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

November 2013 Newsletter

lion-roarBe Bold, Be Strong

No one has to tell us that we are living in difficult times. Wars and rumors of wars, degradation of marriage, murder of infants, uprisings, lying, persecution—the list goes on and on. But we are the righteous. Proverbs 28:1b says, The righteous are bold as a lion.

Sometimes, when we get very, very tired, we wonder how we can stand up amid all the turmoil. But we who homeschool are already going against the grain. It’s not always a popular decision among those who don’t feel so called. But it also means that we have more on our plates, less time to ourselves, etc.

We need to remind ourselves that with the sacrifice come many, many blessings, like more time with our children before they’re grown and gone, more opportunities to influence them for good, better educational opportunities without the Godlessness of “rewritten” curriculum used in public schools.

For me, it’s important to maintain balance in my days. Learning needs to be a priority rather than being pushed to the sidelines of busyness. Time to listen and enjoy each other must be balanced with the call to diligence and the pursuit of excellence. Knowledge of events in the world around us need to be viewed through the knowledge of God’s Word and His promises. Allowing increased independence must be tempered with instruction in complete dependence on Our Father.

As we continue to hold true to our calling as parents, teachers and disciples, may we continue to pray for each other, and to continually “turn our eyes upon Jesus”.

Blessings to you!
Julie Mockerman, newsletter/website

The holidays are quickly approaching, and we want to help get you get in the holiday mood.  Our afternoon will start off with delicious homemade soup and fellowship, followed by some fabulous gifts to make and take home.  We have four different crafts and you choose what you want to make, one or all four!
Saturday, November 16th from 12:00-4:00 at Bridge Bible Church, Henry St. Muskegon.
Craft one: (4) tile coasters-$4.00
Craft two: organza headband/barrette or pin (4 flowers in all)-$2.50
Craft three: glass Christmas ornament-$5.00
Craft four: burlap Christmas wreath-$7.00
Cost: $3.00 donation for soup. Payment is made the day of event.
Please RSVP by  NOVEMBER 8th to Please note what craft(s) you want to make.
This is a THEO member only event.

December 17: 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.

January 23: Organized Living with Davine Calkins – 6:30-8:30 pm

February 27: A Night with Linda Nikkel


The Senior class of 2014 is sponsoring a Harvest party for high school students that are homeschooled. There will be dancing, games, and snacks at 10966 Wren Drive, Nunica, MI. Saturday Evening, November 9th 7:00 to 11:00 P.M. Buy a ticket for $8 from one of the seniors or pay at the door. Please note: if you are paying at the door please let us know so we can know how many people to account for. High school students only. Casual or “country” dress, please be respectful, and remember that we plan to have fun!


Store Hrs. – Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Located in the basement of Hopes’ Outlet on Washington in Grand Haven.

Did you know that we do consignment? If you have books to sell, come into the store with them and we’ll set you up at our table in the back room, give you stickers and you can price the books however you like! Then when we sell the books we’ll take 25% for the book store and give you 75% back in the form of a check at the beginning of each month (if the check totals $10 or more). We have a lot of books that sell really cheap. The consignment books generally sell for a bit more but are always a great buy!

Because “consignment” is a ministry of our book store, we want to do all we can to promote the books entrusted into our care. One way to do that is by having a section in our newsletter article called, “The Consignment Corner,” in which we’ll highlight new or especially popular consignment. We’ll place it at the end of the newsletter article.

We’re still looking for volunteers to help serve at the store on Tuesdays (starting in March) or are available to substitute whenever needed. There will be a store credit given to each volunteer of $3 per hour which can be used to buy a lot in our store!! More than ever, I’m convinced that this book store is a valued part of our homeschooling community. However, I do need more volunteers to keep it running, especially since Sandy Cott has stepped down to help only one day a month. Remember that all proceeds from sales go back to bless the homeschooling community! If you want to volunteer or have any questions, please call me at 231-343-4999 or 231-788-2689.

Sincerely serving our Savior,

Cindy Stevens

*Remember that all THEO members get 10% off on sales.

**The book store will be closed for the months of December and January, reopening on Thursday, Feb. 6, but will be open only on Thursdays for the month of February. If you need anything, I can set up a time to meet at the store, if necessary. Just give me a call!


Learning Language Arts (2-7th grades)

Explore and Learn (Vol. 1-6), Southwestern

Ask Me Why – set of 12 books, Southwestern

“Great Courses” Chemistry and Algebra II DVD series


For our fourteenth season, Living Books Theater is gearing up for auditions and rehearsals beginning in January 2014. Auditions are open to all homeschooled middle through high school students, and will be held during the first full week of January. Rehearsals will begin January 9 and run through the end of April. They will be held in the same location as last year (Fruitport Christian Reformed Church, 3520 Pontaluna Road).


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