Celebrating Lori and Welcoming Amy

Our First Kids Preschool is an incredibly important ministry of our congregation. Last month, it was announced that Lori Handzel was resigning as our First Kids preschool director, effective July 31, 2020.   Under Lori’s leadership, our preschool program has thrived. We are grateful to Lori for her six years of service as our director and are supporting her as she now seeks an elementary school teaching position.

We invite you to join us in thanking Lori for her dedicated service with First Kids Preschool. There will be a celebration for Lori on Wednesday, July 29 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Beverly Park with the appropriate practices in place to reduce risks and keep us all healthy. Please join us in celebrating Lori’s work with us as she now begins a new chapter in her professional life.

We are pleased to announce that Amy Allen will be the new director of our Kids First Preschool. Amy has been in the early childhood field professionally for 27 years, ten years of which has been in administration. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from Wayne State University and a Master of Education in Early Childhood Education from Oakland University. Most recently, Amy was employed by the Utica Community Schools, where she coordinated childcare programs, including planning for how such programs might operate safely during the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Amy’s first day with us was on July 16, 2020. Lori and Amy will be working together through the end of this month, with Lori’s last day being July 31, 2010.  I invite you to join me in holding Lori, Amy, and the children of our preschool and their families in prayer during this time of transition.


Pastor Elbert