Saturday, January 9, 2010

Final exam guidelines

Here is the 'final exam guidelines' I received from the Sunday school secretary. This is for your information. Soon, I will forward a copy to your parents as well. If they need any clarification(s), regarding the guidelines, they may very well contact the 'Board of exam' committee.

SUNDAY SCHOOL : 2009 – 2010 Guidelines for Final Examination •
Final Exam will be held on 1st Sunday of May. 
•The exam should cover the entire curriculum of the year. 
•No reference book is allowed. 
•80% attendance is required to be considered for the 1st and 2nd place. 
•Students who cannot attend on the day of the final exam, may take the examination on the following Sunday (2nd Sunday of May), but they will not be considered for the 1st and 2nd place. 
•Final grading should be decided by 3rd Sunday of May. 
•Student recommended for perfect attendance should also be finalized by 3rd Sunday of May. 
•If a student has scored less than 35% in the Final exam, then 1 retest can be taken as per the schedule given by the class teacher.

Format of Questions for Final Examination Will be reviewed and approved by “Board of Exam” committee 
Final Grading 
Final Exam – 60% 
• Questions from Syllabus 
• Prayers / Songs 
• Liturgical Terms 
Internals - 40% 
• Assignments and Class activities as indicated in the Class chart. 
• Unit Test

If the student is not able to attend on the day of Unit test, then retest can be taken on the following Sunday, but the points will be reduced based on teacher’s discretion.

Mid-Term Exam 
Mid-Term exam will be held on 1st Sunday of December.

Jan 10 2010

Hope all of you are still enjoying the snow and cold weather.

I happened to stop by our church today.  There is still snow on the ground and some of it started to solidify into thin sleets of ice.  As a matter of fact, many roads are still icy and my car slid twice while driving on icy roads - it's dangerous driving on such roads and one has to be extremely careful.  Our church parking lot has sleets of ice and there is a good chance of you slipping and falling down, while walking.  So, be careful while walking around.  Pass it along to your siblings as well.

The church and Sunday school building are frigid cold (low 40's) - so, plan on wearing warm clothing tomorrow.  I left the heater inside the church on, so that people who come in tomorrow morning will have at least some warmth inside.

At church, we will mostly celebrate the baptism of Jesus Christ, which was supposed to be on Jan 6th.  Add another 30 - 45 minutes of service if so.  Heard there is going to be a host family providing food tomorrow.  Let's review the answer sheet from our last exam.  Then, let's continue our discussion on prayer and get back on track with regular learning.

Yesterday, I received the Sunday school final exam guidelines.  Bring it to the attention of your parents.  If they have any questions, they can clarify such questions with the 'Exam Committee'.

Today I received the BRS questions in mail, and shall post them online.

Look forward to seeing you tomorrow.

The reason for so much suffering

Just like others, I have often asked myself this question: "Why does God allow sufferings in the world?"  I came across this story which is one of the best explanations of why God allows pain and suffering in the world.  Read on.

A man went to a barbershop to have his hair cut and his beard trimmed.  As the barber began to work, they began to have a good conversation. They talked about so many things and various subjects. When they eventually touched on the subject of God, the barber said:

"I don't believe that God exists."

"Why do you say that?" asked the customer.

"Well, you just have to go out in the street to realize that God doesn't exist. Tell me, if God exists, would there be so many sick people? Would there be abandoned children? If God existed, there would be neither suffering nor pain. I can't imagine a loving God who would allow all of these things."

The customer thought for a moment, but didn't respond because he didn't want to start an argument. The barber finished his job and the customer left the shop.

Just after he left the barbershop, he saw a man in the street with long, stringy, dirty hair and an untrimmed beard. He looked dirty and unkempt. The customer turned back and entered the barber shop again and he said to the barber:

"You know what? Barbers do not exist."

"How can you say that?" asked the surprised barber.

"I am here, and I am a barber. And I just worked on you!"

"No!" the customer exclaimed. "Barbers don't exist because if they did, there would be no people with dirty long hair and untrimmed beards, like that man outside."

"Ah, but barbers DO exist! That's what happens when people do not come to me."

"Exactly!" affirmed the customer. "That's the point! God, too, DOES exist!

That's what happens when people do not go to Him and don't look to Him for help.

That's why there's so much pain and suffering in the world."


