Illinois Lutheran Elementary School-Crete, IL Bulletin for Sunday, December 08, 2013
This Week's Devotional Thought -
With yesterday's church services, we had the opportunity to begin a new church year with the season of Advent. During Advent, we study God's Word to prepare ourselves for His coming - both His coming to earth as our Savior and His second coming to earth as our righteous Judge on Judgement Day. Today's devotion reminds us that we should always be watching and ready ourselves for Christ's second coming.
What Time Is It?
"Therefore keep watch, because you do not know on what day your Lord will come. But understand this: If the owner of the house had known at what time of night the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and would not have let his house be broken into. So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him." Matthew 24:42-44
What time is it? It is a question Jesus makes me consider. In his lesson he uses both days and hours to make me think about his return in glory. He further emphasizes the approaching time of his return by using the suddenness of a thief breaking into a home.
The lesson is clear, and it is one I need to understand. The time is right for Jesus to return. He could come on any day or at any moment. This is why I need to know the time. Certainly my sinful flesh will question the importance of this concern. The devil will also do whatever he can to lead me to apathy. Even the world will offer its share of distractions.
In spite of the temptation to put the thought of Jesus' return on hold, now is the time to be ready. In order to be ready I need to listen to the Lord's exhortations and encouragement. I also need to depend on his precious and saving work. He gave up his life so that I could live a life of repentance and forgiveness. He endured my shame and punishment on the cross so I could receive his glory. He rose triumphant from the grave so I could have the confidence of life with him in heaven. When I daily depend on what Jesus has done for me, I will be ready whenever he comes.
Time has a way of slipping by. We can become busy. We can become distracted. We can simply lose track of it. In many situations this will not be a major problem. In view of Jesus' return, time is critical. I need to take Jesus' words to heart, and be ready. I need to know what time it is, because the Son of Man is coming.
Prayer: O precious Savior, open my eyes to see what time it is, then prepare my heart to welcome you when you return in glory. Amen.
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This Week's ChristLight Stories
Over the next two weeks the faculty members will have the opportunity to choose from six different stories regarding the wanderings of the Israelites in the desert before they enter into the promise land. All these stories show us God's discipline for his children and also His forgiving grace for the times that they strayed. These six stories include:
Quail and Manna Exodus chapter 16 God's Staff Exodus chapter 17 The Giving of the Law Exodus chapters 19, 20, and 24 The Golden Calf Exodus chapters 32 and 34 The Tabernacle Exodus chapters 25-30 and Leviticus chapters 6-7 The Day of Atonement Leviticus chapter 16 As you have opportunity, please take the time to review these stories with your children.
This week is the last week to check out books before Christmas. All of our school library books will be due back in the library the week of December 9, 2013. With all of the hustle and bustle of Christmas, it is best to have all of the school library books returned before Christmas.
Coming in February; the annual book fair. I am very excited! This year's book fair is "Book Fair Fiesta". Look for more information to come.
Crete Food Pantry Drive
The annual food drive for the Crete Pantry has now "kicked off." It will continue until Friday, December 13. Food items that are needed include tuna fish, soup, canned vegetables, canned fruit, tomato products, pasta, peanut butter, and jelly. Non-food items would include bar soap, laundry detergent, and toilet tissue. Students are asked to bring any items that they would like to donate to their classroom. Teachers will then tally the items and deliver them to the storage area.
We have no specific goal for our collection this year. However, it's been a few years so Mr. Sievert has consented to put his hair on the line. If the students bring in 1000 items for the pantry, he will "buzz" off his hair. If the total reaches 1500 items he will shave off his beard. Finally, if the total reaches 2000 items, his mustache will disappear. The Lord has truly blessed all of us. May we continue to share from the bounty He has provided for us with those who have much less than we do. We pray that you will take this opportunity to support the Crete Pantry and help our students learn the importance of giving back to their community.
Advent Worship Opportunities
The Advent season is upon us and we have some special mid-week worship opportunities. Each Wednesday, December 4th, 11th, and 18th, Trinity Lutheran Church and Zion Lutheran Church will have services at 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. There will be a fellowship meal served between the two services at both churches.
May the Lord bless our preparations to celebrate the birth of our Savior!
High School and Junior High Christmas Concert
On Sunday, December 8, at 2:00 p.m. Illinois Lutheran High School and Junior High will be putting on their Christmas Concert. This year's concert will feature both the Junior High and High School Bands, the 8th grade music students, the High School Concert Choir, and Micahtam. Along with the school groups, there will also be some soloists providing music before and during the concert. One of the great things about Christmas is all of the wonderful music that is associated with the holiday. What a wonderful way for us to praise our God! Mark your calendars and join us for this celebration of the birth of Jesus!
Children's Christmas Service
On Sunday, December 15, the Elementary School students will share their annual Christmas service with the area families, friends and congregations. The service will be held in the Illinois Lutheran Junior High/High School gymnasium. While the service will begin at 2:00 p.m. the Elementary School Intermediate Band will perform several songs as preservice music. The theme for the service is "The Carols of Christmas." The service features many classic Christmas carols including "Oh, Come, All Ye Faithful," "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen," "The First Noel," and "Silent Night." All the students in grades Preschool through 6 will share the wonderful Christmas story through various recitations and special songs. We pray that many of you will be able to join us for this special afternoon.
Parking at Trinity and Crossing the Street
The faculty and I would like to remind everyone that students should not be using the gate along the east side of the school property to cross the street to get to the church parking lot. If you park in the south lot at Trinity, please remind your children to use the cross walk with the crossing guard at the front of school and walk back to the parking lot. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Just a Reminder
Do not forget that we host "Open House Thursdays" each Thursday throughout the year. If you know someone whose children would be well-served by a top notch Christian education at Illinois Lutheran, don't hesitate to tell them about OPEN HOUSE THURSDAYS. Your referrals are the best way to make our school grow in a quality way. Thank you for sharing the message. And who knows, maybe you sharing the news about our school might lead someone and their children to the Good News - Jesus!
Entertainment Books and Golden Opportunity Books
Booster Club has Entertainment Books, as well as, Golden Opportunity Books on sale for $25.00 each at either of the ILS Campuses. These books offer great discounts for restaurants, movies, and more! They also make great Christmas gifts! Thank you for your support!