The leaves are changing colour and we’re also changing! While the leaves are starting to die, we are living, learning, and growing; the leaves are shriveling but we’re expanding. At the same time, some of the excitement of starting school has worn off; there are minor illnesses and annoyances. We’re settling into routines, planning field trips, and figuring out expectations of each other as staff and students.
I’ve been very encouraged by how our staff focuses on the Lord and expresses care to one another. We do that in our staff meetings every morning; a different staff member will take a turn talking about the meaning of a passage of scripture and then praying for the needs that have been shared. We believe God is big enough and has enough resources for all our needs to be met–and then some! In Christ, we have been given authority, sonship/daughtership, peace, and the power of the Holy Spirit to testify and to live a holy life. So our focus is on the Lord and encouraging one another.
We wrapped up September with a Spiritual Emphasis week (you may have seen a Prayer Journal come home), and that included some special teaching on our theme verses in Opening Exercises: Principal Myla (“Mrs. K”) presented three memorable characters for us, (each one trusting in either wisdom, strength, or riches), I expanded on a different part of the passage, and we sang our theme song. Our Chapel on Friday included student testimonies of what God had showed them that week.
Your Parent Board is working hard to organize money matters, maintenance, and methods of doing things. We love how every one of you participates in some way; in this way we are strengthened as a school community.
The 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation of the Church is coming up in October—500 years! All of us in this tradition can appreciate the significance of those changes in the Church initiated by Martin Luther. Those of us in the Anabaptist/Mennonite stream of that tradition may remember these events differently than Roman Catholics or Lutherans do, but it’s important to affirm that there is only one church. “One Lord, one faith, one baptism…” (Ephesians 4:4-6). Or as someone else pointed out: Jesus only has one Bride! Each denomination has its errors and its helpful emphases; as we submit ourselves to the One Lord, we will find the unity of the Holy Spirit.
Our October 27 Chapel will also be our first Theme Day, with an opportunity to dress in Medieval or Reformation costumes. We’ll remember what went on in that era, and why. That way we can be wiser about living as the Church today.