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Looking Outside

Trudy Moala - Thursday, March 12, 2015

This week is celebrated nationally as Australian Lutheran World Service (ALWS) Awareness Week, which has as its theme, “Welcoming the Stranger”. ALWS is the overseas aid and resettlement agency of the Lutheran Church of Australia, working around the world to bring together people willing to work in service to help end suffering.

At Grace Primary we will be focussing our attention on helping others with a special day next week (Thursday 19), when our Year 6 students will be hosting a visit by Year 6 students from Living Faith Lutheran Primary School, who will then collaboratively learn about how they can support programs which welcome, respect and bring hope through care to those fleeing from, or hurt by, disaster, poverty and oppression. 

It is important to show our young children that living in a privileged society is something which should not be taken for granted, and that we should always ‘look outside’ the comfort and security of our own home, our own school and our own country, and reach out to share our blessings with those who have so little. 

Susan Seng, ALWS Education Officer, writes, “It is our prayer that through these learning experiences you and your students will grow in understanding about what it means to serve our neighbours. We pray that the experiences will fill you and your students with hope and a sense of purpose, knowing that each individual can make a difference through his or her service to others.” 

Together With Year 4 

Congratulations to the Year 4 students who led our Chapel services last week and Sunday’s service at Grace Church. Thanks to Mr Nulley, Mrs Hillman, Mrs Duncan and Mrs Hillford for preparing our students for their involvement. 

Grace Gone Bush 

Our thanks are extended to the P and F Executive Committee members and their helpers for organising a fantastic Bush Dance last Friday evening. The event brought together a large number of our families, who thoroughly enjoyed the great food and the ‘boot-scootin’ fun in the Hall. Thanks to everyone who came along. 

Easter Celebrations 

Traditionally, Grace Primary has celebrated Easter with an Easter Hat parade, but due to the limited time available in the last week of school (Cross-Country carnival on Monday, single-subject lessons, Easter Service on Wednesday), there won’t be a parade this year. However, the P and F Committee is planning a number of family 
activities in Term 2, along with special events for the children such as Movie Nights and Discos. All parents are, however, warmly welcome to join us in the Hall on Wednesday 2 April at 2.15 pm for our Easter Worship Service. This will be a special time for our community as we reflect on the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made so that we might have the gift of eternal life. Blessings for the week ahead, 

Mr Stephen McGrath 
Jesus said, "For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited me in; naked, and you clothed me; I was sick, and you visited me; I was in prison, and you came to me... Truly I say to you, to the extent that you did it to one of these brothers and sisters of mine, even the least of them, you did it to me." (Matthew 25:35,36,40)