What do you want or “need” for Christmas?
Do you have problems answering that first question? Sometimes we may not know what to ask for. We wouldn’t want to insult or offend the person asking the question by asking for something too inexpensive (underestimating their love for us?) or too extravagant (overestimating their desire to present us with a gift). Maybe we just don’t want to ruin the surprise by knowing what we are getting.
What about the second question? What do you need? If left up to us, we would never get that one right. In his great wisdom, God knew what each of us needed for Christmas. And he did something about our need. In Isaiah 7:14 God says, ”The Lord himself will give you a sign: the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” This passage points us to what God saw as our “need”, our greatest need. Each of us needs deliverance from our sin and guilt. We need a Savior who would take away our guilt and ransom us from our rightful punishment. No normal son would fit the need. Immanuel means “God with us.” God came to earth, wrapped himself in human flesh, and became a man in order to suffer, die, and rise for us, to save us from our sins.
As we prepare to celebrate this blessed birth, let us remember why this birth came about: He came to be our Savior so we can live with Him in heaven!
Thank you to all the singers who lent their voices in worship on Sunday! The choir will sing in January at Peace Lutheran Church in Eagle River. There is no choir practice this week.
Thanksgiving Donation Drive
Thanks to all the donations we received, we were able to put together over 100 blessing bags for those less fortunate.
Basketball this week:
We have practice on Tuesday.
The tournament begins Thursday, December 1st. The girls’ first game is Thursday, Dec 1st @ 7:15. The boys’ first game is Dec 1st @ 4:45. All games will be played at Lumen Christi. There is an admission fee for the tournament, this fee covers the cost of the gym.
Adults - $5 / Students - $3 / Seniors - $1
Let’s cheer our basketball teams on with spirit week. Do your best to dress in the theme for the day. If you decide not to participate you should wear your school uniform on Wednesday or Thursday.
Wednesday: Camouflage Day
Thursday: Backward Day
Friday: School Colors Day
Financial Peace University
Faith Lutheran Church will offer the popular Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University class early in the new year, Tuesday evenings at 6:30 from January 10th through March 7th. The class covers biblically-based principles of money management, beneficial to all from young people starting out on their own to older couples. For more information about the class, please visit the Stewards of Faith blog at http://stewardsoffaith.blogspot.com/.
There will be a preview on December 13th at 6:30 for those who are interested.
If you would like to sign up, please speak with Mrs. Lillo in the office.
Classes start promptly at 8:30. Students who miss the start of the school day often feel rushed and can become unfocused and stressed for the day. Please make every effort to have your student to school on time. This means adequate planning, especially on days with inclement weather.
If your child will be absent from school, contact the school before 8:30. Please make every effort to collect your child’s assignments on that day so the missed assignments may be completed at home.
For planned early dismissals and absences, send a written note in advance of the absence. Children often forget to inform their teachers or do not remember the details.
Please make school as important to your child as work is important to you, even in the primary grades. Tardiness and absences though sometimes necessary, are frustrating and stressful to students, teachers, and the classroom as a whole. Frivolous excuses for tardiness and absences can teach children their educational responsibilities aren’t important and can be detrimental to the value they place on education in the future. Please act in the best interest of your child in this regard.
If you need to contact your student during the day, please do so during the noon break for lunch and recess. If you need to leave a message for your child do so before 2:30.
If you would like to visit the classroom let the teacher know in advance.
Retakes are scheduled for December 6th in the morning. If you would like a retake you must let Mrs. Lillo know by Friday. You can stop by the office or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you do not RSVP you may not be able to have a photo taken.
PTF will be having a bake sale after school on December 14th and 15th. This is a great opportunity to get baked items for Christmas.
We will need donations of baked goods so get your favorite holiday recipes out!
Our next meeting is December 8th at 7:00. We will begin planning the activities for the rest of the school year. The meeting will last for one hour. We need volunteers to help organize upcoming events. Please plan on attending.
The students will be visiting the Dome next week. Be sure to have permission slips returned on time. We will also need parents to drive.
Mr. Zarnstorff’s class will be visiting the library on Wednesday. They will also be going out for lunch.
God’s richest blessings to Evan O. who celebrates his birthday on November 29th. Happy Birthday!