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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Daily Devotional: Helicopter Seeds

Tuesday November 21, 2017 by David C. McCasland           
Read: John 12:23–33 | Bible in a Year: Ezekiel 16–17; James 3 
Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.  John 12:24

When our children were young, they loved trying to catch the “helicopter seeds” that fell from our neighbor’s silver maple trees. Each seed resembles a wing. In late spring they twirl to the ground like a helicopter’s rotor blades. The seeds’ purpose is not to fly, but to fall to earth and grow into trees.

Before Jesus was crucified, He told His followers, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. . . . [U]nless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds” (John 12:23–24). While Jesus’s disciples wanted Him to be honored as the Messiah, He came to give His life so we could be forgiven and transformed through faith in Him. As Jesus’s followers, we hear His words, “Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me” (vv. 25–26).

Helicopter seeds can point us to the miracle of Jesus, the Savior, who died that we might live for Him.

Lord Jesus, we are amazed by Your love. Give us grace to serve You today as we long to do.

Jesus calls us to give our lives in serving Him.


Our passage today occurs shortly after Jesus’s triumphal entry into Jerusalem. On that day Jesus rode into town on a donkey’s colt as a large crowd, who had traveled to the city to celebrate the Passover, threw palm branches on the road before Him shouting, “ ‘Hosanna!’ ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’ ” (John 12:12–15). Though Jesus came as a king, He knew that the people cheering Him on were expecting a savior to free them from Rome, not a savior who would suffer for their sins. He was the kernel of wheat who must die so His kingdom could grow (v. 24).

Alyson Kieda

Mark Your Calendar:

November 21: Three-day Pre-K students attend school
November 22-24: Thanksgiving holiday - NO SCHOOL November 30: Christmas Program ~ 7:00 pm – in the gym
December 1: Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten field trip to Swift Creek Theatre
December 5: “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Play ~ 6:30 pm in the gym Presented by the Upper School
December 12: Exams – School dismisses at 11:30 am
December 13: Exams – School dismisses at 11:30 am
December 14: Exams – School dismisses at 11:30 am
December 15: Exam and Christmas Chapel – Dismiss at 11:00 am ~End of Second Marking Period
December 18-29: Christmas Vacation
January 1: New Year’s Day – No School
January 2: Teacher Workday (9am to 3pm) ~ No School for Students
January 3: Start of Second Semester
January 4: Report Cards Go Home

November Birthdays:

A Happy Nov.18th Birthday to Rupert A.! A Happy Nov.20th Birthday to Jacob R.! A Happy Nov. 26th Birthday to Joseph B.! A Happy Nov. 29th Birthday to John H.! A Happy Nov. 29th Birthday to Brent W.!

December Birthdays:

A Happy Dec. 1st Birthday to Connor L.! A Happy Dec. 7th Birthday to Caleb G.! A Happy Dec. 8th Birthday to Isabella G.! A Happy Dec. 15th Birthday to Paul B.! A Happy Dec. 19th Birthday to Austin I.! 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. 26th Birthday to Sarah P.! A Happy Dec. 31st Birthday to Hanna E.!

Meeting Period:

Monday: Weekly SGO Meeting, tutorials
Tuesday: Senior Chapel Talk with Travis B.
Wednesday: No school
Thursday: Happy Thanksgiving, No school
Friday: No school


The 6th grade will be on a field trip TODAY, the 21st, with Mrs. S. Womack.

A Charlie Brown Christmas Play ~ Nov. 27 – Dec. 1 – Practice each day 3:00-5:00pm
Dec. 4 – Practice 3:00-6:00 pm
Showtime – December 5th 6:30 pm

Mr. C has the winning number for the last hootenanny basket that needs to be claimed (Ticket number 52326). See him to find out if you were the lucky winner!

If anyone left a small ring in the computer lab or eyeglasses in any classroom, please see the office.

The following students have overdue library books: Emma V., Alana P., Julia H., Cameron M., Josh S., Liz J., Chase L., Catarina S., Kamron F., Lexi E., Madison B., Masha B., Summer C., Jade N., Amanda C., Olivia S., Ryan A., Nick P., Caitlyn G., Barit M., Hardy M. **These need to be turned in ASAP**

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.

Announcements for Teachers:

**There will be a mandatory faculty meeting right after school on Monday, November 27th. **


**Please turn in Volleyball and Cross Country uniforms ASAP, they were due LAST TUESDAY!!!.

Mascot Cheerleaders

Practice on Tuesdays from 3:00 – 4:00 pm in the café.


Middle School Girls:

Practice Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, 3:00 – 4:30 pm.

Varsity Boys:

Practice each day 5:30 pm.

JV boys:


UPCOMING GAMES: VB = Varsity Boys JVB = JV Boys MSG = Middle School Girls
11/30 (Thurs), AWAY, V. VES, 6:30 pm VB
12/7 (Thurs), HOME, V. BSH, 4:30 pm JVB/6 pm VB
12/8 (Fri) Carmel School 7:00 VB
12/18 (Mon) Blue Ridge 6:00 VB
12/21 (Thurs) at Amelia County HS 6:30 VB
12/27 (Wed) at Clover Hill Tourn. ~ vs. Collegiate 4:00 VB
12/28 (Thurs) at Clover Hill Tourn. ~ vs. Clover Hill 7:15 VB
12/29 (Fri) at Clover Hill Tourn. ~ vs. Kettle Run 4:00 VB
1/5 (Fri) Brunswick 5:30 JVB/7:00 VB
1/9 (Tues) Richmond Christian 4:30 MSG/5:30JVB/7:00VB