Monday, November 30, 2015

Parent Connection November 30th

Are you ready for Christmas?
     We can get so caught up in the shopping, the planning for get-togethers, the decorations, and the holiday events that we forget why we are celebrating in the first place.
 We encourage you to take the opportunity this Advent season to get your family in the habit of devotion together. It only takes a few minutes a day, and a few minutes together in God’s Word not only refreshes our souls and reminds us of the precious gift of the Savior, but also expresses to our children that our God is important enough to take the time. We wouldn’t decide not to eat or sleep because we are “too busy”. Yet we often make excuses to avoid something just as important. Are we really too busy to spend a few moments at our Savior’s feet with our families?
     Here are some ideas to help you get started:
  • Commit yourselves to devotions. Set aside a time in the morning, or in the evening after dinner or before bed. Have everyone in the family put aside other activities to make Christ the center of your family. A few minutes are all that it takes. You do have the time, if it’s important to you!
  • Make family attendance at Sunday worship, Advent, and Christmas services the most important events in your family’s holiday celebration. Would you have a birthday party and forget to invite the person whose birthday it is?
    Now is the time to start a great routine that can    strengthen you and your family throughout your whole lives. As a gift to you from Faith Lutheran Church and School, we are sending home an Advent wreath, candles and an Advent devotion book for each family. An Advent wreath can serve as a great “countdown to Christmas” along with your advent devotions and prayers.
God bless your Christmas and Advent preparations.
Advent for Families!
We had an enjoyable time with our families this last Sunday as we decorated Advent wreaths together and had our first Advent devotion.
This next Sunday evening, December 6th  from 6-7 p.m. Faith Lutheran Church and School would like to invite your family to our second Advent for Families activity as we make a nativity decoration together (Jesus, Mary and Joseph). All materials for the craft will be provided to each family. There will be refreshments, and we will close with an Advent devotion together.
If you didn’t get to decorate your Advent wreath last Sunday, you can also bring your wreath to this Sunday’s activity. We still have ribbons, pine cones, flowers, and other decorations for your family to decorate your advent wreath, which we will make available for those who need them.
In the weeks following, we will have several more Advent for Families activities on Sunday evenings. All are welcome!

Advent Soup Supper and Worship
This Wednesday, December 2nd, we invite you to join us for our midweek Advent service at 7:00 p.m.  
There will be a soup supper in the fellowship hall prior to the service.  The supper begins at 6:00 p.m.  We ask that you bring your favorite soup or salad to share. Bread or desserts are also welcome.  Don’t worry if you are unable to bring anything, come and join us anyway! We look forward to seeing you there.

You are invited to join us for our weekly school chapel service this Thursday, December 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. Pastor Hackmann from Peace Lutheran Church in Eagle River will lead our chapel service this week. Our current mission offering is designated for Jesus Cares Ministries.

The basketball teams will be playing in the ACSAA tournament this week Thursday through Saturday.
The boys’ first game is Thursday, December 3rd at 7:45 p.m. vs. Lumen Christi.
The girls’ first game is Friday, December 4th at 5:30 p.m. vs. Wasilla Lake.
All games will be played at Lumen Christi. Admission to the tournament is $5 for adults, $3 for students, $1 for Seniors, and $15 for families. Children under 12 are free.

There will be basketball practice this week Tuesday, December 1st from 3-4:30 p.m. Please note that this is an early practice.

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 Basketball teams as they compete in the ACSAA tournament this week.
Wednesday December 2nd – Hat Day
Wear your favorite, most unusual, or most colorful hat. Dress to match your hat!
Thursday, Sept. 17th – Classroom Color Day
Each classroom is assigned a color. All students should wear clothing in their class color:
Kindergarten – Blue
            1st and 2nd Grades – Red
            3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades – Green
            6th, 7th and 8th Grades – Black
Friday – Sept.18th –Teal and Gold Day
Wear our school colors with pride!

Handchime Choir meets Tuesday, December 1st  at 12:30 p.m. since the lower grades will be gone for a play on Thursday.

 Grades 6-8 will be taking a field trip to Color Me Mine on Wednesday, December 2nd.
Preschool through grade 2 will be attending the Anchorage Junior Theater production of Madeline and the Bad Hat on Thursday, December 3rd.

 Junior Choir meets this week on Friday, December 4th at 12:20 p.m. since the grade 6-8 classroom will be gone for a field trip on Wednesday.
Coming up on Friday, December 18th is our school Christmas service, “Did You Know?” presented at 6:30 p.m. in the recital hall at the UAA Fine Arts Building. This is a school function where the students will be presenting the service. All Faith students are expected to be in attendance. Plan to enjoy this special worship opportunity with your family!

 Picture Retake Day – Picture retakes will be on Tuesday, December 8th beginning at 9:00 a.m.  Please let your child’s teacher or the office know if you are planning to have pictures taken on this day.

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.

PTF Meeting Change – PTF will meet next week on Thursday December 10th at 7:00pm.  The meeting was moved to accommodate those attending the basketball tournament.  

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