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Table of Contents
1. Countdown to the Presidential Election
2. Enjoy the Fall Season
Get Outside with Your Family
Decorate with Nature's Colors
3. Protect Your Family with a Smoke Alarm
4. What To Do About Halloween
Use To Teach Truth
Responses: Alternatives and Tract Evangelism
Unit Study on the Protestant Reformation
Reform for Today
5. Mount St. Helens
Christian Liberty Academy School System
At Home Wellness
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Sunnyside Up: Humorous Anecdote
Timely issues pertinent to the season fill
this newsletter --
issues that encompass political action, education, the care of
your family, and the enjoyment of God's creation.
For the beauty of the earth
For the glory
of the skies,
For the love which from our birth
Over and around
For the joy of human love,
Friends on earth and friends above,
For all gentle
thoughts and mild.
Lord of all, to Thee we raise,
This our hymn
of grateful praise.
May the Lord bless your family for His glory!
Pat, Sue, Heather, Holly, and Brian Welch
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Countdown to the Presidential Election
Only two weeks remain until the election!
The outcome will
impact critical issues that will affect us, our children, and our
"The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous
much" (James 5:16).
1. Pray for the election of a President
who will honor and
follow the Lord and lead this nation in His way.
2. Pray that Christians will vote according
to the Lord's will.
3. Pray that the election will be fair
and free of fraud.
Getting Out the Christian Vote
We have a responsibility in choosing our leaders,
of Christians did not vote in the 2000 presidential election.
"Select out of all the people able men who
fear God, men of
truth, those who hate dishonest gain; and you shall place these
over them as leaders" (Exodus 18:21).
Help Others To Be Informed and Encourage them To Vote
1. Voter Registration is closed in all
but eight states
(Calif., Kan., S.D., Conn., Ala., Iowa, N.H., and Vt.). If you
live in one of those states, encourage others to register.
2. Distribute Christian voting guides
showing where the
candidates stand on key moral and social issues.
3. Call or visit a campaign headquarters
and see what jobs
are available to do, such as distributing campaign literature and
yard signs or making phone calls.
Vote Early or by Absentee Ballot
By availing yourself of either of these two
options you can
avoid the possibility that something could prevent you from
voting on Nov. 2.
See the Federal Voting Assistance Program
website and click
on links to State Election Sites (in first paragraph) to see the
rules for your state (e.g., you have until Oct. 26 to request
absentee voting ballots in Calif.) About half the states allow
early voting in the weeks before the election.
Rely on Biblical Values in Voting
Find out the stated positions and actual voting
candidates and vote for those who will:
1. Appoint Supreme Court judges who
will follow the
original intent of the Constitution.
2. Defend our nation by stopping terrorists.
3. Protect the lives of unborn children
being destroyed by
abortion and embryonic stem cell research.
4. Defend marriage as the union of one
man and one woman.
5. Allow our natural resources to be
developed and used
6. Preserve free enterprise and counter
See details in an open letter by Focus on
the Family at
See candidates' positions on some of these
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Enjoy the Fall Season
Fall is a great time of year to enjoy the
changes, and wonders of God's world.
The world is preoccupied with themes of ghosts,
death, fear, and horror at this time. But we can turn our minds
to appreciating the bounty of the harvest God provides and the
beauty of Autumn in His creation.
Get Outside with Your Family
Schedule a regular daily walk together in
or a nearby area of nature once a week. As you establish and
maintain this habit, you will realize many benefits as well as
experiencing pure enjoyment.
A half-hour walk every day is ideal for most
alternatives are to walk at least three times a week, for a
longer or shorter time, or (as we have to do in rainy Oregon)
whenever the weather is good enough.
1. Health Benefits
* Brisk walking is an excellent exercise for healthy bodies.
Try to walk a mile in 15-20 minutes.
However, you will still
realize a benefit if you need to push a stroller
along with you
at a slower rate.
For more information, read about benefits
and guidelines for
walking in "Walking for Exercise and Pleasure" by The President's
Council on Physical Fitness and Sports at
* Exercise reduces stress, and that can be a tremendous benefit
to home educators and their families!
* Notice your children's posture and encourage them to
and walk tall. You might need to have
your child checked if
he has an extreme stoop or looks lopsided.
Read about Scoliosis at http://Scoliosis.notlong.com.
* Also teach your children to breathe deeply as they walk.
* As the days get shorter, it is very beneficial to be
daylight and get some sun on your face.
This helps vitamin D
production, can prevent depression, and aids
2. Educational Benefits
* "Recess" provides a break in your studies so that your
children will do better when they return.
* Observing nature firsthand can ignite interest in science
and other areas.
* Get a nature guide, and perhaps some binoculars, and
names of the plants, birds, and insects you
see on your walk
* Stop and sketch a close-up of a rock or leaf, or keep
diary, recording the changes in a particular
tree each week.
* Learn hymns about nature, such as "How Great Thou Art"
and "Fairest Lord Jesus," and sing them together
3. Relationship Benefits
Walking along, removed from the scene of your
you can get a different perspective and a unique opportunity to
visit with your children in an informal setting. Having this
time to talk things through in an nonstressful time and place can
greatly benefit your relationship with your child.
* Really listen to your child; ask about his interests
he is thinking about.
4. Spiritual Benefits
God has revealed Himself in nature.
praising God for Himself and the wonders of the world He has
created is an act of worship as shown over and over in the
* Memorize, and say, verses about nature declaring the
of God, such as Psalm 19.
* Discuss spiritual matters. "You shall teach them
to your sons and shall talk of them when you
sit in your
house and when you walk by the way and when
down and when you rise up" (Deuteronomy 6:7).
