ALONG THE JOURNEY
BY MARK WILBANKS
How important is the ministry we have for children and their families? Here is a letter from a grateful mom:
“Hey Mrs. Angie, I just wanted to say thank you so much for making such positive and wonderful impact on all the children at Wieuca and Sophia :) Last night, when we were going to bed – this is the time where she likes to tell me about her day – she told me all about Chapel. She said, “Mom did you know that Mrs. Angie saw 2 rainbows” and then connected it with the story you must of told about Noah’s ark. It just makes me happy to know she is learning and actually absorbing these great lessons. Thank you so much for teaching them. It may seem like they are not listening or paying attention but they are! Thank you, Elizabeth.”
Chapel happens every Tuesday with Angie Durden and Eddie Card leading. Our Day School children learn through music and Bible stories about the love of God. This weekend we are recognizing the excellent leadership of Jane Vlahos who celebrates her fifteenth anniversary as Director of the school. We have invited children and their families in addition to the fine faculty who play such a vital role in these young lives to attend worship this Sunday.
I am proud of the efforts so many make to provide quality week-day programs to families in our community. All of these ministries are possible because Wieuca understands the priority of serving others in the name of Christ. Our first Mission and Vision initiative is to love our neighbors. One of the ways that happens takes place Monday through Friday as well as on Sundays. Come alongside these endeavors through volunteer activity and prayer. Take the time to speak to Jane and her staff this Sunday morning. As Elizabeth did with her gracious note, offer your thanks and encouragement.
In May, we will dedicate this summer’s version of Camp Wieuca. Joel Mills, who has served at Wieuca since 2001, will lead a team of high school, college, and seminary students during day camp in the coming months. Since its beginning over 20 years ago, the camp has affected thousands of lives. There is an interesting link. Some who started in our Day School began attending our After School Program and/or Camp Wieuca. Some of those young people now serve as counselors. Wieuca’s investment pays Kingdom dividends in young lives!