E-News December Issue 10, Volume 2
Please join us for the Homeschoolers of Wyoming Convention on May 13 & 14, 2010. Visit this page to find out more: http://www.homeschoolersofwy.org/convention.asp. We are still updating this page so be sure to check back often.
HOW is a ministry to Wyoming Homeschool Families. As a ministry we want to uplift one another in prayer when we are able. Please let us know of any : prayer requestsand we will include them on our prayer page. We will keep them posted each month until you update us on a situation so please stay in contact.
Please spend a few minutes today uplifting these people in prayer:
Pray for the HOW Board Member families as they serve Wyoming Homeschoolers
Pray for our County Contacts that keep us updated with pertinant information.
Scripps National Spelling Bee
The Wyoming Community Foundation is sponsoring the 2011 Wyoming State Spelling Bee. In order to participate you must enroll with the Scripps National Spelling Bee at spellingbee.com by the December 17, 2010 deadline. Fees are $99 and you will have online access to grade-specific word lists and study sheets for grades 1-8, as well as other study materials. The champion of the 2011 Wyoming State Spelling Bee will win an expenses-paid trip to compete in the 2011 Scripps National Spelling Bee. For more information go to: http://wycf.org/wystatebee.asp
WyWatch Prayer Rally
Saturday January 8th, 2011 at 1:00 PM in the Rotunda of the Wyoming State Capitol Building in Cheyenne, WY. We will gather from all corners of Wyoming to pray for our state leaders, legislators, and country.
All of us at HOW would like to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas! We look forward to serving you in 2011.
TeenPact Wyoming 2011
At the capitol building in Cheyenne
February 14-18, 2011
Visit www.teenpact.com/wyoming for more information.
Making the Holidays Holy Again|
By Todd Smith
I recently posted the question on facebook, “Do you say “Happy Holidays” this time of year or do you insist on saying “Merry Christmas”?” Most who answered said, Merry Christmas and I myself like to focus in on the birth of Christ, but at times I wonder if perhaps we doth protest too much.
Now that we are into December the focus does turn to the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ but I think we need to also remember that God gives us the opportunity as families to take apart the word holiday and really get back to Holy Days. I hope your Thanksgiving that just passed was truly a Holy day for you and your family to give thanks to the Creator of the Universe for all He has blessed us with. I hope that your Christmas will be a great Holy day that reminds you that God loved us enough to send His own Son into this world. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us. In the midst of all that hustle and bustle of the season we get to pause and remember that light has come into the world and Christ’s sacrifice still brings men out of darkness. And let us not forget New Years, a Holy day if we choose to let it be one. God is all about new beginnings and what a great time at the start of a fresh year to make some new beginnings.
I tell my Church family each year where I Pastor to make New Year’s Resolutions. Some people don’t like them but I think that anytime you can prayerfully sit down and set some spiritual goals with God’s help that is a good thing. Even that losing weight one can be a spiritual goal because most of us need God’s help when we tackle that battle.
And these are just those special days that the calendar marks as Holidays. I encourage you as Christian families to make every day a Holy day, set apart unto the Lord. Choose to make each day count and make it significant thanking God for the opportunity to serve Him as a family, to grow in His grace and to learn together. “God Bless us everyone”, as Tiny Tim would say and by the way have a very Merry Christmas!
In God We Trust
By Stephen McDowel
America’s Historic Sites Reveal Her Christian Foundations
Throughout history nations have built monuments, usually to record victories in battle or to honor their gods. Every nation’s monuments and national symbols reflect the heart of the people and identify what they believe is the source of their nation’s greatness and achievements. Unlike most nations, America’s monuments were not built to record countries conquered or battles won. America’s memorials contain the declaration that the source of our birth, liberty, and greatness is God.
A tour of our historic sites reveals that America was a nation birthed by men who had a firm reliance upon Almighty God and His Son Jesus Christ. Inscribed upon our buildings, monuments, and national symbols is our nation’s faith in God. A sampling of this evidence seen in some of our monuments and buildings in Washington, D.C., follows. more...
Changing Lives to Change the World
By Elizabeth Albin
Can you look back at your life and pin-point a time that something happened to completely change the course of your life? For me it was February 18, 2002. I was a shy kid who liked to stay hidden as much as possible. I was a history buff and loved to read about government. So when my parents heard about a class called TeenPact Leadership Schools, held down in Cheyenne was all about teaching high school students about government, I was signed up right away. I went down to the class not expecting much in the way of “life changing experiences” but I was surely surprised. This wasn’t another boring government class about laws and court cases. This class was alive and full of action! Everything was hands-on; we were able to meet legislators, interview lobbyists, write our own bills, have our own mock elections and even take a meet and picture with the Governor of Wyoming! Throughout it all I learned the Biblical purpose for government and how I could impact it with the power of Christ.
I never thought that as a 15 year old girl I could make that much of a difference. But TeenPact taught me to think for myself and make an impact on my family, community and state even 3 years before I could vote! The laid-back and comfortable environment encouraged me step out of my comfort zone. I even gave a speech at the end of the class. TeenPact was a comprehensive leadership experience that challenged me to grow both personally and spiritually, while at the same time providing important information about state government, politics and citizenship. It was a week that greatly impacted my life. Since then I have staffed, interned, directed and coordinated over 50 TeenPact classes across the country as well as working for the ministry full-time for three years. A year and a half ago I moved back to Wyoming. I now am the state coordinator for our TeenPact class. I cannot thank my parents enough for sending me to my first TeenPact class so many years ago.
I am here to tell you that if you want to be a part of this life-changing class you are in luck. TeenPact Wyoming 2011 is going to be held at the capitol building in Cheyenne on February 14 – 18, 2011! If you sign up before December 16th then you will be able to get the Early-Bird Discount of $15. This is an opportunity that is too good to pass up. Check out our website for more information and discounts! www.teenpact.com/wyoming If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by phone (307) 689-3257 or e-mail Wyoming@teenpact.com. I look forward to seeing you there!!