Illinois Lutheran Elementary School-Crete, IL Bulletin for Sunday, March 09, 2014
This Week's Devotional Thought -
See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. Hebrews 3:12-14
Made of Concrete?
Some of you probably know a lot more about concrete than I do. However, from the few times that I have worked with concrete, I have learned a couple of very important things. First, good concrete takes a lot of hard, careful work. Second, good concrete will last a very long time if it is taken care of well.
By its nature, concrete is pretty rough and lumpy. If you just let wet concrete sit, it will end up like a bumpy rock that you won't easily break apart. That's why it is so important to work with the wet concrete using the correct tools. Using the various floats, you have to work the "cream" of the concrete to the top. This is what provides the nice, smooth surface on the face of the concrete. The solid materials lie just under the surface and provide its strength, but we all love that nice, smooth surface. As the concrete cures, it gives off heat as part of the chemical reaction binding all of the parts of the concrete together. Just before the surface is hard, a nice "broom coat" can be put on to provide just enough friction to create grip for people as they walk across the new concrete surface. A couple of days of curing, and you have a new surface that should last at least 50 years if it is treated well.
This week's bible verse from Hebrews chapter 3 talks about our time of grace. It's called "Today" in the reading. During that time of grace God provides us the opportunity to come to faith and build that faith. This takes a lot of hard, diligent work. Like concrete, if we allow faith to just "sit there," it will end up a hardened mess. The verse refers to this as "hardened by sin's deceitfulness." If the proper tools are used on that faith - the Gospel in Word and sacrament - that faith can be formed and shaped into something very beautiful. But we are not done yet! This is a lifelong process. Just like you want to use sealers on concrete to protect it from the elements, so we must use the Gospel to continue to protect that faith. If we don't, then the faith on the surface will be destroyed, and the hardened mess of the sin will be exposed. Treat that faith well with God's word, and it will last a lifetime - an eternal lifetime.
We know (and hope) that construction season is just around the corner. When you see those workers diligently laying a brand new concrete road, remember that your faith is just like that concrete. With proper care it will last a lifetime. Fill your faith with God's Word and allow that hardened beauty to stand the tests of this life and lead to eternal life in heaven.
Oh heavenly Father, Thank you for giving us our faith. We know that it needs to be nurtured daily with the saving Gospel. Using the Gospel, harden our saving faith. Protect it and keep it strong until that time that you will take us to be with you forever in heaven. We pray this in our Savior's name. Amen.
This Week's ChristLight Stories
It is natural for us to "look up" to our leaders. The Israelites were in a very unique situation. The physical leaders that they had were directed by the almighty Father in heaven. However, they became tired of this relationship with God and desired a king - a physical king who could physically lead the people. In our lessons this week God provides the Israelites with their first, physical king - Saul. Saul initially proved faithful to the Lord, but he eventually would stray from God's directions, and would fall victim of sinful stubbornness and pride. The stories for this week are "Saul Is Chosen" from 1 Samuel chapters 9, 10, and 11, and "Saul Is Rejected" from 1 Samuel chapters 13 and 15. As you have opportunity, please take the time to review these stories with your children.
Just a reminder that Spring Break is March 10 - March 14. Enjoy the time off!
Wednesday, March 5th is Ash Wednesday which begins our journey through the season of Lent. Please plan to worship our Savior on the next 6 Wednesdays as we review the passion of our Savior and what He has done to free us from our sins. Our teachers will make every effort to be careful with homework so that our students will be able to worship with their families.
It has ended...
Our Chip Bag Recycling program has now ended. Thanks to all who have been helping us recycle by saving at home and bringing their chip bags in to the school office.
We still collect ink cartridges, toner, Elmer's glue, dairy tubs, Box Tops and Campbell's Soup Labels. We have also started a marker recycling program through Crayola. They will accept ALL brands of markers, including dry erase. Please deposit any of these items in the grade school office in the marked bins. Thanks again for your help!
CPA Game Night
The Charger Parent Association is changing Mini Game night from Thursday, February 27 to Friday, March 21. Game night will be from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Anyone interested in helping with a game table please contact Carleen Kadela.
At Kindergarten Roundup prospective Kindergarten students attend a half day of Kindergarten. They will have an opportunity to meet the teacher and student aide, work together with prospective classmates, and experience what it is like to go through a Kindergarten day. Parents will also have the opportunity to meet with the teacher and the principal to learn more about Kindergarten readiness and requirements. There will be two sessions for you to choose from:
Monday, March 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
Monday, March 24 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Please contact the school office at 708-672-5969 to reserve your child's time slot for Kindergarten Roundup.
ILHS Boosters Ultimate Kids' Sale
Want to make some EXTRA CASH, get rid of extra kids' stuff, AND help the ILHS Boosters fund programs for our students? Why not sell your kids GENTLY USED clothing (spring & summer), equipment (sports, video, etc) and games and toys Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the ILHS Boosters Ultimate Kids' sale? We'll be selling everything used by Tots to Teens including formalwear, shoes, kids' bedding, etc.
Cost is $15 to register for ILS families, members of Trinity Lutheran and Zion Lutheran. Details can be found on the ilhs.org website under the MORE tab. Registration forms and sale guidelines/rules are available at both school offices and online. Completed registration forms with fees are due by March 11th.
Sellers' mandatory informational meetings are scheduled for March 6th OR March 10th (your choice) at 6:30 p.m. at the ILHS campus. Questions or concerns, contact sale co-chairs Debbie Cantu (firstname.lastname@example.org) OR CJ Clayton (email@example.com) for more information.
*Other interested individuals outside our school and churches can sell at a registration fee of $25
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!
A Parental Concern
I was approached by a parent recently with a concern about parents dropping off their children in the morning. With the cold weather there have been more children getting out of cars on the "street" or "driver's" side of the car. When this happens, the student steps directly out into the street and any cars that would be traveling down the street. They must also cross either in front of or behind their car where a car could slide into them. The same can be said for some parents.
There are probably two solutions to the situation. First, have all students exit the car on the "curb" or "passenger" side of the vehicle. I know that this might mean changing around car seats and normal sitting patterns, but that is a very small price to pay compared to an injury to one of the students. Second, you could park either on the north side of church or at the very west end of the parking area by school. Then your child could use the sidewalk, proceed to school, and stay safe. This is difficult to do during the cold weather, but breathing that brisk air is much better than there being an injured child.
Thanks for working to correct this situation.
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.
Emergency School Closings
When the weather takes a turn for the worse, school may be canceled. Illinois Lutheran Schools use POWER ANNOUNCEMENT to notify of school closings. You will receive notifications by email, text, and voice about school closings. You can get current closing information through your local radio and TV stations, you can also go online at www.EmergencyClosings.com or you can call 1-847-238-1234.
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