nullTo the person who is wishing for a White Christmas, please starting wishing on Dec. 24th. God’s warmest blessings to you and yours this festive Christmas season. The students are refining their Christmas programs. If you missed the CTK Unionville program on Friday morning, CTK would like to invite you to the same performance THIS afternoon. It will be taking place at St. Paul, Unionville, starting at 4 PM. The Unionville program is hosted by CTK students in preschool through 1st Grade. Christ the King Lutheran would also like to invite you to the CTK Sebewaing Christmas program being held on Wednesday, December 20th, at Immanuel in Sebewaing. This program will be provided by the 2nd through 8th Grade students of CTK. This program will start at 7 PM. Please come out and let OUR students share the Great News of our Savior’s birth with you.

When you have some spare time during your week, I would like to invite you to read some compositions that OUR 3rd grade students wrote. Mrs. Kundinger assigned the students to write about one gift that each child on earth would receive for Christmas. There were several misguided children who wished for Michigan State memorabilia (I am trying to change their mindsets). All joking aside, there are some students who exemplify CTK’s new mission statement. Following the example of the faith shown by their teacher, Mrs. Deb Kundinger, several of these students wished for either a Bible for each child or for a child to experience God’s love. This is why we at Christ the King thank you for your support. Amen, let it be so.

Christ the King has started collecting for a new offering recipient. From August to November, CTK collected $1,001 for the Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dogs program. From December through February, the students will be sponsoring the Lutheran Special Education Ministries (LSEM). Lutheran Special Education Ministries provides resource room services, professional development, and educational support to churches and schools across the country. Their ministry’s vision is to provide children the opportunity to grow academically and spiritually regardless of the challenges they may face. They’re constantly looking at ways to grow their ministry by serving and supporting as many children, families and Christian communities as possible. They are the Hearts for Jesus nomination for the MI District of LCMS.

Mr. Charles McGathy would like me to let ALL students (not just CTK kids) in grades 6-8 of an awesome dance planned for Thursday, December 21st, at CTK Sebewaing. The second annual Jimmy Jam is being held to raise money for Motts Children’s Hospital in honor of Jimmy Mammel. The dance will be held from 6:30-9:00 PM. It is a semi-formal dance so yes, Gentlemen, you need to wear a tie to the event (I think Charles is soft and will only make you wear it for one dance.). Cost is $5.00 per person. If you are able to bring in a set of PJs for the kids at the hospital, that would be awesome too (But don’t worry if you cannot!). I hope you will come out and enjoy this event provided by COLLIDE Youth Group.

There is one more chance to experience Advent in the Afternoon at the Immanuel Lutheran Church. Pastor Boyer will be leading us one more time in an Advent service at 2:25 PM. We had a few more adults show up this week but we still would like to invite you to join us this final time to worship our Lord and Savior together. CTK Unionville will still keep its traditional starting time of 9:30 AM on Wednesday for chapel. After the New Year arrives, we would still love to invite you to worship our Lord with us at 8 AM on Wednesday mornings.

A special thank you to Mr. Tim Smith and Mr. John Kemp from Christ the King Lutheran School. These two servants of God spent their Sunday last weekend looking for, finding, and fixing a leak in the Sebewaing campus boiler system. I wanted to acknowledge your hard work and effort. We appreciate you and the time use donate to help OUR school.

I will be putting this in the CTK newsletter but I wanted to clarify a point which was unclear last school year at this time. When CTK takes church attendance over Christmas Break, only regular Sunday services (or Monday night) will be counted. Please make note of this. I would love to see you at all the special services throughout the Christmas Break. Speaking of, please make sure that if you are a member at St. Paul or Immanuel Lutheran Church, you do fill out a record of fellowship card.

I have given Mr. McGathy the green light for Christmas Spirit Week at CTK. After learning a few years ago that having Snow White Day on a day wear the cooks were serving spaghetti for lunch was not a wise choice, we have carefully planned out the clothing themes for this week (Parents, you may NOW start dressing up your children this week.): Monday - Comfy, Cozy PJ Day; Tuesday - Identical Day; Wednesday - Traditional Christmas Color Day; and Thursday - Ugly Sweater and Festive Headgear Day.

Thank you for the opportunity to minister to your little loved ones. Each day, I have the pleasure of greeting these young men and women with a smile, a high five, a hug, or even a fist bump. These young people are the reason why the teachers and staff continue to work as hard as they do - to create a safe, loving environment where children are able to learn AND see the love of Jesus from these awesome people. I do ask that throughout this week, please say a prayer for all of the faculty and staff of CTK and the churches who support us.

I pray that you make a difference in God’s ministry this week.

In HIS ministry,

David Kaiser, Principal

Christ the King Lutheran School, Sebewaing/Unionville