The following youth and children were honored for their faithful attendance at Sunday School this year on May 21. To receive a pin and certificate students had to attend Sunday School 29 times out of our 34 Sundays throughout the school year: Catherine Graves, Colin Graves, Jocelyn Wilmotte, Isabelle Laret, Kyleigh Schaefer, Alex Laret, Kailey Swick, Parker Hanulik, Matthias Shelton, Liam Frase, Elisha Schoeneck, Mike Macesich.
HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES
Alishha Kozier is graduating from Gateway High School. She will attend the University of Pittsburgh in the fall for Pre-Med.
Bob McCarl is graduating from Gateway High School. He will attend Clarion University for Communications.
Eilish Morse-O’Rourke is graduating from Gateway High School. She plans to attend school for musical theater.
Payton Otterman is graduating from Gateway High School. She will attend West Virginia University to study Journalism and Political Science.
Will Smeltzer is graduating from Serra Catholic and will continue with his post-graduate vocational work.
Cameron Swartz is graduating from Franklin Regional High School. He will attend Savannah College of Art and Design with plans to study computer animation and be involved in the theater.
Alex Augustine graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Saint Vincent College. He is currently pursuing job opportunities in accounting in the Pittsburgh area.
Tara McCarl graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.
THANKS TO OUR SUNDAY SCHOOL TEAMS!
A big Thank you to all our Sunday School Teachers and Teams this year: Betty Henderson, Stephanie Zolnak, Greg Keech, Ellie Graves, Megan Beam, Lisa Hanulik, Stephanie Codeluppi, Steven Joyce, Brian Wallace, Marcie Wallace, Beth Richmond, Jessica Heintz, Penny Morse, Debbie Shumaker, Candace Hawthorne, Ray Young, Bill Shaughnessy, Jill Morse, Shannon Williams, Bill Frase, Pete Morris, Dave Williams, Neal Nola, and Leslie Gorski. Sunday School is not possible without all our dedicated volunteers.
2017 Lenten Bible Story Challenge
44 children, youth, and adults attended our Lenten Bible Story Challenge Family Party on April 9. 17 students were presented with gifts from our congregation for completing the challenge. We had a special night of Bible games, pizza, ice cream sundaes and our Bible Challenge Quiz Off. Congratulations to the following children who completed our 30-Day Lenten Bible Story Challenge for 2017 and were able to celebrate on April 9 with us: Gavin M., Kaylee M., Kylie B., Kailey S., Emerson O., Brayden O., Wyatt S., Isaac L., Jocelyn W., Alex L., Isabelle L., Colin G., Catherine G., Isabella S., Scarlett Z., Andersen Z., Kahlo H. If you weren’t able to come to our party you can still turn in your bookmark to receive your gift for completing the challenge. More names will be listed next month.
Summer Camp News
MUM will help you go to a UMC summer camp! There are camps available for 4 year olds through adults at our three United Methodist Church camps: Jumonville, Camp Allegheny, and Wesley Woods. Registration must be done directly with the camp you would like to attend. To check the schedules and/or register go to Jumonville.org or Camp Allegheny.org or WesleyWoods.com. Once you register your child and send in your deposit, please let Wendy know so that we can send in $250 from our church. Some camps fill up early so send in your deposit soon. We want any child or youth, who wants to go to summer camp, to be able to participate in this wonderful experience. Talk to Wendy if more financial need is needed. Everyone can help send a kid to camp. We are thankful for all the donations received from our Thanksgiving offering and our church budget. Also, remember to fill up our clothing bins in the back parking lot area. This is a fundraiser for our camping ministry. We receive a check from each pickup and those funds go directly to our MUM camping scholarships. Thank you!
3rd Grade Bible Presentation
The following third grade students were presented with a CEV Children’s Bible on Sunday, September 18 during the 9:15 a.m. Service: Julia Noelle Beam, Katrina Adair Chalecki, Alexander William Heintz, Brianna Nicole Marazas, Allyson Eileen Marcinko, Gavin Daniel Matthews, Harris Irwin Otterman, Collin Michael Richmond. These Bibles are a gift from MUM church and will be used in their Sunday school class this year.
Safe Sanctuary Clearances
Volunteers working with children and youth need to have Act33 and Act34 clearances updated every five years. There is no charge for these clearances for volunteers. Information on obtaining clearances is in the church hallway, on the shelf by the nursery. Wendy also has forms to mail in if you prefer not to do the forms online.
Did you know we have a children’s library where you can borrow Christian children’s books and DVDs? We have a new collection of Veggie Tales and Hermie DVDs, as well as, some new children’s books and Bible story books! Thank you to Tina and Allie Klein for their recent work to update our library. “Check out” our children’s library by the Sunday School desk downstairs. Our library book shelves are located under the “Catch the Wave” bulletin board and around the corner. Please feel free to sign out books for your child or grandchild. There are slips in each book or DVD to write your name and then place in our card holder so we know who has it. We suggest 2 items per child and return within 4 weeks so that all our kids can take advantage of the items we have.
The nursery is open and staffed with two nursery attendants every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The nursery is available for infants from six weeks of age through children who are two years old. Our mission is to provide a safe, loving, and nurturing environment for your child so that you may have peace of mind while you worship and attend Sunday School. Children must be signed in and signed out of the nursery. An electronic paging system summons parents when necessary. We use sanitary procedures for diaper changes and toys are washed and sanitized at the end of the day. Our attendants are screened with criminal background checks and child abuse clearances in compliance with MUM’s Safe Sanctuary program.
Earlier this year, Governor Corbett signed into law House Bill 435 to increase protection for children and youth in Pennsylvania. This new law requires all volunteers working with children and youth to have the following two clearances: The PA Criminal Record Check (Act 34) and the PA Child Abuse Clearance (Act 33). The new law requires updates to clearances every three years.
Our current policy has been to require both clearances for all volunteers working with children and youth and for all church staff members (whether they work with children or not), but they were not renewed every three years. We are updating this policy to conform to the PA law by requiring the clearances to be updated every three years. Staff members will all be required to also get FBI clearances, as will new volunteers from out of sate.
We take our responsibility for the safety of our children and youth very seriously. To see our entire Safe Sanctuary Policy, click on the Safe Sanctuary tab under Children and Youth.