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We try to get ready for school in so many ways. In addition to cleaning and ordering and planning and visioning, we also prepare our hearts and minds. As a faculty, we recently considered this passage from Joshua 3:5: “Then Joshua said to the people, ’Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you.’ ”
The context was the new leader of God’s people preparing for the crossing of the Jordan River. Like those who had crossed the Red Sea more than a generation before, the people faced a challenging situation. Walk into the midst of the waters holding to the promise that not only would the water be cleared from their path but that a hopeful future awaited on the other side.
Joshua did not advise the donning of wet suits or scuba gear. He did not hand out snorkels or floaties. Preparation took the form of consecrating.
What is that? In the sense here it means devoting yourselves wholly to something. In scripture it more narrowly means full on commitment to the Lord and His work.
Hey, it is one of those deadly sins, right? In fact, a noted theologian says he can attribute just about every sin and shortcoming in our lives to pride. He is probably right when pride dominates and transcends and drives us. It leads to selfishness, to self-protection above all else, to stubborn independence that cares little about the needs of others, and so on.
So I feel a little awkward having to use the word pride to describe my emotions over the last few weeks.
At SPLS we try to coordinate with Polk County Schools in terms of days off, etc. But we realize that gets harder as the years go by.
We are publishing the School Calendar for SPLS for 2019-2020. It was approved by the Board of Christian Day School last week.
We have the same major holidays as Polk County:
Thanksgiving (and Storm Make Up)
Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday
Major SPLS variations include:
Starting two days earlier on August 8. It is our preference to start with a partial week.
Two and a half days off in September for our LC-MS Florida Georgia District Teacher’s Conference.
A day and a half off in October for Parent-Teacher Conferences.
Easter Monday off. This is an SPLS tradition.
Ending a few days earlier on May 22, before Memorial Day.
Please note: We have chosen to have school on April 10, which is Good Friday. It will be a half day. We feel strongly that the tradition of families going to Good Friday worship services during the day has faded into history. So, in addition to getting a half day of school in, we would end our morning with a special Good Friday worship experience to which families and the community would be invited. Click here to download the 2019-2020 School Calendar
Most people probably do not enjoy receiving recognition in a way that is gushing or reeks of flattery. But I think most people do appreciate being appreciated.
And I think the above truths apply to our children, as well.
Right before Christmas, our P.T.O. gave gifts to teachers and staff. Some parents chose to go out of their way to give Christmas cards with kind notes to staff and others gave gifts. Among the generous and thoughtful things that came my way, the most meaningful was from a student who expressed appreciation for my teaching efforts. Being valued made those staff members (and me) feel uplifted.
The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.1 Timothy 2:1-2 MSG
Pastor Ron Pennekamp was recently interviewed by the Lakeland Ledger for an article on church leaders getting involved in politics. He expressed the Lutheran theological concept of the Two Kingdoms.
November 19, 20, 21 | 7:00am – 6:00pm in Athletic Center
Students and Non-SPLS Students are welcome to attend.
Please bring you own lunch; a morning and afternoon snacks will be provided.
Tuesday 20th, field trip: 12:15 – 3:15, 2Infinity.
Wednesday 21st, movie, soda, popcorn, chips: 3:15
Jump rope & obstacle course contests. Thanksgiving Scrapbook & crafts.
Click here for student registration form
Click here for non-student registration form
$4.25 hourly or $25.50 for the day. If advance payment by check is not received we will process through billing system.
We staff according to registrations. No credits and no refunds. Thank you for your help and understanding.
Our student praise band played this song in chapel Wednesday. And even though I have heard it on the radio many times, the clarity of the message in the lyrics struck me as I sang along with the kids.
“Before I spoke a word, You were singing over me
You have been so, so good to me
Before I took a breath, You breathed Your life in me
You have been so, so kind to me”
God has known each child from before they were born and even conceived. Every child, every person, is of great value to God.
Mrs. Boyd was in the hospital recently. One thing she noticed right away was that she was asked at every turn for her name and her birthdate. Over eight days it was well over fifty times she was asked. They clearly wanted to make sure they were treating the correct person. They wanted her identity to be confirmed.
But does her name and birthdate really tell you who she is? Of course, you would need to know her to really know who she is. A great mother to four boys. An amazingly creative and accomplished teacher. A dedicated woman of faith.
St Paul Lutheran Church will welcome the new school year with a worship service on Sunday, August 12 at 10:47AM. All school families are welcome as we install new teachers, recommit our returning staff, recognize anniversaries and pledge the year to the Lord’s service.
Calling all parents of SPLS students! We have been working hard on campus getting many things ready, but there are still activities that require volunteer man, woman and child power.
Sign up now for Work Day 2018 on Saturday, August 4, 8 AM to noon.
We have a great time and do great things to get ready for our awesome boys and girls.