Jesus – The Teacher
Supporting the educational needs of the students on the Southwest Coast
Block the Bus is a back to school initiative for all the Southwest Coast students and familes. Peacefull Communites collects and purchases school supplies for families that require assistance for the upcoming school year. If you, or a family that you know needs assistance, call 695-6901 or email peaceful.communities. firstname.lastname@example.org. All calls are confidential. We ony require male/female, grade attending and a contact number to reach you for pickup/deliver of book bag. We accept all referrals and we do not require any personal information. Book bags will be ready for pick up mid-late August. CHANNEL is offering a free volunteer peer support group facilitation training in Port aux Basques. If you are interested in hosting a mental health peer support group in your area or in developing your skills as a group facilitator, contact Bonnie (collect) at 709-6434361 or Joel at 694-0636. Hosted by the Dr. Charles L. LeGrow Hospital Auxillary at the 50+ Club. Contact Doreen Burton at 695-2850 for more information. As a drop in centre, youth from 12-18 can come by Monday to Thursday till 9 p.m., Friday till 10 p.m., and Saturday 3-10 p.m. There are darts, ping pong, air hockey, Wii games, X box games, Netflix, board games and arts and crafts available. We do have special events on our schedule and do plan specific activities for staff to involve the youth in. For more information, call 695-6901. Want to join curling? Contact Gary O’Brien at email@example.com (695-7582); Facebook page (Gateway Curling). No special equipment required and lessons are free. Have you been turned down for status with the Qalipu First Nations Band? If so, consider joining the Mi’Kmaq First Nations Assembly of Newfoundland. Contact them at 1-709-388-6362 or visit their website www. mfnan.org. An information session is available to Newfoundland and Labrador residents. Anyone interested in registering for the sessions should call 709-576-0608 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The series is for individuals and their families diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia. Includes sessions on an overview of dementia, coping strategies, community resources and supports. Committee will be holding a Luminary Ceremony at Scott’s Cove Park on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. It will start with a parade from boardwalk behind Shoppers Drug Mart to the Boat. Luminaries are available by calling Dorothy at 695-8265, Mabel at 695-3230 Marilyn at 955-2291 and Lorna at 695-7188. In case of inclement the service will be held on August 16 or August 17. Are you interested in volunteering? Western Health is looking for volunteers to assist as greeters at Western Memorial Regional Hospital and Dr. Charles L. LeGrow Health Centre. Greeters help welcome visitors and clients and assist them in finding locations throughout the building.
For more information contact Volunteer Resources Department at 709-637-5369 or visit our website at westernhealth.nl.ca.
Hospital Auxiliary inviting volunteers to work at their gift shop two-hours/week minimum. Shop is open seven days a week (2-4 p.m.) and (7-9 p.m.); accepting applications from males/females. High school students welcome. Training provided. Police check required. Call Doreen Burton at 695-2850.
Tuesday 10-5 and 7-9;
Wednesday 9-1, 2-5, 6-9;
Friday 10-12, 1-5;
Saturday 9-1 2-5.
Closed Sunday and Monday.
Every second Saturday is storytime. For more information please call 695-3471.
One of the things I have on my desk is this – a chalk holder. One time they were a very common thing for a teacher to have. You may be asking yourself, why would a priest have a chalk holder? I have had this chalk holder ever since my university days. One day I wanted to be a high school teacher. To make a long story short, I am not school teacher. Yet, now and then I take the chalk holder in my hand and look at the piece of chalk inside and think about what it is to write on the chalkboard. Although things change over time, one thing has not changed, and that is the need of a teacher.
So, what is a teacher?
A teacher is a person who helps others acquire knowledge, competences or values. Informally, the role of teacher may be taken on by anyone. In some countries, teaching young people of school age may be carried out in an informal setting, such as within the family, rather than in a formal setting such as a school or college. Some other professions may involve a significant amount of teaching.
In John 3: 1-17 we read of a teacher seeking out the wisdom of another teacher. Recently I came across this cliché: “In order to be old and wise, one must be young and foolish.” This is the relationship between Nichodemus and Jesus, the old man Nicodemus going by night to see a young man named Jesus. Although Nicodemus may be old he is young. Jesus may be youthful, but He has been since time began and even before that. Nicodemus has to be young and foolish in order to become old and wise. He comes to Jesus in the darkness of night because he comes with questions. He comes with questions in search of answers. He comes with questions in search of answers because he wanted to be a teacher of the faith.
I would like to think that Nicodemus and Jesus met years before this encounter of the night. In Luke 2: 41-47 we read that Jesus stayed in Jerusalem: “After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.” In this encounter I would like to think Nicodemus was one of the teachers gathered around this 12-year-old boy, and now he gathers once again to Jesus some 20 years later, still amazed at his answers.
Although Jesus was younger in human appearance compared to Nicodemus, it is still a case of the young and foolish coming to the old and wise. And in the true fashion of a teacher, Jesus uses things around Nichodemus and his culture to prove a point. He forces Nichodemus to question what he knows and gives him room to question what has been taught for most of Nichodemus’ life to be THE TRUTH, when indeed THE Truth is right in front of him. Jesus uses scriptures Nichodemus would have been familiar with. Not only did Jesus take ordinary things about the kingdom to teach Nichodemus, he does the same throughout the whole of scripture. In doing this we are given those beautiful words of life, which just about every Christian can quote by memory, the verse of John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life.” That is what a teacher does. A teacher does not force, but rather leaves a student with a memorable moment.
So what is your memorable teaching moment of Jesus in your life? All of these are memorable moments: moments of faith, moments of hope and moments of love. In Jesus’ teaching, we are taught how to pray, to help in healing, to help forgive, and, to teach – all in God’s name.
Rev. Jeffrey Petten