E-Crusader

May 19, 2022

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Week 37: Sea Shells

Whenever I go to the beach, I take a walk along the edge of the surf and look for seashells. Some of them I admire and toss back into the surf to be ground into sand by the wave action. Others will find their way into my pockets, bag, or hand. My husband will ask me what I plan to do with them, and I give some vague answer that really does not matter. We both know that the shells will come home with me. I have a jar of them in the guest bath, a bowl of them in my office, and lamp bases filled with them. I am fascinated by their beauty and love looking at them time and time again. Interestingly, I have very few perfect shells. Most are broken in some way. Perfect shells are pretty, but it is the broken ones that have something to share. The shattered tulip shell shows the beautiful symmetry hidden inside, and the mother of pearl iridescence can only be seen in the halved shell. Other shells give evidence of interactions with other sea creatures. Perfect holes in the shell show predation while barnacles and tubeworms build homes on others.


My shells remind me of us all. All of us are broken in some way – none of us is perfect - but it is through our imperfections that we are interesting. The challenges that we go through shape us and strengthen us and, perhaps, give us some bit of wisdom to share with others as they face their challenges. Our Heavenly Father cherishes each of us – with all our brokenness and blemishes. I pray that you allow God to use you and your brokenness in service to Him.


Blessings,


Delaine Schiestel

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4th-6th Spring Instrumental Concert

On May 12 our 4th grade ukuleles and 5th and 6th grade band gave a performance in the Grace Lutheran Sanctuary. Our 4th grade transported us to beautiful Hawaii by wearing bright colors, festive leis and playing ukulele music including "Lava," "Amazing Grace," and "Ukulele Shakee" among others. The 5th and 6th grade band performed for us "Sawmill Creek," "How Great Thou Art," and "Colonial March." Both groups did an outstanding job, and we are so proud of their hard work.
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7th & 8th Choir and Band Concert

Monday evening, May 16, 7th and 8th graders entertained guests at our end-of-year concert with a coffee house theme. First the band played three selections including a 20th century rhythmic piece, followed by a prayer for peace, and ending with the exciting "Raider's of the Lost Ark March." The choir sang four academic numbers including a Swahili song with bongos, a scripture round, a spiritual, and an anthem in Latin. The choir then finished the concert with three fun contemporary tunes. The band and choir had a great performance, and we are so proud of them. Guests enjoyed coffee, sweets, fabulous music, and fellowship.
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Amazon Smile

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Box Tops

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Coke Rewards

If you use any of the Coke products, please save your caps or the portion of the case with the code and submit them to school. We thank you for your participation in this great program!

Kroger Community Rewards

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