Courtney Orvalla spent part of Monday afternoon putting the finishing touches on about 60 bags of dried soup mix, which had been compiled and decorated by Vacation Bible School students of The Journey at First Baptist Church. The church will donate the food bags to the local nonprofit, Love In the Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley.

Photo by Nicole Inglis

Courtney Orvalla spent part of Monday afternoon putting the finishing touches on about 60 bags of dried soup mix, which had been compiled and decorated by Vacation Bible School students of The Journey at First Baptist Church. The church will donate the food bags to the local nonprofit, Love In the Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley.

Vacation Bible School students assist Love INC with food donation

Vacation Bible School going on now:

A nondenominational Vacation Bible School is going on this week at St. Michael Catholic Church, First Congregational Church of Christ and Friendship United Methodist Church. The school is $10 per child/$25 per household for the week and runs from 9 a.m. to noon.

Surrounded by painted murals, Courtney Orvalla and her brother, Robert, tied colored ribbons around brown paper bags Monday afternoon in the basement of The Journey at First Baptist.

The bags, containing dry soup, were designed by Vacation Bible School students, and there was a goal in mind for them.

They were being donated to Love In the Name of Christ of the Yampa Valley, a local nonprofit organization.

“A lot of (VBS students) were really understanding about it, they were really excited they got to help people out,” said Courtney, of the 70 to 80 children who participated in The Journey's VBS, which took place last week and was themed, "Sonrise National Park."

Students spent the week at The Journey's VBS strengthening their faith and focusing on helping others.

Throughout the week, children brought in different items to donate while participating in skits, games, snacks, music, crafts, and learning new topics each day.

The second day of VBS had the theme, "True Riches," which entailed children learning about Jesus and how he fed the hungry, reinforcing the lesson about how to provide for the community. It was during the craft portion of the camp students made the bags with dry soup.

The bags were personalized with messages such as “Hope this helps,” “Have a bowl of yummy soup,” “I love God and Jesus,” and an array of Bible verses.

“Love INC is an outreach for the community, and if you’re certainly in need of something, you can go talk to them,” said Darcy Orvalla, a church youth group leader and one of the organizers and hosts of The Journey's VBS.

Len Browning, pastor at The Journey at First Baptist, agreed about Love INC's importance to people in the community.

“I think Love INC is a great organization to help people who need help," he said.

About 60 bags were collected total, and piles of clothes, canned food, backpacks and more are waiting to be delivered to Love INC. “This was the mission,” Darcy said. “We told kids we would help show what Love INC means."

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