Rose Park News 11/9/18

Dear Rose Park Family and Friends,

A little to my surprise, I so enjoyed watching the snowfall this morning so softly and beautifully. While the snow, and all of the Christmas commercialism that has already begun all around us, would beckon us to Christmas, I don’t want to miss the season of Thanksgiving. I want my life to be marked by gratitude all through the year, but there is something special about this time of year, as well.

There is an old gospel song that I love.  The lyric goes, “God has smiled on me. He has set me free. God has smiled on me. He’s been good to me.” I don’t remember when or where I first heard this beautiful chorus, but it is sticking in my ears and heart still today. The sentiment is also deeply rooted in Scripture, not the least of which is in the Aaronic blessing found in Numbers and that we hear repeated over us many Sundays.  In these God-given words of blessing, we hear a lot about God’s face being turned toward us, shining upon us…all in the Hebrew carrying the connotation of smiling. God smiles upon us. What a beautiful truth and encouragement for us as we live together in faith.

God has smiled upon me, dear friends. I know this is true because of the many reasons I have for deep and joyful gratitude as I count my blessings again this year. How do you know and experience God’s smile in your life today? Talk about God’s smile and your reasons for gratitude this year with your family this weekend and throughout the Thanksgiving holiday. Maybe this is already an ongoing practice you have as a family. If so, way to go! If not yet, give it a try and see how if affects your attitude and outlook on life.

As always, I pray that you may bless and be blessed this weekend with your families in rest, recreation, and in awe-filled worship. We are grateful to partner with you in equipping young and eager minds, nurturing soft and tender hearts, to transform the world for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

Shalom,
Rod

Protect Young Eyes Community Event November 29

Last year Holland Christian brought in Protect Young Eyes to talk to students and parents about the amazing responsibility we have using technology. Parent feedback on the presentation was that it was very valuable. If you missed the presentation, or would like to attend again, Third CRC in Zeeland, along with Zeeland Christian School, is sponsoring anther Protect Young Eyes program on Thursday, November 29, at 6:30 pm at Third CRC. The event is free and open to the community.

Do you have extra winter gear?

The Rose Park office has a limited supply of winter gear to loan to our kiddos.  If you have gloves, snow pants, or even jackets that your child has outgrown, we could put them to good use!  Thanks for your help!

6th Grade Ski Club

Information went home this week to sign up for 6th Grade Ski Club.  Please note, the deadline for sign up including payment is Friday, November 16.  For the informational forms, please click on this link and for registration forms please click on this link. The Rose Park office will have additional forms available to be picked up at any time before the November 16 deadline.  Our ski club coordinators are Rod Danhoff  rodney.danhoff@yfai.com and Dave DeKruyter  ddekruyter@gmail.com. Please email them with any questions.

Scholastic Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to Rose Park just on time for Christmas. Profits from the Scholastic Book Fair provides much needed funds for our library to purchase books for students.  Stop by the Small Gym at these convenient times.  See you there!

-Tuesday, November 27 from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

-Wednesday, November 28 from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm

-Thursday, November 29 from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

-Friday, November 30 from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

We can’t run this event without volunteers.  Here is a link to a Sign-up Genius.  We’d really appreciate the help!  If you have any questions or comments, please talk to Jamie Isanhart.

Champs Books Have Arrived!

We have Champs coupon books for $25.00 in the Rose Park office.  These make wonderful Christmas gifts!

PreK-6 CHAPEL

You are always welcome to join us for our all-school chapels on Wednesday mornings at 10:35 AM in the gymeterium. We welcome parents and friends to join us in worship as we discover how we can grow in preparing a table of welcome and hospitality.

Upcoming Dates:

November

21 – 1/2 day

22 – 23  – Thanksgiving Break

27/29 – Scholastic Book Fair

December

11 – 5th/6th Band/Orchestra Christmas concert

24-Jan 4 – Christmas Break

Hot Lunch Menu

November

Requested Announcements

Moms In Prayer

You’ve likely felt it. Absolute desperation on a prayer need for your child.

Needing the power of the body of Christ to lift you, your child, and your need up to the throne where we find grace and help in time of need (Hebrews 4:16).

“Women, we have an amazing thing in our Moms in Prayer groups. Praising God to lift our eyes off our own burdens and onto the God who can and will handle them. Confessing silently our shortcomings and positioning ourselves to receive his forgiveness. Giving thanks, which not only helps us develop an attitude of gratitude and watchfulness, but which gives others hope as they wait for answers. Standing in the gap, sometimes with gut-wrenching, tears-falling intercession for our precious children and our “children-in-prayer.”-Julie Loos

Join us on Fridays in the library from 8:15-9:05. Just surrender and see God’s amazing results!

Please contact Kathy Schut with any questions.  616-875-8912

Job Opportunity at Rose Park

Rose Park Hot Lunch, is needing a person to work in the kitchen 1-2 days per week and to be available for subbing.  This position would be from 9:30-1:30.  Must have a great spirit to serve and engage with our students. Need someone who is very reliable.  Please email  nmccarthy@grcs.org with more information.

Little Maroons Boys and Girls Basketball Clinic

All skill levels are welcome!  Holland Christian High School Athletes and Coaches will be leading these three sessions and leagues. For more information  click here.  To register for HC Clinics and Leagues click here.

November is Big Read month along the Lakeshore!

Join thousands of residents of all ages in reading one of the 2018 Big Read books and participating in our many events and book discussions. The Little Read book this year is John Rocco’s award-winning picture book, Blackout. Highlights of the program will be Rocco’s visit to Holland and the many family-focused Blackout related events offered at local libraries, the Outdoor Discovery Center, Holland Museum and Degraaf Nature Center. For a full list of program events, please go to: hope.edu/bigread

If you have any questions or would like more information on how to get your school involved in our program next year, please email us at: thebigread@hope.edu.