Due to last weeks snow storm, the Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser has been rescheduled. It will now take place on Thursday, March 3rd from 5pm-7pm. Please pass this along to all that plan to attend the dinner.
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Come check out the difference at
Midland Christian School
on SATURDAY, February 6th
BETWEEN 10 A.M. and 1 P.M.
MIDLAND CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
4417 W. WACKERLY STREET
MIDLAND, MI 48640
Raising the next generation of Christ-like men and boys is a responsibility and a privilege. It seems like a daunting task at times fighting against moral decay, violence, hopelessness and all the pressures of society. We should approach these challenges with guidance.
We have the privilege of receiving guidance from Brian Molitor, who has written three books on parenting and formed the Malachi Global Foundation, which inspired by Malachi 4:6 strives to “turn the hearts of fathers to the children and the hearts of children to their father.”
Molitor is also the CEO of Molitor International, which has been consulting and training international clients for over 30 years, including companies in the business, healthcare, government and ministry sectors.
At 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 11, Brian Molitor will be giving an interactive presentation for men and boys following a free meal hosted by Midland Christian School. This event will focus on empowering local men, including coaches, mentors, and fathers, with the skills to develop stronger relationships with boys and young men.
Molitor will place a particular emphasis in his presentation on strategic planning, lifelong mentoring, intentional blessing and rites of passage for boys.
This event is completely free. Anyone interested in attending the complimentary meal and presentation is invited to register online at guysnightouttickets.eventbrite.com or call to reserve a place at (989) 835-9881.
Accepting the packages on behalf of the Maternal Child Health Department is Mariah Wallace, R.N. (second from left). Representing the students are Elizabeth Conklin, student council secretary; Darian Aalbers, student council treasurer and Grantland Aultman, student council president. Missing from the photo but also playing a role in seeing this project through was Kayleigh Jones, student council vice president. Belinda Aalbers serves as the student council advisor.
The students had a number of fundraisers to raise money to purchase items that ranged from stuffed animals to crossword puzzles. The care packages are being distributed to children in pediatrics, oncology patients and other adult patients throughout the Medical Center.
As you may know, Advent is the first season in the church calendar. Since the 7th century A.D., Christians have included this celebration in their preparation for Christmas Day. The word “advent” originates from the Latin word advenio which means coming to. Advent is the time when we focus on Christ coming to the world, as the Israelites anticipated the coming of their Messiah throughout history. In the Old Testament, over 400 scriptures and prophecies outline His birth, life, death, resurrection, and return. God had a plan to redeem His people. He declared His plan to His prophets over the centuries and is fulfilling His Word even now.
As we walk through the days leading up to Christmas, it is neat to think about the purpose of Advent being twofold: first, it prepares us for the celebration of the birth of Christ and second, it reminds us that we are eagerly waiting for Jesus’ return in glory.
“Prepare the way of the Lord” serves as a main theme of this season. As we get ready for Christmas, we should not neglect to prepare our lives for Jesus, who came as “the light of the world.” His light penetrated a dark world, which allowed all to see their Messiah, and the hope of their future.
Today we need to be prepared for the coming of Christ. Be ready and watchful, for the light of the world has come and will surely come again!
*Adapted from http://www.praise.com/devotions/celebrate-first-week-advent
As the calendar turns another page, it’s hard to believe how quickly this school year is flying by, and that the Thanksgiving holiday is just around the corner. While the media will promote turkey, football, and Black Friday shopping, my hope is that our students, and their families, will take time to think about why we are all blessed by God, and celebrate that we have the true reason, Jesus, to be thankful. Below you will find some ideas on how to express thankfulness in these weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, and all year long.
1. Join our Hashtag #Thankful project!
- Download a blank sign with instructions from our website to join in on the fun: www.bit.ly/thx2015.
- Our students will have opportunities during school to participate, and also help share the fun with family and friends.
