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Awana Ministry Conference

awana conference8/26/2013

First Baptist Church 413 W. Empire St, Freeport IL, 61032

What are you standing on?

Awana is centered on the gospel of Jesus Christ. It is powerful and transformational. It is the firm foundation for all ages. We desire every Awana Club to be focused on sharing God’s message of salvation with everyone. From game time to handbook time and everything in between, the gospel should stand at the core of all we do. Rather than get distracted by media and ministry details, we want you and your club to live out the gospel so every child, parent, and leader will come to know, love and serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

This year, at Awana Ministry Conferences across the country, you will have the opportunity to join other Awana leaders for a one-day training event designed to equip your club to declare the power of the gospel. Through inspirational messages, dynamic teaching, practical workshops and encouraging interactions with other Awana volunteers, you will be challenged to stand committed to the gospel like never before.

It is time to take a stand. Will you?

Awana 2012-2013 Year-End Report

AwanaAwana started September 12, 2012 with 13 children and ended on March 13, 2013 with 24 children. The clubbers learned 525 Bible verses as a whole. They completed 3 missions, which included 6 boxes to Samaritan’s Purse, 66 cans of food for the FFCA, and $40 to Awana International. I would like to thank each of the 28 volunteers that helped out and each and every clubber for a great year. Hope to see everyone again on September 11, 2013 at 6pm.

Mission Moment for May – AWANA Missionary – JP Morgan

May’s mission offering has been designated to our AWANA missionary, JP Morgan.  Although JP will be unable to be with us this month, he continues to offer support in many ways—through email and phone contact whenever we have questions, needs or concerns, and we will invite him to join us again next fall, when our AWANA club starts back up.  He serves over 90 churches in this region—many in the inner city of Chicago or with a very small budget to assist him, and he is over $1000/month short of the level of support that he needs.  Funds that are given do not go directly to JP, but are sent through AWANA, International.  (The same is true for the offering for Dana and Carolyn which goes to the mission organization SIM to distribute back to them up to the level of their need.)  Should he raise more support than has been budgeted to meet his needs, any additional will go to the vital work of AWANA, International, which ministers to children and families across the United States and throughout the world.  Please pray for JP’s needs to be abundantly supplied and for guidance on your role in support of his mission work throughout Northern Illinois.

AWANA – Wednesday, March 6

AWANA Families – AWANA will start at 6pm this Wednesday, March 6th. There will be no family dinner this week.


Our last official Awana meeting will be on Wednesday, March 13th at 6 P.M. The following Wednesday, March 20th will be our Awana Celebration Night. We ask clubbers and their families to join us at 6 P.M. for a pizza party. Please feel free to invite your family and friends and our St. Paul congregation to join us at 6:45 P.M. when club members will share some of their favorite verses and a few other things they have learned this year. We hope that you will come and offer your support and encouragement to these dedicated young people of our congregation and community! We will conclude our evening with a “sweet” treat!


Awana gatherings will resume on Wednesday, January 9th at 5:30pm with our monthly Family Dinner. January 16th at 6pm will be bring dad/grandpa for Camp Nigh 6pm. We hope to see you all there!

Booster Seat

There is an extra children’s booster seat at the church if someone ever has a need while transporting kids from Awana, Sunday School, VBS or any other time. Please check with the office if you find yourself in a “pinch.”


Another active and productive year of AWANA has come to a close, though the WORD hidden into the hearts of our wonderful students will continue to be a treasure without measure in their lives! We would like to thank all of the families who brought their children throughout this school year! We deeply appreciate your commitment to your children’s spiritual growth!

THANK YOU, too, to our wonderful core of volunteers, without which our AWANA club could not function! We are blessed at St. Paul with so many who give of themselves in countless ways to encourage and mentor our young people. Listed below are those who were involved with the program this year:

  • Commander: Deanna Babler
  • Secretary: Paula Rainwater
  • Games: Duane Schurch & Loren Ludeking
  • Puggles: Cheryl Bradt, Adam & Christina Boyer, Jan & Joe Boyer, Brooks Henneman
  • Cubbies: Dianne Meinert, Pat Smith
  • Sparks: Karen Kleckner, Cathy Ludeking, Joanne Meinert, Sue Naevestad, April Zettle, Sal Kuhlmeier
  • T&T: Jim Kleckner, Merlin Meinert, Diane Schurch
  • Set-up Crew: Wayne Blocker Sr.
  • Opening & Closing Program Leader: Diane Schurch
  • Pastoral Support: Rev. Scott Naevestad
  • Missionary: JP Morgan

To everyone from the congregation that contributed toward the financial support of AWANA, prayed for our young people, invited a child to participate, visited during a Wednesday evening club meeting or in any other way gave of your time – we are very thankful for you!

Awana resumes January 4th

Awana gatherings will resume on Wednesday, January 4th at 6pm. We hope to see you all there!

