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Founded in 1861

Zion Lutheran School provides a Christ centered approach to education. This education nurtures the child’s faith, equipping him/her to use and share that faith on a daily basis. Our Vision: That every child knows Jesus as his/her personal Savior.

LION’S ROAR Zion Lutheran School’s November Newsletter

CALENDAR 11

NO SCHOOL Veteran’s Day

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Kindergarten Readiness Night @ ZLS 6 p.m.

17

Service Club 3:05 p.m.

21

Fall Sports Banquet

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Half Day of School Harvest Parties

23-25

Thanksgiving Break

29

Picture Retake Day 3-year old preschool

CHAPEL

During the 2016-17 school year, our weekly chapel services will take place on Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. in the church sanctuary. Parents and families are welcome to join us!

WORSHIP

First & Second graders sing at 10:45 am worship on Nov. 20

Happy Birthday to all who celebrate in November

GIVE THANKS WITH A GRATEFUL HEART Gratitude - November Character Trait

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. “Thank you!” is a phrase I find myself saying pretty often (but maybe not even as much as I should). In fact, I find it to be fairly easy to say these words to anyone, but in preparation for this month’s character focus, I had to look passed the manners that my parents instilled in me and question whether or not my heart is truly grateful. The truth is, that “Thank you!” has become such a regular saying that it comes out quickly and naturally, and I (admittedly) haven’t been putting much thought into it...until I was planning my chapel talk for this past week. In the Gospel of Luke, chapter 17, we find the story of the ten lepers. This group of outcasts dares to approach Jesus to ask for His healing. Jesus responds by telling them to simply go see the priest. On their way to see him, they are healed! One of these lepers, overcome with gratitude, returns to Jesus to thank Him - but only one. Why didn’t the others return to thank Him? One of our students suggested that perhaps the other nine were so excited to be healed and reunited with their families, that they probably didn’t even think about it. After all, Jesus didn’t touch them or say He was going to heal them; maybe they did not associate this gift of healing with the Healer who gave it to them. Does this happen with us or with our children? I had to reflect for a moment - Have I ever been so focused on a generous gift that I neglected to acknowledge the one who gave it to me? I most likely said, “Thank you,” but did I take the time to consider the heart of the giver? I am embarrassed to say that I have rarely done that! I am even more ashamed to admit that, while I thank God for the things He’s given me, I have rarely focused my gratitude on the heart of God and why He’s blessed me in the way that He has. In fact, (here’s my confession) there are days that I am more focused on what God hasn’t given me than on what He has or on who He is. If anything I have shared in the previous paragraph sounds familiar to you or your children, then I am encouraging you to accept the challenges I posed to our students to help us all cultivate a more grateful heart. First, practice true gratitude that focuses on the heart of the giver and expresses our gratitude to them for sharing their generous spirit and to God from whom all good gifts come. Second, balance our thanking with our asking. For every petition we make to God, help us to first thank Him for a blessing He’s already given. By doing this, my prayer is that any fear, anger, or bitterness we have would be calmed by the overflowing of love that we feel toward our Heavenly Father, the Giver of Life, who gives us every good and perfect gift. Mrs. Ananda Baron, Principal

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