We are excited to announce that Jenny Schuth has agreed to serve as the Children’s Ministry Director at Lafayette. Jenny will work with a team to minister to our children and their families. Jenny has attended Lafayette since 2018 and is very active in the young adult ministry. She graduated from Harding University in 2016 with a degree in general studies and in 2018 with a masters in teaching. She currently teaches sixth grade at Premier Charter School in St. Louis. If you have something to offer in the area of children’s ministry (teaching, planning, organizing, and more), please let Jenny know you are willing to get to work!
As we continue to “reopen” there are many parts moving all at once. Pre-pandemic it was decided that the houses on the southwest side of the property were no longer viable for sustained use as an office building and teen house. Repairs to the foundations and structures were not cost-effective.
The closing of the preschool in early 2020 allowed for the consolidation of some of the space. All of the office and EPICenter equipment, furniture, files, and supplies had to be moved to the main building. Currently, the classrooms on the east hall (Education Hall) house most of the materials brought over and have served as temporary office space for our staff and administrative volunteers (Joe Johnson and Felicia Smith).
Recently, a team of Lafayette volunteers headed up an effort to update some of the classrooms on the south hall (Admin Hall) in the old part of the building that once housed the preschool (see picture below). Thanks to Eli Andrews, Jim Atkinson, Bob Copeland, Herb Crown, Mike Harris, and Jim Zeller for helping with the Admin Hall makeover! This will allow Kyle and Mike to vacate their current temporary storage/office rooms in the Education Hall. The office equipment, food pantry, and other items currently being stored in classroom spaces will also soon be moved to the Admin Hall as we move toward opening classes sometime in the fall. The new conference room is also located in that hallway.
We will continue to keep you updated on improvements and changes coming our way. If you have a specific question, it may be that others are wondering the same thing. Please send your question to email@example.com. Kyle and Mike both monitor that address and will do their best to find the answer and respond either directly or in a public forum so we all can move forward together.
Last week Lafayette members made up the majority of staff at Camp Neotez for Middle School Week. Sixteen people filled roles that included cooks, counselors, dishwashers, Bible teachers, and more. Thanks to everyone who gave their time and energy to serve and bless others at camp!
(Pictured from top left) – Garrett Bender, Hayden deSambourg, Isaac Aston, Colby Genry, Michael Rhoades, Kyra Rhoades, Wells Wimberley, Kara Limburg, Nate Reiser, Nick Reiser, Lizzy Smith, Amy Reiser, Katherine Limburg, Grace deSambourg, and Jenny Schuth