Some 160 children from Adel and surrounding areas spent the mornings of June 11-15 “Shipwrecked” at Faith Lutheran Church, 602 South 14th Street, Adel. As participants in the church’s annual Vacation Bible School (VBS), youngsters aged 4 years through 5th grade enjoyed music, skits, Bible stories, science experiments and take-home “gizmos”, games, video messages and themed treats while learning that Jesus rescues them from all kinds of life situations.


The students also gave back to some local rescuers, as their daily offerings went to assist the Adel Fire Department in its efforts to raise funds to purchase a UTV (utility task vehicle) and skid unit to assist with rescues on the bike trail and other hard-to-reach areas. Over the five days, the children accumulated a total of $1,137 for the project.


On Thursday evening, for the Church’s VBS Celebration, the Fire Department brought a fire truck to the church. Department personnel were on hand to share ice cream treats with those in attendance.


Held annually on the second full week of June, VBS is one of the signature outreach programs of Faith Lutheran Church. Many children come back year-after-year, beginning when they’re 4 and continuing until they “age out” at the end of 5th grade.


Feedback from parents included such comments as “kids loved VBS, which led our family to great discussion about faith and Jesus;” “Faith’s VBS is an awesome blessing to the community;” “Faith is not our church home, but I love how welcoming and community-minded they are!”


More than 60 volunteers assist with the effort in a variety of ways and planning begins in late fall or early January. This year’s co-directors were Linda Fuller and Lindsey Grife.