Friday, January 8, 2010

Five finger prayer

There is a prayer called the 'Five finger prayer'.  It is beautiful - and it is surely worth making the 5 finger prayer a part of our lives. Here is it - we have five fingers.

When you fold your hands, the thumb is nearest you. So begin by praying for those closest to you—your loved ones (Philippians 1:3-5).

The index finger is the pointer. Pray for those who teach and heal —Sunday school teachers and preachers, and the doctors (1 Thessalonians 5:25).

The next finger is the tallest. It reminds you to pray for those in authority over you—national and local leaders, and your supervisor at work (1 Timothy 2:1-2).

The fourth finger is usually the weakest. Pray for those who are in trouble or who are suffering (James 5:13-16).

Then comes your little finger. It reminds you of your smallness in relation to God's greatness. Ask Him to supply your needs (Philippians 4:6,19).


Today, across metro Atlanta, most of the schools are closed due to the much anticipated snow. The roads are not safe to ride and mostly everyone at office is working from home (including me).  Hence I thought of adding few winter related jokes.

Q. What do snowmen eat for breakfast?
A. Snow flakes

Q. What do you call an elephant in a Wyoming blizzard?
A. Lost

Q. Where do polar bears vote?
A. At the North Pole

Q. What do you call a snowman in the desert?
A. A Puddle

Q. What do you call a cow in northern Alaska?
A. An eskimoo

Q. Why did the snowman stand on the marshmallow?
A. So he wouldn’t fall in the hot chocolate

Q. What did the ski cap say to the warm wooly scarf?
A. You hang around. I’m going on a head

Yeah - I agree these are not the best jokes.  But, something to read on.

Image credits: Ajc

Corrected few typos at 4:05 PM.  

Angles in Heaven

Here is an angel story I came across.  Thought of sharing with you.
I dreamt that I went to Heaven and an angel was showing me around. We walked side-by-side inside a large workroom filled with angels.  My angel guide stopped in front of the first section and said, 'This Is the Receiving Section. Here, all petitions to God said in prayer are Received.'

I looked around in this area, and it was terribly busy with so many angels sorting out petitions written on voluminous paper sheets and scraps from people all over the world.

Then we moved on down a long corridor until we reached the second section. The angel then said to me, 'This is the Packaging and Delivery Section.

Here, the graces and blessings the people asked for are processed and delivered to the living persons who asked for them.'

I noticed again how busy it was there. There were many angels working hard at that station, since so many blessings had been requested and were being packaged for delivery to Earth

Finally at the farthest end of the long corridor we stopped at the Door of a very small station To my great surprise, only one angel was Seated there, idly doing nothing.  'This is the Aknowledgment Section,' My angel friend quietly admitted to me. He seemed embarrassed 'How Is it that there is no work going on here?' I asked.

'So sad,' the angel sighed. 'After people receive the blessings that they asked For, very few send back acknowledgments.'

'How does one acknowledge God's blessings?' I asked.

'Simple,' the angel answered. Just say, 'Thank you, Lord.'

'What blessings should they acknowledge? ' I asked..

'If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 75% of this world. If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish, you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy .'

'And if you have a personal computer at home, you are part of the 1% in the world who has that opportunity.'

'If you woke up this morning with more health than illness ... You are more blessed than the many who will not even survive this day.'

'If you have never experienced the fear in battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or the pangs of starvation .. You are ahead of 700 million people in the world.';

'If you can attend a church without the fear of harassment, arrest, torture or death you are envied by, and more blessed than, three billion people In the world .'

'If your parents are still alive and still married are very rare.'

'If you can hold your head up and smile, you are not the norm, you're unique to all those in doubt and despair.'

Ok, what now? How can I start?

If you can read this message, you just received a double blessing in that someone was thinking of you as very special and you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read at all.

And... on behalf of all of us, let me write:

ATTN: Acknowledge Dept.:

'Thank you Lord, for giving us the ability to share this message and for giving us so many wonderful people to share it with.'

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Two friends

Here is a story of two friends who were walking through the desert.

At some point in the journey they had an argument, and one friend slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt, but without saying anything, wrote in the sand:


They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started drowning, but the friend saved him. After he was saved from nearly drowning, he wrote on a stone:


The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him, "After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?"

