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May 23, 2011 issue

White House responds to children

By Doris Shoemaker Mennonite Church of Normal, Ill.

“Talkabout” is a paragraph featured in our weekly church bulletin giving the Scripture of the Bible story explored by the children that Sunday. It gives ideas for talking about the story, suggestions for applying it and a short prayer.

The third- and fourth-grade Sunday school class wrote a letter to President Obama asking that the U.S. not forget the needs of the Haitian people as they continue to rebuild a year after the earthquake. The White House responded and sent a picture of the Obama family to the class.

March 18-19 was the 53rd annual Illinois Mennonite Relief Sale held at the Interstate Center in Bloomington. Mennonite Church of Normal contributed to the 150 volunteers needed each year along with many other contributions.

The season of Lent and Easter Sunday focused on the theme “Shaped by New Birth” in our worship services that included special music by children, youth and adult choirs led by Cindy Ropp in addition to a men’s quartet and wo­men’s ensemble, dramas and minutes of silent reflection. On April 9 a silent retreat was held as a time of spiritual refreshment through guided reflection, Scripture and journaling.

Pastor Matt Hickman held a parent Bible resource night April 26 to help parents keep up with methods and resources for teaching the Bible at home. This included exercises in the use of reference materials, a book browsing table and a time to share with other parents.

Gerry Schrock went to the Hopi Mission School in Arizona to teach at the school for a month. Glenn Wilson was guest artist with the Goshen College Jazz Ensemble on April 2 for an evening concert.

Births: Lilian (Lily) Deborah, March 3, to Darin and Katie Dris­coll; Alexa Janae, March 22, to Phil and Kristy Hoffman.

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