Over the past several weeks, the word JOY has repeatedly entered into my life. I believe it began when my wife, Amy, brought home a five-foot tall white sign with JOY written in large red letters to use in our Christmas decorating. At GRACE, we have “JOY” written in large red letters in the main hallway of our TK-6th grade campus. Additionally, the word resounds through the stream of Christmas songs playing on our radios and the dialogue in every Hallmark channel movie. “JOY” is probably one of the most used words during the Christmas season, even though we may not hear it too often the other eleven months of the year.
The word “JOY” showed up as part of the devotion Assistant Principal Isaiah Whelpley shared at the December Donuts for Dads meeting. Isaiah read from John 15 and shared the importance of abiding in Christ. This is the passage where Jesus shares that He “is the vine and [His] Father is the vinedresser.” The illustration that follows in verses 2-10 discuss the importance of abiding in Christ. Abide has several meanings, including to remain with, to wait for, to accept without opposition, to act in accord with, and to remain faithful to. As part of the devotion, Isaiah did a fantastic job of sharing the need for all of us to abide in Christ at all times, and emphasized the need to do this amidst the busyness of our daily lives, and especially at Christmas. When we abide in Christ, it shows through our actions, especially to those who are closest to us. When we abide in Christ, people notice. When we abide in Christ, we become more like Christ in our thoughts.
“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:9-11)
As Isaiah wrapped up his devotion that morning, I couldn’t help but get caught up in verse 11 — “These things I have spoken to you, that My JOY may remain in you, and that your JOY may be full.” So as you experience this hectic present-shopping, package-wrapping, parade-walking, carol-singing, midterm-grading, Hallmark movie-watching, college football-bowling, family-visiting, and sweet-eating time, remember that the key to finding JOY amidst all of this is to abide in Christ. Phillips Brooks, the author of O Little Town of Bethlehem, must have understood this when he wrote the line, “O come to us, abide with us, Our Lord Emmanuel.”
“O holy Child of Bethlehem | Descend to us, we pray | Cast out our sin and enter in | Be born to us today | We hear the Christmas angels | The great glad tidings tell | O come to us, abide with us | Our Lord Emmanuel | O come to us, abide with us | Our Lord Emmanuel” (O Little Town of Bethlehem)
We are thankful for every GRACE family and hope your JOY is full this December as you abide in Him, and throughout the new year. Please enjoy this 2016 Christmas Video that was filmed and edited by our 6th grade Multimedia Elective class.
Based on the positive response to the Bus Service Interest Survey we are taking the next step in the process. Please fill out the Bus Service Registration Form below if you plan to use the morning bus service from locations in Apex and West Cary.
Build the Village ministers in the nation of Kenya through the establishment of village hubs built around a community church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ. With the church being central to the village community other programs are established – a community high school, a health care facility, a theological program for educating potential pastors and elders, a community library to help bring the world in print to an isolated people, orphan homes and support programs. Many of the activities are facilitated through the Christian Community Church of Kenya.
The GRACE Maker Club closed out November meeting on the very last day of the month to learn all about 3D printing. Peter Smith and Chad Walters were the special guest speakers, and taught us all about the Design process, CAD software, slicing software, and some tips for getting the best possible 3D prints. Students then were given a chance to begin designing a Christmas ornament. We were also joined by the 6th grade Tech Club, and we all had a fantastic time learning, printing, and making.
GRACE Christian School is proud of our long-standing association with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund and are honored to be part of the Play4Kay network. It is our privilege to host our 8th annual Hoops for Hope event to honor those in the GRACE community touched by cancer and to raise funds for this worthy organization. Our goal is to surpass the $50,000 mark for our cumulative event total.
This year’s Hoops for Hope event is scheduled for Friday, February 3, 2017, and will include three basketball games (JV Boys/4:00pm, Varsity Girls/5:30pm, and Varsity Boys/7:00pm) as well as a bake sale, a chance to duct tape a teacher to a wall and a special tribute to our GRACE cancer survivors. Buy your tickets, duct tape and make a donation in honor of a loved one now!
We are thankful to the many local businesses that have partnered with us for our 2017 event. Thanks to their generous support, tickets purchased on or before January 8, 2017 will receive a complimentary event t-shirt and all players will receive pink shoelaces to wear that night. Thank you to our GRACE Business Partners and our Hoops for Hope Event Sponsors:
100% of sales from admissions, event-night games and the bake sale will be donated to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. We encourage you to attend this special event with a grateful heart and a generous spirit. If you cannot attend on February 3rd, you can still support this event by making a donation in honor of someone you know who has been affected by cancer on our Hoops for Hope / Play4Kay Fundraising Web Page.