CR West News & Notes August 1st

To Know God and To Make Him Known

Are We Sincere?

Yesterday I had my yearly CC director's training. (Thank you to our lovely SR Colleen who orchestrated and led the training.) Much of the time invested in training is spent discussing our Biblical worldview and how we can help families grow closer to God and to each other. One of the SR's who was attending told us about the meaning of the word SINCERE. I'm sure you won't be surprised to learn that it has Latin roots. Fun fact: Did you know that 70% of English language words with two or more syllables originate from Latin? :-)

The word sincere can be broken down like this...SINE = without and CERA = wax. This word originated in Bible times when people bought clay pots. The pots were often coated in several layers of wax to hide and seal cracks and imperfections. If you bought a "sincere" pot then your pot was sine - cera or without wax. This meant that either your pot was a perfect specimen not requiring wax or that you understood that cracks and imperfections would be evident. Even if you bought a clay pot that had been waxed you understood that over time the wax would wear away and the cracks would show. For us to be truly sincere women in Christ we must understand that "cracks" or imperfections will be evident in our words, thoughts and deeds. However, it can be so beautiful when we vulnerably allow our cracks to show and God's great mercy and love to cover them. Let us come together knowing that the blood of Christ covers our faults, our cracks, our leaks and His grace is enough. We are all broken but beautiful. For further reading check out Andrew Murray's book "Humility".

Facility Fee...Scholarships Available!!

I have purchased insurance and determined our facility fee for the year. The fee will be $156.00 for the school year, payable in two payments of $78 each. The first payment is due August 31st, and the second payment is due December 14th. Checks can be made payable to me.

The facility fee comprises two components--the rent we pay to Epiphany church for using their facility ($3,000/school year) and the insurance policy we are required to purchase ($437/school year). We divide this total ($3437) by 22 participating families which leaves us at $156 per year per family.

Exciting News--Scholarships Available!!

A local business would like to support homeschool families and is offering a scholarship opportunity for our facility fee. Here is what the business wrote:

"If anyone feels that the facility fee impacts their family financially, please send Margaret an email so that a donation can be placed toward your fee. This will remain anonymous. We are here to help you and support you in your homeschooling journey!"

If you are in need of scholarship money please send me an email by Thursday, August 18th so that I may anonymously pass on your request to our donor. I am very thankful for the Lord's provision to our families in this area.

Do you have mold or mildew sensitivity?

We are blessed to begin meeting at Epiphany Church. They have a lovely facility, and i think we'll be very comfortable there. One of the rooms we plan to use for both Foundations and Essentials is part of what they call their Old Fellowship Hall. At times there is a mildew smell in this room. The church secretary told me that there is no mold present in the room but that because of drainage issues outside of the building the room itself can smell like mildew. They have had the room examined and no mold has ever been found. They have good ventilation in the room as well, and they use it weekly for all their Bible studies. However, the secretary, Ms. Donata, has an allergy to mold and mildew, and she told me that she sometimes experiences symptoms when she stays in the room for a long length of time. For this reason if you have any issues with mold or mildew please let me know so that we can ensure you do not meet in this classroom. I have spent time in this room and do not personally believe the smell of mildew is overpowering or troublesome, but I want to be protective of any family who may have concerns about this. Please let me know ASAP. Thank you!

Play date at Civic Green Park

Tuesday, Aug. 9th, 10:30am-12:30pm

9370 South Ridgeline Boulevard

Highlands Ranch, CO

This a wonderful park with lots of water features including fountains and a small pond/wading area. We will try to set up a meeting spot at the picnic tables under the amphitheater roof near the largest fountain area.

Feel free to bring blankets or even a canopy as there is a lot of open green space. Bonus: it's right next to the Highlands Ranch library in case you need to drop off or pick up any books.