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Meet our James and the Giant Peach Cast!

January 22, 2018
By Miss Barbie


This spring, Abundant Life Christian School is pleased to present through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI)
a new quirky spin on an American literary classic . . .

 

Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach is a musical for the whole family to enjoy . .
and even critics rave:   James and the Giant Peach is a "masterpeach!"


 

Show Synopsis: When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach... and launches a journey of enormous proportions. Suddenly, James finds himself in the center of the gigantic peach, among human-sized insects with equally oversized personalities, but after it falls from the tree and rolls into the ocean, the group faces hunger, sharks and plenty of disagreements. Thanks to James' quick wit and creative thinking, the residents learn to live and work together as a family. The dangerous voyage is a success, but the adventure takes a whole new twist once they land on the Empire State Building.  

 

Did You Know? James and the Giant Peach is one of the many great works by the Tony, Oscar®, and Golden Globe Award-winning team of Pasek and Paul (The Greatest Showman; La La Land; Trolls; Dear Evan Hansen; A Christmas Story the Musical).


Congratulations to our cast!
We can’t wait to see you use your God-given talents
to entertain and delight us in April during two weekends of 
 performances:   April 20-21 & April 26-28.


Director: Pastor Sarah Karlen

 

James - Matthew Powell

Ladahlord - Ashton Florence

Grasshopper - Weston Wallace

Ladybug - Aubrey Arkin

Spider - Faith Oldenburg

Earthworm - Connor Polster

Centipede - Billy Knutson

Spiker - Elizabeth Springer

Sponge - Le Anna Rewey

 

Buzz - Ryan Rockwell

Matron Nurse - Kyleen Zielke

Billy Bobby-Cop - Nathan Anderson

Bobby Bobby-Cop, Jake - Cole Prior

Willy Wonka, Joe - Ashlen Chapin

Lucille Van Kooglestein - Alana Prior

Bunny Mackenzie III - Abigail Lewis

Lead Dancer - Emma Kim

Lead Puppeteer - Beth Berkowitz

 

Peach Ensemble

Nathan Anderson      Ashlen Chapin 

Noel Hayner     Phoebe Hayner 

Emma Kim     Abigail Lewis 

Naomi Jensen     Blake Johnson 

Alana Prior      Cole Prior 

James Rewey      Ryan Rockwell

Bethany Smith      Kyleen Zielke 

 

Shadow Ensemble

Beth Berkowitz     Hannah Bierbrauer

Lucas Finley     Amelia Hackman

Sydney Holiday     Jacob Koon

Jonah Koon      Ethan Rockwell

Megan Rockwell     Tricia Shane

Angus Tormey      Elizabeth Ulma

 

Acrobat Ensemble

Abigail Alexander      Matias Finley

Logan Gottschalk      Grace Skrepenski 

Gabe Verbeten 

 

To learn more about Music Theatre International (MTI) or the musical, James and the Giant Peach, see MTI Shows online. To learn more about Roald Dahl or the book, James and the Giant Peach, see the official Roald Dahl website.

ALCS: Life Lessons from Football 2

January 15, 2018
By Miss Barbie


Looking back over the first few months of our school year, we have learned some wonderful and valuable lessons from our chapel speakers. Each week we not only learn, but are challenged to be better people, classmates, and friends.

One of our Elementary Chapels provided three lessons from one of our students’ favorite sports . . . football**! We all want to play hard when we play sports, but we also need to strive to play hard for Christ, giving Him our very best every day. Sports are a great way to build our physical muscles and chapel is a great way to build our spiritual ones! God gave us His Living Word to be a blueprint for our lives and it is a lamp unto our feet. Yet, we can also learn lessons from others’ lives and even sports.

 

Someone who did the right thing regarding anger was Peyton Manning. Manning is a former NFL quarterback who played 18 seasons with the Colts and Broncos. He is considered one of the all-time greats. Yet, a football official, Butch Hannah, shared upon his retirement what really makes Manning one of the best guys around. Hannah spent 30 years in the NFL as a ref; there’s not much this man hasn’t seen or heard in football. In a game he was officiating with Denver, he had called back two of the Broncos touchdowns and then Manning mis-timed a snap. According to Hannah, Manning was upset and, “ . . . said something off-color to me, which was not at all like him. I told him, ‘Petyon, you’re better than that.’”
 
Here’s where the story gets good . . . a few weeks later Mr. Hannah received a package from Peyton Manning. In it was a letter where Manning apologized for his reaction on the field that day and asked Mr. Hannah to accept his apology. In 30 years of serving as a referee it was the only time something like that had happened! Then, Manning did one thing more – he walked up to Mr. Hannah before a preseason game a few months later and asked if Hannah had received his letter and if he accepted his apology. According to Mr. Hannah, he told Manning he needed to let go, but Manning said, “You have no idea how upset I was with myself.”
 