Awana News

Awana ThanksgivingThe Awana Puggles would like to ask Awana families to join them for a “turkey” dinner on Wednesday, November 16th. An invitation and RSVP card was sent home with the kids on October 26th. Please return the response card to Christina Boyer or email the church office and let us know how many we should expect from your family. Thank you in advance for sharing in this Thanksgiving dinner!

Help needed for Fellowship Hall prep for Awana

The Awana staff is looking for a few people that would be willing to get the Fellowship Hall ready for Awana each Wednesday and then set it back up for Sunday. This entails taking tables down and arranging chairs. If you would be willing to help out in the way, please give April a call in the church office and she can give you further details.


Calling all girls and boys age 2 thru 6th grade! Come enjoy our AWANA club nights and join in the fun! We will meet each Wednesday now through the middle of March 2012.  This year we will enjoy many more theme nights with activities that are related to the theme.

The most important part is the power your children will experience as they hide God’s Word in their hearts, learning to know, love, and serve our Savior!

Please call the church if you have any questions and also to obtain a registration form for your child! Visitors from your neighborhood, school, or community are welcome. Children work at their own pace to complete their activity books and then join together for game time! Please come and check it out!!

AWANA starts at 6 p.m. and finishes at 7:30!

Don’t miss it!

AWANA Wrap-Up Party

6PM – Awana Kids      6:45  Congregation invited to join the program & see what the kids have learned all year!

Awana Wrap-up Party

March 23rd – Awana Club Members & Teachers to meet @ 6PM.    Family, Friends, & Congregation Members join at 6:45 to support & encourage the young members in sharing their favorite verses in the special program.

AWANA Wrap-up

Thanks to all who came to celebrate our AWANA year with our leaders and students. We especially appreciate the dedication of the parents and grandparents who invested the energy and effort to bring these beloved young people week after week and our large group of committed volunteers who invested so much energy and faith into the goal of the AWANA club — which is to reach boys and girls with the Gospel of Christ and train them to serve Him! We have had a fruitful year, with many enthusiastic and active young people age 3 thru 6th grade, and it is a joy to see them grow in their knowledge of the WORD and love for the Lord.

Following is a list of those volunteers that helped throughout the year:

  • Piggies: Adam, Christina and Jan Boyer, Barb Leifheit
  • Cubbies: Pat Smith, Diane Meinert
  • Sparks: Sally Kuhlmeier, Vicki Thomas, April Zettle
  • T & T: Mary Gallagher, Shirley Goeke, Connie Marty, Jean Bechtold, Joanne Meinert, Diane Schurch, Jim Kleckner
  • Game Leaders: Duane Schurch, Paul Babler
  • Leaders in Training: Heather Niedermeier, Maycee Zettle, Stephon Terpstra
  • General Secretary: Amy McKee
  • General Help: Fred Smith, Russ Ellis, Carol Olsen, Fred Meinert, Pastor Dick
  • Commander: Deanna Babler

Thank you so much!

Awana Invitation

As our AWANA year comes to a close, we would like to invite all of the congregation and friends of our students to join us the evening of March 18th for our final club night of 2009. At 6:30 there will be a time for the club members to share favorite verses and some of the other things they have learned this year. We will also have refreshments and a chance for fellowship. We hope that you will come and offer your support and encouragement for these dedicated young people of our congregation and community!


Awana meeting schedule for March:

  • March 4th at 6pm (Career Night — dress in your future attire)
  • March 11th at 6pm (Beach Bum Night — shorts, tank tops, sandals!)
  • March 18th at 6pm — parents, friends and congregation joining at 6:30pm

Awana Meeting

Awana meeting in January:

  • 7th at 6pm – Crazy hat/sunglasses night
  • 14th at 6pm – Pajama/slippers night
  • 21st at 6pm – Cowboy/cowgirl night – boots, bandanas, stick ponies
  • 28th at 6pm

Awana Wrap-Up party

We will be concluding this school year’s Awana gatherings on Friday, May 30th at 6pm with a pizza party and awards presentationl. We invite parents and all of our volunteers to be in attendance that evening to help us celebrate a wonderful first year! We will start up again in September, and we hope that many volunteers will again say “YES!” to the young people of our community by giving of your time, talent and/or treasure to help train them to know, love and serve the Lord.

If you will be attending the Pizza Party, please sign up on the bulletin board or let Deanna Babler, Diane Schurch or the church office know so that we will be sure to have enough pizza for everyone!

Special invitation to all of our members and friends: please join us at 7pm on Friday, May 30th. We will present special awards to each of our club members and conclude with ice cream for all! We hope to see you there!

Awana Awards

Please join us at 7 PM on Wednesday, May 28th. We will present special awards to each of our club members and conclude with ice cream for all! We hope to see you there!

Awana News

Congratulations to our AWANA clubbers who participated in the area Sparks-A-Rama and AWANA Games in Machesney Park on April 5th. Our St. Paul Sparkies were combined with members from Grace Family Bible Church for the competition and won first place for their division. The T&T’ers were combined with members from Park Hills EF Church in Freeport, and their team placed second. The events were very exciting and competitive, with

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