Holy and Blameless in His Sight
Anybody out there perfect?
Oh, we may get a perfect score on our DMV test. We might play in a community league basketball game and make 100% of our free throws (5 out of 5 isn’t bad at all). We may sing in a choir or play an instrument, and be able to sing or play all of the notes correctly… for at least one song. Our kids may have perfect school attendance for a quarter, and we may have attended church every Sunday as a family for a year!
Perfection is hard work. It takes times, it takes effort, and as hard as we try—it is not sustainable. We cannot be perfect all the time, in fact—most of the time our work and efforts are not perfect, not even close. Sin takes hold, and our attempts toward holiness and perfection get sidetracked. In fact, sometimes our lives seem permanently sidetracked by temptation, and we find our life going down the wrong path.
When we think about the shortcomings of our life, it can haunt us, create anxiety and stress within relationships, and cause depression. It can even cause our faith to get shaky—especially when we hear verses like 1 Peter 1:16, for it is written, “Be holy, because I am holy.” Wow, here St. Peter is quoting the Old Testament book of Leviticus that sets an impossibly high standard, one we cannot measure up to.
Hopefully, when we think of our Holy God, and His demand that we be holy in His sight; we don’t focus on what we have done wrong, or can’t do right; but instead focus on God’s all-encompassing love and His generous gift of Jesus as our Lord and Savior. We know that God is love, and that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us! We are made in His image, and because of Jesus we are holy and blameless in the sight of God. We can celebrate being His precious children every day because of the love of God that is ours in the gift of Jesus our Savior.
We have a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving—family, friends, and all the gifts of our daily life. Most of all though—we can give thanks that we are holy and precious in the sight of God.
Thanks be to God for all things!
Dr. Steve Christopher
A WORD FROM
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Operation Christmas Child (OCC) is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization. Their mission is to provide local partners around the world with shoeboxes filled with small toys, hygiene items, and school supplies as a means of reaching out to children in their own communities with the Good News of Jesus Christ. They ship these simple gifts outside the United States to children affected by war, poverty, natural disaster, famine, and disease; and to children living on Native American reservations in the U.S.
K-3rd grade students at 9am and 7 pm
Advent Services | K-3rd “John Peter’s Christmas Pox”
Operation Christmas Child Packing Party
Thanksgiving Camp will be open
No School for K-8th grade
Pre-K students at 9 am and 7 pm
No school for preschool - 8th grade
Dismissal at 11:30 am. SAC and preschool will be open.
Wear your maroon spirit shirts
Campus Closed for Thanksgiving
Advent Services | 4-8th “A Christmas Celebration”
Advent Services | Pre-K “The Little Drummer Boy”
MCL Gym at 3-7 pm
4-8th grade students at 9 am and 7 pm
All school lunch at 11:30
Join us for our day camp during the week of Thanksgiving!
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November 18-25 3:30-5:30 pm
Friday, Nov 22 3:00-6:00 pm
Saturday, Nov 23 11:00-2:00 pm
Sunday , Nov 24 12:00-3:00 pm
Monday, Nov 25 8:00-1:00 pm
Thurs, Nov 21st
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November 25-27th · 6:30 am - 6:00 pm
Operation Christmas Collection Week
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2nd Grade, Mrs. Wright
Sophia Kort · Academic Advancement
James Salama · Responsible Citizen
1st Grade, Mrs. Stade
Parker Mortorff · Christian Values
Scarlett McNulty · Responsible Citizen
Sadie Fletcher is 5th grades student of the month. Sadie is a very motivated and responsible student. She arrives early to school almost every morning, prepared to work and eager to learn. She is focused and dedicated to going above and beyond. Sadie is making great improvements in all her classes and was able to make honor roll last quarter. She reflects a Christ-like attitude by always offering to help her classmates or teachers. Congratulations Sadie job well done.
Gabriel Kaishar has earned Student of the Month Honor for October in sixth grade. Gabriel has done an outstanding job academically, earning honor roll recognition for the first quarter. He has adjusted well to middle school procedures and processes. Gabriel’s sense of humor and unique perspective adds greatly to the classroom environment. Additionally, he treats his teachers as well as his fellow students with respect. He is continuing to develop the skills of an independent learner by using his class time effectively, focusing on his schoolwork rather than social activities. As Gabriel continues his positive start, he will achieve great success this year and in the future.
3rd Grade, Mrs. Mawhorter
Carys Alcorn · Academic Advancement
Melody Hilliard · Responsible Citizen
6th Grade, Mr. Cox
7th Grade, Mrs. Cox
Isaac Fuentes has earned October’s Student of the Month in seventh grade. Isaac has all the attributes of a student who C.A.R.E.s. He shows his Christian Values each and every day as he treats his classmates with compassion and respect, volunteering to be of help whenever the need arises. Through a dedicated and diligent effort on his part, Isaac has shown his Academic Advancement earning honor roll status for the first quarter. His positive attitude is reflected in his willingness to work diligently on his schoolwork. Isaac is also a Responsible Citizen through being a self-disciplined and trustworthy young man. His sense of humor also adds a unique and fun dimension to the classroom environment. Isaac is continuing to be an Effective Communicator as he works on his written and oral responses. With this awesome start, I am sure Isaac will continue to have a strong seventh grade year and be ready for any academic challenges in the future. Congratulations!
Kindergarten, Mrs. Hobbs
Vivienne Flores · Christian Values
Kaelyn Lee · Christian Values
Michael Ortayazmaciyan is the 4th grade student of the month. He reflects a Christ-like attitude in his daily life; is kind and caring to his friends .Academically, Michael is prepared for class and excelling in his progress, especially in math. Michael accepts responsibility and demonstrates self-discipline in his words and classroom behavior. He is a good citizen and works cooperatively with others. He is a wonderful puppy trainer and a delight to have in class.
4th Grade, Mrs. Trotter
5th Grade, Mrs. Gonzales
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