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Town Hall Meeting: Jan. 26 (7 p.m.) and Feb. 2 (8:45 a.m.)

These are our two options for the annual Town Hall meeting, which will both be in the Small Sanctuary (chapel) of the church. We’ll discuss the past, present, and future of Providence.

Shepherding a Child’s Heart Book Club

Come join us as we seek to learn to speak to the hearts of our children. This insightful book written by Dr. Tedd Tripp will serve as a springboard for encouragement and practical help in parenting biblically. Sarah Billman and Annette Kemp will serve as facilitators.

We’ll meet after chapel at 8:30 on the following Tuesdays: Feb. 7, March 7, March 28, and April 11. Please email to let us know you are coming and reserve your book. Book cost is $10 or you may provide your own.  

School and Group Pics This Week

In the Fall, due to time constraints, we only only took individual student portraits. Tim and Cherie Flanagan of Solas Gallery will be back on Thursday, Jan. 26 for class group pictures, as well as the school-wide picture, which we will take in the Sanctuary during morning chapel. They’ll provide info about order options in a few weeks.

Spelling Bee Dates Set

6th-8th grades: Tuesday, February 21st

4th-5th grades: Thursday, March 23rd

Both bees will take place after school in room 247.  
Compete for the the gift cards, the glory, or just the fun of it!   6th-8th grade winners represent Providence at the Temple Daily Telegram Spelling Bee which will take place on Saturday, March 25th. You can study the spelling words that will be used here or pick up a printed list from the office.

Donuts with Dads, featuring 4th and 8th Gr. Rock Ceremony

Dads, hope you can make it 8 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 2. We’ll all meet in the sanctuary to have chapel together (we’ll actually have room this year!), and then head to the gym for donuts and juice. At this time, 4th and 8th graders will split off for the rock ceremony – siblings are more than welcome to come to rock ceremonies!

Duke Talent Search Info for 7th Grade

What is Duke TIP? “Seventh grade students with strong intellectual abilities are invited to participate the Duke Talent Identification Program if they achieve a qualifying score at or above the 95th percentile on a recent grade-level test. Upon enrollment, Duke TIP registers this select group to take the ACT or the SAT college entrance exam. After participants take their test, we provide valuable benefits to them throughout high school, including access to unique resources for gifted students developed by experts in the field of gifted education. Academically talented students need new challenges, special motivation, and support to help them reach their full potential. Duke TIP helps participants grow scholastically by providing the opportunity for above-level testing, feedback on abilities, educational resources, and encouragement.”  


Students are eligible if they have at least one subscore on the ERB CTP4 test of 95th percentile or higher (national norm). For example, if a 7th grader scored in the 95th percentile  in Vocabulary, he is eligible for Duke TIP. Though regular deadlines have passed for Duke TIP’s 7th Grade Talent Search registration, students may still enroll (we are a little late due to when we hold the ERB test).

Qualifying students may still become a Talent Search participant by using our 2Step late enrollment process.

Step One:  Enroll on our website for the 7th Grade Talent Search:

Step Two:  Register for the test of their choice directly with ACT or SAT.

For the ACT:   Students/parents should call (319) 337-1270 or visit

For the SAT:   Students/parents should call (866) 756-7346 or visit

(Keep in mind, students will not be able to enroll online at either exam’s website unless they are at least 13 years old.  Instead, they will need to call the testing organization to request a paper application or enroll over the phone with them.)

For additional details visit:


Speech Meet: Presentation

As selections are finalized and students work on memorization, we turn our focus to helping our students grow in their oral presentation skills. The document shared below is meant to help you as you coach your students. It also gives a few guidelines regarding the contest. Remember that speaking in front of others can be scary especially for young children. We want to give guidance to our young ones without overwhelming them. A good tip is to only work on one or two skills at a time when practicing. Your encouraging words fuel your student’s confidence and desire to continue his progress in public speaking.  Presentation Criteria

February Upcoming Events

2 – Donuts with Dads and Town Hall

3 – Bonhoeffer’s birthday

6 – Faculty Training

7 – Shepherding a Child’s Heart Book Club

10 – Heart the Cart

14 – Valentine’s Day and Fun Lunch

16 – What’s Brewing with Mr. Billman  

21 – 6th-8th grade spelling bee

      Speech Meet begins



SING: Hymn of the week: Amazing Grace



Focus Country of the Week: Trinidad and Tobago (an island just north of Venezuela)

Challenges for prayer: Increasing crime and gang violence that comes with the illegal drug trade. Alcoholism, kidnapping, armed robbery, and theft are dangerously common and a high percentage of children are born out of wedlock to teenage mothers. Pray that righteous and effective methods might be found through both the public and faith sectors.


Scripture Memory: 1 Cor. 13: (1) If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. (2) If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. (3) If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing. (4) Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. (5) It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. (6) Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. (7) It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. (8a) Love never fails.



Tuesday, Jan. 24 Reading in morning chapel: Jesus Rejected at Nazareth: Luke 4:16-30

Discussion Questions:

  1. After Jesus read Isaiah’s prophecy, what did Jesus say had happened that very day?
  2. Why did the people of Nazareth become angry with the things that Jesus said?
  3. How should we respond to who Jesus claims to be?
Wednesday, Jan. 25 Reading at home: Jesus Heals Many, Luke 4:31-44

Alternate reading: The Jesus Storybook Bible: “The Singer”

Discussion Questions:

  1. What happened when Jesus rebuked the evil spirit?
  2. What happened when Jesus rebuked the fever in Peter’s mother-in-law?
  3. How do you see Jesus’ authority in your own life?


Thursday, Jan. 26 Reading in morning chapel:  Jesus Heals a Paralyzed Man: Mark 2:1-12

Discussion Questions:

  1. What did the paralyzed man need even more than healing?
  2. How could Jesus know what the teachers of the law were thinking?
  3. How in your own life has Jesus demonstrated his power to forgive sins?
Friday, Jan. 27 Reading at home: Ephesians 3

Discussion Questions: Review yesterday’s chapel lesson and questions.

Monday, Jan. 31 Reading at home: Jesus Eats at Matthew’s House; Mark 2:13-17

Discussion Questions:

  1. What did Jesus do that the Pharisees did not like?
  2. What did Jesus tell the Pharisees?
  3. Do we need to make ourselves good before we can come to Jesus? Why or why not?

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