Tuesday, December 20, 2016

“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord."    
Luke 2:10-11

The Visit of the Wise Men

Matthew 2

7"Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, 'Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.' 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.”

For as many times as I have heard and read the account of the events that surrounded the birth of our Savior, this year the passage about the Wise Men diligently searching for Jesus caused me to pause and be still with their journey to our newborn King. While they were ordered by and obeyed King Herod to go and look for the child, the Wise Men knew, because of their dream, that God had a plan, so they followed the star in”blind” faith and trust and searched for the child. Upon finding Jesus they fell down and worshiped Him and then offered their gifts and treasures.

The events of this story parallel what a kindergarten student shared with me this morning when I went into her classroom to read a Christmas story. She said that the other night she prayed and asked Jesus to be her Savior. She followed heart and the light of Jesus in “blind” faith and trust much like the Wise Men did. Just like the Wise Men she gave Jesus a treasured gift; her heart. This little girl shared this precious moment with me with JOY that can only come from Jesus, and that JOY was/is definitely contagious! ;) Different from the Wise Men for us now though, we don’t have to search, because Jesus is always right there/here with us.  

Wishing you a
Merry, “Blind,” and Wise Christmas
filled with Jesus JOY!

Jr. Cougars Spanish Club Coming Soon!

Hola! Mrs. Nafziger will be leading a Jr. Cougars Spanish Club on Wednesdays once we return from Christmas break. Whoop! Whoop!  It will begin on Wednesday, January 11, and run for the months of January through April.  It will include songs, snack, games, stories, and technology that will grow a student's understanding of the Spanish language and culture. 

The club will meet from 2:45 - 3:30 pm on the first, second, and third Wednesdays of the month. (With the exception of January and April.) The club is beginning on the second Wednesday of January, and in April there will only be two meetings because of Easter break on April 12.  There will be a field trip to Mrs. Nafziger's farm in April during one of the meetings, so on that day the time will be longer.  The farm trip will probably be on April 19, which will be the last meeting. (More information will be shared as the date approaches.)   The cost for the Jr. Cougars Spanish Club is $20 per student.

Please contact Mrs. Brenner if your Jr. Cougar is interested in participating in the Jr. Cougar Spanish Club! 

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