Patient in Hope
A young couple promised their four-year-old son that they would take him to the zoo. However, they did not set a definite time or day for this zoo visit. For the next week the little boy asked his parents each day if that would be the day they would go to the zoo. Each time he asked he was told, “Not today.” Another week passed, and then a month. As time went by, the boy asked the question less frequently. The boy had almost given up all hope of going to the zoo when his father announced one sunny Saturday morning, “We are going to the zoo today.” You don’t have to stretch your imagination to understand how excited the little boy was. His parents were finally going to make good on their promise.
The believers in the early Christian Church waited anxiously for the return of Jesus. They expected him to come back during their lifetime. What joy filled their hearts as they waited for that day to arrive! But he did not return during their time, or many generations of believers to follow. Now that almost two thousand years have passed since Jesus promised to return, our anticipation and excitement over his return may have diminished.
What a spectacular day that will be! Jesus himself will appear in full glory to take his own to be with him in glory. Paul describes this event for us: “For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.” I Thess. 4:16-18
No matter what your situation is in life at this time, no matter what dark clouds try to block your vision and steal the hope that God has put in your heart, cling to Jesus’ promise, and look forward to the eternal joy which he has won for you!
Congratulations to Olivia Zanto for winning the school spelling bee for grades 3-8 and to Elijah Ewings for grades K-2. Olivia will represent our school in the state spelling bee.
Thank you to all the choir members who were able to make it to Peace in Eagle River Sunday. Jr. Choir will sing on February 26th at Faith. Please plan on arriving in your choir uniform by 10:00 to practice.
Making Life Better
One of our goals at Faith Lutheran for you and for your family is to make your life better. We want to make your life better by assuring you that your children are getting a quality, well-rounded education. We strive for excellence not only academically but, as a Christian school, it is our earnest desire to help your child grow spiritually as well. Because of this, we want you to know what your children will be learning and what the Lutheran Church believes, teaches and confesses. It’s with this in mind that I would like to invite you to a class entitled “Making Life Better”.
The entire course consists of three parts: Reviewing the Past, Changing the Present and Transforming the Future. We would like to extend an invitation to you for the first five lessons. You are more than welcome to stay for the final two parts over the following weeks as well. Please contact the office if you would like to attend.
Due to poor driving conditions the Parent, Teacher, Friend was rescheduled for February 9th at 7pm. The date was incorrect the text sent out last week. We will discuss a Spaghetti Feed, hot lunches, and more.
Volleyball practice continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:30 at APU. The Huskies play their next games this Friday at Valley Baptist beginning at 4:30pm.
Parents, we would like to get the players to practice and games without having to use the van. If you can help please contact Miss Snyder at 920-253-5336 or Sheila Lillo at 907-229-7901.
Here is the current schedule of games, exact times to be determined.
February 3rd – 4:30pm @ Valley Baptist
Tabernacle (hosted by Wasilla Lake)
February 10th – 4:30 @ Valley Baptist
February 17th-18th – Tournament @ Lumen
Early Dismissal and President’s Day
School will dismiss at noon on Friday, February 17th. In honor of President’s Day there will be no school on Monday, February 20th.