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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Daily Devotional: Questions at Christmas

Tuesday,  December 4, 2018  by Tim Gustafson            
Read: Matthew 16:13–21  |Bible in a Year: Ezekiel 47–48; 1 John 3

“But what about you?” [Jesus] asked. “Who do you say I am?” Matthew 16:15

Well before the calendar flips to December, Christmas cheer begins to bubble up in our northern town. A medical office drapes its trees and shrubs in close-fitting strings of lights, each a different color, illuminating a breathtaking nighttime landscape. Another business decorates its building to look like an enormous, e xtravagantly wrapped Christmas present. It’s difficult to turn anywhere without seeing evidence of Christ mas spirit—or at least seasonal marketing.

Some people love these lavish displays. Others take a more cynical view. But the crucial question isn’t how others observe Christmas. Rather, we each need to consider what the celebration means to us.

A little more than thirty years after His birth, Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Ma n is?” (Matthew 16:13). They gave responses others had given: John the Baptist, Elijah, maybe another pr ophet. Then Jesus made it personal: “Who do you say I am?” (v. 15). Peter replied, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (v. 16).

Many will celebrate Christmas without a thought about who the Baby really is. As we interact with them, we can help them consider these crucial questions: Is Christmas just a heartwarming story about a baby born in a stable? Or did our Creator visit His creation and become one of us?

Father in heaven, may our Christmas celebrations this year, whether lavish or small, honor the Messiah who came to redeem His creation.

For more on the life of Christ, see

Who was Matthew, the writer of the gospel by the same name? Matthew (also known as Levi) was one of Jesus’s twelve disciples. Prior to Jesus’s call, Matthew served as a despised tax collector (9:9). Tax collectors were particularly loathed because they exacted taxes from their own people, the Jews, to pay the Romans (the oppressive rulers of Israel). And they often collected far more than required. Matthew wrote his gospel primarily to the Jews to prove that Jesus is the Messiah (Savior), the eternal King. We see Matthew’s emphasis clearly in today’s passage. When Jesus asked His disciples about His identity, Peter declared, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” (16:15–16).
Alyson Kieda

December Birthdays

A Happy Dec. 1st Birthday to Connor L.! A Happy Dec. 4th Birthday to Holden S.! A Happy Dec. 15th Birthday to Paul B.! A Happy Dec. 19th Birthday to Austin I.! A Happy Dec. 20th Birthday to Hollis R.! A Happy Dec. 21st Birthday to Emilynn R.! A Happy Dec. 21st Birthday to Carson R.! A Happy Dec. 21st Birthday to Joshua S.! A Happy Dec. 22nd Birthday to Bobbie F.! A Happy Dec. 25th Birthday to Matthew P.! A Happy Dec. 26th Birthday to Jackson Jo.! A Happy Dec. 26th Birthday to Sarah P.! A Happy Dec. 30th Birthday to Jackson Ja.! A Happy Dec. 31st Birthday to Corbin M.!


There are now 6 days until exam review and 8 days until exams. Use your time well!

The van will leave the school tomorrow, Dec 5, at 1pm, for Brunswick Academy for students to participate in Scholastic Bowl.

BUS DRIVERS: We have three upcoming needs for drivers, as follows: Tue, Dec 11, away at Steward School, 5pm, leave AA by 3:15; Thu, Dec 20, away at Christ Chapel, 5:30p, leave AA by 3p(?); and Fri, Dec 21, away at Benedictine, 7p, leave AA by 5:15p. These are ALL varsity boys games. If ANYONE is able to provide transportation for either of these games, please call the school or notify Mr. C.

On WEDNESDAY, December 19th, the Audio-Visual Club will host another bake sale at the break, between exams. Please consider donating cakes, DONUTS(!!), cookies, pies, chocolate and white milks, tea, orange juice, and waters to go to the purchase of the new camera. It will probably become a reality if we can make enough on this fundraiser!

For the Friday evening game at Eastern Mennonite School on December 7th, there will NOT be bus transportation provided.

For the Saturday, December 8th basketball game at Eastern Mennonite School, players are responsible for their own transportation - there will NOT be a bus for that day.

Effective immediately, the school will be locked and secured at 4pm. All students and their belongings must be out of the main school building by 4pm.

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:

Dec. 5 - Scholastic Bowl at Brunswick Academy, leave AA At 1p
Dec. 7 - Lower School Christmas Play at Amelia Nursing Home
Dec. 8 - Breakfast with Santa, 8a - 11a
Dec. 14 - Tacky sweater day
Dec. 17 - Exams ONE and TWO, 11:30a dismissal
Dec. 18 - Exams THREE and FOUR, 11:30a dismissal
Dec. 19 - Exams FIVE and SIX, 11:30a dismissal
Dec. 20 - Exam SEVEN, Christmas Chapel, 11a dismissal; end of second marking period
Dec. 21 - Christmas break
Jan. 2, 2019 - Teacher workday (9a to 3p), no students attend
Jan. 3, 2019 - First day back to school for students; report cards go home

Meeting Period:

Monday: Weekly SGO Meeting; Tutorials
Tuesday: Chapel Talk with Mikayla S.; Tutorials
Wednesday: AV Club meets in the Computer Lab; Tutorials
Thursday: Tutorials
Friday: Tutorials



Fri, Dec 7, Away, at Eastern Mennonite (Tip-Off Tourney), v. Life Christian, Varsity boys only, 6p
Sat, Dec 8, Away, at Eastern Mennonite (Tip-Off Tourney), v. TBA, Varsity boys only, time TBA
Tue, Dec 11, Away, at Steward, Varsity boys only, 5p*** Note time change! ***
Thu, Dec 20, Away, at Christ Chapel, Varsity boys only, 5:30p
Fri, Dec 21, Away, at Benedictine, Varsity boys only, 7p
Thu, Dec 27, Away, at Clover Hill (Holiday Hoops Tourney), v. Banner Christian, Varsity boys only, 4p
Fri, Dec 28, Away, at Clover Hill (Holiday Hoops Tourney), v. Clover Hill, Varsity boys only, 7:15p
Sat, Dec 29, Away, at Clover Hill (Holiday Hoops Tourney), v. Louisa, Varsity boys only, 4p
Fri, Jan. 4, Home, v. Brunswick, JV Girls/Varsity Boys, 5p/6p
Tue, Jan. 8, Away at Banner Christian, Varsity boys only, 6:30p
Fri, Jan. 11, Home v. Kenston Forest (Alumni night), JV Girls/Varsity boys, 5:30p/6:30p

Further games for January and beyond will be posted soon . . .


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