Gifts Have Been Given
We are in that part of the church year called Epiphany- the time where we celebrate the coming of the “wise men” from the East. We don’t know how many of these wise men there were, traditionally there were thought to be three because there were three gifts given to the child Jesus and his family. The Bible doesn’t tell us exactly how many there were. Nor does it matter how many there were.
Who they were and why they came is the important information in this lesson. These men were people who studied the Old Testament writings and understood that the Promised Messiah was to come into the world to be the “King of the Jews”. They also studied the night sky and saw the appearance of a new “star”. They were led by that star to the Child born in Bethlehem and came to worship him.
The gifts they gave to this family were God’s way to provide for this family for their hurried journey to Egypt to escape from the wicked plot of King Herod who wanted to get rid of this Child whom he saw as a threat to his earthly power. These gifts provided what was needed to support this family in the far away country to keep this Child safe.
You and I have been given gifts too. Everything we have has been given to us by our Heavenly Father to provide for us while we are here on this earth and away from our home in heaven. Our Father has also given us special gifts for us to use in serving our Lord and those around us. The most important of these gifts is faith in our Lord as our Savior so we can look forward to eternal life in heaven. Share that faith with those around you so more will join us in our home in heaven. You have been given gifts to be shared!
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. We will meet on Monday evenings from 6:30-7:30 beginning on January 23rd. You are more than welcome to stay for the final two parts over the following weeks as well.
Junior choir will be singing at Peace Lutheran Church in Eagle River on January 22nd during the 10:30am service. Singers should be at Peace at 10:00am wearing their choir uniform. Please speak with Mrs. Z if you need transportation.
Hot Lunch this Thursday. Menu is Baked Potato Bar. Please return the slip by Wednesday.
Report cards were sent home last week. Please be sure to sign the envelope and return it to school.
Cold season is upon us! Please bring a box or two of tissues for your child’s class.
Our next Parent, Teacher, Friend meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 26th. We will be discussing a Spaghetti Feed, hot lunches, and more.
Volleyball practice continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:30 at APU. Our first game is this Friday, January 20th at 4:30. The rally will be held at Valley Baptist Tabernacle off the Palmer-Wasilla Hwy. Address is 1600 N. Double B Street.
A complete schedule of games will be sent home this week at practice.
On January 27th school will dismiss at noon for teacher in-service. No aftercare for that day.