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Stained glass window at McWilliams

 

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Inside McWilliams church

 

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Exterior of McWilliams Church

 

Aerial view of McWilliams

An aerial view of McWilliams in the winter after the crops have been harvested.

 

The congregation attending a worship service while the sun shines through the stained glass windows on the East side of Osage church.

The sun shining through the stained glass windows during worship.

 

The front of Osage church on a cloudy day

Osage on a cloudy day

 

Here's an image of the Good Friday cross after church attendees have literally nailed their burdens to the cross.

On Good Friday, we nail our burdens to the cross.  It’s very powerful.

 

The churches have joint vacation bible school in the summer. Here is a classroom we had one year for 3 and 4-year olds.

The two churches have a joint vacation bible school during the summer.  Here’s a classroom we had one year.

 

The churches have joint vacation bible school in the summer. Here is a classroom set up Osage's basement.

Another vacation bible school classroom in the basement of Osage church.

 

The churches have joint vacation bible school in the summer. Here is a classroom set up in the fellowship hall.

A vacation bible school classroom in the fellowship hall.

 

The Sunday School Picnic is fun for the whole family. Here are some traditional treats we serve.

Traditional treats for the Sunday School Picnic.

 

This is from the annual Christmas Eve pageant starring the Sunday school children.

A living nativity scene from the annual Christmas Eve pageant starring the Sunday school children.

 

Christmas Eve pageant put on by the Sunday School children

The Christmas Eve pageant

 

Our float in the Otoe County Fair

Our float in the Otoe County Fair

 

The pie table at the annual ice cream social

The pie table at the annual ice cream social

 

The entire church supports our youth and promises to help raise the children in Christ from baptism through confirmation and beyond.

Our congregations support our youth to be raised in Christ from baptism through Confirmation and beyond.

 

On Good Friday, we have a tradition of nailing our burdens to the cross. Each person is given a slip of paper to write on and nail to the cross. Afterwards, the slips are disposed of without being read. It's very powerful.

Here’s a before picture of the Good Friday cross.  After the congregation takes its burdens to the cross and leaves them there, literally nailing them to the cross, the church board disposes of them without reading them.

 

Osage in the morning

The Lord make His face shine upon you…

 

This is an aerial view of Osage Church, including the church and reception hall, parsonage, and cemetery surrounded by farmland.

An aerial view of Osage church, including the church, fellowship hall, parsonage, and cemetery, surrounded by farmland.

 

Children enjoying the Fall Festival, also known as the Sunday school picnic.

Children playing games at the Fall Festival.

 

Cookies and candy prepared for Fall Festival, also known as the Sunday school picnic.

Cookies and candy prepared for the Fall Festival (also known as the Sunday School Picnic.)

 

Caramel apples prepared with love for the Fall Festival, also known as the Sunday school picnic.

Caramel apples for the Fall Festival

 

An Easter tradition. During Lent, the cross is bare. On Easter morning, we adorn it with fresh flowers, a symbol that Christ lives.

An Easter tradition.  The cross is empty during Lent.  On Easter morning, we adorn it with fresh flowers, a symbol that Christ lives.