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Hello RCS families,

December 2022

Dear Renton Christian School Family,

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Is. 9:6)

Christmas is a special time for Christians as we think of our Savior, being born. He came humbly as a baby in a manger to save the world. My prayer is that this Christmas brings you joy, peace and opportunities to grow together. I pray that this is an exciting season of creating new memories and celebrating traditions.

Life gets busy and there are many distractions that keep us from what is important. I find myself focusing on being intentional with my time while making the moments count. Christmas is an excellent time to be thoughtful with your time. As years go by, things change and capturing the moments that God has blessed us with become very important. There are special moments that you can teach your children about the true meaning of Christmas. Here are some ideas:

Teach them about how Jesus was humble

In our world, during Christmas, there is a huge push in making every detail picture-perfect. The story of Jesus, however, is one of humility. Christmas time provides a great opportunity to teach our children about what it means to be a follower of Christ (Matthew 20:26–28). Setting aside time to read about Jesus’ parents, his place of birth and hometown all help our children become aware of who Jesus is. The very act of taking on human flesh showed the humility of our Lord.  In all ways, we want to be like Him.  He came not to be served, be to serve. This is a wonderful lesson to teach our children.

Most people expected the Messiah to arrive in a castle, not a stable. Most expected him to live a life of royalty, not poverty. Read through Philippians 2:1–11 and show your children the humility of Christ.  The old saying, “Jesus in the reason for the season” is quite accurate and sharing about His life helps our children better understand “why” we celebrate Christmas.


Teach them that God keeps His promises

Another important thing to emphasize this season to your children is that God keeps his promises. He does what He says He will do.  The Bible is truth and can be counted on.  When we open the Word of God with our children and begin with the promise of a Savior after the fall and go throughout the Old Testament, we realize the promise of God to redeem his people was fulfilled in birth of Jesus. By sharing the promises of God and opening His Word, we allow our children to understand that the Bible is the ultimate authority and is truth.  The Bible can be counted on.  God keeps His promises in His Word.

Teach them God is their strength 

When we think about the Christmas story, we see God continually working through others, regardless of their human weakness. God often chooses the unlikely and the weak to use in his story of redemption. Jesus’ mother Mary was a simple, poor girl from an insignificant town. Peter was an uneducated fisherman. We see God’s hand at work when we allow Him to be our strength, when we are weak. Think about Jesus’s death on the cross in our place and his glorious resurrection on the third day, which allows us to spend eternity with Him! 

Teach them that Jesus loves them

“For God so loved the world…”.  He loves our children.  He has a plan for their lives. He wants a personal relationship with them. He created them for a great purpose.  Let them know that He carefully knit and designed them to do amazing things for Him. At RCS, we are passionate about sharing the love of Jesus with all students.  We are humbled that God has allowed us the opportunity to teach these amazing children while letting them know that Jesus cares so passionately for them.

The Hopp family still cuts down the Christmas tree. We enjoy the craziness of going out into the cold to find “the perfect tree” and bringing it home to decorate.  We bake cookies together, with each of use choosing our traditional festive favorites to add to our cookie plate.  We visit relatives and eat (way too much) delicious food. These are moments that bring us closer together and I am thankful for the traditions that we have. I encourage you to continue to keep traditions going strong, while also making new ones. Slowing down is key to savoring each moment.   
 
I pray you have an outstanding Christmas, and I cannot wait to see you back after the New Year!  May God richly bless you and your family.
 
Sincerely,

Lisa Hopp
RCS | Principal

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