Slavery? In Our Time?
For our reading class the fifth and sixth graders are finishing off a book called “Stealing Freedom”. It is the story of a real slave in the time before the Civil War. The story tells of families being torn apart when some of the sons were sold to pay off debts of the owner. It mentions how some slave owners beat their slaves for even minor offenses. Sometimes the female slaves were more highly valued because of their ability to produce offspring that could be sold as slaves.
This particular slave’s parents and siblings were purchased by a group working to end slavery but they didn’t have enough money to secure her freedom too. They wind up kidnapping her and sending her along the Underground Railroad to freedom in Canada.
The horrors of slavery assault our sense of decency and morality. Yet even in our modern world, we wouldn’t have to look too far to find examples of the very same cruelties.
Even if we were able to eradicate all slavery in the world today there would still be a slavery going on among us. It is the slavery that began with our first parents way back in the Garden of Eden. All of us have been slaves to sin since Adam and Eve sinned in the garden. In our natural condition, from the time we were conceived in our mother’s womb, we were slaves of Satan. Our condition was even more hopeless than the slaves in our novel, we could do nothing to save ourselves, there was no escape.
But thanks be to our God! He saw our condition, our slavery, and had compassion on us. He loved so much that he sent his own Son to save us from this slavery. He took up the punishment we deserved and paid the price to buy our freedom from Satan, freedom for all the slaves. Then he reached out to each of us through his Word and created faith in our hearts to believe his promise of freedom. We praise him for his amazing love!
Half Day on Friday
The first quarter of school ends on Friday October 21st. School will dismiss at noon. There will be no aftercare on this day.
Practice continues on Tuesday and Thursday, 4:00 – 5:30pm at APU.
Our first game is this Friday at Anchor Lutheran beginning at 6:00pm. All players must there ready to warm up at 5:45pm. This will be a coed game, and the only game of the night. Go Huskies!
For those new to Faith, PTF prepares a hot lunch once a month. The students all eat together in the fellowship hall. Parents are welcome to come enjoy lunch with their student. Money is collected by PTF to cover the cost of the lunch. All checks must be made out to Faith Lutheran PTF. Hot lunch will be:
Carrots & Celery
The cost is $4.00, please complete the hot lunch sheet and return by Wednesday.
Kindergarten Zoo Trip
On Wednesday the kindergarten class will leave at 12:00pm for a field trip to the zoo. The class will eat lunch before leaving. While on the trip they will enjoy Critter Tales, featuring the tigers. The cost is $9 for students and $10 for chaperones. One more chaperone is needed. Please remember to send car seats. They will return to school at 3:00pm.
The upper grade classroom will be returning to the library this Wednesday to return our books and to get started on another assignment. We will be eating lunch at Wendy’s on Tudor.
Conferences will be held on the evenings of October 25th, 26th and 27th. Please use the following link to sign up for a time. Be sure to sign up for each of your students.
Trunk or Treat
Trunk or treat is October 28th 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. This is open to all kids and kids at heart. Put on your costume and come enjoy getting treats in a safe environment. Remember no fake weapons or inappropriate (gory or evil) costumes. We will have popcorn, hot cocoa, cake walk, pumpkin decorating, photo booth and more to enjoy.
Parents: We need volunteers to decorate their trunks and to help with a couple of the activities. We will also need small baked goods for the cake walk to be dropped off on the 27th. Oh and candy! Please bring all candy donations to the office.
Signup to volunteer online at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a49aca922a6f49-trunk
Or contact the office at firstname.lastname@example.org or see the signup sheet in the office.
New Faith Lutheran School t-shirts and sweatshirts have been designed. We are trying something new this year. You will order your items online, and pay online through CustomInk. You should have received an email today with the links to the shirts and the sweatshirt. These items are optional for you to buy. If you would like to order but prefer not to do so online, please contact the office.
The printed booklets have been ordered and should arrive this week. You may start recruiting donations for your support to St. Jude’s. Our goal for this year is to raise $500 to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. The completed Math-A-Thon is due on October 28th.
Please bring any BoxTops you have been collecting into school and place in the collection box or give to your teacher. The deadline for this submission is October 28th.
The school will be singing for the Reformation Service on October 30th at 4:30pm. Please make every effort for your student to attend. Arrive at 4:15 pm, no uniform is required, just attire appropriate for a church service.
On October 31st and November 1st there will be no school. The teachers and pastors will be attending the Alaska Conference of Pastors and Teachers.
Sorry we missed your birthdays in the previous weeks. May God richly bless you in the coming year.