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When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Mark 10:14(NIV)

 

Greetings to you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord,

This church focuses on its outreach to children. Worship services, Purple Gang, Vacation Bible School, and our Sunday School program demonstrate our commitment to them. The joy and laughter of children reminds us of the joy of the kingdom of God.

Although our commitment to children is unmistakable, that does not mean that we cannot improve our programs. Our Purple Gang program has been strengthened as we see new volunteers join our program. Our VBS has flyers, a newspaper article, and other advertisements to announce this year’s edition and I am hoping that our VBS will be even better than our previous ones.

Our session is wrestling with a Policy for the Protection of Children, Youth, and Vulnerable Adults. Although this has been mandated by the denomination and our local governing bodies, I hope that we do not treat this issue as simply an item on a checklist. I hope we look at it as an opportunity to become a safer community for children, youth, and vulnerable adults.

The session will be viewing two videos highlighting the need for this policy and reminding us of the consequences of not having one. We currently are following the policy of the Presbytery of Prospect Hill, which does seem to fit the circumstances of this church quite well. My hope is that these training videos will give us new ideas and help us to enhance the safety of our facilities as our improvements give the children a sense of security and belonging.

If you wish to mail a check, you can use the following address: First Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 69, Schaller, Iowa 51053, or you can drop the check off at the State Bank of Schaller.

Please pray for our leaders. Pray for the people of Gaza, Israel, Ukraine, and Russia. Pray for the people and leaders of Cherokee, Rock Valley, Sioux Rapids, and Spencer. Pray also for the people in Houston and Southeast Texas. Give thanks for the safety of former President Trump and pray that there is no more political violence. Pray for Lakeshore Center at Okoboji; Rev. Sara Sutter, Executive Director; Steve Sutter, Office Manager; Rev. John Hanna, Maintenance. Pray for Mark Diersen, Betty Franken, Randy Leask, Dexter Meseck, and Steve Schaefer. Pray for our schools. Continue to pray for the people on our prayer list. Pray for our upcoming VBS. Let us pray for our troops who are still deployed overseas and for those who are struggling with their wartime experiences.

May God bless and keep you,

Michael

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