7800 West County Road 42
Apple Valley, Minnesota

Vacation Bible School — June 12-16, 2017

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Worship takes a new, exciting twist on Sun., June 18, when the children of Grace share songs and messages from their week at “Maker Fun Factory.”  VBS worship is always a fun, energetic service with great music. Come, find out what the kids learned, and show them you support their program. The service begins at 9:30 a.m.

Over 160 3 year olds through 5th graders filled the building during VBS week. Thank you to our volunteers who included middle- and high-school youth, as well as adults of all ages. We even had adults who took time off from work to help.

A special “thank you” to our decorating team of Lisa Wolf and Julie Martin! These two have put in countless hours making the wonderful decorations; their creative ideas are truly amazing!

Did you know our cool decorations are passed on to other churches doing the same VBS later in the summer? We share expenses and talents with Grace United Methodist of Burnsville, Farmington Lutheran and Worldwide Lighthouse in Rosemount.

VBS Mission Project

Our mission project was wood burning stoves for Guatemala, where families cook their food over a pile of wood in their homes, creating smoke equivalent to smoking 4 packs of cigarettes daily. Our partner congregation in Santa Elena, and all of ILAG (Evangelical Church of Guatemala) is working to get safer stoves in homes.

They are called plancha stoves. These stoves use 70% less firewood, venting fumes out of the kitchen and saving a lot of money for people who have to buy firewood. The stoves are dramatically reducing the health problems and cutting down on the time families spend collecting firewood. This means more time in school and earning income, especially for women and girls. These stoves have the stability to greatly improve the quality of life for our friends in Guatemala. The cost of each stove is $150.

During VBS week families brought in monetary donations – anything from coins to checks. When they dropped coins in the pot on our “stove,” they got a small balloon to add to our water glass. This represented the clean water our friends in Guatemala can have when they are able to boil the water on their new stoves.