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Parent Letter - 12/8/23

December 08, 2023
By Bill Sharp

Dear Warrior Nation,

In his first letter to the Thessalonians, the apostle Paul wrote, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).  While we often celebrate during the month of December, many around us find this month filled with challenges, struggles, or even grief.  Paul reminds us that no matter what our circumstances, our joy comes through God, not our situations or our stuff.  Joy is not happiness but rather a mindset that is rooted in eternity.  We, as believers, hold on to the promise of spending eternity with our heavenly Father, where all pain, sorrow, sickness, and hurt will disappear.  It doesn’t make the current situation better or worse.  It gives us the strength, through the Holy Spirit, to press on with our eyes fixed on Christ as we rejoice always.  To pray without ceasing implies a lifestyle of prayer.  Our voice, location, posture, or time of day are irrelevant.  It is a continual conversation with God, filled with thanksgiving, petition, and acknowledging God for who He is.  Finally, give thanks, not FOR everything, but IN everything.  Every situation we encounter is already known by God, and he has a purpose for it in our lives.  May the Lord bless you and strengthen you through triumphs and challenges.  In our own strength, we can’t do it, but in God, all things are possible!

Congratulations to the elementary students and Mrs. DeVoe for an amazing show last night at the Winter Concert.  The songs, instruments, and sign language accompaniment were a true blessing to all in attendance.  We are especially grateful to the teachers who sacrificed some learning time during the past couple of weeks in preparation for this event.  We are also grateful to parents for your partnership and attendance in support of our students and the performing arts program.  The students worked hard preparing, and we are all very proud of their performance!

Don’t forget that next week is the last week of the semester.  Monday is a normal school day.  Tuesday through Friday will be early release days (Elementary at 11:40, Secondary at 11:55), and aftercare will go until 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday through Thursday ONLY.  There is no aftercare on Friday, 15 December, so please plan accordingly. Please keep our students in your prayers for focus and a strong finish over the next week, as well as strength for teachers as they work to help their students finish well.  They have worked hard this semester to teach and love your students, and I am blessed to have the opportunity to serve with them.  I am very grateful to all of you and your partnership in Christian education.  We have such a great opportunity to be a light in these challenging times.

May the Lord bless you and keep you during this holiday season.  Please let us know if we can partner with you in prayer for anything.

Blessings,

Bill Sharp, M.Ed.
Head of School
 

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