Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Parent Connection February 20

My Savings Bond
          When our children were small, we tried to put away their PFDs for educational uses. Some years we put them into certificates of deposit, other years Savings bonds seemed like better deals for them. In either case, our children had money set aside for their use at a time in the future. Until they were used, these accounts continued to earn value, or interest.
          There is a “savings bond in God’s filing cabinet with my name on it. It was placed there when Jesus died and rose again. My name was put on that savings bond when the Holy Spirit created faith in my heart when I was baptized. It promises me an inheritance that nothing can ever wipe out.
          I Peter 1:3-4 “In his great mercy, God has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil, or fade – kept in heaven for you.”
          This inheritance is completely God’s gift to me. Just as we gave our children those savings bonds, so God has gifted me with something far more precious: I’m going to live in heaven with Him forever! My inheritance is certain because my Savior has paid for it completely. His blood covered the cost of my sins. His resurrection is the guarantee that my sins are forgiven, that my death is conquered, and that his heaven is opened to me. The day is coming when I will cash in that savings bond and I will have everything I need forever. All praise to God!

Volleyball Practice and Games
          Volleyball players will practice tonight and Thursday. The Tournament will be played at Lumen Christi, however, we do not have game times yet. 


Midweek Lenten Services
We are continuing our Wednesday Lenten Services this week.  Parents are encouraged to join their Faith Lutheran School students at 3:00pm to hear about “Jesus, Our Great High Priest.”  This service will last a little more than half an hour.  Students will be dismissed for the day at the end of the service.
Faith Lutheran Volleyball team has a tournament this Friday and Saturday.  To show our support for our players, we are dressing up on the following days:
 Wednesday 2/21 – Neon Day
 Thursday 2/22 – Team USA Olympics Day
 Friday 2/23 – Husky Day (Teal and Gold)

Hot Lunch
          Hot lunch will be served on Thursday, Feb. 22nd. The menu includes grilled cheese sandwich, tomato or chicken soup, fresh fruit, and dessert. The cost is $4/person. Payment is only by cash or check made out to PTF Faith Lutheran.  Permission slips need to be returned by Wednesday, Feb. 21st.  Parents are welcome to join their students for lunch. 

Chicken Fundraiser Dinner
It’s finally here!  Please join us Friday, February 23rd, when PTF will host a delicious Chicken Fundraiser Dinner to fund our new basketball goals.  It will begin at 6:00pm and will be a free will donation.  The menu will be chicken with sides of pasta, fresh vegetables, Olive Garden Salad and breadsticks.  We will have dessert and drinks as well.
We look forward to seeing you there for fellowship and a great meal.
  
Box Tops
          Please bring all Box Tops you have collected to school and place them in the collection box or give to your teacher.  The deadline for us to send them in is this Friday, February 23rd.

Health Fair

          Faith Lutheran Church and School is sponsoring a Health Fair Saturday, March 3rd from 8:00am-12:00pm to bring free health education, health screenings, and affordable blood tests to our community.  Alaska Health Fair Inc. will provide the majority of materials, supplies, medical volunteers, and other support but we need volunteers to help set up and take down, to help during the fair, and to donate food.  Setup begins on Friday afternoon March 2nd.  A list of food items needed and a signup sheet is posted in the Fellowship Hall or you can sign up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/904054ba5a72ba57-101516.  Contact Gabby gby279@yahoo.com for more information.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Parent Connection February 13

Where Do You Put Your Trust?
          Is it just me or have you noticed how sensationalized the news media have become? It seems to me that no matter what they are reporting about it gets blown all out of proportion. If there seems to be an upturn in crime, it is unprecedented, worse than ever before. If the population is being hit by the flu, or the mumps, or whatever it might be, it is almost an epidemic, or pandemic!
Then there is the weather! Before I woke up yesterday, the school district had called off school in Anchorage, UAA had cancelled classes for the day, the military bases had a delayed workday, and I heard that conditions were worse than ever before. I drove around for twenty minutes, through some subdivisions and on main roads. The snow and freezing rain predicted during the previous night hadn’t materialized anywhere that I had driven. All I could think of was that the storm hadn’t arrived yet and conditions during the day were going to deteriorate. So, I followed the crowd and called off school for the day.
The prognosticators of this world will let us down because they are not in control of all things. Paul reminds Timothy, and us, about the safe place where we can anchor our faith and life: “Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with Him, we will also live with Him; if we endure, we will also reign with Him; if we disown Him, He will also disown us; if we are faithless, He will remain faithful, for He cannot disown Himself.”

