“…As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew and were not walking with Him anymore. So Jesus said to the twelve, “You do not want to go away also, do you?” Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life. We have believed and have come to know that You are the Holy One of God.” ”– John 6:66-69
I’ll admit it. I love going to Value Village.
Or the Salvation Army Thrift Store. Or the Habitat for Humanity Restore.
Sometimes I’m looking for something specific. Sometimes I’m just looking around. One thing that intrigues me is that these stores even exist. Virtually every very item on the shelves is something that someone wanted – for him or herself or someone else – enough to pay money for. In some cases quite a bit of money. But over time their feelings changed. Now these items sit on the thrift store shelves, no longer needed and no longer wanted, at least by the original owners. But for many of these items a new owner is just around the corner. A new owner who sees a treasure in what others saw as trash, a new owner that sees value in what another has deemed worthless.
In the Scripture verses above we see many who were followers of Jesus change their minds. They decided that Jesus wasn’t what they wanted. Maybe he wasn’t what they were looking for in a Messiah. Maybe they just stopped believing. For whatever reason, they no longer felt that Christ was worth following. Perhaps they never really valued him in the first place.
But not so the twelve. They realized that, as hard as Jesus teachings might have seemed, there was no other way to be saved. As Peter confessed to Jesus, “You have the words of eternal life.” The disciples had faith that Jesus was the promised Savior.
It seems today that the world around us values Jesus less and less. Church membership is decreasing. Christian values are regarded less and less by society. Even some who confess to be Christians don’t acknowledge Jesus teachings as the direction for their lives. Yet those who know Jesus cling even more tightly in Faith to the only one whom they know is the Way to eternal life. While the devil, the world, and even their own sinful flesh seeks to draw belivers away from their Savior, through the Holy Spirit God’s people continue to value what many see as valueless.
Lord, continue to bless your people with faith to treasure the Gospel of Jesus, the Words of Eternal Life. Amen.
May God bless your week,
You are invited to join us for our weekly chapel service this Thursday, September 17th, 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. This week our chapel speaker is Pastor Rob Robbert from King of Kings Lutheran Church in Wasilla. 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. Pastor Robbert will give a brief presentation after the service to tell us more about this ministry.
SPIRIT DAYS THIS WEEK!
No uniforms on Wednesday and Thursday! Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week are SPIRIT DAYS! Have fun and show your school spirit and cheer on the Cross Country team as they prepare for their meet this Saturday.
Wednesday Sept. 16th – Sports Uniform Day
Wear a uniform from a sport you play, or the jersey or colors of a favorite sports team!
Thursday, Sept. 17th – Fancy Dress Day
“Girls in pearls, guys in ties” or any other way you can dress for a special occasion.
Friday – Sept.18th –Teal and Gold Day
Wear our school colors with pride!
Cross Country Running meets Tuesday, September 15th and Thursday September 17th this week. Practice will be from 4-5:30 p.m. The state cross-country meet will be held this Saturday, September 19th at Kincaid Park, Jodhpur Trailhead. Jodhpur Trailhead is off Jodhpur Road, not Raspberry Road. The meet starts at 10:00 a.m. Students should be at the park by 9:45 a.m. to warm up. Mr. Zarnstorff will be leaving the Faith parking lot at 9:15 a.m. if any runners would like to ride with him. Go Huskies!
Junior Choir meets Wednesday, September 16th. Students should be in the church for practice at 12:20 p.m.
Handchime Choir meets Thursday, September 17th. Students should be in the church for practice at 12:30 p.m.
There will be a hot lunch available this Thursday, September 17th. On the menu – Frito Pie! See the flyer sent home on Monday for details.
There will be a Parents’ Night Out Friday, September 18th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Drop off the kids to enjoy some time with friends and activities while Mom and Dad take some time for themselves. There is no cost, but free will donations will be accepted to support PTF activities. Please sign up in the lower hallway or speak to Tina Henry.
Want to help out with this or another PNO this year? Please speak to PTF president Tina Henry.
Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball (grades 5-8) will begin Tuesday, September 22nd.
Basketball is open to students in grades 5-8. Permission slips will be sent home with interested students this week. Please speak to Mr. Tom Zarnstorff if you have any questions.
This Friday, September 18th is a Popcorn Friday! Bring your quarters for 25¢-a-bag popcorn after school. Proceeds to benefit Faith PTF activities.
Toddler Time is an hour of educational activities, structured play and a snack for children ages 0-5 and their caregivers. Toddler Time meets Wednesdays from 10-11 a.m. in the Faith fellowship hall. For more information contact Mrs. Cara Ewings at 907-792-9388.
This 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? Donations for the sale can be left in the fellowship hall under the coat racks. Any gently used items will be welcome: clothing, household goods, toys, tools, etc. If you have anything that needs to be picked up from your home, please speak to Mr. Schneck. Proceeds of this sale benefit the school ministry though Faith PTF (Parents, Teachers and Friends) and Camp Luther Alaska.