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of The May 2005 Tower

Church School News

We've just completed rotations on the Miracles of Jesus and the Walk to Emmaus. After worship on April 3rd, 10th, and 17th, children and parents learned more about the Godly Play curriculum in the vestry. The Christian Growth committee invites any interested individuals to attend a Godly Play Spring Training Event at the Community Church of Durham (U.C.C.) on Saturday, May 21st from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Please speak with Elizabeth for more information.
  • May 1 Special Church School Workshop
  • May 8 Regular Church School Classes
  • May 15 Confirmation Sunday & Regular Church School Classes
  • May 22 Regular Church School Classes and Children's Sunday Preparation
  • May 29 Special Church School Workshop
  • June 5 Children's Sunday & Communion Service for All Ages
  • June 12 Summer Church School Sessions Begin

Confirmation Program

Our program continued throughout April with a special film night at Bixler and a tour of the church with Marilyn Easton. We are gathering for our final meetings in the coming days in preparation for Confirmation Sunday on May 15th. Please join us for this service of celebration! The following 8th graders will be participating: Calvin Engle, Laura Matlack, Daniel Hoene, Matilda Lauermann, and Nathan Urbanowski. We offer sincere gratitude to this year's mentors: Alison Hobbie, Steve Sanborn, Tom Bergeron, and Mark Swanson.

Third through Fifth Grade Group

  • 3rd-5th grade Lock-in at the Church
  • Friday, May 13th - Saturday, May 14th
  • 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 a.m.
  • Bring a sleeping bag, pillow, pajamas, and dessert to share! We'll provide games, movie, and breakfast! Invite a friend! Please speak with the Hobbies or Elizabeth for more information.

Middle School Group

    Saturday, May 21st
  • 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • Indoor Rock Climbing at Vertical Dreams in Manchester
  • Meet at Bixler House at 6:00 p.m.
  • Please speak with Elizabeth for more information.

High School Youth Group

Many thanks to everyone who supported fundraising efforts by ordering Easter pies and attending the pancake breakfast! Take a look at the weekly worship bulletin for more information on our upcoming fundraisers.

Summer Camp 2005

God is calling… Are you listening?
  • God is calling… Are you listening?
  • NHC - UCC
  • Outdoor Ministries Camping Program
  • Horton Center - Pine Mountain
  • Expeditions
  • Geneva Point
  • www.hortoncenter.org
Once again, the New Hampshire Conference Outdoor Ministries Program offers activities, camping programs, and family weeks during the summer months. Speak with Elizabeth Barnum for more information and check out the website above!

Tending the Spiritual Lives of Children

Here's a list of brief, readable books, full of insight, good suggestions, and inspiration for parents, suggested by Nancy Rockwell:

  • Kindness - a treasury of Buddhist wisdom for children and parents, by Sarah Conover, Easter Washington University Press.
  • Mitten Strings for God, Reflections for mothers in a hurry, by Katrina Kenison, Warner Books.
  • A Short Course in Kindness, a little book on the importance of love and the relative unimportance of just about everything else, by Margot Silk Forrest, L. M. Press.
  • The Parents Tao Te Ching, ancient advice for modern parents, by William Martin, Marlowe and Co, Avalon Group.
  • The Gift of Faith, tending the spiritual lives of children, by Jeanne Harrison Nieuwejaar, Skinner House.
  • Ten Principles of Spiritual Parenting, nurturing your child's soul, by Mimi Doe, Harper International.