December 14, 2018

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Christmas parties, Christmas presents, Christmas Dress-up... Oh and there's still school work too! But look at what the ASB has planned next week:
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Grace Instrumental Program

Wednesday, December 19th our students will proudly play the instruments they have been practicing on all year and our choirs will be singing their hearts out! There are two performances: 9:00 AM and 6:30 PM. At 5:30 PM dinner will be served by our 7th graders who are trying to earn their way to DC next year. More info below...

AND... These 7th graders will WORK for you!

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Students can spend Christmas break with awesome animals!

Helen Woodward Animal Center’s Winter break Critter Camp takes place from 12/24-28 (closed on 12/25) and 12/31-1/04 (closed 1/01) and is perfect for students in Preschool – 6th grade. Kids will experience hands-on animal encounters with a variety of species, create crafts, play games, and find out what winter means for animals! You can register for one day or come for multiple; we also offer extended care hours, lunch options, and have scholarships and discounts available. Click here to register now!

Christmas Shopping? Here are a Few Ways to Give to Grace too!

Adopt A Family for Christmas

A tradition at Grace is the Adopt-A-Family Christmas Tree. This is a special tree in the welcome center decorated with “ornaments” reflecting the needs of a family that may be going through tough times and could use a little Christ Child cheer. If you would like to help someone in this situation, please choose an ornament from the tree and follow the instruction inside. For more information, please contact Yoke: or 760-745-0831

The Advent Wreath (3rd week in Advent)

Every week in chapel our students light a candle on the Advent Wreath and hear what each candle symbolizes. As each candle is lighted, we gain excitement of our Savior's birth. We thought you would like to know about it too....

History. The concept of the Advent wreath originated among German Lutherans in the 16th Century. However, it was not until three centuries later that the modern Advent wreath took shape.

Lighting of the Advent Wreath & Prayer

1st Candle - (purple or blue) Prophets’/Prophecy Candle - Hope & Expectation [Isaiah Prophecies of Messiah]

2nd Candle (purple or blue) Bethlehem Candle - Faith [Micah - Faith for the Journey to Bethlehem]

3rd Candle - (pink) - Shepherds Candle - Joy [Lowly lifted up / Mary & Shepherds]

4th Candle - (purple or blue) Angels’ Candle - Peace [Message from the skies: Peace!]

5th Candle - (white, in center) Christ or Jesus Candle - Light & Life / Purity [Jesus is the Life and Light of the World / Takes Away the Sin and Darkness of the World]