Spelling Bee
          Congratulations to Elijah E. for winning the K-2 Spelling Bee and to Emma R. for winning the 3-8 Spelling Bee. 

Volleyball Practice and Games
          Volleyball players will practice tonight, but there will be no games this week.
Next week’s schedule includes practice on Tuesday and Thursday and tournament games on Friday and Saturday. Unfortunately, we have not been assigned game times yet.

Christians Forward-Southeast Asia
Anne Press, the executive director of CF-SA, will be with us tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. She will be presenting information about her work with this medical mission. This group is our mission project for this portion of the school year. Parents are welcomed, and encouraged, to join us for this presentation. We will meet in the church for this presentation.

Midweek Lenten Services
          As we begin our journey together towards the cross of Christ, we commemorate Ash Wednesday, February 14th, with a service of imposition of ashes at 3:00pm for our children and parents of Faith Lutheran School.  The service will last a little more than half an hour.  Students will be dismissed for the day at the end of the service.  Please pick up your students through the main church entrance instead of the school entrance.

Hand Chimes Choir
          We will play one song during tomorrow’s 3:00pm Ash Wednesday service.

No School Reminder
All FLS teachers will be attending the Pacific Northwest District’s Teacher’s Conference this Thursday and Friday.  There will also be no school on Monday, February 19th.
          There is aftercare available for K-8 grades after school on Wednesday, however, Preschool will not have aftercare available due to the teachers’ flight times. 

Junior Choir
          We will NOT be singing this Sunday, February 18th at Shephard of the Hills Church.

YMCA Visits
          The first day back from a long weekend can be very hectic.  Grades K-8th will continue their visits to the YMCA on Tuesday, February 20th.  Don’t forget your child’s swimming attire (K-4) or gym shoes (5-8).

Spirit Week
Next week, Wednesday through Friday, we will ditch the uniforms and dress in theme to cheer on our volleyball team before their tournament!  Look for the daily themes in your Parent Connection next Tuesday. 

Chicken Fundraiser Dinner
Next Friday, February 23rd, PTF will host a Chicken Fundraiser Dinner to fund our new basketball goals.  It will begin at 6:00pm and will be a free will donation.  The menu will be chicken with sides of pasta, fresh vegetables, Olive Garden Salad and breadsticks.  We will have dessert and drinks as well.
We look forward to seeing you there for fellowship and a great meal.

Health Fair
          Faith Lutheran Church and School is sponsoring a Health Fair Saturday, March 3rd from 8:00am-12:00pm to bring free health education, health screenings, and affordable blood tests to our community. 
Alaska Health Fair Inc. will provide the majority of materials, supplies, medical volunteers, and other support but we need volunteers to help set up and take down, to help during the fair, and to donate food.  Setup begins on Friday afternoon March 2nd.  A list of food items needed and a signup sheet is posted in the Fellowship Hall or you can visit SignUpGenius at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/904054ba5a72ba57-101516.  Contact Gabby gby279@yahoo.com for more information.

February Birthdays
God’s blessings on your birthday and throughout the year.
Sean T. – February 28


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Parent Connection February 5

Oh, For A Faith!
          People are often heard to say things like, “If only I had a faith such as that!”  But in our admiration of another Christian’s faith, we dare not overlook the fact that we have been greatly blessed by God. We, too, are a part of God’s family. As Luther reminds us, “Jesus did not only die for Peter and Paul, but also for you.” In Ephesians 1:13, we are told, “You also were included in Christ when you heard the Word of truth, the Gospel of your salvation.”
          What an honor it is to be numbered along with the great men and women of faith in the Bible. At your Baptism, God made a covenant with you alone. Jesus was born, suffered, died, and rose again for you as an individual. Certainly, God’s plan was accomplished for the salvation of all humans, but He reached down to each of us personally to save each of us personally. God’s peace is given to each of us to comfort in time of sorrow, to strengthen in time of struggle with sin, and to cheer us with His ever present love in every situation of life. May God’s peace ever live in your heart and cause you to overflow with joy!
          We may admire other Christians and look up to the Bible’s heroes and heroines of faith. But let us not forget that we have the same Savior and the same word of truth and the same faith for our salvation.  

YMCA Visits
          Grades K-8th will be visiting the YMCA tomorrow, February 6th and every following Tuesday through March 6thThere has been a change in the cost from what was sent home on the permission slips.  Each child will be charged $5 per visit.  You will see the fees added to your TADS account after March 6th.

