Staff Reflection

VBS Recap and Fall Programming


What an exciting time we had on “The ride of a lifetime with God” at Rolling River Rampage VBS this summer!  This year’s theme was based on the Scripture passage Isaiah 43:2, which says, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you.”  The Rafters enjoyed daily skits with our Paddle Captain Scott and Romper the otter, our VBS mascot for this year, who shared important messages with the Rafters about finding adventure, peace, joy, rest, and acceptance on the river of life.  Our youth volunteers led music and performed daily Bible-story skits about Jesus’ life and ministry.  The Rafters also moved among four stations to experience the message in fun and interactive environments.  The Creation Station gave Rafters the opportunity to use art and science to reinforce the daily message.  Our Recreation Station was an engaging, high-energy way to experience fun and fellowship during the kids’ time at VBS.  The Godly Mission Station focused on refugees and how we can make a difference within our local community, starting with our on-site refugee garden.  And, always a kid favorite, our Snack Station had fun and delicious snacks for our Rafters to enjoy each day. 


Our team of River Guides consisted of 35 adults and youth working directly with 72 children over the course of the week.  Many hands were needed to create such a successful event, and I am thankful for the contribution of each one.  We also had several volunteers who helped to set up and tear down our stations, manage the administrative tasks, and many more who donated materials and snacks for the week.  The team of SUMMIT volunteers-Briar, Kathryn, Oliver, and Sarah-did an amazing job taking on leadership roles during VBS.  In addition to their work as station leaders, they planned and staffed the VBS Sunday Celebration event along with Mary & Matt Culp and Judy Sebern-Beachy, who prepared and served the walking tacos.  I want to thank every person that took the time to participate in VBS, even if it was to simply pray for our Rafters and River Guides during the week. 

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I am grateful to find myself within such an amazing community of faith here at Westminster.  This was my fifth year participating in VBS, and my first year coordinating and running the event.  In my opinion, it was an exceptional faith-filled week spent sharing the love of God with our children and volunteers.  It would not have been possible without the parents and volunteers who came throughout the week.  Also, the staff here at Westminster was essential to making it all happen.  Each staff member had a role to play in this annual event, and they did an amazing job.  I thank them for their hard work throughout this process, as each of them had many other tasks to focus on within their role at the church.


Shifting our focus to the upcoming academic year, we are thrilled to engage the children of our congregation during our Sunday morning and Wednesday evening programs!  We hope your children and youth will join us for VBS-style activities throughout the year as we work to create a high-energy, Christ-centered ministry for them.  Join us on September 9 at 9:15 a.m. for our Fall Kick-Off event!  School-aged children will be invited to participate in Kid’s Worship after the Moment with the Children during Sunday worship.  After the service, we will all enjoy fellowship in The Commons before dispersing to our Sunday School programming at 10:30. 


We will also begin our Wednesday night Kid’s and Youth Club with dinner at 5:30 p.m. on September 12.  After dinner, children will engage in high-energy recreation and fun biblically centered games and crafts.  You may choose to stay and participate by volunteering in the program, take the time after dinner for fellowship with other parents, or drop your children off for dinner and return at 7 p.m. to pick them up.  We are also encouraging ride-sharing for families who may not be able to transport their children to and from our Kid’s Club and Youth Club activities.  If you might be able to bring a couple extra kiddos or have a transportation need, please contact Lisa Anderson at so we can connect families for this opportunity.


Fall Programming

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My visit to Summer Choir

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Since I was a very little girl I have loved to sing in church.   Hearing my mom’s voice mix with mine made me feel safe and secure to sing loudly praising His name.  

This joy of singing in church has stayed with me, but I never thought I was especially good.  This Summer I decided to give Summer Choir a try.  I figured it would be easy, come a little early to church (9:15 a.m.), rehearse with the choir and then sing what we practiced in worship. 


As I walked up to the chancel that Sunday I was a little anxious.  The choir is so talented and a group that has had many devoted singers for years. Would I fit in?  My fears were put aside when I saw Kris, our choir director and organist smiling at me.  She gave me music, asked if I leaned more soprano or alto and then set me in the middle of the choir next to other women.  I was welcomed into the choir with open arms!  Soon we were warming up and singing scales.  Some of the exercises were familiar to me, others were not but I wasn’t alone, several members were unsure and Kris gently taught us how to complete the exercise.  There was laughter and smiles throughout the whole rehearsal.   It lasted for about 30 minutes and the whole time I felt like I was in the tender embrace of music and friendship.  Everyone was very friendly and happy that I had joined them.


When it came time for worship I sat with the choir in front of the church. It was cool to have a new view of the Sanctuary.   We sang hymns with the congregation and the special song that we had practiced.  I got notes wrong, and messed up a word or two, but that didn’t matter! I was trying my best and praising God.  I was part of an amazing group creating a beautiful sound.  It’s hard to describe that first moment singing together with the organ, the choir and the congregation.  The energy was amazing and truly breathtaking.  Thank you to Kris and the choir for welcoming me to sing with you.

If you enjoy singing I encourage you to join the summer choir.  Anyone who is in 2nd grade or older is welcome to participate.  Sure, you’ll sing notes off key, and mess up words, but you’ll be part of an amazing group that welcomes you with open arms.  I encourage you to come next Sunday at 9:15 and join the choir!



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