With Deepest Gratitude
With 160 children and youth registered in Religious Education, our RE teachers are the backbone of our program. Their dedication is imperative for creating meaningful experiences for these kids each week.
Each week they review lesson plans and prepare to lead their classes with interesting and engaging stories, questions and activities. People’s Church is very fortunate to have so many committed volunteers who donate their time, energy and love to these children and youth.
They deeply listen and provide opportunities for participants to explore and inquire, to learn and to grow. People’s would not have such a dynamic RE program without these individuals. I am deeply grateful for their commitment to working with our kids.
I encourage everyone to take a moment this month to thank a few of these teachers to let them know how grateful we all are to have them serving our congregation in this vital role.
Religious Education Teachers 2017-18
Nursery – Nich Betz-Thorn, Lucy Cutler and Lucy Wallis
Preschool – Denise Valette, Abbie VanDerWege, Cindy Pietras and Sabrina Stempek
Kindergarten/1st Grade – Cary Betz-Williams, Sheri Notten, Shannon Rench and Teresa Cavanaugh
2nd/3rd Grade – Ann Shepich, Vicki Konzen, Chris Measzros and Mary Kate Webster
4th/5th Grade – Dawn Chamberlain, Cindy Hill, Jessica Garner and Chris Semelbauer
6th Grade – Nicky Gates, Vincent Desroches, Rich Wojtas and Sheila Reuther
7th/8th Grade OWL – Brook Brody, Missy Howse-Kurtz, Adam Brody and Mark Gernsback
8th/9th Coming of Age – Gwen Abney-Cunningham, Tom Cunningham, Karen Friedel, Patrick Murray and Matt Johnson
11th-12th Grade – Ben Jones, Mackenzie Hatfield, Kawaldeep Kaur and Andrew DeGraw
Blessed Be, Diane Melvin, Religious Education Director
RE Teacher Appreciation Reception
Sunday, April 29
Everyone is invited to stay after church for cookies and punch to help thank our religious education teachers for their service to our congregation this year!
Upcoming RE Dates and Activities
April 8th – Youth Group 12:30-2:30 All 9-12th graders are invited to participate
April 13-15 – High School Bridging Con Indianapolis
April 19 – Mindfulness Meditation Practice Session 6:15-7:30
April 22 – Earth Day Intergenerational Service featuring music and ritual with and by children and youth
April 29 – RE Teacher Appreciation Reception Cookies and Punch for all after church
May 5-6 – Coming of Age Retreat for all 8th and 9th graders