LVCNS “First Friends Program” Now Enrolling

Is your child going to be 2 1/2 to 3 years old in January? Long Valley Christian Nursery School is opening a new section of our popular First Friends Program on January 4th. This one day a week, drop-off class is the perfect introduction to a school environment. It will help toddlers begin to separate from caregivers, as well as allow them to have fun with friends while taking part in “school” activities. Call today for information and a tour of our school. Registration form and information are attached.


“Coffee Hour Craft” Mission Project This Sunday

The Sunday schoolers will team up to make candy bags on Sunday, November 19th after Sunday school during coffee hour in Fields Hall. Kids will make candy bags and cards to go in our College Connection care packages which will be packed on Sunday, November 26th. (We’ll take your left-over Halloween candy!) So parents, take a few minutes to have a cup of coffee while your kids connect with our far-flung college students!


Congregational dinner and “Mentor Night”

Everyone is invited to gather in Faith Hall next Wednesday, November 15th at 6:00 pm for a delicious meal prepared by the “Kitchen Cuties”. Following the meal, our confirmation students will have an opportunity for conversation with their appointed mentors. At the same time as the confirmation conversations, those who remain in Faith Hall will receive a presentation of highlights of the congregational survey by our Transition Team. So come and enjoy food fellowship and information!  A “free will offering” will be taken for the meal with any profits going to the Sr. High Youth as they prepare for their trip to the 2018 ELCA Youth Gathering in Houston, Texas.


Operation Christmas Child Shoe Box Update

We appreciate all that participated in packing 62 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child this past Saturday and again Sunday morning! The children enjoyed filling the boxes with unique items and necessities, and crafting prayer boxes and cards to personalize each gift for a child in need somewhere in the world. (Last year our boxes went to Ecuador!) We are still requesting donations to cover the shipping. Each box costs Samaritan’s Purse $9 to ship, and it would be a blessing to send our boxes fully-funded. Shipping envelopes are located in the Narthex.
We will be working on the remaining boxes Thursday afternoon in the Splash Room from 3:00pm to 5:00pm if anyone wants to join us. You may still pack your own boxes and bring them in to the church by Sunday, November 12th in time for them to be delivered during National Collection Week, November 13th to November 20th. (We do have boxes and extra hygiene wraps available). Note: boxes cannot contain toothpaste or candy this year. Toothpaste we have collected will be donated to LVCAP food pantry). All boxes will be blessed in church during the 9:15 Children’s Sermon this Sunday. For more information, contact Laura Hamilton at [email protected] or in the church office.



LVCNS is hosting an “Art and Dine” fundraiser.  Please see the  flyer in the Narthexand bring it to one of the 3 participating restaurants on October 23rd and/or October 24th. The restaurants will give back 10% of your check to our school! Enjoy the children’s beautiful artwork and a night off from cooking!



Confirmation instruction will continue after school at 3:40 pm Wednesday, October 18th. Our topic of conversation  is: Getting to Know the Gospels. If you would like to sign up to be the “second adult” during the confirmation classes, or can volunteer  to bring snacks, the sign-up sheet is located on the Education Board in Fields Hall, or email Pastor Dan at [email protected]. We would especially appreciate a few mentors as volunteers!  We still need the kids to sign-up for worship assistants slots, so parents please stop in at pick-up, and bring your calendar. All students will be assigned to serve in worship, so now is your chance to select your dates.


Fall Fest and Zion Rocks

The LVCNS Fall Fest this past Tuesday was a great success! The weather was beautiful and the crowd was big!  Thanks to all the Zion folks who helped make the day special for the kids. The kids enjoyed painting rocks for our Kindness Rocks project “Zion Rocks”.  Some of the beautiful rocks painted for VBS 2.0 will live in the LVCNS garden—check them out!  Those that the kids painted during Fall Fest will be scattered throughout the town. If you are about town and turn a painted rock over and see #zionrocks, be sure to take a picture to post to our Facebook page,  “#zionrocks”!  Be sure you tell all of your friends to be on the lookout for Zion’s Rocks and let’s see how far Zion kindness spreads! Look for more information at the

ZionRocks Facebook page and in the upcoming November LVL newsletter.


Fall College Connection Care Packages

Kerri Bataille will be organizing the College Connection Care packages this year. Please forward any address changes you have for your students toKerri Bataille at [email protected]. You can also fill out the form in the Narthex and drop it in the collection plate or in Laura Hamilton’s box in the Parish Center. We don’t want anyone to miss out on the legendary Zion care package! Also, if you are able to sponsor the mailing costs with a Thrivent Action Team grant, please let Kerri know. Thank you!