What's Happening Newsletter

What's Happening January 22, 2021

Happy Friday! Next week we celebrate Lutheran Schools Week. The theme for the week is "Sent to Serve" from Matthew 20:28, "The Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many." We celebrate with 21,000 teachers serving at 1,950 Lutheran schools nationwide who proclaim the Gospel daily to a little over 201,000 students. This makes LCMS schools the second largest Christian educational mission in the United States. We thank you for your partnership with Christ Lutheran and your desire for your children to not only be taught about the mysteries of God's creation and our role in being good stewards of it, but to be taught about the Creator and His love for each and every one of us. We invite everyone to worship with us on Sunday, January 31st as we have some students participating in the worship service through word and song.

In His Service,
Mr. Ferguson
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What's Happening January 15, 2021

We do not have regular classes on Monday, January 18th in honor of MLK Jr. Day. In honor of Dr. King's legacy of service, presidents of both parties have encouraged Americans to spend some time serving their community during this weekend. Even in the midst of a pandemic there are things that we can do to serve others, something like cleaning up trash that you may find as you are hiking on a trail, or walking along the beach together. I'm sure you can think of other things as well! So this weekend I encourage you to spend an hour as a family doing something that will benefit your community. The benefit you will feel from it will be well worth the time.

Mr. Ferguson
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What's Happening January 8, 2021

Welcome back from Christmas vacation and Happy New Year! I pray that your
holiday season was merry and bright. I pray also that you were able to spend
time with your family and friends and that everyone is experiencing good
health.
Our second quarter ends at the end of the month (January 29th) and I want to
encourage all students to continue to remain diligent in their studies. Those in
grades 5 and up, please make sure to check Gradelink to help students remain
on top of their assignments. If it's been a while since you've logged into
Gradelink, if you contact Ms. Dorling in the office, she can give you your login
information. Teachers are more than willing to help students so please be
communicating with them as you experience challenges. Working together, I
know that all students can experience success!
Mr. Ferguson
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What's Happening December 18, 2020

At the beginning of our Christmas holiday we want to thank you for your partnership with us in the proclamation of the Gospel message to young people. In our world now more than ever, people need to hear the good news of great joy which shall be to all people. As you interact with family and friends over the next few weeks may your time be filled with the Joy of Christ and may your new year be filled with peace.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,
Mr. Ferguson
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What's Happening December 11, 2020

As we have seen the reported number of COVID-19 cases increase in recent weeks and the Safer-at-home orders be amended we want to reiterate our commitment to keeping your children safe while they are at Christ Lutheran. I am on weekly calls with the LA County Health Department and in this week's call the county confirmed their guidance that those schools that are open can remain open as long as they are following the health protocols put out by the department. The LA County Health Department was at Christ Lutheran last week for a site visit to see the protocols put in place and found that Christ Lutheran is in complete compliance with its directives.

We thank you for your continued partnership with us in keeping both students and teachers safe! One more week until Christmas holiday!

Merry Christmas,
Mr. Ferguson
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What's Happening December 4, 2020

Now with the Thanksgiving season behind us, let me be one of the first to wish you a Merry Christmas. Even in the midst of a pandemic, our classes, whether in-person or online, are celebrating the coming of the Christ-child. Please take a few moments and look through the "What's Happening" to see some of the ways that we are preparing for Christmas here at Christ Lutheran. We especially welcome you to worship with us on Sundays at 10:00am outdoors the field.
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What's Happening November 20, 2020

During this season of gratitude I wanted to take the opportunity to thank you for your partnership with Christ Lutheran in the proclamation of the Gospel message to young people. Your consistent prayers and support for the teachers and school mean the world to us. I pray you have a blessed Thanksgiving season as you reflect on all of the many wonderful things that God has provided for you.
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What's Happening November 13, 2020

It was wonderful to welcome our kindergarten and first-grade students to campus and it's been great to have them back in their classrooms learning in-person from their teachers. We ask that you continue to keep both students and teachers in your prayers as they adjust to this new routine.
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What's Happening November 6, 2020

Dear Christ Lutheran Family,

I applaud what both families and teachers have been doing these past few weeks with our online classrooms. You have gone above and beyond in your efforts. As I visit classrooms every day and watch while teachers are helping students on Zoom, it is wonderful to see students’ growth from the beginning of the year up to now. However, I believe that we can all agree that the best place for students is to be in a classroom physically with their teacher and we are working diligently toward that goal. Thus, starting on Thursday, November 12th we will be bringing our kindergarten and first-grade students back to campus for a modified schedule.

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What's Happening October 30, 2020

"Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?" And he said to him, "Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments." He said to him, "Which ones?" And Jesus said, "You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself." (Matthew 19:16-19)

The beginning of our text in Matthew has always boggled my mind. I've never been sure why the rich young man would say that he had kept all of the commandments since his youth. On top of that, when Christ answers his question, "What good deed must I do to have eternal life?" Christ points His finger to the pulse of the most important thing to the rich young man: his riches. As the rich young man walks away, he doesn't realize that he has broken each of the commandments, including loving his neighbor as himself.

Christ's death and resurrection definitively answer the question of "doing" good deeds to enter heaven" once and for all. We cannot "do" enough "good deeds" in order to receive salvation. Salvation is through Christ alone. Of course the commandments from God are good and wise and we are to keep them. But we don't. So, what shall we do? Trust Jesus. He kept the commandments for you, living a perfect life in your place. Be subject to Him in all things. Love one another, and when you sin, repent, for Christ forgives all our sins.
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