Chapel in May

Chapel Blog for May

Theme: The Amazing Maze – DETERMINATION

Determination:  Deciding it’s worth it to finish what you started

 may chapel

Determination is a response of the character of God.      

Our Memory Verse for May comes from Galatians 6:9. “Let us not become tired of doing good. At the right time we will gather a crop if we don’t give up” (NIrV).

Throughout Scripture, we can discover that God has been faithful to His people. He rescued them from slavery in Egypt. He sent Jesus to rescue us from our sin. He remained faithful to the early church as they spread the message of Jesus throughout the world. When we see how God gave His people what they needed to continue following Him, we can respond with determination believing that God will give us what we need to finish what we start.

Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to help us have determination.

When Jesus gave His disciples the incredible mission of spreading the message of the Gospel throughout the world, He didn’t make them do it alone. Instead, He sent the Holy Spirit to empower them to show faith and determination in the face of whatever might happen along the way. When we put our faith in Jesus, the Holy Spirit empowers us to finish what we start.

We think it’s important for us to help our kids and families discover more about determination—deciding it’s worth it to finish what you started.

When Paul wrote this verse to the church at Philippi, he encouraged the followers of Jesus to show determination and keep doing good. We may not see results right away, but in time, God will help us see that finishing what we started was worth all of the effort.

In chapel this month, we will see how determination shows up in the early church and the first followers of Jesus as they worked to accomplish the mission He had for them.

 

May 2
We start our discussion about determination in Acts 3 and 4. Peter and John are arrested for healing a man and teaching about Jesus. They are brought before the Sanhedrin where they tell them to stop talking about Jesus or face severe consequences. Peter and John show determination as they proclaim that nothing can keep them from talking about Jesus.

Bottom Line: Keep going even when it gets hard. Life will be difficult. As much as we might try, we can’t escape hardships. But in those times, we can trust God to give us what we need to show determination and keep going.

May 9
In Acts 10, Peter was a Jewish follower of Jesus. Cornelius was a Roman commander. These two were unlikely friends even in the best of circumstances. But through a couple of visions, these two men were about to cross paths. And through this meeting, Peter discovered the mission Jesus gave the disciples was way bigger than he originally thought.

Bottom Line: Keep going even when the job is bigger than you think. There are times we start a job and soon realize that it will be a much larger endeavor. Our first instinct might be to give up all together, but we need to keep going. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can push through and show determination right up until the end.

May 16
In Ephesians 6:10-18, we read a portion of a letter Paul wrote to the church at Ephesus. The early church is feeling attacked from all sides, and Paul encourages them by reminding them how the Holy Spirit can help them. We have armor that stand against anything that we might face in this world.

Bottom Line: God gives you what you need to keep going. We pray that through this lesson, kids will realize all they have available to them right now to help them show determination when they feel like giving up.

May 23
Finally, we head to Revelation 21:1-8, 22-27 and 22:1-5. John’s vision of the New Heaven and New Earth is an encouragement to anyone facing trials in their life. Through Jesus, we have the opportunity to spend forever with God in a world where there is no sorrow or pain or suffering and where our hope in Jesus is fully realized.

Bottom Line: Keep going because God knows the end of the story. Showing determination in the face of difficult situations is never easy. However, because of Jesus we have a hope that God will make all things new and someday everything will make sense once and for all. God does know the end of the story, and we can trust Him no matter what.

Taken from Orange 252 curriculum

Field Day Guidelines

Field Day Guidelines

May 12, 2017

We are excited about Field Day 2017!  Coach Waggoner has planned exciting, fun-filled stations for all elementary learners in the morning.  So thankful for all the parents, as well as the High School Student Leadership Institute students, who will be assisting in many ways on Friday.  We will break around 11:30 for lunch provided by Sage Dining, and then the afternoon will be a time for some more engaging activities especially designed for grades 3-5.

 

We eagerly anticipate a great day of fun, so we ask that you please be mindful of the following guidelines:

  • Students may wear shorts with the field day t-shirt.
    • If a field day t-shirt was not purchased, please wear any SRCS t-shirt.
    • Shorts must be appropriate length (finger-tip or longer).
    • No jean shorts or any shorts with rivets. (Rivets harm the slides.)

 

  • Please wear either water shoes or older tennis shoes.
    • No sandals or flip-flops allowed.

 

  • We will enjoy water slides, so please bring a change of clothes.
    • Appropriate length shorts with SRCS t-shirt.
    • No jean shorts or any shorts with rivets. (Rivets harm the slides.)
    • Each student will also will need a towel.