Volleyball Practice and Games
          Volleyball players will practice Tuesday and Thursday this week.  Friday’s game is in Wasilla at Valley Baptist Tabernacle, 1600 N Double B St, Palmer, AK.
          Next week there will only be practice on Tuesday due to the short school week.

PTF Meeting
          We invite all parents and friends to join us this Wednesday night, February 7th at 6:00pm.  Topics for discussion include plans for the chicken dinner fundraiser, for the health fair, and for events during the remainder of the school year. 

Field Trip
Kindergarten through 8th grade will go to the Discovery Theatre for a performance of “Anatomy of the Piano” at 10:00 am Thursday, February 8th. 
We will be using a bus to transport children, therefore, we do not need drivers or chaperones.  Thank you to all who volunteered.

Spelling Bee
          We will have our Faith Lutheran Spelling Bee for grades 3-8 on Thursday, February 8th at 1:15pm.  Family and friends are welcome and encouraged to join us. 

“Mission of Love” Fundraiser
The Central Africa Medical Mission (CAMM) has helped thousands in Zambia and Malawi. This Sunday, February 11th, the Faith congregation will support CAMM with a free-will donation breakfast prior to Bible study and Sunday school.  Contact Joy Bromaghin at 336-6186 for more information.

Junior Choir
          Junior Choir will be singing during the 10:30am services on February 11th at Faith Lutheran Church.  Please be here by 10:10am.
          There has been a schedule change.  We will NOT be singing at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church on February 18.    

Mission Presentation
          On Wednesday, February 14th, Anne Press, director of the Medical Mission to Southeast Asia, will be here to tell us about the work being carried out in that area of the world.  Her presentation will be in the sanctuary at 10:30A.M.  All of you are invited to join us.

Chicken Fundraiser Dinner
On Friday, February 23rd, PTF will host a Chicken Fundraiser Dinner to fund our new basketball goals.  It will begin at 6:00pm and will be a free will donation.  The menu will be chicken with sides of pasta, fresh vegetables, Olive Garden Salad and breadsticks.  We will have dessert and drinks as well.
We look forward to seeing you there for fellowship and a great meal.

 No School
          All FLS teachers will be attending the Pacific Northwest District’s Teacher’s Conference on Thursday, February 15th and Friday, February 16th.  There will also be no school on Monday, February 19th.  Happy Five-Day Weekend!!

Tardiness/Absences
Classes start promptly at 8:30.  Students who miss the start of the school day often feel rushed and can become unfocused and stressed for the day.  Please make every effort to have your student to school on time.  This means adequate planning, especially on days with inclement weather.
If your child will be absent from school, contact the school before 8:30.  Please make every effort to collect your child’s assignments on that day so the missed assignments may be completed at home.
For planned early dismissals and absences, send a written note in advance of the absence.  Children often forget to inform their teachers or do not remember the details. 
Please make school as important to your child as work is important to you, even in the primary grades.  Tardiness and absences though sometimes necessary, are frustrating and stressful to students, teachers, and the classroom as a whole.  Frivolous excuses for tardiness and absences can teach children their educational responsibilities aren’t important and can be detrimental to the value they place on education in the future.  Please act in the best interest of your child in this regard.

February Birthdays
God’s blessings on your birthday and throughout the year.
Olivia Z. – February 6
Elijah E. – February 10

Sean T. – February 28

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Parent Connection January 29

It Always Seems to Happen on One of the Coldest Days of the Year
          If there is going to be a day when one of the cars belonging to someone in my household is going to need some sort of attention, it is going to happen on a day that is the coldest we have had in a while. Such was the case on Saturday.  My daughter told me that her car didn’t start on Friday morning. She was certain that it was not the battery because everything worked on the car except it wouldn’t turn over.  I thought to myself that if it were something more than a battery, it was not going to be fixed on Saturday.  It turned out to be a battery problem, it had reached the five year mark in its life and would no longer hold a charge. The cold weather just hastened the inevitable demise of the battery. A dead battery does nothing to start our cars.
          In our lives, our engines are dead from the beginning, and we have nothing to get us started in our life with God. God needs to act upon us to start that life within us. Through His Word and Spirit, He installs faith in our hearts to believe the promises He makes to us. Through this faith, He gives us the ability to work for Him and produce works that honor Him. This battery of faith needs to be regularly recharged and maintained through the application of the Word and Sacrament throughout our life here on earth. Unlike the battery in our cars, our faith battery doesn’t have a warranty that runs out just when you most need it. It will take you all the way to eternity.

