Good Shepherd Grapevine – 7 April 2022
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Working Hard, Hardly Working
Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. Ephesians 4:28
Years ago, my wife and I lived next door to her father. Because he was retired, he spent quite a bit of time working in his yard. When I saw him doing something like mowing the lawn, I’d shout over the fence, “How’s it going over there?” Inevitably, he’d respond, “Working hard; hardly working.” I think he meant something like, “Yes, I’m working hard in a way. But I’m also enjoying the freedom in my retirement to putter around in my yard, to work whenever I want to, and to be my own boss. This feels more like play than work.”
Ephesians 4:28 prefers “working hard” to “hardly working.” This verse says that thieves—and, by implication, all of us—should work hard. You don’t see this in our translation, but it is clear in the original language. The NIV says that people “must work, doing something useful with their own hands.” The Greek verb translated here as “must work” suggests not just any quality of work, but hard work in particular.
Our passage doesn’t explain why we should work hard. But this imperative grows out of a biblical understanding of work. You and I, as human beings, were created to work, to use our full capacities in order to ensure that God’s creation functions as it is supposed to, leading to fruitful living for all creatures. Of course, when sin entered in, work became more difficult and painful. Yet, this does not mean that all hard work is wrong or to be avoided. In fact, some of the most rewarding experiences of life come as we invest our full energies in a worthwhile project.
Moreover, the context of Ephesians 4:28 reminds us that working hard is part and parcel of putting on the new self in Christ (4:24). God, who has created us anew in Christ for good works (2:10), expects us to do these with energy. Through our hard work, not only do we find fulfillment, but also we do that which God has ordained for us, thus offering our whole lives to him in worship (Romans 12:1-2).
Can you think of times in your life when you have worked especially hard, and when your hard work was especially meaningful? When might hard work not be honouring to God? Are you able to offer your work to God today, whatever that work might be?
Gracious God, thank you for creating me with the capacity to work. Thank you for inviting me to participate in your work in this world. Thank you for reminding me today that I can honor you by working hard. Help me to offer to you all that I do today. May I work hard, using well the gifts, talents, and opportunities you have given me. May it all be for your glory. Amen.
Adapted from “The High Calling” (Working Hard, Hardly Working | Daily Reflection | The High Calling (theologyofwork.org))
Submitted by Jayden Evans
This fortnight, staff and students pray for:
- COOPER: Rhiannon, Anthony, Bella, Evie and Ethan
- DOECKE: Amy, Craig, Austin and Daisy
- DOERING: Kylie, Sophie and Rach
- DOYBAN: Emma, Molly, Zoe, Oliver & Oscar
- EVANS: Shona, Chris, Brayden & Deegan
- Anne Marschall – Principal
- Daniel Hausler – 5/6 Class Teacher
- Sarah Loveday – Finance Officer
- Danette Mifflin – Administration
7 Maddison Pech
8 Tate Grieger
11 Harry Swincer
27 Miranda Pritchard-Gordon
7 Olivia Harvey
As we come to the end of term one we have much to be thankful for. COVID – 19 has not impacted the school to the extent that we feared it might back at the end of January. We have been able to operate relatively unscathed albeit with various restrictions in place. Some of these restrictions have been lifted from this week. On Monday we were able to hold our first indoor Assembly. It was so great to be able to gather again as a whole school in the Hub. Tomorrow we will hold our first whole school Chapel for this year. Incidentally, when I told the children they cheered (you’ve got to love working in a Christian school!). Next Monday we will hold our final Assembly for term 1. It is sure to be a very special event as we farewell and thank our groundsman, John Morgan, for his 14 years of service to the school. This will be acknowledged by the Director for Lutheran Schools, John Proeve, who will present John with a Service Award. The Year 5/6 School Leaders will also be presented with their badges. Families are allowed to attend Assemblies and Chapels again but we ask that only one family member attend for the time being.
It has been the collective decision of the Lutheran school sector to continue with a double vaccination policy for all volunteers where they interact with students and staff. Masks are also strongly encouraged within the school. While COVID-19 remains a significant health risk, these measures will remain to optimise learning and the focus on care for our students and staff.
As we are slowly settling back into the rhythm of something approaching ‘normal’ school life, many of the School’s committees and subcommittees have returned to regular meetings on the school grounds. Next term we are looking forward to holding our first formal P and F meeting for the year at 7.00pm May 2nd in the school library. Whether you are a brand new parent or have been part of ‘the GSLS family’ for years, I would encourage you to come along. These meetings are a chance to share your great ideas to fund raise for our children, meet new people and have a lot of fun at the same time. This year we are especially excited as we are working on celebrations to mark Good Shepherd’s 60th anniversary.
Next week is Holy Week when Christians will be reflecting on the sacrifice of Jesus in the lead up to Easter Sunday. At Good Shepherd the children traditionally walk down to Zion Lutheran church on Maundy Thursday for a worship service (followed by an egg hunt in the park). Families are very welcome to join us for this. The service will start at approximately 9.30am. Another tradition is for the children to make artwork which is then displayed in Zion on Easter Sunday. If you would like to attend the Easter church service at Zion’s it is at 9 o’clock. Everyone is welcome.
