Daily Archives: January 11, 2018

Friday, January 12th, 2018

TBS Nation,

Ok, Its almost Friday and getting colder by the minute.  Not necessarily something to be encouraged about unless you are an ice-fisherman or addicted to sticking your tongue on to metal objects for the fun of it.  I thought this afternoon about how to encourage you all and I was drawing a blank until I read this in Psalm 34:11-14.  Come, you children, listen to me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.  Who is there man who desires life, and loves many days, that he may see good?  Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit.  Depart from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.”  
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During last hour three seniors came into my “free hour” and sat down just to talk.  There was the nervous conversation about future and graduation and job and relationships and …..you get the idea.  I was in the middle of grading Algebra assignments when it dawned on me that I have one of the most incredible/important jobs in the world. I put down the red pen and closed the books and gave my full attention to them.   King David says,Come, you children, listen to me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.   I let the students talk for a while and then the pause came as if they were waiting for me to interject my “Shaefferly” wisdom.  I took the opportunity of course.  There were no rebellious responses, no animosity toward rules, no frustration, no negative vibes at all, rather a genuine conversation about where life will take them.  I listened first and then added the pieces they were missing or didn’t say.  Kids are smart and know what they want, however you and I both know they are not quite polished with wisdom end of it yet.  Just a few adjustments in their ideas hopefully helped them see that life is not about you or me but rather it is about Christ.  I loved hearing their “firm” plans for next year.  Yes – the plans that can’t possible change because, well, they just can’t!  I gave them perspective glasses and encouraged them to remember that flexibility in life is crucial.  It was easy to talk of the Lord and to encourage them to keep going to church and get involved even if it means sacrificing some time or money.  I said, “Life is hard no matter what. God makes the hard doable and the impossible possible.”  I was happy to have children come to me and listen…The obvious from the verses – keep your tongue from evil and deceit, get away from evil, do good, seek peace…great life with that advice!
Reminder: 
Memorial Service for Kimberly Struska:  Saturday, January 13th, 2018 @ Trinity Baptist Church – FDL
For those who are interested, the memorial service for Kim is this Saturday at 3:00pm at Trinity Baptist Church.
Friday, January 12th, 2018
 
7:00am Before School Care (Jeremy Shaeffer)
8:00am – Student Drop Off
8:15am – Normals School Day
Pizza Friday – Order before school begins!
3:00pm – Student Pick Up
3:15pm – After School Care (Sarah Leeds)
Saturday, January 13th, 2018
7:15am – Girls BB Tournament in Neenha, WI (Leave FCS @ 7:15am)
3:00pm – Kimberly Struska’s Memorial Service @ TBC
Jeremy Shaeffer
TBS Principal
20 E. Arndt St.
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
920-322-1337
jshaeffer@trinityfdl.net

TBS Mission:
Team with parents by providing a quality, Christ centered education and produce young people committed to Jesus Christ who take scriptural leadership roles in their families, church and community.

Thursday, January 11th, 2018

TBS Nation,

Psalm 25:4-5 says, “Show me Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths.  Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For you are the God of my salvation. On You I wait all the day.”  Walking a path is always a fun experience when you get the chance, especially if the day is beautiful.  Paths are usually traveled for a reason.  Often, it is obvious as to why the path takes a certain direction, while other paths seem to be a bit more obscure.  I read a book recently that a friend of mine wrote chronicling his 152 day thru hike of the Appellation Trail.  Yes, Georgia to Maine over 2100 miles (on foot) of wilderness.  Dave talks much about the trail lingo and the different “society” that seems to awaken on the trail.  As I read one term stuck in my mind called a “blazer”.  This white triangle shape was painted on trees, rocks, fence posts, roads and sometimes houses to mark the “true” Appellation Trail.  The reality is that there are many other blazer colors.  These color differences mark a shorter path, or a unique sight, or even give a shortcuts to those who want that opportunity.  Many walk the path of life but it is not the one prepared by God. Man seems to create his own “‘blazer” and cuts paths of ease and popularity.  The goal is to have very few downs and many ups in life right?  Stress, hurt, sin, loss, pain and a host of other life situations cause us to change course from following God’s blazer to following  man’s blazer. David again reveals a great encouragement and admonition as he begs God to show and teach about the way / path God has prepared.  We have to learn His path and study the markers that “blaze” His trail.  It is not traveled as often so the path is not as obvious but there is no doubt it exists.  This is why David begs God for instruction, and guidance.  He also practices patience when the path seems unclear.  This kind of hiking takes more attention, skill and determination than does the typical walk in the state park.  “Teach me Your paths….”  Let’s hike today!
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Thursday, January 11th, 2018
7:00am – Before School Care
8:00am – Student Drop Off
8:15am – Normal School Day
3:00pm – Student Pick Up
3:15pm – After School Care (Lin Leeds)
Navigating True North,
Jeremy Shaeffer
TBS Principal
20 E. Arndt St. 
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
920-322-1337
jshaeffer@trinityfdl.net


TBS Mission:
Team with parents by providing a quality, Christ centered education and produce young people committed to Jesus Christ who take scriptural leadership roles in their families, church and community.