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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Daily Devotional: Where to Find Hope

Thursday,  September 20, 2018  by Anne Cetas            
Read: Romans 5:1–11  |Bible in a Year: Ecclesiastes 4–6; 2 Corinthians 12

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. Romans 5:5

Elizabeth struggled for a long time with drug addiction, and when she recovered wanted to help others in return. So she started writing notes and anonymously placing them throughout her city. Elizabeth tucks these notes under car windshield wipers and tacks them on poles in parks. She used to look for signs of hope; now she leaves them for others to find. One of her notes concluded with these words: “Much love. Hope sent.”

Hope with love—that’s what Jesus gives. He brings us His love with each new day and strengthens us with that hope. His love is not rationed out to us drop by drop but flows out of His heart freely and is poured lavishly into ours: “We know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love” (Romans 5:5 nlt). He desires to use the hard times to develop perseverance and character and bring us a satisfying, hope-filled life (vv. 3–4). And even when we’re far from Him, He still loves us (vv. 6–8).

Are you looking for signs of hope? The Lord gives hope with love through inviting us to grow in a relationship with Him. Our hope for a fulfilling life is anchored in His unfailing love.

I’m grateful, God, for the love You lavishly pour on me. Please bring me contentment in You and confidence in what You are doing in me.

Hope is the anchor of the soul.

INSIGHT
Sometimes the truth of the gospel—that Jesus offers a new, guilt-free life for all who believe (Romans 8:1)—might feel a bit too good to be true. If all we’ve ever known is emptiness, hatred, a nd despair, how is it even possible to learn to live with love and hope?

It’s possible because it doesn’t depend on us. God’s love reaches deeper than our brokenness, loving us c ompletely even when we’re far from Him (5:8). As we surrender to Him, we can experience His love and h ope as the Spirit transforms every aspect of our life (vv. 3–5).

September Birthdays

A Happy Sept. 1 Birthday to Emily K.! A Happy Sept. 4th Birthday to Jeb K.! A Happy Sept. 5th Birthday to Harley B.! A Happy Sept. 7th Birthday to Elena E.! A Happy Sept. 8th Birthday to Christian L.! A Happy Sept. 9th Birthday to Jonathan C.! A Happy Sept. 11th Birthday to Gunner-Lee S.! A Happy Sept. 12th Birthday to Julia K.! A Happy Sept. 14th Birthday to Dylan C.! A Happy Sept. 17th Birthday to Layne R.! A Happy Sept. 19th Birthday to Carsyn D.! A Happy Sept. 19th Birthday to Chase L.! A Happy Sept. 21st Birthday to Mason H.! A Happy Sept. 28th Birthday to Jaxon B.! A Happy Sept. 28th Birthday to Jade N.! A Happy Sept. 29th Birthday to Kyle A.!

Announcements:

Volleyball teams will be dismissed at 2:15 pm today. Bus will leave for Kenston at 2:30 pm.

Mrs. Berry is in need of small toys (like McDonald’s Happy Meal toys) that are suitable for the younger children (not choking hazards) for treasure box treats.

Yearbooks are in! Please see Mr. Cooper or the office if you need to pick up your 2017-2018 yearbook. If you did not order one but would like to purchase one, they are $35.

***CHANGED*** The Amelia Ruritan Club is selling tickets for their upcoming chicken BBQ; cost=$6 for a half-chicken, pick up is at Joe Paulette Park on Friday, September 21st, from 3pm - 6pm. Mr. Childress is our local Ruritan Club member . . .

The American Red Cross will hold its next blood drive in the Gym on SATURDAY, November 10th. Please go to www.redcrossblood.org to schedule a time!

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 . . . If the bus is sitting there waiting on you, you probably need to be there a bit earlier.

Mark Your Calendar:

Sept. 21 - Ruritan chicken Q and bake sale
Sept. 26- PK 4 & K – Field trip to Carter Mountain
Oct. 1 - LPT night at Subway in Amelia
Oct. 6 - Tractor pull
Oct. 8 - Columbus Day, no school
Oct. 26 – PK3 & PK4 – Field trip to Lloyd’s Family Farm
Nov. 10 - American Red Cross Blood Drive in the Gym, 9am - 3pm

Meeting Period:

Monday: Weekly SGO Meeting; Tutorials
Tuesday: AV Club meeting in the computer lab; Tutorials
Wednesday: Tutorials
Thursday: Tutorials
Friday: Tutorials

Announcements for Teachers:

Athletics

Volleyball

Upcoming games

September 20, Kenston Forest, Away, 4:00/5:00
September 25, Richmond Christian, Home, 5:00/6:00
September 27, Southampton, Home, 5:00/6:00
October 1, Fuqua, home, 5pm Varsity ONLY
October 2, Tidewater, Home, 5:00 Varsity ONLY
October 9, Blessed Sacrament, Home, 5:00 MS only
October 11, Brunswick, Away, 5:00/6:00
October 15, Fuqua, Away, 5:00/6:30
October 16, Kenston Forest, Home, 5:00/6:00
October 18, Richmond Christian, Away, 5:00/6:00
October 23, Southampton, Away, 5:00/6:00
October 25, Tidewater, Away, 5:00/6:00
October 26, Banner Christian, Away, 5:00/6:00
October 30, Varsity Quarterfinals, TBA
November 1, Varsity Semifinals, TBA
November 3, Varsity Finals, TBA

 

Cross Country

Upcoming meets

Thu, Sep 20, Isle of Wight, 4:30
Thu, Sep 27, Kenston Forest, 4:30
Thu, Oct 4, Southampton, 4:30
Thu, Oct 11, Brunswick, 4:30
Thu, Oct 18, Banner Christian, 4:30
Thu, Sep 25, VCC Tourney, place/time TBA

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