Weekly Newsletter

For December 11th to 15th, 2017
 
Dear Parents:
           
            How excited we were on Friday to see the snow!  What a great day.  The forecast for the coming week looks a bit nicer, with more sunshine.  But with the cooler weather, we have noticed that a lot of the children do not have warmer clothes in their back packs, please check the backpack and make sure your child has a complete set of clothing, it’s okay to have two sets available too.
 
           We are continuing to practice our songs for the Christmas Service, Sunday, December 17th at 10:00 am.  Don’t forget that there is a full dress rehearsal on Saturday, December 16th at 10:30 am.  While your child is at the dress rehearsal, there will be a shed painting project happening on our playground!  Please help to paint our new shed!  (and other wood structures).  Contact person on this project is Mr. Fred. 
 
          Our Bible Lesson for the past week was “An Angel came to Mary.”  (Read Luke 1:5-56) The stage was set for the most important event in history.  God was at work making final arrangements for the long-promised birth of His Son. The angel Gabriel came to Mary and gave her news from God.  The angel’s description of the son she would have contains everything, briefly, that we need to know about Jesus.  He would be the Son of God, (true God); He would be the Son of David, (true man); He would establish an eternal kingdom. Also included is a brief reference to the cross, where Jesus established His kingdom by defeating Satan, and a reference to His return, to take the members of His kingdom into eternal glory.  (Luke 1:26-38) Mary, being humble, was surprised to hear that she was highly favored by God.  It was also unsettling for her to hear that she would have a son, since she was a virgin and unmarried.  When Mary asked the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” she was looking for more information, not doubting the angel words.  Note that even though the angel answered Mary’s question in a way that failed to satisfy human reason and only aroused new questions, Mary quickly accepted everything the angel said.  Mary experienced great joy at being the mother of the Savior.  Yet she would have her share of troubles in the coming months-she would be pregnant and single.  Who would believe that she had done nothing wrong?  What would her friends and neighbors say?  What would Joseph do?  How would she be able to take care of the baby and support herself if Joseph refused her?  God gave her a God-fearing husband who wanted only to do the right thing.  When God told Joseph that Mary had not been unfaithful, Joseph believed and took care of her.  God chose people from humble origin to have important roles in this great event, demonstrating His grace.  This encourages us to accept God’s word and promises without doubt, like Mary.  We were able to watch the first part of the movie “My Son, My Savior.”  A movie from the viewpoint of Mary, the mother of Jesus.  Free copies of the movie are available for your family in the back of our church on the information table.  Our Bible Lesson for the coming week is “The Birth of the Savior.”
 
            Our Week:  Christmas Theme-a-day                             Jesus is born
 
            Monday, Dec. 11th Bells-Ballet, Music and Movement
 
            Tuesday, Dec. 12th Candles-Word Wall
 
            Wednesday, Dec. 13th Ornaments-Spanish
 
            Thursday, Dec. 14th Star-Journals
 
            Friday, Dec. 15th Angels-Chapel 10:30 am, please bring your Mission Money.
We will also be practicing in church every day as we get ready for the performance on Sunday, December 17th.  Football Friday-Texans play the Jacksonville Jaguars. 
 
 

God’s Blessings on your week!                                                            Ms. Heiderich

 
 

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of the shadow of death
a light has dawned.  Isaiah 9:2