Freedom Festival will be held at Whispering Winds Camp on Sunday June 30, 2019. The Festival will include free swimming in both pools The pools will be open from 3 to 8 p.m. and staffed with two certified lifeguards and a Supervisor.
Games and activities will be provided for both youngsters and adults. A 6-passenger golf cart will provide tours of the 40-acre Camp facility. Most of the activities will be outside, including a playground and sports court with basketball nets. There will also be live music by local talent. In case of inclement weather, some games and activities will be held in the air-conditioned Lodge.
There will be a freedom-themed Vesper (evening prayer service), including patriotic songs, beginning at 5 p.m. on the south lawn. Following the Vesper service, we will have dinner in the Lodge, or on the outside picnic tables, if preferred. Dinner provided by the Camp will include barbecue meat, hamburgers, and hot dogs, lemonade, water, and table services will be provided; your shared side dish or dessert would be appreciated.
Activities will continue after dinner and families may set off BYO fireworks, subject to weather restrictions. The Festival will conclude with a “fire dancing” performance by Phlox Kansas.
Please bring lawn chairs to enjoy the celebration at Whispering Winds Camp, 9601 W. 73rd St. North, Valley Center, KS (about 2 miles west of Ridge Road).
Join us every Sunday following the 9:30 a.m. worship service in the Well for "And the Conversation Continues." Pastor Brent is preaching a sermon series entitled, "The Politics of Power: The Rise and Fall of David." We will explore for six weeks, beginning June 16, how David rose to power, used power, and abused power. Brunch will be provided with a suggested donation of $5.00 in the Well to discuss your feedback from Pastor Brent's sermon.
Starting this summer, First Church will have a program for parents or caregivers with young children (0-5 year’s old). This playgroup is designed to meet once a month and allow great enrichment opportunities, socialization, and involvement in the life of the church for both children and adults. Be on the look-out for more information coming out soon. For questions, contact Liz Norris.
After a successful fundraising opportunity with Big, Bang, Bingo…..and the not so Silent Auction last fall, the Christian Education and Fellowship Committee happily reports TWO initiatives in action that are utilizing the $4,000 raised. The committee’s vision is to utilize the money for educational opportunities that enhance or boost our Christian experience and connection with each other.
To begin, CE&F recognizes that parents in our congregation with young children between the ages of 0-5 need an outlet to connect and do family, friendly outings. Thus, a Playgroup will begin this summer that meets once a month where parents or caregivers with youngsters do themed outings that allow socialization, enrichment for children, and engagement in the life of our church. The financial support subsidizes the cost of activities and the time of the Playgroup Coordinator.
First Church Cares…..Cards is the second program that CE&F has already put into action since February. This creative and heart-warming outreach increases communication and connection with members within our church family. With handwritten notes of love and encouragement, ten cards are mailed out every month to individuals or family units. The purpose of this program is to recognize member needs and nurture relationships. The financial support aids the cost of card stock, envelopes, and postage.
Our Big, Bang, Bingo…..and the not so Silent Auction will return again this fall! Looking forward to seeing you all there with your super hero capes and making a difference in the lives of others!
Truly, summer is a great time to adjust to a new rythym in the life of the Church once Pentecost has come and gone. Those who normally attend the 8:30 AM service in the Chapel and 10:45 AM service in the Sanctuary get to attend the 9:30 AM service in the Sanctuary. Long time members get reintroduced as new friendships are made and strengthened.
According to the liturgical calendar, we are in Ordinary Time which is anything but ordinary when you consider that the church has been sent in the power of the Spirit to proclaim and embody the Good News of Jesus Christ. Thus, it should come as no surprise that summer is a great time to send our Youth on mission trips. Our children will be engaged in VBS and Games Camp. Our Camp (Whispering Winds) will be busy receiving groups when the pool opens. Please join us for any or all of the Summer activities found on this website.