The entire family is invited to our Thursday night M&Ms program! M&Ms is an opportunity for children (aged 3 years through 5th grade) and their families to gather and grow in God’s word with music, fellowship, food, and Bible Study. The preschoolers, kindergartners and their grown-ups meet for Cherub Choir at 5:30 pm while the children grades 1-5 meet for Faith Development. At 6:00 pm everyone gathers for a wonderful meal in the Fellowship Hall. At 6:30 pm the older children go to Junior Choir while the younger ones go to Godly Play (Biblical lessons taught with fun, age-appropriate stories). Families sign up to cook the meals on a rotating basis. Choirs are directed by Children’s Choir Director Kitty Laurich and classes are taught by Children’s Ministry Director Kay Thomas.
During our Music and the Master Program, youth in grades 6th through 12th have the opportunity to come with their families for a mid-week "recharging of the soul."
5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Youth can come for some unstructured time, do homework, or participate in our short term musical opportunities (choir and bells) for youth throughout the year.
6 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Dinner is served. (Cost $4/person each week).
6:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Youth Share Group
Youth Share group is a time for the youth to share about their lives with each other and have a time of conversation about a topic pertinent to their lives. For more information regarding Thursday Evening Youth activities, please contact Bev Pancoast at .
Time: Thursdays, Supper begins at 6 pm, with conversation and study beginning at 6:30 pm.
Location: Fellowship Hall
Dates: Thursday, January 10 - Thursday, April 18
The Book of Joy
by Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama
In our stressed out, overwhelmed, and anxious lives, joy can sometimes seem non-existent or out of reach. This winter and spring we will focus our attention on joy by reading through the Book of Joy. The book takes the reader through a week that Nobel Peace Prize Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu spent together as they celebrated the Dalai Lama’s 80thbirthday. The two reflect on their lives as they answer the question: How do we find joy in the face of life’s inevitable suffering?
Each week will be framed by questions to guide the conversation. The questions are designed for anyone to ponder and answer, whether or not the book has been read. For those who are able to read the book, the questions will invite the participant to reflect on the weekly reading as a part of their answer.
Books are $14. You can also find a copy of the book from the local library in print or audio.
January 10 – Introduction to the class – no pre-reading
January 17 – Read the Introduction and Why Are You Not Morose?
January 24 – Read Nothing Beautiful Comes Without Some Suffering and Have You Renounced Pleasure?
January 31 – Read Our Greatest Joy and Lunch
February 7 – Read You are a Masterpiece and Fear, Stress, and Anxiety
February 14 – Read Frustration and Anger and Sadness and Grief
February 21 – Read Despair and Loneliness
February 28 – Read Envy and Suffering and Adversity
March 7 – Read Illness and Fear of Death and Meditation
March 14 – Read Perspective and Humility
March 21 – Read Humor and Acceptance
March 28 – No class
April 4 – Read Forgiveness and Gratitude
April 11 – Read Compassion and Generosity
April 18 – Read Celebration and Departure
Questions? Contact Pastor Jennifer Casey at