Good Shepherd Grapevine – 24 March 2022
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Confidence Is Key
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)
Written by Tracie Braylock – Proverbs31 Ministries
She was screaming behind the closed door.
My preschool-aged daughter had gotten upset, running into the bathroom and locking the door behind her. She was crying inconsolably while calling my name. And although she knew how to unlock and open the door, she didn’t.
I stood on the other side of the solid wood door, telling her I was there, asking her to open the door so I could help. Although she knew I was present, she had placed a barrier between herself and the help she wanted.
It wasn’t until she had completely worn herself out that she quieted enough to hear my voice asking her to open the door. And when she opened it, I was there to hold her and help her.
As it turned out, all she wanted was for me to sing her a song. A simple request that I fulfilled. A desire that could’ve been met sooner if only she had confidently expressed what she wanted instead of locking herself inside the bathroom.
My friend, are you worn out yet? Tired of hiding yourself, and your needs, from God?
Hebrews 4:16 reminds us, “Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”
You see, you can’t heal or get the help you’re longing for if you’re hiding. And not asking for the help you need can lead to unnecessary anger, frustration, weariness and resentment when the help doesn’t come.
So whether you’re dealing with a devastating loss, discouraging conversation, disappointing diagnosis or difficult decision — or if you simply want to delight in God’s presence — He will join you on your journey, pouring out His grace and mercy when you confidently ask for what you need.
Oh, how I wish my little one would’ve simply asked me for what she wanted instead of becoming upset and isolating herself from me. And I believe God feels the same way about His children.
Don’t waste another minute missing out on everything God is standing at the ready to do for you if you confidently present your needs to Him.
Believe that your requests, big or small, are significant to God and that He’s more than prepared to meet them. God may not give us everything we think we want, but He always gives us what He knows we need. It’s time to open the door, my friend. God is ready to hold you and help you.
Lord, thank You for being an approachable God that we may bring all of our wants and needs before You. Forgive us for our timidity and for the time wasted struggling on our own. Give us the boldness to confidently bring everything to You, to make our requests known and to be the recipients of Your grace and mercy in our times of need. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
This fortnight, staff and students pray for:
- BUTLER: Renee, Shane, Mackenzie, Charlotte & Parker
- BYRNE: Sophie, Jarrad, Tiarah, Lillie, Jack, Gracie & Olivia
- CAMERON: Jamie, Anna, William, Grace, Sarah & Maddie
- Rachel John – Library and Resources Coordinator
- Jayden Evans – 3/4 Class Teacher
- Abby Mann – 1/2M Class Teacher
- Fiona McDonald – Foundation Teacher
3 Deacon Grieger
3 Priya Rathjen
8 Grace Madigan
18 Sarah Cameron
26 Jemima Pritchard-Gordon
28 Parker Brooks
8 Jobe Rathjen
Go George! Go Angas! Go Fife!
Bring on Sports Day tomorrow! It’s been so loooooooong since we have been able to gather together as a school family and enjoy a good old fashioned community event and what better event to kick things off than Sports Day? I can hardly wait. The virus is still out there, and we still need to be sensible but unlike some of the bigger schools we have no restrictions on how many family members can attend. That’s one of the lovely things about Sports Day (along with grand friends day and school concert). We get to catch up with all the grandparents, uncles and aunties and special friends. So come along, dress up in your team colours and join in the fun because regardless of who wins tomorrow, just being able to hold this event makes us all winners!
While on the topic of Sports Day, I’d like to say a special thank you to our P and F who are organising the coffee van and our volunteer canteen manager, Sarah Gripton, who is organising the team lunch orders and food tomorrow. These little ‘extras’ really make the day special. Our House Captains, Mitchell and Sam (Fife), Parker and Deegan (Angas) and Oscar and Aimee (George) have all demonstrated fantastic leadership as they have helped prepare and motivate their respective teams. And finally, I’d like to acknowledge our Sports Coordinator, Jodie Hampton who has worked so hard in the lead up and organisation of her first Sports Day. Well done everyone.
You may have noticed that our German Teacher, Frau Hepner, has been putting on a little weight. There is a very exciting reason. Next week we will farewell Frau Hepner as she takes maternity leave and awaits the birth of her third child. We wish Lara and her husband Jacob, every blessing as they look forward to the new addition to their family.
Next week the teachers are holding parent teacher interviews. This is an important opportunity for teachers to share with you your child’s growth over this term and to discuss the work they are doing with your child and your role in supporting this. This year all parent teacher interviews will be by phone. You may be wondering why this is necessary, especially after we are able to freely gather for Sports Day. The reason for this is because Sports Day is an outdoor event where families can spread out. Parent teacher interviews are conducted inside and often families are waiting close together in the corridor for their turn. This is not an ideal situation and it is difficult to monitor social distancing and wipe down surfaces between each interview. Please be assured the preparation and sharing from teachers will be just as thorough and professional as it always is. We appreciate your understanding with this.
