“But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” - 1 Peter 2:9
The young girl had lived in an abusive home. Her mother was addicted to crack cocaine. Her mother’s live-in boyfriend was an alcoholic. By court order the girl was removed from her abusive surroundings and placed in foster care.
Some time later her foster parents decided to adopt her permanently. But as the adoption proceedings came close to being completed, the birth mother decided to fight the process and try to get her daughter back. The girl, now in her teens, was given the chance to tell the court how she felt. She loved her foster family and wanted to stay with her adoptive parents. She was afraid to return to the household where she had been abused.
The judge not only ruled in the girl’s favor, but also explained to her what the adoption meant – that no one could take her from her new family. The newspapers reported her new adoptive father as saying, “There is only one name printed under “father” on this adoption certificate, and it’s my name.”
In a spiritual sense, the same holds true for believers. Enslaved to sin, we were once a part of Satan’s family, destined for eternity in hell. Satan claimed us for his own. But through Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, we have been taken out of that abusive and deadly situation and into the safe arms of our heavenly Father. Though Satan still tries daily to tempt us away from our heavenly father and lay claim to us, God assures us that our adoption fee has been paid by the blood of Jesus. We now belong to God. We are his children. Under our spiritual “adoption papers” we find God’s name printed under “father”. We are his.
The event above happened almost twenty years ago, but I imagine that the girl in the story, now grown, continues to tell about her adoption experience, and marvels at the love her adopted family had for her. May we also daily “declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”
God bless your week,
Principal Schneck J
You are invited to join us for our weekly chapel service this Thursday, October 8th, 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. Our current mission offering is designated for Jesus Cares Ministries.
Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball (grades 5-8) Practice will begin tomorrow, Tuesday 5:00-6:30 pm at Subway Sport Center in Anchorage. Players may have a study hall with Mr. Z until time to go to practice. See the permission slip for more information. Please speak to Mr. Tom Zarnstorff if you have any questions.
Pastor Ewings will be continuing his evening Bible class entitled “Making Life Better” this evening. In this class, participants will consider how God has made our lives better by reviewing our past, changing our present, and transforming our future. This course covers the basic truths of the Christian faith and is offered to new-comers and long-time Christians alike. Come marvel at what God has done for you! This class is presented on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Please contact Pastor Ewings for more information, or just come tonight to see what it is all about!
This week (October 5-9) the students in grades 3 to 8 will be participating in Terra Nova and Inview standardized testing. These tests allow us to compare our students’ abilities with students from our fellow synod schools as well as students in public and private education across the U.S. There is no advance studying necessary for these tests, but it is important that the students are well rested and have a proper breakfast and lunch this week to allow them to put forth their best efforts and give us an accurate assessment of their skills.
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
Junior Choir meets Wednesday, October 7th at 12:20 p.m.
Handchime Choir meets Thursday, October 8th at 12:30 p.m.
The Kindergarten class will be taking a field trip to the Alaska Zoo on Thursday, October 8th. They will be leaving at 10:10 a.m. and returning around 1:30 p.m.
The students of grades 6-8 will be visiting the Loussac Library on Friday, October 9th.
Students are reminded to bring their library cards and any books that are due to be returned on Friday.
Parent Teachers and Friends (PTF) meets this Thursday, October 8th, at 7:00 p.m. Please see the attached note for detail about upcoming PTF projects and how you can help.
Faith PTF is hosting a Community Health Fair on Saturday, October 17th from 8:00 a.m. until noon. This is a free event providing basic health screening and health care information and all are invited.
We do need some volunteers to help us host this event. To volunteer sign up at: SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0A44A5A72CA46-health
For more information follow the link on the school’s website or call the school office.
This year our church and school will host a “Trunk or Treat” 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: Signupgenius.com/go/20f0a44a5a72ca46-trunk