Sep 6, 2006

Vail Vision September 6, 2006


Steve Irwin, the "Crocodile Hunter" is dead. The man who cheated death on so many occasions was killed by a stingray off the coast of Australia on Monday. What a terrible loss. It was a one-in-a-million accident. Steve was swimming about ten feet above a bull stingray when it turned and whipped its stinger into his chest. According to the news accounts, Steve came to the surface and while on the boat, reached up and pulled the stinger out. It may have been his removing the stinger that caused the damage. If he had left it in, it may have been uncomfortable, but he might not have died.

Sin is like this stinger. When God has convicted us of our sin, it feels as if a stinger has been thrust into our heart. It's uncomfortable to live with our sin so we have a strong desire to reach up and pull the stinger out. But that is a fatal mistake. We cannot by our own power overcome sin. There is only one person who can remove the stinger “ the one who conquered the sting of death.

I will miss Steve. We were born in the same week. I figured if he could walk around with snakes and crocs and not get bitten, then there would be hope for me in the same situation. But his sudden death reminds us that our time on this earth is temporary. Death may sting, but thanks to Jesus, the blow is not fatal. Goodbye Mr. Crocodile Hunter, you will be missed.


David Hook



The Christ Lutheran Vail-Lutheran Women in Mission are hosting dinners, lunches or brunches. Each hostess has chosen her own menu and activities. There will be a variety depending upon the number of hostesses. The sign up sheets are on the LWiM table located near the entrance of the Church (Cieniga High School).

This is a fund raising project for the LWiM of Christ Lutheran Vail a voluntary donation is taken at each event. (the suggested donation is $15.00 per person.)

Hostesses have listed the date, time, location and menu for their dinner, lunch or brunch. Sign up for as many as you like. They are scheduled for October 13 through November 12.

If you have questions or would like to be a hostess, call Leslie at 731-0903 or Kae at 574-8536.



Christ Lutheran Vail will host an inaugural Christmas Tea at Cienega High School. This will be an event that everyone in the Vail community will want to attend. The Tea is scheduled for December 1st. If you would like to host tables at the event, contact Polly Phillips. Watch the Vail Vision for more information.



Each year, the Vail School Districts hosts a parenting conference to equip parents. This year, Dr. Kevin Leman will once again share parenting tips. All are invited to attend. The event will happen on Wednesday, September 20th at Empire High School. Here are some of the topics:

A Parenting Guide To Internet Safety:
Students are increasingly susceptible to harm on the internet from exposure to pornographic materials, internet predators, and unmonitored online relationships. Find out where they are, what they are doing, and what you can do to help. Presented by Layne Rogers.

Boundaries With Kids:
Here is the help you need for raising your kids to take responsibility for their actions, attitudes and emotions. Set limits and still be a loving parent, bring control to an out of control family life, and define appropriate boundaries and consequences for your kids. Presented by Ben Pitney and Julie Biagi.

Confessions of An ADD Dad:
Thirty five years ago, I had a "hyperactive.. son, as they called them back in those days. I made my share of mistakes when dealing with him, and then I discovered some things that really worked. Today, he is 35 years old, married, with a master's degree in a very responsible job, and has two children, one who is ADD like him... and me! An Add Dad, with an ADD son, and now an ADD grand-daughter. I have been there, and there is hope for you, too! Presented by David Stertzbach

Getting Your Children to Mind:
Raising "good.. children requires doing what is best for them. Learn how to apply "reality discipline" when your kids misbehave, how to make rules, how to build relationships with your kids and how to build self-discipline in your kids. Presented by David Gainey.

Math: Your Student's Struggle:
Find out new and innovative ways to help your child succeed in Math. Presented by Mike and Sherri Van Fleet

Parents As Co-Pilots In Their Child's Education:
As a parent, you are the first and most important teacher in your child's life. Learn how to effectively partner with the other teachers in your child's life in order to build a strong foundation of learning. This workshops will identify helpful strategies for you to be more involved and in sync with your child's education and school. Presented by Jessica Brisson

Teaching Kids How To Handle Money:
What skills and values do we need to succeed with money as adults? What values and lessons can we teach our children as they grow to help them prepare for a lifetime of handling money? Learn how to save money while teaching good money skills! Presented by Dave Shepherd

The Family Compass:
Presenter James Oviedoja

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