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From Our Hill

FOH July 18, 2014        Click here for full issue

Dear Friends,

     Calvary has been buzzing!  Starting at 9 AM every day this week, this place has felt like it was busting at the seams.  The Christian Life Center and the Sunday School hallway have been filled with energetic, joyful kids from age 4 to 5th grade to be part of Calvary’s 2014 Vacation Bible School:  Workshop of Wonders.

     So far, 105 kids and counting have joined us for Workshop of Wonders.  They have been taught, cheered, led, corralled, and loved by a deeply committed team of around 50 volunteers.  Every day, these children – some of them regular Calvary kids, but many who are additional friends and neighbors – are learning about God’s love for them through Jesus Christ and about the ways that God is able to build wonderful, amazing things from precious individual pieces.

     Last Sunday, in the span of about three hours, an army of helpers transformed the CLC and Sunday School rooms into workshops for creativity, crafts, storytelling, snacks, and most of all, the good news of God’s love.  The Rev. Stephanie Dunn, Calvary’s Minister to Children and Their Families, along with this year’s VBS directors, Julie Brown and Mindy Morrison, have piloted our team and helped things run like clockwork.  Spirits have been high and attitudes have been great.  On Thursday evening we’ll host a VBS Mission Night focused on raising awareness and gifts for Habitat for Humanity.  This gives Calvary a chance to connect with parents and siblings as well as the children who’ve been with us each day.  It also allows us to give friends and visitors a sense of the hands-on, active nature of our faith.

     What a great Vacation Bible School it’s been!  To our staff and volunteers, I say a big “Thank you!”  To you, the congregation, who make VBS possible through your gifts and service, I say “thank you,” as well.  By God’s grace, we’ve been given the chance to minister with children and plant seeds of faith with which God will work real wonders.
Pastor Bryan Brooks