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Decorate with Nature's Colors
Bring the bounties and warm, vibrant colors
of nature into
your home. These decorations:
* Allow your children to participate in selecting and arranging
items, many that can be collected on your
* Help you teach artistic principles.
* Are appropriate from September through Thanksgiving,
most will last that long.
* Are free or inexpensive.
Items to Use
Variety in size, shape, and color contributes
to an attractive
* Leaves - individual (pressed or unpressed) or on small
* Pumpkins and Gourds - Those with hard skin last longest;
can also wash and wax them
* Chrysanthemums - potted or cut
* Indian Corn
* Bowls, Baskets, and Cornucopias - Buy in thrift stores.
How To Use
Use any combination of the above items.
* Groupings. Example: Set a pumpkin in the
middle of a
wreath of fall leaves.
* Wreaths or garlands. Example: Twist branches
into a wreath or drape above a window or door.
* Bouquets. Example: Arrange a simple bouquet
with other items grouped around the base of
* Under Table Coverings. Example: Place pressed
under a clear acetate or sheer table covering.
Where to Place Them
* Outside in front of your home or on your doorstep.
Example: Hollow out a pumpkin, pierce
three small holes in
the bottom, and use as a container for potting
chrysanthemum or simply set a potted plant
inside. These are
wonderful for front step decorations, and
a great alternative for
families who do not carve pumpkins, but love
their looks for
fall. (Submitted by Sarah of VintageNeedleworks.com)
* Centerpiece on your table or mantel. Example:
pumpkin and arrange other items on a pedestal
* As hangings. Example: Braid Indian corn and
hang it on a door.
* Large baskets with branches of leaves can be placed on
floor. See more ideas and illustrations
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Protect Your Family with a Smoke Alarm
"In many of the house fires where lives are
lost, an operating
smoke alarm could have made a difference. A smoke alarm reduces
the risk of dying in a house fire by 50 percent," said Michael D.
Brown, Under Secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency
Preparedness and Response. FEMA offers these fire safety tips:
* Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, especially
* Test all smoke alarms monthly.
* Vacuum over and around smoke alarms regularly.
* Replace smoke alarms after 10 years or as recommended
* Post emergency numbers on your telephone and make sure
children know how to dial them.
* Organize and practice a family fire drill.
More information: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/public/hfs/alarms.shtm
For children: http://www.usfa.fema.gov/kids/
Carbon Monoxide Detector
If you have any nonelectric source of heating,
cooking, or clothes
drying (i.e., gas, oil, or wood), you need carbon monoxide detectors.
Many newer smoke alarms include both alarms. Be sure you
understand the different sounds and necessary responses.
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What To Do About Halloween
Each year as the world begins to decorate
for Halloween, we
can either ignore the holiday or respond to it in a way that will
edify our families and others while honoring the Lord.
Since we have dealt thoroughly with these
issues in past
newsletters, we will not do so again this year, but will refer you
to our Newsletter Archive instead.
What To Do About Halloween (Newsletter #16)
* Use To Teach Truth
* Responses: Alternatives and Evangelism
* Tract Evangelism: Advantages of Tracts, How To
Unit Study on the Protestant Reformation (Newsletter #53)
October 31st is Reformation Day, commemorating
that date in
1517 when protestant reformer Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses
to the door.
* Teaching Our Children the Whole Truth
Reform for Today (Newsletter #54)
* Church Reform through Bible Study
* Political Reform Today
* How Home Schooling Avoids the State Religion
* The Superiority of Evangelism over Political Action
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Mount St. Helens
The recent volcanic dome-building activity
of Mount St.
Helens in Washington state has had national attention.
usual, home educators see this as a good teaching opportunity --
not just about volcanos, but about what Mount St. Helens has
shown us in the area of creation science.
Lloyd Anderson of the Mount St. Helens Creation
Center (see below) says, "While much was destroyed by the
eruptions of the 1980’s, geological treasures have resulted to
shock evolutionary thinking and point us to a earth that is far
"For instance, . . . logs deposited on Spirit
Lake by the eruption
have demonstrated that the supposed 27 sequential forests at
Yellowstone National Park, said to have grown and died over
50 million years, is but one forest destroyed by one catastrophic
event and then transported to its present location."
Ken Ham observed, "The events associated with
explosion accomplished in seconds, hours, or just a few days,
geologic work that normally would be interpreted as having taken
hundreds or even millions of years. One particular canyon was
formed, which has since been named the ‘Little Grand Canyon.’
About 100 feet deep and somewhat wider, it is about 1/40th the
scale of the mighty Grand Canyon. This canyon was formed in one
day from a mud-flow. A newly formed river then flowed through the
Canyon formed by the mud-flow."
Mount St. Helens Creation Information Center
4749 Spirit Lake Highway, Silverlake, Washington 98645,
360-274-5737. Free admission. http://www.creationism.org/sthelens/
* Read some of the 14 online articles on Mount St. Helens
Answers in Genesis
"Upholding the authority of the Bible from
the very first
* Read some of the hundreds of articles on Mount St. Helens
* Consider buying book, audio, or video resources at
Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument
This official website contains much information
plus many links
and photos. http://www.fs.fed.us/gpnf/mshnvm/
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Sunnyside Up: I Think She's Got
I had been correcting our 4-year-old each
time she used the
word got inappropriately or said gots. Consequently,
been correction me when I said got, even if I had used it properly.
One day I mentioned to her that I forgot something.
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God Loves You.
Because we were separated from God by sin,
died in our place, then rose to life again. If we trust Jesus
as our Savior and Lord, He will give us eternal life.
"For by grace you have been saved through
faith; and that
not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of
works, that no one should boast" (Ephesians 2:8, 9).
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