Following a six-week class led by Deacon John Motis, six of our children received their First Communion on All Saints’ Sunday. It was a joyous, memorable service.
Our children enjoyed fun games, face painting, balloon animals, and candy at our 5th annual Fallfest. Many thanks to Addy Willette and Amy Gammons for organizing the event, to Christopher Maslanka for creating balloon animals, to Kate Willette and Liz Matteson for doing face painting, and to several moms and members of the EYC youth group for manning the games. Thanks to all of your efforts, our kids had a great time and families had a memorable evening.
Over thirty women of the parish and their friends joined us for an Autumn Tea on October 20th. Thanks to Jo Fuller and Sandy Wolf for organizing the tea, and especially to our six volunteer servers! You are appreciated.
We had a great Rally Sunday! Many parishioners joined program leaders in the parish hall after the service to learn about upcoming fall programs and volunteer opportunities. Thanks to all of our leaders, to Chip Thullbery and his team for the delicious refreshments, and to Steve Carter for taking these pictures. If you were unable to attend Rally Sunday, it's not to late to sign up for anything. Please let us know of your interest either after church on Sunday or by contacting Lisa Carter in the parish office.
Thanks to Theresa and Fleet Ryland and their amazing team of volunteers for arriving as early as 6:00 AM each day this week to serve both a hot and a cold breakfast to 50 hard-working student campers and their counselors. Volunteers included: Sharon Allen, Alan Corwith, Nancy Gossard, Cecily Harmon, Renee Johns, Cindy Lee, Glenda Morgan, Barrett Nelson, Bob Peppel, Danielle Phillips, Fleet & Theresa Ryland, Chip Thullbery, Robert & Valerie Warncke, and Sandy White. We appreciate all of you! Special thanks to Cecily Harmon for these photos.
Thanks to Chip Thullbery and his great team of volunteers for serving lunch to 70+ hungry, hard-working students and their counselors. They enjoyed turkey and cheese wraps, chips, cookies, and the "famous" Good Shepherd frozen fruit cups. We appreciate our volunteers!
Director Christopher Maslanka has used his creative talents to create the magical world of "A Wrinkle in Time," based on Madeline L'Engle's classic book. Our children have had so much fun learning about the author as well as Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which. They are singing songs, enjoying outdoor play, having fun snacks, and learning about science as well as the Bible. We are excited to have both a record attendance this year (38 children!) plus over two dozen adult and student volunteers. Thanks to everyone who is helping to make this week memorable.
The rain didn't dampen our spirits as we moved our picnic on the grounds into the parish hall. We enjoyed delicious food including hamburgers and hot dogs, cole slaw, chips, lemon squares and brownies. The kids enjoyed having their faces painted and receiving balloon animals from Youth Director Christopher Maslanka. Thanks so much to Addy Willette and her entire team of volunteers for such a fun, festive picnic!
Deacon John Motis gave gifts and congratulations to our two high school graduates, Emily Grace Turner and Charlee Lutton.
Ken and Susan Wiles' grandson, Samuel, was baptized on May 6th by Rev. Wally Reynolds.
Thanks to Youth Leaders Christopher Maslanka and Julie Stewart and our EYC (middle and high school youth group) for hosting a wonderful Easter egg hunt on Easter Sunday. Special thanks to Julie Stewart and Spencer Carter for these great pictures!
We were blessed with a beautiful day as we began our Palm Sunday service outdoors.
The Daughters of the King hosted their fourth annual Quiet Day on March 24th. Rev. Joanie Brawley led this day of prayer, meditation and reflection. The theme was "A New Take on the Prodigal Son."
Maven Camille Leibold was baptized on February 18th. Her parents are Andrea and Kevin Leibold; her grandparents are Maury and Nancy McCarthy.
Several of our members recently participated in a golf tournament to benefit Camp Wingmann in Avon Park.
As part of our partnership with Polk Avenue Elementary school, volunteers Laura Motis and Chip Thullbery served a continental breakfast to teachers and staff.
Thanks to our EYC youth group, Melody McKenna, Julie Stewart and Lori Chandley for a delicious pancake supper!