Good News Club

There is an exciting new opportunity for our youth in Thurmont! A Good News Club started in January at Thurmont Elementary School for children in grades 3-5. The Club, sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship, is a non-denominational club that features games, music, snacks, and Bible stories. The club gives children the opportunity to hear the Gospel of Jesus Christ and enjoy fellowship with other children. The club meets after school in the school cafeteria from 3:45 to 4:45pm every Tuesday, unless school is closed. Children must have a signed registration form as well as a weekly note to the school with permission to attend. As school ends at 3:10pm, there is supervised recreation from 3:10 to 3:45pm. Parents pick up children at the cafeteria doors at the end of the club.

As you know, there has been a Christian Club at Thurmont Middle School for awhile. A group of parents decided it was time to start something a little earlier. Because the Good News Club (under the Child Evangelism Fellowship organization) is an established entity, this made obtaining a meeting time at the school more easily. There are currently six schools in Frederick County hosting Good News Clubs. The Team Leaders are all volunteer parents/grandparents. All leaders attended a required training and had a background check before starting. Parents are welcome to attend any club meetings! For more information or to obtain a registration form, please contact any of the Thurmont Team Leaders: Jan Jones (, Davada Irons (, Sherri Eichelberger ( or Kari Tuttle (

We would like to ask the church to pray for this club. Our first meeting had 23 children in attendance, including several from TUMC! We ask that you pray for this outreach to our younger community. We pray that children will come to know Jesus, if they don’t already, and that they may grow in their faith and relationship to Christ and other believers. We ask that you pray for our Team Leaders as well as continued cooperation from the school. We thank you in advance for your prayers! Additionally, there are some curriculum and operating costs associated with the Club. If anyone feels led to donate to this outreach, please contact one of the Team Leaders. We look forward to seeing what God has in store for the children of Thurmont!

Davada Irons

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Youth Group

A message from the Youth Group Leader:

Hello Church Family,

Fall is among us.  It is my favorite season of the year.  How about you?  God’s beautiful colors and creation are all around us!  Go out and enjoy the beauty, you will not be sorry.  The Youth Group just went on a Spiritual hike in the Mountains from Camp Airy to Thurmont Vista and back followed by a lunch. WOW is all I can say.  It was a small group, but we had excellent weather and God’s beauty was breathtaking.  Special Thanks to Lay Leader Tim Olsen for his leadership and spiritual guidance in this event.

Gospel of John update: Who is Jesus?  Jesus is the Word, the True Light, God in the flesh, full of grace and the truth!   The Youth Group are well on their journey studying the entire Gospel of John and I feel it is going very well.  I encourage your children to attend routinely so they can follow along as we work together studying the Gospel of John.  If they didn’t have time to complete the work, it’s okay we still want them to attend because we will go over it in class.  Every little nugget they receive is better than none!  Again, like I said before we will take it slow and have reviews as needed to ensure we cover the material.  There is no timeline for completion, we will get done when we get done.  There will also be one break a month for special guests, special faith-based events and service work projects.  PARENTS please make sure the youth remember to bring their material for class.

GOD and LIFE program update:  This program has finished, and we have three (3) young adults that have successfully completed the program.  A brief presentation will occur sometime in November/December prior to the 1030 service to acknowledge the graduates on their achievements and present them with certificates and award pins.

GOD and CHURCH program updateThis program started for grades 6 thru 8 on Oct 7th and we are under full swing with two (2) weeks completed.  We have three (3) enthusiastic youth participating in this program.

The development to enrich our young adult’s faith, help develop and/or excel team skills and make new friendships is the goal of me and my wife.  Catch all the updates on the Youth Group bulletin board.  Additional pictures will be posted from recent events shortly.

Upcoming Events!!

October 26th – Fall clean-up day.  8am to 4pm.

November 2nd – Halloween party.  630pm to 930pm.

November 8th and 9th – Camping trip with Scouts in Walkersville.

December 8th – Christmas caroling               


Remember to be safe and keep God first in everything you do!  To God be the Glory!                              In Christian Love, Chuck Clarke

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