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Neighbors Growing Together | Aug 21, 2018

Easter, grandchildren’s events keep Cheryl Bell busy traveling in southeastern Iowa

Apr 02, 2018

Burlington has become a suburb of Hillsboro for Cheryl Bell, of Hillsboro. With her son Mark and his family there, the travel back and forth has worn out the tires.

Journeys to Burlington have included watching her grandchildren Samuel and Clara Jo sing with the other children at Parkside Baptist Church on Palm Sunday. The children did many hand motions as they sang before Cheryl’s son Mark gave the children’s sermon on Jesus calling Lazarus forth from the grave. He asked for volunteers and as one boy stood very still, two others “wrapped” him mummy style in toilet tissue.

Mark had all the children say the words of Jesus, “Lazarus, come forth,” and then, had them remove the “grave clothes” to show that Lazarus was raised from the dead. After the children were dismissed to children’s church, Mark used the discarded tissue as an illustration during his sermon to the congregation.

Grandparent’s Day for Samuel’s class at Great River Christian School was on Thursday, March 29. Grama Cheryl and Grammy Nancy Tarbell, of Burlington, had fun with Samuel, each making a palm print flower picture, doing a crossword puzzle and listening to the children read in unison from their readers.

Before going to Samuel’s classroom, Cheryl visited the History Fair in the upper level of the school. The older students at Great River Christian School portrayed figures from history, from Naomi in the Old Testament and Jesus to George Washington, Martin Luther King, John F. Kennedy and Walt Disney. The children dressed in appropriate costumes.

A particularly interesting young man portrayed George Washington Carver, who developed over 300 products from the peanut. The student confided that he chose this character because he is allergic to peanuts.

After lunch, Cheryl and Samuel drove out to the Hillsboro house to pick up some things, then back to Burlington to Parkside Baptist Church for their Maundy Thursday service, where they saw a rendition of the Lord’s Supper. Thirteen men played the roles of Jesus and the disciples, each introducing the person they represented and giving some background information. The men dressed in modern day attire to show that things haven’t changed; we all need to be disciples today.

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