From the Principal

Over the past few weeks I have had the joy of meeting with some of the founders of our school who have shared stories of the beginning of Grace Lutheran Primary School. What has struck me are the themes which are emerging from 50 years ago.

  • The desire for a Christian, Lutheran Primary School on the peninsula to follow on from the exceptional Kindergarten that was already established
  • How community became apparent in the very early days with everyone pitching in and helping out at a beginning school
  • How the wider community of Redcliffe backed the idea for a Lutheran School on the peninsula financially and in other ways too
  • That CHILDREN were the focus for the beginning of this school

One of the special times I shared was with 15 past staff who visited. They laughed and shared stories of the fun that was had, the work that was done and the beautiful children – not all of whom were exceptionally behaved at times! I enjoyed so much hearing about the love they had for this school and the children who attended it and I reflected that this is the case, even today. Children deserve our time, they deserve our love and I hope that in partnership with all our families, we will go on providing this as well as a quality education at Grace Lutheran Primary School.

Staffing news
Please be advised that Mrs Kathy Stock will be going on well-deserved Long Service Leave from Monday August 15 until the beginning of term 4. Mr Oliver Denny will take over her role as Director of Student Welfare and also continue to organize our sporting program but will be replaced as a Physical Education teacher by Mr Solomon Mace. We wish Mrs Stock well and I know you will support Mr Denny as he takes on this senior role in our school.

Pastor Mark will also go on Long Service Leave from the 25 August until the beginning of term four and we also wish him well too.

Trudy Moala
Principal

School Disco

It’s Disco Time Cost: $10 DJ | MUSIC | DANCING | FUN TIMES DISCO SESSIONS Prep 3.15pm – 4.15pm Years 1 – 4.15pm – 5.15pm …

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School Disco

It’s Disco Time

Cost: $10 DJ |

MUSIC | DANCING | FUN TIMES

DISCO SESSIONS
Prep 3.15pm – 4.15pm
Years 1 – 4.15pm – 5.15pm
Years 1 – 3 5.30pm – 6.30pm
Years 4 – 6 6.45pm – 7.45pm

Tickets for school disco are selling fast.  Please book online via this link here.

 


Karen Misso
Marketing and Events Coordinator

 

Year 5 & 6 Fathers and Sons Event

Year 5 and 6 Fathers and Sons Event On Thursday 27 August 2020 at 5:15 pm – 7:30 pm the Year 5 & 6 Fathers …

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Year 5 & 6 Fathers and Sons Event

Year 5 and 6 Fathers and Sons Event

On Thursday 27 August 2020 at 5:15 pm – 7:30 pm the Year 5 & 6 Fathers and Sons night will be held at the Grace Primary Hall. There will be a BBQ and games first and then at 6 pm the session will start in the Hall.

The Let’s Chat Education www.letschateducation.com.au  gives a supportive interactive session on ‘My Changing Body’.

Social distancing will occur between adults and the number of attendees is required to be capped at sixty people in total.
The cost is $5 per person and ticket sales are available online via this link here.

Mr Oliver Denny will be overseeing this event and looks forward to engaging in this time with Dads (or parent) and their sons.

 


Karen Misso
Marketing and Events Coordinator

 

The Pink Hat Appeal

Hi! We are Samantha (6K), Jennifer (6K) and Mary (6B) and we are raising money through the SchoolAidTrust https://schoolaidtrust.com/profile/the-pink-hat-appeal to make care packs for the …

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The Pink Hat Appeal

Hi! We are Samantha (6K), Jennifer (6K) and Mary (6B) and we are raising money through the SchoolAidTrust https://schoolaidtrust.com/profile/the-pink-hat-appeal to make care packs for the homeless, those at risk of homelessness and those people “in need” living in Redcliffe. Our fund raiser is called “The Pink Hat Appeal” and the story behind our name is on our School Aid profile (hyperlink above). We are distributing the care packs through The Redcliffe Breakfast Club (more information about the Breakfast Club is located https://thebreakfastclubredcliffe.weebly.com/).

On the holidays we went and met with the volunteers at The Redcliffe Breakfast Club and found out exactly what they need to help assist others. On our Pink Hat Appeal profile we have outlined the care packs we are making. For a $10 donation we are able to put together either a Crisis Pack (for those who are new to living on the streets) or a Meal Pack that has enough non perishable food for one or two meals. For a $5 donation we will put together a Shower Pack or a Snack Pack. These packs will be given out when The Breakfast Club van is on the streets assisting those in need.

Our target is $1000 by the end of this term. You can donate by going to our profile page at https://schoolaidtrust.com/profile/the-pink-hat-appeal

Luke Howarth the Assistant Minister for Community Housing, Homelessness and Community Services kindly donated a hamper for us to raffle. Congratulations to the Lawless family the winner of the raffle!

We will be having a ‘Fun Hat Day’ on 10 September.  More details coming soon.

