The Most Marvelous Night
As I pondered what I might write for this week’s devotional, it occurred to me that there is no way that I could ever improve on the message that we heard once again on Friday evening from the mouths of our children. The fulfillment of the Lord’s promises in the words of the prophets is the reason that we celebrate this holy season. So once again, read about and ponder the events of that most marvelous night ever:
“At that time the Roman emperor, Augustus, decreed that a census should be taken throughout the Roman Empire. (This was the first census taken when Quirinius was governor of Syria.) All returned to their own ancestral towns to register for this census. And because Joseph was a descendant of King David, he had to go to Bethlehem in Judea, David’s ancient home. He traveled there from the village of Nazareth in Galilee. He took with him Mary, his fiancée, who was now obviously pregnant.
“And while they were there, the time came for her baby to be born. She gave birth to her first child, a son. She wrapped him snugly in strips of cloth and laid him in a manger, because there was no lodging available for them. That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. ‘Don’t be afraid!’ he said. ‘I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.’
“Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.’
“When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’
“They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary kept all these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their flocks, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen. It was just as the angel had told them.” Luke 2:1-20 (New Living Translation)
Early Dismissal and Christmas Break
December 23rd school will dismiss at noon. Christmas Break begins at noon December 23rd with school resuming on January 9th.
Mr. Zarnstorff’s class will be going to Otis Lake on Wednesday afternoon for a fishing expedition. Please remind your students to dress warmly! Permission slips must be turned in by Wednesday morning.
Singing at Dimond Center
Thursday afternoon grades K-8 will be singing at the Dimond Center. Permission slips are due by Wednesday, drivers are needed.
Gifts for those in the service
Instead of exchanging gifts between classmates we wanted to give to those serving our country. We will be sending care packages overseas to soldiers that are currently deployed. Please feel free to donate various items, money to get items, or help cover the shipping costs of the package. If you know of anyone serving away from home who would benefit from a care package please contact the office.
· Powered drink mixes
· Protein bars
· Beef jerky
· Candy or gum
· Snacks(pretzels, chips, nuts, etc)
· Playing cards and card games
· Homemade goodies(cookie or brownies)
· Personal care items(chapstick, lotion, etc)
Junior choir will be singing at Peace Lutheran Church in Eagle River on January 22nd during the 10:30 service.
We would like to wish two students God’s richest blessings on their upcoming birthdays
Elin F. - December 25th
Kathrin K. - December 27th
Thank you to all those who donated all the yummy baked goods. PTF was able to raise over $470. This money will be used to support the school and preschool.