Wow, the weather has really cooled down this week. Jackets are on at school, and soon the leaves will start decorating the sidewalk in front of our school. It also means that the time for our school trip is near. Last year my class could not go to Nagasaki because of covid-19, but this year it is ok. So, in homeroom time, we have been studying about Nagasaki. On Monday we made group presentations and shared our knowledge with each other. Now we can all go together and enjoy! We leave in two weeks, so I hope we can be safe and healthy before we depart. Take care of yourself!
Sorry that I am late to post Saturday’s bible talk. It was a crazy busy day! I hope you understood my message and can practice it in your daily life at school. Here it is:
Good morning, today’s reading is Hebrews 10, 23-25
23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.
24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,
25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the day approaching.
Last time I spoke to you I talked about three words that could mean “一緒に”: together, cooperation, and unity. Today I want to add one more work to this list: fellowship.
When I was a boy in Vancouver I went to church every Sunday. Of course, I listened to the sermon in church, as well as the Sunday school lessons taught in the children’s center. But, my favorite time was the tea and coffee hour at the end. It was my chance to meet church friends that went to different schools, and also meet my parent’s friends and grandparent’s friends. We all met on Sundays to share the message of God. Fellowship.
During these days of covid-19, meeting together has been difficult. We are told to “stay apart” and “stay home”. However, we shouldn’t forget the importance of fellowship. Like the bible says, when we are together we can “encourage each other”, and “spur one another on toward love and good deeds”. Right now, school is probably the best place to practice this. I hope all of you take the chance you have everyday, to fill our school with good deeds, and to fill our friends’ hearts full of love.
Your mid-term tests are finished and now we have started October. In two weeks we have sports day, go red team! (That is my color this year…)
Have you every wondered why the months in English have names? After all, in Japanese they are just numbers, one-two-three-four-five-etc. Actually, the names for the months come from Roman times. That means October has been called October for more than 2000 years!
But, if October is the 10th month, why is it called October? Shouldn’t it be the 8th
month? An octopus has 8 legs and an octagon has 8 sides. Well, 2000 years ago, the Romans only had 10 months, and October was the 8th. Over time, two more months were added, and October changed position (but kept the name).
December has the same story. Decimus meant “10th” to the Romans. That one is easy to remember because “deca” words mean ten. A decade is ten years and a decathlon is an event with ten sports.
Other months are named for gods, such as June (for Juno, the queen of the gods) and March (for Mars, the god of war… and also the red planet in the sky).
The history of words is very interesting, and useful when you study a new
language. You never know when the topic will appear!
Have a good week,