As we wait for Christmas, the birth of Jesus, we look forward to the joyful celebrations we will share with those we love. The prophet Isaiah calls us to rejoice, because God will make the desert bloom and will call the people to return home on a great highway. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the angels brought "good news of a great joy, which shall be to all people." The good news of Jesus' birth and the promise of Shalom are still "tidings of great joy" for us today.
Isaiah says, "Everlasting joy shall be upon their heads." The third candle reminds us of our joy in Jesus Christ.
Thank you, God, for the gift of joy. Help us to recognize the moments of joy in our lives, and to live joyfully so that others may be filled with the joy that comes from knowing Jesus Christ. Amen!
This past week was a very busy one. Thank-you to all who completed the writing assessments with their children for both Social Studies and Language Arts.
This week, our class was dilligently competing to win the door decorating competition. I will post some pictures soon. We also saw the grade nine Christmas drama presentation and viewed the elementary rehearsal for the evening Christmas concert. Thank-you to Ethan and Fiona for doing such a great job as masters of ceremony for the evening. Also a thank-you goes out to Jon, Gabby, Mark, and Nick for acting as ushers and to Gemma who so reliably worked the sound system. (John and Sawyer from Ms. Blassetti's class were also a great help as ushers and greeters for the evening.)
Monday - The winner of the door decorating competition is announced.
Thursday - 6M and 6B will be going to Arbour Lake's community center in the afternoon to roast marshmallows, drink hot chocolate and have a scavenger hunt.
Friday - Early dismisal is at 11:00 a.m.