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Thursday, March 22, 2018

Daily Devotional: Walking on Water

Thursday March 22, 2018 by Lisa Samra           
Read: Matthew 14:25–33 | Bible in a Year: Joshua 7–9; Luke 1:21–38

Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”  Matthew 14:27

During an especially cold winter, I ventured out to Lake Michigan, the fifth largest lake in the world, to see it frozen over. Bundled up on the beach where I usually enjoy soaking up the sun, the view was breathtaking. The water was actually frozen in waves creating an icy masterpiece.
Because the water was frozen solid next to the shore, I had the opportunity to “walk on water.” Even with the knowledge that the ice was thick enough to support me, I took the first few steps tentatively. I was fearful the ice wouldn’t continue to hold me. As I cautiously explored this unfamiliar terrain, I couldn’t help but think of Jesus calling Peter out of the boat onto the Sea of Galilee.
When the disciples saw Jesus walking on the water, their response was also fear. But Jesus responded, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid” (Matthew 14:26–27). Peter was able to overcome his fear and step out onto the water because he knew Jesus was present. When his courageous steps faltered because of the wind and waves, Peter cried out to Jesus. Jesus was still there, near enough to simply reach out His hand to rescue him.
If you are facing a situation today where Jesus is calling you to do something that may seem as impossible as walking on water, take courage. The one who calls you will be present with you.

Dear Lord, thank You for the assurance that You are always with us.
When we call out to God, He hears.

The fact that Jesus Christ walked on water carries with it a powerful message about His deity. In John’s gospel Christ refers to Himself as the great “I am” (John 6:35, 48; 8:12, 58; 9:5; 10:9, 11; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1). Biblical theologians see these “I am” statements as clear references to the divine name revealed to Moses at the burning bush. When Moses asked God by what name He should be called, He answered: “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you’ ” (Exodus 3:14). When we feel like we are in the storm of an impossible situation, we can take courage that Christ—the Creator of the world—is present with us and in control.
For further study on the deity of Christ, see Is Jesus God?
Dennis Fisher

Mark Your Calendar:

March 22: Open House 6 - 8 PM
March 15-29: Scholastic Book Fair

March Birthdays:

A Happy March 2nd Birthday to Samantha B.! A Happy March 2nd Birthday to Tyler Go.! A Happy March 10th Birthday to Ashli S.! A Happy March 12th Birthday to John Henry B.! A Happy March 15th Birthday to Jackson R.! A Happy March 24th Birthday to Katia B.!

Meeting Period:

Monday: Weekly SGO update; tutorials
Tuesday: Tutorials
Thursday: Tutorials
Friday: Tutorials


The menus for Monday, 3/26 and Wednesday, 3/28 have been changed. Please go to the Cafe menu to check the changes!

**You can still purchase the long-sleeve flag shirts. Please let Mrs. Anderson know if you are interested!!!

*Senior Cap & Gown, Kindergarten Cap & Gown, Senior Class Picture, Baseball, and Softball Pictures will be taken April 10. . **This is a change. Softball, Baseball and Senior Class pictures will need to be paid for when they are taken. Cap & Gown pictures can be previewed before purchase.

Mrs. Berry is looking for help during the Scholastic Book Fair.
Help is needed for : March 15 – Set up 8:30 – 3:30
March 19-23, 26, 27
March 28 for packing up

The following students have overdue library books: Nick P., Sam B., Kam F., Brent C., Chase L., Masha B., Emma H., Alana P. Fines are now being accrued.

Teachers & Students that drive- Please remember to drive slowly and carefully when you pull in or out of the parking lot. Children can be anywhere, arrive early, and stay after school.

Students and parents of students who ride the bus: Please be at your stop early. Buses run on a tight schedule, if you make the bus wait they are late to the stops that follow you. ALSO: parents, please be at the pickup point on time in the afternoons . . .

Announcements for Teachers:


All basketball uniforms need to be turned in ASAP to Mrs. Anderson.


Monday: Practice
Tuesday: Practice
Wednesday: Practice
Thursday: Game ~ Home vs. Kenston Forest
Friday: Practice



Monday: Practice
Tuesday: Practice
Wednesday: Practice
Thursday: Practice
Friday: Practice


Baseball & Softball 2018 Schedule:

3/22 (Thurs) Kenston Home 4:30 (Baseball only)
3/26 (Mon) Brunswick Home 4:30
3/27 (Tues) Richmond Christian Away 4:30 (Softball only)
3/29 (Thurs) Southampton Away 4:30
4/10 (Tues) Tidewater Home 4:30
4/12 (Thurs) BSH Home 4:30 (Baseball only)
4/13 (Friday) Kenston Home 4:30 (Softball only)
4/17 (Tuesday) Brunswick Away 4:30
4/24 (Tuesday) Kenston Away 4:30
4/26 (Thurs) Richmond Christian Home 4:30 (Softball only)
5/1 (Tues) Southampton Home 4:30 (Senior Game)
5/3 (Thurs) Tidewater Away 4:30
5/7 VCC Quarterfinals at Higher Seed
5/8 VCC Semifinals at Richmond Christian
5/9 VCC Finals at Richmond Christian

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