How many of you have heard or told a knock knock joke? How much laughter was there? Most of the time knock, knock jokes are not too funny, at least not the ones I have told or heard.
The Christmas story as told in Luke tells us that Joseph and Mary had to travel to Bethlehem as required by Caesar Augustus. As they arrived they could not find a place to stay. I imagine they knocked on many doors and were told there were no rooms available. The town was super busy and everyone had too many things on their own lists to do to help out Mary and Joseph. Finally it came time to deliver the Baby so they had no other choice but to go to a stable. Christmas carols like Away in the Manger, Silent Night, and others paint a romantic picture of Christmas. I imagine it was not quite like we sing.
I wonder if we are today as busy as the town and people of Bethlehem? I think we are even more distracted and discounting of ‘others’ around us. Our schedules are too full, we have too many things to do and to think about. Shopping, going, eating, and celebrating. Do we even hear the knock on our our door? Not our physical doors, but the door to our hearts? Revelations 3:20 we hear Jesus state “Listen! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me.” How interesting it is that Jesus was knocking at a door to find a place to be born and yet today He is still knocking and we are still too busy to let Him in. I believe the greatest hindrance to knowing Jesus better is getting the big ‘I’ or ‘Me’ out of the way so that the GREAT I AM, Emmanuel, God with us, Prince of Peace, can come in. It is my prayer that we will intentionally say ‘no’ to the busyness of the season and say ‘yes’ to Jesus. Knock, Knock? Who's There? It is I, Jesus, will you invite me in?
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Dr. Don McGavran
On Monday, May 16, Rehoboth Christian School organized an all- school color run to raise money for the Preparing the Way Capital Campaign for a new high school. The run was designed to be a fun-filled way to promote school community, physical activity, and raise funds for a great cause.
During the one-hour run students were showered with brightly-colored, powdered paint at various color stations located on the hiking trails behind Rehoboth’s campus. Rehoboth had a goal of raising $40,000 at this event from local business sponsorship and pledges raised by students. Each student was challenged to raise $85 from friends and family members. Prizes were given to the top three students from each school who raised the most money.
Following the run, Ken Zylstra, the Director of Advancement for the school announced that over $43,000 had been raised with roughly $26,000 from donations brought in by students and $17,000 from local business support and sponsorship.
Rehoboth Christian School is continuing to move forward with the goal of providing the best possible Christian education in Gallup and McKinley County. The Preparing the Way Campaign will help Rehoboth to build a new High School facility, and allow their excellent teaching staff to facilitate 21st century learning that will equip the next generation of community leaders.
The current Rehoboth Christian High School was built in 1949. Rehoboth have been raising funds for the new High School building for over two years. To date, over $11 million has been committed.
The Rehoboth Color Run fundraiser brought the current need to under $2.7 million to begin construction. The essential components of the new high school will include nine classroom, one academic support classrooms, two science labs, and a media lab. In the future we hope to add a choral center and art studio.
Please join Rehoboth in preparing the way for a future full of light, hope, and opportunity for our students!
More information on the Preparing the Way Capital Campaign can be found at: http://www.rcsnm.org/supporting-rcs/preparingtheway.cfm
Rehoboth, NM -- On Friday, April 15, Rehoboth Christian High School students will be participating in their third annual all-school service day. Organized by the Rehoboth’s National Honor Society members, this day is intended to be an opportunity for students to expand the scope of their education and to look for ways in which they can be a benefit to the community around them. All 181 high school students will engage in some form of service during the school day on Friday. Students will be working in small groups and will be led by teachers as well as members of the National Honor Society (NHS).
In addition to serving within their own school buildings and grounds, the students will be helping out at Red Rock Care Center, Community Pantry, McKinley Manor, Zuni Mission School, Hilltop Christian School, and Broken Arrow Bible Ranch.
In the past, serving in the community has been a wonderful way for Rehoboth Christian High School students to connect with institutions, build new relationships, and tangibly make a difference in Gallup and surrounding areas. The Rehoboth Christian School Chapter of the NHS is, and has been, committed to selecting a day out of the year to not only serve, but to give all High School students a chance to experience the blessing of lending a helping hand. “This year, it was my goal to give students experiences which will hopefully prepare them for helping others in the future, and get them even more excited about having generous attitudes,” said National Honor Society President Glenn Ratmeyer.
The students of NHS are striving to be an encouragement to their fellow students and community members through their positive attitudes.They want the greater community to see youths working together, serving, and making a difference. They hope their actions will spark some interest and ideas in other youth in the Gallup area.
For more information, please contact Chris VanSlooten at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505 .726.9632.
Rehoboth Yearbooks are on sale. Prices are $40 for hardcover plus shipping and only $25 for softcover plus shipping. To order a 2015-16 yearbook please visit www.rehobothyearbook.picaboo.com to place your order. Send questions and comments about ordering to email@example.com.
Dr. Don McGavran has been selected to serve as the Executive Director for Rehoboth Christian School, starting officially on August 1, 2016.
Dr. McGavran comes to Rehoboth with over 16 years of leadership experience in Christian mission schools. Dr. McGavran earned his doctorate degree in educational leadership from Columbia International University and holds a Master's degree in counseling.
Don, and his wife Vicki of 27 years, have served at Woodstock School in India for four years, Rosslyn Academy in Nairobi, Kenya for six years, and for the past 5 1/2 years at Mountainview Christian School in Indonesia. They are praising the Lord for His guiding them to Rehoboth Christian School where they look forward to being woven into the tapestry of Rehoboth’s rich history.
Don and Vicki have 3 children: Tyler works for Caterpillar, Brittany is a sophomore at Palm Beach Atlantic University, and Hunter is a senior in high school. Don enjoys swimming, cycling, and hiking. The staff at Rehoboth looks forward to the new leadership of Dr. McGavran as they continue carrying out the school’s 113 year old mission.
Rehoboth Christian School, PO Box 41 Rehoboth, NM 87322, Phone: 505-863-4412, www.rcsnm.org