Another year of Vacation Bible School was completed the week of June 10th to 14th at St. John’s. This is truly a community ecumenical event with 17 students registered this year and we had perfect attendance every day. Our very fun theme was “Farm Fresh Faith.” Our Bible lessons were all on the old testament Joseph, where we leaned about God’s faithfulness to Joseph. We studied chapters 35 through 46 in Genesis, to learn about Joseph’s dreams, his being mistreated and sold into slavery by his brothers, being imprisoned by means of false accusations, then given power from God to interpret others’ dreams, and finally saving his family from starvation. With a down on the farm theme, the opening devotion time, puppet skit and some crafts were geared towards farm animals withch were named from traits that Joseph had in his relationship with God. They included: “Faithful” the horse; “Blessed” the chicken; “Patience” the pig; “Hopeful” the sheep; and “Promise” the cow.
A big “Thank You” to the teachers and staff who dedicated themselves to this week long event. Teachers included: Becky Tatge, Josey Homeier, Joan Schwake, and Craig Keller. Elsie Keller provided the opening devotions each day, plus prepared the snacks. Doug Spike helped wherever needed, puppet skit, recreation, & wherever else needed. Doug and Christina Alexander shared the duties of the Bible story review each day at closing. Thanks to all parents and grandparents for transporting the students each day. Bob & Marcia Flaa were at Bible school on Thursday, June 13, to help us understand the way of life in Thailand. With photo slide show, language skills, and snacks from Thailand. It was the VBS mission project to support the Flaas in their mission work in Thailand & the Bible school collected over $150.00 during the week.
On Sunday, June 17th, we had a short presentation during the church service with a puppet skit & several song that were learned during the week. Bob & Marcia Flaa were in attendance & introduced. Another $100.00 was collected on their behalf from the students & loose change offering from the congregation & visitors. Following the service, a time of light refreshments & fellowship was held.