The other friend replied "When someone hurts us we should write it down in sand where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever erase it."


Do not value the THINGS you have in your life. But value WHO you have in your life!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Balance sheet of life

Our Prejudiced Views are OUR LIABILITIES
Our Creative Ideas are OUR ASSETS
Achievements are OUR CAPITAL
Character & Morals, OUR STOCK-IN-TRADE
Values & Behavior are OUR GOODWILL
Education is BRANDS / PATENTS
Experience is OUR PREMIUM A/C
The Goal of our life should be:

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Why do people drink

I went to a party Mom,
I remembered what you said.
You told me not to drink, Mom,
So I drank soda instead.

I really felt proud inside, Mom,
The way you said I would.
I didn't drink and drive, Mom,
Even though the others said I should.

I know I did the right thing, Mom,
I know you are always right.
Now the party is finally ending, Mom,
As everyone is driving out of sight.

As I got into my car, Mom,
I knew I'd get home in one piece.
Because of the way you raised me,
So responsible and sweet.

I started to drive away, Mom,
But as I pulled out into the road,
The other car didn't see me, Mom,
And hit me like a load..

As I lay there on the pavement, Mom,
I hear the policeman say,
"The other guy is drunk," Mom,
And now I'm the one who will pay.

I'm lying here dying, Mom....
I wish you'd get here soon.
How could this happen to me, Mom?
My life just burst like a balloon.

There is blood all around me, Mom,
And most of it is mine.
I hear the medic say, Mom,
I'll die in a short time.

I just wanted to tell you, Mom,
I swear I didn't drink.
It was the others, Mom.
The others didn't think.

He was probably at the same party as I.
The only difference is,
he drank
And I will die.

Why do people drink, Mom?
It can ruin your whole life.
I'm feeling sharp pains now.
Pains just like a knife.

The guy who hit me is walking, Mom,
And I don't think it's fair.
I'm lying here dying
And all he can do is stare.

Tell my brother not to cry, Mom.
Tell Daddy to be brave.
And when I go to heaven, Mom,
Put "GOOD BOY " on my grave.

Someone should have told him, Mom,
Not to drink and drive.
If only they had told him, Mom,
I would still be alive.

My breath is getting shorter, Mom.
I'm becoming very scared.
Please don't cry for me, Mom.
When I needed you, you were always there.

I have one last question, Mom.
Before I say good bye.
I didn't drink and drive,
So why am I the one to die?

Mouse 2 mouse

In our busy office, a computer going down causes quite an inconvenience.  One day, a computer not only crashed, it made a noise that sounded like a heart monitor.

“This computer has flat-lined,” a co-worker called out with mock horror.  “Does anyone here know how to do mouse-to-mouse resuscitation?”

Kids on Angels

I only know the names of two angels. Hark and Harold.
Gregory, 5

I hear angels all the time in my dreams. And I’m sticking with that no matter how many people tell me I’m crazy.
Molly, 8

Everybody’s got it all wrong. Angels don’t wear halos anymore. I forget why but scientists are working on it.
Olive, 9

It’s not easy to become an angel! First, you die. Then you go to heaven then there’s still the flight training to go through. And then you got to agree to wear those angel clothes.
Matthew, 9

My guardian angel helps me with math, but he’s not much good for science.
Henry, 8

Angels don’t eat, but they drink milk from holy cows.
Jack, 6

Angels talk all the way while they’re flying you up to heaven. The basic message is where you went wrong before you gotz dead.
Daniel, 9

When an angel gets mad, he takes a deep breath and counts to ten. And when he lets out his breath, somewhere there’s a tornado.
Regan, 10

Angels have a lot to do and they keep very busy. If you lose a tooth, an angel comes in through your window and leaves money under your pillow. Then when it gets cold, angels go north for the winter.
Sara, 6

Angels live in cloud houses made by God and his son, who’s a very good carpenter.
Jared, 8

All angels are girls because they gotta wear dresses and boys didn’t go for it.
Antonia, 9

My angel is my grandma who died last year. She got a big head start on helping me while she was still down here on earth.
Katelyn, 9

Some of the angels are in charge of helping heal sick animals and pets. And if they don’t make the animals get better, they help the kid get over it.
Vicki, 8

What I don’t get about angels is why, when someone is in love, they shoot arrows at them.
Sarah, 7