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Glimpse of Grace

Music Monday with Michael Costello

Posted by Jennifer Beasley on

Hello again! It's that time of the week where we gather some recent happenings at Grace and share them with all of you! 

Monday we opened the doors to our online store where you can find newly added School Spirit merchandise, in addition to our traditional offerings. Act now, to get them in time for Christmas. Remember, the school spirit store is open for a limited time only. 

Our sixth graders learned about sound waves by having Music on Monday with Pastor Michael Costello teaching them about the organ. 

Wednesday the 20th, marked our one-month countdown to the next First Look Friday event. 

 Remember to invite a family to attend. 

How are we developing inclusiveness and servant leaders at Grace Lutheran School? Grace is a place where we see older students reading to younger students on a regular basis. I love seeing the different grades interact with each other. 

Our fourth graders and senior kindergarteners reading to one another. 

I don't know about your family, but we love Thanksgiving! Not just for the turkey, and the stuffing, pies, and hours of board games played into the night (though that’s a pretty good start!), but for the opportunity it gives us to teach our children a little more about being thankful.

As I have taken time out each morning to participate in the #30DaysOfThankfulness campaign, I have been sipping my coffee from my GLS cup (by the way, let me know if you'd like to purchase one) and watch as the sun rises for the day.



Being on the corner of our block, I am surrounded by neighbors, some lights are on bright and early, while others come on later (when I'm well into my second cup of coffee). How do I know so much about my neighbors? I try to see them and know them. And try to understand how they feel.  For example, there are new parents on our block and bringing them some meals can be very helpful. Remembering how tricky it was for me to figure out what to eat as I learned to care for a new baby, lead me to wanting to simplify things for my neighbors.  Specifically, before the hibernation of the winter begins and we often do not see our neighbors for months unless it's early morning snow blowing hour.   

As the daylight turns into night earlier each day, and we go through the "hustle and bustle" of the "drop offs and pick-ups" of the shortened week, may we truly see each other and get to know one another. I am reminded of Mark 12:31, "Love your neighbor as yourself".   

A family fun idea for the weekend is to read Mark 12:31 together and talk about what loving your neighbor as yourself might mean. For example, taking care of a neighbor's leave raking when he’s sick, praying for him and showing him grace and kindness. 

Please share what your family discussions lead to! 



Jenn B. 



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