Bible Information Class
          A child’s Christian education is only as good as the cooperation between parents and teachers.  To this end, we feel strongly that all parents need to hear our fundamental beliefs and understand the basic doctrines that all of our school children are taught.  Therefore, we invite parents of school children to attend Pastor Ewing’s “Making Life Better Class” that continues tonight, January 29.
This class is an extensive review of the basic doctrines taught in the Bible and, therefore, in this school.  Parents who complete the class will receive a $500 discount on their child’s tuition for each of three years after completing the class.

The Dome
Preschool and FLS students will be going to the Dome tomorrow, January 30th from 10:00-12:00 pm. Students are not allowed to wear shorts, however, they may wear athletic pants or sweat pants.  Please bring sneakers to play on the field, and car seats if your student needs to be in one.
If you have volunteered to help, please be at the school by 9:30 a.m.

Library Visit
The Kindergarten and 5th-8th grade classes will be visiting the library this Friday, February 2nd.  If you have any questions, please speak with your student’s teacher.

Volleyball Games
The volleyball team will play games again at Lumen Christi on February 2nd from 4:00 – 8:00pm.

Underwater Adventure
          Toddlers to 10 year olds and their parents are invited to an underwater adventure Saturday, February 3rd, from 10:00 to noon. Come enjoy crafts, activities, snacks and a devotion all focused on the wonderful world God created underwater.
Please contact Melissa Mittelstadt at FaithLutheranPreschoolAK@gmail.com for more information or to help with the event.

Junior Choir
Junior choir will be singing during the 10:30 am services on February 4th at Peace Lutheran Church in Eagle River.  If you will be riding there with Mrs. Gillespie, please meet in Faith’s parking lot by 9:40 am.  Otherwise, please be at Peace by 10:10am. 

PTF Meeting
          We invite all parents and friends to join us at our next meeting on Wednesday, February 7th at 6:00pm.  Topics for discussion include plans for the chicken dinner fundraiser, for the health fair, and for events during the remainder of the school year. 

Mission Presentation
          On Wednesday, February 14th, Anne Press, director of the Medical Mission to Southeast Asia, will be here to tell us about the work being carried out in that area of the world.  Her presentation will be in the sanctuary at 10:30A.M.  All of you are invited to join us.

Chicken Fundraiser Dinner
On Friday, February 23rd, PTF will host a Chicken Fundraiser Dinner to fund our new basketball goals.  It will begin at 6:00pm and will be a free will donation.  The menu will be chicken with sides of pasta, fresh vegetables, Olive Garden Salad and breadsticks.  We will have dessert and drinks as well.
We look forward to seeing you there for fellowship and a great meal.

Tardiness/Absences
Classes start promptly at 8:30.  Students who miss the start of the school day often feel rushed and can become unfocused and stressed for the day.  Please make every effort to have your student to school on time.  This means adequate planning, especially on days with inclement weather.
If your child will be absent from school, contact the school before 8:30.  Please make every effort to collect your child’s assignments on that day so the missed assignments may be completed at home.
For planned early dismissals and absences, send a written note in advance of the absence.  Children often forget to inform their teachers or do not remember the details. 
Please make school as important to your child as work is important to you, even in the primary grades.  Tardiness and absences though sometimes necessary, are frustrating and stressful to students, teachers, and the classroom as a whole.  Frivolous excuses for tardiness and absences can teach children their educational responsibilities aren’t important and can be detrimental to the value they place on education in the future.  Please act in the best interest of your child in this regard.

February Birthdays
God’s blessings on your birthday and throughout the year.
Olivia Z. – February 6
Elijah E. – February 10
Sean T. – February 28


Monday, January 22, 2018

Parent Connection January 22

Do I Know How to Pray?
          “Of course!” I might answer. “I’ve been praying since I sat on my mother’s lap.” But what is prayer?
          Prayer is a blessed privilege God gives only to his believers. Only his dear children have been told to pray. He invites us, His dear children, to crawl up into His lap in prayer.  Sometimes we don’t even know what we need to pray about and we just crawl up there and weep on His shoulder. We find comfort as He wraps His arms around us and reassures us that He has everything under His control.
          Now certainly, none of us deserve any of the things for which we ask from our God.  I’ll do well to remember that I am a beggar at God’s door. Only with Jesus at my side dare I knock at the heavenly Father’s door. When He answers the door, Jesus will tell the Father to answer this prayer, not because of me, the sinner, but because of Him, the Savior. Because of Jesus, I can go boldly to the Father.  Yet, I will go humbly into His presence with thanksgiving for giving me Jesus to carry my sins and pay for them, giving me the opportunity to come to my heavenly Father.
          Lord, teach us to pray humbly relying on your love for me in Jesus. Amen.

