WEST LAFAYETTE -- Ants the size of kittens rode on the First Baptist Church Float for the West Lafayette Homecoming Parade. Children blowing bubbles, opossums hanging from the tree and adults enjoying a picnic found them receiving First Place in the Senior Division with Picnic in the Park With God's Creation as their theme. Ambitious walkers distributed candy and fliers inviting children to DVBS and Awana while Pastor Jim Evans and others waved to the crowd.

Daily Vacation Bible School was held last week with a huge castle built in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church of West Lafayette. The theme was "Over the Moat." Children had to cross the draw bridge to hear the Bible lesson each night. It was well attended and the children collected money to buy a goat for Samaritan's Purse Ministry.

Wednesday, Sept. 6, at the First Baptist Church of West Lafayette will be the first Awana Club night with NO KIDS! This will be a dry run with AWANA Missionary, Ken Cogley leading the group. Ken will walk the people through small groups, large groups and game time. Everyone is encouraged to come out and see how AWANA works. This year will be an all-new approach to AWANA.

No regular evening service at First Baptist Church in West Lafayette on Wednesday, Sept. 6.

Sunday, Sept. 10 -- Welcome to AWANA - Family Kickoff for the new season. We will enjoy games, food (hot dogs, chips, pop, cookies) and a family movie. Parents will be given a tour of the building and introduced to the AWANA Staff and church family. No regular evening service. Everyone is encouraged to be a part of this new adventure at First Baptist Church, 688 E. Main St., West Lafayette.

To all who know Pastor Don Silverthorne: He, along with his twin sister, will be 85 on Aug. 20. Flood his mailbox with cards at 780 Cross Street, Newcomerstown, Ohio 43832.