Anger can hurt others and it can hurt us. Peyton Manning got mad and said something he wished he hadn’t. His example of doing the right thing by apologizing is a good example to us. It is hard to humble ourselves and set our pride aside to say, “I’m sorry. Will you please forgive me?” but it is a powerful thing to do. Everyone makes mistakes and apologizing for them goes a long way to making things better. Forgiveness is a gift that the other person gives us and it is also a gift we give ourselves. We must remember that forgiveness prevents bitterness, resentment, fear, jealousy, etc, from growing. Forgiveness heals. Forgiveness grows fruits of the spirit like love, joy, peace, kindness, gentleness, and patience. Forgiveness is powerful!
In Proverbs 14:9 (NLT), we learn that “fools make fun of guilt, but the godly acknowledge it and seek reconciliation (aka: reunion, fence-mending, making things right). When we have said or done the wrong thing, we need to humble ourselves and ask for forgiveness like Peyton Manning did.
 
Peyton Manning is a good example of someone who knew he did the wrong thing and then did what he needed to do to make it right. His example is one we can all learn from as we strive to treat others with love and kindness, asking for forgiveness when we’ve said or done something hurtful.
 
Our final lesson is about failure or, more to the point, what is failure? We’ll share a powerful lesson about trying and failing we learned from Tim Tebow. Until then, be Noble and make it right if you need to do so and let’s play hard for Christ!
Miss Barbie


**Lessons in this Chapel were inspired by Bryce Johnson and UNPACKIN It Ministries which is a Christian ministry for sports fan.

ALCS: Life Lessons from Football

January 05, 2018
By Miss Barbie

Looking back over the first few months of our school year, we have learned some wonderful and valuable lessons from our chapel speakers. Each week we not only learn, but are challenged to be better people, classmates, and friends.  

One of our Elementary Chapels provided three lessons from one of our students’ favorite sports . . . football**! We all want to play hard when we play sports, but we also need to strive to play hard for Christ, giving Him our very best every day. Sports are a great way to build our physical muscles and chapel is a great way to build our spiritual ones! God gave us His Living Word to be a blueprint for our lives and it is a lamp unto our feet. Yet, we can also learn lessons from others’ lives and even sports.
 

When the Packers and the Cowboys met on Sunday in Week 5 of the 2017 season, it became an instant classic. Two great teams, two great quarterbacks, and a great rivalry once again took the field. It was a good game but became a great one in the 4th quarter. The Cowboys made a mistake; they left 1:13 on the clock and that left the door open for Aaron Rodgers to do what he does best – lead the Packers down the field. The Cowboys should have run down the clock more, but that mistake proved their undoing as they lost because Rodgers and the Packers drove down the field for a touchdown in those final 73 seconds.
 
As Christians, we are kind of like football players. We face an enemy in a battle every day. Our game is much bigger and more important though – it’s the battle of life vs death as we take on Satan every day. He wants to kill, steal, destroy (John 10:10). We have to be careful not to give Satan any opportunity to win against us; we can’t leave the door open like the Cowboys did for the Packers.
 
So what is an opportunity for Satan to come against us? When we get mad or irritated or frustrated or selfish or greedy or petulant, when we let negative emotions like anger win. Anger is a natural emotion; they all are. However, that doesn’t mean we have to let any of them rule us or lead to resentment, bitterness, or grief. If we hold onto anger, it can be just the opportunity Satan needs to whisper lies to us, to divide us, to harm us. We can make bad choices when we are angry. The Bible says to “In your anger do not sin. Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.” (Ephesians 4:26-27). When we tackle our anger, talk it out, and ask for forgiveness we take away Satan’s chance to use our anger against us. We don’t want to leave the door open for the enemy, but instead we want to open the door to Jesus’ grace and love and strength and goodness and forgiveness so that we can have a victory over anger and prevent the seeds of bitterness and resentment from growing.
 
Aaron Rodgers is a good example of someone who knows that when an opportunity presents itself to do something big, something right – he takes it. We need to do the same especially in regards to anger and other negative emotions.
 
Next week, we’ll share a powerful lesson about forgiveness we learned from Peyton Manning. Until then, don’t let the sun set on your anger and let’s play hard for Christ!

Miss Barbie

**Lessons in this Chapel were inspired by Bryce Johnson and UNPACKIN It Ministries which is a Christian ministry for sports fan.  
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