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2022-2023 Theme

September 2022—Stand Up!
  • Ask Yourself: What do I believe?
  • Bible Truth: 9  If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  10  For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. Romans 10:9-10 (NIV)
  • Connect It: Stand up for your faith like Daniel and his friends. (Daniel 1, 3, 6)
October 2022—Stand Firm!
  • Ask Yourself: What foundation am I standing on?
  • Bible Truth: Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. I Corinthians 15:58 (NIV)
  • Connect It: Build your life on the Rock. (Matthew 7:24-27)
November 2022—Stand Strong!
  • Ask Yourself: How can I stand firm in my faith when I’m under attack or the world pushes me back?
  • Bible Truth: Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. James 1:12 (ESV)
  • Connect It: Put on the whole armor of God. (Ephesians 6:10-20)
December 2022—Stand in Awe!
  • Ask Yourself: Do I know ABOUT Jesus, or do I KNOW Jesus?
  • Bible Truth: And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh. Matthew 2:11 (NKJV)
  • Connect It: Get to know Jesus and WORSHIP HIM. (Philippians 2:5-11)
January 2023—Stand Tall!
  • Ask Yourself: Who did God make me to be?
  • Bible Truth: 13  For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV)
  • Connect It: Be brave enough to be who God created you to be like Esther. (Esther 1-10)
February 2023—Stand With!
  • Ask Yourself: Am I a good friend?
  • Bible Truth: Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing. I Thessalonians 5:11 (ESV)
  • Connect It: Love each other, because God loved you first. (I John 4:7-21)
March 2023—Stand Guard!
  • Ask Yourself: Am I allowing sin to rule the way I live?
  • Bible Truth: 8  Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  9  Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings. I Peter 5:8-9 (NIV)
  • Connect It: Offer yourself as a living sacrifice. (Romans 12)
April 2023—Jesus Stands!
  • Ask Yourself: Have I opened the door to let Jesus in?
  • Bible Truth: Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20 (ESV)
  • Connect It: Pursue a relationship with Jesus. (Mark 8:34-38)
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Mrs. Donna Veurink


A dear friend gave me a framed picture that says “God gives us our memories so that we may have roses in December”.  And since I’m in the December of my years in education, I thought I’d share some of the beautiful roses God has given me.  (I don’t usually name names. However, if you were part of a memory below, feel free to name yourself.)

  • I wore a fabulous new red dress to the Dordt Band Festival one year. It was raining when we loaded up to go home, and I was out there, making sure instruments and instrumentalists were loaded…didn’t want to leave anyone or anything behind.  I was drenched when it was time to go home, but dried off/warmed up on the 3 hour drive home (I was driving one of the vans the school had borrowed.)  Back at school, I got out to find the gray upholstery of the driver’s seat in the borrowed van was now a beautiful shade of red.  Oops.
  • Driving home from my first Dordt Band Festival, I got stopped for speeding through Chancellor. I pulled over, and so did the caravan of vans behind me.  The patrolman was perplexed. He asked me what the deal was, and I told him.  After shining his flashlight around the interior of my vehicle, and seeing the teenage faces, I told him each van behind me was filled with similar faces. He let me go with a warning. I think of that every time I go through Chancellor…and I’m careful to SLOW DOWN.
  • Several fun memories come from one very full field trip…USD Music Museum and Nutcracker Suite Ballet at the Washington Pavilion.
    • Between the museum in Vermillion and the Ballet in Sioux Falls, we stopped at the larger-than-life replica statue of Michelangelo’s David in Sioux Falls.  Not a good idea to take adolescent boys to this.
    • Intermission at the Ballet…the students’ experience with “intermission” was half-time at a basketball game.  They acted accordingly.
    • After the ballet, I realized I had locked the keys in the van.  We waited 60 sleet-filled minutes for a locksmith to come to open it.  With some of the above mentioned adolescents. I’ll let you imagine what those minutes were like!
    • Got stopped for speeding in Parker after going 45 on icy country roads.  45 MPH is old-lady slow on country roads, but too fast for town, I guess. 
  • Took the7-12 instrumentalists to a region band competition in Gregory and found that my middle school-age drummers had forgotten their music.  To this day, they will tell you that I had told them I would bring their music. 
  • Played the wrong school song for an area school’s cheerleaders at district boys basketball games, with a standing-room-only crowd.  8 months pregnant.  In an orange/purple plaid jumper.  No one noticed---just kidding, it was mortifying.  EVERYONE noticed. 

Those are just a few flowers in my large rose garden…a garden this big will take a lot of time tend it. But oh, the benefits!  I get to enjoy all of them! If you wonder what I’m up to not at school, I’m enjoying my roses. 

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