“The Purpose of the Christian Education Committee is to build foundations of faith through current, visionary programs within a safe nurturing environment.  They hope the opportunities offered will bring people closer to god and one another and equip them to be active disciples in our local and global community.  If you have suggestions, comments or wish to get involved please contact or Director of Christian Education, Jacqui Horton.”

Minutes from the Christian Education Committee Meeting held on May 8, 2017.

Financial Report: We are under budget by over $3,000.

VBS: Hero Central, discover your strength in God is scheduled for the Week of July 17-21. 32 people have registered already, and volunteer staffing is coming along nicely. (See sign up Genius on web page.)Looking for volunteers for decorating.

Beach Day School: Dawn Finguerra is taking over as Director by the end of June. Elizabeth Weston will be the assistant director, though the title may change.

Beach Day is also working on revising their by-laws and will have a proposal soon for committee and session approval. Mary Clemons will take over as board chair for one year. Kudos are expressed to Allison Grant for her leadership these past 3 years!

Enrollment for next year of up to 85 children has four openings in the 4 year old class and two in our 2 year old class.

Our addition of the after school program, Creative kids, was a huge success and we exceeded our $10,000 financial goal by $2,000 with rave reviews from parents about their teachers, activities, and meeting the extended childcare needs of working parents.

Also the two summer camps offering 5 days per week for the dates of June 5-12 and 12 – 16 are full with waiting lists.

The Point: Annette Conley led a Christian Education sub-committee to study The Point and revitalize this interactive Worship Service. The committee interviewed and surveyed members, teens, and staff and has converted the committee into a Task Force. Session members have been invited to attend a Point service in May if they have never experienced the Point before as the Point is not offered during the summer. Annette provided CE with a preview of the work in progress including reviewing the style of service, music, organization and leadership of the service. The Task Force is planning to bring a report and recommendations to Session in June.

Reformation task force report under the auspices of Christian Education, 2nd meeting May, 2, 2017:

Rally Day will kick-off our emphasis on the 500th anniversary, of the Protestant Reformation. A revised schedule for Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 will be as follows.

9:30    one worship service, The Kirkin’ of the Tartans led by Rev. Al Butzer

10:40 Sunday School for adults and youth in sanctuary, led by Rev. Al Butzer with        appearances from various reformers from our history. After opening, children will go to their rotational Sunday School classes.

11:30 Potluck Picnic coordinated by Fellowship committee in Stanton Hall and optional eating out doors on the Church grounds.

*Note: Rally Sunday is extending our summer 9:30 worship time for one week to accommodate this very special day.

**During the rest of Sept and October adult classes are asked to meet together in Stanton Hall 9:45 – 10:45 for a study on the past, present, and future of what it means to be Reforming Presbyterians. Tentative schedule. Al Butzer, David Kunkle, Sel Harris are a few of our leaders of various classes thus far secured.

9/17 Overarching history of the Reformation

9/24 Theological issues that were of concern during Reformation

10/1 Sacraments (Also world communion Sunday)

10/8 Churches in America

10/15 Birth of modern science

10/22 Music of the Reformation

10/29 Effects of the Reformation on Modern Society

* Oct. 29th is observed as the official Reformation Sunday on the Church calendar and a revised schedule with catered luncheon TBA

Guest preachers Rev. Beverly Zink-Sawyer and Rev. Lewis Weeks from Union Theological Seminary will preach on Sept. 17th, and Oct. 29th respectively.

Kirk Nights each Wed. in Oct. will feature speakers locally (Rev. Larry Ugarte, Dr. Craig Wansink) and from Union Seminary, (Dr. Trisha Vesley) on Reformation themed people and topics.

The Reformation task force has been very pro-active and creative in emphasizing our rich history and our call to be reformers today, as we continue to share the Good News of Jesus Christ.

The library committee is ramping up Reformation reading materials to be available for members’ enlightenment. They will promote various books with synopsis and critiques in the newsletter and bulletin boards.