On Sunday, May 17 during worship, we will recognize our seniors graduating from High School: Molly Farkas, Olivia Milburn, McKenna Simpson, and Kaitlin Thompson. We will present them with bibles. Come celebrate their accomplishments.

Kaitlin Goes on UN Seminar

February 20 – March 1, Kaitlin T. will be traveling with the Christian Church in Ohio along with juniors and seniors from all Ohio to New York City and Washington, D.C. The youth will worship at the National City Christian Church; visit the Holocaust Museum, the Washington Cathedral; tour the White House and Capitol Building; meet with local Senators; tour and sit-in on briefings at the United Nations in NYC; plus much more. During the trip the youth will discuss issues related to faith and politics. Kaitlin will share her experience with the congregation when she returns. Please keep all going on the UN Seminar in your prayers.

CYF State Youth Convention

March 13 – 15, our CYF youth will be traveling to Camp Christian for the CYF State Youth Convention. Youth from all over Ohio will be gathering for a weekend of faith building, worship, and fellowship. Theme for the weekend is Ministry… Me? Cost for the weekend is $65. Applications can be found at Mark Roe will be going as a counselor. See him if you have any questions.

Youth Sunday

Youth Sunday will be April 26. The children and youth of our congregation will lead us in worship on this special day. Please make sure your children/grandchildren (ages 5 years old through 12th grade) are at church in the coming weeks as we begin to plan and learn music and parts. We will have a special Lock-in April 10-11 to learn about what it means to worship and to work through all the pieces of Youth Sunday. Of course, there will be fun and games during the Lock-in as well. Our final rehearsal for Youth Sunday will be on Saturday April 25, 10AM-12N.  Please mark these dates on your calendar.

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Christmas Discipleship Day

Discipleship Day Dec 6 2014On Saturday, December 6, 11:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. our Christian Education Team is hosting a very special Christmas Discipleship Day.  This day is for all children and youth.  It will begin following the Children’s program rehearsal.  There will be lunch and lots of fun activities and games.  Please note this gives elves (parents/grandparents) the majority of the day to take care of whatever elf duties (shopping) you have.  Questions?  Contact Mary Helen Shetter or Lora Schueller.

Have a Very Hippie Christmas

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On Sunday, December 7 during our regular worship at 10:00 a.m.  our children and youth will be bringing us a very special Christmas message – Have a Very Hippie Christmas.  Their unique retelling of the Christmas story will take us into a world of tie-dye, cool cats, and royal dudes.  Invite your family, friends, and all who need to experience Christ’s hope, peace, love and joy this Christmas.

Rehearsals  All children and youth who want to participate in the Christmas program on December 7 need to attend rehearsals:

Sunday, Nov. 23       11:15AM – 12N        Music

Sunday, Nov. 30       11:15AM – 12N        Music

12N – 2PM                 Full program rehearsal lunch included

Saturday, Dec. 6       9AM – 11AM             Full program rehearsal

Sunday, Dec. 7          9AM                              Run thru prior to worship

Questions? Please contact Laureen Roe, Mary Helen Shetter or Lora Schueller.

Children’s Christmas Program

childrens_christmas_program_3Our children’s Christmas Program this year will be Sunday, December 7 during our morning worship service.  The children will begin learning the songs during Youth Choir (11:15-12 each Sunday).  Also, rehearsals on November 30, 12-2:00 p.m. and December 6, 9:00-11:00a.m.  Please make sure your children/grandchildren are in attendance if they are going to participate.  If you have questions, please contact Mary Helen Shetter or Lora Schueller.


Be Safe Be Aware2Do you ever worry about the safety of the children in your life?  How to protect our children and youth in our crazy world of predators, drugs, and violence is of great concern.  To help our young people navigate through our world safely, we are hosting BE SAFE – BE AWARE.  This event scheduled for Sunday, November 23, 12noon -2:00p.m. will help our youth and adults look at the safety issues facing young people today.  Mike Simpson (Preble County Sherriff), Matt Lyons (Law Enforcement Specialist), and Martin Schaefer (Computer/Internet Specialist) will lead this informative afternoon.  Everyone is welcome.  Lunch will be provided.  Please invite your friends and neighbors.


On Sunday, October 26 our Chi Rho middle school youth delivered 20 new winter coats to Hope House’s Women’s and Children’s Center.  They helped children find the right size.  The children’s faces were filled with delight as they were zipped into their new coats.  One young girl, stretched her arms as wide as she could and squealed, “It’s purple!”  The money used to buy the coats came from previous mission fundraisers the Chi Rho youth had earned.

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Youth Choir

youth choir_tYouth ages 1st through 8th grades are invited to join our Youth Choir.  Rehearsals begin September 7 immediately following worship.  Our Youth Choir will sing in worship on the first Sunday of each month.  If you have questions, please contact Rachel Eve Davis, Youth Choir Director (

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