Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.”
And the Lord said, “I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you, and I will proclaim my name, the Lord, in your presence. I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.20 But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for no one may see me and live.”
Then the Lord said, “There is a place near me where you may stand on a rock. 22 When my glory passes by, I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will remove my hand and you will see my back; but my face must not be seen.”
- Exodus 33:18-23
Moses makes a bold request. “Show me your glory.” Fresh from Mount Sinai, he ask God for a face to face meeting. He wants some reassurance that God is with him as he leads God’s people to the promised land.
But it is not to be. “…for no one can may see me and live.” But the Lord does grant him a special favor. “…you will see my back…” Moses doesn’t get to see God’s approach, but he does get to see where God has been.
Often in life we may think, “Why doesn’t God just reveal his plans to me now? Why do I have to wait to find out what his plans are for me? Why doesn’t God just come to me and tell me what to do?” But at these times he says to us as well, “You can’t see my face.” He covers us with his hand as he passes by. It is not ours to know ahead of time what God’s plans are for us, since, as He declares in Isaiah 55:9 says, “my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
But in a way God lets us see back. We can see how he has worked in the lives of his people in the past. We can remember how God has worked in our own lives, preserving and blessing us. We know what God has done for his people. We know what God has done for us. We can trust that the God who has been our loving shepherd in the past will continue to provide, protect, and lead his people in the future.
An oft repeated Christian saying goes, “We do not know what the future holds, but we know who holds the future.”
Thank you, Lord, for directing our past, present and future for our good. Help us to trust in you. Amen.
God bless your week,
Principal Schneck J
This is the final week of our first quarter.
Our last day of this first quarter is Friday, October 23rd. Classes will dismiss at 12:00 noon. There will be no aftercare.
At the end of the first quarter we require parents to make a meeting with the teacher to collect their first quarter report and discuss their child’s progress. Our consultation days will be Wednesday, October 28th and Thursday, October 29th from 4-9 p.m. Our sign-up for parent teacher meeting appointments will be done online using Sign-Up Genius. Parents will receive an email with a link to follow to the sign up for a consultation time. You may also access the registration by accessing the following link:
If you are unable to make an appointment at the times listed, please speak to your child’s teacher to arrange for a meeting at an alternate time. Please speak to Mr. Schneck if you have any questions or difficulty signing up online. The sign-up will be closed on Tuesday, October 27th.
There will be no school classes on Monday, October 26th and Tuesday, October 27th. The teachers will be attending the Alaska Conference of Pastors and Teachers in Wasilla. Classes will resume on Wednesday, October 28th.
The Bible Study “Making Life Better” continues this evening with Pastor Ewings this evening, October 19th, at 6:30 p.m. This course covers the basic truths of the Christian faith and is offered to new-comers and long-time Christians alike. Please contact Pastor Ewings for more information.
Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball (grades 5-8) Practice Tuesday and Thursday , October 20th and 22nd, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. at the Subway Sport Center in Anchorage.
You are invited to join us for our weekly school chapel service this Thursday, October 22nd, 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. Pastor Pao Moua will lead our chapel service this week. Our current mission offering is designated for Jesus Cares Ministries.
Are you planning on taking advantage of the 25% tuition discount for full payment by November 15th? If you need to know your balance due or have any questions regarding billing or the application of this discount, please contact Sheila Lillo in the church/school office (563-3499)
Junior Choir meets Wednesday, October 21st at 12:20 p.m.
Handchime Choir meets Thursday, October 22nd at 12:30 p.m. Thank you, Handchime Choir, for your music in our chapel service last Thursday!
Boxtops for Education
Our next deadline for Boxtops for Education submission is Friday, October 23rd. Please bring in any Boxtops you have saved for us by that time, and keep saving! Thanks!
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
A special thank you to all those all those who helped with the Community Health Fair on Saturday!
There will be a two work nights this week for preparing for next Friday’s “Trunk or Treat” on Wednesday and Thursday, October 21st and 22nd, sponsored by Faith PTF. You are invite to come in and help prepare decorations for the event.
“Trunk or Treat” is coming up on Friday, October 30th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. This is an event where families can come and enjoy some safe outdoor trick-or-treating and fun activities here at Faith Lutheran. To volunteer to help out, provide your decorated vehicle, or supply candy, please contact the school office. Or sign up at: http://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=s.signup&urlid=20f0a44a5a72ca46-trunk
An Educational Focus Group is forming to discuss and brainstorm how to implement improvements to the school. The first meeting will take place on Tuesday, October 20th at 6:15pm. If you have great ideas to grow Faith Lutheran School plan on attending this meeting.
Fall Canned Food Drive begins October 30th. Start bringing your non-perishable food items in to school or bring them by at Trunk or Treat! Items will be donated to the Food Bank of Alaska.