Hello Compass Friends!
"The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. "The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in him." Lamentations 3:22-24
It's hard to believe another school year is about to begin! School supplies, new clothes, open houses and cooler days all indicate that it's unavoidable…it's almost time to go back! We hope you have all had a wonderful summer and are excited to see what God may have in store for you this year. Compass Public School Ministry is excited to offer lots of opportunities as you strive to be intentional about living out your faith where God has placed you this year. Read below about our EDUCATOR COMMISSIONING, PUBLIC SCHOOL PARENTING WORKSHOP, 4TH ANNUAL EDUCATOR BREAKFAST and so MUCH MORE!
Our theme this year is:
What is the ONE THING that God may be calling you to do in/for YOUR school this year??
Is He calling you to PRAY more intentionally?
Is He calling you to GET INVOLVED in a new way?
Is He calling you to SHOW THE LOVE OF CHRIST by meeting your schools most BASIC NEEDS?
Is He calling you to more GENEROUSLY SERVE your teachers or colleagues?
Is He calling you to start a GOOD NEWS CLUB or STUDENT LED BIBLE STUDY so more students have access to God's Word at school?
Is He calling you to creatively bring together Christians in COMMUNITY within your school to pray together or study God's Word?
PARTICIPATE in one or more of the GREAT OPPORTUNITIES below?
How else is He CALLING YOU??
2016-2017 Compass Calendar (to date)
(go to www.compasslink.org/events for more details or email us at email@example.com)
Saturday, August 27th – MINNETONKA FRIENDS! Join us for WORSHIP AND PRAYER IN THE PARK at Thorpe Park at 5pm. This event is to honor teachers and staff living or working in the Minnetonka district and is being sponsored by Grace Church in Deephaven. Teachers and others will also be sharing how God is working in the Minnetonka schools and beyond. If you'd like to stay after for pizza, please RSVP to Chrisa@graceindeephaven.org (call/text 612 978 1231) for pizza by Sat at 3pm and bring a side dish, fruit, salad or dessert to share. There are picnic tables under cover but you can bring chairs or a picnic blanket if you wish. There's a playground next to the picnic tables (kids are free to play during our time).
Monday, August 29th – YOUNG LIFE PRAYER CARAVAN for anyone wanting to pray for our SW TC schools!! Meet at Grace Church parking lot (Door 4) at 8pm to join the group. Cars will depart for area schools and will spend time in prayer for these schools. All are welcome!
Sunday, September 11 – 4th ANNUAL EDUCATOR COMMISSIONING SERVICE, Grace Church, Eden Prairie, 9am and 10:40am services
Join us as Pastor Troy Dobbs prays a blessing over our educators and commissions them out onto the mission field of the public schools. This is a very special time for our educators so invite educator friends and colleagues!! This includes teachers, coaches, administration, paras, support staff, transportation, facilities, etc!! Stop by the Compass table in the Commons to say "hi"!
Sunday, September 18th – COMPASS EDUCATOR PRAYER, Grace Church, Eden Prairie, 10:15am
This Sunday begins an Educator prayer time that will meet the first and third Sundays of each month between services at the Compass table by Door 1. Please join these educator prayer warriors or email prayer requests to Tracy Hiebert at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Saturday, September 24th – GOOD NEWS CLUB TRAINING – Start a student bible study in your elementary school!
Child Evangelism Fellowship offers training for parents and/or educators who are interested in starting a Good News Club student bible study in their elementary school. For more information or to RSVP call 612-207-6769 or email email@example.com. This is the first of four trainings for the upcoming school year.
Sunday, September 25th - #CAMPUSIGNITENIGHT2016 – Grace Church Grand Commons, 6:30-8pm – Join others for a dynamic night of prayer and worship as we kick off the Global Week of Student Prayer! All are invited…parents, students and educators (teachers, para's, support staff, subs, administration, facilities, transportation, etc…) as we come together corporately before the Lord and lift up this next school year. You won't want to miss this powerful night!!
Wednesday, September 28th – SEE YOU AT THE POLE – Join other students across the country as many meet at their schools' flagpole to pray for their schools, staff and communities at 7am. More details at www.syatp.com.
Wednesday, September 28th - WEEKLY PRAYER FOR OUR SCHOOLS KICKOFF, Grace Church, 7pm, CA150D. Kicks off a weekly effort to pray for our schools! Every Wednesday night Compass has set aside a space for anyone feeling led to be on their knees for our schools. No need to RSVP, just come!!
Saturday, October 8th - BIG SERVE – Join us as we partner with Grace Church's Big Serve. We will be serving in schools throughout Eden Prairie and Minnetonka. Show the love of Christ by meeting our schools most basic needs! More details and sign up at www.atgrace.org/bigserve.
Sunday, October 16th – RELIGIOUS LIBERTIES WORKSHOP – Grace Church, 7pm – Do you know your legal rights as a Christian within the public schools? Is it legal to read the bible at school? Share your faith in your homework? Review our First Amendment rights and how they impact your freedoms as an educator and as a student in the public schools. This is great information every Christian should know!
Tuesday, October 25th – SPECIAL MISSIONS WEEK EVENT FOR EDUCATORS…STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS!
Saturday, November 19th – 4th ANNUAL EDUCATOR BREAKFAST – FREE EVENT!! Join educators from across the metro for an opportunity to connect with other Christian staff within the public schools. This will be a time of equipping and encouragement for all called to this mission field. Watch for registration information and more details coming in October. This is a morning you will not want to miss!! SAVE THE DATE!
Saturday, January 21st – PUBLIC SCHOOL PARENTING WORKSHOP – For all parents of public school students or those considering this path for their child. Join author, Stephen Williams, "Navigating Public Schools" as he shares with us about our role as parents and important information we must know as we come together as families to navigate our way through the public school arena as Christians. Much more information will be provided as well! Watch for more details and registration info coming this winter.
Saturday, March 11th – K-12 PUBLIC SCHOOL EDUCATOR WORKSHOP – Join us for a day of equipping and connecting with other public school educators. Stay tuned for more details. Save the date!
HAVE A WONDERFUL YEAR!!
For His Glory!
The Compass Team
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