Classroom Snapshot – Mr Jayden Evans’ 3/4 Class
This past week the Year 3/4 students have been learning about multiplication and division. To help better their understanding they have started looking at how division works in the real world. Students had to learn how division is just a fancy word for sharing, and how they could share lollies evenly between different groups, and what lollies would be left out as remainders.
Seeking donations of books for our *in progress* Parent Library. The intent is for it to be a mix of books about parenting and raising children, family dynamics, wellbeing, anxiety strategies, puberty, grief, family tip and tricks and so on. If you have books like this at home that you no longer need I would be happy to receive them to the library to sort. Any contributions will be most appreciated!
SPORTS DAY – 25/3/2022
Sports day is tomorrow! “The People vs Coffee” van will be on site. Parents and spectators are able to purchase hot beverages and light refreshments during the day.
The P&F wish all the teams the very best for tomorrow.
HOT X BUNS – Orders Due 1/4/2022
Yes, you saw right, Hot X Buns! The P&F are collaborating with D&M’s Bakery and are giving families the opportunity to purchase delicious 6 packs of Hot X Buns and help raise funds at the same time. Stock up for the Easter Long Weekend or buy for family and friends. The buns are available in the following varieties;
- With fruit
- Choc chip.
An order form has been sent home. Additional forms can be requested from the Front Office. Please ensure your order form is returned to the Front Office by Friday 1st April to avoid missing out. Pick up will be Wednesday 13th April at the Hub from 2.30pm.
60th ANNIVERSARY COOKBOOK
As part of the celebrations for GSLS 60th Anniversary, a cookbook is being collated. A letter requesting recipes and outlining more details will be sent home in the coming weeks.
In this week’s Chaplains Corner, we have an article from The Black dog Institute. It’s about stress and its impact on you.
- Stress is a normal condition, not a mental illness.
- Everyone experiences stress, but we experience it differently and this changes over time.
- Prolonged stress can negatively impact physical and mental health.
- Learn to recognise your stressors so you can deal with them.
Also, we are introducing another of our Class Carers.
With Gods richest blessings,
SAPSASA Swimming Trials
Harry, Sarah, Priya and Aimee represented Good Shepherd at Sapsasa swimming at the Nuriootpa pool on Friday the 18th of March. Harry placed 1st in the 50m Freestyle, Backstroke and Breastroke. Sarah placed 2nd in the 50m freestyle.
Well done to Priya and Aimee for a great effort in the 50m backstroke.
The GSLS girls were sent in to bat first against St Joseph’s School, Clare. After twenty overs the girls were 8/56. St Joseph’s won the match with a score of 7/96.
Thank you Mr Hausler for your time coordinating the day. A big thank you to our parent helpers and scorers on the day.
Our girls should be proud as they showed great team spirit and played their best on the day. Well done!
- Angaston Child Care & ELC are conveniently situated close to the school and provide before and after school care.
- Angaston Child Care & Early Learning Centre: 422 Valley Road, Angaston SA 5353
Director: Suzy Linke
Phone: 08 8564 3387
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 6.30 am to 6.00pm
Finance and Administration News
Please avoid phoning between 8.15 – 8.30am as staff are debriefing and in devotion. A phone call prior to 8.30am however will be taken by the answering machine for you to leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible if required.
If you have not yet enrolled your Foundation child for 2023 please see Danette at the Front Office ASAP.
We also remind families that we require one term’s notice in writing of your intention to withdraw a student to avoid being charged an additional term’s fees.
Did you know that limits for the school card have now been increased. So you may now be eligible if you have not been in the past. Applications for the School Card Scheme are available online. To check if you are eligible click on the following link or contact Sarah Loveday for further information.
1962-2022 Celebrating 60 Years
Angaston Lutheran Parish Service Times
Sunday 27th March 2022 (Lent 4)
Angaston: 8.45am HC Contemporary
Gnadenberg: 10.30am HC Contemporary
Keyneton: 9.00am HC
Eden Valley: 5.30pm
Springton: 11.00am HC
Wednesday 30th March 2022
7.30pm Lenten Service @ Gnadenberg
Sunday 3rd April 2022 (Lent 5)
Angaston: 10.30am Traditional
Gnadenberg: 8.45am Traditional
Eden Valley: 11.00am
Wednesday 6th April 2022
7.30pm Lenten Service @ Angaston