Here is a short list of some of my Christmas memories;
Singing in our church’s “living Christmas tree”,sneaking a peak at my gifts, waking up so early that my grandmother tried to give my sister a sleeping pill, Christmas eve Chinese food, always being together, relatives sharing Christmas dinner, feeling safe and loved, and reading the nativity narrative before gift exchanges occurred.
What do you remember? Putting up the tree? Watching Dad struggling to put up the lights? Family get togethers for snacks after Christmas Eve service?
Are you taking the time to repeat your memorable childhood experiences with your children and/or adding any new ones? Many people reminisce during this time of year and it is in those moments of thoughtful musings that we find Christmas comes alive. I’m also reminded and find peace in knowing that it’s not all the extras we normally think about surrounding Christmas that make it so special, but in the reality that this moment in time reflects on the historical salvation of mankind. The good news of the Gospel has its plan incarnated in the birth of Christ. As we all take time in creating or extending our joyous memories of this season, we pray that you will also have opportunity to praise and worship the Son of God and the gift understood through His coming, His death and resurrection for all mankind.
One of our own traditions here at PCS takes place next week. We look forward to having you join us for our PCS Family Christmas worship assembly on Wednesday Dec. 11 at 6:30pm at Forest Brook Community Church. Coming together as a community to celebrate and worship is one of our greatest highlights of the year.
Bombarded by information. That seems to be the status of every one of us that lives with or near a computer or cell phone. It has become a constant endeavour to evaluate and only open or respond to certain individuals or apps . . . as we have the time. All others usually are put in the electronic trash file called “unread”.
One area that we are always concerned with here at PCS is how we communicate, how much we communicate (content and frequency), and are our communications making it home? What is the status of your involvement with the school’s communication methods? Do you read the Wednesday Mid-week Reminder or Friday Facts email? Do you peruse the website or classroom take home sheets (paper or electronic version?). We would love any feedback that you have regarding school communications. Please feel free to respond with your comments below.
At last week’s Parent Coffee & Chat, we were able to intentionally inquire about our communication methods and understand which ones were working and which ones should be changed. The response was enlightening and productive. We will be scheduling more of these Coffee & Chat times to provide another avenue for communication. Having open lines of communication is a big part of making sure everyone is on the same page. Please continue to assist us in spreading the daily news of PCS in the best format possible.
One current change (that we were considering and subsequently confirmed out of the Coffee & Chat) is the move to a paperless class take home. For a couple of years now we have duplicated the JK to Grade 5 with a paper take home as well as an electronic version on the website. Starting as of January 1, 2020 it will no longer be sent home via paper. You will be able to continue viewing it online though. If however, you would like to continue receiving a paper copy, for the last 6 months of this school year we will honour any requests to continue sending it home as you make the adjustments. Please contact your child’s teacher and they will continue to send it home via the agenda.
We look forward to many more great conversations in the future at our Coffee & Chat times, so please keep an eye out for our next date and hopefully you can join us. It is always nice to get together and continue to build this awesome community we call “our” school.
“And as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.”
Eph. 6:15 (ESV)
As we begin the season of giving and sharing, it really is about the gospel of forgiveness, to have peace with God. What a joy to tell others about God’s love as shown through the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
PCS has a wonderful opportunity to share the love of God through our shoes!
The country of Venezuela has undergone massive economic upheaval. It is reported that the total inflation rate since 2016 has reached 54 million percent. It is hard to imagine that number, I looked it up and it is true. The people have many needs but one major article of clothing that is vital are shoes.
Working with churches in Venezuela and Colombia, shoes cross the border and are distributed by churches, to the needy. The government will allow used shoes to pass through, but not new shoes. Through a contact we have with the Iglesia Principe de Paz, in Tachira, Venezuela; we have committed as a school to help meet the need. You can also find out more information about this project through the Facebook group; “Venezuela Relief Project” Click Here
So here is what we can do to help… collect used shoes. Look in your closet, ask a friend to look in their closet as well. All different sizes are needed. Bring them to school during the month of November. We will place a bin in the school lobby, and as the shoes come in we will count and sort them and place them in the boxes to be shipped.
At the end of the month we will send them to the coordination centre for transport.
What a simple and amazing way to demonstrate the shoes of the readiness of the gospel of peace.
Final jeopardy answer, under the category “Average teenager with a cell phone”
Answer “2617” (key in jeopardy music)
Question; “What is the average number of times young people touch, swipe, or tap their phones in one day?”
My thoughts go to the word “Boundaries” What are they? Who establishes them? Why are they there? President J.F.Kennedy stated “ Don’t ever take a fence down, until you know the reason why it was put up.” In the realm of parenting, boundaries are extremely important to establish the routines that will create the necessary life skills in a growing individual.
Cell phone use seems to have no boundaries. Children, at a progressively earlier age, are being allowed to touch, swipe and tap their phones during dinner, late at night or at any other available moment.
Tristan Harris, former design ethicist at Google, expressed his concern that the hijacking of people’s minds and weaknesses occurred when you can persuade people to keep scrolling, clicking, watching the next thing.
I immediately think of Romans 12:2
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed
by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may
discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable
and perfect. (ESV)
The mind must have fences built to guard it so that it does not conform to the world’s every whim and desire. The role of parents is to determine the value of screen time versus Scripture time.
I will not set before my eyes
anything that is worthless.
Psalm 101:3a (ESV)
Can we take God’s words seriously? It is telling us that it's not just “BAD” stuff that we are to be wary of, it is also the mindless garbage that does nothing to add value to our life or service to God. The intentionality of this concept will create the parameters that will allow a young mind to grow and experience the richness of the world God has created. As parents it is time to flesh out this command and set up the fences that the children need.
All we like sheep have gone astray… we need fences to protect us all.
Brett Ullman has a great talk on Tech in the family. You can watch it at this link if you are looking for some practical help.