- Don’t forget to post your photos on social media and include “@Midland Christian School” and #Thankful to showcase to all your friends how thankful the Midland Christian School community is!
2. Begin ̶ or spice up ̶ saying grace at meals.
- Just as Jesus gave thanks when he broke the bread during Passover, saying grace before each meal is a great way of thanking God for his provision to us.
- Be consistent; it takes repetition to make a habit.
- If saying grace is new to your family, consider the many simple graces that are available online (for example, dailyprayer.us/before_meals_prayer.php).
- If you already say grace as a family, find new ways to spice this up so it is a fresh expression of thankfulness (such as each family member to say grace once per week)
3. Plan to talk about things that you are thankful for at your Thanksgiving Dinner.
- It’s important to prepare in advance; tell your children and family members a few days before the Thanksgiving holiday meal that you would like each person to share something they are thankful for.
- Pick a time to do this at the Thanksgiving meal. For example: when the potatoes are being passed around the table, or immediately after saying grace.
- Consider writing what you are thankful for down as a family, and then next year review the list to remember how God continues to bless us.
- Share your thankfulness using the #Thankful sign!
4. Share thankfulness with others by writing thank you notes.
- Thank you notes are an easy way to express your thankfulness to others.
- If you visit family, consider writing one in advance to present to them at the Thanksgiving meal.
- If you need help to develop an easy three-sentence format, consider listening to this podcast: www.manager-tools.com/2007/03/how-write-thank-you-note
- Encourage your children to write thank you notes for their Christmas gifts, and make it a goal to mail them by New Year’s Day.
5. Bedtimes are the perfect time to be thankful.
- At bedtime, between now and Christmas, encourage your child to name three good things that happened during that day.
- Consider writing these down in a journal to record your daily blessings.
- Each month, take time to review the journal, remembering God’s blessing in our lives and trusting that he will continue to bless us.
6. At a store or in a restaurant, use the waiter, waitress, or clerk’s names when you say “Thank you.”
- This simple act can express your personal thankfulness and show your respect.
- Make it a habit to look at their name tag to learn their name.
- Remember that how we treat others is a reflection on our Christian character, and an important part of our expression of God’s love to others.
7. Get involved in a service project to help others.
- A service or volunteer project is a great way to help children develop a proper attitude toward serving others, as well as spending quality time as a family.
- This season is filled with opportunities to help others in simple ways: raking leaves, baking treats for neighbors, offering to babysit for free, collecting canned goods for a food bank, signing up to ring Salvation Army bells, volunteering at a soup kitchen, and so forth.
I hope that you will find these tips helpful to focus your family on being thankful. I wish each of our MCS families a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.
Midland Christian School
Midland Christian School has launched the “Hashtag #Thankful Project” to encourage students, parents, teachers, families and friends to focus on gratitude as we approach the Thanksgiving holiday. This project is a great way for you and your family to put thankfulness back into Thanksgiving. Plus, it’s simple and easy to participate.
Just download the Hashtag #Thankful sign and instructions from our website. Then, take a photo to illustrate what you’re thankful for and post it online. Be sure to end your post with “#Thankful.” We’ll be posting photos to our page throughout November as well.
Join the movement to be #Thankful starting today!
You can get a jump start on your holiday shopping this year at Midland Christian School’s Autumn Bazaar. The second annual bazaar will be 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Saturday, November 14 in the gymnasium at Midland Christian School, 4417 W. Wackerly Street in Midland.
Midland Christian School has gathered local artists, crafters, home-based business owners and local businesses for this event. Concessions will also be available, including treats from Cop & Doughnuts and pizza. There will also be hourly raffle prizes, door prizes and a scavenger hunt.
Those interested in being a vendor at the 2015 Autumn Bazaar can download the vendor registration packet which includes event guidelines and then complete the online registration form or mail in the form included in the registration packet. The deadline for registering is Friday, November 6.
We hope to see you there!