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Thoughts of Easter from Pastor Lori

During Sunday school this week, we reviewed Palm Sunday. Jared, a residential child, said with great confidence, "Palm Sunday is called that because the children were singing 'Hosanna' and high fiving each other!" Jared waved his open hand at me and we slapped palms together. While not historically accurate, Jared makes a good point. Palm Sunday was a celebration for King Jesus. The people wanted him to be a king who would meet their needs and take out their enemies. We know, that by the end of that Holy week, there were no high fives. Cheerful shouts of "Hosanna" turned to angry cries of "Crucify Him." They didn't understand the nature of the Kingdom of God. The people of Jerusalem so many years ago, were disappointed in Jesus. He seemed to be a victim, a fraud. But the open tomb declares, "He is risen!" Jesus has conquered so much more than our enemies; He has conquered sin and death. May we all experience the hope of Easter this season, and share it with others. Help someone who needs you. And go ahead, give them a high five too!

Get Ready Happy Campers!

As the school year comes to a close, our children dream about warm weather and summer fun. If you asked any of our students, they will tell you that the week we spend at East Bay Camp makes summer school worth it. At Lake Bloomington, our children join with kids from United Methodist churches to enjoy the great outdoors together. They form bonds that touch hearts and inspire healthy relationships. Camp gives Baby Fold children a joyful week free from the many challenges of their day to day lives. They  learn new skills, make new friends, and just have fun! If summer experiences like camp bring back happy memories for you, click here to help our children share the adventure.

Come Learn About Our Community Schools Program

Women to Women Giving Circle, of the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation will hold a Community Issues Forum on April 19 from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at the ISU Alumni Center, 1101 N. Main St. in Normal.  "Community Collaborations that SUCCEED" will feature The Baby Fold's highly successful program to help children and families at Fairview Elementary School. This service is made possible through partnership with Unit #5. Rebecca Kinsey is "imbedded" in the staff at Fairview and has had tremendous response to her efforts to connect students, families, and educators so that all students can reach their full potential.