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safe gatherings“Safe Gatherings” is the Conference’s new training and background checking for those who work with children, youth and vulnerable adults. So, those who teach Sunday school, VBS, visit shut-ins, work with children/youth need to have this training. It comes in three parts. The first step is to register at safegatherings.com. Registering will initiate the background checks and references requirement. There is a fee which of the conference will pay part and the church will reimburse you for any excess. The second step is a relatively painless computer training program we do individually at our own pace. The safe gatherings webpage will lead you into this training. The third step is an interactive session you can either do in person or at a webinar. Go to   https://riotexas.org/safe for times and places. We might just schedule a training at one of our close churches and go as a group.  “Safe Gatherings” will be required beginning right after Annual Conference (July 1), but it sure makes a bunch of sense to just go ahead and get it done now.

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Why should the kids have all the fun? We will have an adult version of “Shipwrecked: Rescued by Jesus Vacation Bible School” as a four-part Small Group Bible Study at First United Methodist, Luling in our Fellowship Hall beginning on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. We will start with a light meal and then have some study and some fun. Pastor Bill Knobles will lead the study. All are welcome! And please note that we will host the kid’s version which begins July 16 through the 20th. Let’s get ready for a great Vacation Bible School!

 

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                                              Easter Morning Celebration!