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Notes From Arbela United Methodist Church


Population in the little village of Arbela MO tripled for the three evenings of July 25, 26, 27, 2018,  from 5:30 ’til 8:00 p.m., when the Arbela United Methodist Church hill was covered with young (some not so young) worshippers.  Vacation Bible School was held on these very warm evenings….but that didn’t dampen the “spirit” of those in attendance.

Galations 5:22-23 was the theme for this exciting three-day event.  Thirty-three children and twenty-two adults shared in teaching/learning  of the nine “fruit of the spirit.”  Puppet lessons, videos, food,  crafts and games all carried out the theme.  The organizer of the event was more than excited to have Lori Kiehl, our own Mark Twain District  Lay Leader, in attendance.  She offered some outstanding leadership.  Three evenings were deemed to have passed too soon!

For offering, each one in attendance was asked to bring a canned fruit for the Scotland County Ministerial Food Pantry and a favorite family fruit recipe or two.  This collection of recipes (approximately 80)  was turned into a VBS Cookbook for each family to take home.  Forty-eight cookbooks have been distributed.  Estimated fruit donation came to $85 and was delivered to the Food Pantry.  VBS is always a time to remember at the Arbela UMC!

Vacation Bible School was carried over to the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis MO  for an hour on Thursday evening,  August 9, when several members of the Arbela UMC presented a mini version of the study of  the “Fruit of the Spirit.”  Recipe Sampler booklets were made to give each of the residents in attendance – mini cookbooks shared from recipes submitted for the VBS Cookbook.  A “spirited” time was had by all, especially the residents when they each had a small package of gummy candy fruits to enjoy!