Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
And just like that, we enter the holiday season. I cannot believe how fast the time goes! The next few weeks are a blur of special activities and practices for our Christmas programs. They are fun and hectic all at the same time, creating lasting memories for our students and families each year.
I think it’s easy to get caught up in all of the festivities without really taking time to ponder how truly blessed we are in this great nation we call America. Yes, it is fraught with trouble, and the problems are real and compelling, but they pale in comparison to some of the strife in other countries around the world.
Our message this week in chapel will be to encourage students to adopt an “attitude of gratitude.” It’s easy to find the problems in life, but when we stop to think of all we take for granted, the cup becomes half full rather than half empty. I am not minimizing the problems that exist for us in the U.S. or for individuals who struggle with daily living. They are real and deserve solutions as we wrestle with the issues. Still, we have much for which to be thankful. Most importantly, the God who saves us is always present to help us through difficult times. He won’t necessarily make our hardships go away, but His Word is ever present and provides comfort in a way that only He can.
We must reach out to our Savior in times of worry, fear, and hardship. His Word is always available to us in our Bible and from those who know Him and love Him. He has not intended for us to be alone. He wants us to draw near to Him and rely on Him in all things, whether they are joyous or hard.
Faith is easy in good times; it can be harder in life’s difficulties. The hardships build our faith if we allow God to work with us during those times. I can personally look back at times when I questioned how God was working in my life, but the minute I dove into my Bible, His Words of comfort were there. I can see now where He orchestrated everything for reasons that were unknown to me at the time. And I grew as a follower of Christ. I live my life now with much more assurance of His continued presence because I questioned and sought Him in the hardships of my life, and I continue to do so. I encourage you to do the same.
Our God remains constant now and forever, and He wishes to be in fellowship with you! He has placed you at CCA to surround you with His family, and we are a community in Christ that is strong and vibrant because we believe!
May you enjoy Thanksgiving with your loved ones this week. Because we have an extended holiday break, our newsletter will take a break next Sunday but will be back on December 3.
Our high school students spent most of their day on Friday helping to deliver Thanksgiving food to families in need across our extended community. In all, 750 boxes were delivered to dozens of schools in the greater Tacoma, Spanaway, and Lakewood areas. This is a ministry of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church and First Baptist Church of Lakewood. What started as a grass-roots outreach at Prince of Peace a few years ago has blossomed into a full-scale ministry that now blesses hundreds of families. Even the military was involved in packing boxes this year!
Our students were remarkable in their efforts to load and deliver the boxes. They received rave reviews from the adults involved, and the churches are looking forward to our continued partnership.
Thank you, parents, for raising your children to be contributors who aren’t afraid of hard work!
Empty Bowls is a grassroots project that started in the 1990s when a pottery teacher challenged his students to create bowls which they sold at a soup dinner to raise funds for a local food bank. News of this event spread rapidly among the potting community. Today, hunger relief organizations and potters host Empty Bowl events around the world.
Concordia Christian Academy is excited to participate in this tradition to raise funds for the Emergency Food Network. Through donated food, bulk purchasing, and produce from their farm (Mother Earth Farm), Emergency Food Network is able to provide two meals for every dollar donated through a network of food banks and distribution sites.
Pottery students at CCA are currently producing bowls in class for our event. These are often the first bowls they’ve ever made on the potter’s wheel, and their willingness to donate these bowls, rather than keeping them, exemplifies a selflessness in caring for their neighbors in need.
Our event will take place from 5:00 to 8:00 pm on Friday, December 1, in our basement lunchroom. Bowls will be available for $20 each. Our elementary and middle school classes are preparing soup, which will be served along with bread.
Please plan to attend this event and consider purchasing a beautiful student-crafted bowl. Together, may we serve Christ by serving others, nourishing body and soul.
Order forms are available in the K-8 and High School offices.
A Handel’s Messiah singalong will be hosted by Christ Lutheran Church, 8211 112th St SW, Lakewood, WA 98498 on December 3, 2023, at 2:00 p.m. The performance, directed by Dr. Anne Lyman, DMA, and featuring professional instrumentalists and vocal soloists, will mark the 29th occurrence of this cherished Christmas tradition. Music scores are available and admission is free – a gift to the community. Singers and listeners are welcome.
Please share this information with your fellow singers and on your social media platforms. The more, the merrier!
For more information contact Christ Lutheran Church at 253-588-0331.
Monday, November 20
FT: Gr 1 to Bliss Ice Cream 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 21
HS Friends Giving – LR, 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 22
12:00 Dismissal for Thanksgiving Break
Thursday, November 23 – Friday, November 24
NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Break
Wednesday, November 29
HS NHS – Backpack for Kids @ OSLC, 5:00 p.m.
Friday, December 1
HS Empty Bowls Project – LR, 3:00 p.m.
Winter Sports –
Boys and Girls BB Practice
Winter Sports –
HS Boys Varsity Practice
HS Boys JV Practice
HS Girls BB Practice
HS Cheer Practice