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    Volume 2013  |   Issue 17  |  May 1, 2013     Visit Children Youth & Family Home

Church School is in the Air!

Earth Day in Worship!

Beautiful, vibrant life is bubbling up in our children's program! Thanks so much to Beverly Buehler and Rosemary Hashimoto, who worked with the kids to put together this contribution toward worship this past Sunday! If you missed it, the kids sang the beautiful song, "God of the Sparrow, God of the Whale." The designs on the banners were drawn with glue and then dyed so that the design, depicting the words to the song, stayed white and color came in all around it. Yay, kids!!

Children & Confirmands at Retreat

It's finally here - the All Church Retreat! I am so excited to announce that we have a whole bunch of people coming to the retreat! As I understand it, we have about 75 adults, 15 kids, 6 confirmands, 6 yf!! So awesome!!

Lamar Lofton and his friend, Angela Heyd, will be leading the children's program. They have so many fun things planned: music, art, games and a super fun activity which will be led by the confirmation class!

Becky Colwell and I will be leading the confirmation portion of the retreat, including an hour on Friday night which will be mostly focused on the content that the adults will be exploring over the weekend. On Saturday… Read full article >

So, what's happening next year?

Sunday School

This is an excellent question. Some of you may have been to one of our parent/teacher meetings on this topic and we so appreciate you time and input! Others of you may have heard things here and there but aren't really sure what we're talking about. 

Here is a link to the power point presentation that we made the last 2 Sundays. This is ONLY AN IDEA. We mean it . . . only an idea. The CY Board has made no decisions, but is still listening and discerning. 

If you are going to attend the All Church Retreat, I encourage you to keep our children in the conversation and consider their place in this church as we go through the weekend.

CY… Read full article >

How do you make Orange?

This past week I traveled to Atlanta, GA for a conference on Children & Family Ministry. The conference was hosted by a very large church from Atlanta with a vibrant children's ministry. Their theology differs from ours, but their longing to engage the young people in their midst is the same. They have been focusing for a very long time on finding the best way to engage children and inspire families and I think they are really on to something.

So, how do you make Orange? Well, go back to preschool art class. When you mix red and yellow, with roughly equal amounts of each, you get Orange! 

Red in this case, represents theheart of the family, while Yellow represents the light of the church . . . put them together and you get something that you couldn't have made with either by themselves: Orange!

Orange is about family, the biggest influence in a child's life; community, the relationships that enrich a child's life; message, what you most want them to learn as they grow in age and faith; strategy, working with a plan; and influence, because we are raising the next generation of the church so that we can hand it off to them.

What if every time you saw the color orange you thought about the changes that need to happen to reach the next generation?

What if the blending of red and yellow always reminds you of the importance of partnering with each other and especially with the family?

What if whenever you came across something orange you thought about leaders who are investing their lives to influence kids and teenagers?

Ask me about Orange . . . it's exciting!!

It's good to be home - blessings, Karen

Seeking Young Adult Service Community Interns

Do you know a young adult who is looking for an opportunity to learn and serve for a year in Seattle or somewhere else in the United States? The Young Adult Service Communities (YASC) program offers a year of community living, leadership development, justice advocacy, and faith conversations.

We are currently seeking Justice Interns to serve with the United Church of Christ (UCC) in Seattle: September 3, 2013- August 3, 2014:

Apply here: http://www.ucc.org/volunteer/

Justice Interns, ages 21-30, live in simple intentional communities of 3-4 people in Capitol Hill, on monthly stipend, with health insurance provided.

Serve 11 months at a… Read full article >

Do you know the story?

Have you heard the story of Naaman, the man who went to Elisha to be cured of leprosy? When Naaman received Elisha's message about how to be healed, he was indignant: "I thought that for me he would surely come out, and stand and call on the name of the LORD his God . . ." 

God doesn't always do what we ask and rarely shows up in ways we expect, but God answers, always. When we are looking for a booming voice from the sky, maybe God offers simplicity and the ordinary.

Come and explore with us Simplicity of Faith. May 12 at 10am in the chapel.


This Sunday at Plymouth

April 28, 2013 - FOCUS SCRIPTURE - Rev. 21: 1-6

8:30-10:00am: Childcare Available (Room 122)

8:30am: Sunday worship for All Ages (Chapel)

9:00am: Children's Choir with Rosemary H. (Room 225)

9:00am: Plymouth Soul Choir (Lounge)

9:50am: K-6 Gathering (Chapel)

10:00am: Church School for Toddler/PreK - High School (Various Classrooms)

10:00am: Adult Forum  (Hildebrand Hall)

11:00am: Sunday Worship for All Ages (Sanctuary)

12:15pm: Coffee Hour for All Ages (Lounge)

12:15-1:30pm: CY Presentation on A New Church School Idea (221)

12:15-1:30pm: Childcare Available (122)


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