Thank you for your support.

Spread Fun not Flu

We can all do our bit to help stop the spread of germs as we approach flu season using the following guidelines:  

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Spread Fun not Flu

We can all do our bit to help stop the spread of germs as we approach flu season using the following guidelines:

 

Pastor’s Message

Do you believe in miracles? Have you ever prayed for a miracle? What would you like to see happen in your life, and the lives …

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Pastor’s Message

Do you believe in miracles?
Have you ever prayed for a miracle? What would you like to see happen in your life, and the lives of those near you?

When it comes to miracles, I believe in miracles. As I look at the creation, and see my children and grandchild, and as I consider how my own body works from how a simple breath gives us life, there are lots of things that are miracles. Life is incredible, and it’s great to have a sense of awe in relation to it.

There are also other times when people are ‘looking for a miracle’.
When we consider the troubles in the world, or things happening around us, sometimes we do pray for a real miracle. That why when people ask ‘Do you believe in miracles?’ they are thinking of those extra-ordinary things Jesus did. They are seeking extra-ordinary healing and extra-ordinary help in what is for them ‘extra-ordinary situations’.

Over the past few weeks in the Church’s Sunday Worship we have heard the accounts of Jesus healing the sick, feeding more than 5000 people from a few pieces of bread, raising someone from the dead, and walking on water. When it comes to such things, there are various views here. Some doubt if these things actually happened. But if you believe that Jesus is God at work in this world, and Jesus actually died and rose from the dead, then we can believe that God has done miraculous things in Jesus.

In the Holy Gospel for this Sunday (Matthew 14:22-33) we hear an account of Jesus walking on water, as also His disciple Peter. What happened here is extra-ordinary, and was possible because Jesus Himself was present.

From these encounter we can learn some important truths for life, home, and family.

First, when it comes to a life of faith and prayer, don’t be afraid to ask God for the ridiculous.

The other disciples were cowering in fear but when Peter realised that it was Jesus they were seeing on the water he said, “If it’s You, have me come out of the boat to You.” What a bold request!

Second, acknowledge that there are storms and waves in this life.

We know that bad things will happen, and we cannot always explain or understand them. We know about this world with all its challenges, pains and sorrow. And just like Peter focused on the wind and the waves, we can so be distracted by immediate events (which are common to all people) that we lose sight of a greater picture.

Third, when we are facing difficult situations, it is good to “fix one’s eyes on Jesus”.

In the Bible we hear this verse (Hebrews 12:2), “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2). The greatest miracle of all was God coming into this world in Christ, and actually enduring suffering and death, and bringing about the gift of a new life by His resurrection from the dead. And this is truly good news for us.

When the wind is blowing its hardest, when the waves are crashing around you and your faith melts into fear, Jesus is there, reaching out to you, ready to catch you. When your doubt is overwhelming, Christ’s peace is available to you. When you aren’t sure who God is or who you are, Jesus says, “Take heart. It is I. Stop being afraid.”

This ‘Gospel lesson’ (of Jesus walking on water) brings to mind a favourite Bible Verse for many people from Isaiah (41:10) where God says, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will up hold you with My victorious right hand.”

May you know God’s blessing, peace, and strength for life.

In Christ
Pastor Mark

Please also note
Grace Lutheran Congregation is meeting for worship each Sunday, 8:30 am and 5:30 pm. COVID-Safe plans are in place.

We are still also providing resources for ‘Church at Home’, including a fortnightly ‘Children’s Message Video’ (see www.gracelutheran.org.au)

Also, ‘Lutheran Youth Queensland’ has recommenced its Camping Ministry Program. (For details on these see www.lyq.org.au/camps-events)


Email: mark.brinkmann@lca.org.au
Phone: 0499 014 189

What’s coming up

Dates for your Diary Monday 10 August – MBRC Ekka Holiday Monday 10 August – Musical Practice for cast & crew Friday 14 August – …

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What’s coming up

Dates for your Diary

Monday 10 August – MBRC Ekka Holiday

Monday 10 August – Musical Practice for cast & crew

Friday 14 August – Prep Excursion

Tuesday 18 August – Principal’s Tour 5.30am

Friday 21 August School Disco – Prep 3.15pm – 4.15pm, Years 1 – 3 4.15pm – 5.15pm, Years 1 – 3 5.30pm – 6.30pm, Years 4 – 6 6.45pm – 7.45pm

Saturday 29 August – GLPS Trivia Night

Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 August – Prep Vision Screening

Thursday 27 August  – Year 5-6 Boys and Fathers Night

Friday 28 August – NISSA Sport Gala Day 2

Friday 4 September 7.15am – Fathers’ Day “Drop off with Dad”

Thursday 3 September & Friday 4 September – Fathers’ Day Stall

Thursday 10 September – Mothers’ Night Out

Thursday 10 September – Fun Hat Day (more details coming soon)

Friday 9 & Saturday 10 October – School Musical