Good Folks, it is Friday, August 19, 2016. In last Sunday’s offering plate a church member wrote on the Connection Card these words, “Each Sunday in the summer should be Hawaiian Shirt Sunday.” I say, “Amen!”
This coming Monday in the Duncanville Independent School District, school officially begins for our students. The school buses will be running from 6:00A.M. or before. Teachers are already prepping their rooms and having in-service times to make ready for teaching. The local school district will be showcasing the new elementary schools with community open house events. The most recent bond election set into motion a much-needed and long overdue journey for the district of renovations, re-purposing and new constructions for the educational component for our students. Know that buildings do not make our kids smarter. It involves the teacher-student ratio being at a level that is manageable and workable. It involves the administration supporting teachers that are in the “trenches” of education.
It involves the community to invest time, energy and support to the local schools by volunteering and being present. That is why I am so proud of FUMC-D and our involvement in effecting the future of our community and the world.
We will be having our Wednesday After-School Program starting in September. We are partnering with Central Elementary, supporting the school with school supplies and treating the teachers to regular surprises of treats at various levels. I firmly believe that since we draw from the community, we should give back to the community. This becomes a symbiotic relationship that helps and benefits all of us, and especially children.
This Sunday during the 11:00A.M. Service, a whole bunch of backpacks will be blessed and processed out of the sanctuary, to land in the arms of children at Central. Our own church students and teachers are encouraged to bring their backpacks, to be blessed alongside others.
Proverbs 22:6 is often quoted regarding the teaching/instruction of children. Depending on the translation/paraphrased used, the gist of the verse goes like this, “Point your kids in the right direction—when they’re old they won’t be lost.” (The Message)
I believe a good and solid education gives everyone an opportunity to be successful in whatever endeavors they choose to pursue. I applaud our educators in the classroom and support staff. All of them help point and teach and direct our children to their greatest potential. And sometimes our students look up to the possibilities. “I touch the future. I teach.” Christa McAuliffe *
Folks, do not miss the opportunity to “touch the future.”
Blessings from Duncanville, Pastor Frank
* Sharon Christa McAuliffe was an American teacher from Concord, New Hampshire, and was one of the seven crew members killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster (01.28.1986).