 

  • Adults welcome!
    • Please come ready to help!
    • Please wear comfortable shoes.
    • Appropriate length shorts are also suggested.
    • We ask for adults not to wear sleeveless shirts, tank or halter tops.
    • Please complete the lunch form and return it to the homeroom teacher by Wednesday, 5/4/17.

If you have any questions, please consult your child’s homeroom teacher or call the school.

 

Looking forward to Friday!

Mrs. Judy Johnston (SR Elementary Principal)

Mrs. Dawn Olender (SR elementary Assistant Principal)

March Blog

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Chapel Blog for March

Theme: Fix it Up – A Forgiveness Project

Forgiveness: a reflection of the character of God.

Memory Verse:   “. . . forbearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.” Colossians 3:13

Forgiveness is a reflection of the character of God. 

Throughout Scripture, we are reminded about God’s grace and forgiveness.

God makes us white as snow. (Isaiah 1:18)

God’s mercies are new every morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

God is faithful and just to forgive our sins. (1 John 1:9)

When our relationship with God was broken beyond repair, God offered His only Son as the way to forgive us and restore the broken relationship.

Since we are created in God’s image, we have the ability to offer forgiveness when people in our lives hurt us. God’s love in us makes it possible for us to forgive others and work towards fixing our own relationships that break down from time to time.

Jesus made it possible for us to have God’s forgiveness.

God showed us just how much He cares about forgiveness when He made the ultimate sacrifice and sent Jesus to pay the price for our sin. While sin separates us from God, He offers grace and forgiveness as a gift for us to receive. We have been forgiven of so much, it’s only right that we turn to those in our lives and offer forgiveness to them in return.

That’s why we think it’s important for us to help our kids and families discover more about Forgiveness–deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay.

Our Memory Verse, Colossians 3:13, is from Paul’s letter to the church at Colossi.  It reminds us not only that God forgave our sins, but also that we should forgive others instead of holding grudges against one another. We pray that throughout March, families will let go of what they’re holding against each other and choose to forgive. We think that this could be a powerful month in the lives of kids and families in our churches.

We will spend the month of March taking a closer look at the way forgiveness shows up throughout a few of the parables Jesus told His followers.

March 7
We start off the month learning about the lengths God will go to rescue His children. In Luke 15:1-7, we listen to a story Jesus told about a shepherd that risked the entire flock in order to find and rescue the one sheep who has run off.

Bottom Line: God forgives you. We’ll focus on God’s love for us that went to great lengths to rescue us from our sin. Through this story of the Lost Sheep, we pray that kids will remember that God forgives us.

March 14
We continue our look at forgiveness with one of Jesus’ most well-known parables. In Luke 15:11-24, Jesus talks about a kid who thinks he’s got it all together. He demands half of his dad’s money and takes off to spend it on himself. It’s only when the money is gone he realizes he’s made a HUGE mistake and needs forgiveness. He’s got just one hope: that his dad will let him come home and be a servant.

Bottom Line: Everyone needs to be forgiven, even me. Realizing one’s need for forgiveness is a huge step for anyone. But through Jesus’ story, we hope kids realize that everyone needs forgiveness, even them.

March 21
We continue Jesus parable of the Lost Son in Luke 15:21-32. Although the son returns ready to work off the money he took from his father, the father welcomes his Lost Son home, and even throws a giant party! But not everyone’s too happy about this. The kid’s older brother has obeyed dad all his life—without a single party to show for it. He’s sulking in the backyard until his dad shows up. And if big brother isn’t willing to let this whole thing go, he’ll miss out.

Bottom Line: When you don’t forgive, you miss out. The same thing is true for us. When we don’t forgive we have the potential to miss out on all that could happen through that relationship. God can give us the strength we need to forgive. And when we do, we get to find out the amazing things that God can do when we decided to forgive.

March 28
We finish the month with another one of Jesus’ parables in Matthew 18:21-35. Jesus tells the story of a servant who likes to live it up—even though he’s weighed down by MILLIONS of dollars in debt! This servant gets a big break when the king forgives his debt. You’d think he’s got it made—until he finds a man who owes him a few bucks. You’d think he’d pay it forward and cancel the debt, but that’s not what happened. He gets caught when he didn’t forgive others like the king forgave him.

Bottom Line: Since God forgave you, you should forgive others. Forgiveness is full circle. God chose to forgive us when we had a huge debt against Him because of our sin. Because we are forgiven of so much, when others hurt us, we should respond with forgiveness in return. We pray that kids will start to realize how they can forgive people in their life.

Taken from Orange 252