-K (must be potty trained) through sixth grade. We will need youth helpers and adult helpers for this event.  Incoming 7th-graders are eligible to volunteer to help as well but we do also need adults to help supervise.    Volunteers can do the full day or half day.   THANK YOU ALL!

Home Stretch!

Now that Spring Break is almost over, we’re definitely in the home stretch as the end of our “church school” year approaches!   I have just a few items to keep you up to speed…

There is no Sunday School this upcoming Sunday (March 19).  We will resume on March 26.

God Squad resumes this upcoming Wednesday, March 22.

On April 12, our God Squad kids will have a small Easter celebration in addition to class.  More details to come!

On April 16, we will have an Easter Egg Hunt in between services following breakfast.  All candy donations are appreciated!

God Squad will end a week earlier this year to line up with the end of Confirmation.  Our last God Squad will meet on April 26.
The end of the year party for both God Squad kids and Sunday School kids will be held on Sunday, April 30 from 9-10:30.  We will have donuts and activities just like last year.

We plan to continue our summer programming this year and I’ll have those dates soon.  We’ll do a gardening, art, cooking and hopefully quilting seminar for the kids.  Those dates will be announced soon.

Save the date for Vacation Bible School August 7-10 for Pre-K (3 and 4 year) through sixth grade.  We will need youth helpers for this event, so any incoming 7th-graders and up can volunteer to assist with the event!  Adult volunteers are also needed.  Volunteers can do the full day event, or half day.

As always, I’m having so much fun with your kiddos this year!  If you ever have questions please feel free to contact me via email at courtney.keiser@gmail.com or text/call at 641-895-5177.  I feel like we all talk so much in person that most of our bases are met, but I definitely want to make sure everyone gets what they need from me in terms of communication!   Thank you all!

 

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