Bible Information Class
          A child’s Christian education is only as good as the cooperation between parents and teachers.  To this end, we feel strongly that all parents need to hear our fundamental beliefs and understand the basic doctrines that all of our school children are taught.  Therefore, we invite parents of school children to attend Pastor Ewings’ “Making Life Better Class” that begins tonight, January 22. 

This class is an extensive review of the basic doctrines taught in the Bible and, therefore, in this school.
Parents who complete the class will receive a $500 discount on their child’s tuition for each of three years after completing the class.


Volleyball Practice
          We will only have volleyball practice on Tuesday this week from 4:00pm – 5:30pm due to the game change to Thursday.

Volleyball Games
Our Friday game has been moved to Thursday, January 25th instead.
The following games will be played at Lumen Christi, 4:00 – 8:00pm.
          January 25th
          February 2nd
February 23rd – 24th Tournament (times to be announced)
There may be games on February 9th and 16th in Wasilla which will be determined soon.

Zoo Visit
          This Thursday, January 25th at 10:30 am, we will have a Zookeeper from The Alaska Zoo give our preschool through 4th grades a presentation about the flying squirrel.

The Dome
FLS and Preschool students will be going to the Dome on Tuesday, January 30th from 10:00-12:00 pm. Students will not be required to wear their uniforms on Tuesday.
If you are able to volunteer to drive, please be at the school by 9:30 a.m.

Underwater Adventure
          Toddlers to 10 year olds and their parents are invited to an underwater adventure on February 3rd, from 10:00 to noon. Come enjoy crafts, activities, snacks and a devotion all focused on the wonderful world God created underwater.
Please contact Melissa Mittelstadt at FaithLutheranPreschoolAK@gmail.com for more information or to help with the event.

Junior Choir
Junior choir will be singing during the 10:30 am services on:
          February 4th at Peace in Eagle River
          February 11th at Faith
          February 18th at Shephard of the Hills
Singers should be at the church by 10:10 am wearing their choir uniform.

Chicken Fundraiser Dinner
On Friday, February 23rd, PTF will host a Chicken Fundraiser Dinner to fund our new basketball goals.  It will begin at 6:00pm and will be a free will donation.  The menu will be chicken with sides of pasta, fresh vegetables, Olive Garden Salad and breadsticks.  We will have dessert and drinks as well.

We look forward to seeing you there for fellowship and a great meal.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Parent Connection January 16

What Do You Want?
          It started somewhat hesitantly. Jesus saw a couple of John the Baptist’s disciples following him. He turned and asked them, “What do you want?” They answered with a question of their own, “Where are you staying?” Is that really what they wanted? I don’t know, but Jesus knew and told them to, “Come and see.”
          What would my answer be if Jesus had asked me that question? Would it be for pardon for my sins and peace with my God? Maybe it would be help to resist temptations, or comfort for those loved ones who are suffering pain of illness? Maybe it would be comfort at that open grave, either of a loved one or even my own?
          Whatever my answer to his question, I know what he would say to me! He would invite me to “Come and see.” In his Word, he invites all of us to come and see his answer to every one of my problems. He assures us that there is nothing for which he has not supplied the answer. Every want, need, pain, or sorrow is taken care of through our Lord and Savior. Let us take it to the Lord in prayer! He promises to listen and respond in the way that he knows is best for us.

Hot Lunch
Hot Lunch is this Thursday.  The menu is Pancakes with yummy toppings, sausage, fruit and drink.  Please return the slip by Wednesday.  All checks made out to PTF. Parents are welcome to attend.

Volleyball Practice
          Volleyball practice will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00pm – 5:30pm at APU. Games begin this Friday.

Volleyball Games
          Here is the volleyball game schedule so far.  Games listed are at Lumen Christi, 4:00 – 8:00pm.
          January 19th
          January 26th
          February 2nd
February 23rd – 24th Tournament (times to be announced)
There may be games on February 9th and 16th in Wasilla which will be determined soon.
           
Report Cards
          Report cards were sent home last Friday.  Parents please be sure to sign and return the envelope.  

Changes to February’s Calendar

We will NOT be dismissing at noon on Friday, February 2nd.  This will be a full day of school instead.        


All FLS teachers will be attending the Pacific Northwest District’s Teachers Conference on February 15th and 16th, 2018.  There will be no school on those days.


          In observance of President’s Day, there will be no school on Monday, February 19th.