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JBER Vacation Bible School set to kick off July 30

Posted 7/12/2012   Updated 7/12/2012 Email story   Print story


Commentary by Air Force Chaplain (Maj.) Elbert Fadallan
JBER Chaplain

7/12/2012 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Most of us, if we have not done so already, are gearing up making plans for a much-needed vacation.

We can pick up the phone and, for a nominal fee, contact our travel agents for some needed advice or we could do the planning ourselves which may take some creativity and work.

Some of us will decide to stay in the local area and savor the exquisite beauty this Alaska paradise has to offer, while others will journey to the Lower 48.

No matter where you intend to spend your break, we all know there is much more planning involved than merely figuring out where to go.

One of the most important considerations is how much time and money we can afford to spend on a vacation.

In fact, much of the vacation planning we do is, and must be, predicated upon our economic or financial situation.

But what if you and your children could go on a five-day local vacation for free? Yes, it's free. Would you take it?

Would you jump at the opportunity of a lifetime?

Here's the good news - this year our chapel team is once again offering a program called Vacation Bible School.

Well, I admit, it's not a vacation in the real sense of the word.

But I still consider it vacation since it gives you, the parent, an opportunity to take a break from your everyday routine and engage in a wholesome program for your children.
This year's "vacation" is from July 30 to Aug. 3, at Chapel One.

Just like in years past this program is offered to all school age children kindergarten through sixth grade while older kids and parents can volunteer as activities guides and monitors, mentors, musicians, facilitators, and teacher aides.

Daily activities begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon. A lunch for participants and volunteers will be served on Friday, 3 Aug., to conclude the program.

The theme for this year's program is "Sky Is the Limit: Everything Is Possible with God."
Through the words of Mark, the evangelist, our teacher-catechists - expert travel agents and tour guides - will enthusiastically guide our children to visit places like Galilee, Jerusalem, Judea, Capernaum, Tyre and Sidon.

Through lessons, music, songs, arts, crafts, interactions and activities with other children, your "vacationers" will learn the value of hope, trust, compassion, faith and love - and have a lot of fun.

Though Vacation Bible School is Christian-based, the program is open to everyone - even to those who do not subscribe to any faith tradition.

Your chapel team believes we can provide your children with an excellent atmosphere to learn other values as well, such as resiliency, strength, and how to cope with their ever-changing situation due to an extended absence of their deployed fathers or mothers.
And the value of interacting with other children where they can celebrate together their shared and common experience as military kids is, indeed, priceless.

Truly, your chapel team is invested in contributing to the molding of your children to be Arctic Tough, Family Strong, and Mission Ready.

If you are ready to embark on a vacation' of a lifetime, welcome aboard.

Register your children and volunteer as vacation guides.

For more information, call 552-6480 or 552-6493.

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