Children Learn Life Lessons At Bible School

CHRISTOPHER CREEK

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Thirty-seven eager children showed up at the Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Church for Vacation Bible School. They learned some really good lessons that we pray will remain with them throughout their years to come.

This year's theme was "Saved by God's Power." They were able to learn about God's power through Bible stories, which Teresa Purtee told everyday to the little ones. The Chapel was decorated like a construction Zone with orange cones all around and yellow caution tape. It was a reminder that life is like a construction zone. You are always constructing yourself more every day to be good like God.

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Teresa Purtee teaches the daily Bible Lesson this week at Vacation Bible School.

You are encouraged to become a leader after you have finished seventh grade and this year's leaders were Crista Kilbourne, Tucker Kilbourne, Stacia Antol and Frankie Jo Marazza. These leaders are really good role models for the little ones who can't wait to grow up and be just like them.

My daughter, Frankie, is a leader this year and it is really different to watch, as she helps the little ones, instead of being a little one. I can remember when Frankie, Crista and Tucker were all little themselves and couldn't wait to memorize their Bible verses and play Duck, Duck, Goose, and now they are all leaders helping other little kids achieve what they have learned over the years about Jesus and how he molds their lives.

A very special thanks goes out to these leaders. I am so proud of them. They spent the week helping teach younger children and passing on some wonderful lessons that they will carry through life and someday they will grow up to be leaders themselves. What a wonderful chain of events God gives us. Thanks go out to Holly Purtee, who leads the children in song every day. Just by watching the expressions on the little ones' faces shows how much they really love to sing along. She does such a good job.

Everyday, the team leaders would put on a puppet show. This was the highlight. They really enjoyed this, and were able to learn something really special from each show. Thanks to Pat Guvara for helping them with their Bible verses. If they were able to get the verse right, they were awarded a sticker, which they can turn in on Friday for gifts at the store. Thanks to Lois Jones for creating a craft for the children every day. Thanks to Ann Kilbourne and Tracy Purtee who led the children in games every day. Thanks to Susan Hepworth who was in charge of registration and led everyone in prayer at the beginning of the day. Rita Quay was in charge of refreshments, and Eileen Kittock, Linda Atkins, Ella Slaughter, Rebecca and Robert Jones were all helpers. Thanks to all of you. Without them, none of this would have been possible.

This is the 13th year for Vacation Bible School and a very big thank you goes out to the Purtee family -- Tracy, Teresa, and Holly -- for organizing this wonderful event for the children of this community. It takes an enormous amount of time and energy to put this event on every year and they never let the little ones down and come through every year.

Everyone is invited to come to the Chapel on Friday at noon to watch the children and see what they have learned over the week. Refreshments will be on hand.

Come by and bring your camera. Even if you don't have a child there, come by and watch.

Ladies, don't forget the Annual Ladies Retreat is this Saturday at the Christopher Creek Bible fellowship church from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is a salad luncheon, so bring along your favorite salad to share. This year's speaker is Deidre Bobgan. For more information, call Pat Guevara at (928) 478-4122.

The Firebelles will be having their 1st Potluck Luncheon on Tuesday, June 26 at 11 a.m. at the fire hall. Dominoes will follow lunch for those who are interested. Anyone who lives in Christopher/Kohl's Fire District is automatically a Firebelle and urged to attend the luncheon. It is a wonderful way to get to know the people throughout the community.

You don't have much more time to get your tickets for the Melodrama at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Apple Lane. The "Loathsome Lady: A King Arthur Tale" will be presented on Thursday, June 28, at 7 p.m., on Friday, June 29, at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, June 30, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Call (928) 478-4008 for tickets.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, July 1. The Christopher Creek Bible Fellowship Church will have a potluck after services. The well-known pianist, Sam Rottman, will perform for everyone to enjoy. Services start at 10:30 a.m. and everyone in the community is welcome to attend. If you can't bring a dish, don't worry. There is a lot of food.

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