Classroom Snapshot – Mrs Jodie Hampton – Sports Day
What a wonderful day was had by all at our 2022 Sports Day!
Some of the highlights included:
- the smiles on all the students and teachers faces;
- the many, many parents that came to watch and support their children and us – thanks!
- the Faith students and how they jumped right in and helped to measure, rake, organise students and also then encourage the students during the team games and also run a sprint race!
- Mr Hausler dressed up in silver sparkly shorts;
- our visitors from the Angaston Child Care Centre who joined us for sprint races;
- and the encouragement and support the students gave each other throughout the day.
Well done and thankyou to everyone who helped out on the day.
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!
HOT CROSS BUNS 13/4/2022
All Hot Cross Bun orders will be available for collection on 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.
NEXT P&F MEETING 2/05/2022
Please mark in your diaries that the next P&F meeting will be held on Monday 2nd May at 7pm. This is week 1 of term 2. The meeting will be held in the Library. We will be planning for the remainder of 2022. All welcome.
MOTHERS DAY STALL 3/05/2022 – 4/05/2022
On Tuesday and Wednesday of week 1, term 2, students will have the opportunity to purchase special Mother’s Day gifts from the Mother’s Day Stall. The stall will be operating during recess and lunch. The gifts will range in price from $2 – $7.
We are pleased to announce that Canteen will be fully operational in Term 2. During week 1 you will receive a lunch order form for the term. You are able to either put an order in weekly by the Wednesday or place an order for the full term. If you wish to help in the canteen, please speak to our Canteen Manager, Sarah Gripton.
On Wednesday (6th of April) seventeen Good Shepherd students from the Year 4-6 classes travelled to Lyndoch to compete in the Barossa Valley District Athletics Day.
There were lots of other students there representing many of the schools within our region. The Good Shepherd students participated with enthusiasm, determination and with fantastic spirit.
All students were proud of their achievements, with Sarah coming first in her 800m race, Aimee finishing highly in the shotput event, Tillie winning her discus event, Parker Butler winning his 100m heat and Ava and Mitchell finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively in their heats, and Dylan and Amelia both reaching the 100m finals.
A special and massive thanks goes to some of our wonderful parent helpers who chipped in on the day including Kimberley McGorman who helped transport students and helped coordinate the high jump events, Anna Cameron who helped transport and set up the shade tent and Bec Klemm and Jarred Rathjen who helped transport students. Thanks also to Mr Klau and Mrs John for driving the school bus in the morning to help get some of our students to Lyndoch and to Priya for coming along, even though she was injured, to help out with the high jump events.
Dear Good Shepherd Community,
Wishing you all a lovely, blessed, and safe Easter.
EASTER HOPE (adapted from words of hope)
On Easter, we celebrate the hope of new life that Jesus brings into each of our lives, and even more, into the whole world. Easter is what our faith as Christians is founded on. It’s the Center of Christianity and the ultimate example on display for God’s love for us. It’s a time when we experience the hope and love of a Savior who sacrificed his life for us despite our deepest struggles, betrayals, and failures. Easter is a time to share the Good News of the empty tomb and the grace only found in our risen Savior.
I encourage you all to have a read of the scriptures below to give insights and to understand the ‘Christian Easter Story’.
This is John’s account of Jesus’ death and resurrection that gives us the ‘Hope of Easter’.
John 13:1-20 (Washing of feet)
The foot washing narrative becomes as a call to serve.
John 19:1-37 (Christ the king)
This chapter shows the wonderful irony of Good Friday: while the roman soldiers put Jesus to death at the insistence of Jewish rulers, God is inaugurating Christ as King. Not in the way anyone expected, but rather in God’s wisdom – the way it was meant to be: “I have set my king on Zion, my holy hill.”
John 19:38-42 (Unleavened Lives)
Leaven is the symbol used for the cleansing of sin from us. Christ was dealing with sin, its fatal blow when he died and was buried.
John 20:1-31 and Corinthians:15-58 (Resurrection day)
Christ has been raised from the dead. Because of this, everything is different, sin is defeated, death is conquered, and we live in HOPE.
With Gods richest blessings,
Please note that the Angaston Child Care Centre are offering a Vacation Care program for the upcoming school holidays. Please see planned activities below and contact the ACCC directly to book.
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 10th April 2022 (Palm Sunday)
Angaston: 8.45am HC Contemporary
Gruenberg: 10.30am HC Family
Eden Valley: 9.30am HC
Springton: 1.30pm HC
Maundy Thursday 14th April 2022
7.30pm HC @ Angaston – Contemporary
7.30pm HC @ Springton
Good Friday 15th April 2022
9.00am @ Keyneton
Sunday 17th April 2022 (Easter Sunday)
Angaston: 9.00am HC
Gruenberg/Gnadenberg: 7.00am HC @ GN
6.30am Dawn Service @ Eden Valley
9.00am HC @ Springton