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What Is It Really All About? By Jeff Iskra A few years ago I saw a T-shirt that made me laugh. It said, “What if the Hokey-Pokey really IS what it’s all about?”

swer we should look at our schedule rather than listen to our words because we spend our time doing what truly is most important to us!

Every now and then I need a reminder to re-focus on the things truly most important. Life can quickly become repetitive and tedious. I think we all need a periodic reminder to re-focus on what is most important.

A friend of mine signs every email and letter with this phrase, “I.A.A.R.” or he would write it out, “It’s All About Relationships.” At first I dismissed it as just a nice cliché but as I got to know him I saw it was more than a slogan to him. He actually lived it out as one of his core beliefs. In every situation, he valued people over products and his companions over his consequences!

So what is most important? Given time to think, every person will give a good answer. However, to know the true an-

Dr. Jeff Iskra is a Pastor at Pathways Community Church. Pastor Iskra teaches the Saturday night worship services at Pathways and oversees the spiritual formation process. Jeff has been married to his wife Charlene for 23 years and they have two children, Spring and Eli. Jeff is often seen at a local Starbucks or on his motorcycle. For more information visit or see

“Is there someone you need to re-connect with—it’s been too long since you’ve had any communication?” It’s All About Relationships! Is there a family member who needs to hear you say how important they are to you? How can you show them your love? How about a consistent friend who has stuck with you through the years, the good times and the bad times—do they know how much you appreciate and value them? Is there someone you need to re-connect with—it’s been too long since you’ve had any communication? Is there someone you need to forgive?

M MO OR RN N II N NG G SS T A R SS C H O O L T A R C H O O L Serving Students with Special Learning Needs Since 1969 Morning Star School offers a comprehensive curriculum tailored to the individual needs of K-11th grade students in a caring, Catholic, Christian environment. In addition to small group instruction, teaching techniques routinely utilized include grouping students according to ability, oneon-one instruction, peer-to-peer cooperative learning and flexible, adaptive learning.

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The holiday season is about giving what’s most important to those who are most important. Every retailer is trying to convince you that their product or service is what it’s really all about… but you know what’s truly important!

Please join us for our Christmas program! Wednesday, December 17th at 1pm

Here’s what our parents are saying:


• Students participate in small, individual progress classes. • The student-to-teacher ratio is 12:1. • Speech and OT are part of the school day for qualifying students. • Art and Music complement our Academic studies. • Our High School program also includes a Life Skills curriculum. • We accept the McKay Scholarship. • Students are welcomed here regardless of race, creed, or ethnic background.

There is a lot of truth in the saying, “To have a friend you must first be a friend.” We should not wait for convenient circumstances but instead, should be proactive. Take the first step.

“My daughter has begun to blossom at Morning Star. She has developed friendships, confidence and a positive self-esteem. The peace of mind that Morning Star has given our family is priceless. Children are given a real an environment that is nurturing. Watching these children grow and achieve milestones under the guidance of the Morning Star faculty has been awe inspiring.” “Morning Star is my favorite place to be. If everyone treated each other the way these children treat each other... the world would be a much better place...”

Please see visit our website for more information:

M MO OR RN N II N NG G SS T A R SS C H O O L T A R C H O O L 4661 80th Avenue North Call for a school tour! Pinellas Park, FL 33781

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Gulf Coast Family - December 2014  

Gulf Coast Family's primary purpose is to encourage families along the Gulf Coast by providing worthwhile information that deals with family...

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