Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. ~Proverbs 22:6

December 2013 Newsletter

Christmas nativity in a mangerCan you imagine Mary as she looked eagerly at the tiny bundle of flesh that Joseph held in his hands. As he placed the baby in her arms and sat beside her to look at Him, what could Joseph have been thinking? What did they expect to see? The baby did not glow. His head was not circled by a halo. He looked like other newborns they had seen. He had ten tiny fingers, ten tiny toes, and perhaps dark, curly hair. His red wrinkly face protested the travail He had just experienced. Often we see idealized manger scenes, some of them fancy crystal crèches, and forget how ordinary this event looked in spite of the identity of this extraordinary baby.

Joseph and Mary knew the miraculous circumstances behind the conception: she was a virgin and had conceived by the Holy Spirit. Before Jesus began kicking at Mary from the womb—gentle nudges to acknowledge His Presence and eagerness to be born—Joseph and Mary had each been visited by angels. They hadn’t spent hours picking a name: the angel told each of them that His name would be Jesus, yeshua, which meant “savior” or “Yahweh saves” (Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1:30-31).

The people of Israel had long anticipated a Savior, a Messiah, because God had made promises to Abraham, King David, and through the prophets. Now Joseph and Mary looked into the face of someone like them and yet not like them at all.

As you look at the tiny babe in the manger this Christmas, can you feel the awe Joseph and Mary must have felt as God broke into history to dwell with His people and be their Savior? We are truly blessed because of God’s special gift to us.  I pray you have a wonderful Christmas as you celebrate our Savior with your family and friends.

Amy Moore, Treasurer


Christmas is coming and all the wonderful magic that goes with this season. For many this year, it will be a difficult and challenging time. Your THEO Board would like to use some of the funds that we receive from membership to bless a family this Christmas. Would you take  minute to fill out this form, Christmas Love, to nominate a family in need?  The family must be a homeschooling THEO member.  Please fill in all information including the nominators name and number.  Please return the form either via email ( or mail (442 W. Pontaluna Rd, Muskegon 49444) to Davine Calkins by December 15th.  Any nominations made after that date will not be eligible.


December 19
Christmas Party at Verdoni’s
5:30-8:00 pm

Join us at Verdoni’s Italian Restaurant for 1/2 price appetizers and gift exchange. Please bring a gift (approximately $5). Gifts that are always appreciated are Christmas ornaments, lotion, soaps, candles, food gifts, handmade jewelry.

Please RSVP as soon as possible to

Coming up:
January 23: Organized Living with Davine Calkins – 6:30-8:30 pm
February 27: A Night with Linda Nikkel


January 27 – 9:30 am
Muskegon Winter Sports Complex
462 Scenic Dr., N. Muskegon 49445

Skate and Ski – $8 all ages, parents free, rental included

Skate, Ski and Luge – $10  8 years and up. In order to Luge you must bring a copy of medical insurance and sign a waiver. You can print out the waiver from their site or fill out the day of.

Email Laurie Hawkins to register. I need to know how many kids at the $8 rate and how many at the $10 rate. When you email I will give you my address to send your fee. You will not be registered until I receive payment.  I must write one check to the facility and I have already made a deposit. If we don’t have snow on the 27th we will have a made up date. If that doesn’t work out for you, your deposit will be returned. Thank you for your promptness.

Please bring a lunch. We can purchase hot drinks and snacks in the lodge. You can bring sleds for the sledding hill.

Luge info: Wear an old coat. You will receive arm guards and helmets but an old coat is still recommended.  You will be able to take video/photos.  From past experience bring/wear lots of layers. While skating and skiing we were very warm, but while standing waiting for luge it was very chilly. So pack accordingly.

The staff has always been very accommodating for our group.  School groups have far fewer chaperones than we do but they still allow parents to go free.  Please clean up after your children. Let’s leave the lodge cleaner than we found it. Thank you.


Starting January 2014, we are excited to offer our 14th annual drama production for Muskegon/Lakeshore-area homeschoolers in grades 6-12!  Our Christian-based organization is made up of homeschool students from a large geographical area including Muskegon, Grand Haven, Fruitport, and Spring Lake.  Each year, parent volunteers partner with a director and production team to help their students gain knowledge of the theater arts, learn life-long communication skills and develop their God-given talent. Our goal is to bring wonderful literature to life on stage.  Hence the name: Living Books Theater!

New this year! Because of increasing numbers of interested students over the years, we are dividing our students into two age groups:  middle school and high school, with ninth graders having the option of choosing either group. This way we can keep up the educational quality and give maximum exposure and stage experience to each student.

Please print out this announcement for all the exciting details, including shows and rehearsal times. Make sure you forward this announcement to any other homeschooler that might be interested.

Faith Hinken


I am a trained teacher and school counselor; and a home school mom of fifteen years.  I have worked both in private and public schools.  After graduating our youngest daughter from our home school high school in 2006, I dedicated myself to encouraging and helping parents who choose to home school.

I offer educational consulting/counseling.  I will answer your questions about education and I will help you determine the best educational choice for your child.  I will be happy to meet with you in person or arrange a phone meeting.

I offer testing:

Achievement – Educational Testing

Cognitive Ability – Intelligence Quotient or IQ Testing

Neuropsychological – Sensory and Motor Testing

I offer help with creating High School Transcripts

My daughter Allison (Nikkel) Hughes has joined me in offering Achievement Testing and Tutoring.

Allison earned a BS in Biomedical Science and she is very good at helping your child in the areas of math and reading.

We look forward to helping you accomplish the task of teaching your children at home confidently and successfully.

For more information see our web site at

For questions or to schedule a consultation, testing, transcript or tutoring please call or email.

Home School Testing Plus                                                                                          

Linda Nikkel MA


Allison (Nikkel) Hughes BS



Wanted: part time nanny/tutor.  Looking for girl who drives that is available Thursday and Friday.  Would entail picking up child from Muskegon Christian and driving home and/or to after school activities.  Knowledgeable in Spanish a bonus.

Interested individuals can call Kristyn at 231-638-3393 for more details.

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