Back in September when the Children’s Committee met to begin the kick off of our new season of planning, we were energized around embracing change, new programming initiatives and alternative activities to meet the needs of our growing families for the 2017-2018 year ahead. As part of that change, we re-focused energy into programs that were thriving but also had to make the difficult decision to pull back from others that were no longer meeting the needs of our community. As we discussed and weighed all of our options and restraints, one of the members casually joked in a sing-song reference to Bob Dylan’s famous hit, “Times They Are A-Changing”. Little did we know back in September just how much Children and Family Ministries really would be changing.

The Wilkinsons with Baby Jesus

On December 31st, we said goodbye to Tammy Wilkinson, our Children’s and Family Ministry Director, who has been the backbone of our program as Coordinator for 10 years. She and her family have contributed so much heart and energy to Children and Family programming and they will all be dearly missed. “Times They Are A-Changin’,” and sometimes that change is hard. It has been hard to say goodbye to Tammy, Russ, DJ, and Odin. They were an integral part of our church family. But, as a committee and as a community of faith, we also embrace this change and are eagerly anticipating the energy that new leadership will bring to our programming. We are excited about what is to come!!

Like always, behind the scenes, Children’s Ministry is adapting, changing, and working to meet the needs of our families and like always, at the forefront, it is business as usual. During this interim period, our Sunday School programming will remain unchanged, and we will continue to try to bring together other monthly events and activities as volunteers are able. Our Children’s Committee, Sunday School Teachers, and Volunteers are devoted and dedicated to our pro- grams, and we are so blessed to have such a wonderful crew —THANK YOU!— but we really do need more hands. There are many ways to lend a hand —substitute teachers, committee members, event planners, preparing food, storytelling, leading art projects. If you have any questions about how to get involved, please contact Erika Wold.

God Bless,

Erika Wold & Marge Beauvais