Let us run with endurance the race that lies before us, keeping our eyes on Jesus, the source and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that lay before Him endured a cross and despised the shame and has sat down at the right hand of God’s throne. – Hebrews 12:1b-2
Noah Aldrich and his brother Lucas, at ages 8 and 6, completed a YMCA triathlon last July in Boise, Idaho. What made their finish exceptional was not that they were so young – it was a youth triathlon after all. The notable part was that the reason both boys finished was that Noah had completed the entire triathlon – a 200 meter swim, 3 mile bike ride, and 1 mile run –towing and pushing his younger brother Lucas.
Lucas has lissencephaly, a brain disorder that results in his being unable to walk or talk. Wheelchair-bound, there is no way he could complete a triathlon, even a youth one. But because of his brother’s love for him, they both crossed the finish line as champions.
Our brother Jesus showed his love for us in a much greater way. Dead in our sins, there is nothing we could do on our own to earn the crown of eternal life. So Jesus put aside his heavenly crown and ran the race for us. His perfect life was lived on our behalf. His innocent suffering and death paid the price for our sins. Finally, his glorious resurrection declared that his victory was our victory. The crown of life, the joy of eternity in heaven is ours, not by any effort on our part, but all because of Jesus.
As both boys crossed the finish line, the announcer said just one word: “Extraordinary!” I imagine there were two very big smiles on two victorious boys. One did all the work, but the victory belonged to both.
“…For the joy that lay before Him (Jesus) endured a cross and despised the shame…” The work was his. The victory is ours.
God bless your week,
There are no school classes on Monday, September 7th for Labor Day.
Enjoy a restful day with family and friends!
You are invited to join us for our weekly chapel service this Thursday, September 3rd, from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. Families and friends are invited to come and join us in starting our day with the Lord.
A mission offering is collected at these services. Our current mission offering is designated for Jesus Cares Ministries, which conducts programs and assists congregations in reaching out to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their families and communities. Please keep them in your family’s prayers this week.
Need extra uniform shirts? Go to http://www.frenchtoast.com/ancillary/schools/specificdresscode.do?SchoolID=505606 or just visit frenchtoast.com, click shop by school and look up our online catalog.
We still have some polos available for sale at a discount as we use up our stock. Email or check in with Mr. Schneck to see if we have what you need before you order online.
Do you have school uniform shirts or khakis that are in good condition but no longer fit your child? Would you be willing to donate them to another school family? Bring them to the table next to Mr. Schneck’s room upstairs in the fellowship hall. We will make “gently used” uniforms available to other school families. Need something? Please help yourself. Thanks!
Junior Choir starts this week. Students in grades 3-8 are eligible to participate. Any students that would like to participate but have not yet signed up should let Mrs. Schneck know that you would like to participate.
Junior Choir meets during this Wednesday, September 2nd at 12:20 p.m.
The Cross-Country team practices Tuesday, September 1st and Thursday, September 3rd from 4:00-5:30 p.m.
Every year at this time we review our plan for emergency situations at our school. If an emergency such as an earthquake or other disaster would occur, plans and material supplies are in place to provide for the safety and security of our students, as well as first aid and extended care in the event that students cannot be immediately picked up by their parents.
Last week we asked each family to prepare a small “comfort kit” for your child, with small items to provide comfort and to help keep them occupied and calm in an emergency situation. A small zip-lock bag is included to facilitate this. Pack your child’s comfort kit with a card containing your child’s name and contact information and other small items for your child’s comfort. Suggestions include a non-perishable snack (like a granola bar), a pair of knit gloves, a family picture, a small toy, and a letter to your child.
Comfort kits can be brought to your child’s teacher at any time.
Parking Lot Sale
Coming up on Saturday, September 19th is our PTF/Camp Luther Fall Parking Lot Sale. The sale will be held from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Do you have any items that you would like to donate? We have limited space to store donations, so we ask that items for the sale not be brought until Monday, September 14th or later. During that week items can be left in the fellowship hall under the coat racks. Any gently used items will be welcome: clothing, household goods, toys, tools, etc.
Proceeds of this sale benefit the school ministry though Faith PTF (Parents, Teachers and Friends) and Camp Luther Alaska.
Parent, Teacher, Friend
PTF has its first meeting on Thursday, September 10th at 7:00pm. A couple of items on the agenda are the upcoming health fair and Trunk or Treat.
If you did not get a chance to sign up for volunteer opportunities at the parent meeting, be sure to attend this PTF meeting. Most volunteer items only require an hour of your time and can fit into the busiest of schedules.
The deadline for sweatshirt and t-shirt orders has been extended to this Friday, September 4th. Order forms can be returned to your child’s teacher.
The Parent Connection Newsletter is our regular means of communication with families. Please look for a weekly newsletter to come home with your child every week, typically on Monday! Monday notes are also sent out via email and are available on our Parent Connection blog (http://faithparentconnection.blogspot.com/) .
If you are not receiving them via email but would like to, please contact the school office.