“Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.” – Psalm 1:1-3
I think I killed my banana plant.
It’s not the first time. Sometimes I’m not very nice to my plants.
It’s not that I don’t like plants. I love having them in my classroom. But too often I forget to water them. Sometimes I’m inadvertently so cruel as to leave the watering pitcher with water in it sitting right next to a drooping plant. More than once I have suddenly remembered to water a plant on the brink of total collapse, and hoped to see the plant recover.
That’s what happened to my banana plant. After days (weeks?) of neglect I suddenly noticed the forgotten plant on the floor by the window. So I flooded it with water. I may be too late. Only time will tell.
Sometimes we get so caught up in trying to provide all that we think our children need – nutritious food, educational or creative opportunities, healthy sports programs, outdoor activities, etc. Yet the most important ingredient is left out, in a dusty Bible unused on a bookshelf, a family devotion book that goes unread because we “don’t have the time” (even though there’s time to watch a little TV), or neglected Sunday worship that “gets in the way” of our weekend recreation.
I can provide all the sunlight, soil and good air that a plant needs, but without water, my plant still withers and dies. The same happens to a family life left un-watered by God’s Word.
Make sure that you take the opportunity today and every day to plant yourself and your family by the streams of living water found in God’s Word, and by God’s grace watch your family’s faith bloom and grow.
God bless your week,
Report cards for 2nd Quarter were sent home on Friday. Parents, please sign and return the accompanying envelope if you have not already done so. If you have any questions about your child’s progress, please feel free to set up a meeting with your child’s teacher.
Co-ed Volleyball continues this week for boys and girls in grades 5-8.
Practice is Tuesday, January 12th and Thursday, January 14th from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Taku Lake Elementary School.
The first volleyball games will take place this Friday, January 15th, from 4-8 p.m. at Lumen Christi. Come cheer on your Huskies!
Junior Choir meets this week on Wednesday, January 13th at 12:20 p.m.
Handchime choir meets this week on Thursday, January 14th at 12:30 p.m.
You are invited to join us for our weekly school chapel service this Thursday, January 14th, from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m. This week Pastor Robbert from King of Kings, Wasilla, will present a devotion on 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14. Families and friends are invited to come and join us in starting our day with the Lord.
Toddler Time meets this Wednesday, January 13th from 10 to 11 a.m. Parents with children ages 0-5 are invited to this hour of educational activities, structured play and a snack. For more information contact Mrs. Cara Ewings at 907-792-9388.
If you have collected any Campbell’s Labels for Education or Pepperidge Farm UPCs, please bring them in to school to be used for bonus points by January 12th. Thank you!
There will be no school classes on Monday, January 18th for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 19th.
On Friday, January 15th, from 6-8 p.m. Faith Lutheran Church will host a Chili Cook Off and Silent Auction to help raise funds for completing the fire suppression sprinkler system for the church and school facility. How does your chili recipe rate? Bring your best chili to see how it rates against all the others. Does your chili have beef, caribou, chicken or moose? Is it mild, or could it be used to start fires? Well, we want to try it! Don’t have a recipe? Then come and enjoy some of the great chili that will be presented. There will also be a silent auction to benefit the sprinkler fund.
To sign up to bring chili or to donate an item for the auction, contact Jed Else at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Since December Mr. Schneck has been deliberating a call to serve Zion Lutheran School in Monroe, Michigan as principal and teacher for grades 7 and 8. In our synod’s practice, pastors and teachers at times receive calls from other congregations to serve their ministries. The called worker then has the opportunity to serve a different congregation in their ministry, or continue in their current call.
The letter below indicating the Schneck’s decision was submitted to Faith congregation this last Friday and read to the congregation on Sunday:
Dear Rev. Ewings, President Channing Lillo, Education Chairman Jeff Brooks, and Members of Faith Lutheran congregation,
I am writing to inform you that after prayerful deliberation I have decided to accept the call extended to me by Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Monroe, Michigan. At this time I feel that the Lord has led me to continue serving his kingdom in this different mission field, and trust that God will keep his promise of continued blessing for Faith congregation and its school ministry. I therefore ask to be released from the call issued to me by Faith congregation to serve Faith Lutheran at the conclusion of the 2015-2016 school year. I also ask on behalf of my wife Deanna that she be released from her current call serving the Kindergarten of Faith Lutheran School.
Deanna and I and our family will miss you, our family in Christ, and the ministry we shared here at Faith. We thank you for welcoming and supporting us as your called workers and as part of your church family since we arrived. We will take with us many fond memories of our work, our friends, and our experiences in Alaska. We have confidence in God’s promises to keep his people and ministry here in Anchorage in his care, for God’s promises are sure.
I thank you very much for your prayers for myself and my family, and the advice and encouragement from you as individual members, fellow workers, and leaders, as I deliberated this call. May God bless you in your continued service to the Good Shepherd’s lambs and sheep.
In Christ’s love,
Mr. and Mrs. Schneck will continue to serve Faith Lutheran School through the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year.